VAN NUYS, California — Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, has launched a free virtual airport tour that invites children to experience the adventure of flight, learn how airplanes fly, and explore careers in aviation.
Adapted from the airport’s on-site tour program, which has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 12-minute video tour is geared toward young learners, but can also be enjoyed by teachers and parents, according to airport officials.
“Van Nuys Airport’s virtual tour program is designed to provide educators and parents with engaging resources for children to learn at home, while sparking an interest in aviation,” said VNY Airport Manager Flora Margheritis. “During this challenging time, we hope to share our passion for aviation with young learners and inspire people of all ages to explore the wonders and possibilities of flight.”
Guided by the airport’s mascot, Vinny, the tour provides a behind-the-scenes look at the diverse aircraft, operations, and aviation businesses located on the 730-acre airfield. Students will view piston-powered airplanes, jets and helicopters take off and land, as well as learn about taxiways, runways, hangars, and other airport components.
Along the way, they will also meet airport police officers and firefighters who are busy keeping the airfield and community safe.
To extend the virtual educational experience, opportunities are available for tour groups to schedule a live video conference with a pilot, air traffic controller, aircraft mechanic, first responder, or other airport employee.
VNY also offers a variety of online learning activities and resources to enjoy from home.
The virtual tour and online resources are accessible on the VNY kids’ website page at IFlyVNY.com and below:
Founded in 1928 by America’s early flight pioneers, KVNY has played an important role in both San Fernando Valley and aviation history. Over the decades, it has served as a U.S. military base, center for aerospace manufacturing, famed air race venue and backdrop for Hollywood movie-making.
Today, VNY provides a base for air ambulance, firefighting,
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