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May 4, 2019
Manassas Airshow will take place at Manassas Regional Airport from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Airshow performers including Scott Francis, Chefpitts Airshows, RJ Gritter, Andrew McKenna and the P51 Mustang, US Air Force Heritage Flight, Warrior Aviation Flight Team, The Flying Circus Wingwalkers, Bealeton Flying Circus, Hobby Hangar R/C Aircraft Demonstrations and the 3rd Dimension Parachute Team. There will be a variety of aircraft to see on the ground and in the air. The show is sponsored by MARBA, City of Manassas, Leaseweb, and Leidos. For more information visit

May 5, 2019
Virginia Air Relay Opening Ceremony will take place at the Richmond Jet Center on Richmond International Airport beginning at 12:00 noon. A seminar on safely flying into an airport with a fly-in taking place will begin at 1:00 p.m. Department of Aviation Director Mark Flynn will then make some remarks. For more information on the Relay visit the Virginia Aviation Council website.

May 5, 2019
Flying Circus Aerodrome opening day for the 2019 season. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and the air show begins at 2:30 p.m. Aerobatics, skydiving, wingwalking, and many laughs. Airplane rides before and after the show. Located in Bealeton, Virginia. For more information visit

May 11, 2019
Operation Cow Drop will take place at Hanover County Airport from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sponsored by Chick-fil-A, it includes a wide variety of family friendly entertainment activities that culminate with the Cow Drop. At 2:00 p.m. an airplane will drop 1500 parachuting Chick-fil-A mini plush cows onto a huge bullseye target. Be one of the first 1500 guests at the event to receive a FREE number assigned to a cow. Cows closest to the target will receive Chick-fil-A coupon prize packages and one lucky guest will get Chick-fil-A for a year! The event benefits Schools of Niger Africa and Habitat for Humanity. For more information visit

May 16, 2019
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will take place beginning at 10:45 a.m. in the news media center at the Martinsville Speedway, 340 Speedway Road, Ridgeway, Virginia 24148.

May 17-19, 2019
2019 Warbirds Over the Beach Airshow at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

June 1, 2019
Women Can Fly will be held at Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport. Registrations begin on April 1, 2019. For more information visit

June 1, 2019
Wings 'N Wheels will be held at Winchester Regional Airport. The show will be held for aircraft and cars and is open to the public. For more information contact Nick Sabo, 540-662-5786 or

June 8, 2019
Women Can Fly will be held at Hampton Roads Executive Airport. Registrations begin on April 1, 2019. For more information visit

June 15, 2019
2019 Flying Proms Airshow at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. More details later.

June 15, 2019
Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Explore the engineering and design innovations that have taken place during the last century of flight. Talk with pilots of over 50 vintage and modern aircraft, on display outside the Museum for one day only. Discover the science behind flight through hands-on, STEM-based activities.

June 15, 2019
Women Can Fly will be held at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. Registrations begin on April 1, 2019. For more information visit

June 29, 2019
Women Can Fly will be held at Warrenton Fauquier Airport. Registrations begin on April 1, 2019. For more information visit

June 29, 2019
The Big Event will take place at Hanover County Airport. More details to come.

July 13, 2019
Wings and Wheels! A Car, Truck, Tractor and Motorcycle Show and Air Show will take place at Ingalls Field Airport in Hot Springs.

July 22-28, 2019
EAA Airventure will take place at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For more information visit

August 13-16, 2019
Virginia Aviation Conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. More details to follow.

September 14, 2019
5K on the Runway will be held at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The event will be held to celebrate 70 years of commercial air service at the airport. Participants will be running on the airport taxiways and runways. For more information and to register visit

September 21-22, 2019 (tentative)
Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show with the USAF Thundersbirds.

September 28, 2019
Wings, Wheels and Keels Fly-In will take place at Hummel Field in Topping, Virginia.

September 28, 2019
Leesburg Airshow will take place at Leesburg Executive Airport in Leesburg, Virginia.

October 12, 2019
Culpeper Airport Annual Air Fest will take place at Culpeper Regional Airport from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 20th annual Air Fest will include buddy-boxing with the Culpeper Barnstomers and their model airplanes, a STEM event hosted by Women in Aviation for young girls, a classic car display and plenty of food vendors. Full scale airraft start flying at noon and finish up around 4:00 p.m. Parking shuttles are available all day and handicapped parking is available at the airport. Sponsorships are still available (visit the website). For more information contact Tanya Woodward, Airport Manager, at 540-825-8250 or visit the Air Fest website.

October 26, 2019
Roar and Soar Car and Aircraft Show will take place at New Kent County Airport from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This airport open house is a combination fly-in and antique car, truck and motorcycle show with local vendors and entertainment for children on the schedule. For more information contact Duane B. Goss, Airport Manager, at 804-932-3984.


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

Virginia DBE Plan

Virginia Aviation Blog Virginia Aviation Blog

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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

Department of Aviation Office Access

NOTE: The front doors to the Virginia Department of Aviation offices are currently locked during the work day. Please call the staff person you plan to visit ahead of time to make an appointment or call the agency's main number (804) 236-3624 to arrange for your visit. Thank you.


