Budget Cuts Halt Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Awards, But Program Continues
February 13, 2008 — Last week we featured a story about the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program, which was created in 2005 to promote aviation in the state by encouraging pilots and others to visit Virginia's airports and aviation museums, attend safety seminars and the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. This week, the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) announced that due to budget cuts, the recognition awards portion of the program has been suspended until further notice.
The program itself will continue. Participants can obtain a program passport at any local public-use airport in Virginia and use it to keep track of their visits. DOAV will continue to verify passports and recognize participants. When funding again becomes available, the agency hopes to resume providing awards to those who complete the program. Awards include a Virginia Aviation Ambassadors cap and lapel pin (bronze level); a flight bag (silver); and a leather flight jacket (gold).
Visit the Virginia Department of Aviation's website for the latest information regarding program status.