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Aerospace Days at Lonesome Pine Airport
On April 26-27, 2014 Aerospace Days in Wise, Virginia will feature high and low powered model rockets, remote controlled microjets, helicopters, and propeller planes.
Aerospace teams and hobbyists from all around will perfom day and night shows from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on April 26th and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on April 27th. Everyone is invited to attend and those who wish to participate in the launches are asked to contact Jack Kennedy at 276-275-4700 or Giovanni Colberg at 276-439-9738.
The Raviator Ignites Dreams of Flight in Northern Virginia: "YOU CAN DO IT" lands in Virginia
Global entertainer, motivational speaker and aviator, Ravi "The Raviator", heads to Northern Virginia and Washington DC with his unprecedented national tour showcasing the many benefits of becoming a pilot, and to present local opportunities for teens and adults to participate in one of humanity's greatest achievements—the magic of flight.
The main event is free and open to the public, and takes place Wednesday March 19th at 7pm at 'the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University's Prince William Campus (near Manassas Regional Airport).
As General Aviation's most outspoken advocate, Ravi leverages his wit as an entertainer and skills as a motivational speaker to communicate the value of becoming a pilot. In this family-friendly multimedia presentation, he shares stories of being in Hanson while they were the top-selling band in the world, and his quest to defy gravity as a pilot. Ravi takes his audience to the stages of Madison Square Garden, the White House, and David Letterman; and then to the skies in a helicopter, seaplane, and along the treetops across the countryside of France.
Ultimately, he shows how flight training helps one acquire the life skills and confidence needed to live one's dreams. This is the perfect opportunity for attendees to discover if learning to fly is for them, and along with Ravi, local aviation community members will be on hand to answer questions.
Prior to the main event, Ravi will give presentations to local pilots at "Flight Night," App Jet Center at Manassas Regional Airport, Tuesday March 18 at 7pm. He will also visit students of the TranSTEM program at Cardozo High School in Washington DC at 11:30am and the STEM program at Chantilly High School on Wednesday March 19th at 2:15pm.
All events are free (canned goods for the local homeless shelter requested), offer great prizes including free introductory flights and a chance to win a $1500 flight training scholarship, and made possible by Sporty's Foundation, Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, and Sennheiser Aviation.
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Virginia Seaplane Pilots Associaton Splash-In in Clarksville
Building on the great success of the Lake Gaston seaplane splash-in back in October of 2013, the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association has paired with Mecklenburg County Tourism, the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Motel to bring a splash-in to Clarksville on Saturday, April 12th from 10am-5pm. This is the same day as the increasingly popular Clarksville Wine Festival; people will be able to attend the festival and then stroll right down to the lake to see these beautiful aircraft and meet the pilots. “This will be a great opportunity for the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association to work together with the community and the Corps of Engineers in addressing compatibility issues and expanding seaplane use on the lake.”
Overnight accommodations are available at the Lake Motel, the Magnusson Hotel in Clarksville, Cooper’s Landing Bed & Breakfast, the cabins at Occoneechee State Park, and the Bay View Efficiencies. For more information on the splash-in, please contact Steve Harris/VA DOAV (Steve.Harris@doav.virginia.gov), Bill Fosdick/VA SPA (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Justin Kerns/Mecklenburg Tourism (email@example.com), or go to http://www.mecklenburgva.com/2014clarksvillesplashin.aspx. Regular updates on the weather conditions for the splash-in will be available on www.facebook.com/VisitMeckVA in the week leading up to the event. A live web cam of the landing site can be viewed at http://clarksvilleva.com/live-webcam/web-cams-large-view/. Additional details.
2014-15 Virginia Aviation Calendar Now Available
The 2014-15 Virginia Aviation calendar featuring photos submitted to the annual Virginia Aviation Photo Contest and artwork from the Virginia Aviation Art Contest (part of the annual International Aviation Art Contest for students) is now available.
To request a calendar contact the Department of Aviation at (804) 236-3624 or send an email request.
The Future of Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia 2014 Report
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. This study 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 report please contact Craig Woolsey, Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech at:
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: Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Tech Selected as One of Six UAS Test Site Operators
On December 30th, the FAA announced the selection of six UAS test site operators that will allow the agency to develop research findings and operational experiences to help ensure the safe integration of UAS into the nation's airspace. Virginia Tech was selected as one of the test site operators and will conduct UAS testing and will identify and evaluate operational and technical risks areas.
