Programs and Services
Whether you are just getting interested in flying, looking to enhance your professional aviation industry credentials, have accrued decades of knowledge and experience behind the controls as a pilot, or are one of our many professional stakeholders located in the Commonwealth this section contains information that will interest you. You will find helpful information, links and a variety of resources we’ve gathered to meet your needs.
The Virginia Department of Aviation offers many aviation education opportunities including teacher's grants, an art contest, scholarships, and a photo contest. In addition, we're pleased to share information about Virginia's flight schools, aviation schools and universities, aviation museums and much more.
The Commonwealth of Virginia maintains one of the nation's most comprehensive and advanced statewide aviation systems. To support the continuing growth and operation of this system, the Virginia Aviation Board (VAB) has developed funding programs to assist sponsors of public-use airports with a variety of improvement activities ranging from planning to construction to promotion.
All aircraft that are owned by residents of the Commonwealth, or owned by nonresidents, if they are based in Virginia more than 60 days in a 12-month period, are required to be registered. The registration requirement includes aircraft which are based at both public-use and private-use airports, heliports and landing areas.
The Virginia Department of Aviation Safety Program is held, in collaboration with the FAA and other aviation organizations, to provide programs covering aviation safety topics that are interactive and educational. Currently, a series of four aviation safety seminars are held across Virginia each Spring and Fall concentrating on a specific aviation safety topic.
The Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program is designed to encourage pilots and aviation enthusiasts to visit all of Virginia's public-use airports as well as aviation museums, safety seminars and special airport events such as fly-ins. As they set and meet goals, participants will learn more about Virginia's excellent air transportation system, experience the beauty of the Commonwealth as they travel to each airport and have fun.
The Flight Operations and Safety Division is responsible for operating, maintaining and scheduling state-owned aircraft to provide safe, secure, and cost-effective transportation for all state agencies.
The Virginia Department of Aviation program provides funding for projects to enhance the security of public-use general aviation airports in Virginia and supports the efforts of AOPA's Airport Watch, the Virginia Fusion Center, and TSA.