Pictured: Campbell Airfield in Weirwood.


Nine Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved instrument flight rules (IFR) routes in eastern Virginia and northeast North Carolina were adopted in early 2019. Donations to the Sentara Foundation Hampton Roads helped fund a contract with Hickock & Associates consultants, who mapped the routes and obtained FAA approval over two years.

The IFR sites include Campbell Field Airport, a general aviation strip in Weirwood.

Private donors on the Eastern Shore gave the Sentara Foundation $40,000 toward IFR development to ensure rapid access to hospital care across the Chesapeake Bay. Travel by ground across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to Sentara hospitals in Virginia Beach or Norfolk can take up to 90 minutes. Nightingale flies from Campbell Field Airport to Sentara Norfolk General in 25 minutes.

Nightingale conducted 722 total flights in 2018.

Source:  Vertical Magazine