Betty Vinson Christmas Toy Airlift
The Betty Vinson Christmas Toy Airlift to benefit veterans and military children will be held at the Chesterfield County Airport on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Drop off toys to benefit the children of military personnel and gifts for veterans at the McGuire Veterans Hospital. A holiday celebration for the the whole family including music, good food, and a visit by Santa Claus will take place in the airport terminal. Santa will arrive at 10:00 a.m. and will be greeting children in the terminal building until 2:00 p.m. The Toy Airlift is a project of the Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines. For more information contact Barbara Headley at 804-580-4624 or email@example.com or Joyce Meier at 804-932-3641 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Airlift Notice:
Because of inclement weather forecast for Saturday December 14th, the Toy Airlift will also accept gifts on Friday, December 13th and Sunday, December 15th.
Dominion Aviation Services (DAS) will give a $0.40 per gallon discount for pilots bringing toys and will match that in a gift card for the vets. If a pilot would like to donate his discount to the vets, then DAS will put the entire $0.80 per gallon amount to the veteran gift card.
“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 email@example.com.
DOAV Director Randall Burdette to receive 2013 Kenneth A. Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award
Virginia Department of Aviation Director, Randall Burdette, has been selected by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) to receive the Kenneth A. Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award. Named after a previous Virginia Director, the award honors a state aviation director who embodies spirit, optimism, and fierce pride in the capabilities of the state aviation agencies. It will be presented at the upcoming NASAO Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is a special award; it has only been presented eight times since its creation 19 years ago. Mr. Burdette will be the first Virginia director to receive it since it was presented to and named after Kenneth A. Rowe in 1994.
Mr. Burdette was appointed as Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) in 2004 by Governor Mark Warner and then reappointed in 2006 and 2010 by the honorable Governors Tim Kaine and Bob McDonnell respectively. Leading an organization that reports directly to the Secretary of Transportation and the highest executive in state government (the Governor), Mr. Burdette took the reins of the agency and initiated programs that set the stage for state aviation agencies around the nation to emulate for years to come. The creation of organizations addressing security, safety and economic development were part of his vision to increase communications throughout the industry locally, regionally and nationally. Full press release
39th Annual Virginia Aviation Conference held at The Omni Homestead
Nearly 300 airport managers and sponsors, consultants, Virginia Aviation Board members, industry professionals and other members of Virginia’s aviation community gathered at The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs for the 39th annual Virginia Aviation Conference August 20-23.
The 4-day conference, which took place during the annual Aviation Month in Virginia, kicked off with welcoming remarks from VAOC President Bill Kelly, Bath County Special Projects Coordinator Bill O’Brien, DOAV Director Randall Burdette and Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton.
2013 Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet
The Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet was held Wednesday night to recognize outstanding contributions to Virginia’s aviation community. Becky Skidmore was named “Virginia Airport Manager of the Year” for her expertise and enthusiasm in operating, maintaining and promoting Ingalls Field Airport along with providing excellent service and advancing the benefits of the airport as an asset to aviation in Virginia. Leo Schefer was honored with the“Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award” for his lifetime contributions to aviation in Virginia as a foundingmember and President of the Washington Airports Task Force and for his dedication to the expansion andenhancement of aviation services including launching Dulles as an international gateway and reopening Reagan National after 9/11. Joe Love was also honored with the “Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award” for his 19 years of airport management experience and for his dedication to improving Chesapeake Regional Airport and establishing it as a valued air transportation facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richard Largent, Demetrios Gellios and William Davis were recognized as the most active Young Eagles pilots in the commonwealth for introducing young people to flight. Judy Sparks received special recognition for over 16 years of leadership, dedication, hard work and perseverance as coordinator and event manager of the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight.
Third Women Can Fly Event Held at Lynchburg Regional Airport
The third, and final, Women Can Fly event for 2013 was held at Lynchburg Regional Airport on Saturday, June 29th. It was another great success with 106 women and girls receiving a free airplane flight. Considering the first event at Warrenton Fauquier Airport provided 137 participants with flights and the second at Hampton Roads Executive Airport provided 122 individuals with rides, the total number of women and girls who benefited from the program by learning more about aviation and receiving a free airplane ride was 365.
