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

  1. Vintage Aircraft as Investment Strategy

    Tired of a traditional savings account or the stock market as a way to make money? Aviation enthusiasts have long known that classic, museum-worthy aircraft are a solid investment capable of…

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  2. FAA Won’t Certify Boeing 777X Until 2023

    Citing design and testing issues, the Federal Aviation Administration has told Boeing that the 777X would not be ready for certification until possibly the end of 2023. The testing concerns include…

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  3. Walmart is Looking Skyward with Drone Deliveries to Consumers

    Walmart has announced a significant strategic investment in drone service provider DroneUp, which could indicate a major move among retailers in the race to dominate last mile delivery. Walmart…

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  4. Training Unit Move to Joint Base Langley-Eustis

    The United States Air Force has decided to permanently locate the F-22 Raptor formal training unit (FTU) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. The unit was displaced from Tyndall Air…

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  5. Removing the Man from Unmanned Aviation

    On the quest to create a more inclusive industry, in February, the Federal Aviation Administration tasked its Drone Advisory Committee to examine words like unmanned. The committee had a pretty…

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  6. FAA Launches Voluntary Reporting Program for Safety Office

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an additional way for its engineers, safety inspectors, systems safety specialists and other aviation safety…

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  7. FAA Approves AEA’s Avionics Tech Apprenticeships

    An announcement was made during AEA's 64th annual convention and trade show regarding the Aircraft Electronics Association's (AEA) avionics tech apprenticeships. FAA's Aircraft Maintenance Division…

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  8. Vietnam Airways Approved to fly to Washington, D.C.

    On June 22, Vietnam Airways will begin flying repatriation flights to Washington, D.C. The Vietnam Airways aircraft will spend a few hours on the ground and then return to Vietnam with a full…

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  9. FAA Released Recreational UAS Safety Test

    All recreational drone pilots in the United States are now required to take free FAA online training to fly legally. The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) was mandated by Congress in the FAA…

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  10. Epic Flight Academy Adds Motion Sim to Reduce Training Time

    Epic Flight Academy has partnered with Frasca International to create a new full-motion flight training device that adds to the realism of flying due to high-fidelity graphics. The simulator will…

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  11. New Strategy Could Use Weather Data and ATC to Cut Back On Contrails

    During the Korean War, USAF F-86 Sabre pilots learned a trick while enroute to MiG Alley where they would tangle with North Korean MiG 15s. The Soviet-built fighters had a superior climb rate and…

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  12. New High School to Offer Aviation Programs

    A new $155 million high school in Stafford County that will open in 2025 will help educate the next generation of aviation professionals. The school will feature programs for aircraft mechanics…

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  13. JetBlue Cuts Flights as Air Travel Rises

    In September 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, JetBlue Airways announced that it was introducing 24 new domestic leisure routes to include the West Coast. Business and international…

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  14. The CDC Amends Masks Policy, but only Outdoors

    Wearing a face mask inside an airport and other public transit areas is still federally mandated. In January 2021, an executive order made wearing a mask in all areas of public transportation areas…

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  15. Students Re-imagine VT Montgomery Executive Airport

    With last year's runway expansion providing for the accommodation of business jets at Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport, a professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies…

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  16. Milestone Reached for New EPIC Caravan

    Raisbeck Engineering, a provider of performance enhancement systems for aircraft, reports it has successfully completed its pre-certification flight tests for its new Supplemental Type Certificate…

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  17. BLS Data Shows Strong Salaries for Airline and Commercial Pilots

    The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued their 2020 Occupational Outlook Handbook showing that "airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers" had a median annual wage of…

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  18. USAF Boosts Aerial Refueling Training After Deadly Crash

    It's been nearly one year since the death of a new Air Force F-16 pilot in a 2020 landing accident at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and the service has initiated major changes in operational flight…

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  19. Signature Aviation Has New Ownership

    The $4.7 billion sale of Signature Aviation to a consortium of private equity firms was completed in May 2021. The groups—Blackstone, Global Infrastructure Partners, and Cascade…

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  20. SAF used for the first time in Helicopter Flight from Munich

    Airbus H145 rescue helicopter was refueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the air rescue station in Munich. This is a first-time achievement and a new milestone in international aviation…

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  21. Breeze Airways Starts Service in Norfolk

    Start-up air carrier Breeze Airways began operations yesterday in Norfolk. The inaugural flight arrived Thursday morning at Norfolk International Airport to fanfare, a "live mermaid", a host of city…

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  22. WASP Homecoming and Warbird Fly-In Inspires Next Generation of Aviators

    The National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas, said in a news release that more than 1,000 people showed up to Avenger Field on May 8 to celebrate the WASP Homecoming 2021 and the BT-13 &…

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  23. Runway Safety Town Hall for GA Pilots

    Airport traffic is on the rise as summer looms before us, and since many general aviation pilots have spent a year away from the cockpit, a timely review of safety procedures is essential. The…

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  24. G7 Set for Riveting Spitfire Performance

    Senior representatives to the G7 Summit, being held June 11-13, 2021, in England, will have the opportunity to get hands-on experiencing building a warbird. On June 9, they visited the Trelonk estate…

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  25. Program May Offer Civilian Pilots an Advantage for a USAF Career

    Civilian pilots with previous Air National Guard or Reserve experience might qualify for the USAF's Civil Path to Wings program. Thirty-three aspiring US Air Force pilots with previous civilian…

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