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

  1. FlightAware Reports that Business Aviation Traffic is Up

    Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, reported on June 22 that "On Saturday, June 20, business aviation traffic surpassed 2019 numbers for the first ime since the initial decline with 2.5% more flights…

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  2. DOAV Launches YouTube Channel

    The agency started a channel on YouTube to function as another outlet to help with aviation education and safety outreach and awareness. The channel is called Virginia Department of Aviation and has…

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  3. HAI Members Pledge "COVID Clean"

    The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is urging its members to "take the pledge to be Covid Clean." Launched on Friday, participating members in HAI's "Covid Clean" program agree to abide by…

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  4. Girls in Aviation Day is Going Virtual

    Save the date for the sixth annual international Girls in Aviation Day on September 26, 2020. Thousands of girls, ages 8-17 around the world, will be able to experience the 6th Annual Girls in…

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  5. Tips to Ensure You're Ready to Safely Fly Again

    It's Summer time and as some shelter in place restrictions lift, it's time to get back in the skies and take flight. Before getting back in the cockpit after an aviation hiatus — no matter how…

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  6. 2021 FAI Young Artists Theme Announced

    Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) has revealed the theme for the 2021 edition of the FAI young artists contest . Youngsters between the ages of six and 17 are invited to get their brushes…

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  7. Participate in the Virginia Aviation Board Meeting on June 18

    The June 18 meeting of the Virginia Aviation Board will be held electronically, beginning at 10:00 am. Both Webex and audio conference options are available to participate in the meeting. To…

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  8. Sporty’s Offers New Course - Get Started Learning to Fly

    Sporty's Pilot Shop is offering a new course for those who may be interested in learning to fly but have questions about how to get started. The free course, called Get Started with Learning to Fly…

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  9. First Fully Electric Aircraft Earns Type Certification

    The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued type certification for the first-ever fully electric aircraft. Pipistrel's Velis Electro earned the honor using its E-811 engine, which…

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  10. Aircraft Gets Converted to Assist in Able Flight Program

    Staff from the Purdue Polytechnic Institute's School of Aviation and Transportation Technology (SATT) recently collaborated with aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel and the FAA to convert a glider into a…

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  11. DOAV Donates Peanuts to Feed More

    The Virginia Department of Aviation orders supplies for annual events, but this year things have been very different to say the least. With most events being cancelled so far in 2020, there are a…

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  12. Private airport owners encouraged to update data with FAA

    The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is encouraging nearly 3,000 private airport owners to respond to a data verification request they may have received in the mail from the FAA, asking owners…

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  13. Delivering Books by Drone

    First it was supplies from a pharmacy; now Google's Wing Aviation will begin delivering library books to young people in the Christiansburg area using its delivery drones. The idea came about from…

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  14. Blue Skies Grille Re-Opened

    The Hampton Roads Executive Airport restaurant, Blue Skies Grille re-opened on June 8, resuming regular hours of 11:00am - 2:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The Airport & FBO remain open and they…

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  15. Aviation Rental Insurance

    Love to fly but don't own a plane? Starr Insurance Companies has launched Starr Gate, a new general aviation policy for pilots who rent aircraft. The coverage offers "high-definition underwriting"…

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  16. Airline Losses Projected to Top $84 Billion in 2020

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its financial outlook for the global air transport industry showing that airlines are expected to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 for a net…

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  17. Military Aviation Museum to Host Free Webinar

    Sign up now for this week's free webinar that focuses on the Battle of Britain in World War II. The two-hour event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11. As we approach the 80th Anniversary of the…

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  18. AirVenture Goes Virtual to Showcase Flight

    AirVenture joins the list of major aviation events that have gone online to bring the aviation community together during this pandemic. The 2020 event has been canceled because of the coronavirus…

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  19. ACI Issues Airport Ramp Up Guide for COVID Crisis

    Anticipating an increase in aviation travel as countries begin to relax their Covid-19 restrictions, Airports Council International (ACI) has issued a comprehensive advisory guide. Aviation…

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  20. Moody’s Says Passenger Demand Could Lag for Three Years

    People expecting to see a quick recovery for the commercial aviation industry will be severely disappointed by a report from Moody's Investors Service. Moody's expects air passenger demand globally…

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  21. Boeing Delivers First Blue Angels Super Hornet for Testing

    As we inch closer to the 2021 air show season and the Blue Angels' transition to the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Boeing has announced that they have delivered the first modified Super Hornet to…

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  22. USAF Pilots Choosing to Remain in Military

    Just three months ago (March 4), Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein reported to the House Armed Services Committee that the USAF needed 2,000 more pilots to meet the 2018 National Defense…

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  23. The Military Aviation Museum will reopen on June 5

    There will be new hours along with social distancing guidelines that visitors must follow. The Museum will be open daily from 9am-10am for seniors and those with Compromised Immune Systems and 10am…

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  24. Safe Air Charter Operations

    The FAA works aggressively to identify and shut down rogue air charter operators and to help passengers ensure the company they hire is legitimate. Air charter operations — also known as…

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  25. AOPA Celebrates the Aviation Class of 2020

    Proud parents, flight instructors, and students themselves shared their favorite aviation-themed photos of graduating flight students during a coast-to-coast class of 2020 celebration. They honored…

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