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

September 17, 2016
Dulles Day 5K/10K On The Runway will be held at Washington Dulles International Airport beginning at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Virginia, Committee for Dulles Community Outreach, and the Washington Airports Task Force. For more information or to register visit

September 17, 2016
Open House and 46th Anniversary Celebration at Williamsburg Jamestown Airport will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring children for an up close encounter with an airplane. All pilots are invited to fly in to the airport during the day. A Ruritan Club Members Fly-In will be sponsored by Five Forks Ruritan Club. Airplanes Rides will be available from Williamsburg Flight Center. Have lunch at Charly's Airport Restaurant.

September 20, 2016
"Can I Do That? Maintain My Own Airplane?" seminar including preventive maintenance on your aircraft and what you can legally accomplish on your aircraft and return it to service. Will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Hanover County Municipal Airport Terminal Building, 11152 Airpark Road, Ashland, VA 23005. Sponsored by the Richmond FSDO, FAA Safety Team. To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.

September 24, 2016
Wings, Wheels and Keels Fly-in (Air, Car, and Boat Show) will take place at Hummel Field. For more information visit the website.

September 24, 2016
Wings & Wheels Car Show will be held at the Military Aviation Museum from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Antique Automotive Club of America (AACA), Tidewater Region, hosts its 43rd annual meet at the Military Aviation Museum. Weather permitting, airplanes rides will also be available for purchase. Spectator parking is $15.00 per vehicle and includes access to the Military Aviation Museum, the display of fine classic and modified automobiles, and an automotive flea-market/rummage sale. For more information visit the website.

September 26, 2016
Virginia Aviation Safety Week, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation, will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Virginia.

September 27, 2016
Virginia Aviation Safety Week, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation, will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Danville Regional Airport.

September 28, 2016
Virginia Aviation Safety Week, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation, will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport, Blacksburg, Virginia.

September 29, 2016
Virginia Aviation Safety Week, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation, will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Virginia Department of Aviation Hangar at Richmond International Airport.

October 1, 2016
EAA Chapter 186 Fall Fly-In will be held at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Includes airplane judging, a FlyMart for aircraft parts, exhibits, seminars, aircraft displays, fabulous food, activities for the kids, Young Eagles rides, and much more. For more information visit Press Release. Rain date is Oct.2nd.

October 1-2, 2016
Biplanes and Triplanes Air Show (an Annual WWI Airshow) will take place at the Military Aviation Museum. Watch many of the Museum's rarely seen warbirds in flight, visit and talk with re-enactors from both the Allied and Central Powers forces, enjoy live entertainment throughout the day from the First World War and Roaring 20's, shop the vendors at the military flea market, and meet enthusiasts and collectors of this unique era & much more! For more information visit the website

Oct. 1, 2016
2016 Seaplane Splash-In will be hosted by Lake Gaston Resort. Various seaplanes and amphibians will be on display, and several other interesting aviation related booths will be present for people to learn more about General Aviation. Visitors will be able to meet with the pilots, ask them about their planes, eat some food, try Brunswick Stew, grab a drink and socialize! The event is being sponsored by the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association, Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport and the Virginia Department of Aviation. For more information contact the Lake Gaston Resort, Bill Fosdick (President of the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association VSPA) 540-872-6744 or Steve Harris (Virginia SPA Field Director) 301-606-0723.

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

October 8, 2016
Culpeper Air Fest 2016 will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Culpeper Regional Airport. This year's event includes the Flying Circus; a B-25 and formation flying by World War II warbirds; and the world's ONLY privately owned Harrier jump jet; plus much more. Fun for the whole family! Sponsored by the Culpeper Air Fest Foundation. For more information contact Tanya Woodward at 540-825-8280 or or visit

October 14-16, 2016
75th Anniversary of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport in Roanoke, Virginia will be celebrated with aircraft displays and events in celebration of the airport's progress.  The Collings Foundation “Wings of Freedom” tour has already confirmed their participation and will be featuring several WWII aircraft in honor of local veterans.

October 15, 2016
"Fall Foliage Flight Festival" at New Kent County Airport (W96). General aviation theme fly-in from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2016-rain date.
More details to follow...

October 29, 2016
Harvest Festival Fly-In will be held at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg. Bring your kids for "trick or treat" aviation style! Enjoy watching different types of aircraft fly in as well as gettin up close. Special appearances by the Flying Circus. Poster

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

2016 Seaplane Splash-InBill Fosdick's Seaplane

Lake Gaston Resort is hosting the 2016 Seaplane Splash-in and it is scheduled for October 1, 2016. Various seaplanes and amphibians will be on display, and several other interesting aviation related booths will be present for people to learn more about General Aviation. Visitors will be able to meet with the pilots, ask them about their planes, eat some food, try Brunswick Stew, grab a drink and socialize! The event is being sponsored by the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association, Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport and the Virginia Department of Aviation.

