The Virginia Aviation Council’s Articles of Incorporation provide that some annual fly-in/symposium will be one of the methods that the Council uses to further aerospace education. This mandate plays out in a variety of programs, including:
Building a Virginia Pilot/Enthusiast/Owner Database – Nobody maintains an electronic mail database of Virginia’s pilots, enthusiasts, airstrip owners, and aircraft owners. If such a tool existed, then organizations state and nationwide could communicate with this population, informing everyone of events, news, activities, and opportunities. The Virginia Aviation Council is beginning the process of creating such a tool, looking to serve as a clearinghouse for distribution of pertinent information.
The Great Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Relay – The Virginia Aviation Council will be reaching out to all pilots, clubs, EAA chapters and public use airports to join in planning this state-wide event. Pilots will sign-up to fly one leg (or more than one) beginning and ending at assigned Virginia public-use airports. You’ll sign up for your top three leg choices (donating a flat fee per leg towards aerospace education). Bring passengers, have fun, visit airports, eat, and take lots of pictures. Participate in pre-planned arrival/departure activities at your departure and/or arrival airport. On the side, get Virginia Aviation Ambassador stamps in your personal Ambassador Passport.
Virginia Hard Luck Fly-Ins – Our number one goal is to help strengthen the flying community in Virginia. In part due to our varied hard-luck experiences, we will often bring everyone together into one Virginia’s Hard Luck Fly-Ins. Something fun, certainly reflective, and yet a serious effort.
Virginia Festival of Flight and Fly-In – The Virginia Festival of Flight and Fly-In, was last held on October, 7, 2017, in conjunction with the Suffolk Peanut Festival. The Festival activity is currently on hold.
Over time, we hope to be producing and partnering with other aviation-related events in Virginia.