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DOAV Receives NASAO Center Aviation Education Program Award

The Virginia Department of Aviation was the recipient of the NASAO Center Aviation Education Program Award. Established in 1993, the award recognizes the efforts of state aviation agencies educating and inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals.

Greg Campbell, director of the Virginia Department of Aviation, accepted the award on behalf of the organization at the annual National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Convention in Greenville, SC. Campbell praised the DOAV staff, including the Communications and Education Division for their contributions and hard work in promoting aviation and careers in the field.

“Being recognized in this very special way is truly an honor, and we are grateful to NASAO and the Center for Aviation Research and Education for choosing us for the 2022 award,” Campbell said. “Our aviation education staff as well as the other department staff who support them are truly making an impact on inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals, and I am so very proud of their efforts!”

The Virginia Department of Aviation’s Communications and Education Division conducts outreach and education support to elementary, middle and high school students with an emphasis on underserved groups. The ICON A5 Introduction to Flight Team takes a light sport amphibious aircraft to schools, career days and airports to provide students with a hands-on learning experience inside the cockpit.

In addition to its efforts, the DOAV has partnered with local organizations to include providing education and operational support for 1,000 cadets from the Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol; funding high school students to gain flight hours; sending more than 300 students to the NextGen Aviator's program that provides hands-on experiential learning on aircraft engine maintenance; and sponsoring summer camps and aviation curriculum development for disadvantaged youth, among many other efforts.

DOAV is grateful for its partnerships with the Virginia Small Aircraft Transportation Systems Lab (VSATS), the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the National Air & Space Museum and the Military Aviation Museum. Each initiative created through the partnerships has enhanced the aviation education experience and boosted interest in a career as a pilot or aircraft mechanic for thousands of young people during the last four years.