Crosby was born in Hampton and lived most of his life in the Richmond area, flying out of Hanover. He served general aviation in nearly every capacity available, including as fixed base operator and airport manager, flight instructor, charter pilot, in aircraft and insurance sales. In addition, he has been president of the VAHS as well as the Virginia Aviation Business Association. He retired to Florida.
Military veterans and a “human computer” who helped build GPS are among the latest group of aerospace achievers inducted in the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.
The four members inducted in 2022 were Van Crosby, David Darrah, Bob Hepp, and Gladys West.
Van Crosby served as president and chairman of the VAHS and president of the Virginia Aviation Business Association. His “lifetime of service to the Virginia aviation community” included time spent in a variety of roles across the aviation industry, from an FBO manager and a flight instructor to a charter pilot, an aircraft sales representative, and more.