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CONSTRUCTION WON'T HOLD UP NEXT YEAR'S AVIATION EXPO.



Byline: James Nash Staff Writer

VAN NUYS - With a strong push from Mayor James Hahn's office, Van Nuys Airport Van Nuys Airport (IATA: VNY, ICAO: KVNY, FAA LID: VNY) is a public airport located in Van Nuys, California in the San Fernando Valley, within the Los Angeles city limits.  officials say they plan to go ahead with the 41st annual Aviation Expo next June, despite construction at the site.

Van Nuys Airport's signature event, billed as the largest free event in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
, has drawn more than 300,000 people for two days of aerobatics aerobatics

Sport of performing maneuvers such as rolls, loops, stalls, spins, and dives with an airplane. As an organized sport, rather than as an air show attraction (“stunt flying”), aerobatics began international competition in 1960 under the auspices of the
 and vintage plane displays.

The show's site on the former Air National Guard property will be redeveloped into a site to store and repair helicopters, particularly those used in firefighting and rescue operations. The project, funded by a November 2000 bond measure, is expected to begin by the end of the year and continue through the June date of the air show, which has not yet been announced.

The construction will be adjusted to accommodate the Aviation Expo, although the air show may have to be scaled back, officials said.

``The mayor is very supportive of having the Van Nuys Aviation Expo,'' said Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards Troy Edwards (born April 7, 1977 in Shreveport, Louisiana), is a professional American football player who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round (13th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. A 5'10", 195 lbs. . ``We know we have to make some adjustments based on the new emergency facilities being constructed there for the Fire Department in particular.''

Van Nuys Airport Manager Selena Birk said airport and city officials have begun planning the 2004 expo around the construction timeline of the helicopter operations center.

Airport officials canceled the 2002 event after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, largely to save the $1.2 million cost while Los Angeles International Airport “LAX” redirects here. For other uses, see LAX (disambiguation).

“KLAX” redirects here. For other uses, see KLAX (disambiguation).

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX
 was losing money. But Hahn overrode o·ver·rode  
v.
Past tense of override.
 that decision, and the 2002 expo drew the most people in the event's history.
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Date:Nov 30, 2003
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