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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Runway Improvements Complete at New River Valley Airport

The New River Valley Airport Commission celebrated the completion of the $5 million runway rehabilitation project at the New River Valley Airport today. “The newly renovated runway will ensure that the airport is able to serve the businesses in the New River Valley well into the future” said Chairman of the Airport Commission, Nick Glenn.

The project, which was funded primarily with grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Commonwealth of Virginia, provided for the complete repaving of the airport’s aging runway. The previous runway was over 25-years old and showing signs of cracking and fatigue. New runway signs, improvements to the shoulder and runway ends, as well as re-designing a taxiway were also part of the project. “The new runway and other improvements make the airport more accommodating for business jet traffic” said Keith Holt, manager of the New River Valley Airport.

The New River Valley Airport is owned and operated by the New River Valley Airport Commission, which is comprised of representatives from the counties of Pulaski, Montgomery, and Giles, the City of Radford, and the towns of Dublin, Christiansburg, and Pulaski. The airports runway is 6201 feet long by 150 feet wide. The airport is home to 41 based aircraft and averages 28 flight operations a day, including several business jets. The airport is home to Department of Homeland Security’s US Customs Office, making it an international airport of entry.

Letters from the Air Boss: Leap of Faith

"Letters from the Air Boss" is a bi-monthly column written by John Dudley Barksdale, aviation enthusiast and Air Boss for many local air shows, that appears in the print version of  Virginia Aviation.

Dear Friends of Aviation,

In August, I was invited to attend the National Skydiving Museum Weekend honoring Joe Kittinger in Deland, Fla. with long-time Flying Ace’s Skydiver Gerald (Jerry) Gravitt of Halifax County. Along the way we picked up Bill Woods, one of the ringleaders of POPs (Parachutists Over Phorty Society www.thepops.org ), and colorful jump plane pilot, Linton Moore.

A local legend for 40 years, Jerry has thrilled thousands, supporting numerous charities in fund raising events as a skydiver. For a guy who has jumped as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, to say he is a character is an understatement. There are a lot of characters in aviation; that’s one of the ingredients that make it so magical.

The highlight of the weekend was meeting Colonel Joe Kittinger II, famous for his participation in Project Excelsior—a series of high-altitude parachute jumps in 1959 and 1960. Kittinger set the current world records for the highest parachute jump (102,800 ft.). During the descent, he experienced temperatures as low as −94 °F. In the free-fall stage, he reached a top speed of 614 mph— setting a record for the fastest speed by a human through the atmosphere. The whole descent took 13 minutes and 45 seconds.

The Project Excelsior, an equipment testing project for what would become NASA, answered many questions that before had only been theorized. Kittinger’s leap did much to insure the chance for survival of pilots or astronauts who may have to bail out of high-altitude crippled ships. His efforts gave our cold war effort U-2 Pilots a chance to fly again another day.

Currently two rival daredevils are fiercely competing to be the first to surpass Joe in his altitude jump record and two men have died attempting to break it.

Col. Kittinger was among an inaugural group of 10 others being inducted into the new National Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame, soon to be built in Fredericksburg www.skydivingmuseum.org . These awards were long overdue for a group of people that have made a permanent mark in skydiving history.

Like many of you in aviation, I have always enjoyed seeing the sky divers perform at air shows and admired our past and current military airborne members. I made my first jump in 1974 at New River Valley Airport under a most talented Jumpmaster, John Stanford.

I remember that crisp fall day late in the evening when we went up in a Cessna 182 to do a static line jump from 3,500 AGL. In fact, it was so late in the evening that when we got to altitude, John raised the door looked out and looked back at his panic stricken fledglings and yelled over the wind “Guys, I’m sorry it’s too late to jump today, if you went out now and there was a problem, we may be recovering you in the dark and that would not be safe”. So with great dismay, back to earth we descended in the name of safety. I had to wait a week before I could return to complete my jump. I contemplated a hundred times over, do I really want to do this? I finally rationalized that as an aviator if I ever found myself wearing a parachute and needed to get out of a plane in a hurry that this training would be beneficial.

