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  1. Federal Government Considering Vaccine ‘Passport’

    Anyone who has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is given a printed card with information about a person's vaccination. But such a card is easily copied or forged. In response, the…

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  2. Two Virginia Students Selected As National Winners in Aviation Art Contest

    This year's theme for the annual aviation art contest is "A Friendlier World with Air Sports" and it brought in 108 entries from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The artwork was broken down into…

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  3. Real-Time Data Exchange in the Skies!

    In less than four years, there will be more than 41 billion devices connected by the Internet of Things! ‘IoT' is new technology that has been called the driving force of the ‘fourth…

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  4. FAA’s Aviation Safety STEM Symposium

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety (AVS) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Career Symposium is an annual event designed to expose students to the world…

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  5. Commercial Airline Accidents Drop in 2020

    For the first time in 15 years, there were zero loss of control inflight (LOC-I) accidents in the airline industry during 2020, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In…

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  6. Wright Fabric on the Ingenuity Helicopter

    The Ingenuity experimental helicopter landed on Mars this past month attached to the Perseverance Rover. It will soon (April 8 or later) attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another…

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  7. Pilots Needed to Fly Special Olympics Athletes, Coaches

    How do you get 4,000 athletes and coaches to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida? You issue a call to General Aviation pilots as Textron Aviation did this week. Textron is…

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  8. Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

    The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as…

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  9. NTSB Urges FAA to Improve Oversight of Part 91

    Following the deaths of 45 people and the injury of 10 others, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration develop new safety standards for…

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  10. Flight Training Scholarships Available

    High school students in Hampton Roads may now apply for a scholarship that will cover the cost of obtaining a private pilot's license (PPL). This spring, local high school students with a passion…

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  11. Jacqueline Cochran: First Woman to Fly Faster than Speed of Sound

    On May 18, 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound and, at the time of her death in 1980, she held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any…

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  12. Diversify and Watch the Ranks Grow

    During the 2021 International Women in Aviation Conference session "Pilot Talent Diversity: Minority Barriers Hindering the Majority", Boeing analyst Jacqueline Davidson posed the question, "When was…

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  13. Promotional Video Released by Danville Regional Airport

    The Virginia Department of Aviation funded a new promotional video for the Danville Regional Airport as part of the agency's Airport Promotional Grant Program. The video highlights the role the…

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  14. 93 CAP Cadet Scholarships Awarded

    Nearly 100 Civil Air Patrol cadets from 35 wings are receiving academic and flight scholarships worth a combined total of $155,500 in 2021. Twenty more cadets were recommended for acceptance to the…

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  15. 12-Year Old Girl Enrolls at Arizona State University with Intent to Work at

    At just 12-years old, Alena Wicker is set to start college at Arizona State University (ASU), majoring in astronomical and planetary science and chemistry. She plans to be an engineer for NASA…

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  16. Virginia Resident Receives Aviation Scholarship

    Abigail L. Welch received the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) Scholarship. This organization is the world's largest single donor of advanced flight scholarships for women…

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  17. Reagan National’s New Terminal to Open Early

    As air passenger counts continue to grow a year after COVID-19 became a global pandemic, Reagan National Airport is getting ready to open a new terminal in April, three months earlier than…

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  18. Students Encouraged to Become Aviation Professionals

    As the Transportation Security Agency tracks an increasing number of passengers going through airport security checkpoints each day and commercial air carriers continue to add flights to their…

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  19. Boca Raton Airport First to Install LED Rotating Beacon

    Florida's Boca Raton Airport (BCT) is the first in the country to install a Hali-Brite LED rotating beacon, the first navigation aid of its kind to receive FAA approval for use at public airports…

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  20. Skydiving in Suffolk

    Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane? The folks at Skydive Suffolk, which is based at Suffolk Executive Airport, have an answer to this age-old question. "Skydiving is something that…

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  21. WAI2021 is Virtual and Underway

    The 32nd annual Women in Aviation International conference in online and underway. The virtual gathering features 30 education sessions during the two-day event, with general sessions highlighting…

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  22. IAC ANNOUNCES NATIONAL AEROBATICS DAY!

    The skill, beauty, and excitement of aerobatic flight will be celebrated on Saturday, June 26, during the inaugural National Aerobatics Day, as announced today by Jim Bourke, President of the…

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  23. IATA Poll: Inability to Travel is Taking a Toll

    A survey of recent travelers by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that people are frustrated with the loss of freedom to travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic as 68 percent of…

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  24. FAA Extends Comment Period for Noise Research and Survey

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended the comment period for the existing noise research portfolio, including the Neighborhood Environmental Survey, and additional areas recommended…

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  25. RIC, PHF Earn Disinfection Accreditation

    Two Virginia commercial service airports have earned accreditation for their efforts to ensure the health and safety of passengers and staff. Richmond International Airport received the Global…

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