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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 Virginia Aviation Photo Contest Winners!

In no particular order...

Alicia Harrington of Mechanicsville, VA
April Killian of Chesapeake, VA
Keith Sommer of Sterling, VA
Neil Milofsky of Brandy Station, VA
Steve Beste of Springfield, VA
Tom Stiles of Mechanicsville, VA
Rodger Crawley of Chesapeake, VA

Honorable mentions include...

Natasha Holt
Andreas Weiss
Meredith Jones
Joe Mash

Photography will be featured in the 2013 Virginia Department of Aviation Calendar. To request a copy please send an email to

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Toy Airlift Will Fly Into Chesterfield County Airport on December 8th

The Sixth Annual Christmas Toy Airlift, a project of the Virginia Chapter 99s, invites volunteer pilots from across the Commonwealth to fly into Chesterfield County Airport on Saturday, December 8th to deliver gifts for military families and for hospitalized veterans.  Visitors are invited to fly in or drive to the airport to join in the festivities including food, music and an opportunity to welcome Santa Claus.  Santa will arrive by private aircraft at 10:00 a.m. and will greet children in the terminal until 2:00 p.m.  Children who wish to bring donations for the Airlift can give them directly to Santa.  Live Christmas music will be provided by several groups throughout the day including the L.C. Bird Choir, Bon Air Strings, and Walt Street, a retired soloist from the Army Band.  The event will last from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and the rain date is Sunday, December 9th.
Collection boxes for toys were setup at a number of public airports in Virginia.  Some Maryland airports are also participating as well as some pilots from as far away as eastern Pennsylvania.  Last year the Toy Airlift brought in over 900 toys for children of military personnel and over 200 gifts and $655 in gift cards for McGuire Veterans Hospital. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WHEELS UP! at the Virginia Museum of Transportation

It’s WHEELS UP! At the Virginia Museum of Transportation on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of the Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery between 10 am and 5 pm. 

Fun for the entire family! Learn to fly in a flight simulator. Meet a NASA Astronaut. Learn about hot air balloons, kites and how medical personnel take to the air. Learn about women aviators during WWII. Learn to make awesome paper airplanes. Take a scavenger hunt through the Wings Over Virginia Gallery.

$5 per person. Members and infants 2 and under admitted free.

FREE parking for the day in the Brandon Parking Lot.

About the Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery:

The Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery traces the history and future of aviation in Virginia. Explore hands-on exhibits and videos to understand the science of flight and aviation technology. Listen to the heroic stories of our region's military and civilian aviators who have impacted our history. Learn about the air ambulance service and the team that saves lives every day. And climb aboard a jet to see inside a real aircraft cabin and imagine being a pilot.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Evacuating aircraft ahead of storm?

Hurricane Sandy is tracking towards eastern Virginia. Here is a list of available hangar or tie-down spaces available for aircraft owners to temporarily relocate in Virginia.

Blue Ridge Airport

5 T-hangars available
Contact: Jason Davis (276) 957-2294 or (276) 358-0749 or

Chesterfield County Airport

18 hangars available and plenty of tie-down spaces available
Contact: Tom Trudeau (804) 743-0771 or (804) 929-6859 or

Danville Regional Airport

1 80' x 80' hangar available through October 31. Tie-down space also available.
Contact: Marc Adelman (434) 799-5110 or (434) 489-6132 or

Front Royal-Warren County Airport

14 tie-down spaces available (bring rope)
Contact: Reggie Cassagnol (540) 671-6708 or

Hanover County Airport/HOVA Flight Services

10 tie-down spaces available
Contact: Eli Grimes (804) 798-6500 or

Lawrenceville-Brunswick County Airport

4 tie-down spaces available and enough hangar space for 2 light twins
Contact: Jim Shiller (434) 848-2767 or (434) 532-6831 or

Manassas Municipal Airport

80 tie-down spaces available- insurance required
Contact: Juan Rivera (703) 257-8270 or (703) 257-8279 or

Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport

Well built t-hangars and a 70' x 70' corporate hangar
Contact: Dan Middleton (434) 729-2591 or (434) 865-4067 or