That still didn’t stop me from saying a prayer before I leaped acknowledging that I was probably going to die and admitting that if I didn’t jump I would be a coward to myself. Well, I made my jump, the beautiful round T-10 canopy deployed and I lived to tell this tale. Yes, I had a bad parachute landing fall (PLF), broke my ankle, admitting I had good training and did not follow through with what I had been taught, but went back six weeks later after cutting off my own cast and was totally successful.

When I spoke with Col. Kittinger I learned we had one thing in common and it certainly wasn’t the height or level of bravery of our jumps. I said “Colonel, I have a question for you, when you were at altitude and getting ready to make your jump, what was the last thing you did before stepping off your platform?” “John,” he answered, “I said a prayer and then I took a leap of faith.”

You know, I knew exactly what he meant.

CAVU,

John Dudley Barksdale

Monday, September 27, 2010

Virginia Department of Aviation launches economic impact study of Virginia’s airports

The Commonwealth of Virginia has recently commissioned a study to measure the economic impact and value of Virginia airports to their respective communities and to the Commonwealth. The Statewide Economic Impact Study for the Virginia Air Transportation System is an important step in understanding what the state’s airport system means to Virginia and to plan for future investment in aviation in the Commonwealth.

The study, being conducted by the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), will examine Virginia airports’ wide range of benefits and economic contributions to both residents and visitors. Specifically, the study will survey Virginia’s airport managers, airport tenants, airport-dependent businesses, aircraft owners and airport visitors to determine the impact that the Commonwealth’s airports have on the economy. A thorough analysis of both on-airport and off-airport spending will be conducted.

The study team will coordinate their efforts with the Commonwealth’s Statewide Multi-Modal Transportation Plan as well as the Virginia Aerospace Economic Impact Study being conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration will be involved in the study to ensure comprehensive results.

“The Virginia aviation community is a greater component of the Commonwealth’s economy than many perceive,” said Rusty Harrington, manager of the Planning and Environmental Section of the Airport Services Division at DOAV. “With 66 airports in Virginia’s system of public-use airports, this study is critical in fostering an understanding of the economic value that the Commonwealth’s airports provide to Virginia. We hope this study encourages decision-makers, at all levels in both the public and private sectors, to support their local airports. One benefit of the study is that it also extends into the communities and businesses that are served by the airports. That is where the real story needs to be told.”

The study began in June 2010 and will be conducted over the next twelve months. Results of the study will be published by June 2011.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another gorgeous weekend with many airshows on tap!

There are 4, count 'em, 4 airshows this weekend in the Commonwealth! So, there's no excuse for not attending one!

Saturday
Wings & Wheels will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hummel Airfield in Topping. In addition to dozens of automobiles and aircraft, food and craft vendors are located throughout the festival grounds for all visitors. There is free admittance for visitors; however, donations are appreciated. Parking is also available within walking distance with an appreciated $5.00 donation to the Fire Department. For more information visit www.wingsandwheels.us.

**The Virginia is For Flying Lovers trailer will be on site! Come by and say hello to me (Kelly Pruitt) and Susan Simmers and tell us how much you love the blog!

Sauturday and Sunday
"Let Freedom Ring" will take place from 8a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise. Sponsored by EAA Chapter 1416, the event honors veterans, pays tribute to those who have fallen and educates children. There will be static displays and fly-bys of warbirds. For more information contact Bob Spera at 276-328-5300 or liberty@mounet.com or visit libertyflyingservice.com.

