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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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✈ Soar Into an Exciting New Career ✈

✈ Soar Into an Exciting New Career ✈

It is said that if you find a job that you love, you’ll never work another day in your life. If you dream of having your office in the sky instead of the corner cubical or on the road, Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) Commercial Pilot Certificate program and Blue Ridge Aviation could be your solution! For career starters or career changers with dreams of flying high, the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) Commercial Pilot Certificate program in partnership with Blue Ridge Aviation, provides local training towards exciting careers in...

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Inspiring a ❤️ for Flying in the Next Generation

Inspiring a ❤️ for Flying in the Next Generation

Two-hundred women and girls from across Virginia gathered at SHD this past Saturday for the 5th Annual Women Can Fly event. Women Can Fly is a state-wide initiative in partnership with the Virginia Department of Aviation that offers women and girls of all ages a chance to experience and explore career paths and recreational opportunities in the aviation industry. Did you know currently only 7% of pilots are women? Pilot shortages combined with under-representation of women in aviation makes Women Can Fly an important catalyst for inspiring...

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Career Opportunities are Knocking

Career Opportunities are Knocking

What do you think of when it comes to flying? For most of us, it’s probably our most recent experience on a business trip or the next bucket list destination we’re dreaming about. But for any of our air travel to be possible, we must rely on the unsung heroes of aviation who ensure that every aircraft and all of its systems are working safely and effectively. Much like your local auto mechanic, aviation mechanics are responsible for all routine maintenance and repairs on airplanes and helicopters. Through the Blue Ridge Community...

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We Did It! And To Celebrate, You Could Win a $500 Travel Voucher!

We Did It! And To Celebrate, You Could Win a $500 Travel Voucher!

It's hard to believe that this month marks one year since United (Operated by SkyWest Airlines) began offering service at SHD! As many of you have now experienced for yourselves, flying out of the Valley has never been more attractive. We are in the mood to celebrate our success over the past year and offering free travel seems like an excellent way to do it. Stay tuned for information below on how you can enter to win $500 towards your next trip from SHD! It’s difficult to comprehend how much of an impact that the new service has had over...

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New ID Requirements for Flying

New ID Requirements for Flying

Some upcoming travel changes are quickly approaching that will affect everyone that flies! Beginning on October 1st, 2020, federal regulations will require a new form of identification for boarding domestic flights called a REAL ID. Although there is plenty of time ahead before that change is made, we want to ensure that travelers who rely on us to get them where they’re going remain as informed as possible. That’s why we’re having representatives from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles on hand to answer any and all questions about...

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2nd Annual Run the Runway 5K + Kids Fun Run – Register NOW!

2nd Annual Run the Runway 5K + Kids Fun Run – Register NOW!

Greetings Valley Traveler! Lace up your sneakers and gather your friends and family – registration opened TODAY for the 2nd Annual Run the Runway 5K + Kids Fun Run at SHD on April 13th! The Run the Runway 5K is a family-friendly event beginning with a 1K Fun Run for children ages 3-12 at 8:30 am and a 5K on the taxiway and runway beginning at 9:00 AM. This professionally chip-timed event will offer a unique race opportunity on a real airport runway making it a perfect fit for runners, walkers and families at all fitness levels. The course is...

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