Growth Takes Off at Van Nuys Airport

Million Air plans to add 220,000 square feet of hangar space as part of a $40 million addition that will take at least three years to complete.

"There's not a phaseout, there's only a cap," Silver said. "That's like saying, 'We're not going to get rid of the juvenile delinquents in your neighborhood, we're just not going to let more come in.'"

Winthrop of The Air Group said the modern Stage 3 jets are quieter than a lawn mower and said restrictions are unnecessary.

"In a perfect world, you would have no airport here and no noise here," Winthrop said. But the airport generates taxes, paying for fire, police and emergency services, he added.

"Everybody forgets that that doesn't come free."

Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this story.

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