Saturday
2010 Dulles Family Day & Plane Pull will be held at Washington Dulles International Airport. A benefit for Special Olympics Virginia, the pull is a fun team competition to see which group can pull a 164,000+ pound Airbus the fastest. An entire festival has grown up around the competition, and features a wide range of events and activities for the entire family. Come check out the car show, aircraft displays, exhibitor areas, games, & rides in the Kids Corner, live music, concessions and more! There’s even a School Bus Pull for the kids… so gather your friends and family and make a day of it! For more information visit http://www.planepull.com/

Saturday
Twin County Airport 2010 Open House Fly-In/Drive-In will be held from 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Static displays of military aircraft, helicopters, biplanes, and powered parachutes; radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations; classic car cruise-in; live entertainment; and food and drink concessions. Rain date Sunday, Sept.26, 1-5 p.m. $5 per car. For more info call Dave Ritter at (276) 728-4504.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Shenandoah Valley Poker Run to benefit flight instructor

EAA Chapter 511 will hold its 7th Annual Poker Run Sunday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., however, your start time is pilot's discretion.

Proceeds will go toward unexpected medical expenses for David Van Clief, CFI at Eagle’s Nest Airport in Waynesboro. Prizes include gift certificates, clothing, fuel, and aviation supplies. If weather is questionable, a decision will be made and all FBOs notified by 9 a.m. (rain date Oct 24th).

Cost is an ante of $10 per "player" or only $5 for EAA members. Each pilot and all passengers may play. You may ante up and receive a play sheet at any of the participating airport FBOs. Additional donations towards David’s Benefit can also be left at the FBOs with the entry fee.

This is not a race. To qualify for prizes, you must first "feed the kitty" (register). Then take (preferably fly) your play sheet to at least five of the seven participating airports in any order (Shenandoah Valley, Luray, New Market, Front Royal, Charlottesville, Sky Bryce, Winchester). The FBOs will each have a full set of playing cards. Draw a card at each location and have the FBO initial the corresponding box (give back the card). Since each FBO will have a full deck, any card you draw more than once becomes a joker- you decide what it is at the end. Have your play sheet at SHD by 4 p.m. to "play your hand." You may better your hand by going to six or all seven airports (like saying "hit me"). Prizes will be awarded to the best hand, the worst hand and others.

Special thanks to SHD and the other FBOs and businesses for providing support, facilities, prizes, and refreshments for this GA event.

For more information, contact Sherrie Souder, 540-271-1076 at pipertw@gmail.com or Jenny French at 540-433-3309 and zero.g@verizon.net

Monday, September 20, 2010

Virginia named twice in top 10 aviation attractions list


TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites announced its list of the top ten aviation attractions in the U.S., according to traveler ratings and TripAdvisor Flights experts. Two Virginia attractions were on the list, including The National Air and Space Museum in DC (Not technically VA, but we'll claim it anyway) and Gravelly Point Park in Arlington. Here is the list:

1. Cruising in the Capitol: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Housing the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum is a must see for any air travel enthusiast. Its location in Washington, D.C. is home to several famous artifacts such as the original Wright 1903 Flyer and the Apollo 11 command module, and its sister site in Fairfax, Virginia houses additional aviation artifacts sure to inspire flyers of all stripes.

2. Wings on the Water: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York, New York
Centered on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a floating treasure trove of exhibits for aviation enthusiasts. The deck and hangar bay of the ship feature a collection of 30 aircraft, including some that have just recently left active service. Additionally, one of the Concorde supersonic jets on loan from British Airways is on the Intrepid pier and can be explored inside and out by visitors. The museum also houses other interactive exhibits, including an A-6 cockpit simulator and a virtual flight zone.

3. Back to the Beginning: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
For enthusiasts looking to go back to the beginning of air travel, there’s no better place than the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the site where Wilbur and Orville Wright achieved the first successful plane travel over one hundred years ago. Travelers can re-trace the routes where the Wright Brothers tested out their first aircraft and explore the on-site museum and its collection of models, tools and machines used by the pioneering, high-flying duo.

4. Travelers Take Flight: National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida
Travelers interested in military aviation should look no further than the National Naval Aviation Museum. The museum boasts more than 4,000 aviation artifacts and 150 aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Visitors can also get in on the action by taking a ride in the museum’s flight simulators or by watching Blue Angels practice on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

5. Piloting the Prez: Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington
Home to more than 85 aircraft ranging from antiques to the cutting edge of modern aviation, the Museum of Flight in Seattle is sure to tickle air travel lovers of all ages. The museum features a wealth of unique exhibits, including an engaging air traffic control tower at Boeing Field and “Style in the Aisle,” which shows off flight attendant uniforms from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. The museum’s aircraft collection is also expansive and even includes an Air Force One aircraft that carried presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.

