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WWII Airplanes Fly Again in May
On May 2, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Manassas Airshow is bringing in Breitling Jet Team, the largest professional civilian flight jet team. This team demonstrates aerobatics with precision, speed, mastery and style. Also performing are the 3rd Dimension Parachute Team, the American Helicopters Demonstration Team, Andrew McKenna P-51 and T-6 Aerobatics, the Flying Circus Stearman Flight, Scott Francis MXS Aerobatics, Jack Knutson Extra 300 Aerobatics, Matt Chapman CAP 580 Aerobatics, Randy Devere CJ-6 Aerobatics and there will be an RC Modeler Jet Demonstration.
On Friday May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of V-E Day commemorating the end of the war in Europe, World War II bombers and fighters will fly together in historic group formations directly over Washington, DC. The planes will originate from Manassas Regional Airport and Culpeper Regional Airport.
The first planes are expected to arrive over the nation’s capital beginning at noon. If bad weather forces a postponement, the flyover will take place on May 9. Early arrivals, including the B-17 Texas Raider, a four-engine bomber, will be on display at the Manassas Airshow on May 2 and offer rides and tours May 3, 5 and 6. Admission to the airshow is free to the public.
The other three big bombers participating in the flyover will be open for cockpit tours at the Manassas Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 9 - 13. The daily admission fee of $15 for adults 18 and over and $5 for students from 6 through 17 (children 5 and under are free) includes the opportunity to go aboard and walk through all three bombers on the ground, including Fifi, the only B-29 still flying; Diamond Lil, the oldest remaining B-24; and Aluminum Overcast, a B-17G built in 1945.
Also on display at the Manassas Regional Airport are smaller planes participating in the flyover, like Gunfighter, a P-51 fighter plane; the only flying SB2C Hell Diver, a Navy dive bomber; and the twin-engine Bucket of Bolts C-45 Expeditor, a multi-engine trainer used for light cargo and as a VIP transport aircraft during the war.
For more information on any of these events, visit www.manassascity.org/airportevents.
(photos from the Breitling Jet Team website and Texas Raider B-17)
Department of Aviation Installs New Phone System
On Tuesday, February 24th, the Virginia Department of Aviation installed a new phone system which provides each staff member with their own phone number so they can be dialed directly. Each staff member has also been assigned a new extension. Attached is a staff list with the new telephone numbers and extensions listed. 2015 Staff Directory with Phone Numbers
Visit the Department of Aviation Trailer at Sun n Fun
The Virginia Department of Aviation will have it's "Virgnia is for Flying Lover's" trailer at the Sun n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida from April 21-26, 2015. It you attend Sun n Fun this year, please stop by to visit.
Annual Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association Splash-in's
Splash-Ins have been scheduled for April 11, 2015 in Clarksville, VA (more details later) and September 18-20, 2015 at Lake Gaston Resort in beautiful Lake Gaston. Location: N36-33.5237 W077-51.4649. Unicom 123.45. See wonderful and various kinds of seaplanes taking off and landing using one of our two watery "runways." Food & drinks provided to pilots and their passengers. Rental accommodations & amenities available. Contact Bill Fosdick, VSPA President, at (540) 872-6744, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Steve Harris at (301) 606-0723. Lake Gaston Resort (434) 577-2193, email@example.com or www.lakegastonresort.com/splash-in_map.jpg.
2015-16 Virginia Aviation Calendar Now Available
The 2015-16 Virginia Aviation calendar featuring photos submitted to the annual Virginia Aviation Photo Contest and artwork from the Virginia Aviation Art Contest (part of the annual International Aviation Art Contest for students) is now available.
To request a calendar contact the Department of Aviation at (804) 236-3624 or send an email request.
Virginia Aviation Council Refocuses Annual Fly-In
The Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, an annual Fly-In held at Suffolk Executive Airport each spring, will not be held this year so that exciting reorganizational plans can be initiated to improve and expand the event for 2016.
After 17 years of successfully sponsoring the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight, the Virginia Aviation Council has decided to forgo holding the 2015 event, scheduled for May, so that it can be refocused to encourage additional participation and new activities. Efforts will be made to enhance the program for the statewide fly-in, including offering more opportunities to attract youth to flying and to inform them about thrilling aviation careers available to them.
Randall Burdette, Executive Director, Virginia Department of Aviation, and Ray Batton, President, Virginia Aviation Council, plan to invite additional Virginia aviation-oriented organizations to participate in the planning process, beginning this spring, to identify ways to grow and re-brand the 2016 Virginia Regional Festival of Flight as a leading venue to serve the needs of the aviation community across the entire state.
The Virginia Aviation Council is a non-profit Virginia corporation formed in 1996, and made up of aviation organizations, which operates the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight.
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:
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: Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
40th Annual Virginia Aviation Conference held at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center HotelNearly 300 airport managers and sponsors, consultants, Virginia Aviation Board members, industry professionals and other members of Virginia’s aviation community gathered at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center Hotel in Virginia Beach on August 12-15, 2014 for the 40th Annual Virginia Aviation Conference.
The 4-day conference featured presentations about topics of interest to Virginia's aviation community. In addition, a Virginia Aviation Board Meeting took place where funds for capital projects (infrastructure projects) were allocated to Virginia's public use airports for 2015.
The event was planned and hosted by Virginia Aviation Conference LLC. For more information please visit: http://www.virginiaaviationconference.com/Annual_Conference.html
Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet
On Thursday, August 14th the annual Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet honored those who have made significant contributions to aviation in the Commonwealth. Steve Fox was named Virginia Airport Manager of the Year, Victor Williams was named Virginia Aviation Person of the Year (pictured), and Terry Page was awarded the Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award. Harry Houckes received a Special Recognition Award. Richard Everroad, Gregory Bamford, and Richard Largent (not present) were Virginia's Top Eagles for flying the most Young Eagles Flights for 2014.
2014 Women Can Fly Events Are a Success
Four special one-day events to introduce women and girls to aviation took place in May and June at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport, Lynchburg Regional Airport, Hampton Roads Executive Airport, and Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. Despite inclement weather during a couple of the events, all were a great success with.472 women and girls receiving an introduction to aviation and a free flight.
For more information about Women Can Fly visit their website (www.womencanfly.org).
Women Can Fly is sponsored by the Ninety-Nines, Inc. (International Organization of Women Pilots), Warrenton Fauquier Airport, Hampton Roads Executive Airport, Liberty University, Freedom Aviation, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport and the Virginia Department of Aviation.
“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 email@example.com.
The annual Virginia Aviation Photography Contest is underway for 2014. Submit your photos that involve aviation, have been takenwithin the Commonwealth of Virginia within the last three (3) years, and not previously published. Photos may be submitted in the following categories: Aircraft, Airports, People, Miscellaneous Aviation, Aerials, and Digitally Altered Images.
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 17, 2014.
Winners will be featured in the 2015/2016 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a CD to:
Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Kim Wells
5702 Gulfstream Rd.
Richmond, VA 23250-2422
Questions? Call 804-236-3631