A Message from President, Bud Oakey

Mission Debrief: Virginia Flight Information Exchange (VA FIX)










Thank you to our panelists for helping to make the first Mission Debrief a success. If you were unable to attend the webinar, please click HERE for a recording of the session.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events in this new series; Mission Debrief.


Virginia Flight Information Exchange (VA FIX) - October 20, 2020


The Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), together with partners in the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), and Advanced Technology Applications (ATA, LLC), has developed a novel approach for information sharing. The Virginia Flight Information Exchange (VA- FIX) is Virginia's step toward the future of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) by creating an authoritative Supplemental Data Service Provider (SDSP) that leverages the wealth of information in state and local government to help UAS operations and UAS Service Suppliers plan and conduct safe, effective operations. VA- FIX is part of Virginia's approach to address key policy and safety concerns at the state and local level while also maintaining a UAS airspace that is one of the most free and open in the nation.

Webinar Panelists

Dr. Amber Wilson 

Virginia Department of Aviation

Tracy Tynan

Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at CIT

John Eberhardt 


Scott Drew


Shawn Talmadge

Virginia Dept of Public Safety and Homeland Security

Mike Keefe

Virginia Dept of Emergency Management

Moderated by Bud Oakey, President of the Virginia Aviation Business Association (VABA)



The VABA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization which serves as the voice of aviation business in Virginia.  Our mission is to promote the development of aviation business within the Commonwealth of Virginia and represent the Aviation Industry with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s legislature.  We also strive to enhance the development of infrastructure of GA and regional airports in support of the Commonwealth, and support continued improvement of airport and flight safety operations of all Virginia aviators.   


The VABA provides a unified voice for the Virginia aviation industry through:

  • · Advocacy

  • · Education

  • · Research

  • · Business Promotion

  • · Networking


The VABA government affairs team stays alert for issues impacting the operation of your aviation business.  Twice yearly, the VABA will conduct forums with members to understand what is impacting member businesses. Throughout the year VABA staff will interact with both elected and appointed officials looking to impact positively those areas that will create a better opportunity to grow individual businesses.

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Virginia Aviation Business Association

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The Ironfronts Building

Richmond, VA 23219


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