6. Planes, Planes, Everywhere: Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona
With more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft in its collection, the Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world. It features more than 125,000 artifacts of modern aviation and counts gems like the B-29 Superfortress, SR-71 Blackbird and World War II German V-1 “buzz bomb” among its exhibits. Visitors can also take in the sights of the museum’s outdoor displays which show off extraordinary aircraft and their ground support vehicles, as well as an airplane “boneyard.”

7. If You Build It, They Will Come: Boeing Aircraft Factory Tour, Everett, Washington
The Boeing Aircraft Factory is the perfect place to visit for travelers interested in the nuts and bolts of aviation. Visitors can take a tour of the production facility, which is the world’s largest building by volume, to get a bird’s eye view of how aircraft are made. The tour covers the production of several Boeing models, including the eagerly anticipated 787 Dreamliner. The facility also features an aviation museum, which includes aircraft engines and conceptual aircraft designs.

8. Historic Hangars: Pacific Aviation Museum, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii
Built in the historic hangars that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Pacific Aviation Museum offers tens of thousands of square feet of aviation exhibits, including a collection of military aircraft from the World War II era. Visitors can also hop into the pilot’s seat at the museum’s flight simulator where they can take off and land on an aircraft carrier and take part in a high stakes battle in the sky.

9. Just Look Up: Gravelly Point Park, Arlington, Virginia
Located just north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Gravelly Point Park is a fantastic place for watching planes take off and land as they pass right overhead. In addition to the great views of the airport, the park is a nice spot to play catch or have a picnic on a warm summer day.

10. Wooden Wonder: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon
Home to a wide range of aircraft, from cargo planes to commercial jets, bombers to spacecraft, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a great place for aviation enthusiasts to get their fill and also for casual fans to brush up on a little air travel history. In addition to exhibits and archives detailing the milestones of modern aviation, the museum houses Howard Hughes’s famous wooden “Spruce Goose,” which was the largest plane of its time when it was completed in 1947.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Hello, I'm John Travolta, and I'll be your pilot today"


After reading about Prince William graduating from a training course to become a search-and-rescue pilot with the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force today, it made me wonder what other famous people were pilots.

The list below is from another aviation blog: Pilothub.blogspot.com from 2007

I'd like to take rides with Angelina Jolie and David Lee Roth. What about you guys?

JOHN TRAVOLTA (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT 9/6/2005 (Last Update)
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
Type Ratings: P/B-707(SIC PRIVILEGES ONLY)
P/CE-500(VFR ONLY) P/G-1159 P/HS-125 P/LR-JET

CLINT EASTWOOD (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT 06/06/1989
ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER

JAMES WILLIAM BUFFETT "Jimmy" (Singer)
COMMERCIAL PILOT 10/04/2004
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND & SEA
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
PRIVATE PRIVILEGES
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA
Type Ratings: C/CE-500 C/DA-50 C/G-111

ANGELINA JOLIE (Actor)
STUDENT PILOT 06/23/2004
PRIVATE PILOT (FOREIGN BASED) 07/29/2005
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
Limits: ISSUED ON BASIS OF AND VALID ONLY WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY UNITED KINGDOM PILOT LICENSE NUMBER(S) UK/PP433873A/A. ALL LIMITATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS ON THE UNITED KINGDOM PILOT LICENSE APPLY

JOHN FORBES KERRY (Senator)
COMMERCIAL PILOT 04/02/1986
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
PRIVATE PRIVILEGES
GLIDER AERO TOW

MORGAN FREEMAN (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT 03/02/2005
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

KRISTOFFER KRISTOFFERSON (Actor)
COMMERCIAL PILOT 07/07/1967
ROTORCRAFT HELICOPTER
PRIVATE PRIVILEGES
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND

