Who We Are
A group of aviation enthusiasts and private airport owners in the Commonwealth of Virginia have formed the first association in the United States with the vision to become the recognized voice for all issues concerning privately owned airports within the state. We have been commended by AOPA and EAA for our efforts to foster continued growth and development of general aviation in Virginia . We are providing networking, communication and economic opportunities for airport owners and aviation enthusiasts throughout the state.
Our efforts to gain the same liability protection for private landing areas as afforded other recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. on private property has been successful. Delegate Barry Knight introduced HB 553 which resulted in the addition of Code of Virginia Section 5.1-7.3. This applies to private use airstrips which are registered and no commercial activity being conducted.
Most of know we still should have insurance. We have gotten USI Aviation Group to offer group liability insurance for private airports underwritten by Berkley Aviation which reduces the cost of this coverage by a large factor.
VAOA is a member organization in the Virginia Volunteer Pilot Group (VVPG). VAOA maintains a list of members who have volunteered to make their airstrips available through VVPG to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) if needed during times of emergency.
Our future plans include ensuring that our airport neighbors understand the operations and many purposes of aviation. Our local airports can provide convenient access to first responders in case of emergencies. We will contact county and local authorities to let them know of our willingness and ability to be of assistance.
Please join us in our endeavor to increase our strength with numbers and enthusiasm with your ideas for private and general aviation’s advancement. We are open for membership to private airport owners and all other aviation enthusiasts. We grant a one year free membership for all new members. Thereafter, the membership cost is $30 per person annually. The anniversary date for all dues is July 1. You may call Kevin Murray, Treasurer, at 540-297-6754 for more information or send your membership information to:
VAOA c/o Kevin Murray (VA68)
1954 Skyway Drive
Moneta , Virginia 24121
To become a member, please provide your name and contact info i.e address, email, phone and name of the private airfield you own or is of interest to you.
Virginia Airstrip Owners Association is a nonstock corporation chartered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. President is Al Hays (48VA), Vice President is Kevin Leahy (3VA8), Secretary is David Robinson (OVI1), Treasurer is Kevin Murray (VA68). Other Board members are Jack Rouzie (OVI1), Bo Mills, Randy Burdette (VA42), Richard Henshaw, Pat Weakland, Tom Silbersiepe (58VA), Tom Richards (7VG0), and Art Lunney (VA08). Al Orgain (1VA0) is legal counsel to the VAOA.
Purpose and Mission
To Provide Networking And Communication Opportunities For Private Airport Owners Throughout Virginia
To Become The Recognized Voice For All Issues Concerning Privately Owned Airports Within Virginia
“Help us to help you keep your private airport open”
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