There is lodging available for those who want to fly in for the weekend, contact the Lake Gaston Resort at or call (434) 577-2193.

There will be a pancake breakfast at Mecklenburg/Brunswick Regional Airport KAVC Saturday morning from 8-10. For those who fly in on Friday we will leave the Lake Gaston Resort splash–in site Saturday morning and fly up as a group, for those of you flying in on Saturday plan on meeting at KAVC for breakfast followed by a seaplane migration down the main lake back to the resort for a grand entrance. Land plane only pilots can catch a ride to the event at this time of coordinate use of the crew car or contact me and I will make arrangements for transportation.
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In addition to the seaplane displays, the RDC Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will have several vintage boats on display.  The Roanoke Valley Corvette Club is also planning on having a beautiful display of Corvettes on Marina Pointe. In case of inclement weather, a rain date of Sunday October 2 has been scheduled. 

If you plan to come by boat, please respect a "no wake" policy when maneuvering your vessel in the "watery runway" area and be on the lookout for interesting seaplanes taking off and landing. If you plan to come by car, the gates will be open to the public at 9:30AM Saturday. There is a $5 fee per vehicle for parking. Handicap parking is available. Food and beverages (as well as adult beverages) will be available on the grounds, so coolers will not be permitted.

Contact the Lake Gaston Resort, Bill Fosdick (President of the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association VSPA) 540-872-6744 or Steve Harris (Virginia SPA Field Director) 301-606-0723 for more information or questions concerning the event. 

Virginia Aviation Safety Week

Virginia Aviation Safety Week, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Aviation, will take place across the Commonwealth of Virginia from September 26-29, 2016.

The year 2016 has not been a good year for General Aviation across the Commonwealth. While the number of flight hours continues to decrease, we have seen an increase in the number of accidents/incidents in our state. In an effort to change this trend, this fall's seminars will focus on an overview of Virginia's accident/incident rate over the past 15 years and an interactive group discussion on the concept of "Are you a good pilot and how can you be sure?"

Please join us for what promises to be an excellent opportunity for Virginia pilots to gain insight into their personal Aviation Safety Program.

Safety Week Schedule:2015 Helicopter Summit

Monday  -  September 26
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Air & Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA  23669

Tuesday  -  September 27
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Danville Regional Airport
General Aviation
424 Airport Drive
Danville, VA  24540

Wednesday  -  September 28
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.2016WomenCanFly Hampton
Virginia Tech Airport
1601 Tech Center Drive
Blacksburg, VA  24060

Thursday - September 29
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Department of Aviation
Richmond International Airport
5702 Gulfstream Rd
Richmond, VA  23250



Virginia Aviation Month

Governor McAuliffe signed a proclamation to officially recognize August 2016 as Virginia Aviation Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Certificate of Recognition was presented at the opening of the Virginia Aviation Board Meeting held on Friday, August 19th during the annual Virginia Aviation Conference.

August 19th is also National Aviation Day in the United States. It is celebrated to recognize the history and development of aviation. The date was chosen to coincide with Orville Wright's birthday.

Click here to download the Virginia Aviation Month Certificate of Recognition.

2017 International Aviation Art Contest

The theme for the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest is "Beyond the Clouds." Complete details including brochure and application will be available shortly.


Virginia Aviation Photo Contest Underway

Keep those cameras out while traveling around Virginia and be sure to capture aviation in the Commonwealth for the 2016 DOAV photo contest.

The deadline for submissions is October 14th.

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 2017/2018 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 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. LInk to submission forms

All entries must be postmarked by October 14, 2016.


Virginia Airports Sustainability Management PlanSustainability Logo

In early 2015, the Virginia Department of Aviation embarked on a first-of-its-kind initiative to create a sustainability plan intended to serve all of the Commonwealth’s 66 public-use airports. The SMP is tailored for three airport type/size tiers: (1) Commercial Service; (2) Reliever and GA Regional; and (3) GA Community and Local Service. It includes suggested sustainability goals, metrics, targets, and initiatives, as well as guidance on how to identify funding for sustainability projects and how to engage stakeholders throughout the process. Learn more about the SMP and how you could adopt it at your airport here.


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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2016 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, - Cancelled
  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.





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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