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

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Airlines Push to Hire Pilots, Flight Crews

    As the United States continues to emerge from the depths of the global pandemic, the nation's three largest airlines have begun recruitment efforts in earnest. They are focusing on hiring pilots and…

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  10. Airline CEOs Want the UK and U.S.A. Travel Corridor Re-opened

    Before the COVID-19 crisis, airline carriers at London's Heathrow Airport flew to 30 U. S. cities daily. "Let's get back to business," said John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow. "If not…

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  11. Drone Refuels Fighter Jet Midair

    An unmanned aerial vehicle successfully refueled a U.S. fighter jet in midair for the first time, opening the door to a future where the U.S. Navy carrier-based fleet is augmented by unmanned…

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  12. Celebration for Global Icon Promotes Diversity and Inclusion in Aviation

    On June 15, luminaries from aviation, entertainment, and sports as well French Consulate and Chicago officials will gather at the DuSable Museum, the oldest African American Museum in the United…

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  13. 2021 FAA UAS Symposium Continues as Virtual Event

    The FAA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International will co-host Episodes III and IV of the virtual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium – Remotely Piloted Edition…

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  14. Snakes Found Napping in Stored Qantas A380s

    A fleet of Qantas A380s stored in the California Mojave Desert during the COVID pandemic are frequently inspected by Los Angeles-based engineers. The engineering staff have found quite a few…

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  15. Signing Ceremony for Hangar Development at Winchester Regional Airport

    On Thursday, June 10, 2021, the Winchester Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors will formalize a partnership with TMG Construction Corporation pursuant to the Public-Private Education…

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  16. NBAA Leads Coalition Supporting Workforce-Strengthening Legislation

    NBAA recently joined with more than 30 organizations representing U.S. aviation, trucking, rail and maritime interests to express support to congressional lawmakers for legislation promoting career…

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  17. Garmin Autoland Wins Robert J. Collier Trophy

    Garmin Autoland has been awarded the 2020 Robert J. Collier Trophy for the world's first certified autonomous system designed to activate during an emergency to safely fly and land an aircraft…

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  18. United Agrees to Buy Aircraft from Boom Supersonic

    United Airlines today announced a commercial agreement with Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic to add aircraft to its global fleet as well as a cooperative sustainability initiative…

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  19. Companies with In-house Aviation Departments Have a Secret Weapon!

    The aviation industry became critically immobilized in early 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Companies that maintain their own flight departments were hit hard during the shutdown and…

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  20. Airline Tickets Soar in U.S. over Memorial Day Weekend

    Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season, and travelers across the country are taking to the skies post-COVID to visit relatives or escape to America's vacation destinations. All…

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  21. Merlin Labs Partner with Dynamic Aviation to Bring Autonomy to Fleet

    Merlin Labs — a developer of autonomous flight technology for fixed-wing aircraft, which came out of stealth on May 26 — has just announced the first public implementation of its…

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  22. FAA Issues Policy on Solar Projects on Airports

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a final policy aimed at ensuring that airport solar projects don't create hazardous glare. The policy requires airports to measure the visual…

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  23. FAA Establishes Pilot Records Database

    The FAA has adopted a rule establishing an electronic Pilot Records Database and requiring air carriers and some other operators to report pilots' employment history, training and qualifications to…

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  24. ROA to Host Author Sharon Williams for Book Signing on May 28

    Author Sharon Williams will be at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport on Friday, May 28, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to sign copies of her new book ‘Life at 36,000 Feet.' The signing will…

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  25. Piper Sponsoring Air Race Classic Team

    Piper is sponsoring a team of dedicated aviators for the 2021 Air Race Classic. The Piper sponsored team, named "Tres Aviadoras" consists of three passionate aviators who seek to inspire and champion…

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