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October 1, 2015
Fall Aviation Safety Week Program will take place at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The presenter will be Pat Brown and the topic will be Cross Country Challenge. For more information contact Mike Lauranzon, Virginia Department of Aviation, at 804-774-4641 or

October 3, 2015 - RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 24, 2015
EAA Chapter 186 Fall Fly-In will take place at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The EAA 186 Fall Fly-In, long recognized as one of the East Coast's fun aviation events is back! With airplane judging, a flymart for aircraft parts, exhibits, seminars, aircraft displays, fabulous food, and much more. Bill Harrelson, retired airline pilot, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year, setting the world record in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured speaker. There's plenty of space to park a plane or car, so fly-in, or come by car and stay for the whole event. Admission is free!. Visit for more information. Poster

2015 Biplanes and Triplanes Air Show will take place at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. For more information visit

October 10, 2015
16th Annual Culpeper Air Fest (2015) will take place at Culpeper Regional Airport.

October 17, 2015
45th Anniversary and Open House at Williamsburg Jamestown Airport will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. See airplanes, Corvette Club and MG Club along with other antique cars on display. Visit participating organizations such as Five Forks Ruritan, Williamsburg Aviation Scholarship Program, Williamsburg Flight Center, Commemorative Air Force, Virginia Helicopter Association, and warbirds.Charly's Airport Restaurant will be open for lunch. Raindate: October 18th.

October 18, 2015
Virginia Coastal Fly-In will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Accomack County Airport. Enjoy majestic aerial views of the last remaining undeveloped barrier islands in the entire U. S. Menu includes traditional American style grilled hamburgers, hotdogs with Eastern Shore style fixin's, and local Cherrystone Little Neck clams. Poster

October 24, 2015
Aviation Day and Monthly Breakfast Fly-In at Chase City Airport beginning at 9:00 a.m. is open to pilots and all who are interested in good food, fun and meeting and greeting, learning about aviation, as well as supporting our airport. (donations welcome!). Chase City Aviation Day will begin around 10:00 a.m. and is aimed at promoting out historic airport and exposing the joys and careers available in aviation to the general public -- especially the youth. The Young Eagles Program (courtesy of EAA Chapter 231), a national program for promoting aviation among youth, are being invited to give free rides to young people, a hugely popular attraction for youth and their families. Food and fun are planned for both young and old and will run until mid-afternoon.

October 24, 2015
Military Aviation Museum Speakers Program will take place at 11:00 a.m. Lt. Col. Melvin Ornoff, WWII P-47 pilot and retired aviator will be the speaker.

October 24, 2015
EAA Chapter 186 Fall Fly-In will take place at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The EAA 186 Fall Fly-In, long recognized as one of the East Coast's fun aviation events is back! With airplane judging, a flymart for aircraft parts, exhibits, seminars, aircraft displays, fabulous food, and much more. Bill Harrelson, retired airline pilot, who successfully circumnavigated the earth via the polar route earlier this year, setting the world record in his modified Lancair IV N6ZQ, will be the featured speaker. There's plenty of space to park a plane or car, so fly-in, or come by car and stay for the whole event. Admission is free!. Visit for more information. Poster

November 12, 2015
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Richmond Airport, 445 International Center Drive, Sandston, Virginia 23150; phone 804-236-1111.

November 14, 2015
Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame will take place at the Virginia Aviation Museum.  Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail party, followed by a seated dinner.  Come join the VAHS to celebrate this year’s inductees:  John Mazza, Robert Rivers, and David Young.  Tickets are $60 for VAHS members, $70 for non-members and can be purchased online at or call 804-222-8690. 

November 17-19, 2015
(67th) NBAA 2015 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015)
will take place in Las Vegas, NV

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Welcome to the Virginia Department of Aviation

The Virginia Department of Aviation is a state transportation agency whose mission is to cultivate an advanced aviation system that is safe, secure and provides for economic development; promote aviation awareness and education; and provide the safest and most efficient flight services for the Commonwealth Leadership and State agencies.

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Virginia Helicopter Safety Summit 2015

The Virginia Helicopter Safety Summit 2015 will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 in the Virginia Department of Aviation hangar at Richmond International Airport. This regional event features the very latest information on safety issues facing the rotorcraft industry. Those who own, operate, fly or have an interest in helicopters are encouraged to attend. In addition to an industry outlook, topices to beVSP Helo discussed include Automation and Crew Resource Management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Autorotation Training, Volunteer Helicopter Use in Emergency Operations, Accident Data Review and more. Poster

Attendees are asked to register in advance through and may fly or drive to the event.

The event is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, Helicopter Association International (HAI), Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, HeloAir, Virginia Helicopter Association, Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group, and Virginia Department of Aviation.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided by Helicopter Association International.

For more information, contact the Virginia Department of Aviation at (804) 774-4635 or (804) 225-3783.



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Enter the 2016 Virginia Aviation Art Contest!

The theme for the 2016 International Aviation Art Contest is "Create a Poster for Air Sports and Nature in Harmony". Download more information about this year's contest. The Virginia Department of Aviation is now accepting entries for this year's state level contest.

Jasmin Yoon, age 13, of Centerville, Virginia was selected as the 2015 first place winner in the Intermediate Category of the International Aviation Art Contest. This is the second year in a a row that a Virginia student has been selected as an International winner.In 2014, Justin Lee of Herndon, Virginia was the International winner in the Senior Category. See all the winning artwork.

Since 1989 the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) has sponsored the International Aviation Art Contest to challenge young people to illustrate the importance of aviation through art. Demonstrating the impact of aeronautics through an interactive, fun medium such as art motivates youth of all ages to become more familiar with aeronautics, engineering and science. The U.S. portion of the contest is sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), managed by the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education and sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University - Prescott, Ken Cook Co., the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education with additional support from NASAO members.

