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May 3, 2017
Virginia Aviation Safety Week program will take place at Virginia Tech Airport in Blacksburg, Virginia from 7-9 p.m. The presentation by Tom Curran, a contract instructor for AOPA's Air Safety Institute, will be "Non-Towered Case Studies: What Went Wrong?" Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation.

May 3, 2017
Should I Stay or Should I Go (a weather avoidance seminar) will take place at the Chesterfield County Airport Conference Room beginning at 6:00 p.m.

May 4, 2017
Virginia Aviation Safety Week program will take place in the Virginia Department of Aviation's hangar at Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Virginia from 7-9 p.m. The presentation by Tom Curran, a contract instructor for AOPA's Air Safety Institute, will be "Non-Towered Case Studies: What Went Wrong?" Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation.

May 6, 2017
Women Can Fly event will take place at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport to introduce women and girls to aviation - includes a free flight. To register visit

May 6, 2017
Manassas Airshow
will take place at Manassas Regional Airport from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information.

May 6, 2017
Drone Demonstration will take place at Williamsburg Jamestown Airport from 10:00 a.m. until 2:20 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public for viewing. Rain date is Sunday, May 7th. Sponsored by Tidewater Virginia UAV UAB and Drone Club and Williamsburg Jamestown Airport.

May 8, 2017
IMC-Mastering the Art of Instrument Flying - a discussion of real-world instrument scenarios will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Deep Run 3, 9954 Mayland Drive, Henrico, Virginia 23233 (meet on first floor). For more information visit the Event Detail page

May 18, 2017
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will take place, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sandston, Virginia.

May 20, 2017
Virginia Seaplane Splash-In at Lake Anna.

May 27, 2017
Chase City Fly-In Breakfast (wonderful food!) Maury Dacey, FAA FAASteam will conduct a safety seminar afterwards. Free to the public but donations are accepted to be used for airport amenities improvement. For more information contact Mike Smith at 434-960-5151 or

June 3, 2017
Women Can Fly event will take place at Lynchburg Regional Airport to introduce women and girls to aviation - includes a free flight. To register visit

June 10, 2017
Rusty Pilots Seminar, hosted by AOPA and the Sky Bryce Flying Club will take place at Bryce Resort in the Restaurant. Current pilots are welcome to flyh-in to VG-18, of course, and to bring their rusty pilot friends with them. Pre-Registration Link

June 17, 2017
Women Can Fly event will take place at Hampton Roads Executive Airport to introduce women and girls to aviation - includes a free flight. To register visit

June 17, 2017
Innovations in Flight Day at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will take place.

June 24, 2017
Women Can Fly event will take place at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport to introduce women and girls to aviation - includes a free flight. To register visit

June 24, 2016
12th Annual Bluegrass Family Day and Fly-In at Middle Peninsula Regional Airport will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission. Live music throughout the day, Runway 5K at 7:30 a.m., food and refreshments, silent auction, airplane rides, vendors and crafts, children's activities, car and bike show, steam engine, fire and ems display, and skydiving. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Hosted by Fulcrum Concepts, LLC and the Middle Peninsula Regional Airport. Poster

July 8, 2017
Women Can Fly event will take place at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport to introduce women and girls to aviation - includes a free flight. To register visit

July 15, 2017
Wings and Wheels Bath County Air Show will take place at Ingalls Field in Hot Springs, Virginia.

July 24-30, 2017
EAA Airventure 2017 will take place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

August 15-18, 2017
Virginia Aviation Conference will take place. Location to be determined.

August 19, 2017
Tappahannock-Essex County Airport 2017 Fly-In will take place at the airport.

September 16-17, 2017
NAS Oceana Airshow, featuring the U. S. Navy Blue Angels, will take place in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

September 16, 2017
Lake Gaston Resort Seaplane Splash-In will take place at Lake Gaston.

