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Travel Along to Alaska

Travel Along to Alaska

One of the most interesting parts of our work at SHD is learning about the amazing places our passengers are traveling. Whether you're on the move for business or a dream vacation, we're happy to be part of your journey and connect you with the world. We recently connected Nick and Nicky Swayne to Alaska, where they took in the gorgeous sights of Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Whittier, and more!  The Swaynes were gracious enough to be guest writers for our blog and share their epic trip with us. Keep reading to be transported to Alaska!...

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Celebrating National Aviation Day with Joe!

Celebrating National Aviation Day with Joe!

Today is one of our favorite days of the year because it’s National Aviation Day – a day to celebrate aviation and those within the industry that make it so special. Whether you’re an aviation buff, an avid traveler, or just enjoy a good story, you’ll want to keep reading to learn the fascinating story of Joe Bowman Jr., who at ninety years old is still making great contributions to SHD as the longest-standing Airport Commission member. He celebrated thirty years of service on the Commission last year. We chose to celebrate National Aviation...

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Celebrating Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Celebrating Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Today we take an extra special moment to celebrate aviation technicians in honor of Aviation Maintenance Technician Day! Every day these aviation heroes make sure that travelers reach their destination safely. Their job requires intense precision and skill and every successful flight is due in large part to their contribution. I was lucky enough to interview Kenneth Todd, an air maintenance technician for Classic Aviation (who is also a flight instructor!), to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on what it’s like to have this critical aviation...

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A Local Pilot Shares Her Story for World Pilots’ Day

A Local Pilot Shares Her Story for World Pilots’ Day

A Local Pilot Shares Her Story for World Pilots’ Day Today marks an exciting celebration in aviation! April 26th is World Pilots’ Day - a day where we celebrate the many contributions of pilots around the world. In honor of World Pilots’ Day, I had the pleasure of interviewing Hannah Freepons, a pilot who took her first introductory flight at Blue Ridge Aviation and graduated with her Airframe and Powerplant Certificate and an Associates Degree in Aviation Maintenance from Blue Ridge Community College. Here’s more about Hannah’s inspiring...

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Support for Local Air Service Grows with Creation of Community Air Service Task Force

Support for Local Air Service Grows with Creation of Community Air Service Task Force

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nick Swartz, Ph.D., SHD Air Service Task Force Chair (540) 568-5272 swartznj@jmu.edu Weyers Cave, Virginia, April 22, 2021- It has been an incredible three years for Shenandoah Valley Airport (SHD). After announcing their non-stop United Express jet service powered by SkyWest in April 2018, SHD experienced record passenger numbers added additional flights in the fall of 2018 as a result of the passenger increase, and was endorsed as the Official Airport of James Madison University (JMU) in December of 2019. A...

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Celebrating International Civil Aviation Day

Celebrating International Civil Aviation Day

Today marks the 76th annual celebration of International Civil Aviation Day! Since 1996, the aviation industry has taken part in spreading worldwide awareness on December 7th about the importance of civil aviation for social and economic development. On a global scale, air transport provides 65.5 million jobs and generates $2.7 trillion in revenue while safely transporting an average of 12 million passengers per day. Civil aviation is crucial for achieving seamless global supply chains, supporting the tourism economy, and more.  Here in the...

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New Ways to Connect for the Holidays

New Ways to Connect for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching next week, and for many of us, this holiday season is going to be much different than ever before. While SHD and United are fully prepared to welcome travelers this holiday season with safety measures in place, we also know that many of you may not be able to connect in-person with friends and family. To make the holidays a little brighter, we’re sharing some fun ideas of ways to connect virtually with your family and friends. We would love to see how you use these ideas, so feel free to snap a picture and...

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✈ A SHD Traveler Story for National Aviation Day

✈ A SHD Traveler Story for National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day marks a nationwide celebration of the history and development of aviation started by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939. For those history buffs among us, August 19th also coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright. The Wright brothers are credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful motor-operated airplane. National Aviation Day this year feels a bit different for all of us. We know 2020 has been especially challenging for anyone who has had travel plans disrupted as well as those of...

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Virtual Travel Destinations You’ll Love

Virtual Travel Destinations You’ll Love

We know your travel plans have been put on hold right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still visit some of your top destinations! Virtual tours are providing homebound travelers with incredible experiences. We’ve compiled some of the best virtual tour destinations for your travel pleasure. From diving into the deep blue sea to wandering the halls of the White House, adventure awaits you! The White House in Washington, D.C. Have you ever wanted to see the Oval Office or stroll through The White House Rose Garden? Now is your chance! Click...

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Aviation Education Resources For All Ages

Aviation Education Resources For All Ages

We know that with more time at home, it can be challenging to find fun, educational activities to keep your students busy. Since we’re always looking for ways to spark interest in aviation, we’ve compiled some of our favorite educational resources for kids of all ages. From virtual tours to hands-on activities for the whole family, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!   NASA Can’t go to space? NASA will bring space to you! NASA’s website has resources for all ages, plus virtual tours, podcasts, educational activities, and more! For...

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