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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!