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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Photo Contest Deadline is October 14th

Have you taken aviation pictures in Virginia over the last 3 years? If so, we want you to share them with us by participating the DOAV annual photo contest.
             Submit your Virginia aviation photos to be featured in the 2017/18 calendar as well as in our newsletter and on our social media sites. The winners in each category will also receive a certificate and a promotional prize package.
              You can submit up to 12 pictures in 5 different categories; aircraft, airports, aerials, people and digitally altered. The link to the submission form can be found on our website's home page at
              We look forward to seeing all of the great entries this year!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Allegiant Offers Nonstop Flights from Virginia to Florida

               Allegiant Airlines launched new nonstop flights to popular destinations in Florida from the Richmond International Airport (RIC) and it also expanded its services from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA).
This year the airline celebrates its 10th anniversary at ROA with air service to St. Petersburg and now they have increased their service from seasonal to year round. This will include two flights per week on the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft throughout August and September. Allegiant Airlines serves the region with popular nonstop service to Orlando and St. Petersburg. The RoanokeBlacksburg Regional Airport is the primary air carrier airport for Virginia’s Blue Ridge and moves nearly 600,000 passengers per year via four airlines with nonstop service to eight hub cities.
The new nonstop service from RIC to Orlando / Sanford began on April 14 and new nonstop service to Jacksonville, Florida began on April 15. Both new routes will operate twice weekly. The new service will provide Richmond travelers with their only nonstop, ultra-low-cost flight option to Orlando / Sanford and Jacksonville. The new nonstop flights will add to Allegiant's current service from Richmond to St. Pete / Clearwater, Florida.
Allegiant will offer a unique option to Richmond travelers with low base fares averaging less than half the cost of domestic round-trip tickets purchased in 2015. The innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one aircraft and one route over 15 years ago, to offering convenient, affordable vacation travel in over 110 markets across the country, more than any other low-cost airline. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sun N Fun 2016 displayed a great air show

U.S. Army Golden Knight Parachuter
                If you were in Lakeland Florida recently then you probably noticed the amazing airshow that took place during the 5th through the 10th of April. This year the skies were full of jet demonstrations, aerobatic performances, hot air balloons and the U.S. Army’s Parachuting Team, The Golden Knights. 

Red Bull Air Race Demonstration
Kirby Chambliss and Mike Goulian
There were also Red Bull race demonstrations that allowed Kirby Chambliss and Mike Goulian to demonstrate their aerobatics, speed and precision skills as they raced around the 80ft pylons in a friendly competition. The Breitling Jet Team closed the air show each night with a very entertaining display of team formations, high speed passes and beautifully choreographed maneuvers.

The Breitling Jet Team
                The Virginia Department of Aviation participated by bringing their trailer exhibit to help promote aviation and tourism in Virginia. The staff was able to educate people from all over the United States who were interested in Virginia aviation.



Monday, April 4, 2016

     Dinwiddie Airport gets special recognition from US Marine Corps

     Most Virginia airports like to consider themselves military friendly.  The Dinwiddie County Airport recently received recognition of this from the United States Marine Corps in February of 2016.

     The Marine Corps "Black Knights", (VMM-264) were participating in military exercises at Fort Pickett when one of their V-22 Ospreys diverted to Dinwiddie County Airport for repairs.

     The Marines provide the mechanics and tools to effect the repairs.  The airport provided assistance in the form of vehicular support, access to hot coffee and food and a scissor lift.  The Marines appreciated the service and presented the airport with this plaque.

     "Service is what we do at Dinwiddie", said airport manager David Hahn.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Governor McAuliffe Announces Multi-Year Contract for Commercial Space Flight in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe along with U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced earlier in January that NASA awarded a new multiyear contract to Orbital ATK, a Virginia based company, to deliver cargo and supplies to the International Space Station from spaceports, including the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) located at Wallops Island. 

The collaboration of Virginia and space exploration will allow NASA to continue an important contract that brings our state to the national forefront in the commercial space business. This will create jobs and strengthen Virginia’s new economy. 

The next launch from MARS is scheduled in late May or June.  Orbital ATK will return to flight using an upgraded Antares launch vehicle featuring new engines to send a payload to the International Space Station.  Payloads may include supplies, materials for scientific experiments, equipment and other items that are used by the astronauts in the space station.  The items support the space station, research and exploration.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) is collocated at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia.  Virginia Space, which owns and operates MARS for the commonwealth, partners with NASA to provide access to launch facilities and services.  Virginia Space owns and operates the launch pads while NASA provides payload processing, integration facilities, range support, and telemetry services.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Come Celebrate the Last Wings Wings and Keels at Hummel Field

The 20th annual and final Wings, Wheels and Keels celebration is set for this Saturday, September 26th at Hummel Airfield in Topping. This event is free and runs from 8am-4pm.
“This is the grand finale — last dance. Twenty years has been a good run,” said event founder Jamie Barnhardt. “If it is a rain-free day, it is planned to be the pinnacle of 20 years work showcasing the value of Hummel Airfield and community service.”
 Barnhart said the day includes a variety of vendors, more than 200 classic cars, 30 antique watercraft and 100 antique and classic aircraft.There will be a children's carnival, bluegrass music, and a radio-controlled turbine jet air show, as well as an opportunity to ride in an open cockpit airplane.
“This year is the 20th event and (we) will be going out with the best show ever,” Barnhardt said. “Having gone to many different types of auto and aircraft shows, I have never been to one so diverse as this one.”
The Virginia Department of Aviation is also having the Ambassador Ceremony at this event near the DOAV trailer at 11am. If you have completed the program then please stop by to get recognized and share your story with others who have also completed the program. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

16 year old female pilot makes her first solo flight in Warrenton, Virginia

     Congratulations to Elise Wheelock who soloed on April 30 at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport. This 16 year old student pilot is a poster child for the volunteer organization "Women Can Fly". Their goal is to improve the pilot population, especially the female pilot population. Last year Elise attended the Women Can Fly event in Warrenton and after taking her introductory flight, she was hooked! Now she is excitedly embarking on a path toward becoming a professional pilot.
     Elise is a member of the Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines and is also a recipient of a Ninety-Nines Fly Now award and her mentor is Susan Passmore of the Old Dominion Chapter Ninety-Nines. While learning to fly at Aviation Adventures, she is also a high school student dual enrolled at Lord Fairfax Community College. She is considering transferring to Embry Riddle in another year to get the proper training to become a pilot. There is no doubt in anyone's mind who knows Elise that she is and will be successful in pursuing her passion.