Virginia Festival of Flight Temporarily on Hold
Updated January 1, 2018:
Attendance numbers at the 2017 Festival of Flight were fair for an event that has been resurrected after a three-year absence. Fair is not acceptable, but a start. The number of aircraft that flew in was impressive for a fly-in, but less than hoped for in a Festival of Flight. If we’re going to continue to face all sorts of bad luck items, seemingly out of our control, then why not make a fun series of events out of it.
If you are gathering Virginia Aviation Ambassador stamps, you will be able to continue to fulfill the Virginia Festival of Flight requirement via select “fly-ins” each year. Visit the Virginia Department of Aviation exhibit trailer at any of the following fly-ins:
July 14, 2018 – Wings and Wheels! A Car, Truck, Tractor and Motorcycle Show and Air Show at Ingalls Field, Hot Springs (weather permitting)
September 8, 2018 – Fall Foliage Flight Festival at New Kent County Airport in Quinton, Virginia
September 29, 2018 – Wings, Wheels and Keels Fly-In at Hummel Field in Topping, Virginia
October 27, 2018 – Shannon Harvest Festival at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Two Things Needed for our Future
Capacity – Aircraft, pilots, and aviation excitement. Without the aviation community participating at its peak, it is problematic to continue to have an effective festival focusing on the the greater community’s participation and involvement.
Sustainability – Creating a new legacy from those NOT currently in the mix. We must reach out to a new generation of aviators in addition to the older generation, to help build and maintain Virginia’s community of aviators.
Building Capacity and Sustainability
The Virginia Aviation Council will be focusing on gathering the aviation masses together around the state, identifying and recognizing leaders and players, and as such expand the Council’s reach through multiple efforts re-building this flying community. We shall put the Virginia Festival of Flight on hold until we can create a greater mass and movement.
How Will We Accomplish This?
A series of one-day state-wide fly-ins at multiple locations around the Commonwealth designed for aviators of all types
Offering the opportunity for hangar talk, food, people, competitions, workshops, and aviation camaraderie and community-building
Seeking opportunities for partnering with other organizations (EAA, AOPA, Clubs and/or Local Airports)
Building upon the already existing grass roots level of activity