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Department of Aviation Office Access
NOTE: The front doors to the Virginia Department of Aviation offices are currently locked during the work day. Please call the staff person you plan to visit ahead of time to make an appointment or call the agency's main number (804) 236-3624 to arrange for your visit. Thank you.
The Virginia Department of Aviation Photography Contest is currently underway. Photos submitted must involve aviation, have been takenwithin the Commonwealth of Virginia within the last three (3) years, and not previously published. Artwork submitted to the contest must be postmarked by October 12, 2018. (412) 391-6382Application Form
Artwork submitted may be chosen for inclusion in the 2019/20 Virginia Aviation Calendar.
Aviation Teachers Grant Program
The Virginia Department of Aviation has an Aviation Teachers Grant Program which offers K-12 educators an opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $500.00 to conduct an aviation-related lesson plan. Teachers in any discipline may apply, provided that the lesson involves aviation. Applications for the 2018/19 school year are now available.
Aviation Scholarships for Virginia Students
The Department of Aviation is once again proud to offer the cup set to a Virginia High School senior who plans to continue their education in pursuit of an aviation career.
The Virginia Aviation Business Association (VABA) is offering the Colonel James L. Graham Scholarship (placemongering, application) which will be awarded for the first time in 2018 to be used for flight training.
International Aviation Art Contest
The theme for this year's International Aviation Art Contest is "My Dream to Fly." The Virginia Department of Aviation is once again running the Virginia contest and students ages 6-17 are encouraged to participate. The deadline for submitting artwork to the Department of Aviation is January 18, 2019. 9498139130
National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program Site Resolution
A resolution of the Virginia Aviation Board in recognition of Virginia's selection as a National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program site was approved and signed at the last quarterly Virginia Aviation Board Meeting held on Thursday, May 17th in Richmond. The Virginia team that was selected became one of only 10 UAS Integration Pilot Program sites in the nation.
The resolution noted that the potential economic benefit of integrating UAS in the nation's airspace is estimated at $82 billion and could create 100,000 jobs in the nest 10 years. In addition, the counties of Buckingham, Cumberland, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince Edward and Wise are poised to become future hubs of innovation for drone technology.
2018 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study
The Commonwealth of Virginia’s diverse system of 66 public-use airports plays a vital role in the state and regional economies by creating jobs and contributing to overall economic development. In addition, airports in Virginia serve as gateways to the nation’s air transportation system and connect the Commonwealth to the global economy.
The Virginia Department of Aviation prepares this statewide economic impact study periodically to identify the economic benefits associated with nine commercial service and 57 general aviation airports serving communities throughout Virginia. This study focuses on the economic benefits created by the businesses and tenants on Virginia’s airports, the visitors who travel through those airports, and the in-state companies who rely on the airports to support and conduct their business.
The 2018 Virginia Airport System Economic Impact Study is now available for download.
2018 Virginia Aviation Art Contest Winners
Students from across the Commonwealth of Virginia submitted artwork with the theme "Flight into the Future" to the Virginia Aviation Art Contest held by the Virginia Department of Aviation. The nine Virginia winners' artwork is now posted on the website. The artwork of these winners was submitted to the United States contest run by the National Association of Aviation Officials (NASAO) and the United States winners were submitted to the International Aviation Art Contest sponsored by Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI). Students ages 6-17 may participate in the contest which has three age categories.
The theme for the 2019 International Aviation Art Contest is "My Dream to Fly!".
First Place: Chloe Xie (10 age)
Colvin Run Elementary
Vienna, Virginia 22182
Second Place: Joyce Zheng (age 10)
Sanders Corner Elementary
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
First Place: Kexiu Lin (14 age)
Cooper Middle School
McLean, Virginia 22102
Churchill Road Elementary School
McLean, Virginia 22101
Third Place: Alice Ji (age 14)
Rachael Carson Middle School
Herndon, Virginia 20171
Senior CategoryFirst Place: Jacquelyn t. Ris (age 18)
Warren County High School
Front Royal, Virgnia 22630
Second Place: Selena Bao (age 15)
Langley High School
McLean, Virginia 22066
Third Place: Victoria Li (age 14)
Langley High School
McLean, Virginia 22066
Virginia Department of Aviation Gets a New Agency Director
Mark Flynn, a general aviation pilot and an attorney in private practice, has been named the new director of the Virginia Department of Aviation by Gov. Ralph Northam. Flynn replaces Randy Burdette who served 13 years as the agency’s director. Flynn was sworn in January 13th following the inauguration of Ralph Northam as Virginia’s 73rd governor.
