Aviation mechanic school in Van Nuys gets OK for $1 rent

vny-mechanic-school-sign.jpgThat aviation mechanic school at Van Nuys Airport that has received the attention of LA politicians looks like it will be saved now that the FAA has given its OK to lower the rent. A letter from the FAA to city officials says it would be within federal policy to charge the school just $1 a year rent for its facility on the west side of Van Nuys Airport at Saticoy Street. Although the city of Los Angeles airports department runs VNY, the FAA is allowed to dip its bureaucratic fingers into all kinds of policy areas at airports.

From the Daily News:

Los Angeles World Airports had asked the FAA for guidance in offering cut-rate rent to the Los Angeles Unified School District, whose mechanics school was imperiled by budget cuts and rising airport leases.

The current lease for its North Valley Occupational Center hangar expires at the end of June.

"We told LAWA their conceptual lease with the LAUSD appears to be consistent with our revenue use policy," said Ian Gregor, a Los Angeles spokesman for the FAA....

For months, elected officials and airport businesses have sought to save the 40-year-old airframe and powerplant program - the only one in the nation open to high school students.

LA Observed photos of school

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