Virginia State Advocacy
Virginia Aerospace Day
1 February, State Capitol Building, Richmond, Virginia
Hampton Roads and National Capital section members joined other aerospace stakeholders, including representatives from NASA’s Langley Research Center, for the 12th annual Virginia Aerospace Day in Richmond. Growth opportunities with respect to unmanned aerial systems and the importance of inspiring school children to pursue studies in STEM dominated many of the conversations with lawmakers. Meetings occurred with all 140 member offices of the General Assembly, as well as with Governor Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, and many cabinet members. A well-attended evening reception and exhibition took place at the Library of Virginia.
3 February, State Capitol Building, Richmond, Virginia
AIAA members from the Hampton Roads and National Capital Sections joined other aerospace stakeholders to discuss the many benefits the aerospace industry is bringing to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Growth opportunities with respect to Unmanned Aerial Systems and the importance of inspiring school children to pursue studies in STEM dominated many of the conversations with lawmakers. AIAA was a silver-level sponsor of and exhibitor at the Virginia Aviation Business Association’s Legislative Reception, which provided an opportunity to network with industry partners, state legislators, and state agency officials.
4 February, State Capitol Building, Richmond, Virginia
Aerospace leaders from across Virginia descended on Richmond to update elected officials on the many benefits that the aerospace industry is bringing to the Commonwealth and nation. An Aerospace Executive Roundtable session, sponsored by Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, was also held. Officials from NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Virginia Aerospace Business Roundtable, and industry discussed how Virginia could lead the way in unmanned aerial systems research, development, and testing.