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

  1. VFR Mail Tower Raised at Chase City Airport

    On August 18, 2020 Chase City Airport made history by raising one of only two VFR mail towers in existence in the US. The Virginia FAA will make this a historical airport for this structure in the…

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  2. PlaneEnglish Develops Radio Skills

    If you worry about your skill using an aviation radio, a group of Purdue University graduates has developed an app that can reduce your anxiety and develop your proficiency. PlaneEnglish is an…

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  3. 2021 Aviation Design Contest

    On National Aviation Day (U.S.), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that registration for the 2021 Aviation Design Challenge has opened. This annual competition promotes…

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  4. U.S. Air Force Changes Weapon Design to Utilize More Women and Minorities

    In 2022, the U.S. Air Force will take delivery of the F-15EX, a new and improved version of the nearly 40-year-old F-15E Strike Eagle. Despite all of the modern advances of the new jet, only 9…

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  5. Counter-Drone System Testing to Begin

    The Federal Aviation Administration will begin testing and evaluating drone security systems for safe use at airports in the United States. Though counter-UAS systems have found success in military…

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  6. NATA Establishes General Aviation Airports Committee

    The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce the establishment of a General Aviation Airports Committee to assist the Association's policy priorities and advocacy efforts…

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  7. Counter-Drone Technology Advisory

    Four federal government agencies issued a joint advisory to clarify federal laws and regulations that apply to "the use of capabilities to detect and mitigate threats posed by Unmanned Aircraft…

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  8. Celebrate National Aviation Day

    August 19 is National Aviation Day in the United States. It is also the annual celebration of Orville Wright's birthday. You can celebrate by taking some time to learn about aviation history by…

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  9. Wednesday is National Aviation Day

    National Aviation Day is observed in the United States on August 19 each year to celebrate the history and development of aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together with…

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  10. Virginia Aviation Week

    A House Joint Resolution in 2017 designated the third week in August each year as Virginia Aviation Week. Virginia has a long aviation history and aviation plays a critical role in the lives of all…

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  11. Rolls-Royce to Close Engine Components Plant

    Rolls-Royce is closing its commercial aircraft engine components plant at Crosspointe, Virginia. The Prince George plant, which opened in 2011, will close down in mid-2021 because of the economic…

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  12. MAG Aerospace Buys RPS

    MAG Aerospace, a Fairfax-based defense contractor, has acquired Dallas-based aviation company Remotely Piloted Solutions (RPS). The purchase adds more than 300 command, control, computers…

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  13. FAA Begins to Modernize Aeronautical Charts

    The FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) is cleaning up aeronautical chart supplements and route data to improve the pilot experience in flight planning and flying. General aviation pilots rely on…

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  14. Sporty’s Matching Fund Campaign Helps General Aviation

    With the cancellation of this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, pilots were unable to attend the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) lost revenue that…

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  15. National Model Aviation Day

    The ninth annual National Model Aviation Day took place on Saturday, August 15. The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) commemorated the event, celebrating the importance of model aviation for…

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  16. Aviation Mini Camps at the Military Aviation Museum

    The Military Aviation Museum, in Virginia Beach, is offering 4 mini-camp activities selected from their Warbird Summer Camp. Half Day Mini Camps are for campers entering 5th - 10th grade. Each day…

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  17. American Cutting Service to Several Communities

    Approximately two dozen small- and medium-sized cities are likely to lose service by American Airlines at the end of September as federal requirements associated with the $25 billion airline bailout…

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  18. Sarah Powell Logged 54.6 Flight Hours in 26 Days

    Georgetown University pre-med student Sarah Powell had her eyes on becoming a pilot ever since she was a child, but didn't have the time to pursue her dream until the coronavirus pandemic shut down…

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  19. Ingenuity Helicopter has been Powered Up in Space

    NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter received a checkout and recharge of its power system on Friday, Aug. 7, one week into its near seven-month journey to Mars with the Perseverance rover. This marks the…

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  20. Aviation Career Symposium set for October

    Pathways to Aviation is conducting a virtual celebration of aviation careers beginning October 5th until October 9th, 2020. The week will bring together students, job seekers, employers, and industry…

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  21. Ninety-Nines Inducts a New President

    Veteran pilot Corbi Bulluck takes over leadership of The Ninety Nines, Inc. as the new president. The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots has inducted Bulluck, in a virtual…

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  22. Hybrid Deicing Machine

    With temperatures in the 90s and high humidity making it feel even hotter, it's difficult to be thinking about the need for a more environmentally friendly deicing machine, but Vestergaard Company…

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  23. Annual Rise in U. S. Airlines June Cargo Largest Increase Since Jan. 2018

    U.S. airlines carried 9.4% more cargo by weight in June 2020 than in June 2019, the largest annual gain since January 2018 fueled by a gain of almost 14% in domestic cargo. A 3.6% decline in…

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  24. #1 in Unmanned Systems

    Virginia is two for two in being #1 for Unmanned Aerial Systems, according to Business Facilities magazine. The publication's 16th annual survey was just published and, for the second straight year…

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  25. Lonesome Pine Airport Will Begin Runway Project

    The airport's owner and operator, the Cumberlands Airport Commission recently announced that the Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise, VA will be able to repair part of its runway thanks to the CARES ACT…

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