Photos from each of the events can be viewed at www.womencanfly.org (click on the airport)
After receiving many positive comments from those who attended, the organizers are discussing continuing the program next summer.
Women Can Fly was sponsored by the Ninety-Nines, Inc. (International Organization of Women Pilots), Warrenton Fauquier Airport, Hampton Roads Executive Airport, Liberty University, Freedom Aviation, and the Virginia Department of Aviation.
Registration Open for 2013 Virginia Aviation Conference
The 2013 Virginia Aviation Conference, sponsored by Virginia Aviation Conference, LLC, will be held at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia on August 20-23, 2013. The Conference, featuring speakers and round table sessions of interest to airport managers, sponsors and others interested in aviation in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is held in conjunction with a Virginia Aviation Board Meeting. Registration for the Conference is now open. Visit www.virginiaaviationconference.com for full information and to register.
Second Women Can Fly Event to be Held at Hampton Roads Executive Airport on June 22nd
The second of three special one-day events to introduce women and girls to aviation will take place at Hampton Roads Executive Airport on Saturday, June 22nd. Please visit the Women Can Fly website (www.womencanfly.org) for complete details about activities taking place during Women Can Fly and to sign up for a free introductory flight.
The first event held at Warrenton-Fauquier County Airport on June 8th introduced almost 130 women and girls to flight despite some less than perfect weather conditions in the morning.
Women Can Fly is sponsored by the Ninety-Nines, Inc. (International Organization of Women Pilots), Warrenton Fauquier Airport, Hampton Roads Executive Airport, Liberty University, Freedom Aviation, and the Virginia Department of Aviation. Press Release
First Women Can Fly Event to be Held at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport on June 8th
A special one day event to introduce women and girls to aviation will take place at Warrenton-Fauquier County Airport on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Women Can Fly will feature a variety of fun and educational activities that will culminate in a free introductory flight in a general aviation aircraft for participants. The event is free and open to everyone, but girls or women who wish to take the free flight must register in advance. This is the first in a series of three Women Can Fly events that will take place in the Commonwealth of Virginia during the month of June.
Currently, women make up only 6% of the U. S. pilot population. Increasing aviation awareness among women and girls and bringing more women into aviation as both recreational pilots and as aviation professionals is vital to the long term health of the aviation industry. Women Can Fly will provide a fun, no pressure environment for women to ask questions, learn, and experience the wonder of flight.
Throughout the day, as they wait for their turn to take a flight, women and girls in attendance will have the opportunity to visit, and possibly sit in, aircraft on display and to talk with their pilots. They will also be able to attend classroom sessions and seminars about how airplanes fly, how to become a pilot and other aviation topics. Additionally they can interact with exhibitors from aviation clubs and flight schools; and maybe even pilot a flight simulator.
A Women Can Fly website (www.womencanfly.org) has been established with detailed information about the event and allows potential participants to register ahead of time to attend.
Women Can Fly is sponsored by the Ninety-Nines, Inc. (International Organization of Women Pilots), Warrenton Fauquier Airport, Hampton Roads Executive Airport, Liberty University, Freedom Aviation, and the Virginia Department of Aviation. Press Release
The annual Virginia Aviation Photography Contest is underway for 2013. Submit your photos that involve aviation, have been taken within the Commonwealth of Virginia within the last three (3) years, and not previously published. Photos may be submitted in the following categories: Aircraft, Airports, People, Miscellaneous Aviation, Aerials, and Digitally Altered Images.
