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April 27, 2016
Accomack County Airport FAA Safety Seminar on Takeoffs and Landings presented by Maury Dacey from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Terminal Building. Register now at Download poster

April 30, 2016
Al Orgain Memorial Spring Party and Fundraising Auction will take place at the Virginia Aviation Museum from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  THE premier aviation party in Virginia.  Tickets are just $35/person, $60/couple.  Great friends, great food, and great items to bid on for everyone!  For tickets call 804-222-8690, or visit our website,

May 2, 2016
Virginia Aviation Safety Week Program will be held at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton beginning at 7:00 p.m. The program is entitled "Emergency" and will be presented by Tom Curran.

May 3, 2016
Virginia Aviation Safety Week Program will be held at the Danville Regional Airport beginning at 7:00 p.m. The program is entitled "Emergency" and will be presented by Tom Curran.

May 4, 2016
Virginia Aviation Safety Week Program will be held at the Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport beginning at 7:00 p.m. The program is entitled "Emergency" and will be presented by Tom Curran.

May 5, 2016
Virginia Aviation Safety Week Program will be held at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond beginning at 7:00 p.m. The program is entitled "Emergency" and will be presented by Tom Curran.

May 7, 2016
Manassas Airshow 2016 will take place at the Manassas Regional Airport beginning beginning at 10:00 a.m. Raindate: May 8th. For more information visit

May 7, 2016
Wings, Wheels, & Crafts Festival will be held at Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Lake Gaston Jr. Women's Club.

May 7, 2016
Drone Demo will take place at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Raindate: May 8th. Public welcome. Download poster with more info; press release

May 9, 2016
IMC Mastering the Art of Instument Flying - Topic: Discussion of Real-World Instrument Scenarios will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Deep Run 3, 9954 Mayland Drive, Henrico, Virginia 23233 (meet on main floor). For more information visit

May 10, 2016
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport Runway Safety Action Team Meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, 900 Bland Boulevard, Suite G, Newport News, Virginia 23602. The topic of the meeting is Reviewing Airport Surface Movement Topics and Identifying New Trouble Spots. The meeting is held in conjunction with all airport users, to include airport management, airport tenants, local flight schools and pilots. Register on FAA Safety website

May 14, 2016
Smith Mountain Lake Fly-In (W-91) will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, SML Airport is hosting a fly-in at the airport with antique cars, antique planes, and quilts on display. Also remoted controlled plane demos and food vendors. Bring a lawn chair, grab lunch, relax with good company, and enjoy the early afternoon watching planes fly, looking at handmade quilts and admiring antique cars. Admission is free. Poster

May 19, 2016
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport, 441 International Center Drive, Sandston, VA  23150 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

May 20-22, 2016
Warbirds Over the Beach will take place at the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Virginia (near Virginia Beach). Experience a trip back in time to the memorable days of the Second World War-era. A time from the first half of the last century when everything was much simpler, we knew right from wrong and good from evil. Travel to the warmth of Virginia Beach, alongside the bright sunshine of the Atlantic shoreline, where German submarines once hunted merchant ships in the Gulfstream waters. Look up in the sky, where you will see fighters and bombers of our armed forces patrol the countryside to protect our homeland from the Axis forces. You will experience all this and more during the weekend before Memorial Day with hundreds of re-enactors, actual warplanes of these times and entertainment reminiscent of the 1940s.

May 21-22, 2016
Lynchburg Regional Airport Airshow will be held at the Lynchburg Regional Airport. The show features two days of aerial performances and two additional days of educational opportunities for students who attend schools in the area. Performers include: the US Navy Blue Angels, Kevin Coleman in his Extra 300, The Aeroshell Acrobatic Team, The Tuskegee display and traveling theater, Art Nalls’ AV-8 Harrier and L-39, Shockwave jet truck racing Kevin Coleman, Scott Francis in his MXS, The US Navy Leap Frogs (all SEAL) parachute team, Andrew McKenna in his P-51, The C-54 Candy Bomber, Julie Clark in her T-34, , the De Havilland Vampire (the world’s first single engine jet fighter) the Air Forces’ Performance Lab and F-16,  FA-18 simulators, the US Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Demolition display and dive tank, aviation Kids Zone, and a variety of warbirds and military/civilian aircraft on display. For more information visit

