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

  1. ICON A5 Visited Salem Civic Center for Educational Presentations

    The ICON A5 Introduction to Flight Program, which is a new and free aviation education program offered by the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), travelled to Salem, VA to teach 5th grade…

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  2. Virginia Aviation Ambassador Ceremony Held at Hummel Field

    Blue skies, along with a slight breeze to remind us that fall is here, set the stage for Hummel Field on Saturday, September 25th for the Airport's annual Wings, Wheels and Keels event. This event…

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  3. Terrific Drone Idea Stems From a Disaster

    While a student at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, OH, Divy Shrivastava witnessed his neighbor's house burn to the ground while the family was on vacation. He learned that the first…

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  4. Drone Testing in the Skies Over Winchester, VA is Just Plain Smart

    Residents in Winchester may notice unusual activity in their airspace this week. Remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft will take to the skies as the Winchester Emergency Management Department begins…

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  5. Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook 2021-2040

    The most recent Pilot and Technician Outlook reflects the effects of COVID-19 on the industry but still estimates that 612,000 new pilots, 626,000 new maintenance technicians and 886,00 new cabin…

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  6. All-Civilian Spaceflight Mission Launches

    SpaceX has made history once again. Called "the world's first all-civilian human spaceflight mission to orbit," Inspiration4 launched successfully from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 8:02:56 p.m. EDT…

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  7. FAA Awards $100M to Develop Sustainable Aircraft Technology

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $100 million for companies to help develop technologies that reduce fuel use, emissions and noise…

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  8. Air Traffic Controller Writes Children’s Aviation Book

    Kyana Bubb, an air traffic controller from Grenada has published a children's book that focuses on careers in aviation. This will help youth understand all the aviation options that are available to…

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  9. Winchester Regional Airport Receives Federal Grant

    The Winchester Regional Airport Authority was awarded a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in the amount of $3,570,000. The grant is 100% federally…

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  10. FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes on Aircraft

    The Federal Aviation Administration advises that the number of laser strikes on aircraft continues to rise. Please read about this serious issue below. Shining a laser at an aircraft poses a serious…

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  11. You are All Invited to Drone Safety Awareness Week

    Safety: to protect against failure, breakage, or accident; and highly applicable to a new here-to-stay 21st Century phenomena – drones or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems). The third annual…

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  12. The U.S. is (once again) off the safe travel list

    The European Union (EU) has recently recommended that its 27 member nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. due to rising coronavirus infections there. This decision is a 180 degree…

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  13. Collins Aerospace Buys FlightAware

    FlightAware – the digital aviation company that has been delivering global flight tracking platforms, analytics, predictive technology and historical and real-time flight data since 2005…

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  14. NBAA Prepares for Hurricane Season Relief

    Disasters are a reminder of how people (and animals) who are experiencing the aftermath of a natural disaster need aid and a lifeline from outside sources. Business aviation has always played a role…

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  15. Afghans Fly Caravan to Safety

    Sometimes waiting for help isn't the answer, and you have to take action. That was the case for 12 Afghan air force pilots and one of their crew chiefs who commandeered a "Hellfire Caravan" and flew…

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  16. Virginia Aviation Ambassador Ceremony Will Be Held at Hummel Field

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    Attention all Virginia Aviation Ambassadors, especially those who have recently completed Gold-Level, the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Awards Ceremony will be held at Hummel Field September 25, 2021…

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  17. FAA Safety Alert For Visual Approaches

    While air traffic control may clear pilots for visual approaches to expedite traffic, the Federal Aviation Administration is reminding operators to remain aware of associated risks because such…

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  18. Two Virginia Airport Managers Recognized at Aviation Board Meeting

    The Virginia Aviation Board Meeting was held on August 19 – National Aviation Day – and two Virginia Airport Managers were recognized for their outstanding career in aviation and for…

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  19. Florida Tech Buys Electric Trainer

    A private research university in Melbourne, Florida has become the first college in the U.S. to own and fly an electric aircraft. The Florida Institute of Technology has purchased a Pipistrel Velis…

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  20. WAI Receives $12,500 Grant from The ISTAT Foundation

    For the seventh year in a row, Women in Aviation International received a $12,500 grant from The International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational…

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  21. Congress Calls For GPS Vulnerability Study

    U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is calling for a joint study on the vulnerability of the Global Positioning System (GPS) along with the actions taken by federal agencies to mitigate associated risks. Senator…

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  22. Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet Held on National Aviation Day

    The 47th Annual Virginia Aviation Conference was held at The Main in Norfolk, August 17-20, 2021. The conference provided an opportunity for DOAV staff, Airport Managers and Sponsors, and Virginia…

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  23. AA Prohibits Alcohol in Coach

    Passengers "behind the curtain" won't be allowed to purchase liquor on American Airlines flights until at least Jan. 18, 2022. While alcohol will be available to passengers in first class seats…

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  24. VA Signs NC as First Collaborative State User for Virginia FIX

    The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) has signed the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)—Division of Aviation as the first state to collaborate, coordinate and disseminate…

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  25. World’s First Flying Motorcycle is Coming in 2023

    Jetpack Aviation (JPA), which already makes vertical people propellers, just announced a successful test flight of its jet-driven flying motorcycle prototype. The California company plans to produce…

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