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Here you will find the latest news and articles on aviation in Virginia. You can use the ‘Search” feature to find news by topic, date, and more. You can also use the news archives to look for information by date.

Stafford Regional Airport Unveils Aerodrome No. 5

May 8, 2024

Stafford Regional Airport unveiled an exact reproduction of Samuel Pierpont Langley’s Aerodrome No. 5 at a viewing event inside the terminal on Monday, May 6.

Your Friendly Neighborhood DOAV on TV

May 8, 2024

Chesterfield, Charlottesville, and Richmond are some of the cities where viewers saw the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) on their local news. Like a stunning movie star, sharing the screen in each of these stories was DOAV’s strikingly attractive ICON A5 aircraft.  

James Carlton, Ambassador # 652

April 29, 2024

Congratulations James Carlton for earning Gold Level in the Virginia Aviation Ambassador Program. James visited all of Virginia's 65 public-use airports, four air museums, completed a safety seminar, and attended a Virginia fly-in. 


James is the 652st registered Ambassador!

James C. Andrews, Ambassador # 651

April 29, 2024

Congratulations James Andrews for earning Gold Level in the Virginia Aviation Ambassador Program. James visited all of Virginia's 65 public-use airports, four air museums, completed a safety seminar, and attended a Virginia fly-in. 


James is the 651st registered Ambassador!

Kasey Boyer, Ambassador # 650

April 24, 2024

Congratulations Kasey Boyer for earning Gold Level in the Virginia Aviation Ambassador Program. Kasey visited all of Virginia's 65 public-use airports, four air museums, completed a safety seminar, and attended a Virginia fly-in. 


Kasey is the 650th registered Ambassador!

NASAO Announces 2024 U.S. Youth Aviation Art Contest Winners

March 14, 2024

Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2024) – Today, the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), in partnership with National Aeronautic Association (NAA), announced the winners of the 2024 U.S. Youth Aviation Art Contest. 

New Kent Airport Looks for Proposals

March 12-19, 2024

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The County of New Kent, Virginia, (New Kent County Board of Supervisors), is requesting sealed proposals from qualified individuals/businesses to provide aircraft maintenance services at the New Kent County Airport, Quinton, VA. 2314 l...

Virginia Takes Action to Prepare Airport Infrastructure for Advanced Air Mobility

March 8, 2024

Up to $200,000 has been made available to each public-use airport in Virginia that is interested in improving its readiness for the launch of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) services...

2024 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced

February 28, 2024

Countless numbers of aviation enthusiasts have gotten in trouble for drawing airplanes in school. However, nine students from across the Commonwealth were awarded for their art skills this week by…

FAA Awards Funding For Projects At Two Virginia AIrports

February 21, 2024

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded funding for projects at Dulles (IAD) and Norfolk (ORF) International airports. The grants were announced February 15, by the U.S. Department…

Weaver Recipient Completes Private Pilot License

February 15, 2024

Congratulations to Caleb Payne on earning his private pilot's license! Payne earned his PPL through Aero Elite Flight Training at Norfolk International Airport and was a recipient of the Chad Weaver…

Alberta Smith Elementary Teaches with Drones

February 15, 2024

The first graders at Alberta Smith Elementary School are learning about estimation and measurement with the help of two flying teachers – quadcopter drones. Teacher Annwyn Long created this…

2024 Aviation, Aerospace and AAM Legislative Reception

February 07, 2024

The Virginia Aviation Business Association held its annual Aviation, Aerospace and Advanced Air Mobility Legislative Reception February 7 at Main Street Station in Richmond. More than 700 guests from…

Stafford Regional Airport Holds ACES Day

November 06, 2023

Stafford Regional Airport held an Aviation Careers Expo of Stafford (ACES) Day on November 1 to inspire and empower students to pursue aviation careers. Approximately 160 fifth grade students learned…

