Whiteman Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorLos Angeles County
ServesLos Angeles
Elevation AMSL1,003 ft / 305.7 m
Coordinates34°15′33.57″N 118°24′48.35″W / 34.2593250°N 118.4134306°W / 34.2593250; -118.4134306Coordinates: 34°15′33.57″N 118°24′48.35″W / 34.2593250°N 118.4134306°W / 34.2593250; -118.4134306
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
WHP (the Los Angeles metropolitan area)
WHP (California)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 4,120 1,256 Asphalt

Whiteman Airport (previously known as Whiteman Air Park) (IATA: WHP, ICAO: KWHP) is a general aviation airport in the northeastern San Fernando Valley community of Pacoima, in the city of Los Angeles, California, United States.

The airport was founded as Whiteman Air Park in 1946 on a farm by pilot Marvin Whiteman Sr. as a non-tower controlled, private airport. Later, Whiteman Manufacturing Co. was built on the airport's west side. In 1970 the airport was purchased by the County of Los Angeles. During the 1980s the name was changed to "Whiteman Airport", but it is still commonly referred to as "Whiteman Airpark" by old-time local pilots to this day.[1]

The airport is open to general aviation aircraft 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is home to over 600 aircraft, and numerous aviation-related businesses.[2][3]

The airport can handle small aircraft as well as medium turboprops and jets, although little jet traffic is seen on its rather narrow runway. The control tower is in operation daily. The single runway has runway end identifier lights (REILs), pilot controlled medium-intensity runway lighting (MIRLs) and a precision approach path indicator (PAPI). Full and self-service fuel is available around the clock. The airport has an automated weather observing system (AWOS) with data available continuously by radio and telephone.[3]


Whiteman Airport (2021)
Whiteman Airport (2021)

Barton Heliport of the LACoFD

Flying clubs and groups

Whiteman Airport is home to Senior Squadron 35, Cadet Squadron 137, and Los Angeles County Group 1[6] of the Civil Air Patrol, as well as EAA Chapter 40 and a branch of the Young Eagles. The mission of the EAA Young Eagles Program is to provide a meaningful flight experience – free of charge – in a general aviation aircraft for young people (primarily between the ages of 8 and 17). Flights are provided by EAA members at Whiteman Airport and worldwide.

In popular culture

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Whiteman Airport is mentioned in season 5 of the television series Bosch and book 20 in the Michael Connelly fictional series of the same name.

The airport was used for filming the final sequence of the film Sharknado, standing in for Lancaster Airport.

It is shown in season 2 episode 5 of the television series The Rookie.

The film Kill Speed features Whiteman Airport in various scenes including a hangar being used as a nightclub.

Whiteman Airport was used to film an episode for Season 2 of The Mod Squad.

Whiteman Air Park is mentioned in the 1974 season 6 episode of Adam-12 entitled “Sky Watch Part 2.”

See also


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1987: "Airport Panel Seeks Tower at Whiteman" Linked 2014-05-17
  2. ^ Martha, Willman (1 March 1998). "Safety Record Vexes Airfield on City Fringe". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Whiteman Airport". Los Angeles Department of Public Works. 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  4. ^ Barton Heliport (KPAI)
  5. ^ "Air Operations". Los Angeles County Fire Department. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
  6. ^ Los Angeles County Group 1