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

  1. Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport Receives Grant

    Today it was announced that Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) has been awarded a $847,646 grant from the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) through the U…

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  2. ICON Looks to Expand Global Sales

    ICON Aircraft, maker of the light sport amphibious aircraft known as the A5, plans to certify the aircraft in the primary category as a way to boost international sales. The primary category is…

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  3. EAA Airventure Opens for 2021

    EAA Airventure opened on Monday, July 26, 2021 In Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After having attendance impacted by poor weather in 2019 and the entire event cancelled last year because of COVID-19, a steady…

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  4. AFA Recognizes Lovettsville Teacher

    The Air Force Association (AFA) has recognized Virginia teacher Megan Tucker of Lovettsville as their 2021 National Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching for 17 years and for the last five…

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  5. Lee County Airport Hosts Fly-In

    The airport in Lee County, Va., is farther west than the entire state of West Virginia. In fact, it's farther west than Detroit, Mich.! So, the Lee County Airport hosted a fly-in Saturday to…

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  6. Congress Enters FAA Directive Fray

    Looking to "reverse the damaging impact of an FAA directive, Congress is introducing legislation to deter the growing controversy surrounding the treatment of flight training in…

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  7. “Made in America” Drone Labels Under Scrutiny by the FTC

    How many of the claims "Made in the U.S.A." are really legitimate? According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), many companies based in the U.S. with manufacturing and assembly facilities…

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  8. Air Traffic Controller Specialist Job Openings at FAA

    The next application window for The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control specialists is July 30 to August 2. The FAA offers employment opportunities for individuals with previous…

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  9. Virginia Aviation Ambassador Passport Review For Gold-Level Completion

    Have you completed the Gold-Level of the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program during 2020/21? If you've completed program requirements but haven't had your passport reviewed and/or been sized for a…

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  10. UAS Summer Mission: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Surveillance

    A six-week campaign over the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is slated to begin this summer using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A team of Oceans Unmanned operators and The Ocean Cleanup researchers…

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  11. Sixth Anniversary of 1st Drone Delivery

    Flirtey just celebrated the sixth anniversary of its July 17, 2015 ‘Kitty Hawk Moment' – the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery in American aviation history A…

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  12. EAA and Siemens Partner for Education

    The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Siemens Digital Industries will be partnering to advance aviation education for young people. Siemens Digital Industries Software will become the…

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  13. Airlines Investing in Electric/Hydrogen-Powered Flight

    If you think electric and hydrogen powered commercial aircraft remain a dream, you haven't been keeping up with the news. Several major airlines (United, Delta, Icelandair) made headlines recently…

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  14. NBAA, AOPA at Odds With FAA

    Two prominent aviation associations are upset with the Federal Aviation Administration's newly revised policy that was designed to clarify how flight training is compensated in aircraft with special…

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  15. FAA’s Summer Aviation Safety Series

    A series of virtual forums, hosted by FAA experts, will soon take place for pilots to learn about critical safety issues in the nation's airspace. The first event will take place on July 20, 2021, at…

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  16. FAA Amends Cargo Exemptions for Passenger Aircraft

    Earlier this month, the FAA amended an exemption that authorizes airlines to secure cargo to the seat tracks of a passenger aircraft when the seats are removed and there are no passengers in the…

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  17. Boeing Commits to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    Boeing, SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas have partnered on an initiative to scale the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) worldwide. Boeing also said it will invest in SkyNRG…

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  18. UA Ends COVID Measures

    United Airlines has eliminated its last two COVID-19 prevention measures. Effective immediately, United no longer requires passengers to deplane in groups of five rows at a time, and the carrier has…

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  19. FAA Releases Newest Runway Pilot Simulator

    The FAA has released its newest Runway Pilot Simulator (https://www.runwaysafetysimulator.com/). This animation stresses the importance of saying "unable" when pilots are not ready or able to accept…

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  20. USAF Approves KittyHawk’s eVTOL

    KittyHawk's Heaviside electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft earned airworthiness approval from the U.S. Air Force. The approval opens the door to revenue service for the aircraft…

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  21. Drone Industry Urges FAA to Implement Section 2209 Immediately

    More than two years ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was required to publish a notice that establishes procedures for drone applicants who want to prohibit or restrict the operation of…

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  22. Airport Systems Planning and Design Course

    An online Airport Systems Planning and Design Course will be held in the fall through the Berkley Institute of Transportation Studies. For those who want to learn more about Airport Systems Planning…

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  23. Yamaha to Modify Motorcycle Engine for Aviation

    Motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha may be entering the aircraft engine market through a partnership with ShinMaywa Industries. Yamaha plans to modify the design of one of its engines for installation in…

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  24. STEM.Org Recognizes AOPA’S Efforts to Teach Aviation to High Schoolers

    The AOPA Foundation's High School Aviation STEM Curriculum received two accreditation honors from the prestigious independent credentialing and education research organization STEM.org. The high…

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  25. Drone Flying in Challenging Environments

    Technological advances, automation, app customizations, and self-flying features have streamlined drone flying; however, flying in difficult environmental conditions can cause drone pilots to…

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