Mach 1 Aviation is a Platinum Cirrus Training Center specializing in Cirrus and other glass cockpit instruction and rentals with the only Perspective equipped aircraft in all of Southern California. Located inside the Signature Flight Support FBO, many amenities are available to our guests including a pilot lounge with flat screen TV and quiet room, complimentary refreshments as well as vending machines, computer access, a wonderful lobby with a view, and friendly service.
- Touch Trainer Simulator
- Full-service FBO downstairs
- Headset rentals
Call Signature Flight Support – West at 818-464-9500.
During business hours: The aircraft binder is available from our dispatch desk at Signature West
After business hours: Prior Notice is REQUIRED - Aircraft binder will be made available when prior notification and coordination with dispatch is made during normal business hours.
During business hours: Please return aircraft binder to the dispatch desk for check in
After business hours: Please return the aircraft binder to the Signature West desk.
Aircraft are rented “Wet” – We will credit the fuel purchase to your account at the rate you paid, or the Mach 1 rate at Signature West that was current at the time of purchase.
Give us a call and we will coordinate.
Please return the aircraft to one of Mach 1 Aviation’s ramp spaces at Signature West. Please secure the aircraft by locking the doors, placing any sun screens or aircraft covers in place, and securely chocking the aircraft. (Chocks should be carried in the baggage compartment during the flight and replaced afterward.)
You can expect fuel at or below tabs upon your arrival. If you need a specific amount of fuel, please call ahead to our dispatch desk and we will coordinate.
It is best to coordinate all departures (VFR and IFR) with Van Nuys Clearance Delivery on 126.6 unless you are departing South and going to Santa Monica or though the Los Angeles Special Flight Rules.
IFR Departures: Please refer to the current Van Nuys IFR charts VFR Departures: Below are the VFR departure instructions you can expect from Clearance Delivery for each direction of travel:
Westbound: Runways 16: “Request a right crosswind departure from the tower. Contact SoCal Approach on 134.2 prior to entering Class Charlie Airspace. Squawk XXXX.” Runways 34: “Request a Left Crosswind Departure from the tower. Contact SoCal Approach on 134.2 prior to entering Class Charlie Airspace. Squawk XXXX.”
Northbound: Runways 16: “Request a Right Downwind Departure from the tower. Remain at, or below, 2,500 until North of the field. Contact SoCal Approach on 120.4 prior to entering Class Charlie Airspace. Squawk XXXX.” Runways 34: “Fly straight out until the 118 Freeway, (Sometimes referred to as the Simi Valley or Ronald Reagan Freeway), before making any turns. Contact SoCal Approach on 120.4 prior to Entering Class Charlie Airspace. Squawk XXXX.”
Eastbound: Runways 16: “Fly straight out until abeam the Encino Reservoir then make a left turn direct Griffith Park Observatory. Contact SoCal Approach on 124.6 prior to entering Class Charlie Airspace. Squawk XXXX.” Runways 34: “Fly straight out until the 118 Freeway, (Sometimes referred to as the Simi Valley or Ronald Reagan Freeway), before making any turns. Contact SoCal Approach on 120.4 prior to Entering Class Charlie Airspace. Squawk XXXX.”
Southbound (VFR transitions though the Los Angeles Class B requiring ATC Clearance): Please do NOT contact clearance delivery if you are departing South to Santa Monica, the Mini Route, or though the Los Angeles Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA). Simply request your direction of travel from the Tower and contact those frequencies directly when out of the Van Nuys airspace or have received a frequency change. Runways 16: “Request a right crosswind departure from the tower. Contact SoCal Approach on 134.2 prior to entering Class Charlie Airspace. Squawk XXXX.” Runways 34: “Request a Left Crosswind Departure from the tower. Contact SoCal Approach on 134.2 prior to entering Class Charlie Airspace. Squawk XXXX.”
Contact Clearance Delivery on 126.6. They will want your tail number, type aircraft, position on the airport, current ATIS, and your request with the desired cruising altitude.
YOU: Van Nuys Clearance, Cirrus 872WT, VFR Request. CLNC: Cirrus 2WT say request. YOU: Cirrus 2WT is a Cirrus SR20/G at Signature West with Information Delta. Request a left crosswind departure with Flight Following to Santa Barbara at 6,500.
Van Nuys radar will not typically see aircraft greater than 8 -10 nm from the airport.
Arrivals from the North should report within, or just before the Newhall Pass. Arrivals from the South should report over the Sepulveda Pass. Arrivals from the Northwest should report over the Santa Susana Pass Arrivals from the Southwest should report over Calabasas or Woodland Hills
Disneyland has had a TFR in effect since 2004. It is permissible to operate within this TFR if the requirements of the TFR are met. Please refer to FDC Notam 4/3635 for details.
Los Angeles is home to several stadiums within the flying radius of our aircraft which meet the requirements of the Special Security Notice regarding Sporting Events under FDC Notam 4/3621. These TFRs are in effect from 1 hour before the scheduled event time until 1 hour after its conclusion. Please contact Flight Service for additional information.
Call the tower from the runup area for takeoff clearance. Do not block entrance to the runway, as there are many IFR departures that have specific release times and they may be given priority departures.
The published noise abatement procedures are as follows:
Runways 16: Fly straight out until past Victory Blvd and over the Sepulveda Flood Basin. This will commonly be stated as no turns until the Flood Basin. It is recommended that you fly past Victory until abeam the water reclamation plant before any turns.
Runways 34: Fly straight out until reaching 1,800 MSL before making any turns. This includes pattern operations for both runways.
West Traffic Pattern (16R/34L): 2000MSL
East Traffic Pattern (16L/34R): 1800MSL
There is EXTENSIVE helicopter traffic operating below both traffic patterns at 1300MSL. Please wait until turning base before beginning your descent in the pattern. Do not descend on the downwind leg.
Van Nuys is surrounded by extremely noise sensitive communities. Please avoid overflight of residential areas when at all possible.
The Burbank ILS overlies the Van Nuys airport. You will be instructed to remain at or below 2,500 on downwind departures West of the airport and 1,800 East of the airport.
Van Nuys is near the coast, and will often have marine layer conditions developing overnight and lasing through the mornings during the summer months.
During northerly Santa Ana wind conditions, the airport often experiences mechanical turbulence and low level wind shear due to the mountains to the north of the airport.
The Van Nuys Airport is located in the center of the San Fernando Valley and is surrounded by mountains ranging in height from 2,000 to over 7,000 MSL. Please take time to become familiar with local terrain and airspace. One of our instructors would be happy to help you get familiar.
Camarillo (KCMA) has a great restaurant with a fantastic tri-tip sandwich or salad on Wednesdays and Weekends.
Catalina (KAVX) and Big Bear (L35) airports are great destinations but both require a specific checkout.
The Hollywood sign! Of course!!! Please use caution as there is extensive helicopter and fixed wing tours in the vicinity of the Hollywood sign. Please use 123.02 to communicate with other aircraft in the Los Angeles Basin when not in contact with a local tower or SoCal Approach.
Dodger Stadium, Downtown, The shoreline, The Rose Bowl, and too many others to list!
March 6, 2015, 10:45 p.m.