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Aviation Programs And Resources

The Virginia Department of Aviation provides many programs and resources supporting aviation development and promotion in the Commonwealth. These include educational programs, funding programs, aircraft registration, and airport licensing.

Educational Programs

The Virginia Department of Aviation offers many aviation education opportunities including teacher’s grants, an art contest, scholarships, and a photo contest, as well as information on Virginia’s flight schools, aviation maintenance schools, and institutions.

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Aviation Education

Betty Wilson

804-225-3783

Ambassador Program

The Virginia Aviation Ambassador Program encourages pilots and aviation enthusiasts to visit all Virginia’s public-use airports and aviation museums and attend safety seminars and special airport events such as fly-ins. Participants will learn more about Virginia’s excellent air transportation system, experience the beauty of the Commonwealth as they travel to each airport, and have fun.

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Ambassador Program

Tony Sotelo

804-774-4634

Airport Funding Programs & Resources

The Commonwealth of Virginia maintains one of the nation’s most comprehensive and advanced statewide aviation systems. 

An integral part of DOAV’s mission is to provide funding to assist eligible airport sponsors with the planning, development, and promotion of airports. DOAV manages five funding programs to support this mission.

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Funding Resources

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ASD Planners

ASD Engineers

Aviation/Airport Promotion

Betty Wilson

804-225-3783

VATSP

Rusty Harrington

804-236-3522

Aircraft Registration

The Virginia Department of Aviation registers aircraft and issues contract carrier permits. The types of aircraft that should be registered in Virginia are:

It is a Class 1 misdemeanor to operate an aircraft that is not registered in Virginia.

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Aircraft Registration Program Manager

Darcy Vassar

804-774-4633

Aircraft Registration Program Assistant

Jaimi Evans

804-774-4655

Airport Licensing

Airport licenses are issued for both public- and private-use airports. Requirements for licensing and registration vary depending on airport utilization.

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Public-use Airports

ASD Engineers

Private-use Airports

Alton Jordan

804-236-3644

General Aviation Airport Security

The Virginia Department of Aviation provides funding for projects to enhance the security of public-use general aviation airports in Virginia and supports the work of AOPA’s Airport Watch, the Virginia Fusion Center, and TSA.

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ASD Engineers

Executive Air Service

The Flight Operations and Safety Division is responsible for operating, maintaining, and scheduling state-owned aircraft to provide safe and secure transportation for all state agencies.

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Flight Operations Director

Watson Felts

804-774-4638

Virginia Flight Information Exchange

The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced on August 5 the launch of the Virginia Flight Information Exchange pilot program, a tool that will allow state and local governments to share information among unmanned aerial systems (UAS) stakeholders and address key safety and policy concerns while keeping the airspace open, secure, and integrated with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) control of the national airspace. Virginia Flight Information Exchange will ensure the Commonwealth balances both the safest and most open UAS airspace in the country.

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