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

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Virginia Aviation Conference

    The 47th annual Virginia Aviation Conference will be held at The Main in Norfolk from August 17 through August 20. Registration is now open, and everything you need to know about this event is on…

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  13. DOAV Participates in another Successful Summer Transportation Institute

    For more than 20 years, the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) has partnered with Virginia State University (VSU) to help teach local middle school and high school students about aviation during…

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  14. United Adds New Boeing and Airbus Aircraft to its Fleet

    United Airlines has made a major announcement regarding its historical purchase of new aircraft that will improve the customer experience, increase the number of seats on domestic flights, lower…

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  15. Shell, Rolls-Royce Partner on SAF

    Shell Oil Company and British engineering company Rolls-Royce have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work on the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in order to meet their…

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  16. BBQ and Airplanes Bring Locals Together to Celebrate Aerobatics Day

    National Aerobatics Day was celebrated June 26 this year and DOAV PR and Education Specialist Kim Wells went to the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport (HWY) to photograph the festivities and talk aviation…

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  17. Hydrogen-Electric Powered Aircraft in Development

    ZeroAvia, a U.K.-government supported entity, is developing 600-kilowatt hydrogen-electric power plants for passenger aircraft. ZeroAvia has purchased two Dornier 228 twin turboprop aircraft that…

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  18. GAAC Meeting Cancelled

    The Governor's Aerospace Advisory Council quarterly meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, has been cancelled. The meeting had been planned for a virtual format, but with the ending of…

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  19. Flying Classroom Visits the Jet Center

    The Virginia Department of Aviation joined the Richmond Jet Center to host a small group of elementary students from Prince Edward County to enjoy the Flying Classroom experience with Captain…

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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