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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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COVID-19 Update

At Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, passenger safety is our top priority both in the air and in our terminals. We know you are receiving an overwhelming amount of information related to the COVID-19 outbreak, however, we feel it's important for you to also stay informed on the safety measures in place at SHD and with our partners at United Airlines. Keep in mind, our flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD) continue to run as scheduled, and every effort is being made to accommodate passengers in the event that flight...

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Tracking Santa’s Flight Around the World!

Tracking Santa’s Flight Around the World!

This week all eyes will be on the friendly skies for a glimpse of Santa’s sleigh! To make tracking Santa’s flight easier, you can use the same tools we do to keep tabs on the big guy on Christmas Eve. Our friends at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) are working hard to make sure everyone knows where Santa is during his flight around the world! It all starts when radar indicates Santa has lifted off from the North Pole and then special satellites 22,300 miles above Earth begin to pick up Rudolph’s bright infrared nose. When...

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SHD Becomes the Official Airport of JMU!

SHD Becomes the Official Airport of JMU!

Last week marked two important milestones at SHD! Not only did our new flights to Washington-Dulles (IAD) and improved schedule to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) start last Wednesday, but we have an exciting new partnership that’s making us feel very purple and gold! On Thursday President Alger announced that Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) is now the official airport of James Madison University! As President Alger remarked in his email to all faculty and staff, this partnership is a great example of how institutions of higher education can...

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New United Express Flights Coming to Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

New United Express Flights Coming to Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

Weyers Cave, Virginia, September 30, 2019 - The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) and SkyWest Airlines are pleased to announce two new United Express flights between Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), as well as schedule enhancements for current flights this December. These changes will continue to make it even easier and more convenient for Shenandoah Valley travelers to fly local. The new flights to Washington Dulles will provide travelers greater flexibility thanks to a new...

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✈ Celebrating National Aviation Day ✈

✈ Celebrating National Aviation Day ✈

Happy National Aviation Day – a day that we honor the history and continued advances in aviation! President Franklin Theodore Roosevelt first introduced National Aviation Day in 1939. The date of August 19th was chosen because it’s also the birthday of Orville Wright, who along with his brother Wilbur, made early advancements in powered flight. In celebration of National Aviation Day, we’ve done a deep dive into the SHD historical archives to share with you the fascinating history of creating the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. To begin...

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