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Friday, July 30, 2010

What you've missed so far at Osh Kosh...

Hello all!

It's Friday, and things are still hopping here at Airventure. Thanks to all who have stopped by the booth and said hello!

It's been a busy week for us, but we did manage to sneak away from the booth for a little bit and get a tour of Dynamic Aviation's Dc-3 "Miss Virginia." Here is a photo me and Carolyn Toth in the cockpit of this gorgeous plane. Above is another picture of us with Morgan Harris in front of the plane. Thanks to Karl Stoltzfus and family for the great tour and photos!
If you had to miss this year's event, here's a rundown of some of the highlights so far:
Warbirds in Review featuring T-33 with Roy Ihde
Warbirds in Review featuring OV-1 Mohawk and O2
Scotts Warbird Alley dedication
Afternoon Air Show featuring the arrival of formation groups, including T-6s, T-34s, T-28s, and Yak-52s as well as CJ-6As
Electric aircraft demonstration flights at Ultralight area
Opening Day Concert featuring "Chicago" on AeroShell Square, presented by Ford Motor Company

Warbirds in Review featuring C.E. "Bud" Anderson, Jack Roush, Jim Hagedorn with two Old Crow P-51s
Warbirds in Review featuring D-Day paratroopers Col. Ed Shames and 1st Lt. Fred Bahlau with the C-47 Tico Belle
"Max Effort" Air Show featuring DC-3/C-47 formation flights and aerial displays

Warbirds in Review featuring Christina Olds with the Collings Foundation F-4.
Warbirds in Review featuring the Lonestar Flight Museum B-17
Afternoon Air Show featuring Warbirds from the Vietnam War era

"Old Glory Honor Flight" to Washington, D.C.
Warbirds in Review featuring Buck & Bill Patillo with 2 P-51s, Sweet & Lovely and Little Rebel, and USAF Thunderbird No. 7
Warbirds in Review featuring Clyde East with the P-51 "Lil Margaret"
Afternoon Air Show featuring Classic Warbird jets
Gathering of Eagles fundraiser for aviation youth education

For photos and more information, visit

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hanging out at "Splosh Kosh"

Hello Virginia Flying Lovers!

The DOAV booth is up and running at Osh Kosh! For those of you who are here, come by and see us in Hangar C, Aisle B. We've met some great folks so far who've had nothing but nice things to say about our beautiful state.

Things are starting to dry out after some rainy weather made for wet, muddy grounds and delayed some airplane arrivals. When we arrived, Osh Kosh had re-named itself "Splosh Kosh."So far, Virginia has been well-represented by Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater who flew their DC-3 in the 75th Anniversary of the Douglas DC-3 gathering on opening day.

EAA worked with a large group of owners and operators of the venerable aircraft, which commemorates its 75th anniversary in 2010, to bring their airplanes and join the reunion at Oshkosh. The event could be the final time that more than 25 of these airplanes will be seen together, including formation flights. It could also mark the final major reunion for scores of pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, crew chiefs and passengers that flew, operated and traveled in these aircraft.

Activities included a mass formation arrival, a designated aircraft display area, historical and technical forums/presentations, fly-bys and a special evening DC-3 commemorative program at Theater in the Woods.

"The DC-3, in both civilian and military configurations, has been a true workhorse aircraft since it was unveiled in 1935," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "While the aircraft helped make air travel popular and profitable in the 1930s and 1940s, the fact that it is still used around the world today is a testament to the aircraft’s design. We’re looking forward to welcoming these iconic aviation legends to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2010."

Douglas Aircraft made the first flight of its new DC-3 on Dec. 17, 1935 – the 32nd anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight. It was first designed as an all-metal passenger airliner, later evolving to a coast-to-coast luxury transport complete with sleeping berths. By the late 1930s, it was estimated that 90 percent of America’s airline passengers were flying in the DC-3. More than 14,000 of the type were built, with some 10,000 of them used extensively in all World War II operations theaters carrying the C-47 designation.

Fewer than 100 of the aircraft remain airworthy in the United States. Thousands of those airplanes went into civilian service after the war in countless applications, from freight to fire suppression. The airplanes continued to be upgraded for many uses today, with one of the world’s leading DC-3 converters - Basler Turbo Conversions - based at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, also home to EAA and AirVenture.

Keep checking the blog for more updates for EAA Airventure!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

2010 Virginia Aviation Conference Reservation Deadline Coming Up

The deadline for registration for the 2010 Virginia Aviation Conference is Monday, July 26, 2010. Registrations after that time will be considered late registrations. There are still guest rooms in the conference block at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. The deadline for reserving a room at the hotel is Monday, August 2, 2010. The Conference will be held from August 18-20, 2010 in Virginia Beach at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. Visit for details.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lake Anna Airport Closed Until October

Lake Anna Airport will be closed for construction until October 6, 2010. Please check NOTAMS for updates.

