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.
The Department of Aviation, in consultation with the Governor’s Policy Office, offers to the aviation community advice on the types of pilot training and flights that are consistent with Executive Orders 53, 55, and 61. Note, also, the effects of Executive Order 62 in Northern Virginia, the City of Richmond, and Accomack County, described at the bottom of this guidance.
As most of Virginia entered Phase Two of the “Forward Virginia” plan to reopen the Commonwealth on June 5, with Northern Virginia and the City of Richmond remaining in Phase One, the Virginia Department of Aviation offers the following guidance and recommendations for commercial air travel for work purposes:
While Executive Order 65, which lays out Phase Two guidelines, mandates continued cessation of all official travel outside of Virginia by state employees, it does provide for increased flexibility for inter-state commuters and essential personnel. Workers employed by essential and non-essential businesses are allowed to travel for the purposes of work on commercial and/or private aircraft.
This summer 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 have now been produced and will run through the end of October 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.