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Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Program  

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.

Due to changes in fleet mix, amount of new aircraft operators and new aircraft types operating into and out of VNY, the program was updated in 2011 to include new target noise levels and to expand the number of jet aircraft types included in the program.

Friendly Flyer Award  

The updated program also includes an annual “Friendly Flyer“ award acknowledging those operators who have the highest level of success in adhering to the program and who also follow established noise abatement policies and procedures. Below are the criteria for the annual Friendly Flyer award:

  • At least 60 southbound jet departures during CY 2012
  • 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

2013 Friendly Flyer Award Winners  

2013 Friendly Flyer Award Winners
2013 Fly Friendly Award winners pictured with Chief Airport Engineer Cynthia Guidry (bottom row 2nd from right), Airport Environmental Manager Scott Tatro (bottom row 1st from left), Environmental Affairs Officer Kathryn Pantoja (bottom row 1st from right) and VNY Noise Office Leonard Krugler (top row 3rd from right). The winners pictured are representing Flexjet, Glenbrook Capital Logistics, LLC., Dreamline Aviation, LLC., Clay Lacy Aviation, AVJET Corporation and Worldwide Jet Charter, LLC. (top row left to right); Aviation Consultants, Inc. and West Cost Charters, LLC. (bottom row left to right).

Los Angeles World Airports is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2nd Annual Van Nuys Airport Friendly Flyer Award for Calendar Year 2013. The awards were presented at the BOAC meeting on June 2, 2014 in Van Nuys. The award winners were also commended by BOAC President Sean O. Burton after the presentation. LAWA encourages all operators to Fly Friendly into and out of VNY. You too may be a winner based on your performance for the next calendar year!

First-time Winners
Air Lease Corporation
Aviation Consultants, Inc.
AVJET Corporation
Blue Sky 45, LLC.
Executive Jet Management, Inc.
Oakmont Corporation
Raspberry Consulting, LLC.
Silver Air
Trans-Exec Air Service, Inc.
Worldwide Jet Charter, LLC.
Repeat Winners
Airbar, LLC.
Clay Lacy Aviation
Dreamline Aviation, LLC.
Flight Options
Glenbrook Capital Logistics, LLC.
Mid America Jet, Inc.
Space Exploration Technologies
Travel Management Company, Ltd.
Tutor-Saliba Corporation
TWC 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
blinking new gif June 2, 2014 2013 Friendly Flyer Awards Ceremony
  • Awards were given to 26 operators at the BOAC Meeting at the Van Nuys City Hall.
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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