The 3-day event was hosted by the Virginia Aviation Board, Virginia Department of Aviation, Virginia Airport Operators Council and the Virginia Aviation Business Association. Presenting sponsors included Delta Airport Consultants, Inc., The LPA Group, Inc. and Talbert & Bright, Inc.
The conference kicked off Wednesday night with a welcome reception for attendees and 24 exhibitors. Thursday’s events included welcoming remarks by DOAV Director Randy Burdette and Keynote speaker Lisa Piccione, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Business Aviation Association, who provided an update on the Association’s work to advocate for the general aviation industry.
Attendees had the opportunity to attend one of two Thursday morning breakout sessions: Airport Planning 101 presented by Jeffrey Breeden, FAA Washington ADO, and Rusty Harrington, DOAV; and Airport and FBO Relationships presented by Jerry O’ Sullivan, Greenbrier Valley Airport, and Carolyn Strock, C.E. Strock Consulting.
Lunch featured Kenneth A. Rowe, former DOAV director and recipient of the Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award, who shared stories from his 30-year career in aviation.
Airport managers and sponsors met with their respective Virginia Aviation Board members in roundtable sessions to discuss issues happening in their regions Thursday afternoon.
The annual Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet followed later that evening where the Virginia Airport Operators Council presented three special awards to Ken Scott, Bill Kelly, and Morgan Harris. Recipients of the Virginia Department of Aviation's Awards included Ed Wallis, Airport Manager of the Year; Dr. Richard Williams, Person of the Year; and Kenneth A. Rowe, Lifetime Achievement Award.
Friday morning featured roundtable discussions for general aviation airports and air carrier airports, followed by the August Virginia Aviation Board meeting.
Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
August 26-28, 2009
The 2009 Virginia Aviation Conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center from August 26-28, 2009. The deadline for conference registrations and hotel reservations is July 24, 2009. A limited number of rooms are being held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Please make your reservations early to avoid disappointment.
We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!
You may reserve your room by calling the hotel, completing the reservation form included in the registration package or by visiting this link online: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/ROASWDT-AVA-20090826/index.jhtml
Conference Schedule (8/18/09)
For More Information
For more information contact:
Betty Wilson, Public Relations Manager
Telephone: (804) 225-3783