MICHAEL DORN (Actor - Star Trek)
PRIVATE PILOT 03/18/2000
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
Type Ratings: P/N-265

DENNIS WILLIAM QUAID (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT 06/17/1994
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
Type Ratings: P/CE-500

CHARLES "Chuck" WOOLERY (Game Show Host)
PRIVATE PILOT 08/19/1994
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

AARON DUPREE TIPPIN (Singer)
COMMERCIAL PILOT 6/9/2004
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
PRIVATE PRIVILEGES
ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER
MECHANIC
AIRFRAME
POWERPLANT

Roy Linwood Clark (Musician) 1933-
PRIVATE PILOT 7/28/1998
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND

CLIFF PARKER ROBERTSON (Actor) 1925-
COMMERCIAL PILOT
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR FREE BALLOON
PRIVATE PRIVILEGES
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
GLIDER AERO TOW

FESS ELISHA PARKER (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT 7/13/1960
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND

HARRISON FORD (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT 05/06/2005 (Last Update)
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER
Type Ratings: P/CE-525

THOMAS CRUISE (Actor)
COMMERCIAL PILOT 04/03/1998
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
PRIVATE PRIVILEGES
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND

PATRICK WAYNE SWAYZE (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT 01/15/2004
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

GEORGE WALKER BUSH (President)
COMMERCIAL PILOT 12/08/1969
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

GEORGE H WALKER BUSH SR. (President)
COMMERCIAL PILOT 10/09/1945
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND

KURT VOGEL RUSSELL (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT 12/02/1992
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

HUGH MALCOLM DOWNS (TV Host)
PRIVATE PILOT 05/18/1976
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
GLIDER AERO TOW
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR FREE BALLOON
Limits: LIMITED TO HOT AIR BALLOONS WITH AIRBORNE HEATER

ALAN EUGENE JACKSON (Singer)
PRIVATE PILOT 03/17/1997
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND

ARNOLD DANIEL PALMER (Golfer b1929-)
PRIVATE PILOT
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
Type Ratings: P/CE-500 P/CE-650 P/CE-750 P/LR-JET

SYDNEY POLLACK (Actor)
PRIVATE PILOT Last Update 06/23/2000
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
Type Ratings: P/CE-750 P/LR-JET

LORENZO FERNANDO LAMAS
COMMERCIAL PILOT 12/09/2002
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER

LARRY DEE WILCOX (Actor Chips)
PRIVATE PILOT 09/26/1990
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
Limits: NIGHT FLYING PROHIBITED

PHILLIP CALVIN MCGRAW (TV Psychologist)
PRIVATE PILOT 1/8/1976
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

ROGER BARNES (Wrestler Ron Garvin) b1945-
COMMERCIAL PILOT 5/11/1993
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE
Type Ratings: DC-3

DAVID IRVING ORECK (Businessman) 1924-
COMMERCIAL PILOT 3/29/1962
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND & SEA
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE

DAVID LEE ROTH (Singer)
PRIVATE PILOT 12/12/2006
ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Two airshows this weekend! Check them out!

It's going to be a gorgeous weekend! Might as well spend it at an airshow!

Saturday

Stafford Rotary’s 6th Annual Wings and Wheels Festival will take place from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at Stafford Regional Airport. The event includes a fly-In, car show, bike show, Chick-Fil-A cow drop, Young Eagle flights, warbirds, experimental and vintage aircraft. For more information, contact Ed Wallis at 540-658-9313 or mailto:info@StaffordAirport.com%20.

The Virginia is for Flying Lovers trailer will be there as well! Come by and say hi to DOAV Director Randy Burdette, Betty Wilson and Morgan Harris. Tell 'em the blog sent you!

Sunday

New London Fly-In will take place from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at New London Airport in Forest.. All day family fun, aircraft displays, old engines, old cars, all-American breakfast and lunch, kids games and more. For more information contact David Miller at 540-586-5155 or millerrv6@verizon.net or newlondonairport.com.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Roanoke Regional Airports collects 1,800 lbs. of food during food drive

The Roanoke Regional Airport Community collected 1,800 lbs. of food and $748 in donations for Feeding America Southwest Virginia. This is the most food they've collected since they began holding the annual food drive in 2005.