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 4, 2013. Award winners will be featured in the 2014/2015 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 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 1200 x 1600 pixels). Preferred format is .jpg or .gif. A completed entry form and model release (if needed) should be submitted with each photo. Email entries and form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a CD to:
Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Jessica Cowardin
5702 Gulfstream Rd.
Richmond, VA 23250-2422
if you have any questions call 804-236-3631 ext. 146
Virginia Meets Goal of 100% Participation in Airport Support Network (ASN)
The Commonwealth of Virginia has become the first state in the nation to have 100% participation in the Airport Support Network (ASN) at its 66 public use airports. ASN is a project of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), which encourages volunteers to act as communications liaisons at public use airports between AOPA, local pilots, airport management and local governments. These individuals promote their local airport and help educate local officials and community neighbors about the value of their airport. Volunteers also communicate the needs of local airports to AOPA. Full text
DOAV Kicks Off Virginia Air Transportation System Plan
The Virginia Department of Aviation has recently begun work to update its Virginia Air Transportation System Plan (VATSP). The VATSP is a strategic 25-year plan for supporting and developing the growth of the Commonwealth’s 66 public airports. The plan will identify future air traffic demands and the facilities required to meet those demands while balancing the needs of airports, airport sponsors, and users of the air transportation system today and in the future. It also includes strategic planning efforts to guide future airport development and funding for all Virginia system airports.
For more information on the plan, visit the VATSP web page.
Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo
The Virginia Department of Aviation will once again be displaying it's exhibit trailer at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. Each year the Department exhibits to promote Virginia's airports and tourism in the Commonwealth. The event runs April 9-14, 2013.
If you're at Sun 'n Fun this year please drop by and say hi to the Department of Aviation staff.
Virginia Museum of Transportation Joins Aviation Ambassadors Program
After a severe storm blew off part of the roof, destroying the aviation gallery below, the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke began to rebuild their aviation gallery. The new Wings Over Virginia gallery contains exhibits about Technology and Principles of Flight, Early Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Helicopters and Emergency Transport, Virginia's Commercial Airports, Roanoke's Early Civilian Aviators, Roanoke's Military Aviators, Virginia's Military Bases, Cutting Edge Research and Development, and General Aviation.
With the opening of the Wings Over Virginia gallery, participants in the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program may now obtain an Ambassadors stamp when they visit the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
For more information on the Wings Over Virginia gallery contact Don Moser, Deputy Director at 540-342-5670. The museum is located at 303 Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia in downtown Roanoke.
2013 Virginia Aviation Awards Nominations Being Accepted
Application forms for the 2013 Virginia Aviation Awards are now available for download. Virginia Aviation Awards are given for Airport Manager of the Year, Person of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations will be accepted through June 5, 2013. Recipients will be honored at the Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet, held during the Virginia Aviation Conference in August. If you know someone who has made significant contributions to aviation in the Commonwealth of Virginia, please don't hesitate to submit a nomination form. If you have questions about the awards contact Betty Wilson or Kim Wells at the Virginia Department of Aviation.
GAMA and Build A Plane Push STEM Education Efforts
In a collaborative effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and stimulate student interaction in aviation and manufacturing, Build A Plane and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced a nationwide STEM educational competition. The winners of this competition, eight children total, will receive free trips to the Glasair Aviation facilities in Arlington, Washington to build two Glasair Sportman aircraft. Participating in Glasair's well-known "Two Weeks to Taxi" program, students will build the two Sportsman aircraft starting June 17, 2013. GAMA member companies, along with Glasair Aviation, are generously donating technical expertise, workspace, aircraft equipment, and supplies to the competition. The completed aircraft will be professionally test flown with the goal of flying to and displaying the aircraft at this year's AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Schools interested in this challenge will be issued complimentary "Fly to Learn" software which provides tools for teachers to guide students through the process of building an aircraft on a computer. Each high school will select one design that will compete in a virtual fly-off which will score aerodynamic and perfomance parameters.
High schools who wish to enter the competition should call Katrina Bradshaw at 804-843-3321 immediately as space in the competition is limited. For more information about the organizations involved, please log onto BuildAPlane.org, GAMA.aero, GlasairAviation.com or FlyToLearn.com
2013 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Results
Artists throughout Virginia from ages 7 to 18 picked up their colored markers, pens and paint brushes to draw a picture about their favorite Air Sport for the 2013 International Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme, “My Favorite Air Sport” gave students the option to pick from eleven different Air Sport Competitions to draw about such as Ballooning, Hang Gliding, Paragliding and Parachuting. Other inspirational topics for the artwork were General Aviation including Rotorcraft and Aerobatics.
