FREE Van Nuys Airport Behind the Scenes Airfield Tour

Join us for a FREE Van Nuys Airport Behind the Scenes Airfield Tour.

It's Community Day at Van Nuys Airport celebrating their 85th Anniversary & Runway Improvement Project.

Knowledgeable airport guides will give us a glimpse behind the scenes at one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports. They will take us on a journey through past and present to discover the airport’s rich history, witness daily operations and view static displays.


The meeting time for our tour is 2:30 PM at the Van Nuys Airport Gloria Parking Lot where there is free parking. Louis will distribute tickets there to the 8 people who RSVP'd for this Meetup event. A shuttle bus will pick us up shortly after 2:30 PM to take us to the airport observation site. 


If you RSVP'd "Yes" and cannot attend please change your RSVP to "No" so someone else can take your place. There are 8 tickets reserved for this event.


If you need extra tickets you can see if there are any still available for the 3:00 PM tour by CLICKING HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Do I need to make a reservation or can I just show up?

The tour has limited space, and advance tickets are required to participate in this tour.  I have 8 tickets for the 3:00 PM tour, but you can try to get extra tickets by CLICKING HERE for the 3:00 PM tour if they are still available. 

How early should I arrive for my tour?

Please arrive and park at the Van Nuys Airport Gloria Parking Lot by 2:30 PM so we can board the shuttle bus shortly thereafter which will take us to the airfield tour site. Louis will meet you at the parking lot to give you your tour ticket if you've RSVP'd for this Meetup event.

What should I bring with me?

Please do not bring coolers, glass or large tote bags with you for this event

Does the bus and timeslot I selected matter?

In order to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend, guests are allowed to board buses at their reserved time slot.

Where is free parking for the event located?

Free parking for this tour is available at the Van Nuys Airport Gloria Parking Lot located at 7701 Gloria Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between the parking lot and the observation area for all guests.

What are driving directions to the parking lot?

From the I-405 North, exit at Sherman Way West; turn right on Woodley Ave.; turn right onto Saticoy St.; turn left on Gloria Ave. The parking lot is on the left side of the street behind the FlyAway parking structure.

From the I-405 South, exit Sherman Way, turn left on Haskell and turn right on Sherman Way. Turn right on Woodley, turn right on Saticoy St. and turn left on Gloria Ave. The parking lot is on the left side of the street behind the FlyAway parking structure.

Will food be provided?

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase in the Observation Area by community partners, including the Encino Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Van Nuys Rotary Club.

What should I wear?

August tends to be a very hot month. Please dress appropriately for the heat with light clothing and comfortable shoes. Please bring a hat and sunglasses. Use sunscreen and drink water to stay hydrated.

Where can I get more information?

Feel free to call the Van Nuys Airport at (818)[masked] or send an email to [masked].

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  • Tripp J.

    I showed up at 2:32 didn't see anyone. Kinda was a let down after planning my entire Saturday around this event & couldn't find anyone.

    September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know how you feel, by the way. Missed a hiking group a couple of weeks ago by a few minutes (because of apple gps screw up)...

      September 2, 2013

    • Louis

      So sorry we missed you. We had a great time and a really nice tour. Were you on the tour?

      September 2, 2013

  • Louis

    Great civilian airport for private planes.

    September 2, 2013

  • Louis

    Thanks Sue and Frank for attending this event! It was interesting to see the layout of this airport.

    September 2, 2013

  • Poobhut (.

    I had a good time meeting Louise & Frank . Hope to see you guys again, thanks.

    August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ditto, Poo (Sue) :-)

      August 31, 2013

  • Tripp J.

    Where are we??

    August 31, 2013

  • Maureen P.

    I live few blocks away from the airport so is it ok not to bring a car?

    August 27, 2013

    • Louis

      Yes, just meet at the parking lot.

      August 27, 2013

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