New Market Airport
2 hangars and 5 tie-down spaces available
Contact: Robert Thomas (703) 327-0444 or (703) 898-1157 or

Orange County Airport
8 asphalt tie-down spaces and 6 grass tie-down spaces available
Contact: Buzz Jarrell (540) 672-2158 or (540) 406-1821 or

Shannon Airport
Hangars available- filling up quick
Contact: Robert Stanley (540) 373-4431 or (540) 847-3846 or

Tazwell County Airport
2 corporate hangars- will accommodate 10 single engine aircraft
Contact: Jerry McReynolds (276) 963-4509 or (276) 345-3321 or

Roanoke Regional Airport
Tie-down space available
Contact: John Wilson/Landmark Aviation (540) 353-4244

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Aviation events winding down after this weekend

Halloween Festival of Flight at New Kent County Airport from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Halloween fly-in, open house, and Young Eagles Rally. Food, children's activities such as hay rides, costume contest, and candy drop. Also static displays and radio controlled aircraft demonstration. 

For more information contact Bill Kelly at (804) 932-3984 or

Commemorative Air Force Old Dominion Squadron's Fall Fling Fly-In at Franklin Municipal Airport from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (weather permitting) at the Old Dominion Squadron Hangar. 
Pancake Breakfast 8:00-10:30 AM
Hot Dog Lunch 11:00 AM-1:00 PM in the ODS Hangar ($6 Donation Per Person Per Meal)

Poker Run sponsored by the Hampton Roads Chapter of The Ninety-Nines. Card Sales from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at any of the following airports: AKQ, PVG, CPK, SFQ, FKN - $20 per hand (no limit on hands purchased). Cash grand prize announced at FKN at 1:00 PM. Contact Connie Jones, for more info. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2013 International Aviation Art Contest

All artwork for the state competition must be postmarked by Monday, January 28, 2013.

THEME - "My Favorite Air Sport" 
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) was established in 1905 to promote Air Sports.  Since that time, many new categories of Air Sports have been added to the list of competitions as they were developed around the world.  Currently there are eleven categories of Air Sports competitions:
•    Aerobatics
•    Aeromodelling
•    Amateur Built and Experimental Aircraft
•    Astronautic Records
•    Ballooning
•    General Aviation
•    Gliding
•    Hang Gliding and Paragliding
•    Microlight and Paramotor
•    Parachuting
•    Rotorcraft
Research each of the Air Sports listed above and pick out the one that you would most like to try out.  Which Air Sport will you choose?
Think about what it would be like to fly upside down or cartwheel across the sky in an aerobatic plane.  Perhaps you would enjoy building a model plane or even a real one!  Would you like to pilot a balloon, a plane, a helicopter, a glider, or even a space ship?  Where will they take you and what would you see?  Imagine launching off the side of a hill or mountain, suspended below a hang glider or a paraglider, and silently gliding to earth.  If you wish to take off from level ground instead, you might prefer to fly a microlight or a paramotor!   Maybe you'll choose to step out of an aircraft, into thin air, and drift down to the ground under a parachute!
Think about where you would do "Your Favorite Air Sport."  What will your air or space craft look like?  Ah, before you decide, imagine all of the possibilities then pick up your favorite colored pens, pencils, or paint and create a poster of "Your Favorite Air Sport!"

Entries in each age group are judged and state winners and runners-up are selected. Winners receive recognition from their state. The top three entries in each age group are forwarded to Washington D.C. to be judged in the national competition.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place national winners are selected from each age group. All national winners receive certificates, ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork with the original being forwarded to FAI for the international competition.
Winners of the international competition receive certificates and gold, silver, or bronze medals. 

