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Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Program for JET Aircraft  

As part of the VNY Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program, the Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved a voluntary Fly Friendly Program for jet aircraft that was established in 1994 to address the community noise issue. This voluntary program consists primarily of the Quiet Departure Program (QDP), which sets not-to-exceed target departure noise levels for specific jet aircraft types. Pilots adhere to the program by using noise abatement procedures approved by airplane manufacturers and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) when departing VNY.

Updated QDP Program – New Target Noise Levels and the Friendly Flyer Award  

In 2011, new jet aircraft types and target noise levels were added to the QDP to take into account changes in fleet mix, the number of new aircraft operators and new aircraft types operating into and out of the airport. In 2012, the Friendly Flyer Award Program was established to identify and formally recognize jet operators that have achieved the highest levels of compliance with the mandatory noise regulations and the voluntary noise abatement programs at VNY. The Friendly Flyer Award is presented annually to jet operators that meet or exceed the following criteria during the award year:

  • At least 60 southbound jet departures
  • No violations of the following:
    • Noise Abatement and Curfew Regulation
    • Non-Additional Rule
    • Noisier Jet Phase-out
  • 99% or greater compliance with the No Early Turn and the Quiet Jet Departure Programs 

    2015 Friendly Flyer Award Winners  

    Los Angeles World Airports is pleased to announce the 26 winners of the 4th Annual Van Nuys Airport Friendly Flyer Award for Calendar Year 2015. The awards were presented by the then LAWA Director of Operations Jess Romo on May 26, 2016 at a luncheon ceremony at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant adjacent to VNY.

    2015 Fly Friendly Award winners pictured with LAWA representatives – Leonard Krugler, Scott Tatro, Commissioner Jeffery J. Daar, Jess Romo, Kathryn Pantoja (standing left to right: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th respectively), and Diana Sanchez (seated, front right). The winners pictured are: Dreamline Aviation LLC, Sands Aviation LLC, Sun Air Jets LLC, Clay Lacy Aviation, Oakmont Corporation, JetSuite, Executive Jet Management, Inc. (seated, left to right); Space Exploration Technologies, West Coast Charters LLC, Golden State Jet LLC, AVJET Corporation, and Flexjet (standing left to right).


    First-time Winners
    Desert Jet, LLC 
    Second-time Winners
    Golden State Jet, LLC 
    Latitude 33 Aviation LLC 
    Sands Aviation, LLC 
    Sun Air Jets, LLC
    SunQuest Executive Air Charter, Inc.
    Wonderful Citrus Aviation

    Third-time Winners
    Aviation Consultants, Inc. 
    AVJET Corporation 
    Executive Jet Management, Inc. 
    Oakmont Corporation
    Silver Air
    Worldwide Jet Charter, Inc.
    Legacy Winners
    Clay Lacy Aviation
    Dreamline Aviation, LLC
    Flight Options
    Landmark Aviation (acquired TWC)
    Space Exploration Technologies
    Travel Management Company, Ltd
    Tutor-Saliba Corporation
    West Coast Charters, LLC.
    XOJET, Inc.


    Monthly QDP Reports  

    The Quiet Departure Program monthly report is comprised of the Noise Exceedance Report and the Summary by Owner Report. The Noise Exceedance Report displays the details associated with each operation that failed to depart VNY at or below the established target levels. The Summary by Owner Report provides a compreshensive list of the all owner/operators, including those that successfully complied with the program.

    Important Program Dates  

    Date Description
    new_yellowMay 26, 2016 2015 Friendly Flyer Awards Ceremony
    • Awards were given to 26 operators at a luncheon ceremony at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant adjacent to VNY.  
    June 23, 2015 2014 Friendly Flyer Awards Ceremony  
    June 2, 2014 2013 Friendly Flyer Awards Ceremony  
    May 21, 2013 Inaugural 2012 Friendly Flyer Awards Ceremony:  
    January 1, 2012 Official commencement date of Fly Friendly Program and Friendly Flyer Awards Program
    • New noise targets implemented (exceedance will be counted against jet operators starting this date).
    • Quiet Departure Program monthly reports distribution resumed.
    December 31, 2011 6-Month Transition Period Ended
    July 1, 2011 6-Month Transition Period Began
    • New target noise levels became effective (exceedances will not be counted against operator starting this date).
    • Jet operators made any necessary adjustments to adhere to new target noise levels.
    • Operators continued to receive notification letters if noise levels are exceeded.
    • Quiet Departure Program monthly reports were not published for general distribution.
    June 7, 2011 Program Overview at VNAA Meeting
    • Brief presentation was given regarding the program.
    • Consultants and airport staff were on hand to answer program questions.
    May 2011 Notification sent to jet operators informing them of the new program and 6-month transition period

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