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January 8, 2018
IMC-Mastering the Art of Instrument Flying will take place at Deep Run 3 (meet on main floor), 9954 Mayland Drive, Henrico, Virginia 23233 beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register visit here.

January 10, 2018
Air Safety Foundation's Winter/Spring Collision Avoidance Seminar: Avoiding Airborne Traffic will take place at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax, 12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, VA. The seminar, presented by Bruce Belgum, looks at the problem from a risk management perspective; identifying high-risk scenarios and locations and strategies for avoiding them. Refreshments begin at 6:00 p.m. and the seminar runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

February 10, 2018
Big Band Hangar Dance on behalf of the Military Aviation Museum will take place at the Ballroom in the Virginia Beach Convention Center. For more information visit

February 10, 2018
Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery Five Year Celebration will take place at the Virginia Museum of Transportation from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information visit

February 15, 2018
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will take place. More information later.

April 10-15, 2018
Sun 'N Fun EAA Fly-In 2017
will take place in Lakeland, Florida.

May 17, 2018
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will take place. More information later.

June 9, 2018
Women Can Fly will take place at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

June 16, 2018
Women Can Fly will take place at Hampton Roads Executive Airport.

June 16, 2018
Innovations in Flight Day will take place at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

June 23, 2018
Women Can Fly will take place at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport.

June 30, 2018
Women Can Fly will take place at Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport.

July 23-29, 2018
EAA Airventure will take place at Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

September 22-23, 2018
NAS Oceana Airshow will take place at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach.

September 29, 2018
Wings, Wheels and Keels Fly-in will take place at Hummel Field in Topping, Virginia. For more information visit the website.

October 16-18, 2018
NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will take place in Orlando, Florida.

October 27, 2018
Shannon Harvest Festival will take place at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, VA.


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.

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* 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

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.”  




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Virginia Aviation & Space Career and Workforce Implementation Plan 2017

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)








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


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 or




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 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 ( ) 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

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

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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“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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