Click here for contest ELIGIBILITY and RULES.
2013 International Aviation Art Contest application.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's going to be a gorgeous weekend for some Wings & Wheels

8th Annual Wings and Wheels Festival at Stafford Regional Airport. This event is free and will include a Fly-In, Car Show and Air Show. Displays include military, civilian, and vintage airplanes. There will be food, craft, and community vendors. 
Sponsored by Stafford Rotary Club, proceeds from this event benefit many community organizations and programs, like the Dictionary Project, which provided very 3rd grade student in Stafford County a dictionary free of charge. 
Time: 10 a.m.- 4p.m. Admission is free but donations are suggested.
For more information call (540) 658-1212 or visit Release

Wine, Wings, & Wheels Festival at the Orange County Airport and directly behind the new terminal at the Orange County Boosters Park Sports Complex. Displays include civilian and vintage aircraft, antique cars and car show, skydivers, wineries and wine tasting, specialty foods, barrel train and much more. Wagon rides available from airport to festival site. 
Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission to Wine Festival is free to display aircraft and cars and $12 in advance/$20 at the gate for non display.
For more information visit

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 Virginia Aviation Photo Contest

The rules have changed! In years past the photo requirements were limited to aviation events in Virginia. This year just make sure it is aviation-related and was taken in Virginia. 

Contest rules:

• Photos must have been taken in the Commonwealth of Virginia within the last three years and not previously published.

• A person may submit a maximum of 15 photos for the contest. Entry forms and releases must be fully completed for the photo to be considered.

• All entries must be received by November 16, 2012.


• All entries will be judged by an impartial panel. Winners will be featured in the 2013 Virginia Aviation Calendar, as well as the DOAV Newsletter- Virginia Aviation, the DOAV Web site, the Virginia Aviation News blog and throughout DOAV social media.

Reproduction Rights:

• Photos submitted to the contest may be used by the Virginia Department of Aviation to promote aviation in Virginia. All entries become and remain the property of the Virginia Department of Aviation and may be used without permission or credit. CDs will not be returned.

How to submit entries:

• Only digital entries will be accepted. Photos should be taken at the highest resolution possible (minimum 1200x1600 pixels). Preferred format is .jpg or .gif. Do not retouch photos using photo editing software.
 A completed entry form and model release (if needed) should be submitted with each photo. E-mail entries and forms to OR mail a CD to:

Virginia Department of Aviation
Attn: Jessica Cowardin
5702 Gulfstream Rd.
RichmondVA 23250

The contest is open to everyone. Good Luck!

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's that time of year again... Fall 2012 Aviation Safety Week

The Virginia Department of Aviation and AOPA Foundation Air Safety Institute will offer safety seminars entitled Flying for a Lifetime at four locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia October 22‐25, 2012 from 7‐9 p.m.  The seminar presenter is aviation educator Andy Miller who is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (airplane, instrument) and seminar presenter/Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) Instructor at the AOPA Foundation Air Safety Institute.

The seminar is applicable for all pilots. A bit of trivia: Every cell in the human body is replaced at least once every ten years. You are, quite literally, not the same person you were a decade ago. You're also (less literally) not the same pilot. Experience, physical stamina, risk tolerance and mental acuity all shift over the years, in obvious and not‐so‐obvious ways. Question is, how do you adjust? This seminar delves into the forces that shape us as pilots, and explores different ways to maintain the same high level of safety over a lifetime of flying.

Monday, October 22 from 7:00 ‐ 9:00 p.m.
at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton.

Tuesday, October 23 from 7:00 ‐ 9:00 p.m.
at the Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport in Blacksburg.
Wednesday, October 24 from 7:00 ‐ 9:00 p.m.
at the City Palace in Manassas.

Thursday, October 25 from 7:00 ‐ 9:00 p.m.
at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond.

Pilots attending the Air Safety Institute’s safety seminars receive free pilot training while enjoying the company of fellow‐aviators. Safety seminars qualify for the ground portion of the FAA Wings Program and for the safety requirements of the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program.

For more information:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More Virginia Aviation Weekend Events!

Leesburg Air Show will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Leesburg Executive Airport. Includes air acts, static displays, skydivers, radio controlled airplane demonstrations, car show, aviation exhibits, food and beverages, and adventure flights. 

For more information contact Kaj Dentler at (703) 737-7125 or or visit

17th Annual Wings, Wheels and Keels  Airplane, Motorcar and Boat Show  Hummel Air Field (W-75). Show is 8 AM to 4 PM (Rain or Shine). This year's theme is "save the Chesapeake" with displays from VIMS, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The VA Dept of Agriculture, and others.  Show car and aircraft pre-registration is $15 day of show.  Show will feature a Radioactive Air Show, carnival,  Fire Apparatus,  Arts & Crafts of all types and many other exhibitors.  Chesapeake style foods will be for sale.

