Groundbreaking held for new facilities for Clay Lacy Aviation at VNY

LOS ANGELES — Community leaders joined in Feb. 12 to break ground on Clay Lacy Aviation’s new South Campus, a $10 million, six-acre expansion of its current headquarters facility at Van Nuys Airport (VNY).

Attended by more than 100 students from NVOC-Aviation, a VNY-based aircraft mechanics school, the event celebrated local job creation and economic growth. (CalPilots wants to acknowledge Clay Lacy’s longtime support and congratulates Clay on his well deserved success).

“This major financial investment in our city will boost our local economy and create good, middle class jobs for Angelenos, including those young Angelenos who train at the LAUSD Van Nuys aviation mechanic school right next door,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Clay Lacy Aviation is a homegrown, family-owned company that has been headquartered at Van Nuys Airport for nearly half a century, generating revenue to sustain Los Angeles. Clay Lacy’s growing operations demonstrate that our city is the place for businesses to start, grow and launch new ideas.”

Once the South Campus is completed in 2016, Clay Lacy Aviation’s new and existing facilities will generate more than $31 million in lease and $2.5 million in property tax revenues over a 30-year term.

The development will also create approximately 25 new maintenance, line service and ground support jobs with an annual payroll of over $2 million.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, legendary aviator and company founder Clay Lacy announced a new scholarship program that will cover the entire costs of tuition, tools, materials and required FAA exams for two NVOC-Aviation students in financial need each year. He also recognized two graduates of the program who work as airframe and powerplant mechanics for Clay Lacy Aviation.

“When I started Clay Lacy Aviation in 1968 with a single Learjet, I could never have imagined operating a fleet of 75 business jets or having more than 300 employees as we do today,” Lacy said. “I’m proud to say that we employ more people at higher wage jobs and generate the highest tax revenue per acre than anyone on the airfield. Most importantly, the economic benefits and jobs we generate stay in the City of Los Angeles.”

Clay Lacy Aviation’s South Campus will include:

62,900 square feet of hangar space to house long-range aircraft up to the size of the Global 7000 and 8000, Gulfstream G650 and Falcon 8X;

20,526 square feet of new office, training and meeting space with state-of-the-art conference rooms and an adjoining kitchen to accommodate corporate flight departments and private events;

An indoor event space featuring the display of Clay Lacy’s iconic Lear 24, the first business jet to land at Van Nuys Airport in 1964; and

137,900 square feet of aircraft ramp space.


An artist’s rendering of the new South Campus for Clay Lacy Aviation at VNY.

Scheduled for completion by year-end 2015, the new development, combined with Clay Lacy Aviation’s current leasehold, will encompass 14 total acres, 149,000 square feet of hangar space and 34,667 square feet of office, training and meeting space.