September 23, 2017
5th Annual Dulles Day 5K and 10K Run on the Runway will take place. Registration is now open with early bird registration available through July 8.  Here is the link:

September 30, 2017
Wings, Wheels, and Keels Fly-In will take place at Hummel Field in Topping, Virginia.

September 30, 2017
2017 Leesburg Airshow will take place at Leesburg Executive Airport.

October 7, 2017
2017 Virginia Regional Festival of Flight will take place in conjunction with the Suffolk Peanut Festival at Suffolk Executive Airport. For more information visit the website.

October 10-12, 2017
NBAA 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2017) will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

October 14, 2017
18th Annual Culpeper Air Fest will take place at Culpeper Regional Airport.

November 16, 2017
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will take place, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Airport, Sandston, Virginia.


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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

Training Courses for LIght Sport Aircraft and Rotax Engines

Blue Ridge Community College (Weyers Cave, VA) will be offering courses for Light Sport Repairman this summer and are scheduled from 12-30 June 2017.

Blue Ridge Community College (Weyers Cave, VA) is also offering courses in Rotax Service and Maintenance for 9-Series this summer. The Service Class will be held 6-7 June 2017 and the Maintenance Class will be held 8-9 June. The classes are taught by Dean Vogel from Lockwood Aviation.

          - Rotax Service Training
          - Rotax Maintenance Training
Note: the Service Training class is a prerequisite to take the Maintenance Training class.

For questions regarding course content or further information please contact:

Keith Dennis
Instructional Assistant – AMT Program
Blue Ridge Community College
43 Aviation Circle, Suite 101
Hangar 4 East
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Office (540) 453-2508

Safety Awareness in the Commonwealth

In an effort to enhance safety awareness throughout the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Aviation is partnering with the FAA Safety Team (FAAST).  Recently, a postcard requesting contact information was mailed to pilots in the Commonwealth. Pilots wishing to be notified of safety programs and information are asked to email their name, zip code and preferred email address to Be among the first to receive information on safety in the Commonwealth by signing up today!

Spring 2017 Safety Week dates and locations have been announced.  Mark your calendars and plan to join us:

May 1:  Hampton – Hampton Air & Space Center
May 2:  Culpeper – Culpeper Regional Airport
May 3: Blacksburg – Va Tech Montgomery Executive Airport
May 4:  Richmond – DOAV Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at all locations

DOAV is partnering with AOPA in offering Non-Towered Case Studies: What Went Wrong? to be presented by Tom Curran. For more information, please email us at or call Greg Dexter at (804) 774-4642.


Apply for TSA Pre✓® at Some DMV Locations

Virginia DMV is the first motor vehicle agency in the nation to offer Universal Enrollment Services for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Pre✓® and Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC*) at select DMV customer service centers.

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that connects travelers departing from within the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience.

TWIC* is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation's maritime facilities and vessels.

By increasing access to enrollment services, Virginia DMV adds convenience for its customers, in particular, frequent air travelers and employees of trucking companies.

For eligibility, required documents, and application information, visit or


2017 Virginia Aviation Awards Nomination Forms

Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to aviation in Virginia? If so, nomination forms for the annual Virginia Aviation Awards are now available. The Virginia Department of Aviation honors the Virginia Airport Manager of the Year, Virginia Aviation Person of the Year, and Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at a banquet held during the Virginia Aviation Conference in August. Nomination package


2017 International Aviation Art Contest

Thank you to all the young people who participated in this year's art contest. The winners of the Virginia competition will be announced the week of March 13th.The theme for the 2018 contest should be available late in the summer.


Scholarship and Teacher's Grant Programs Underway

The Virginia Department of Aviation is administering four (4) scholarship programs this year. Two are from the Virginia Airport Operators Council (VAOC) and include the John R. Lillard Aviation Scholarship and the Kenneth R. Scott Aviation Scholarship.(form) One is for the Virginia Aviation Business Association (form) and one is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation - the Willard G. Plentl, Sr. Scholarship.

The Virginia Aviation Teacher's Grant Program is also underway for teachers in grades K-12. This program offers grants of up to $500.00 to teachers who incorporate an aviation-related project into their classroom.



