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The Virginia Department of Aviation

The Virginia Department of Aviation is a state transportation agency along with the Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, and Virginia Port Authority.

From 1928, through July 1, 1979, the former Virginia Division of Aeronautics was a Legislative Branch Agency under the State Corporation Commission. On that date, legislation transferred the Virginia Department of Aviation to the Executive Branch of State Government reporting directly to the Secretary of Transportation.

The mission of the Department is to "progressively develop and maintain a safe, technologically advanced, market driven air transportation system that provides the citizens of Virginia with convenient and efficient access to the expanding world community." It provides financial and technical assistance to eligible sponsors for the planning, development, promotion, construction and operation of airports and aviation facilities. It administers applicable provisions of the Code of Virginia, plans for the development of a state aviation system, promotes aviation and licenses aircraft, airports, and landing areas.

For an inside view into the world of aviation in Virginia, visit the Virginia Department of Aviation Web site