The Virginia Department of Aviation received 89 entries from students all over the state. The judges included David Hahn, the Dinwiddie Airport Manager with an Art History background, Bill Kluge, an illustrator and graphic designer for NASA as well as select staff of the Department of Aviation. There were three winners chosen from each category broken down into age ranges; The Junior category for ages 7-10, the Intermediate category for ages 11-14 and the Senior category for ages 15-18.
The winners in the Junior Category all came from Northern Virginia. First place was awarded to Will Clayton Smith from CM Bradley Elementary School in Warrenton, Virginia whose colorful artwork uniquely captured people parachuting in the sky. Second place was awarded to Julliette Guill from Hardy Elementary School in Smithfield, Virginia. Her artwork captured a recently married couple who celebrated their big day with the wind in their hair hang gliding with friends and family. Third place was awarded to Daniel Murtha who is also from Hardy Elementary, but his artwork displayed a red colored hot air balloon using an interesting shading technique for depth.
One winner from the Intermediate Category hailed from Central Virginia and two came from Northern Virginia. First place was awarded to Delaney Myers from Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. Her picture captured a couple watching aerobatics in the sky and the artwork was used as the background on all the winner’s certificates. Second place was awarded to Emily Lawson from Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia whose artwork displayed a tranquil scene of a person Paragliding over the mountains. Third place was awarded to Avery Rae Smith from Warrenton Middle School in Warrenton, Virginia whose artwork depicted hot air balloons in the sky peeking from behind whimsical clouds.
The winners in the Senior Category were from Northwest and Northern Virginia. First place was awarded to Luke Bergeron from Millbrook High School in Winchester, Virginia. His artwork was a black and white, two-dimensional picture that captured aerobatic jets performing over an airport’s runway. Second place was awarded to Natalie Jane Smith from Fauquier High School in Warrington, Virginia whose artwork captured sail planes gliding in the sky over the city as the sun sets. Third place was awarded to Debi Acevedo from Christ Chapel Academy in Woodbridge, Virginia whose artwork displayed colorful hot air balloons over a seaside cliff on a clear day.
This year there were eight honorable mentions given to select students in Virginia. The following artists received the honorable mention: Amanda Broadnax, Renae George, Emma Goeas, Grace Hogan Quameshia Lewis, Allison Velvin, Janaye Wagner and Jack Wilson. In addition to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, an honorable mention was given to those students whose artwork was well drawn and eye catching, but may or may not have fully captured the contest theme. They received a participation certificate that stated honorable mention in the bottom left corner. The remaining entries received a certificate of participation which thanked them for their time and artwork.
The Department of Aviation was happy to receive all the colorful, well researched designs and looks forward to seeing what the artists will design next. Artwork from the top three winners in each category have been sent to NASAO for the national judging, which takes place the week of February 25th, 2013. If Virginia has any national winners, they will then be sent to the FAI headquarters for the International judging. To see the winning artwork, please visit the art contest 2013 web page. Information for next year’s International Aviation Art Contest will be available in September 2013.
Spera Granted Master Instructor Emeritus Status
Robert J Spera, a 6-time Master and charter SAFE member, was recently granted Master Instructor Emeritus status in recognition of his many years of commitment to excellence, professional growth, service to the aviation community, and quality aviation education.
Bob is the FBO at Lonesome Pine Airport (LNP) as well as the owner of Lonesome Pine's Liberty Flying Service (http://LibertyFlyingService.com/). He has also served as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's South Bend FSDO area.
Results of the 2012 Toy Airlift
Betty Vinson, Event Coordinator of the 2012 Toy Airlift provided this article on this year's results:
The 2012 Toy Airlift was extremely successful as we surpassed all our previous goals. This was only possible due to the efforts of all of you who participated. The plane which had the distinction of flying the farthest was from Martinsville WV and also a carful of toys arrived after the “elves” left the Galax VA area around 0430 for a six hour drive to FCI. Now that is dedication!
After a couple of late donations, we have finally broken the 1000 mark with toys donated to the military of which we are extremely proud! That’s a mark we have been aiming for for a couple of years. We also provided 54 toys for the homeless veterans at McGuire’s Veterans Hospital to give to their children. While these veterans are estranged from their families, they do usually see them at Christmas. I am proud to say this is the fourth year we have provided the toys which they give to their children.
