In the new year, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will start to create a special area - hangars, tiedowns, office space - for piston-powered general aviation aircraft at Van Nuys Airport. AOPA and local pilots, led by AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Elliott Sanders, have been working for years to create an area for light GA at the airport. In order to create a dedicated spot for GA, a nonaviation business, C&M Relocation Services, is being evicted. J.E.C. Enterprises, which is an aviation-related business, is also being evicted because its facility lies in the way of a planned taxiway. LAWA served the eviction notices earlier in December after an order from the FAA to keep airport property restricted to aviation use. "We've been pushing the FAA to get LAWA to end nonaviation uses of airport property and instead build facilities to accommodate the aircraft demands," said AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn. "The FAA has finally been able to convince LAWA of the importance of coming into compliance with federal grant obligations and work to meet aviation demands at the airport."
December 29, 2006