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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.

October 14, 2017
Air & Auto Classic, presented by First Settlers Region Porsche Club of America, will hold a Charity Car Show at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

October 28, 2017
2017 Harvest Festival at Shannon Airport. Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Awards Ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. Additional details later.

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

 

Send calendar information to Betty Wilson. In addition to placing the info on this page, the Department of Aviation will forward your event information to local media outlets and to aviation event calendars.

Calendar of Events form (.pdf)

Calendar of Events form (excel)

* Virginia Department of Aviation will be exhibiting at this event.

 

Virginia's Aerospace Industry: An Economic Impact Analysis - November 2010

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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.

Virginia Aviation Blog

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

 

Art Contest Winner

2018 International Aviation Art Contest

The theme for the 2018 International Aviation Art Contest has been announced -- it will be "Flight Into the Future." Virginia artwork should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Aviation, Attn: Art Contest, 5702 Gulfstream Road, Richmond, Virginia 23250-2422.

Download an art contest brochure. Virginia winners will be forwarded to the United States National Contest.

 

 

 

 

2017-18 Aviation Teachers Grant Program

Applications are now available for the 2017-18 Aviation Teachers Grant Program. Teachers in grades K-12 who have an idea for a classroom project utilizing an aviation and/or space theme can apply for a grant ($500 maximum). Teachers Grant brochure

Scholarships

Applications for four (4) scholarship programs for Virginia high school students are now available:

VAOC John R. Lillard Aviation Scholarship

VAOC Kenneth R. Scott Aviation Scholarship

DOAV Willard G. Plentl, Sr. Aviation Scholarship

VABA Scholarship

 

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 www.dmvNOW.com/TWIC or www.dmvNOW.com/PreCheck.

 

 

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Virginia Aviation Photo Contest Underway

Keep those cameras out while traveling around Virginia and be sure to capture aviation in the Commonwealth for the 2017 DOAV photo contest.

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 2018/2019 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. The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 16th. Mail must be postmarked by that date and emails to doavphotocontest@gmail.com must be in by 11:59pm.  

LInk to submission forms.

 

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.

Download the Plan

 

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 FAA.gov (https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/ ) 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 http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/faqs

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

 


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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“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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