VSP investigate a fatal plane crash in Culpeper County

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the investigation of  a fatal plane crash May 17 in Culpeper County.

The small, private aircraft went down in the 13000 block of Spillman Road near Brandy Station in Culpeper County.

The crash occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m.

A news release from Virginia State Police Sgt. Brent Coffey did not identify the pilot, who was the sole occupant and died at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified, and the crash remains under investigation.

Further details are expected at the end of the investigation.

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Pilot successfully lands a plane on Loudoun Parkway

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Around 12:50 p.m. Friday January 19 a 27-year-old Pilot from Florida had to make an emergency landing on the Loudoun Parkway.

Shortly after taking off from Dulles International Airport the plane had to make the emergency landing.

The plane rolled to the right side of the road and managed to escape, striking any vehicles, and left no one injured.

There was a total of 7 people on the Cessna 208 Caravan including the Pilot, Co-Pilot and 4 adults and a 15-year-old male.

Those familiar with a situation like this call it a miracle that no one was hurt.

Commending the pilot for an incredible job of putting the plane down in what is an extremely difficult situation between moving vehicles and escaping injuries according the WTOP report.

Virginia State Police, Loudoun County Authorities, and Federal Aviation Administration Officials continue to investigate why the plane struggled right after takeoff.

The plane was reportedly on its way to Lancaster Pennsylvania before it had to land, leaving northbound lanes of the road near Arcola Mills Drive blocked until shortly after 6 p.m. January 19.

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Local airports receive federal funds for improvements

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner announced the allocation of over $44 million in federal funding for Virginia’s airports.

The funds were made available through the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2023 Airport Improvement Program and will support airport infrastructure projects such as runways, taxiways, airport signage, airport lighting, and airport markings.

Some of those funds will be distributed to airports in the Shenandoah Valley including the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and the Front Royal-Warren County Airport as well as nearby Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport received the second most funds of Virginia airports, with $7.5 million to be used towards runway rehabilitation.

Front Royal- Warren County Airport was allocated $325,000 to conduct an airport related environmental assessment.

The $7.3 million dispersed to Reagan will be used to reconstruct a runway and rehabilitate runway lighting.

These funds are in addition to the $4.2 million awarded to Virginia’s airports last month and $29.4 million earlier this year through the bipartisan infrastructure law.

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Airport Terminal of the Future coming to Winchester

The Winchester Regional Airport Authority announced that it was awarded a contract for the Airport Terminal of the Future project for $10.2 million.

The project by G-W Management Services, LLC. will replace the terminal building to meet airfield safety criteria defined by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The new terminal will be 79% larger and include leasable office spaces and a multipurpose business center.

Authority Chairman Bill Pifer said the new building will help the airport become more of a community resource and help them become a leader in advanced air mobility operations.

Construction costs will be paid in part by a grant from the Virginia Department of Aviation and an economic development incentive.

The project does not require direct contributions from local jurisdictions and any debt will be offset by revenue generated by the facility.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2023.

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LFCC offers drone programs for females

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An email from Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) to become Laurel Ridge Community College Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth there is new programming to encourage women to become drone pilots.

The programs will launch with webinars, summer camps and a drone day starting Mon. Mar.21.

There are also 10 scholarships available for women to enroll in drone course at the school this fall.

Today only about 7 percent of certified drone pilots are women according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

LFCC hopes to help boost those numbers by offering these new programs and classes.

To find out more click here.

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LFCC launches a drone operation course

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Lord Fairfax Community College to become Laurel Ridge Community College announced in an email from Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth the launch of a drone program.

The course will include classes on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved commercial operations and exam preparation.

Additional course instruction will include maintenance, mission planning, hands on flying and more.

The course will train students to become professionals in a growing industry.

Registration opens March 28 with more information available at lfcc.edu/drones.

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A Pennsylvania hang glider makes an emergency landing near Front Royal

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office reports a hang glider had to make an emergency landing near Front Royal.

The incident occurred Sunday morning in the 9,000 block of Winchester Road.

After leaving Gettysburg Pennsylvania the unidentified hang glider lost his updraft causing the emergency landing into to trees in a field.

The man was unharmed and had to carry the remains of his glider out of the field in pieces.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Pilot collides with a Winchester Airport hanger

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While attempting a landing at Winchester Regional Airport a pilot suffered minor injuries as her plane collided with a hanger.

The 49 year old unidentified pilot from Front Royal was treated at Winchester Medical Center.

No other injuries occurred in the incident.

The single engine Jabiru aircraft appears to be a total loss with only minor damage done to the hanger.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Travel and Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified of the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.

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