Come see us at EAA Airventure!

This week, the DOAV show crew is packing up the Virginia is for Flying Lovers trailer and heading up to Oshkosh, Wisc. for EAA Airventure, July 26-Aug. 1.

This year's show includes the Salute to Veterans, DC-3 75th anniversary reunion; B-17 75th anniversary; a gathering of electric-powered aircraft, and all the big exhibits you know and love.

Be sure to check the blog for live updates of the show! If you're going to be at Airventure, stop by the booth and say hello! We will be located in Hangar C, booth numbers 3148-3150. And yes, we will have Virginia peanuts.

Here is a list of other Virginia vendors and their booth numbers. Stop by their booths and support the Virginia aviation industry!

AirFleet Capital, Inc. #1143
Aviator's Bookshelf #704
Avionics Systems, LLC #3119
Butler Parachutes #3083
CSC Duats #3026, 3027
ExxonMobil Aviation Lubricants #360
Privateer Industries, LLC #3138
Technam #289-292
UMA Inc. #1060

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flying Circus Airshow to Build Permanent Aviation Museum

Forty years ago, a group of aviation enthusiasts who wanted to preserve aviation history and share their love of flying with new generations of people, came together and created The Flying Circus Airshow. Since then, for the past 39 years, every Sunday afternoon, May through October, the skies over Bealeton have been filled with the sights and sounds of World War Two era planes. Flying Circus performers have not only been doing their acts for enthusiastic crowds, but they have offered rides in their planes to young and old alike. Thus, they have been reviving old dreams of flight and helping create new ones!

On Sunday, July 18, the people of The Flying Circus Airshow will officially announce the next step they are taking to keep aviation history alive. They will be unveiling plans to build a new 6400 square foot "Living Aviation History Museum" at the Flying Circus Airfield. This half million dollar project will lift the Flying Circus from a seasonal airshow into a year-round aviation history center. At this Sunday's Airshow, the Circus will display an artist's rendering of the new facility and have the Museum's footprint outlined on the proposed site of the new building. They will introduce airshow attendees to the overall plan for the Museum, which include aircraft displays (many of which still fly in the Circus Airshow), aviation artifacts, documents, photographs, and educational exhibits! This regular Sunday Airshow will act as the kick-off for the Flying Circus Airshow Foundation fundraising effort to make this new dream of a Museum a reality.

John King, Flying Circus Foundation President and Airshow performer said, "The Museum will give us a new way to preserve aviation history and share our love of aviation with generations to come. Enthusiasts in this region are tremendously fortunate to have the amazing Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, its Udvar Hazy Annex, and the Virginia Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame so close to our homes. Those facilities have spectacular collections, indeed. However, in a far more modest setting, we plan to fill one niche these other facilities cannot. Our mission is to give people the ability to feel, sit in and actually fly in antique aircraft which represent a huge part of America's aviation history." King went on to say, "All of the gate receipts from this Sunday's Airshow will be donated to the Museum, and the Show will mark the beginning of a fund-raising effort to make our new dream a reality. We will be seeking support from individuals, local companies and Corporations who share our desire to keep this part of history alive right here in Bealeton."

To make this upcoming show even more meaningful, one of the Flying Circus' founders,Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame inductee, and International Council of Air Shows Hall of Famer, Charlie Kulp A.K.A. "The Flying Farmer" will be coming out of retirement to revive his world class flying act especially for this event. Kulp flies his original Piper Cub aircraft in such an amazing fashion, that for years many, including aviation professionals, were convinced Kulp must have modified his plane! The truth is, Charlie is just an amazing pilot and airshow professional. A Flying Circus regular, Kulp's act has become the gold standard of Airshow Acts not only across the USA but Internationally as well!

In discussing the upcoming Show and his return to Airshow flying, Kulp remarked, "The Museum is an important part of the dream we tried to bring to life almost 40 years ago when we started The Flying Circus Airshow. The Museum is the next logical step in preserving the history of aviation which helped this great nation win world wars and build our country into a global economic power! Future generations need to know our history so they can build a bright future for all." Coming out of retirement is a huge and meaningful step for Kulp. "I am almost 85 years old. I had to get my Airshow Piper Cub out of retirement at The North Carolina Aviation Museum for our return. This is the absolute LAST airshow for both of us! I hope people will come out to see the show. I know if they do, they will fall in love with flying just as I did almost 8 decades ago!"