Children between the ages of 6 and 17 may participate. Entries will be judged in three classes, according to age and at least in part for its creative use of the theme in relation to the aviation world. Each FAI member country sponsors the contest in their country, and submits national winners to the International Jury each year.



2015-16 Virginia Airport Directory

New Virginia Airport Directory is Now Available

The 2015-16 Virginia Airport Directory is now available. Within the next couple of weeks, each public use airport in Virginia will be sent copies for distribution. You may also contact the Virginia Department Aviation to receive a copy.

The new directory features information about each of Virginia's 66 public use airports as well as a list of private airports. New for this year is a second page for each public use airport that lists tourist sites and economic development contact information for that community.






2015 Virginia Department of Aviation’s Photo Contest

The 2015 Virginia Department of Aviation Photo Contest is now underway. Submit your aviation photos that have been taken within the Commonwealth of Virginia within the last three (3) years and not previously published. Winners will be featured in the 2016/2017 Virginia Aviation Calendar, on the Department of Aviation’s website, on the DOAV’s blog ‘Virginia Aviation News’ and on DOAV’s facebook and twitter sites. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a certificate of recognition and a package of Virginia Department of Aviation and Virginia is for Flying Lovers logo items. All entries will be judged by an impartial panel.

Photos may be submitted in the following categories:aircraft, airports, people, miscellaneous aviation, aerials, and digitally altered imaBiplanesges.

Each photographer may submit a maximum of twelve (12) photos for the contest. All photos involving aviation in the Commonwealth of Virginia will be accepted. Entry forms and releases must be fully completed for the photo to be considered.

All entries must be postmarked by October 16, 2015.

Reproduction Rights
Photos submitted to the contest may be used by the Virginia Department of Aviation to promote aviation in Virginia. All entries become and remain the property of the Virginia Department of Aviation and may be used without permission or credit. CDs will not be returned.

How to Submit Entries
Only digital entries will be accepted. Photos should be taken at the highest resolution possible (minimum 300 dpi or 3MB). Preferred format is .jpg. A completed entry form and model release (if needed) should be submitted with each photo. Email entries and form to or mail a CD to:

Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Kim Wells
5702 Gulfstream Rd.
Richmond, VA 23250-2422

Questions? Call 804-236-3624


Women Can Fly, a series of three special Saturday events held in June of 2015, introduced aviation to more girls and women of all ages in Virginia.

The event provided a variety of enjoyable and educational experiences, including aircraft static displays, tours of facilities, simulation opportunities, and aWomen Can Fly at Lynchburg flight in a general aviation aircraft. The first event at Lynchburg Regional Airport flew 111 women and girls. The second event at Hampton Roads Executive Airport also flew 111 women and girls. The third event at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport had bad weather but despite the downpours of rain it was estimated that 200 people showed up for the event and were able to look at aircraft on the ground, visit exhbitors and have lunch in a large airport hangar.

By providing information with hands-on experiences and demonstrating the sheer fun of flight, the goal of Women Can Fly is to encourage participants to fly recreationally, become a private pilot, or pursue a career in aviation.  Representatives from the airlines, military, business and recreational aviation showcase aviation’s diverse field for career opportunities.

Today, women pilots represent only 6% of the total pilot population. Women Can Fly intends to improve upon this statistic by making an appeal to all future female pilots.

For more information visit

Women Can Fly is co-sponsored by The Ninety-Nines, Inc. (International Organization of Women Pilots), Liberty University, Freedom Aviation, Virginia Department of Aviation, and participating airports. 

The Future of Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia

Late last year, Virginia Tech was selected by the FAA as one of six unmanned aerial system (UAV) test site operators in the United States. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAPP) had its first flight ceremony at the Virginia Tech test range on Wednesday, August 13th. In attendance at this historical event were dignitaries including Governor Terry McAuliffe as well as the Chairman of the Virginia Aviation Board and Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation.

Virginia has the opportunity and the capability to be a national leader in the development, manufacture, and creative use of autonomous vehicles. Economic development in this area could yield thousands of high-paying, high-technology jobs in communities throughout the Commonwealth. Autonomous vehicles include intelligent cars, self-guiding tractors, water surface and underwater vehicles, and unmanned aircraft. Policies established by Virginia leaders will determine if and how the Commonwealth will leverage its substantial strength in this emerging technology. Below there is a link to a study that provides an overview of the issues and opportunities concerning autonomous vehicles in order to support informed decisions about the future of autonomous vehicles in the Commonwealth.

For more information about this study please contact Craig Woolsey, Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech at:
Phone: 540-231-8117

For more information about state policy regarding Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia please contact Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology. Her office number is 804.786.9579 and her e-mail address:

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“Virginia Warbird Association” seeks unity for local warbird enthusiasts

The Virginia Warbird Association has been established to educate, promote and preserve warbird operations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. A warbird is defined as any vintage military aircraft now operated by a civilian organization or individual. The creation of the Virginia Warbird Association hopes to honor Virginia’s aviation heritage and the men and women who dedicated their lives to flying these warbirds.

Its intention is to bring local warbird groups and pilots together under one association and be the source of information for those who would like aircraft to serve as static displays for events in Virginia and neighboring states throughout the mid-Atlantic. The first association meeting was held in Petersburg this past October where it was decided that John V. Mazza, Jr. will serve as the chairman of the Virginia Warbird Association while the board of directors is under development.

For more information contact Mr. Mazza at 804-536-4040 or

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