Airports For Our Inflight Training
These airports are home-base to our dedicated training aircraft for inflight training.
Santa Barbara Airport
The Santa Barbara airport is adjacent to the University of California, Santa Barbara and the city of Goleta. However, the land that the airport sits on was annexed to the city of Santa Barbara by a 7 miles (11 km) long, 300 feet (90 m) wide corridor, most of which lies under the Pacific Ocean. This a shoestring annexation. Much of the airport is between 10 and 15 feet above sea level, and it is bordered by the wetland area known as the Goleta Slough.Complete Airport Information
It is popular among private pilots traveling to nearby attractions such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. Fullerton Municipal Airport can trace its origins back as early as 1913 when barnstormers and crop dusters used the former pig farm as a makeshift landing strip.
The airport’s “official” birthday is 1927. William and Robert Dowling, with the aid of H. A. Krause and the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, had petitioned the council for permission to turn the by then-abandoned sewer farm into a landing field. The Fullerton City Council approved Ordinance 514 in January 1927, formally establishing the airport. The council leased the land to the chamber for five years, at a fee of $1 per year, and the chamber, in turn, subleased operations to William Dowling and friend Willard Morris of Yorba Linda. The city would assume direct control of the facility in January 1941.
A portion of the Howard Hughes feature Hell’s Angels was filmed at Fullerton in 1929. Hughes would feature later in Fullerton’s history by buying a tract of land for Hughes Aircraft. The campus eventually became home to Hughes Aircraft Ground Systems Group, closing in 2000.
The control tower, built with Federal Aviation Administration funds in 1959, was the first in Orange County.Complete Airport Information
Van Nuys Airport (KVNY)
Van Nuys Airport is currently one of the busiest general aviation airport in the world (the second busiest being Phoenix Deer Valley Airport), and the 25th busiest airport (in terms of takeoffs and landings) in the world. With just two parallel runways, Van Nuys Airport handled 448,681 aircraft movements in 2005, averaging over 1,200 operations/day; in 2006 it handled 394,915 movements, nearly 1,100 per day. By comparison, Los Angeles International Airport (with 4 runways and exceptional amounts of commercial traffic) has roughly 1,700 operations a day. The airport was the world’s busiest general aviation airport through 2005.Complete Airport Information
Long Beach Airport (KLGB)
Santa Ana Airport (KSNA)
Santa Ana lies just north, not actually touching the airport directly. Originally named Orange County Airport, the county Board of Supervisors renamed it in 1979 to honor the actor John Wayne, who resided in neighboring Newport Beach and died that year. It also became the first airport to be named after an entertainer.Complete Airport Information