Governor Northam said, “Mark is an accomplished local government attorney with extensive experience in aviation matters and is a licensed single-engine aircraft pilot with instrument, commercial and instructor ratings.”
Randy Burdette said, “Mark Flynn has been a strong advocate for aviation and is well versed in the key issues facing aviation in the Commonwealth today. I believe he is the right person to capitalize on the hard work and achievements we have made together and to lead our aviation industry into even more accomplishments and higher achievements.”
Mark Flynn said, “I’m excited to be serving as the new director of the Virginia Department of Aviation and look forward to building on the many successes the agency had under Randy Burdette. There are a number of challenges and opportunities facing aviation in Virginia, and I am honored to be Governor Northam’s choice to lead this progressive and forward-thinking agency.”
Flynn served 18 years as general counsel and chief lobbyist with the Virginia Municipal League, where he guided local governments on effectively serving the public. He has also served as county attorney in Tazewell County and as city attorney for Winchester, Va. More recently he provided local government legal services through his law firm, Woodley & Flynn, and lobbied for local governments through Advantus Strategies. Flynn is the past president of the Virginia Local Government Attorney’s Association and the 2013 recipient of that organization’s Edward Finnegan Award for Distinguished Service. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech and his juris doctorate from Washington & Lee University Law School.
Burdette retired January 12th. He was first appointed director by then-Gov. Mark Warner in August 2004 and subsequently reappointed by Governors Kaine, McDonnell and McAuliffe. Randy plans to travel and to keep his Cessna 182 busy serving as a volunteer with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Pilots N Paws and as a member of his local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter, where he will introduce more youth to aviation.
New Airport Program Manual
The new version of the Airport Program Manual is (432) 618-3702.
The Commonwealth of Virginia maintains one of the nation’s most comprehensive and advanced statewide aviation systems. To support the continuing growth and operation of this system, the Virginia Aviation Board (VAB) has developed funding programs to assist sponsors of public-use airports with a variety of improvement activities ranging from planning to construction to promotions. The funding programs are:
Airport Capital Program;
Facilities and Equipment Program;
Voluntary Security Program;
Maintenance Program, and
Aviation and Airport Promotion Program.
For each of these programs, the Airport Program Manual provides information on eligible projects, state participation, and processes from project request submission to reimbursement.
External Audit of Airports Use of Commonwealth Airport Funds - Fiscal Years 2014, 2015 and 2016
The Virginia Department of Aviation has completed a comprehensive review of its financial support programs of the airports that serve the citizens of the Commonwealth, as directed by the General Assembly in its 2017 session (SB1417), for the past three years to ensure that all funds have been used in accordance with the Code of Virginia, regulations and policies of the Virginia Aviation Board. The audit was conducted by Cotton & Co. – an audit and accounting firm based in Alexandria, Va., that specializes in providing solutions and services in the areas of financial and IT audit and consulting, fraud risk, financial reporting, and forensic accounting.
The review of the Commonwealth Airport Fund examined: the use of entitlement funds allocated to each air carrier airport; and the use of discretionary funds allocated for air carrier, reliever, and general aviation airports.
The comprehensive review found just seven items (detailed in the attached report) that needed attention, and all findings have been fully addressed.
Department of Aviation Director Randall P. Burdette said, “We welcomed this comprehensive examination of our policies, procedures and the vital financial support we provide to the 66 airports that serve the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Department of Aviation takes seriously its fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers, so to be able to have a third-party confirm our commitment in this regard is very rewarding.”
Virginia Aviation & Space Career and Workforce Implementation Plan 2017
The Virginia Aviation & Space Career and Workforce Implementation Plan 2017, developed to strengthen aviation and space workforce and career development in the Commonwealth, is now complete and available.
The plan, which is a follow up to the Virginia Aviation and Space Workforce Analysis and Strategy Development Plan (April 2012), was prepared by the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (OED). Building on the recommendations of the earlier report and other recent analyses, this document revisits, refines and adds to earlier recommendations.
