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Friday, April 28, 2017

Virginia Department of Aviation Hosts Safety Week

The Topic is Non-Towered Case Studies: What Went Wrong?

Hosted by Tom Curran at 7pm


Monday, May 1st at the Virginia Air & Space Museum, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669

Tuesday, May 2nd at Culpeper Regional Airport National Capital Squadron Hangar, 12517 Beverly Ford Road, Brandy Station, VA 22714

Wednesday, May 3rd at Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport,             1601 Tech Center Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Thursday, May 4th at Virginia Department Aviation Hangar at 5702 Gulfstream Road, Richmond, VA 23250


Tom is a contract instructor for AOPA’s Air Safety Institute. He started flying at Seattle’s Boeing Field in 1978 and holds ATP, CFII/MEI, and SES ratings. His early exploits included instructing in Florida and Alaska. After college, he helped produce Alaska’s first Aviation System Plan and several airport master plans. Tom joined the USAF in 1984 and served as an Instructor and Evaluator in the F-15C and B-1B. His adventures included tours in Europe, Japan, and Southwest Asia. His “day jobs” included Commander of a B-1B squadron and Director of a NATO Air Operations Center. He retired in 2010 after serving as Deputy Commander of the DoD‘s Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence. His credentials include degrees from Embry-Riddle and Florida Institute of Technology. A devoted airport bum, he lives in Gig Harbor, WA, and WILL fly for food!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Virginia Pilot Wins Award At Sun N Fun

W. Lee Hussey, II, Virginia pilot and Chairmen of the Blue Ridge Regional Airport Authority was awarded Custom Grand Champion for his 1960 Piper Comanche PA-24-250 at Sun N Fun.

The Sun N Fun event held annually in Lakeland, Florida is known as “Spring break for Pilot’s”, but there has been no break for Lee who has spent many hours and a lot of hard work customizing and detailing his 1960 Comanche. This year all that hard work paid off because he was awarded Grand Champion in the Contemporary Category. He was given a plaque and was recognized among his peers at the awards ceremony on April 8th.

Judging consists of the following categories; Homebuilt, Lite Plane, Seaplane, Rotorcraft, Ultralights, Warbirds and Vintage aircraft. Vintage aircraft is broken down into smaller categories to include antique, classic and contemporary aircraft.

People fly in from all over the world to show off their aircraft and passion for aviation and Sun N Fun brings together past, present and future aviation lovers.

Lee Hussey (on far right) receiving his plaque

Lee Hussey and Greg Taulbee in front of Lee's 1960 Comanche