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The Virginia Department of Aviation is an executive branch agency, reporting to the Virginia Secretary of Transportation, whose creation and powers are contained in Title 5.1 - Aviation.  The agency is based at Richmond International Airport in Richmond.

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Mission and History

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The Virginia Department of Aviation's Mission is to:

  • Develop an advanced aviation system that is safe, secure, and fosters economic development;
  • Build an appreciation by the public for the importance of aviation and to inspire the next generation of aviation professionals; and
  • Provide safe and highly efficient flight services for the Commonwealth's leadership and state agencies.

History of the Virginia Department of Aviation:

From 1928, through July 1, 1979, the former Virginia Division of Aeronautics was a Legislative Branch Agency under the State Corporation Commission. On that date, legislation transferred the Virginia Department of Aviation to the Executive Branch of State Government reporting directly to the Secretary of Transportation.


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The Virginia Department of Aviation Office

The Virginia Department of Aviation is composed of four divisions and a Director's Office.  There are also affiliates and partners that we work with on a regular basis.

Airport Services Division

Communications and Education Division

Finance and Administration Division

Flight Operations and Safety Division


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