Friendly Flying – Latitude 33 Aviation Receives Los Angeles Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

Friendly Flyer Awards 2018

July 11, 2018 – Los Angeles County is home to many domestic and international airports. Los Angeles International (LAX), Ontario International, John Wayne, Long Beach, Hollywood Burbank, and Van Nuys are the most commonly used airports in the county.

Latitude 33 Aviation manages aircraft based in cities throughout the U.S. and frequently performs flights into and out of Van Nuys airport. The private jet charter, executive jet management, and aircraft sales and acquisitions company headquartered at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Southern California, received the Friendly Flyer Award for achieving outstanding compliance with the Van Nuys Airport’s Fly Friendly Program for the fourth consecutive year.

Addressing the community’s concerns regarding jet aircraft noise in neighborhood areas, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) established the voluntary Fly Friendly/Quiet Departure Program (QDP) for jet aircraft. In 2012, the “Friendly Flyer” Award program was created to recognize jet operators and efforts being made to achieve the highest level of compliance with mandatory noise regulations and voluntary noise abatement programs at Van Nuys Airport.

Since then, LAWA has updated the target noise levels and expanded the list of aircraft types to address Van Nuys fleet variety and reduce target noise levels.

The Friendly Flyer Award is presented annually to operators who meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • 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.

The City of Los Angeles and the 29th Congressional District recognized the four-time Friendly Flyer Award winner for its dedication and commitment to honor and preserve the needs of the community. Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners member Jeffery Daar stated, “We congratulate and thank each of our award recipients for their commitment to quiet flying practices, which reduces noise and enhances the quality of life in our neighboring communities.”

“…reduces noise and enhances the quality of life in our neighboring communities.”

The Friendly Flyer program is regularly updated to expand the number of involved aircraft. Flora Margheritis, Van Nuys Airport manager, states the airport works in close collaboration with jet aircraft owners, operators, pilots, and airport tenants to achieve meaningful improvements.

Latitude 33 Aviation currently manages 30 private business jets located at airports along the West Coast and throughout the country. By offering all-inclusive services under one roof, the company has made itself the trusted partner for all things private aviation. As part of the top five percent of U.S. private jet charter operators to achieve the prestigious ARGUS Platinum safety rating, Latitude 33 Aviation continues to lead the industry with community involvement and educational initiatives that continue to grow year over year.

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