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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 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, has drawn more than 300,000 people for two days of aerobatics 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. ``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 was losing money. But Hahn overrode that decision, and the 2002 expo drew the most people in the event's history.
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