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July 4, 2015
BryceFest Fly In will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sports, games, music, vendors, magic, food and fun to celebrate Independence Day! Prizes for best aircraft in several categories. Fireworks after dark. Volunteers will monitor 122.8 and will assist with tiedowns and transportation if needed. It is a short easy walk to most events at the Lodge from the ramp. Questions: go to: or call Kevin Brennan at 240 888-3603 or email Download Poster

July 4, 2015
July 4th Benefit Barbecue will be held by the National Capitol Squadron Commemorative Air Force from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 12499 Beverly Ford Road, Brandy Station, VA (Culpeper Airport). Includes aircraft rides, formation flying, door prize/raffle, live music with local musicians, vintage aircraft and military vehicles, and activities for younger aviators. Dinner ($25 suggested donation) includes chicken, pork and sides. Youngsters are free. Proceeds will support their program to train young future aircraft maintainers (future A & P mechanics). Visit for more information.

July 18, 2015
Bath County Air Show will take place at Ingalls Field in Hot Springs, VA from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. . Enjoy good food, family fun and activities for all ages! Activities include an acrobatic air show, car show featuring antique and muscle cars, tractors and motorcycles, helicopter and plane rides and carnival rides provided by Big Country amusements. Bring your chair or blanket to sit and enjoy the show. Check the website for more information:

July 20-26, 2015
EAA Airventure 2015 will take place in Oshkosh, WI. Come visit the Department of Aviation at Booths 3148-3150.

August 15, 2015
Tappahannock-Essex Airport Fly-In will take place. More details later.

August 18-21, 2015
Virginia Aviation Conference will take place at the Homestead Resort and Conference Center in Hot Springs, Virginia. To register visit:

August 21, 2015
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will be held at the Homestead Resort and Conference Center in Hot Springs, Virginia on Friday, August 21st.

August 22, 2015
Tazewell Fly-In/Open House

September 12, 2015
Louisa County Air Show will take place at the Louisa County Airport.

September 18-20, 2015
Lake Gaston Resort Seaplane Splash-In. See wonderful and various kinds of seaplanes taking off and landing using one of our two watery runways. Food and drinks provided to pilots and their passengers. Rental accommodations and amenities are available. Contact Bill Fosdick, VSPA President, at 540-872-6744,; or Steve Harris at 301-606-0723. Lake Gaston Resort 434-577-2193, or

September 19-20, 2015
NAS Oceana Airshow will take place in Virginia Beach, VA

September 26, 2015
Wings, Wheels, and Keels will take place at Hummel Field.

September 26, 2015
Leesburg Airshow will take place at Leesburg Executive Airport.

September 26, 2015
Hopewell Seaplane Splash-In will take place. For more information contact Don Maxwell at or

October 3, 2015
EAA Chapter 186 Fall Fly-In will take place at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will breakfast and dinner, airplane judging, a flymart for aircraft parts and much more. Visit for more information.

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

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

February 18, 2016
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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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For the most timely information about what's going on in aviation in Virginia,visit the Virginia Aviation Blog

FreedomFest at the Lynchburg Airport Will Honor Area Veterans in a Day of Tribute, Celebration and Aviation

FreedomFest, a miliary and veteran appreciation event to benefit the National D-Day Memorial, will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Lynchburg Regional Airport. Enjoy aircraft and rescue vehicle displays, as well as veteran exhibits, living history stations, a special reception for our WWII veterans, great kids activities, free flights for kids ages 8-17 courtesy of the Young Eagles, PT-19 flights, music, food and more! Admission is free! Fundraising activities surrounding the event will benefit the National D-Day Memorial. Gates open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Pilots are welcome to fly-in to the event. FreedomFest is presented by Freedom Aviation at the Lynchburg Regional Airport, 310 Hangar Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502. For more information about the program and details about parking and shuttle information, please visit Download poster

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

The event will provide 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. 

By providing information with hands-on experiences and demonstrating the sheer fun of flight, our goal 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 will be invited to 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 and to register for the event 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.  Mark your calendars for these three special Saturday events.


WWII Airplanes Fly Again in MayBreitling Jet Team

On May 2, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Manassas Airshow is bringing in Breitling Jet Team, the largest professional civilian flight jet team.  This team demonstrates aerobatics with precision, speed, mastery and style.  Also performing are the 3rd Dimension Parachute Team, the American Helicopters Demonstration Team, Andrew McKenna P-51 and T-6 Aerobatics, the Flying Circus Stearman Flight, Scott Francis MXS Aerobatics, Jack Knutson Extra 300 Aerobatics, Matt Chapman CAP 580 Aerobatics, Randy Devere CJ-6 Aerobatics and there will be an RC Modeler Jet Demonstration.

On Friday May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of V-E Day commemorating the end of the war in Europe, World War II bombers and fighters will fly together in historic group formations directly over Washington, DC.  The planes will originate from Manassas Regional Airport and Culpeper Regional Airport.

