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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

VASI Ambassador Program

In fulfilling the VASI AIM the VASI Board wants to broaden the outreach to the community. In the words of our President, Dave Wimberly , "reach outside the fence” so to speak. 

The goal of this program is to proactively educate the community stakeholders about the benefits of the Venice Airport and GA in general.  We want Ambassadors for the immediate Venice City communities as well as those within reach of the Airport - this includes the adjacent communities in South Sarasota County such as Osprey through to Englewood.  This could be a presentation to your HOA, civic groups or any non-aviation but interested groups, etc.

In support, VASI is assembling a power point presentation concerning Venice Airport with historical facts, background issues, business impact statistics, etc. that might be of interest to local civic organizations, and we are looking for Ambassadors to go forth with this program.

First, are you ready , willing, and able to give a presentation, and second, do you know an organization that would like to see our presentation? Let us know by sending your ideas to 

Promoting Aviation "locally" - College Scholarship

This is the first year for VASI to sponsor a college scholarship. At the March meeting - The Board approved a modest $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Venice area student enrolled in a college  aviation curriculum.

This year we are proud to announce that Javier Diaz, a 2017 graduate of Venice High School and a Freshman at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has been selected to receive this scholarship. Javier is majoring in aeronautical engineering and wishes one day to work for Space X!

In order to make his dream come true Javier and his family have worked hard to finance his education, Javier cooked at several local pizza restaurants, and last Summer worked at PGT Windows here in Venice. Clearly our contribution will be appreciated!

Kim Kindell, Director of College Resource Center, Venice High School, explained that "not many students get a “Full Ride”. Most cobble together several smaller scholarships to help finance college". She also explained, "to the student it means so much to be recognized almost as much as the money involved!"

Congratulations Javier!

Encouraging Service

VASI made a a donation to the Marine Corps JROTC program at Venice High School on behalf of Karson R. Bartanowicz. Karson (Sophomore Class of 2020) is the Cadet Sergeant Major of the MCJROTC unit at Venice High School.

This May, Karson will have completed his second Year in the MCJROTC program. For the past three years, Karson has attended school in Venice living with his grandparents Robert S. "Bart" and Charmaine Bartanowicz. Karson spends the summer in Texas with his father and other family members. Karson has had a very successful year. In addition to his promotion to the rank of Cadet Sergeant Major at the MCJROTC Awards night (April 19) he received several awards. Among these were two significant ROTC medals. These were the Navy League's "Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal" for outstanding performance of duty and the Non Commissioned Officers Association "Junior ROTC Award" for outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership ability.  
Karson also earned 12 individual and team awards for other activities including Drill Team and Color Guard activities; Rifle Team and Orienteering; and Civic Service Award for participating in community activities.

This summer, Karson will attend the prestigious "National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): National Security-Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense Program" in Washington, DC.  Karson's career plans are service in the Marine Corps after completing his education. His grandfather and father are hopeful in  enrolling Karson in flight training over the next two years.

Karson’s grandfather Bart retired as the Regional Administrator of the FAA New England Region in Boston, stepped up to serve as the Venice Airport Manager in a time of need and is a retired Air Force Officer.

Well Done Karson!

Airport News

Some great improvements coming to the Airport.  We have posted the airports work plan, the JACIP, to the VASI Website but recently the Airport announced they will initiate a project to rehabilitate the midfield restrooms at the end of T-Hangar building #1006.  These heavily used facilities are very much in need of some TLC. Thank you to Mark and the Airport Administration.

Additionally, hopefully, by this time next year we will see the Wash Rack. This will be an engineered taxi in, taxi out facility with water and drainage. The City is putting out a bid package and we should know more in 6 – 8 weeks. Something long waited for, particularly after several false starts. This too is important to the airport tenants and members of VASI.

Florida Statewide Economic Impact Study

We felt it may be useful to restate the last Aviation Economic Impact Study as it highlights the importance of KVNC.  To read the full report online click here.  Otherwise here is a summary:

An update of the Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study conducted by FDOT began in April 2013 and completed in August 2014. This August 2014 report, prepared as part of the update to the Florida Aviation System Plan (FASP), provides the estimated, annual economic impact associated with 19 commercial service airports, 102 public-use general aviation airports, and in addition, 11 military aviation facilities on the economy of the State of Florida. This study includes economic impacts of various on-airport and off-airport aviation related activities. Economic benefits in this study are expressed as direct, indirect, and induced (multiplier) impacts. For each of these measures, economic benefits are expressed in terms of total annual economic activity (output), employments, and payroll (earnings). Click the links below for the Executive Summary and the Technical Report. 

Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, August 2014 - Executive Summary (PDF, 13.3MB) 
Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study, August 2014 - Technical Report (PDF, 9.2MB) 

Venice Municipal Airport
Venice Municipal Airport Located in Sarasota County, approximately two miles south of downtown Venice, Venice Municipal Airport serves a variety of general aviation activities. With its two intersecting runways, the longest of which is 5,000 feet long, the airport can accommodate most general aviation aircraft. The airport’s terminal is ideal for serving local users and those visiting the area. Venice Municipal’s major tenants include Suncoast Air Center, the airport’s fixed base operator; Sarasota Avionics, an avionics sales and service business; Florida Flight Training Center, a flight school; and Agape Flights, a non-profit relief ministry organization. While the airport supports a significant amount of business traffic, it primarily supports flight training, tourism, law enforcement flights, and recreational activity. All of the airport’s tenants and flight activities are important to the airport’s revenue streams and economic impact. The annual economic impact of Venice Municipal Airport is associated with direct impacts that come from tenants/businesses located at the airport and construction projects that are undertaken by the airport or by on-site businesses. Indirect impacts are associated with spending from visitors who arrive in the area via general aviation aircraft are $43,219,000.

For the full PDF of the KVNC specific report click here.


In closing:

Even though VASI will not have monthly meetings until September, your Board will remain 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.

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 Sept 20, 7PM in Community Room, Venice City Hall. Mark Lamb will give an FAA Wings Program on “Owner Operator Maintenance”. A topic all could use  to avoid problems with “Big Brother”!

See you in September!!!
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