Virginia Aviation Photo Contest Underway

Keep those cameras out while traveling around Virginia and be sure to capture aviation in the Commonwealth for the 2016 DOAV photo contest.

The deadline for submissions is October 14th.

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 2017/2018 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 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. LInk to submission forms

All entries must be postmarked by October 14, 2016.


Virginia Airports Sustainability Management PlanSustainability Logo

In early 2015, the Virginia Department of Aviation embarked on a first-of-its-kind initiative to create a sustainability plan intended to serve all of the Commonwealth’s 66 public-use airports. The SMP is tailored for three airport type/size tiers: (1) Commercial Service; (2) Reliever and GA Regional; and (3) GA Community and Local Service. It includes suggested sustainability goals, metrics, targets, and initiatives, as well as guidance on how to identify funding for sustainability projects and how to engage stakeholders throughout the process. Learn more about the SMP and how you could adopt it at your airport here.


Virginia Air Transportation System Plan Update (2016)VATSP Executive Summary Cover 2016

Businesses, residents, and visitors depend on Virginia’s airports. The Virginia Air Transportation System Plan (VATSP) Update blends the strategic development and enhancement of the facilities at current airports, with the preservation and maintenance of existing airports, guiding development of new system airports and examining the future needs of Virginia’s communities. The VATSP helps Virginia keep pace with new aviation technologies such as NextGen. The plan provides direction to meet transportation needs, to serve aviation demand, and to provide economic support through the planning period. Collaboration between the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and all public-use airport sponsors in Virginia is needed for
the successful implementation of this plan.

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2016 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

The theme of the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest was "Air Sports and Nature in Harmony." Virginia winners were:

Junior CategorySelena Bao Artwork

First Place: Jiayin Zou (age 10)
Churchill Road Elementary, McLean

Second Place: Alan Wang (age 9)
Haycock Elementary School, Falls Church

Third Place: Rachel Ji (age 7)
Wolftrap Elementary School, Vienna

Intermediate Category

First Place: Selena Bao (age 13)
Joyce Kilmer Middle School, Vienna

Second Place: Alison Wan (age 11)
Colvin Run Elementary School, ViennaAlison Wan Artwork

Third Place: Cynthia J. Ma (age 11)
Colvin Run Elementary School, Vienna

Senior Category

First Place: Kyra Reid (age 16)
Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach

Second Place: Kelly Miller (age 18)
Millbrook High School, WInchester

Third Place: Joshua Rodriguez (age 17)
Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach

Click to view all the 2016 winners



FAA's Rules for Registering Unmanned Aerial Systems ReleasedDrone

Unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds and more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) on takeoff, including everything that is on board or otherwise attached to the aircraft and operated outdoors in the national airspace system must register. These aircraft may register under the new web-based registration system. You must be 13 years of age or older before you are permitted to register an unmanned aircraft. If the owner is less than 13 years of age, then a person who is at least 13 years of age must register the unmanned aircraft.

A certificate of registration will be available to download and will be sent to your email address at the time of registration. When operating your UAS you must be able to present the certificate in either print or electronic format if asked for proof of registration.You will be required to renew every three years and you must pay a $5 renewal fee.

You can register your drone on ( ) beginning on December 21, 2015. Federal law requires owners to pay $5 to register their aircraft. However, registration is free for the first 30 days to encourage speedy registration of UAS. During the first 30 days, you must pay $5 with a credit card and a $5 credit will appear shortly afterwards.

You will receive a unique registration number that applies to any and all UAS that you own. You must mark all of your UAS with the unique registration number before operating. A registration certificate that contains the unique FAA registration number, the issue and expiration dates, and the name of the certificate holder will be sent to your email address immediately.

Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.

For complete details regarding registration visit

Beta Test underway of B4UFly Smartphone App which helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.


Virginia Commercial Air Service Review Now Available

The Virginia Commercial Air Service Review (December 2015) is now available for download


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.





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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