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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2013 Virginia Aviation Conference

This year’s conference opened with a welcome panel including Bill Kelly, President of the Virginia Airport Operators Council (VAOC); Bill O’Brien, Special Projects Coordinator for Bath County; Randy Burdette, Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and Sean Connaughton, Virginia Secretary of Transportation. Sessions following the welcome included “Insight from Washington” presented by Henry Ogrondzinski, National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and “Perspectives on the Industry” presented by Jim Bennett, A.A.E.

So far attendance numbers are looking above average for the second year at The Omni Homestead. This afternoon’s agenda includes panels and breakout sessions as well as “FAA Question and Answer” with Terry Page, WADO. The annual awards banquet is scheduled for tonight where DOAV will have the opportunity to recognize outstanding contributions to our aviation community.

For more photos from this event visit our flickr page!

Monday, August 12, 2013

2013 EAA AirVenture- Highlights from a Virginia Perspective

Now that we are all back in good ol' Virginia let's talk about one the best AirVentures yet. Final numbers say more than 500,000 people came out for the show as well as over 10,000 aircraft landed at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airport in eat-central Wisconsin. Check out how many Virginia pilots stopped by our booth!
Virginia exhibitors are holding strong with ten of us representing the commonwealth. Those include: Avionics Systems LLC; Butler Parachutes; UMA Inc; Helicopter Association International (HAI); The Aviator's Bookshelf; Liberty University; CSC Duats; Airfleet Capital Inc; Tecnam and the Virginia Department of Aviation.

Also representing the Commonwealth of Virginia was the Virginia Aviation Board. They attended a roundtable discussion with state directors, board and commission members including NASAO Executive Director, Henry Orgodzinski. And supported DOAV Director Randy Burdette's forum "Virginia Aviation Initiatives".
Virginia was also mentioned at the SocialFlight app's media conference as we are considered an ambassador for the program. The DOAV was also represented in the WomenVenture photo!
On the last day of the show the Virginia Department of Aviation's former director Kenneth Rowe was inducted to the EAA Memorial Wall. This annual gathering honors, celebrates and offers remembrance on behalf of dearly departed EAA members and aviation enthusiasts. The moving service featured a reading of the newly installed names, followed by the playing of taps with a missing man formation overhead.

Other highlights include Jetman's first appearance in the United States, a flight from the Terrafugia flying car and the wold premiere of Disney's Planes with special guest "Dusty" in an airshow.

Another notable moment of AirVenture this year was Sean Tucker being named chairman of the Young Eagles, taking the reins from Miracle on the Hudson pilots Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles. For additional 2013 EAA AirVenture photos visit our flickr!