The Virginia Department of Aviation is a state transportation agency whose mission is to cultivate an advanced aviation system that is safe and secure, and that also provides for economic development, promotes aviation awareness and education, and provides the most efficient flight services for the Commonwealth leadership and state agencies.
2023-24 Virginia Aviation Education Programs
The Virginia Department of Aviation's 2024 Aviation Education Programs are now available.
John R. Lillard Aviation Scholarship (with Virginia Airport Operator's Council)
John R. Scott Aviation Scholarship (with Virginia Airport Operator's Council)
ICON A-5 Introduction to Flight Program
The ICON A-5 Introduction to Flight Program brings a light sport amphibian aircraft on a trailer to schools, career days, airports, community events, and other locations at no cost to the educational group.
Students will learn about how aircraft fly and about aviation careers. They will be able to sit in the cockpit and learn about flight controls and the instrument panel. Some events may also include the opportunity to fly an aircraft simulator as well.
The ICON A-5 has participated in programs for students from K-12 as well as university students and adult organizations.
If you are interested in having this aircraft visit your school or event, please contact Betty Wilson at the Virginia Department of Aviation
DOAV Employment Opportunities
The Virginia Department of Aviation began a campaign to promote aviation careers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The first of a series of commercials began running during Aviation Week in Virginia (August 12-16, 2019). Commercials were shown on stations in Roanoke (site of the 2019 Virginia Aviation Conference), Richmond, Harrisonburg, Bristol and Lynchburg.
Additional commercials were planned to run through the end of October 2019 and then commence again in March 2020 (running through the end of May 2020).
With all the opportunities currently available, now is a great time to consider an aviation career!
Additional Aviation Career Videos can be found on the Education Page.