May 21-22, 2016
Lake Anna Seaplane Splash-In will be held at Lake Anna (N38-04.590 W077-48.740; Unicom 123.40). This is a two-day social gathering with food, fun, flying, and camping. RSVP before May 11 to Bob Woodberry's house, 703-785-1505 or . Location: 120 Old Mill Court, Mineral, Virginia. Nearest airport is Louisa County/Freeman Field (LKU); fuel available, 12 miles away, or Lake Anna Airport (7W4), 10 miles away. Contact: Steve Harris 301-606-0723, . Call for pick up.

June 3-5, 2016
Shannon Airport's Fly-In Campout will be held at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Pancake breakfast, food vendors, Fun Run (one mile run), appearance by the Flying Circus, briefing and seminar by Jerry Knouff, spot landing and flour drop competition, award for "best looking plane" and much more. Call for more details at 540-373-4431. Campout booklet

June 11, 2016
Women Can Fly Event at Roanoke Regional Airport. For more information visit Women Can

June 11, 2016
2016 Flying Proms Symphony Air Show presented by the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach beginning at 7:00 p.m. (gates open at 3:00 p.m.). In England, The Flying Proms is a beloved tradition that showcases the beauty of vintage aircraft flying maneuvers accompanied by live music performed by a symphony orchestra. This unique show comes to the United States, courtesy of the Military Aviation Museum.

We are pleased to have Symphonicity back as the orchestral partner for the 2016 Flying Proms. The first half of the evening’s entertainment will feature music from movies and television featuring some of the museum’s rare aircraft in flight. The second half will feature the symphony playing patriotic music culminating with a fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

June 18, 2016
Women Can Fly Event at Hampton Roads Executive Airport. For more information visit Women Can

June 18, 2016
Innovations in Flight Day at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

June 25, 2016
Women Can Fly Event at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport. For more information visit Women Can

July 9, 2016
Women Can Fly Event at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. For more information visit Women Can

July 16, 2016
Wings and Wheels Bath County Airshow will take place at Ingalls Field.

July 16, 2016
Women Can Fly Event at Lynchburg Regional Airport For more information visit Women Can

July 25-31, 2016
EAA Airventure 2016 will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For more information visit

August 16-19, 2016
Virginia Aviation Conference will be held at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. For more information visit

September 10, 2016
Tappahannock-Essex County Airport 2016 Fly-In

September 10-11, 2016
NAS Oceana Airshow will be held in Virginia Beach.

September 15-17, 2016
Let Freedom Ring Airshow at Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise, Virginia. More details later.

September 24, 2016
Wings, Wheels and Keels Fly-in will take place at Hummel Field. More details later.

October 1, 2016
EAA Chapter 186 Fall Fly-In will be held at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport. Rain date is Oct.2nd.

October 8, 2016
Festival of Flight will be held in conjunction with the Peanut Fest on Columbus Day weekend. More details to follow.

November 1-3, 2016
NBAA 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition
will be held in Orlando, Florida. For more information visit

November 17, 2016
Virginia Aviation Board Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Richmond Airport, 445 International Center Drive, Sandston, VA  23150 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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Welcome to the Virginia Department of Aviation

The Virginia Department of Aviation is a state transportation agency whose mission is to cultivate an advanced aviation system that is safe, secure and provides for economic development; promote aviation awareness and education; and provide the safest and most efficient flight services for the Commonwealth Leadership and State agencies.

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For the most timely information about what's going on in aviation in Virginia,visit the Virginia Aviation Blog

Warbirds Aviation Summer Camp

July 11-15, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily (Groups 2,3, and 4)
9:00 am - 12:00 noon daily (Group 1 only)

The Military Aviation Museum is excited to hold its 5th Warbirds Aviation Summer Camp July 11th through 15th. During this fun-filled week, children spend time at the Military Aviation Museum, among one of the largest private collections of flying vintage and reproduction aircraft in the world. They will have the thrill of getting up close to World War I and World War II era fighters, bombers, trainers and seaplanes, while they learn everything about them and aviation in general.

