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 To promote, support, and encourage the continued use of the Venice Municipal Airport as a general aviation facility.
 To inform citizens regarding  the airport’s importance to the public welfare. 
To provide a forum whereby those concerned with utilization of the facility may voice their concerns. 
To advise the appropriate authorities regarding safety, security, utilization, and other concerns at the airport. 
To provide a forum for the flying public regarding aviation matters. 
To support the city, county, state, and federal authorities in carrying out their duties regarding aviation and the utilization of the Venice Municipal Airport in disaster, welfare, and other public service

Letter from the President

The Venice Airport community does not have to wait until Thanksgiving next month to be thankful.  We enjoy one of the best GA Airports in Florida, and we are thankful for that every day.  Many of us remember that it was not always that way.  We thank the Venice City Council for supporting airport modernization and safety improvements.  We thank the airport staff for their dedication and hard work on the airport grounds and efforts to improve airport infrastructure.  Moreover, of course, both the State of Florida and the Federal Aviation Administration deserve equal billing since without their financial support even with a dedicated staff and supportive city council not much major work could have been done. Yep it takes money for the big stuff but the small stuff counts too. The on-airport restrooms have been rehabilitated, and for that good work direct thanks go to the airport team.   Small stuff does count, a lot. 

As your President, I thank you for your membership.   Our solid VASI membership over the past 27 years has meant an equally strong and recognized VASI voice on behalf of your airport.  And just a reminder VASI Dues run January to December so dues are coming, as they say, due.  An important part of maintaining and building that membership strength are our yearly program of meetings and get togethers.  We are off to a great start this fall with our September kickoff meeting that featured Mark Lamb, FAA FAST Team, talking about Owner Operator Maintenance. What can you do to take care of your own airplane? Great turnout for our first meeting this year.
Our October meeting features the Sheriff’s Helicopter Unit.  Deputy/Pilot Steve Shull will give the presentation.  

Difficulties in coordinating candidate schedules and venues led to canceling our annual Candidates Forum, so we look forward to a visit from a highly professional aviation unit in service to Sarasota County.  The Sheriffs Aviation Unit was originally scheduled for September 2017 but Hurricane Irma came along.  So we are pleased to see them this month.  For next year, count on the Candidates Forum in October of 2019.

Looking forward, we have VASI meetings scheduled for November, January, February and March and picnics/cookouts scheduled for November and March.  We also have a couple of special events for November and December.  On November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we participate with and support EAA Chapter 1285 in the Venice Holiday Parade.  Thousands upon thousands of people attend this spectacular event and it gives us a great chance to highlight our great airport community.  Last year’s float was a huge hit.  More later about that fun event.  

On December 8, Saturday, we are planning an Airport Open House. In the past, this event has been well received in the city and it gives us a chance to once again highlight your airport and some of our airplanes.  More to follow on that also.

I want to mention our SATURDAY MORNING January 12, 2019 meeting.  We are really looking forward to that presentation. It will be something the entire community will want to see.  Our speaker is Dr. Tony Rizzo's, on the “Aging Pilot.”  The title of the presentation is the Aging Pilot but what Dr. Rizzo talks about applies to all humans, pilots and non-pilots alike.  Several of us were able to see Dr. Rizzo’s presentation this past spring and it is fantastic.  Dr. Rizzo is dual trained as a General Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine Physician. Dr Rizzo’s impressive biography is posted on the VASI Website ( so just a few words here.   His 39 ½ years of Federal service, included that as a Senior Flight Surgeon for the USAF, Director  of National Medical Intelligence and Space Shuttle Flight Surgeon. He has logged time in numerous military aircraft and he is an experienced General Aviation Pilot. Dr. Rizzo is now a Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Polk State College.  You will not want to miss this Saturday morning special presentation next January.

In closing, keep a copy of the program schedule handy. VASI is your organization devoted to maintaining the utility of KVNC as a safe and modern general aviation facility.   Attend our meetings and support the events.

Remember our meetings are open to the public so bring your friends. And oh yeah pay your dues. 

David Wimberly

Airport Hotel:
Last year we reported that the Venice Realty Group (VRG) was initiating negotiations with the Airport to build a first class hotel on the airport former circus arena property.  The VRG principals operate Suncoast Aircenter FBO.   Regrettably this year, 2018, negotiations were not successful. So for now The land is airport non-aeronautical use property and the lease payments would have significantly helped in covering airport operations expenses. The City needs the Hotel and the airport needs the money but that is it for now. No Hotel.
Airport Administration/Terminal:
A long planned project to replace the decaying airport administration building is still expected to start later this fall or early next year. The State refers to these type facilities as Terminals though they are not Terminals like commercial airline terminals. The planned new building will have facilities to accommodate a variety of tenant uses. Many GA Airports in Florida, some much smaller than Venice, have built new and better Airport Administration Buildings or terminals.

BIG THANK YOU to our Sponsors:

We want to remind everyone of the support that we get from our corporate sponsors including Cirrus Aviation, Inc of Sarasota.  For a full list of our sponsors click here

Food for thought:

Getting back to flying for the season? For lessons every pilot must learn checkout this video...

Recent News

The Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB) just completed construction of a new terminal building.  To read more click here...

Show Your VASI Colors:

Check out the VASI Website Merchandise. Some great VASI Logo items. Shirts & Hats and new this year a VASI Tumbler. They are great. Insulated, dishwasher safe and only $15. Cheap at twice the price. Need a gift idea? VASI Tumbler's are the answer. 

VASI Logo items are sold just above cost with the VASI goal of being to showcase our organization with high quality items that members and others are proud to wear or use. 

Visit the storefront here for the full gallery of item...  

In closing:

As noted in the President's letter, even though VASI did not have monthly meetings during the summer, your Board remained busy and ever vigilant as to proceedings at the airport, in effect “Keep our thumb on the pulse of KVNC”!! Some of us from time to time take a break from “Florida Summer”, but rest assured  VASI is always represented in so far as Venice Airport is concerned. As stated above in the first paragraphs, we know our “Aim” and intend to follow thru on same.

For an easy review of all of our upcoming event please visit the VASI calendar here.

We have also been very busy on promoting a new VASI look with newly designed signs and a complete from-the-ground-up rebuild of the VASI website.  It should be unveiled shortly.  Look for the relevant NOTAM announcing its launch.  If you have thoughts or ideas on what you'd like to see on the new site - as long as it is inline with the VASI AIM - please send them to 

Need more reasons to attend our meeting, through a generous donation we will be raffling off various aviation books and memorabilia at each meeting.  Be sure to attend and get a raffle ticket.

By the way, not up to date on your dues? Click here to renew at the storefront and take notice of the new VASI Tumblers.

Next meeting will be on Thursday Oct 17th, 7PM in Council Chamber, Venice City Hall.  Pilot/ Deputy Steve Shull will give a presentation on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Helicopter Unit. 
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