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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.
The spread of COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on not just the aviation industry but the global economy. While the immediate and most pressing concern is human cost in terms of people's health and the tragedy of escalating fatalities, COVID-19 has created profound implications for nearly all businesses and industries. The impact on aviation has been catastrophic. The situation is changing on a daily basis and there remains considerable uncertainty as to how long this outbreak will last and what will be the final impacts.
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.
A recent Washington Airports Task Force Meeting included a presentation on the impact that COVID-19 has had on these two airports and the solutions that have been developed to cope with the pandemic.
WATF Presentation by Stacey Fitzmaurice, TSA (38:17)
(note: there is a brief delay at the beginning before the presentation begins)
Have you been laid-off or furloughed due to the reduction in air travel and associated industries; do you reside in the Northern Virginia region (counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington, and the cities within); and are you interested in building skills for new employment opportunities?
If so, you may wish to contact the Northern Virginia Airports Rapid Response Layoff Services.
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.