Industry News

High School Students Can Learn the Fundamentals of Flight in an Online Private Pilot Ground School Course! 


The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) will host and offer a free online, semester-length Private Pilot Ground School (PPGS) course for high school students statewide. The course, which will be offered in partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College (becoming Virginia Peninsula Community College in July 2022), requires 60 hours of coursework and will be offered as a hybrid course, including live instructional hours and offline readings and assignments. Students who complete the course will be eligible to receive the instructor’s signature on their FAA Private Pilot’s License application enabling them to take the FAA knowledge exam. 

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31 March 2022
Dr. Amber L. Wilson, IACE, ASC
Manager of Aviation Technology

Virginia Flight Information Exchange Key to Future of UAS and Advanced Air Mobility

Richmond, Virginia — The Unmanned Aerial Systems industry has been clear that the #1 factor
holding back growth is a lack of clarity. Through FAA programs like Data Exchange and UAS Service
Suppliers (USSes), the federal government is meeting its commitments to support the industry with
regulations addressing operations in controlled airspace. Now, Virginia is helping to provide clarity at
the state and local levels.