This year, they have held two airport-wide food drives and have collected 2,481 lbs of food and $2,081 in donations.

Awesome job, guys! Congratulations!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rocket launch scheduled at Wallops next week



Our friends at NASA plan to launch a suborbital rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility next week to test new rocket technologies.

NASA says in a news release that the Terrior-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket is scheduled to be launched from its Wallops Island facility between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday. Backup launch days are Wednesday and Thursday.

The launch can be viewed from the facility's visitor center, which will be open at 7 a.m. on launch day. NASA also will webcast the launch and post status updates on Twitter (@NASA).

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Looking for something to do this weekend?

How about an airshow! There are two this weekend--one with a patriotic flair, the other features the Flying Circus!

September 10-12
EAA's "Salute to Veterans" B-17 Tour will stop at Leesburg Executive Airport. EAA Chapter 186 will be hosting the event. This one-of-a-kind tour brings the beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" to local airports across the nation for flight experiences and walk-through tours. Out of more than 12,000 that were built, this aircraft is one of a handful of airworthy B-17's still flying. To reserve a seat on a flight or get more information call 800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org.

September 11
Front Royal Annual Airshow will be held from 8 a.m-6 p.m. at Front Royal-Warren County Airport. Includes Flying Circus, warbirds, static displays, aerobatics, antique autos, airplane pull competition, hot air balloons, etc. Sponsored by Warrent County. For more information contact Reginald Cassagnol at 540-635-3570 or CGACASS@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Calling all Virginia aviation organizations!

Hello all!

We here at DOAV are updating our database of Virginia aviation organizations, and I need your help! We are looking for:

Contact person
Title of contact person
Phone #1
Phone #2
Address
E-mail

Of the following organizations:

"Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society"
VAHS Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula Chapter
VAHS Eagles Chapter (Williamsburg)
Virginia Glider Association
Virginia Airport Owners Association
Virginia Airport Operators Council
Virginia Aviation Business Association
Virginia Helicopter Association
Virginia Defense Force Aviation Battalion
Coast Guard Auxiliary - Aviation
EAA Chapter 511
EAA Chapter 339
EAA Chapter 1202
EAA Chapter1377
EAA Chapter 1099
EAA Chapter 1426
EAA Chapter 186
EAA Chapter 156
EAA Chapter 231
EAA Chapter 646
EAA Chapter 1442
EAA Chapter 1461
EAA Chapter 1031
EAA Chapter 1416
Ninety-Nines Hampton Roads Chapter
Ninety-Nines Shenandoah Valley Chapter
Ninety-Nines Virginia Chapter
Angel Flight/Mercy Medical Airlift
Wingnuts Flying Club LTD
The Langley Aero Club
Hokie Flying Club, Inc.
Virginia State Police - BFO - Aviation


If you can provide any of the above information for these groups, please let me know. Also, if we've left out a group, please me know that as well. You can e-mail me at kelly.pruitt@doav.virginia.gov

Thanks!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Louisa air show this weekend and ultralight festival photos!

Did Earl ruin your beach plans this weekend? Then, head on over to the 19th annual Louisa Air show on Saturday! The airshow will take place from 11 a.m.- 4p.m. at Louisa County Airport/Freeman Field. There will be aerobatic performances, aircraft static displays, radio-controlled model airplanes, food, music, face-painting, ballons, aircraft rides (fee), exhibits, and more. For more information contact Dawn Pickhardt Howard at 540-967-0050 or dawnp@nexet.net.

In other airshow news, I just received some great photos from Ben Johnson of Shenandoah Valley Soaring Soceity from the Shenandoah Valley Ultralight Flight Festival, held on July 17 at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. Looks like a good time was had by all!







Everyone at DOAV wishes a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! It's supposed to be good flying weather!