Virginia Aviation Ambassador Program
Although I heard about the VA Aviation Ambassador Program 2-3 years ago and got started on it, I haven’t been diligent about carrying my book and collecting the stamps.
A few months ago, a few of got talking about it and discussed the idea of planning some group trips together so we could enjoy the joy of flying, collect stamps, hanger fly and grab a $100 ham(veg) burger as well. We were serious about this and even set a goal of finishing the task by summer 2016.
Although it hasn’t always worked out as planned (See Fly the Five), we have continued to pursue the stamp collection either individually or as a group. It is a lot of fun and I am all for putting my mark on an airport by landing there.
Although the weekend looked promising, the day started out Low IFR with mist and overcast skies at 200ft. But as noon arrived, the fog burned away and it was one of those rare, clear, blue sky days in the Mid-Atlantic. The high pressure area meant haze, still it was an excellent end of summer day for a flight.
Although we had hoped to grab some lunch at Williamsburg, before scouring some neighboring airports for stamps, due to the late departure, Linda and I re-planned and sort out 5 new airports where we still hadn’t collected stamps.
Gordonsville (GVE) — Oh-Oh, small, narrow runway! We greased it first attempt 🙂 If you are there weekends, there is BBQ and hot dogs, courtesy of locals who just enjoy pottering about their airplanes, hanger flying and chatting up the visitors! Stamps are in the Mailbox, if you don’t see anyone.
Louisa County Airport (LKU)— We just missed the airshow, but we were lucky the airport was back open. Nice FBO. Did I say hot dogs? With airshow and locals enjoying aviation, there were hot dogs for buying.
Lake Anna (7W4) — Another small runway, but I am proud to say we made it a short landing! No soul to chat, but stamps in the mail box. Lake Anna is a fun place to hang out if you have friends with boats (See Fast Boats, Slow Planes). There is a fun restaurant on the lake but you need a ride either in a car or a boat!
Shannon (EZF)– Nice airport, with new owner and a soon to be there snack bar, in the next few weeks. Just outside the SFRA, check it out in a month or so…
Stafford (RMN)– Nice big runway, new terminal building and a new flight school all waiting to increase the aviation activity there. Stafford is also just outside the SFRA.
Manassas (HEF)– Nice airport, FBO, flight schools. No cafe on the field, but a short drive away, there are some restaurants. There is Hertz rent-a-car on the field. Towered and inside SFRA.