You are cordially invited to attend the discussions where a panel of experts from the DOAV, AOPA, AMA and AUVSI will address issues and your thoughts related to General Aviation and UAS operations in the vicinity of airports. Topics include:

  • Determining whether your location is legal for flight and near an airport
  • Contacting the airport
  • Contacting air traffic control
  • Law enforcement
  • Best practices
Monday – September 25
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Air & Space Center
600 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669
Wednesday – September 27
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Tech Airport/Hokie Hangar
1601 Tech Center Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
 Tuesday – September 26
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Averett University Hangar
427 Airport Drive
Danville, VA 24540
Thursday – September 28
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Virginia Department of Aviation
Richmond International Airport
5702 Gulfstream Rd
Richmond, VA 23250

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The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), in cooperation with the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA), Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), will be hosting a series of Safety Seminars around Virginia from September 25th to 28th as part of the DOAV’s regular semi-annual Aviation Safety Week Program. The top for the Fall 2017 Safety Week is “General Aviation and UAS Integration Around Airports”.

Approximately 79 percent of the Commonwealth’s population lives within 30 minutes of one of the 66 public use general aviation/commercial service airports. The FAA estimates over 6 million UAS by the year 2021, compared to 211,086 US manned aircraft today. Virginia ranks 7th in the nation for commercial operators with over 1,553 certified Remote Pilots.