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Notice to the Public – DBE Goal

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) GOAL for Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Weyers Cave, VA Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, owned and operated by the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission, hereby announces and posts a proposed overall goal for its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2023-2025 for the Airport.  The proposed overall goal is 6.46% for all FAA/AIP-funded projects in FFY 2023-2025.  The methodology used in developing this goal is available for...

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SHD Names New Executive Director

SHD Names New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Heather Ream, Director of Marketing & Communications 540-234-8304 hream@flyshd.com Shenandoah Valley Airport Names New Executive Director Weyers Cave, VA – May 26, 2020 – The Shenandoah Valley Airport Commission (SHD) announces the promotion of Lisa Botkin to the role of Executive Director, effective immediately. Botkin has served as the Interim Executive Director since February 2022 when long-time Executive Director, Greg Campbell, was appointed as the Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation. Botkin...

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An Office at 35,000 Feet

An Office at 35,000 Feet

Happy World Pilots’ Day! From recreational aviators to commercial airline pilots, we appreciate the dedicated women and men in the skies who safely transport billions of passengers and cargo each year to where they need to go. Anyone who chooses to pursue piloting an aircraft as a career knows it will require a lot of hard work and grit to master each step, plus continual training to keep their skills sharp. However, they also know the many benefits of having an office in the sky – getting paid to visit new cities, meeting new people, free...

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Celebrating Female Aviators

Celebrating Female Aviators

Aviation is known for pushing the barriers of what seems possible. Even so, within the aviation industry, many groups have had to work especially hard to find their place, including women. Chances are, when you fly, your pilot and co-pilot are men. That’s because only 7% of all certified pilots are female. This statistic is slowly changing as more females choose this career path but there’s still a long way to go. In celebration of International Women's Day and Women’s History Month, we’re exploring contributions made by women aviators who...

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Celebrating Local Heroes on International Civil Aviation Day

Celebrating Local Heroes on International Civil Aviation Day

Today is an important milestone in aviation as we celebrate the 77th annual International Civil Aviation Day! When you think about aviation, airline travel may be the most common reference point, but without civil aviation, we wouldn’t have many of the products, goods, and services that make our lives better.  In some instances, like with PHI Air Medical (AirCare 5), civil aviation crews connect the public with life-saving medical care. The professionals at PHI Air Medical are highly trained healthcare and aviation professionals who provide...

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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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