We also collected 91 gifts for the hospitalized veterans and a new high of $1070 in gift cards for the units at McGuire’s Veterans’ Hospital!
There was a nice front page story with pictures in the Petersburg Progress-Index on 12/11. You can see it on line at http://progress-index.com/news/santa-flies-for-toy-airlift-1.1414621. There was also a front page article with pictures in the Hopewell News on 12/11 which you can see at http://www.hopewellnews.com/article_5103.shtml#.UMj7P2_LSSo
You can see a full write-up of the event with lots of pictures on our chapter web site at http://virginiachapter99s.shutterfly.com/.
Again, thanks to everyone and we look forward to seeing you next year for an even more successful Toy Airlift. Mark your calendar now for the second Saturday in December.
Thanks ever so much for your hard work.
Betty Vinson, Event Coordinator
Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines Toy Airlift
2012-13 Virginia Aeronautical Chart Available
The 2012-13 Virginia Aeronautical Chart is now available from the Virginia Department of Aviation (e-mail email@example.com). The chart, to be used for planning only - not legal for navigation, is also being distributed at no charge at Virginia's public use airports and at fly-in's in Virginia.
Aviation and Space Workforce Development Analysis and Strategy Development
Governor Bob McDonnell has released the Aviation and Space Workforce Development Analysis and Strategy Development. The report highlights the aviation and space industries' current employment levels and future projections for growth. According to the report, approximately 12,000 new employees will be required to fill positions that include airline pilots, aircraft mechanics and technicians, aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers, air traffic controllers and other technical jobs that require strong science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) skills.
"The goals of the report were to determine the current size and impact of the Commonwealth's aviation and space industry, project industry growth, identify core workforce support entities and to isolate any gaps in the current workforce," governor McDonnell said. "We plan to implement these recommendations leading Virginia in a direction to capture a greater share of the nation's industry growth."
Additional goals are to enhance interest in STEM-related careers by focusing on the educational pipeline and include secondary education, increase industry visibility through promotional and marketing efforts, develop a statewide strategic plan mentorship programs to transfer institutional knowledge from the senior generation to the younger generation of the workforce as well as place former military personnel with defense contractors.
Implementation of the recommendations will be executed as a joint effort between the Department of Aviation, the Virginia Department of Education, and aviation and space industry partners. The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System identified several existing programs that support the recommendations and provided guidance on developing programs that strengthen STEM-related skills.
The report was commissioned through the collaboration of the working group-Working Smarter Alliance-which consisted of industry partners including the Office of the Secretary of Education, NASA Langley Research Center, the National Association of Manufacturers Institute and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The report was developed by the Performance Management Group (PMG) in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and was based upon the results of the technical study Virginia's Aviation and Aerospace State of the Workforce 2011 completed by Chmura Economics and Analytics.
Competitive Analysis of Virginia's Aviation Industry
Virginia’s Air Transportation System is a network of 66 publicuse airports supporting a range of commercial and general aviation services. Virginia’s airports are economic engines, technology magnets, and tourism gateways. They generate over $28.8 Billion in economic activity, support over 259,000 jobs, and provide access to more than 8.5 million visitors annually. The Competitive Analysis of Virginia’s Aviation Industry looks for ways to be even more competitive and grow the Virginia Commonwealth’s aviation industry by comparing Virginia’s Air Transportation System with its counterparts in key states to identify areas of achievement, risk, and potential improvement.
Facilities and Equipment (Navigational Aid) Study 2010
As part of continuing Virginia system planning efforts, the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) Facility and Equipment (NAVAID) Study was undertaken to ensure that the Virginia system airports have appropriate approaches and the lowest practical ceiling and visibility minima.
Effective with the July 5, 2007 U.S. Terminal Procedures publication, there were 200 standard instrument approach procedures to 58 of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s airports. A review found the existing system of airports to be well served with a network of federal and Commonwealth maintained NAVAID, visual guidance, communications, and weather facilities. In addition, the existing instrument approach procedures, as prepared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), are well written and accurately presented.
