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September 8-15, 2014
Sentimental Journey coming to Suffolk, Virginia. The Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona's B-17G Flying Fortress, Sentimental Journey, is coming to Suffolk Municipal Airport (SFQ) in Suffolk, Virginia. The heavy bomber arrives Monday, September 8 and departs Monday, September 15. CAF Airbase Arizona will set up for public viewing and static tours of Sentimental Journey, sell PX merchandise and Sentimental Journey rides Monday through Thursday. B-17 flights will take place Friday through Sunday. For more information about Sentimental Journey and B-17 ride availability, see the attached flyer for details.

September 16-20, 2014
"Let Freedom Ring" will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise, Virginia. Educational event and fly-in featuring the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron P51-C Mustang and "Rise Above" Traveling Exhibit, and the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation with their C-54 "Spirit of Freedom." A candy drop for the kids commemorating the one that took place during the Berlin Airlift will take place on Saturday, September 20th. The event is sponsored by EAA Chapter 1416 and the Cumberlands Airport Commission. For more information contact Bob Spera at (276) 328-5300 or or visit the Lonesome Pine Airport page on Facebook. Let Freedom Ring Flyer and Let Freedom Ring Poster

September 18, 2014
Hampton Roads Executive Airport wil be holding a grand opening for their new extended runway 10/28 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be a short program with guest speakers and ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a reception in the terminal building. Please RSVP to (757) 488-3166 or by Monday, September 15, 2014.

September 20-21, 2014
NAS Oceana Airshow, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, will be held. More details later.

September 20, 2014
Louisa County Airshow will take place at the Louisa County Airport/Freeman Field.

September 20, 2014
6th Annual Bath County Wings & Wheels Festival, a car, truck, tractor and motorcycle show and air show will be held at Ingalls Field from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.(rescheduled from August). Among the acts performing are: Team Fastrax Skydiving Team, Skipper Hale At-6 Acrobatics, Tiger Airshows, Parachute Jump for Charity (Proceeds Benefit Bath County Christmas Mother), HighRollerz Freestyle Entertainment (Virginia's Motorcycle Premier Stunt/Freestyle Team), Live Music: Vinyl Frontier, and Carnival and Interactive Games provided by K&T Entertainment. Fly-In participants, please contact the airport for landing and parking instructions.Bring your chair or blanket to sit and enjoy the show. No coolers allowed.

September 27, 2014
19th Annual Wings Wheels & Keels will take place at Hummel Air Field in Topping Virginia.

September 27, 2014
2014 Leesburg Air Show will take place at the Leesburg Executive Airport beginning at 11:00 a.m. and provides a wonderful opportunity to see a snapshot of the general aviation world. The static display area, located on the airport's parking ramp, will feature many unique, experimental, and antique aircraft. The airshow exhibitors will showcase the many facets of general aviation, such as flight training, corporate transportation, and emergency rescue operations. The skies above Leesburg will come alive with skydiving, wingwalking, and aerobatic performances. The event is sponsored by the Town of Leesburg and ProJet Aviation. For more information contact Scott Coffman at (703) 737-7125 or or visit

September 27, 2014
Virginia Highlands Fly-In and Air Show will take place at Virginia Highlands Airport (KVJI).  Gates open 9:00 am.  Air Show begins at noon, with full aerobatics, skydivers, model jet aircraft, helicopter rescue demo and more. Static displays, airplane and helicopter rides and  food vendors.  Free vehicle parking on airport grounds.  Free shuttle for off-airport parking.  Free camping available on airport.Fuel discounts available day of show.  Admission $15.00 adults.  No admission charge for fly-ins. Contact Appalachian Airshows, LLC (423) 391-0422; P.O. Box 127 Blountville, TN 37617.   Or Virginia Highlands Airport, (276) 628-2909; P.O. Box 631, Abingdon, VA 24212-0631 or
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September 29, 2014 - Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton
September 30, 2014 - Virginia Aviation Museum, Richmond
October 1, 2014 - Danville Regional Airport
October 2, 2014 - Virginia Tech/Montgomery County Airport
Virginia Aviation Safety Week (Fall) will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The program will be Real World Weather presented by Mark Grady. Weather is the single biggest variable in flying. It can turn a long-awaited vacation into a long wait at the FBO, a quick two-hour flight into a tedious four-hour slog, or a stress-free jaunt into a skill-testing ordeal. The variations are infinite, but for pilots it all boils down to two questions: What’s really going on out there, and what does it mean for me?

October 11, 2014
15th Annual Culpeper Airfest will take place at Culpeper Regional Airport from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This free event will thrill spectators with performances by historic warbirds, vintage aircraft, aerobatic performances and headlined by the world’s ONLY civilian-owned-and-operated Sea Harrier jump jet, which can take off and land like a helicopter yet flies at near-supersonic speeds. Other performers include the Flying Circus, B-25 Mitchell Bomber “Panchito”, T-28 TrojanHorseman demo and introducing Jason Flood and his Modified Pitts S-1S; the RED GHOST. On the ground, spectators will be able to explore fascinating aircraft displays, meet pilots andcrewmembers, and experience attractions and exhibits designed to entertain and inspire the young and young-at-heart. Be sure to check the Culpeper Air Fest website regularly for updated news and attractions. Fans can follow the Air Fest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#CulpeperAirFest). Press Release

October 11-12, 2014
Second Annual Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association Splash-in ( Lake Gaston Resort Seaplane Splash-In) at the Lake Gaston Resort on 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

October 11, 2014
Hampton Roads Executive Airport is holding their annual Airport Appreciation Day from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be helicopter and plane rides available (for a cost), static display of planes and helicopters ranging from experiemental to brand new and World War I and World War II aircraft from the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, vendors booths and lots of food and fun. Contact (757) 488-3166 for more information.

October 18, 2014
Stafford Regional Airport Wings and Wheels Festival (10th Annual) will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This year's event commemorates the 350th Anniversary of Stafford County by honoring the proud military heritage of the community and will feature a fly-in, aerial demonstrations, a car show, motorcycle show, vendors and community organizations. For more information contact Ed Wallis at (540) 658-1212 or or visit

November 20, 2014
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. Location to be announced later. To view on ustream:

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Second Annual Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association Splash-in

The Lake Gaston Resort Seaplane Splash-In will take place October 11-12, 2014 at Lake Gaston Resort on 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


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.



2014-15 Virginia Aviation Calendar

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.



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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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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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