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Van Nuys Noise Management

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 

2014 Friendly Flyer Award Winners  

Los Angeles World Airports is pleased to announce the 34 winners of the 3rd Annual Van Nuys Airport Friendly Flyer Award for Calendar Year 2014. The awards were presented by LAWA Deputy Executive Director Cynthia Guidry on June 23, 2015 at a luncheon ceremony at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant adjacent to VNY.

2014 Fly Friendly Award winners pictured with LAWA staff – Deputy Executive Director Cynthia Guidry, Leonard Krugler, Kathryn Pantoja, Scott Tatro, Jess Romo (back row, left to right: 1st, 3rd, 7th, 13th, 16th, respectively), and Flora Margheritis (seated, front right). The winners pictured are representing Air Lease Corporation, Airbar, LLC., Aviation Consultants, Inc., AVJET Corporation, Blue Sky 45, LLC., Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., Inc., Cinco Air Charter, LLC, Clay Lacy Aviation, Dreamline Aviation, LLC., Executive Jet Management, Inc., Flexjet, Flight Options, Golden State Jet, LLC, JetSuite, Latitude 33 Aviation LLC., Memley Aviation, NetJets, Oakmont Corporation, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Pilgrim Enterprises C/O Castle & Cook, Raspberry Consulting, LLC., Sands Aviation, LLC, Silver Air, Space Exploration Technologies, Sun Air Jets, LLC, SunQuest Executive Air Charter, Inc., Trans-Exec Air Service, Inc., Tutor-Saliba Corporation, Landmark Aviation, West Coast Charters, LLC., Wonderful Citrus Aviation, Worldwide Jet Charter, LLC., XOJET, Inc.


First-time Winners
Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., Inc.
Cinco Air Charter, LLC
Golden State Jet, LLC
Latitude 33 Aviation LLC
Memley Aviation
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Pilgrim Enterprises C/O Castle & Cook
Sands Aviation, LLC
Sun Air Jets, LLC
SunQuest Executive Air Charter, Inc.
Wonderful Citrus Aviation
Second-time Winners
Air Lease Corporation
Aviation Consultants, Inc.
AVJET Corporation
Blue Sky 45, LLC.
Executive Jet Management, Inc.
Oakmont Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Raspberry Consulting, LLC.
Silver Air
Trans-Exec Air Service, Inc.
Worldwide Jet Charter, LLC.
Legacy Winners
Airbar, LLC.
Clay Lacy Aviation
Dreamline Aviation, LLC.
Flight Options
Space Exploration Technologies
Tutor-Saliba Corporation
Landmark Aviation
West Coast Charters, LLC.


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_yellowJune 23, 2015 2014 Friendly Flyer Awards Ceremony
  • Awards were given to 34 operators at a luncheon ceremony at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant adjacent to VNY.
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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