For more information, contact Vernon Carter at (804) 236-3632 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study Released
Governor Bob McDonnell announced the results of the Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study which details the contributions of the state's 66 public-use airports to the Virginia economy. The independent report reveals that in 2010 Virginia's diverse system of airports:
- Produced $28.8 billion in overall economic activity
- Generated $11.1 billion in payroll
- Created 259,000 jobs, representing nearly 5.5 percent of the state's total jobs
The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) commissioned the study to identify the economic benefits associated with the 66 public-use airports, which include nine commercial service and 57 general aviation airports serving communities throughout Virginia. The study focused on the economic impacts created by the airports, the visitors who travel through the airports and the in-state companies that rely on the airports to support and conduct their business.
Airports economic contributions was calculated from data collected through a survey of airport managers, on-airport tenants, visitors and off-airport businesses, and data from U.S. government agencies and IMPLAN, a widely accepted economic modeling system.
"The Commonwealth's system of airports not only provides a safe and efficient means of transportation for businesses, residents and visitors, it stimulates economic growth and development," said Governor McDonnell. "We are proud of the economic contributions our airports make to our local communities and beyond." (full text)
A recent FAA estimate forecasts the demand for air travel to increase by 71% over current levels by 2027. Because current human-centric air traffic control (ATC) methods are not capable of accommodating the additional traffic with current systems, the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) was given the task of designing a new way to manage the nation’s skies. Their solution is a system of systems, dubbed NextGen, and the cornerstone of that solution is ADS-B (Automatic-Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast). The use of radios in aircraft to broadcast aircraft information including location and type and the ground systems that collect and rebroadcast the information along with traffic and
weather information are the most well known capabilities of ADS-B and NextGen. The FAA now has the responsibility of implementing NextGen to meet America’s aviation growth needs.
Virginia's Flight to 2025: An Aviation Vision for the Commonwealth is a strategic plan that presents the vision for Virginia’s future aviation system as we move forward to take advantage of these new technologies to provide better access and more economic opportunities to Virginia communities.
Virginia's Aerospace Industry Economic Impact Study Completed
Governor Bob McDonnell released today the results of a new study to measure the economic impact and value of Virginia's aerospace industry. "Virginia's Aerospace Industry: An Economic Impact Analysis," describes important contributions that the aerospace industry makes to the economy of Virginia and highlights areas of expected growth.
Speaking about the analysis, Governor McDonnell noted, "The aerospace industry plays a vital role in the economy of the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a source of well paying, highly skilled jobs. As progress continues in this area, the entire Commonwealth will benefit. This study provides valuable information that will serve as a baseline to measure future growth."
The study is the first comprehensive economic study of Aerospace in Virginia and includes supplemental information on the contributions from Virginia's strong presence in aerospace military, education and tourism. It was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), and conducted by the Performance Management Group at Virginia Commonwealth University in partnership with Chmura Economics & Analytics. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) convened experts from all of Virginia's public universities and colleges and relevant state agencies to develop the Commonwealth Economic Impact Research Model which guided this study. It is one part of a three part analysis that will include an airport economic impact analysis and a workforce development study for aviation and aerospace.
The study identified that Virginia's aerospace industry contributed $7.6 billion per year to the economy of Virginia and supported 28,110 jobs in 2009 through direct impacts and ripple effects. Aerospace directly employed 9,029 workers and created $4.3 billion in annual economic output in 2009. The study noted that aerospace workers are highly skilled and highly productive and are paid higher wages than the average in Virginia.
Virginia is home to the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport, one of four spaceports in the nation. It will begin commercial operations to the International Space Station from the Wallops Island Flight Facility beginning in 2011. The Commonwealth is also fortunate to have facilities such as NASA Langley and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility which have a long history of supporting and advancing the aerospace industry. In addition, Virginia has three public universities; Old Dominion University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech), and University of Virginia, that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace-related fields. Virginia's cooperative legislative and economic policies and practices, aided by its competitive workforce, have been driving forces behind an increase in the presence and investments of private aerospace firms to the Commonwealth at a time when many mature industries are declining both nationally and in the state. Because Virginia has four times the concentration of space research and technology industry employment, when compared to the national average, it holds a clear, competitive advantage compared with other states in the nation.
The study can be downloaded from the Department of Aviation's Website.