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Friday, May 23, 2014

Farewell Followers... And Thank You

After three years of (virtually) working with you, our followers, I find it bittersweet to say that this is my last blog post. Today is my last day at DOAV. Sharing my voice through the blog and social media has been both a fun and tireless learning experience.

Jessica wishing Terry Page a happy retirement- May 2014

I am grateful for the five years I’ve spent at the Virginia Department of Aviation and it has been a pleasure keeping you informed about aviation in Virginia. Thank you for your dedication as well!

Please send all of your news and events for the blog and social media to Betty Wilson at

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Virginia Seaplane Splash-in this weekend

Another Virginia Seaplane Splash-In is scheduled this Friday, May 17th & Saturday, May 18th at Lake Anna. This is a two day social gathering with food, fun, flying & camping. RSVP as soon as possible to Bob Woodberry at 703-785-1505 or

Bob's address is 120 Old Mill Ct. Mineral, VA. The closest airport is (12 miles away) Louisa County Airport (LKU) where fuel is available, or (10 miles away) Lake Anna Airport (7W4) where no fuel is available. Call ET Tello at 704 491-3152 or for pick up.

 N38-04.590 W077-48.740. Unicom 123.40.

Virginia Department of Aviation and Virginia Department of Emergency Management assist Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group in Statewide Exercise

On Friday, May, 9, 2014 with the help of the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) the Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group (VVPG) conducted their first statewide exercise in order to evaluate what would happen in an actual emergency situation.

Five of the six intended missions were completed using both fixed wing and rotary aircraft. Missions ranged from photo reconnaissance to damage assessment to transporting a K9 team. With the center of the exercise located in Richmond, additional mission locations included Norfolk, Northern Neck, Williamsburg and Tangier Island.

Following the exercise debrief was a VVPG Board Meeting with discussions of recruiting pilots and raising awareness. The Board decided that they will work towards having at least two flying exercises per year and a social/educational event that would encourage pilots and VVPG member groups to interact.


The Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group (VVPG) was formed in 2012 to allow general aviation pilots who wish to volunteer their aircraft and/or piloting skills during times of emergency to do so effectively. Individual volunteer pilots are encouraged to join nonprofit aviation organizations that are members of the Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group in order to participate in the program and assist their fellow citizens.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Seaplane Fly In at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport

Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Rain date - Saturday, May 17, 2014)
Arrivals: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association meeting at 1 p.m. in the airport conference room.
Free Admission for public viewing.

Have lunch at Charly's Airport Restaurant (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Peoples Choice Award - Plaque awarded to the aircraft owner with the nicest plane (Decided by the public).
Sponsors:  Virginia Seaplane Pilots Association, Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, Charly's Airport Restaurant, Williamsburg Flight Center (Flight School and Maintenance), Waltrip Recycling and Mulch Blower Service.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Women Can Fly Events Will Introduce Flight to Girls and Women in Virginia

Women Can Fly, a series of four special Saturday events scheduled for May and June of 2014, will introduce aviation to more girls and women in Virginia. While the number of women working in the aviation industry has steadily increased, they are still underrepresented in the workforce and the number of women pilots is only 6% of the total pilot population.

Women Can Fly will be an enjoyable and educational event for girls and women of all ages to learn more about flight through a variety of experiences including static displays, special guests, simulation opportunities, preflight briefings, and a flight in a general aviation aircraft for participating girls and women. The goal is to inform them about career opportunities as well as introduce them to the fun and camaraderie of general aviation.

Women Can Fly events will be held at WarrentonFauquier Airport on May 10, 2014; Lynchburg Regional Airport on May 24, 2014; Hampton Roads Executive Airport on June 21, 2014; and CharlottesvilleAlbemarle Airport on June 28, 2014.

Three Women Can Fly events were held in Virginia in 2013 and 373 women and girls were introduced to aviation and received a free flight. More information about Women Can Fly as well as photos from previous events can be viewed at

Women Can Fly is sponsored by the NinetyNines, Inc. (International Organization of Women Pilots), Warrenton Fauquier Airport, Hampton Roads Executive Airport, CharlottesvilleAlbemarle Airport, Liberty University, Freedom Aviation, and the Virginia Department of Aviation.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group Upcoming Exercise

On Friday, May 9th the Virginia Volunteer Pilots Group will be conducting an exercise at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management utilizing private aircraft and volunteers to perform a variety of missions that will highlight the use of volunteers pilots within the Commonwealth.  The exercise will be immediately followed by a debriefing at the Virginia Department of Aviation located at Richmond International Airport at 5702 Gulfstream Road from 1-4 pm.  The debriefing will be attended by a quorum of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Volunteer Pilot Group.  Member organizations are encouraged to attend. 
For additional details contact Scott Denny at (804) 236-3632.