9th Annual Shannon Airport Harvest Festival

October 31, 2023

The 9th annual Shannon Airport Harvest Festival offered visitors a taste of aviation in a unique trick or treat experience on Saturday, October 28. The event brought in families with kids of all ages…

2023 Virginia Aviation Photo Contest Winners Announced

October 31, 2023

The 2023 Virginia Aviation Photo Contest Winners have been announced. The 2024 Virginia Aviation Photo Contest is now open and accepting submissions. Entry forms and complete contest details can be…

Virginia Highlands Airport Celebrates Completion of Runway Extension

October 26, 2023

Virginia Highlands Airport (VJI) celebrated the completion of a runway extension project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, October 23. The ceremony represented the cumulative efforts by the…

Gordonsville Airport Hosts Cub Scout Aviation Day

September 18, 2023

Gordonsville Airport hosted Cub Scout Aviation Day on Saturday, September 9 to introduce youth to various exciting opportunities available in aviation. A total of 200 Cub Scouts from across central…

Women Can Fly at the Military Aviation Museum, September

September 11, 2023

A Women Can Fly event was held at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach on Saturday, September 9, 2023. Despite some less than idea weather, the dedicated volunteer pilots, supporting…

ICON A5 Visits Piedmont Christian School

September 05, 2023

The Virginia Department of Aviation's ICON A5 Introduction to Flight team visited Piedmont Christian School in Bumpass, Va. for an educational program on September 5. Approximately 100 students…

Virginia Aviation Conference Held at the Williamsburg Lodge

August 29, 2023

The 49th annual Virginia Aviation Conference was held at the Williamsburg Lodge August 9-11. The conference served as a great opportunity for airport managers from across the Commonwealth to come…

Virginia’s Aviation Siblings: The DOAV and CAP

August 28, 2023

Pop quiz. What does the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and the Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have in common? It turns out the two organizations have the same father - Allen C…

ICON A5 Visit with Young Eagles

August 18, 2023

The ICON A5 Introduction to Flight Team traveled to Richmond Executive-Chesterfield County Airport on Friday, August 18 to visit with a group of youth from the Carol Adams Foundation. The visit…

Ambassador Ceremony to be held at Hummel Air Field

August 28, 2023

Pop quiz. What does the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and the Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have in common? It turns out the two organizations have the same father - Allen C…

Stafford Airport Holds Wings and Wheels Event

August 15, 2023

Stafford Regional Airport was bustling with activity for its inaugural Wings and Wheels event on August 5. The air fest and car show offered aircraft rides in three different vintage aircraft as well…

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2023 Virginia Aviation Award Recipients Announced

August 15, 2023

Each year, individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward the development of aviation in Virginia are selected for recognition at the Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet. While only…

Top Eagles Speech from the Virginia Aviation Conference

August 11, 2023

August 15, 2023 Below is the speech that Greg Campbell, Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), gave on August 11, 2023 at the Virginia Aviation Board Meeting held in Williamsburg…

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ICON A5 Visits Pamunkey Regional Library in Ashland

July 26, 2023

The Virginia Department of Aviation's ICON A5 Introduction to Flight team visited the Pamunkey Regional Library in Ashland for an educational program on July 25. Approximately 200 people attended the…

DOAV Hosts Tour For Richard Bland STEM Program

July 21, 2023

The Virginia Department of Aviation hosted a tour for 24 high school students as part of an aviation-based summer STEM camp through the Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Students visited…

Over $44 Million in Federal Funding for Virginia Airports

July 20, 2023

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $44,606,006 in federal funding for Virginia airports. Funds were made available through the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) FY…

DOAV Celebrates Innovations in Flight at Dulles

July 13, 2023

On June 17, the "Innovations in Flight" event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center brought together planes, pilots, and the public into one space to celebrate the technical accomplishments achieved in…

DOAV Participates in Summer Transportation Institute Program at VSU

July 12, 2023

The Virginia Department of Aviation participated in the annual Summer Transportation Institute program at Virginia State University. The purpose of the program is to create awareness and stimulate…

