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Friday, May 31, 2013

“Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association” Takes Flight

Virginia becomes the first state to establish its own seaplane pilots association according to the Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA).  The Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association (VSPA) takes wing during the Lake Anna Splash-In (May 23 & 24, 2013). Those attending the seaplane splash-in at Lake Anna voted unanimously to establish the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association and elected Bill Fosdick as its first President. Edgar "ET" Tello, the regional representative from the SPA was in attendance and provided valuable guidance to the group. The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) Director, Randy Burdette and the DOAV Director of Flight Operations and Safety, Steve Harris were there in support of creating the association. The new President of the VSPA, Bill Fosdick said, “Virginia is considered a seaplane friendly state and with a concerted effort by the 209 seaplane pilots already in Virginia we can make the business and sport of flying seaplanes in Virginia much safer for the pilots and citizens of this great commonwealth through education and preservation and cooperation.”

The goal of the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association is to educate, promote and preserve seaplane operations throughout the commonwealth.  Education of public officials, decision makers, other waterway users and the general public about seaplanes and their operations is key to continued acceptance on commonwealth waterways.  Promotion of seaplanes in a public safety and service role provides value to the local community.  Education and promotion will result in the preservation of seaplane operators’ rights to share the commonwealth’s natural resources with other groups. One objective of the VSPA is to document in the Virginia Airport Directory and SPA Directory information on landing waterways in the commonwealth and contact information for those who have oversight responsibilities for those waterways. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association contact Bill Fosdick at 540-872-6744. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Virginia Aviation Board meets, allocates funds to state airports and recognizes Virginia Aviation Board members

The Virginia Aviation Board (VAB) approved tentative allocations of Commonwealth Airport Funds for Fiscal year 2013 at its meeting on Thursday, May 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport. Approved Air Carrier/Reliever Discretionary funding was $3,159,812.28 and General Aviation Discretionary funding was $990,340. Projects addressed ranged from obstruction removal in Martinsville, to parking lot rehabilitation and expansion in Shenandoah Valley, to terminal building renovation and upgrades in Charlottesville and a taxiway extension in Manassas. Total Commonwealth Airport Fund discretionary funds allocated were $4,150,152.28.

The board also recognized Virginia Aviation Board members Robert “Bob” S. Dix and Richard “Rick” C. Franklin, Jr. for their years of services to the Commonwealth. Both board members’ terms expire June 30, 2013. Several accomplishments during Mr. Dix’s term include: terminal buildings at Lee County, Mountain Empire, and Twin County Airports; runway, apron and taxiway extensions, expansions and rehabilitations at Blue Ridge Regional, Lee County, New River Valley and Virginia Tech-Montgomery Executive Airports; and AWOS replacement and rotating beacon relation at Tazewell County Airport. Mr. Franklin’s accomplishments include: a new terminal building at Lawrenceville-Brunswick Municipal Airport; hangar site preparation, clearing and grading at Lake Country Regional and Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airports; runway rehabilitation at Emporia-Greensville Regional, Franklin Municipal and Lake Country Regional Airports; and self-fueling equipment at Wakefield Municipal Airport.

The next VAB meeting is August 23 during the annual Virginia Aviation Conference.

The VAB has eight members representing seven regions of the Commonwealth. The Board approves funding requests brought to it by the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV).

Monday, May 20, 2013

Virginia Department of Aviation's 2013 Photo Contest

Due to the popularity of the contest, we have decided to add back categories to our photo contest. Generally the rules are the same but if you have any questions feel free to give us a call!

2013 Photo Contest Rules

2013 Photo Contest Application