Air Transportation Services (ATS) is a unit within the Business Affairs organization of Virginia Tech. The department is staffed by five pilots and supported by a flight operations manager and operates from the ATS hangar located at the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport. The airport is operated by the Virginia Tech Montgomery Regional Airport Authority.
The goal of the department is to provide safe, on-demand air transportation for Virginia Tech employees, or employees of university-related corporations, on official university business.
Virginia Tech owns two Cessna Citation jets (aircrafts) used to provide these services; a Citation Excel and a Citation Sovereign. Both jets are affectionately referred to as HokieBirds. The Citation Excel seats a maximum of eight passengers while the Citation Sovereign seats a maximum of nine.
The majority of Air Transportation Services flights take place on the east coast. Flying service can be customized to fit specific needs, including choice of departure times and locations.