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

  1. Increased demand and lower prices

    Two aviation charter providers are reporting a surge in business over the last few weeks as pent-up demand, travel safety concerns and lower prices are hitting the market. Richard Zaher, founder and…

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  2. eCaravan Flies

    The world's largest all-electric aircraft made its first flight from Grant County International Airport in Washington on May 28. The electric powered, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, now called the…

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  3. Don’t Become a Rusty Pilot

    The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has launched a webinar series called Don't Get Rusty to entertain and inform pilots who are temporarily grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic…

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  4. AEA Unveils First-Quarter 2020 Avionics Market Report

    The Aircraft Electronics Association released its first-quarter 2020 Avionics Market Report on May 26. In the first three months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics…

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  5. ‘Kitty Hawk Challenge’ Seeks Aviation Start-Ups

    Challenges in the field of flight safety, ground and flight operations enhancements, aircraft health monitoring, aircraft operating conditions, UAV operations and anti-UAV systems are the focus of a…

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  6. USAF Height Requirements Changing

    Soon, you may start seeing new pilot recruitment posters from the U.S. Air Force that might say something like: Wanted – All People Great and Small! The Air Force announced that it is dropping…

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  7. Destination Aviation Summer Camp Goes Online

    The Destination Aviation Summer Camp, held annually by the Aerospace Center for Excellence (of Lakeland, Florida), is being converted to an online camp for the summer of 2020. The camp for 11-17…

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  8. CAP reaches 10,000+ days of support during pandemic

    The Civil Air Patrol‘s nationwide response during the COVID-19 pandemic has been record-setting, totaling more than 10,000 man-days of support over the first 70 days of operations. "As much of…

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  9. TSA Prepared for Summer Travelers with Updated Security Procedures

    With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the start of summer, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing a very different travel season given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. TSA…

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  10. The Importance of Aviation Communication

    We all know the frustration of a failure to communicate. It's tough for both sides. Communication can be challenging even when you are speaking the same language to someone standing in front of you…

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  11. Military Aviation Drive-Through Museum

    This Memorial Day Weekend beginning Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 you are invited to visit the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. There are a few minor adjustments to ensure…

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  12. FAA Changes Rules for Certain Condition Inspections

    Some owners of experimental aircraft will find it easier to obtain special flight permits (SFPs) for their aircraft in order to reposition them for condition inspections, according to a new policy…

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  13. ACRP Insight Event: Flight Plan to Recovery

    COVID-19 has dramatically affected domestic and international airports and travel industries. Their challenges are shared by all partners working to ensure safety, public confidence, and financial…

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  14. Honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

    For the third year in a row, Women in Aviation International (WAI) members and friends will honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) by visiting their graves and leaving flowers or other…

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  15. Celebrate Transportation Day

    During its 2018 session, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that designates the Thursday before Memorial Day each year as Celebrate Transportation Day in Virginia. This year, we honor…

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  16. Virginia Airports Saw Drastic Decline in Passengers for April

    Airports across the state saw significant drops in passenger numbers during March and April, while most people sheltered in place and canceled travel plans during the pandemic. Airlines also…

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  17. DOT Sets Membership for Women Aviation Advisory Board

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao selected 30 industry and academic leaders to serve as members of the newly formed Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB). Congress called for the creation…

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  18. Automatic Landing System Earns Type Certification

    The Federal Aviation Administration has type certified the first aircraft – a Piper M600/SLS – equipped with Garmin's Autoland system. The Autoland system is designed to assume…

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  19. Navy Seeks New Training Jet

    The U.S. Navy is looking for a new jet trainer aircraft and has issued a Request for Information (RFI) that is intended to replace the Boeing T-45 Goshawks, which are at the heart of the intermediate…

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  20. National Aviation Hall of Fame partners with PBS on new education program

    The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) and PBS affiliate ThinkTV/Dayton have partnered to create a new education program. "Discovering Flight: Learning with the National Aviation Hall of Fame" is…

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  21. Maintenance Technician Shortage Worsens

    The Covid-19 crisis is exacerbating the shortage of new aviation maintenance technicians, according to Crystal McGuire, executive director of the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC). During…

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  22. Cessna Prototype Flies For First Time

    A new twin-turboprop prototype from Cessna took its first flight Sunday. Known as the SkyCourier, the utility aircraft flew for 2.25 hours. Powered by two 1,100-shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-65SC…

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  23. Celebrating Resiliency in a Time of Turmoil

    Flight schools and instructors across the country have been vying for top status in the annual AOPA Flight Training Experience Awards for several years, hoping their students will highlight them in…

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  24. AOPA Return to Flight Safety Guides

    The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the AOPA Air Safety Institute have created two guides to help operators and pilots safely return to flight and facilitate a strategic return to normal…

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  25. More Sanitizing Solutions Explored in NBAA Webinar

    Because cleaning and sanitizing business aircraft continues to be a top priority during the pandemic, the industry continues to explore ways to ensure that aircraft passengers and crews are protected…

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