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.
Aviation Ambassadors Gold Level Signoffs
Virginia Aviation Ambassadors participants who have completed the Gold Level this past year, but not yet had their passport reviewed or been fitted for a leather jacket, are encouraged to check in with the Virginia Department of Aviation for additional information about completing the program. Please email email@example.com
Chad Weaver Aviation Scholarship Program is Accepting Applicants
The 2022-2023 Chad Weaver Aviation Scholarship Program is now open for applications from individuals pursuing a private pilot license or a flight instructor certificate.
Virginia residents may now be reimbursed up to $800.00 to complete ground school, take flight lessons, or do both at a Virginia flight school!
Complete an application to enroll in the program.
The 2023 Virginia Aviation Art Contest is underway. The contest, whose theme is Air Sports & the Environment, is open to students in three (3) different age categories (ages 6-17). Aviation has always been at the forefront of technology and over the generations, those involved in aeronautics have felt an ever-increasing pressure to protect our planet. Aviators, now and in the future, have a responsibility to push forward the limits of human innovation and imagination to harness cleaner energy and minimize the impact of airsports on the earth and its atmosphere.
The deadline for artwork to be received for the Virginia contest is Monday, January 10, 2023. Winning artwork will be forwarded to the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) for the 2023 National Aviation Contest. Winners at the national level will be forwarded to Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) for international judging.
2022 Virginia Aviation Photo Contest Accepting Submissions
Do you have photos from when you flew over Virginia’s mountains, beaches or other scenic locations? Do you have an awesome vintage or modern aircraft photo you want to share? Well, the Virginia Department of Aviation’s annual photo contest offers you the opportunity to submit those photos and get the chance to be featured in the annual aviation calendar and on social media.
The annual Virginia aviation photo contest will take place this year and will focus on aircraft, airports, and more to allow photographers and pilots to show off their best pictures over the years. Aerial photos are also requested to continue to highlight Virginia’s lovely scenic areas from the sky. Photographs taken with drones will also be accepted.
Twelve submissions are allowed from each photographer; they must have been taken in Virginia and have not been previously published. The photographs must be at least 300 dpi. Entry forms can be found on our website and all entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to the agency by mail. The deadline for all submissions is October 14, 2022.
We look forward to seeing your photos!
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.