The Virginia Department of Aviation is responsible for keeping the Commonwealth’s aviation system safe and secure, as we encourage aviation awareness and embrace new aviation technologies and foster and contribute to Virginia's economic growth and development.
Leadership of our agency is provided by Mark Flynn, who was appointed as the Director of DOAV on January 2018. Mark acts as the principal adviser to the Governor, Secretary of Transportation, and Virginia Aviation Board regarding all matters related to the Commonwealth’s air transportation system programs.
The Department of Aviation consists of three divisions, a Finance Office, and the Director's Office, a total of 34 full-time team members.
The Airport Services Division conducts statewide aviation planning and maintains the Virginia Air Transportation System Plan. This team provides financial and technical assistance to eligible airport sponsors for airport planning, environmental studies, design and construction of airport facilities, airport maintenance, and general aviation airport security They also issue licenses to public-use airports and register private airports.
Communication and Education
The Communications and Education Division promotes aviation in the Commonwealth of Virginia through aviation awareness and education programs, speaking engagements, briefing documents, the agency website and social media sites, and attendance at airport events and aviation tradeshows. It administers aviation and airport promotion grants for public-use airports. This team also handles aircraft registrations.
Flight Operations and Safety
The Flight Operations and Safety Division is responsible for operating, maintaining and scheduling state-owned aircraft to provide safe, secure, and cost-effective transportation for all state agencies including emergency services, economic development prospects, and the Administration for the conduct of the Commonwealth’s business.
The Finance Office provides financial and administrative support to the Department.