Women Can Fly Event Held at Warrenton Fauquier Airport

June 24, 2023

Warrenton-Fauquier Airport held its annual Women Can Fly event on Saturday, June 24. Despite low ceilings in the morning and a weather hold in the afternoon, 156 people were able to experience a…

ICON A5 Visits Schools Across the Commonwealth

June 10, 2023

The Virginia Department of Aviation's ICON A5 Introduction to Flight team was on the road visiting three schools over the course of three days. DOAV Public Relations and Education staff traveled to…

Rod Hall Receives Recognition

June 02, 2023

Virginia Aviation Board Member Roderick D. Hall (left) of Woodbridge recently received a plaque from current Virginia Aviation Board Chairman Randall Burdette (right) commemorating his years of…

Air Power Over Hampton Roads Returns to Langley AFB

May 23, 2023

Returning after five years on hiatus, Air Power Over Hampton Roads returned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Thirteen aerial performers from across the country flew their aircraft into the storied air…

The 2023 FAA Airport Design Challenge Announced

May 22, 2023

The FAA Airport Design Challenge (ADC) is an interactive learning and collaboration opportunity for students in grades K-12. During the Airport Design Challenge, students have the opportunity to…

ICON A5 Visits Amherst County HIgh School

May 19, 2023

The ICON A5 Introduction to Flight team was on the road at Amherst County High School on May 15. Approximately 70 students grades 10-12 had the opportunity to sit in the aircraft and operate the…

Aviation Events Held Across the Commonwealth

May 08, 2023

Several aviation events in Virginia capped off the final weekend of April. The Virginia Department of Aviation was present at the Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol Conference at the Virginia Crossings…

ICON A5 Visits Schools in Southwest Virginia

May 04, 2023

The Virginia Department of Aviation's ICON A5 Introduction to Flight team hit the road for a southwest Virginia swing. The Public Relations and Education staff visited Galax Middle School, Shawsville…

ICON A5 Visits Laurel Lane Elementary

May 04, 2023

The ICON A5 Introduction to Flight team was on the road at Amherst County High School on May 15. Approximately 70 students grades 10-12 had the opportunity to sit in the aircraft and operate the…

ICON A5 Flight in Tampa

May 04, 2023

My Re-Education of ICON's A5 Soon after the plane left the runway, ICON Aircraft Company pilot Sean Stamps said, "I am going to show you what it's like when I stall it." As a non-pilot, I would have…

Danville Airport Open House and Free Flights

May 04, 2023

On Saturday, April 29, 2023 the Danville Regional Airport held an Airport Open House and Free Fly Day. A total of 78 students, ages 8 to 17 completed plane rides. The airport also completed tours…

DOAV Travels to Sun N' Fun Aerospace Expo

April 12, 2023

The Virginia Department of Aviation traveled to Lakeland, Florida to exhibit at the 49th annual Sun ‘N Fun Aerospace Expo March 28-April 2. A team of seven DOAV staff members promoted aviation…

Military Aviation Museum Summer Aviation Camps

April 06, 2023

Aviation Adventure Camp Campers at the Military Aviation Museum take a deep dive into the world of aviation! From the Wright Brothers to the aces of World War II, campers will be able to engage…

Visit the DOAV at Sun 'N Fun

March 29, 2023

The Virginia Department of Aviation traveled to Lakeland, Florida to exhibit at the 49th annual Sun ‘N Fun Aerospace Expo March 28-April 2. A team of seven DOAV staff members promoted aviation…

Art Contest National Winners

March 29, 2023

Two Virginia students won awards in the national aviation art competition sponsored by the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). Callie Hu of Great Falls, VA, took second place in…

Lt Gov Earle-Sears Breaks Ground on WInchester Airport's New Terminal

March 06, 2023

About 200 people assembled on a windy Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking of Winchester Regional Airport's new terminal building. With a golden shovel and a white hard hat, Lt. Gov…

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