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One Six Right

One Six Right: Movie Review

Genre: Documentary
Rated: NR
Directed by
: Brian J. Terwilliger
Starring: The Van Nuys Airport
Released by: Terwilliger Productions

In Short: Los Angeles area general aviation pilots will particularly enjoy this high quality reportage on the world’s busiest airport.

Attention Pilots

The Romance Starts Here

Producing a documentary is always a struggle, especially when it’s your first one and the funds are limited. With "One Six Right," aviation enthusiast and pilot Brian Terwilliger decided to shed some light on the Van Nuys Airport, which has the highest numbers of departures and arrivals in the world.

Aspiring pilots at Van Nuys Airport
Aircrafts on the runway
Aspiring Pilots
Aircraft: Big and Small

The little airfield that started in 1928 as the Los Angeles Municipal Airport has become a major highway for business and connectivity to the world. Terwilliger and crew bring you major historical facts of the development in a concise manner and high definition. The aerial scenes are breathtaking, but facts and interviews of local pilots, business people and air traffic controllers dominate the film. Terwilliger gives you a good idea of what happens on a general aviation airport and its importance in the community.

Note: An airport runway gets its name from the compass orientation. The dominant runway in use at Van Nuys is 16R (160°, almost pointing South); lending its spelled out name to the documentary.

The Van Nuys Airport circa 1939
Capt. Clay Lacy and the Director
Circa 1939
Capt. Clay Lacy and the Director

Just so you know, you will learn a lot about the Van Nuys Airport and local history. However, the movie also presents the important underlying message that many of the nation’s general aviation facilities are being closed one at a time due to business pressure exercised on local officials. Case in point, of the sixty-six airports once open in the Los Angeles basin, less than ten remain today.

Reviewed by Joe Lumière

One Six Left
Go behind the scenes of One Six Right with its companion DVD, One Six Left. The disc documents the making of the film, including individual scenes of Clay Lacy’s personal DC-3 aircraft landing on runway 16R, aerobatic clips, and awesome views of a P-51.  Aeronautics aficionados will appreciate the extra footage of planes in action, but perhaps most interesting is the in-depth look at Brian Terwilliger’s struggle to get proper endorsement and financing for his film, and the opportunity to witness the intensity with which he pursued this project. Viewers also get a chance to see Terwilliger’s early experimentation with film and flight, thanks to special scenes of Brian constructing a model aircraft during his high school days.


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