This year's camp will be feature a new format, with 4 separate groups based upon your child's school grade. Detailed descriptions of the various groups are below.

Group 1 Description (Grades 4 - 5)
Group 2 Description (Grades 6 - 7)
Group 3 Description (Grades 8 - 9)
Group 4 Description (Grades 10 - 11)

For more information visit


Virginia Air Transportation System Plan Update (2016)VATSP Executive Summary Cover 2016

Businesses, residents, and visitors depend on Virginia’s airports. The Virginia Air Transportation System Plan (VATSP) Update blends the strategic development and enhancement of the facilities at current airports, with the preservation and maintenance of existing airports, guiding development of new system airports and examining the future needs of Virginia’s communities. The VATSP helps Virginia keep pace with new aviation technologies such as NextGen. The plan provides direction to meet transportation needs, to serve aviation demand, and to provide economic support through the planning period. Collaboration between the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and all public-use airport sponsors in Virginia is needed for
the successful implementation of this plan.

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2017 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners

The theme of the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest was "Air Sports and Nature in Harmony." Virginia winners were:

Junior CategorySelena Bao Artwork

First Place: Jiayin Zou (age 10)
Churchill Road Elementary, McLean

Second Place: Alan Wang (age 9)
Haycock Elementary School, Falls Church

Third Place: Rachel Ji (age 7)
Wolftrap Elementary School, Vienna

Intermediate Category

First Place: Selena Bao (age 13)
Joyce Kilmer Middle School, Vienna

Second Place: Alison Wan (age 11)
Colvin Run Elementary School, ViennaAlison Wan Artwork

Third Place: Cynthia J. Ma (age 11)
Colvin Run Elementary School, Vienna

Senior Category

First Place: Kyra Reid (age 16)
Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach

Second Place: Kelly Miller (age 18)
Millbrook High School, WInchester

Third Place: Joshua Rodriguez (age 17)
Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach

Click to view all the 2016 winners


Recreational Aviation Foundation Camping Events in Virginia

A series of airport camping events, organized by the Virginia RAF, will take place at public-use airports across Virginia this summer. Everyone is invited!

  1. Shannon Airport (EZF) June 3-5, 2016 Manager: Luke Curtas, (540) 373-4431,
  2. Warrenton Fauquier (HWY) July 8-10, 2016 Manager Dave Darrah, (540) 422-8283,
  3. Lonesome Pine (LNP) Aug 5-7, 2016, Manager: Jarrod Powers, (276) 328-5300,
  4. Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (JGG) Sep 2-5, 2016, Manager: Larry Waltrip, (757) 229-9256,
  5. Suffolk Executive Airport (SFQ) Oct 7-9, 2016, In conjunction with the Peanut Festival, Manager: Kent Marshall, (757) 514-4411,

For more information about these events contact Eva Gardner at (540) 455-7063 or or the airport manager.


Festival of Flight

Virginia Regional Festival of Flight Website is Active

The Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 8, 2016, during the annual Peanut Festival at Suffolk Executive Airport now has an active website Mark the date on your calendar. For more information contact Daniel Arkin at



FAA's Rules for Registering Unmanned Aerial Systems ReleasedDrone

Unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds and more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) on takeoff, including everything that is on board or otherwise attached to the aircraft and operated outdoors in the national airspace system must register. These aircraft may register under the new web-based registration system. You must be 13 years of age or older before you are permitted to register an unmanned aircraft. If the owner is less than 13 years of age, then a person who is at least 13 years of age must register the unmanned aircraft.

A certificate of registration will be available to download and will be sent to your email address at the time of registration. When operating your UAS you must be able to present the certificate in either print or electronic format if asked for proof of registration.You will be required to renew every three years and you must pay a $5 renewal fee.

You can register your drone on ( ) beginning on December 21, 2015. Federal law requires owners to pay $5 to register their aircraft. However, registration is free for the first 30 days to encourage speedy registration of UAS. During the first 30 days, you must pay $5 with a credit card and a $5 credit will appear shortly afterwards.

You will receive a unique registration number that applies to any and all UAS that you own. You must mark all of your UAS with the unique registration number before operating. A registration certificate that contains the unique FAA registration number, the issue and expiration dates, and the name of the certificate holder will be sent to your email address immediately.

Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.

For complete details regarding registration visit

Beta Test underway of B4UFly Smartphone App which helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.


Virginia Commercial Air Service Review Now Available

The Virginia Commercial Air Service Review (December 2015) is now available for download


2015-16 Virginia Airport Directory

New Virginia Airport Directory is Now Available

The 2015-16 Virginia Airport Directory is now available. Within the next couple of weeks, each public use airport in Virginia will be sent copies for distribution. You may also contact the Virginia Department Aviation to receive a copy.

The new directory features information about each of Virginia's 66 public use airports as well as a list of private airports. New for this year is a second page for each public use airport that lists tourist sites and economic development contact information for that community.






2015 Virginia Department of Aviation’s Photo Contest

The 2015 Virginia Department of Aviation Photo Contest is now underway. Submit your aviation photos that have been taken within the Commonwealth of Virginia within the last three (3) years and not previously published. Winners will be featured in the 2016/2017 Virginia Aviation Calendar, on the Department of Aviation’s website, on the DOAV’s blog ‘Virginia Aviation News’ and on DOAV’s facebook and twitter sites. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a certificate of recognition and a package of Virginia Department of Aviation and Virginia is for Flying Lovers logo items. All entries will be judged by an impartial panel.

Photos may be submitted in the following categories:aircraft, airports, people, miscellaneous aviation, aerials, and digitally altered imaBiplanesges.

Each photographer may submit a maximum of twelve (12) photos for the contest. All photos involving aviation in the Commonwealth of Virginia will be accepted. Entry forms and releases must be fully completed for the photo to be considered.

All entries must be postmarked by October 16, 2015.

Reproduction Rights
Photos submitted to the contest may be used by the Virginia Department of Aviation to promote aviation in Virginia. All entries become and remain the property of the Virginia Department of Aviation and may be used without permission or credit. CDs will not be returned.

How to Submit Entries
Only digital entries will be accepted. Photos should be taken at the highest resolution possible (minimum 300 dpi or 3MB). Preferred format is .jpg. A completed entry form and model release (if needed) should be submitted with each photo. Email entries and form to or mail a CD to:

Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Kim Wells
5702 Gulfstream Rd.
Richmond, VA 23250-2422

Questions? Call 804-236-3624

The Future of Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia

Late last year, Virginia Tech was selected by the FAA as one of six unmanned aerial system (UAV) test site operators in the United States. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAPP) had its first flight ceremony at the Virginia Tech test range on Wednesday, August 13th. In attendance at this historical event were dignitaries including Governor Terry McAuliffe as well as the Chairman of the Virginia Aviation Board and Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation.

Virginia has the opportunity and the capability to be a national leader in the development, manufacture, and creative use of autonomous vehicles. Economic development in this area could yield thousands of high-paying, high-technology jobs in communities throughout the Commonwealth. Autonomous vehicles include intelligent cars, self-guiding tractors, water surface and underwater vehicles, and unmanned aircraft. Policies established by Virginia leaders will determine if and how the Commonwealth will leverage its substantial strength in this emerging technology. Below there is a link to a study that provides an overview of the issues and opportunities concerning autonomous vehicles in order to support informed decisions about the future of autonomous vehicles in the Commonwealth.

For more information about this study please contact Craig Woolsey, Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech at:
Phone: 540-231-8117

For more information about state policy regarding Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia please contact Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology. Her office number is 804.786.9579 and her e-mail address:

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“Virginia Warbird Association” seeks unity for local warbird enthusiasts

The Virginia Warbird Association has been established to educate, promote and preserve warbird operations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. A warbird is defined as any vintage military aircraft now operated by a civilian organization or individual. The creation of the Virginia Warbird Association hopes to honor Virginia’s aviation heritage and the men and women who dedicated their lives to flying these warbirds.

Its intention is to bring local warbird groups and pilots together under one association and be the source of information for those who would like aircraft to serve as static displays for events in Virginia and neighboring states throughout the mid-Atlantic. The first association meeting was held in Petersburg this past October where it was decided that John V. Mazza, Jr. will serve as the chairman of the Virginia Warbird Association while the board of directors is under development.

For more information contact Mr. Mazza at 804-536-4040 or

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