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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.

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Virginia Aviation Awards

Nomination forms are now available for the 2023 Virginia Aviation Awards.  The Department of Aviation wants to acknowledge those who make exceptional contributions to aviation in Virginia.  Awards are presented to Virginia Airport Manager of the Year, Virginia Aviation Person of the Year, and Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement.  Please download a nomination packet and submit someone for these awards.

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.

2022-23 Chad Weaver Aviation Scholarship


2023 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 must be submitted to The deadline for all submissions is September 1, 2023.

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

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Dance with the Clouds & Sail the Skies

Pilot standing in front of a plane.

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!

Dance with the Clouds & Sail the Skies (view the original video)

Additional Aviation Career Videos can be found on the Education Page.