The first planes are expected to arrive over the nation’s capital beginning at noon. If bad weather forces a postponement, the flyover will take place on May 9.  Early arrivals, including the B-17 Texas Raider, a four-engine bomber, will be on display at the Manassas Airshow on May 2 and offer rides and tours May 3, 5 and 6.  Admission to the airshow is free to the public.Texas Raider B-17

The other three big bombers participating in the flyover will be open for cockpit tours at the Manassas Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 9 - 13. The daily admission fee of $15 for adults 18 and over and $5 for students from 6 through 17 (children 5 and under are free) includes the opportunity to go aboard and walk through all three bombers on the ground, including Fifi, the only B-29 still flying; Diamond Lil, the oldest remaining B-24; and Aluminum Overcast, a B-17G built in 1945.

Also on display at the Manassas Regional Airport are smaller planes participating in the flyover, like Gunfighter, a P-51 fighter plane; the only flying SB2C Hell Diver, a Navy dive bomber; and the twin-engine Bucket of Bolts C-45 Expeditor, a multi-engine trainer used for light cargo and as a VIP transport aircraft during the war.

For more information on any of these events, visit

(photos from the Breitling Jet Team website and Texas Raider B-17)

Department of Aviation Installs New Phone System

On Tuesday, February 24th, the Virginia Department of Aviation installed a new phone system which provides each staff member with their own phone number so they can be dialed directly. Each staff member has also been assigned a new extension. Attached is a staff list with the new telephone numbers and extensions listed. 2015 Staff Directory with Phone Numbers

Sun N Fun Booth N-038Visit the Department of Aviation Trailer at Sun n Fun

The Virginia Department of Aviation will have it's "Virgnia is for Flying Lover's" trailer at the Sun n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida from April 21-26, 2015. It you attend Sun n Fun this year, please stop by to visit.





Annual Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association Splash-in's

Splash-Ins have been scheduled for April 11, 2015 in Clarksville, VA (more details later) and September 18-20, 2015 at Lake Gaston Resort in beautiful Lake Gaston.  Location: N36-33.5237 W077-51.4649. Unicom 123.45. See wonderful and various kinds of seaplanes taking off and landing using one of our two watery "runways." Food & drinks provided to pilots and their passengers. Rental accommodations & amenities available. Contact Bill Fosdick, VSPA President, at (540) 872-6744,; or Steve Harris at (301) 606-0723. Lake Gaston Resort (434) 577-2193, or

2015-16 Virginia Aviation Calendar Now Available

The 2015-16 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.

Virginia Aviation Council Refocuses Annual Fly-In

The Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, an annual Fly-In held at Suffolk Executive Airport each spring, will not be held this year so that exciting reorganizational plans can be initiated to improve and expand the event for 2016. 

After 17 years of successfully sponsoring the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, the Virginia Aviation Council has decided to forgo holding the 2015 event, scheduled for May, so that it can be refocused to encourage additional participation and new activities.  Efforts will be made to enhance the program for the statewide fly-in, including offering more opportunities to attract youth to flying and to inform them about thrilling aviation careers available to them.

Randall Burdette, Executive Director, Virginia Department of Aviation, and Ray Batton, President, Virginia Aviation Council, plan to invite additional Virginia aviation-oriented organizations to participate in the planning process, beginning this spring, to identify ways to grow and re-brand the 2016 Virginia Regional Festival of Flight as a leading venue to serve the needs of the aviation community across the entire state.

The Virginia Aviation Council is a non-profit Virginia corporation formed in 1996, and made up of aviation organizations, which operates the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight.

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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40th Annual Virginia Aviation Conference held at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center HotelVictor Williams

Nearly 300 airport managers and sponsors, consultants, Virginia Aviation Board members, industry professionals and other members of Virginia’s aviation community gathered at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center Hotel in Virginia Beach on August 12-15, 2014 for the 40th Annual Virginia Aviation Conference.

The 4-day conference featured presentations about topics of interest to Virginia's aviation community. In addition, a Virginia Aviation Board Meeting took place where funds for capital projects (infrastructure projects) were allocated to Virginia's public use airports for 2015.

The event was planned and hosted by Virginia Aviation Conference LLC. For more information please visit:

Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet

On Thursday, August 14th the annual Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet honored those who have made significant contributions to aviation in the Commonwealth. Steve Fox was named Virginia Airport Manager of the Year, Victor Williams was named Virginia Aviation Person of the Year (pictured), and Terry Page was awarded the Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award. Harry Houckes received a Special Recognition Award. Richard Everroad, Gregory Bamford, and Richard Largent (not present) were Virginia's Top Eagles for flying the most Young Eagles Flights for 2014.



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2014 Women Can Fly Events Are a Success

Four special one-day events to introduce women and girls to aviation took place in May and June at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, Lynchburg Regional Airport, Hampton Roads Executive Airport, and Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. Despite inclement weather during a couple of the events, all were a great success with.472 women and girls receiving an introduction to aviation and a free flight.

For more information about Women Can Fly visit their website (

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, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport and the Virginia Department of Aviation.


“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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2014 Virginia Aviation Photography Contest UnderwayBiplanes

The annual Virginia Aviation Photography Contest is underway for 2014. Submit your photos that involve aviation, have been takenwithin 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 17, 2014.

Winners will be featured in the 2015/2016 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.

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 804-236-3631



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