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Old 03-07-2015, 06:32 AM
 
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Hi, I am a private pilot moving to LA and looking for a good airport to fly out of. I'll be renting aircraft to start, but eventually I'd like a hangar space for my own plane. It'd be great if Pipers were available; the dinky throttle knob on a Skyhawk just isn't the same…
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Corona del Mar & Coronado, CA
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Like Harrison Ford I usually start at Santa Monica and then choose a convenient golf course when I want to land.

Same with Van Nuys.
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Old 03-07-2015, 12:12 PM
 
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It really depends on where you live. There are lots of small airports in and around Los Angeles. Santa Monica is great but may close in the next few years. Van Nuys is a class C airspace and generally very busy. Torrance airport is great. Whiteman is kind of out of the way but generally not too busy. Santa Paula is one of my favorites but is not in the general Los Angles area.
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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I live closer to Santa Monica Airport, but have my plane based at Van Nuys. Overall, expenses are lower and I don't have to contend with coastal fog as often.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Like Harrison Ford I usually start at Santa Monica and then choose a convenient golf course when I want to land.

Same with Van Nuys.
Entered thread expecting a Harrison Ford joke.

Was not disappointed.
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Old 03-07-2015, 05:36 PM
 
Location: La La Land
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Like Harrison Ford I usually start at Santa Monica and then choose a convenient golf course when I want to land.

Same with Van Nuys.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:25 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles and Rancho Palos Verdes
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Zamperini was a fine place in the 90's, but Robinson has taken over quite a bit of it in the past decade. Plenty of fixed wing still there, though. Also, there's not really any left traffic because of the PV peninsula, so a lot of times you'll go all the way around the peninsula and then make a straight-in if you're flying the beach area. Not sure what factor the big bravo is around LAX lately, but you could previously fly under it along the shoreline or through the bottom ring and always get clearance if you needed to get north without too much difficulty.
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:56 PM
 
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You know it's a little more out of the way but Camarillo KCMA airport is nice and less crowded than the others. A couple companies fly their corporate jets out of there, and I know there are some old warbirds. There was an old Constellation out there for years until a few years ago they restored it and flew it to Chino I think.

The view is nice up there.
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:58 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles and Rancho Palos Verdes
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You know it's a little more out of the way but Camarillo KCMA airport is nice and less crowded than the others. A couple companies fly their corporate jets out of there, and I know there are some old warbirds. There was an old Constellation out there for years until a few years ago they restored it and flew it to Chino I think.

The view is nice up there.
Isn't it a little hectic with Point Mugu NAS so close?

BTW, my outdated sectional says pilots are requested to stay 2000 AGL around the Channel Islands -- that sucks for sight seeing if it's still the case.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:55 AM
 
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You know it's a little more out of the way but Camarillo KCMA airport is nice and less crowded than the others. A couple companies fly their corporate jets out of there, and I know there are some old warbirds. There was an old Constellation out there for years until a few years ago they restored it and flew it to Chino I think.

The view is nice up there.
Camarillo was the first airport I looked into, based on another recommendation. Seems really nice; just wish it was closer to home, which will probably end up being Torrance or Pasadena for me.
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