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March 22, 2015
2nd 5K Runway Runaway Race starts at 8:00 a.m. (not on the runway!) at Stafford Regional Airport.

March 28, 2015
Wings & Swing Benefit Dance will take place at the main terminal of Stafford Regional Airport (95 Aviation Way, Fredericksburg, VA) featuring the live music of King Teddy. Vintage attire encouraged. All ages welcome. No partner needed. Complimentary hors d' oeuvres and beginner swing dance lessons before King Teddy begins to play at 8:00 p.m. Also a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Advance tickets $20; tickets at the door $25. For more information contact Stephanie Johnson, cell: 918-808-4141 Aviation Center for Education "ACE" chair. Download the poster

March 28, 2015
EAA Chapter 186 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held from noon until 3:00 p.m. at the EAA 186 Chapter House on Manassas Regional Airport. There is still room for more Chili cooks, corn bread and desserts. Chili will be judges in three main categories: WICKED, WEIRD, and WIMPY. There will also be awards for most original recipe and best presentation. Chili should be prepared at home and brought in a slow cooker or presentation pot of your choosing. Donation: $5 per person or food entry. All chili entries must be in place by 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Sandra Miller-Long at 248-756-8047 or vicepresident@eaa186.org or visit http://eaa186.org/annual-chili-cookoff/

April 11, 2015
Lake Country Wine Festival Seaplane Splash-In will take place in historic downtown Clarksville, Virginia from noon until 5:00 p.m. - beach, shoreline, or airport (W63). Contact Justin Kern at 434-738-3760 at the Chamber of Commerce 800-557-5582. Accommodations at the Lake Motel 434-374-8106 or lakemotel@kerrlake.com or www.conradusa.com. P. O. Box 1528, Clarksville, VA 23927. Seaplanes contact Ed "ET" Tello at 704-491-3152 or etseabee@yahoo.com

April 11, 2015
Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Al Orgain Memorial Spring Party and Fundraising Auction will be held from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond. Wonderful auction items, door prizes, open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. For tickets contact Jennifer Melton 804-222-8690 or vahsonline@gmail.com ($35.00). Poster

April 21-26, 2015
Sun ‘N Fun EAA Fly-In 2015 will take place in Lakeland, Florida. Come visit the Virginia Department of Aviation's trailer at Outdoor Exhibit N-038.

April 21, 2015
Lynchburg USMC Equipment Display will be held at Falwell Airport from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m.. The runway will be closed by NOTAM beginning at 12:00 noon. The event takes place during the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's realistic urban training. The local community and media are invited to view two to three CH-53E Super Stalltions and meet with 12-20 Marines acting as a security element at the site (airport) prior to the start of the training scenario. For more information contact Roger Beck, airport manager, at 434-845-8769 or rbeck@mclarencorporation.com

May 2, 2015
Wings, Wheels & Crafts, sponsored by the Lake Gaston Junior Women's Club, will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport, 1495 Regional Airport Drive, Brodnax, Virginia 23920. Includes a day of aviation, cars and fun for the whole family. Car show, kids corner, airplanes, food, variety of vendors and entertainment. For more information visit: www.lakegastonjuniors.org or email wingswheelscrafts@gmail.com . Poster

May 2, 2015
Manassas Airshow 2015 will be held at the Manassas Regional Airport from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This year's show features the Breitling Jet Team - the world's largest professional civilian flight team performing with jets. Free admission but donations are accepted at the gate for two airport non-profit charities including The Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue Squad. The event is sponsored by the Manassas Airport Regional Business Alliance (MARBA). For more information contact Kevin Rycklik at 571-220-3086 or krychlik@americanheli.com or visit http://manassasairshow.com . Poster

May 4, 2015
Virginia Aviation Safety Week program will take place at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Virginia from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The presenter will be Cindy Carter.
Topic: After the Crash: Surviving an Aircraft Accident
Of the millions of GA flights every year, only a few end with unplanned off-airport landings. But even though the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh - which is why smart pilots prepare and take basic precautions. That's where our seminar comes in. From route planning and emergency rations to signal mirrors and sat phones, our presenters take a user-friendly, common sense approach at maximizing your chances of survival and rescue after a crash. We'll talk about:
1. The essential ingredients of a good survival kit
2. Simple but effective ways to help searchers find you
3. The first steps you should take after a crash
4. Survival strategies while awaiting rescue

May 5, 2015
Virginia Aviation Safety Week program will take place at the Virginia Tech/Montgomery County Airport in Blacksburg, Virginia from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The presenter will be Cindy Carter.
Topic: After the Crash: Surviving an Aircraft Accident
Of the millions of GA flights every year, only a few end with unplanned off-airport landings. But even though the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh - which is why smart pilots prepare and take basic precautions. That's where our seminar comes in. From route planning and emergency rations to signal mirrors and sat phones, our presenters take a user-friendly, common sense approach at maximizing your chances of survival and rescue after a crash. We'll talk about:
1. The essential ingredients of a good survival kit
2. Simple but effective ways to help searchers find you
3. The first steps you should take after a crash
4. Survival strategies while awaiting rescue

