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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.