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Welcome to our News Room. Here you will find out what's going on in Virginia aviation.

  1. Hot Air Balloon Launches to Take Place at the Flying Circus

    Each year the Flying Circus Airshow hosts a Balloon Festival, but this year some things have changed due to the pandemic. There are additional safety measures put in place as well as social…

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  2. Marlon Green’s Legal Battle to Break Aviation Barriers

    In 1957, former Air Force B-26 pilot Marlon Green applied to multiple airlines without a response. Rather than accept his fate, he took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, and won. During the golden…

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  3. Government Stopgap Bill Approved

    A stopgap funding bill that cleared the House of Representatives last week and the Senate yesterday will keep government agencies operating, including the FAA, through December 11. Signed by the…

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  4. General Aviation Appreciation Month in Virginia

    Gov. Ralph Northam has proclaimed October as General Aviation Appreciation Month in the Commonwealth. The proclamation recognizes the importance of general aviation and its role as an economic…

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  5. TPA launches first in the nation COVID-19 testing for all passengers

    Tampa International Airport, in partnership with BayCare Health System, announced the launch of the country's first airport testing pilot that will offer two types of FDA-approved COVID-19 tests for…

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  6. International Aviation Art Contest Selects Air Sports Theme

    Since 1989 the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) has hosted the International Aviation Art Contest to challenge youth to illustrate the importance of aviation through…

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  7. EAA and UA Partnership Announced

    United Airlines (UA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) are partnering to welcome and encourage young people to pursue aviation on all levels through a number of programs and activities…

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  8. Virginia Aviation Photo Contest Deadline is October 16

    Each year the Virginia Department of Aviation has a photo contest to showcase aviation across the Commonwealth. The winners are featured in the annual calendar, newsletter and on social media sites…

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  9. Flightradar24 experiences Cyber-Attacks

    One of the most popular real-time flight-tracking websites – Flightradar24 – has experienced three cyber-attacks over the last two days, with the most recent attack taking down the…

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  10. FAA Administrator to Pilot 737 MAX

    The Federal Aviation Administration is "putting it all on the line" this week as FAA Administrator Steve Dickson will be the pilot-in-command of a revamped Boeing 737 MAX fulfilling a pledge he made…

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  11. EAA Webinars Surpass 200,000 Total Attendance

    The Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) free webinar series, which has brought top aviation experts and personalities to online presentations for the past decade, has now welcomed more than…

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  12. DoT Announces $335M in Airport Infrastructure Grants

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Trump Administration will award $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation…

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  13. Air Traffic Facilities Participating in LAANC

    On September 24 2020, the FAA expanded the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) to increase access for drone pilots into controlled airspace. LAANC is now available at 537…

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  14. United Airlines to Offer Passengers Rapid-Response COVID-19 Tests

    As Hawaii prepares to lift its 14-day quarantine for visitors to the islands, United Airlines plans to offer some Hawaii-bound customers rapid-response coronavirus tests at the San Francisco airport…

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  15. NTSB Safety Alert Cautions on Dangers of Flight in Snow

    The NTSB issued a Safety Alert last week highlighting the dangers of flight into snow, citing concern that some pilots don't understand the full dangers involved in such operations. "A recent NTSB…

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  16. More Schools Selected for UAS Collegiate Training Initiative

    The FAA's CTI program allows educational institutions to collaborate with the FAA to help students pursue their aviation career goals. The UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare…

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  17. WMA Approved for On-Demand Charter Service at Reagan National

    Waltzing Matilda Aviation LLC, a Boston-based FAA Part 135 jet charter operator, has been granted Transportation Security Administration approval to operate its on-demand jet charter services into…

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  18. New Award Supports Partnerships to Develop the Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Faculty and students at community colleges across the Commonwealth will continue to learn how to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and collect and analyze geospatial data. The Virginia Space…

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  19. Ampaire’s Second Hybrid-Electric Preps for Flight Trials in Hawaii

    Kahului, Hawaii based Mokulele Airlines has joined with California-based Ampaire to begin testing the second prototype Cessna 337 "Electric EEL" hybrid-electric aircraft conversion. Ampaire…

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  20. Rod Hall Appointed to Virginia Passenger Rail Authority

    Governor Northam announced additional administration appointments on Friday, September 18, 2020 and Virginia Aviation Board Chairman, Rod Hall was one of the new appointees. Rod Hall showed his…

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  21. Governor Proclaims Sept. 25 ‘Arsenal of Democracy Day’

    September 25, 2020

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  22. Flight Advisory - Increased Low Level Flight Formations - Washington, DC

    The FAA advises pilots that there will be increased low level Flight Operations being conducted in the Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area on 25 September 2020 from 1100 - 1300 local, 5,000 feet…

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  23. Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

    Since Sep. 20, 1970, The Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport has remained one of the few privately owned, public use airports in the state. The Airport celebrated 50 years of aviation on Sunday, September…

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  24. Dynamic Aviation Helping Locate Amelia Earhart’s Aircraft

    Dynamic Aviation is loaning a Beechcraft Model-18 as part of an effort to recreate Amelia Earhart's communication link between an aircraft and a boat to simulate the last part of her fateful 1937…

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  25. New Animation @ Runway Safety Simulator

    The FAA is happy to release the newest animation to the Runway Safety Pilot Simulator (www.runwaysafetysimulator.com). This animation, "The Anatomy of a Wrong Surface Event" is the third and final…

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