May 6, 2015
Virginia Aviation Safety Week program will take place at the Danville Regional Airport in Danville, Virginia from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The presenter will be Cindy Carter.
Topic: After the Crash: Surviving an Aircraft Accident
Of the millions of GA flights every year, only a few end with unplanned off-airport landings. But even though the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh - which is why smart pilots prepare and take basic precautions. That's where our seminar comes in. From route planning and emergency rations to signal mirrors and sat phones, our presenters take a user-friendly, common sense approach at maximizing your chances of survival and rescue after a crash. We'll talk about:
1. The essential ingredients of a good survival kit
2. Simple but effective ways to help searchers find you
3. The first steps you should take after a crash
4. Survival strategies while awaiting rescue

May 7, 2015
Virginia Aviation Safety Week program will take place at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond, Virginia from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The presenter will be Cindy Carter.
Topic: After the Crash: Surviving an Aircraft Accident
Of the millions of GA flights every year, only a few end with unplanned off-airport landings. But even though the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh - which is why smart pilots prepare and take basic precautions. That's where our seminar comes in. From route planning and emergency rations to signal mirrors and sat phones, our presenters take a user-friendly, common sense approach at maximizing your chances of survival and rescue after a crash. We'll talk about:
1. The essential ingredients of a good survival kit
2. Simple but effective ways to help searchers find you
3. The first steps you should take after a crash
4. Survival strategies while awaiting rescue

May 8, 2015
Arsenal of Democracy Flyover of warbirds will depart from Culpeper Regional Airport to fly over Washington, D.C. For more information visit ww2flyover.org

May 9, 2014
Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport Seaplane Fly-In. Arrival time 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Noon Lunch and meeting at the FBO in the upstairs conference room. Joing Virginia Seaplane Association and get 10% off fuel. Free parking for the day for all association participants. Peoples Choice Award: Plaque awarded to the aircraft owner who have the best looking seaplane at the Fly-In, decide by a vote by the people (including the general public) in attendance on the date of the fly-in. Non-members of the Virginia Seaplane Association who own seaplanes are welcome to attend. Your suggestions are encouraged. Bad weather backup date is Saturday, May 17th. For more information contact Charley Rogers at 757-229-9256 or wjairport@yahoo.com

May 16-17, 2015
Seaplane Splash-In at Lake Anna. This is a two-day social gathering with food, fun, flying and camping. Unicom: 123.40. RSVP before May 11, 2015 to Bob Woodberry's house 703-785-1505 or n75196@aol.com. 120 Old Mill Ct. Mineral, VA Nearest airport is LKU; fuel available, 12 miles away, or 7W4, no fuel, 10 miles away. ET Tello 704-491-3152 or etseabee@yahoo.com. Call for pickup.

May 21, 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.

May 30-31, 2015
Virginia Regional Festival of Flight will not be held in 2015 - look for an exciting expanded event in 2016. Press Release

June 6, 2015
Lynchburg Soap Box Derby will be held at Falwell Airport (main runway 10-28 and ramp area). Rain date: June 13, 2015. For more information contact Roger Beck, Airport Manager, at 434-845-8769 or rbeck@mclarencorporation.com or Steve Smallshaw, event coordinator, at 434-455-3988 or steve.smallshaw@lynchburgva.gov

June 13, 2015
Women Can Fly will take place at Lynchburg Regional Airport.

June 20, 2015
Become a Pilot Family Day will take place at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

June 20, 2015
Women Can Fly will take place at Hampton Roads Executive Airport.

June 27, 2015
Women Can Fly will take place at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.

June 27, 2015
Middle Peninsula Regional Airport Bluegrass and Fly-In will take place from 7:30 a.m. unitl 3:30 p.m. Fly-In, music, skydiving, static displays and games for the children/ For more information contact Clem Carter at 804-785-6512 or familyday9@yahoo.com

 

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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

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

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

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Christmas Toy Airlift

The Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines have asked me to thank you for your support of the 2014 Christmas Toy Airlift which was held at Richmond Executive-Chesterfield County Airport on December 13th.

The Toy Airlift was very successful.  Over 900 toys were collected and a van load of personal supplies and clothes for the vets at McGuire Hospital (as well as gift cards) were also donated.

Quoting Barbara Headley of the Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines, “We could not do this without the generous contributions of pilots and the time and money to fly them to Chesterfield.  We would like for all airport personnel and pilots to know that their generosity is greatly appreciated.”

For more information about the event contact Joyce Meier 804-932-3641; email joyce.meier@n4mw.com or Barbara Headley 804-580-4624; email barbaraheadley@va.metrocast.net of the Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines.

 

 

 

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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, colfoz@gmail.com; or Steve Harris at (301) 606-0723. Lake Gaston Resort (434) 577-2193, seaplanes@lakegastonresort.com or www.lakegastonresort.com/splash-in_map.jpg.

 

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
E-Mail: cwoolsey@vt.edu
URL: http://www.dept.aoe.vt.edu/~cwoolsey/

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.jackson@governor.virginia.gov

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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: http://www.virginiaaviationconference.com/Annual_Conference.html

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 (www.womencanfly.org).

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 johnny@medillonpools.com.

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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.

Awards
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 doavphotocontest@gmail.com 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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