For more information contact Jamie at (804) 758-2753 or or visit

Fall Fly-In at Winchester Regional Airport will take place beginning at 8:00 a.m. The event, sponsored by EAA Chapter 186, will include a fly-in with pancake breakfast, aircraft judging, and Young Eagles rides.

For more information contact Gil Coshland at (703) 620-3422 or or visit

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Virginia Helicopter Association members officially part of the Virginia Volunteer Pilot Group

On Sunday, September 9, 2012 DOAV staff members met with members of the Virginia Helicopter Association (VHA) at their quarterly meeting at the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport to execute a Memorandum of Understanding  that officially brought the VHA in as members of the Virginia Volunteer Pilot Group (VVPG). 


The VVPG, a conglomeration of volunteer pilot organizations, will work in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Aviation, Air Care Alliance and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to aid the Commonwealth when instances that require the utilization of aircraft arise.  VVPG members organizations, such as the VHA, will volunteer their time, skills and aircraft to help those in need.

Here are several additional photos from the event:

(Signing of the MOU with Lindy Kirkland of Air Care Alliance, Bob Reid of VHA and Sonny Rea of DOAV) 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Aviation events this weekend cover the Commonwealth from the east to the west

September 14-16, 2012
2012 NAS Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach.

For the weekend schedule visit:

September 14- 15, 2012
Tazewell County Airport Open House/Fly-In at Tazewell County Airport. 

Friday, September 14th there will be an Open House for County Schools. 
Saturday, September 15th there will be Fly-In for the general public 
For more information contact Jerry McReynolds at (276) 963-4509.

September 15, 2012
8th Annual Mountain Empire (MKJ) Fall Fly-In from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Includes a fly-in, airplane rides, helicopter rides, experimental aircraft, military aircraft, radio controlled aircraft demonstrations, open house for the new airport terminal building, and food vendors.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Virginia Aviation Conference Highlights Aviation Month in Virginia

Nearly 300 airport managers and sponsors, consultants, Virginia Aviation Board members, industry professionals and other members of Virginia’s aviation community gathered at The Homestead in Hot Springs for the 38th annual Virginia Aviation Conference August 14-17.

The 4-day conference, which took place during the annual Aviation Month in Virginia, and was sponsored by the Virginia Airport Operators Council (VAOC), the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), the Virginia Aviation Board (VAB) and the Virginia Business Aviation Association (VABA) kicked off with welcoming remarks from VAOC President Bill Kelly, Bath County Tourism Director Maggie Anderson, DOAV Director Randall Burdette and keynote speaker, Christa Fornarotto, Associate Administrator for Airports, Federal Aviation Administration.

 (Randall Burdette, Bill Kelly, Christa Fornarotto and Courtney Beamon)

Luncheon speaker and Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Sean T. Connaughton, thanked conference attendees for “providing gateways for people to come in and out of the state”. He also expressed his appreciation for air transportation and Virginia’s airports for helping to drive the Commonwealth’s economy.

(Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Sean Connaughton)

The Virginia Aviation Awards Banquet was held Wednesday night. Keith Holt was named “Virginia Airport Manager of the Year” for his achievements at the New River Valley Airport. Courtney Beamon of Delta Airport Consultants, Inc., Greg Campbell of Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and Bill Kelly of New Kent County Airport received the “Virginia Aviation Person of the Year” award in recognition of their significant roles in aviation in Virginia. Graham Pitsenberger was honored with the “Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award” for his lifetime contributions not only to the Commonwealth, but the national aviation community as well. Rick Rahim, Richard Merrill and Richard Largent were recognized as the most active Young Eagles pilots in the Commonwealth. Bob McCullar of the FAA received special recognition for establishing instrument approach procedures at each of Virginia’s eligible public-use airports. Andy Gibbs also received special recognition for educating hundreds of pilots nationally and internationally while positively impacting Virginia’s Aviation community through his love of flying and helicopters.

