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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Events taking flight this weekend

This past weekend's events, Become a Pilot Day at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the Fly-In of WWII Aircraft at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, were both a success!

This coming weekend (Saturday, June 25th) don't miss the Commemorative Air Force's Old Dominion Squadron Poker Run!

Poker Run Rules:
  • Regular 5 card stud
  • Start at any listed airport and pick up your hands between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Entry fee: $20 per hand (no limit on number of hands purchased)
  • All hands must be presented and payable at the Old Dominion Squadron Hangar at Franklin Municipal Airport (FKN) by 1:00 p.m.
  • Cards will be in sealed envelopes; removing any card will void entire hand!

Participating airports:
  • Chesapeake Regional Airport (CPK)
  • Franklin Municipal Airport (FKN)
  • Hampton Roads Executive Airport (PVG)
  • Suffolk Municipal Airport (SFQ)
  • Wakefield Municipal Airport (AKQ)

Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at the
Old Dominion Squadron Hangar

50-50 Cash Grand Prize for Best Hand!

Proceeds go to the Old Dominion Squadron Operating Fund

Friday, June 17, 2011

7th Annual Become a Pilot Day this Saturday

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located in Chantilly, VA, near Washington Dulles International Airport is hosting the 7th Annual Become a Pilot Family Day and Aviation Display. This year's focus is naval aviation in celebration of the Navy’s centennial.

This Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., go visit 50 vintage, recreational, military, and homebuilt aircraft, on display outside the Center for one day only. Children (and adults) can talk to pilots and find out what skills are needed to fly. Also, everyone can come out and test their piloting skills in flight simulators, talk to aviation experts, and enjoy story time and hands-on activities with the kids.

Don't forget to stop by the Virginia Department of Aviation trailer and say hello!

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $15.

Event FAQs:

Friday, June 10, 2011

Flight 1549 finally arrives in Charlotte

Today US Airways Flight 1549 completed its 600-mile, 7 day journey on a flatbed truck from Newark, New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina where it will be on display at the Carolina Aviation Museum.

The "Miracle on the Hudson" plane was bound for Charlotte from New York on Jan. 15, 2009, when it struck a flock of geese after takeoff and lost power in both engines. Pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger considered trying to land at nearby Teterboro Airport in New Jersey but quickly recognized that would be too risky and elected to touch the plane down in the frigid Hudson.

Thousands of people in several states, including Virginia, lined up along the road to get a glimpse of the 120-foot-long plane, which had to take back roads to avoid obstacles such as tollbooths and overpasses. The wings from the damaged Airbus A320 were removed and shipped earlier to the museum.

The Carolina Aviation Museum is raising money toward an exhibit that could cost nearly $2.4 million. So far enough was collected to transport the plane to Charlotte, where Arizona-based US Airways also has a hub.

Saturday evening there will be a reception at the museum where the plane's hero crew and many of the passengers will get to see the plane for the first time since that "Miracle on the Hudson" two years ago.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

And we're back!

So sorry for the delay. We have been working on some special projects just for you!

 We are joining the social media world as another resource to reach out to our aviation community! "Like" us on facebook and "follow" us on twitter. Click on the links to the right to check us out.

The 37th Annual Virginia Aviation Conference is quickly approaching. This year we are providing online registration! We can still only accept checks as a form of payment but don’t let that discourage you from filling out the registration form online. Paper forms will also be available.

Click this link to register online: