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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Taking a holiday hiatus

Hello all!

The Virginia Aviation News blog will be taking a short holiday hiatus until Jan 3rd. On behalf of myself and the entire Dept of Aviation staff, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year! We'll be back in 2011 with more stories and photos from the Virginia Aviation world!

If you have any story ideas for 2011, please send them to

Monday, December 13, 2010

Chesterfield Toy Airlift a success!

The Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines received 378 toys, $455 in gift cards for McGuire Veterans' Hospital and made $215 in food sales which will also benefit the hospital. Thanks for everyone who participated in the event on Saturday! Enjoy the photos below!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DOAV at the Governor's Transportation Conference

Hello all!

The DOAV show crew has hit the road again! We're exhibiting at the Governor's Transportation Conference in Roanoke tonight through Friday morning. If you're attending, we'd love for you to stop by the booth and say hello! We're in the Crystal Ballroom, booth #702. You can't miss us!

Should be a lot of great discussions at the conference! We'll keep you posted on any breaking aviation news!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Don't forget- Christmas Toy Airlift Sautrday in Chesterfield

Did any of you catch the lovely Betty Vinson of the VA Chapter of the 99's on Channel 8's 9 a.m. newscast? She did an excellent job promoting the Christimas Toy Airlift, which will take place on Saturday at Chesterfield County Airport from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Toys will be collected at airports around the state until Saturday when volunteer pilots from each location will fly them into Chesterfield County Airport. New and unwrapped underwear, socks, baseball caps, fleece lap blankets, shower shoes and toiletries will also be collected. Also needed are gift cards from Ben Franklin, Target and Wal-Mart for snacks and supplies for McGuire’s Veterans’ Hospital and gift cards from Sheetz and Wawa for gasoline for veterans’ outings.

Santa will fly into Chesterfield Airport at 10 a.m. and greet children inside the terminal until 2 p.m. There will also be a static display of warbirds and live Christmas music throughout the day.

A rain date is scheduled for Dec. 12. Hot lunches will be available for purchase.

If unable to attend, donations can be dropped off at the following airports: Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, New Kent and Hanover; and the following businesses: Batters Choice, 3105 S. Crater Rd. in Petersburg, and The Hopewell News in Hopewell.

For any questions, contact Betty Vinson, event coordinator, at 804-720-1132 or visit

The Ninety-Nines, Inc. is an international non-profit organization of women pilots with more than 5,500 members worldwide.

Roanoke Gains Two Flights as Lynchburg Loses Two

Roanoke Regional Airport will soon gain two additional daily Delta Airlines flights to Atlanta while Lynchburg Regional Airport will lose its two daily flights to Atlanta as of January 4th.

The tradeoff is that Delta will cancel one of its two daily flights from Roanoke to Detroit at the same time. In addition, according to Roanoke Regional Airport spokesperson, Sherry Wallace, Delta usually adds one flight to Atlanta each spring, anyway.

A Delta spokesperson was quoted in the Lynhcburg News & Advance as saying that “While we did make the decision to suspend service in Lynchburg, because of poor performance of that route, we’ve seen an overall increase in travel demand in the region.”

Friday, December 3, 2010

Virginia Aviation Board allocates funds to airports

The Virginia Aviation Board met on Nov. 18 in Richmond to review funding recommendations for Commonwealth Airport Fund projects. Funds allocated included $59,263 for air carrier/reliever airports and $265,170.88 for general aviation airports.
Projects include $175,092 for sinkhole repairs at Virginia Highlands and $36,649 for a replacement runway at Hampton Roads Executive (Construction).