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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Christmas Toy Airlift
Christmas Toy Airlift, sponsored by the Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines, will take place at Richmond Executive Airport - Chesterfield, Virginia on Saturday, December 13th (raindate: December 14th) from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Toys are being collected from across the state for military families who are experiencing serious financial hardship and need assistance to provide Christmas gifts for their children. Gifts and Visa/MasterCard gift cards are also being collected for the veterans hospitalized at McGuire Veterans Hospital.
Plan to fly or drive in with your donation and stay to have lunch, listen to some holiday music and welcome Santa Claus who will be flying in.
Dominion Aviation Services, Inc. at Richmond Executive Airport (Chesterfield) will offer a $ 0.45 per gallon fuel discount to customers flying in for the Toy Airlift, and will match another $ 0.45 to the Veterans. The customer will also have the option of donating their $ 0.45 per gallon towards the Veterans, thus making a $ 0.90 per gallon donation to the Veterans.
Second Annual Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association Splash-in
The Lake Gaston Resort Seaplane Splash-In will take place October 11-12, 2014 at Lake Gaston Resort on 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.
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.
2014-15 Virginia Aviation Calendar Now Available
The 2014-15 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 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