Thursday, April 14, 2016
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
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, VirginiaCongratulations 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.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Sun 'N Fun 2015 delivers another action packed event
Beginning on Tuesday, April 21 thousands of aviation enthusiasts packed into Lakeland Linder Airport in Florida to attend Sun 'N Fun, the six day international fly-in expo. Vendors, exhibitors, air show performers and educators enjoyed the opportunity to share their passion of aviation with others from around the world.
The flight line consisted of eager people of all ages looking to the skies to watch aerobaticperformers such as Mike Goulian, Rob Holland, Patty Wagstaff, The Aeroshell Team, Will Allen, Warbirds, Geico Skytypers, David Martin, Team AeroDynamix and Kyle Franklin. Eyes and ears were in full focus for the 2 jet teams that performed. The Breitling Jet Team, pictured on the right, made their very amazing US debut this year at Sun 'N Fun and will also be performing at the Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia on May 2nd. The Thunderbirds did a few fly overs early in the week then put on a terrific show Saturday and Sunday. All performers gave fans a chance to get pictures and autographs throughout the week.
There were educational events aimed to help promote careers in aviation including the Second Annual Career Fair and the Aerospace Educational Showcase. Other informative activities included teacher's workshops, forums and stories from the keynote speaker, retired astronaut, Gregory H. Johnson. There were also activities for the youth like Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum which consisted of interactive learning workshops featuring a wind tunnel, ham radio, and a hurricane station.
There was a plethora of aircraft on display that people flew in for the judging competition or just for "plane" fun. With numerous things to see on the ground and in the skies, this event was a great opportunity to interact and inform the public about aviation. A thank you is owed to the friendly volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.
To see more pictures and videos from the event check out The Virginia Department of Aviation on Twitter (@VAis4FlynLovers) and Facebook. For a list of all the Sun 'N Fun performers and events visit the website http://www.sun-n-fun.org