Apply for TSA Pre✓® at Some DMV Locations
Virginia DMV is the first motor vehicle agency in the nation to offer Universal Enrollment Services for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Pre✓® and Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC*) at select DMV customer service centers.
TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that connects travelers departing from within the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience.
TWIC* is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation's maritime facilities and vessels.
By increasing access to enrollment services, Virginia DMV adds convenience for its customers, in particular, frequent air travelers and employees of trucking companies.
Virginia Airports Sustainability Management Plan
In early 2015, the Virginia Department of Aviation embarked on a first-of-its-kind initiative to create a sustainability plan intended to serve all of the Commonwealth’s 66 public-use airports. The SMP is tailored for three airport type/size tiers: (1) Commercial Service; (2) Reliever and GA Regional; and (3) GA Community and Local Service. It includes suggested sustainability goals, metrics, targets, and initiatives, as well as guidance on how to identify funding for sustainability projects and how to engage stakeholders throughout the process. (951) 308-1984and how you could adopt it at your airport here.
Virginia Air Transportation System Plan Update (2016)
Businesses, residents, and visitors depend on Virginia’s airports. The Virginia Air Transportation System Plan (VATSP) Update blends the strategic development and enhancement of the facilities at current airports, with the preservation and maintenance of existing airports, guiding development of new system airports and examining the future needs of Virginia’s communities. The VATSP helps Virginia keep pace with new aviation technologies such as NextGen. The plan provides direction to meet transportation needs, to serve aviation demand, and to provide economic support through the planning period. Collaboration between the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and all public-use airport sponsors in Virginia is needed for
the successful implementation of this plan.
FAA's Rules for Registering Unmanned Aerial Systems Released
Unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds and more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) on takeoff, including everything that is on board or otherwise attached to the aircraft and operated outdoors in the national airspace system must register. These aircraft may register under the new web-based registration system. You must be 13 years of age or older before you are permitted to register an unmanned aircraft. If the owner is less than 13 years of age, then a person who is at least 13 years of age must register the unmanned aircraft.
A certificate of registration will be available to download and will be sent to your email address at the time of registration. When operating your UAS you must be able to present the certificate in either print or electronic format if asked for proof of registration.You will be required to renew every three years and you must pay a $5 renewal fee.
You can register your drone on FAA.gov (/www.faa.gov/uas/registration/ ) beginning on December 21, 2015. Federal law requires owners to pay $5 to register their aircraft. However, registration is free for the first 30 days to encourage speedy registration of UAS. During the first 30 days, you must pay $5 with a credit card and a $5 credit will appear shortly afterwards.
You will receive a unique registration number that applies to any and all UAS that you own. You must mark all of your UAS with the unique registration number before operating. A registration certificate that contains the unique FAA registration number, the issue and expiration dates, and the name of the certificate holder will be sent to your email address immediately.
Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
For complete details regarding registration visit (810) 227-3710
Beta Test underway of 201-335-9815 which helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.
Virginia Commercial Air Service Review Now Available
The Virginia Commercial Air Service Review (December 2015) is now available for (484) 817-5600
The Future of Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia
Late last year, Virginia Tech was selected by the FAA as one of six unmanned aerial system (UAV) test site operators in the United States. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAPP) had its first flight ceremony at the Virginia Tech test range on Wednesday, August 13th. In attendance at this historical event were dignitaries including Governor Terry McAuliffe as well as the Chairman of the Virginia Aviation Board and Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation.
Virginia has the opportunity and the capability to be a national leader in the development, manufacture, and creative use of autonomous vehicles. Economic development in this area could yield thousands of high-paying, high-technology jobs in communities throughout the Commonwealth. Autonomous vehicles include intelligent cars, self-guiding tractors, water surface and underwater vehicles, and unmanned aircraft. Policies established by Virginia leaders will determine if and how the Commonwealth will leverage its substantial strength in this emerging technology. Below there is a link to a study that provides an overview of the issues and opportunities concerning autonomous vehicles in order to support informed decisions about the future of autonomous vehicles in the Commonwealth.
For more information about state policy regarding Unmanned Vehicle Systems in Virginia please contact Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology. Her office number is 804.786.9579 and her e-mail address: 848-466-4776