(Sen. and Mrs.Charles Colgan)

Just before lunch with Senator Charles J. Colgan on Thursday, airport managers, sponsors and consultants had the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions with the respective region’s Virginia Aviation Board member. The results of those discussions were reported later that afternoon in the Virginia Aviation Board Workshop. The 2012 Virginia Aviation Conference concluded with the August Virginia Aviation Board meeting on Friday morning where Virginia’s public use airports received their annual tentative allocations of state funds for capital projects.

Visit our flickr page to view photos from the event.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Governor McDonnell Appoints New Virginia Aviation Board Members

On July 6, 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the appointments of John Mazza, Jr., President of Medallion Pools, as Virginia Aviation Board director and David L. Young, Dean of the School of Aeronautics at Liberty University and President of Freedom Aviation as a Virginia Aviation Board member.
Today, August 10, 2012, Governor McDonnell announced the appointment of Mr. Robert H. Hahn, the Virginia Aviation Board. All board members will be in attendance at the upcoming VAB meeting during the Virginia Aviation Conference at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA on August 17, 2012 at 9:30am.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Memorial Service Scheduled for Former DOAV Director

Kenneth Rowe, former Virginia Department of Aviation director passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2012.  He played a critical role in the development of Virginia’s entire aviation system.  He was a World War II veteran, dedicated to the Commonwealth and will certainly be missed.

Randy Burdette (L) presented Ken Rowe (R) the Virginia Aviation Lifetime Achievement Award in August 2009.

His memorial service will be held at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond on Friday, August 10th at 2 p.m.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Stats are in!

The attendance for 2012 EAA AirVenture was 508,000, with more than 10,000 aircraft arriving at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. Showplane numbers total 2,489 including 978 homebuilt aircraft, 907 vintage airplanes, 336 warbirds, 105 ultralights, 97 seaplanes, 35 aerobatic aircraft and 31 rotorcraft.

“We are pleased that attendance has topped one-half million again. That is a tremendous total considering the intensely hot weather, storms, and struggles in the overall economy. The aviation community knows that Oshkosh is the place to be to find out what’s new, and actually buy new equipment, components, and aircraft." says EAA president/CEO Rod Hightower. “Expect bigger and better things for 2013 - certainly continuous improvements in what we call the visitor experience. Stay tuned for many announcements about the 2013 fly-in and the history-making surprises that can be found only at Oshkosh.”

For more photos from 2012 EAA AirVenture visit our flickr page!

Friday, July 27, 2012

2012 EAA AirVenture Highlights

The clouds have cleared and the temperatures have cooled here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The end of the work week for most means the beginning of an exciting weekend for aviation enthusiasts!

Monday, opening day, was a tribute to the "original" airplane Dick Van Grunsven designed and designated the RV-1. Before arriving in Oshkosh, it made its way around the United States on a tour that began at Sun n' Fun in April. Tuesday hundreds of Piper Cub owners arrived to celebrate the iconic aircraft's 75th anniversary at the 60th annual "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration". 

Not only did the "Spirit of Goodyear" blimp arrive on Wednesday, but it was also a day of tribute to the Doolittle Raiders and Tuskegee Airmen. EAA vice president of AirVenture features and attractions, Jim DiMatteo, said "We are honored to pay tribute at Oshkosh to those who sacrificed and wrote one of the most important chapters in American and aviation history." Ford also honored the events with a Mustang tribute: 

Thursday we had a taste of "Splash-kosh" with heavy winds and rain come through, but that brought Virginia pilots "home" while we waited out the storm. We have also been grabbing as many Virginia pilots as we can to show us where they're from by putting a pin on our map.

Stay tuned for more updates! Don't forget to follow us on facebook and twitter as well!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Honoring Virginia's Aviation Pioneers reception a success!

The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach hosted the Virginia Department of Aviation and the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society’s “Honoring Virginia’s Aviation Pioneers” reception this past Saturday, June 9, 2012. The gorgeous weather brought out over 120 award recipients, flying octogenarians, goverenment and airport representatives, and friends and family. 

