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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: