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Thursday, January 31, 2019

DOAV Partners with Youth Academy for Aviation Career Exploration Day

     It was an honor to have the Upsilon Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. Youth Academy at The Virginia Department of Aviation hangar on Saturday, January 26th for the Aviation Career Exploration Day.
     The students and chaperones were able to participate in aviation lesson plans, watch videos that explained aviation history and tour the different education stations set up in the hangar by the DOAV staff. Betty Wilson, Public Relations Manager, provided three different hands-on science lessons about air flow and showed the group how to use an aeronautical chart for flight planning. Aviation Technicians, Jeff Taylor and Greg Gilmour, showed the students various tools and parts of the aircraft so they could better understand how everything works together. They also talked about safety while allowing the students to get a hands-on lesson about maintaining the aircraft. Kim Wells, Public Relations Specialist took photos during the event, provided the guests with a goody bag and also provided educational assistance. Alton Jordon, an Engineer who has his private pilot’s license, demonstrated how drones can be used and explained his engineering role with the airports.  Andrew Crider, Customer Relations Specialist who also has his private pilot’s license, explained how to preflight aircraft and showed them how flight controls work. DOAV Pilot, Greg Dextor spoke about aviation career and airspace and, assisted by Pilot Claiborne Craig, gave the guests a tour of the agency’s airplanes.
     A big thank you to Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam for interacting with the kids and adults to explain the importance of choosing a career you love. We truly appreciate Virginia National Guard for landing their Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk on the ramp and allowing everyone to get inside and learn about military aviation. We were also lucky to have Richmond International Airport (RIC) Fire come by with their firetrucks to do a water demonstration. In addition to the outdoor activities, RIC police brought over a patrol car. The crowd really enjoyed touring the vehicles learning about various careers and how they interact with aviation. We hope to do more events like this in the future! For more photos, visit our Facebook page (@VirginiaDOAV).
Governor Ralph Northam posed with the group in front of the agency's King Air.
Photo taken by Kim Wells

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