NBAA Faults Los Angeles City Council’s Van Nuys Stage II Non-Addition Rule Decision

Washington, DC, April 27, 2000 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today expressed serious concern regarding last week’s decision by the Los Angeles City Council to adopt an ordinance to impose a “non-addition rule” for Stage II jet aircraft at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). “Unfortunately, the Council’s vote came at a time when NBAA and airport users were in active and productive dialogue with Los Angeles World Airports about a possible compromise solution,” asserted NBAA President Jack Olcott.

In a letter transmitted yesterday, Olcott urged Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan to veto the amendment to the Van Nuys Airport Noise Control Ordinance. Specifically, Olcott wrote, “NBAA believes that the Council has acted in large part out of frustration that the issue of noise control at VNY has been around for so long.” But he added, “The desire to do something is no substitute for adequate justification and reasoned analysis.

Separate from the correspondence, Olcott noted, “Mayor Riordan should see the wisdom of a veto, which would allow the compromise negotiations to continue.” He also stated that NBAA is assessing all available legal remedies if the Council’s action becomes law.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 6,100 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.