Gates will open for this special event on Sunday at 11 a.m. and the airshow will begin at 2:30 p.m.. As usual, admission remains at $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Again, all monies collected will go directly to the Museum Fund.

King concluded by noting, "The Museum is not a replacement for our Sunday Airshow, rather, it represents an expansion of our mission by adding education to our desire to entertain and inspire! We look forward to becoming an even bigger part of aviation history!

For more information, contact John King at

Friday, July 9, 2010

Orion Air Group Groundbreaking Ceremony Held

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, July 9 on the site of Orion’s future $4.0 million combined hanger/office space complex at Air Commerce Park located at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, along with Newport News Vice Mayor Joseph Whitaker, the Peninsula Airport Commission and the Virginia Department of Aviation helped Orion Air Group break ground on their new facility.

The new complex will serve as the corporate headquarters for Orion Air Group, while providing the necessary space for expansion of the Company's "state of the art" Air Operations Center. The project will include retention of 57 jobs for the Hampton Roads region while netting 51 new jobs with an average annual salary of $81,569 within the next 12 months.

“Orion Air Group is a privately owned aviation services firm with a commitment to growing our business in Virginia. We provide a full range of value added services for government and commercial clients on a worldwide basis and are delighted to be in a position to construct our new headquarters facility in Newport News. Our business lines include aircraft charter and management, sales and leasing, aviation insurance and financial services, and maintenance and modifications. Orion is hopeful that our investment at this airport and in the community will serve as a catalyst for our customers and suppliers to consider similar projects here as well,” said Scott Terry, Orion Air Group’s President.

Orion Air Group owns and operates more than $150 million worth of corporate aircraft and is the world’s largest operator of the Bombardier Global Express business jet. The company operates from eight locations in the US and abroad while employing more than 100 aviation professionals.

“We are very pleased that Orion Air Group has decided to locate its corporate headquarters at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. This decision will help retain 57 jobs that Orion currently has in the Newport News area, and add 51 good, high paying jobs over the next 12 months. Clearly, Orion recognizes that Virginia is a great place to do business and they want to be part of the future growth that will occur on Virginia’s Peninsula. We look forward to working with them to help grow their business even more in the years to come,” stated Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Opens Center at Richmond International Airport

USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Opens Center at Richmond International Airport

Due to the current and planned significant increases in military population and the large number of military personnel being trained at the specialized schools operating at Fort Lee, there is a clear demand for USO programs and services. A USO Welcome Center is now available for the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families at Richmond International Airport. Modeled on other airport centers, the new center will offer:

Information and Referral- The link between traveling military members and their families, providing accurate, up to date information about the local community.
Family Outreach- The primary source of emergency assistance for travelers in need of lodging, transportation or food until appropriate military or community services are identified. The center will also offer Military Family support groups a place to host meetings and activities to better serve and inform the military community. (Partnerships are anticipated with local veteran organizations such as the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Wounded Warrior Chapters to provide information and assistance.)

Quality of Life- A "home away from home" providing on site computer services, food and beverages, library services (books/magazines/newspaper/ video games), toiletries, communication and children's needs.
The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia will have the grand opening for its tenth welcome center, located at Richmond International Airport (RIC), on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 6pm. State and local elected officials and Army officials are expected to be on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

It is the mission of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities.

The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia is a non-governmental, non-profit 501c(3) organization that depends on corporate and individual support to fund its programs and services. While it is affiliated with USO World, it receives no funding from World headquarters. In order to maintain our centers and provide our programs, it is imperative that we maintain a strong sponsor relationship with our local business and civic organizations. We also rely heavily on individual contributions and volunteers from our very supportive local communities. Proud supporters of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia include: USA Discounters , LTD Management Company, LLC, Altria, Richmond International Airport/Capital Region Airport Commission, Panera Bread, Cobb Technologies, Napier Realtors ERA, Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, Cox Media Group- Richmond, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ryan Homes, Delaware North Companies, Universal Leaf and Tobacco, Bank of America, Sandston Rotary Club, Mechanicsville VFW, and AUSA-Ft. Lee.

Richmond International Airport is the gateway for Virginia's Capital Region and offers about 180 daily flights on Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, US Airways and their respective regional affiliates to major domestic and international destinations.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

DOAV wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July

Looking for an aviation event this holiday weekend? Brycefest will take place all day (beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.) at the Bryce Resort in Bayse. There will be games, attractions, an antique car show, food, entertainment, vendors of arts & crafts, etc. If you plan to fly to VG-18, Sky Bryce Airport, volunteers will be monitoring 122.8 and assisting incoming and outgoing pilots and planes. Prizes will be awarded to the best aircraft in several categories. Airport webpage:

Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!