Airport Surplus Property Available

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport has some airfield signs available.


Virginia Air Relay

The official kickoff of the Great Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Relay will take place on May 5th on Richmond International Airport. The goal of the program is for each public use airport in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be visited by the conclusion of the Relay. This will be accomplished by each participating pilot flying one or more legs between airports. Everyone is welcome to participate.

For more information visit:

All About the Relay -
Virginia Airheart Facebook -

Great Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Relay Poster


ADS-B Deadline is Getting Closer

As the deadline for being equipped with ADS-B approaches, the FAA has posted a number of online articles that may be of assistance. Please visit this FAA Safety Briefing for more information.


International Aviation Art Contest WinnersVirginia Art Contest Winner Rachel Ji

The theme for this year's International Aviation Art Contest was "My Dream to Fly." The Virginia Department of Aviation once again ran the Virginia contest and students ages 6-17 were encouraged to participate.

Update: Rachel Ji of McLean, Virginia was selected as the National winner in Age Category I (born 2009-2012). Congratulations!

The Virginia winners were:

Category 1

1st Place Jenna Wang, Great Falls, Virginia
2nd Place Rachel Ji, McLean, Virginia
3rd Place Sarah Y Li, McLean, Virginia

Category 2

1st Place Larina Yu, Ashburn, Virginia
2nd Place Claire Wang, Great Falls, Virginia
3rd Place Anya Huang, Great Falls, Virginia

Category 3

1st Place Andrew Park, Broadlands, Virginia
2nd Place Jalkah Fierro, Virginia Beach, Virginia
3rd Place Andrea Yao, McLean, Virginia



Virginia Aviation Awards Program

Nomination forms are now available for the 2019 Virginia Aviation Awards. Each year, during the Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet held as a part of the Virginia Aviation Conference in August, plaques are awarded for the Virginia Airport Manager of the Year, Virginia Aviation Person of the Year, and Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you know of an individual who deserves to be recognized, please complete an application form and submit it to the Virginia Department of Aviation.

Virginia Aviation Award Nomination Forms



Aircraft Licensing Card


Aircraft Licensing Awareness Program

The Virginia Department of Aviation recently sent out postcards to Virginia pilots as a reminder that aircraft in Virginia need to be licensed with the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you received a card and have any questions regarding aircraft licensing please review the aircraft licensing page for details.or contact the Department of Aviation.

Note: Drones do not need to be licensed with the Commonwealth of Virginia.





2018 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s diverse system of 66 public-use airports plays a vital role in the state and regional economies by creating jobs and contributing to overall economic development. In addition, airports in Virginia serve as gateways to the nation’s air transportation system and connect the Commonwealth to the global economy.

The Virginia Department of Aviation prepares this statewide economic impact study periodically to identify the economic benefits associated with nine commercial service and 57 general aviation airports serving communities throughout Virginia. This study focuses on the economic benefits created by the businesses and tenants on Virginia’s airports, the visitors who travel through those airports, and the in-state companies who rely on the airports to support and conduct their business.

The 2018 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study is now available for download.

2018 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study - Executive Summary

2018 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study - Technical Report


External Audit of Airports Use of Commonwealth Airport Funds - Fiscal Years 2014, 2015 and 2016

The Virginia Department of Aviation has completed a comprehensive review of its financial support progExternal Audit Front Coverrams of the airports that serve the citizens of the Commonwealth, as directed by the General Assembly in its 2017 session (SB1417), for the past three years to ensure that all funds have been used in accordance with the Code of Virginia, regulations and policies of the Virginia Aviation Board.  The audit was conducted by Cotton & Co. – an audit and accounting firm based in Alexandria, Va., that specializes in providing solutions and services in the areas of financial and IT audit and consulting, fraud risk, financial reporting, and forensic accounting.

The review of the Commonwealth Airport Fund examined: the use of entitlement funds allocated to each air carrier airport; and the use of discretionary funds allocated for air carrier, reliever, and general aviation airports. 

The comprehensive review found just seven items (detailed in the attached report) that needed attention, and all findings have been fully addressed.

Department of Aviation Director Randall P. Burdette said, “We welcomed this comprehensive examination of our policies, procedures and the vital financial support we provide to the 66 airports that serve the citizens of the Commonwealth.  The Department of Aviation takes seriously its fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers, so to be able to have a third-party confirm our commitment in this regard is very rewarding.”  







Virginia Aviation & Space Career and Workforce Implementation Plan 2017Workforce implementation Plan Cover

The Virginia Aviation & Space Career and Workforce Implementation Plan 2017, developed to strengthen aviation and space workforce and career development in the Commonwealth, is now complete and available.

The plan, which is a follow up to the Virginia Aviation and Space Workforce Analysis and Strategy Development Plan (April 2012), was prepared by the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (OED). Building on the recommendations of the earlier report and other recent analyses, this document revisits, refines and adds to earlier recommendations.

Download Executive Summary (120 MB)

Download full report with Appendices (180 MB)








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




Virginia Commercial Air Service Review Now Available

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

Special Access

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