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Charles "Chip" McDowell has been selected as interim director for the State Aviation Division.

The State Aviation Division's mission is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of state government by providing safe and professional transportation.

McDowell will oversee 10 employees and the operation of the state's fleet, including planes King Air 350 and Cessna Grand Caravan and helicopters the Bell 407, Bell 206 LongRanger and Bell 206 JetRanger.

A Charleston native, McDowell holds an airline transport pilot license and has worked for the Aviation Division since 1999. 

Prior to becoming a dual-rated state pilot that enables him to fly both fixed wing and rotary aircraft, he worked as a commercial pilot and flight instructor in West Virginia and Kentucky.

McDowell replaces Keith Wood, who will retire April 30 after 22 years as aviation director/chief pilot. 

The state hangar is located at 502 Eagle Mountain Road in Charleston.