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Friday, April 28, 2017

Virginia Department of Aviation Hosts Safety Week

The Topic is Non-Towered Case Studies: What Went Wrong?

Hosted by Tom Curran at 7pm


Monday, May 1st at the Virginia Air & Space Museum, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669

Tuesday, May 2nd at Culpeper Regional Airport National Capital Squadron Hangar, 12517 Beverly Ford Road, Brandy Station, VA 22714

Wednesday, May 3rd at Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport,             1601 Tech Center Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Thursday, May 4th at Virginia Department Aviation Hangar at 5702 Gulfstream Road, Richmond, VA 23250


Tom is a contract instructor for AOPA’s Air Safety Institute. He started flying at Seattle’s Boeing Field in 1978 and holds ATP, CFII/MEI, and SES ratings. His early exploits included instructing in Florida and Alaska. After college, he helped produce Alaska’s first Aviation System Plan and several airport master plans. Tom joined the USAF in 1984 and served as an Instructor and Evaluator in the F-15C and B-1B. His adventures included tours in Europe, Japan, and Southwest Asia. His “day jobs” included Commander of a B-1B squadron and Director of a NATO Air Operations Center. He retired in 2010 after serving as Deputy Commander of the DoD‘s Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence. His credentials include degrees from Embry-Riddle and Florida Institute of Technology. A devoted airport bum, he lives in Gig Harbor, WA, and WILL fly for food!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Virginia Pilot Wins Award At Sun N Fun

W. Lee Hussey, II, Virginia pilot and Chairmen of the Blue Ridge Regional Airport Authority was awarded Custom Grand Champion for his 1960 Piper Comanche PA-24-250 at Sun N Fun.

The Sun N Fun event held annually in Lakeland, Florida is known as “Spring break for Pilot’s”, but there has been no break for Lee who has spent many hours and a lot of hard work customizing and detailing his 1960 Comanche. This year all that hard work paid off because he was awarded Grand Champion in the Contemporary Category. He was given a plaque and was recognized among his peers at the awards ceremony on April 8th.

Judging consists of the following categories; Homebuilt, Lite Plane, Seaplane, Rotorcraft, Ultralights, Warbirds and Vintage aircraft. Vintage aircraft is broken down into smaller categories to include antique, classic and contemporary aircraft.

People fly in from all over the world to show off their aircraft and passion for aviation and Sun N Fun brings together past, present and future aviation lovers.

Lee Hussey (on far right) receiving his plaque

Lee Hussey and Greg Taulbee in front of Lee's 1960 Comanche

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pre-check credentials available through DMV

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have teamed up to provide an exciting and convenient service that will be valuable to airport officials in Virginia.
Virginians can now apply for TSA Pre® and Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) at eight DMV offices throughout the Commonwealth, thanks to a partnership with TSA contractor MorphoTrust USA. DMV is the first motor vehicle agency in the nation authorized to offer these federal credentials.
These credentials are particularly useful for frequent air travelers and trucking companies that require TWIC for their drivers and in many of the areas where DMV is offering TSA services, customers would’ve previously had to travel great lengths to get them.
Although walk-ins are welcome, the simplest way to start the process is to schedule an appointment at or  

Monday, January 30, 2017

Drones Used to Search for Missing Red Panda from Virginia Zoo

     The search continues for Sunny, the Virginia Zoo’s missing Red panda. The Zoo started Friday morning with drone observation of an area of interest behind the Zoo’s Asian animal exhibits. The drone footage is under review.
     The search for Sunny has continued internally with ZooCrew volunteers and staff who will build surveillance into their daily activities. The Virginia Zoo will not be organizing additional public search parties at this time, but encourages members of the community to look within their neighborhoods and backyards, checking their own garages and sheds, under porches and in the eves of any outbuildings. 

     The Zoo asks that any sightings of Sunny be sent to the Virginia Zoo Hotline, by calling 757-777-8799. If not immediately answered please leave a detailed message - your name, location and animal description. In addition, please text photos of the animal you are observing to the Hotline. Do not try to touch, feed or capture Sunny but do try to keep her in your sight at all times if possible.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hands-On Research Experience Available for Virginia Community College Students

Virginia community college sophomores can once again apply for paid NASA research experiences through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s (VSGC) STEM Takes Flight Build-Fly-Learn NASA Research Experiences for Virginia’s Community College Students program. The VSGC and the Virginia Community College System in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore anticipate offering at least 23, ten-week, paid, summer research experiences for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors. The research experience takes place during the summer of 2017. This is the program’s third year.  
Students selected to participate in Stem Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences will work directly with NASA research advisors on diverse projects for NASA Langley Research Center’s Research and Engineering Directorates and NASA Wallops Flight Facility.  Students will be selected for projects such as wind tunnel experiments/data analysis, small satellite hardware development, unmanned aerial systems, and environmental and water quality projects and more.
Qualified applicants are undergraduate STEM majors, including those pursuing technician degrees, who are at least a rising sophomore and not graduating prior to May or June of 2017. They must be a US Citizen, at least 18 years of age, and a full or part-time student taking a minimum of 6-9 credit hours. Selected students will receive a $5,000 stipend. Assistance in locating safe affordable housing is provided upon request.
The application deadline is February 10, 2017.  Learn more and apply online at

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