Twenty eight of Virginia’s flying octogenarians were presented awards by Randall Burdette of the Virginia Department of Aviation. Qualifications include being above the age of 80 and an active pilot. Here is a list of those who received the award: Edwin M. Avera, Dan Bellware, Robert "Bob" Brammer, Eldridge Brock, Norman Crabill, Richard D'Antonio, Jim Gellios, Walter C. Grantz, John P. Greenwood, Warren W. Halstead, Ralph Jackson, Robert Z. Johnson, John E. King, Hans H. Kopper, Charles Kulp, Richard "Gene" Matthews, Hampton K. Miller, Bill Mistele, Charles O’Brien, Sara Parmenter, Donald O. Robb, Gilbert S. Ross, M.D., John M. Schiele Jr., Ray Tyson, Charles Waring, Marion Williamson, James Wright and Keith Young.

Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Recipients Hubert Compton, John Greenwood, Sara Parmenter and Ray Tyson were also recognized by Mike Alakszay of the Richmond FSDO. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years. The Federal Aviation Administration also awards recipients with a certificate and a lapel pin, and are recognized in their Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award - Roll of Honor at

Also in attendence were members of the United Flying Octogenarians. More than 1,000 men and women, age 80 or older, make up the members of the United Flying Octogenarians (UFO). Although all members were still flying when they joined the UFO’s, most are no longer at the controls of an aircraft. The UFO is an international, non-profit organization with members in the United States including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Argentina, Australia, France, and the United Kingdom.

For more photos from the event, visit our Flickr page!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

It's not too late to submit your Virginia Aviation Award nominations

The Virginia Department of Aviation is still accepting nominations for the 2012 Virginia Aviation Awards. Each summer the Virginia Department of Aviation recognizes members of Virginia’s aviation community through the presentation of the Virginia Aviation Awards.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to pay tribute to those leaders in Virginia aviation who deserve to be acknowledged for their efforts. By doing so, you ensure role models for generations to come.

The 2012 Virginia Aviation Awards will be presented on Wednesday, August 15 during the 38th annual Virginia Aviation Conference at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

We are accepting nominations through June 8. Click here for a nomination form. For more information on the conference visit

Friday, April 27, 2012

Spring Aviation Safety Week

The topic this go round is "Wanted: Alive! Reining in the Fatal Accident Rate". The general aviation accident rate is not dropping, and pilots continue to find themselves in the same accident-causing scenarios that have been plaguing them for years. Be part of the safety conversation as the Air Safety Institute digs a little deeper into what's causing pilot-related accidents.

Here is the schedule for 2012 Virginia Aviation Safety Week:

Monday, April 30, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Air & Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Aviation Museum
Richmond Int'l. Airport
5701 Huntsman Road
Richmond, VA 23250

Wednesday, May 02, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Danville Regional Airport
General Aviation
424 Airport Drive
Danville, VA 24540

Thursday, May 03, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Tech Airport
1601 Tech Center Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Keep in mind... these seminars count as your Virginia Aviation Ambassador "safety stamp" if you are unable to make it to the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight this weekend. For more information on seminar locations and dates, visit

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Smithsonian Welcomes Space Shuttle Discovery

I feel fortuate in that I was able to witness history last week. The oldest surviving U.S. shuttle, Discovery was welcomed to its permanent home as a museum artifact at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

Backgroud music by the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps escorted Discovery's tow to be placed nose to nose with shuttle prototype Enterprise, which has been on display since 1985. Discovery's last mission to space was in March 2011, following its 39 missions beginning in 1984.

On its journey "home", Discovery toured Washington D.C. for nearly an hour, piggybacking atop a Boeing 747 that NASA keeps specifically for transporting shuttles. We all tried to sneak a peek of the flyby on television here at the office. Hope you enjoy pictures from the event:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sun n' Fun 2012 continued...

Here are some photos taken at Lake Agnes at Fantasy of Flight during the Splash-In Seaplane Competition: 

 And the USAF Thunderbird Performance:

We tracked down the rest of the Virginia exhibitors as well:

Helicopter Association International


Avionics Systems

Airfleet Capital, Inc.

Select Airparts (who were not at AirVenture)
 for more information click here

Liberty University (who came to visit us!) 

For more photos from the week check out our Flickr!