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The Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2016,during the annual Peanut Festival at Suffolk Executive Airport. There will be aviation safety seminars, children's activities, an unmanned aerial systems tent, food trucks, and much more! Fly-In aircraft are welcome! Visit the website http://virginiafestivalofflight.org for more information or contact Daniel Arkin at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Seaplane Splash-In
Lake Gaston Resort is hosting the 2016 Seaplane Splash-in and it is scheduled for October 1, 2016. Various seaplanes and amphibians will be on display, and several other interesting aviation related booths will be present for people to learn more about General Aviation. Visitors will be able to meet with the pilots, ask them about their planes, eat some food, try Brunswick Stew, grab a drink and socialize! The event is being sponsored by the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association, Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport and the Virginia Department of Aviation.
There is lodging available for those who want to fly in for the weekend, contact the Lake Gaston Resort at email@example.com or call (434) 577-2193.
There will be a pancake breakfast at Mecklenburg/Brunswick Regional Airport KAVC Saturday morning from 8-10. For those who fly in on Friday we will leave the Lake Gaston Resort splash–in site Saturday morning and fly up as a group, for those of you flying in on Saturday plan on meeting at KAVC for breakfast followed by a seaplane migration down the main lake back to the resort for a grand entrance. Land plane only pilots can catch a ride to the event at this time of coordinate use of the crew car or contact me and I will make arrangements for transportation.
In addition to the seaplane displays, the RDC Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will have several vintage boats on display. The Roanoke Valley Corvette Club is also planning on having a beautiful display of Corvettes on Marina Pointe. In case of inclement weather, a rain date of Sunday October 2 has been scheduled.
If you plan to come by boat, please respect a "no wake" policy when maneuvering your vessel in the "watery runway" area and be on the lookout for interesting seaplanes taking off and landing. If you plan to come by car, the gates will be open to the public at 9:30AM Saturday. There is a $5 fee per vehicle for parking. Handicap parking is available. Food and beverages (as well as adult beverages) will be available on the grounds, so coolers will not be permitted.
Contact the Lake Gaston Resort, Bill Fosdick (President of the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association VSPA) 540-872-6744 or Steve Harris (Virginia SPA Field Director) 301-606-0723 for more information or questions concerning the event.
Virginia Aviation Safety Week
Virginia Aviation Safety Week, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation, will take place across the Commonwealth of Virginia from September 26-29, 2016.
The year 2016 has not been a good year for General Aviation across the Commonwealth. While the number of flight hours continues to decrease, we have seen an increase in the number of accidents/incidents in our state. In an effort to change this trend, this fall's seminars will focus on an overview of Virginia's accident/incident rate over the past 15 years and an interactive group discussion on the concept of "Are you a good pilot and how can you be sure?"
Please join us for what promises to be an excellent opportunity for Virginia pilots to gain insight into their personal Aviation Safety Program.
Safety Week Schedule:
Monday - September 26
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Air & Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669
Tuesday - September 27
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Danville Regional Airport
424 Airport Drive
Danville, VA 24540
Wednesday - September 28
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Tech Airport
1601 Tech Center Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Thursday - September 29
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Department of Aviation
Richmond International Airport
5702 Gulfstream Rd
Richmond, VA 23250
Virginia Aviation Month
Governor McAuliffe signed a proclamation to officially recognize August 2016 as Virginia Aviation Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Certificate of Recognition was presented at the opening of the Virginia Aviation Board Meeting held on Friday, August 19th during the annual Virginia Aviation Conference.
August 19th is also National Aviation Day in the United States. It is celebrated to recognize the history and development of aviation. The date was chosen to coincide with Orville Wright's birthday.
2017 International Aviation Art Contest
The theme for the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest is "Beyond the Clouds." Complete details including brochure and application will be available shortly.
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 Plan
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)
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.
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:
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
First Place: Selena Bao (age 13)
Joyce Kilmer Middle School, Vienna
Second Place: Alison Wan (age 11)
Colvin Run Elementary School, Vienna
Third Place: Cynthia J. Ma (age 11)
Colvin Run Elementary School, Vienna
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
Recreational Aviation Foundation Camping Events in Virginia
A series of airport camping events, organized by the Virginia RAF, will take place at public-use airports across Virginia this summer. Everyone is invited!
- Shannon Airport (EZF) June 3-5, 2016 Manager: Luke Curtas, (540) 373-4431, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Warrenton Fauquier (HWY) July 8-10, 2016 Manager Dave Darrah, (540) 422-8283, email@example.com - Cancelled
- Lonesome Pine (LNP) Aug 5-7, 2016, Manager: Jarrod Powers, (276) 328-5300, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (JGG) Sep 2-5, 2016, Manager: Larry Waltrip, (757) 229-9256, email@example.com
- Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ) Oct 7-9, 2016, In conjunction with the Peanut Festival, Manager: Kent Marshall, (757) 514-4411, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about these events contact Eva Gardner at (540) 455-7063 or email@example.com or the airport manager.
FAA's Rules for Registering Unmanned Aerial Systems Released
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
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:
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
“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 email@example.com.