Ambassadors Passport Program


Ambassadors Passport Program

Visit South Carolina’s public use airports and become a SC Aviation Ambassador through the SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program.

 

Ambassador’s Registration Page To join SCAA click here.

 

The South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) is proud to announce the SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program. The program is designed to encourage pilots to fly to all of the airports in South Carolina and visit aviation seminars and the Southeast Aviation Expo. We plan to increase awareness of South Carolina’s aviation system and contribute to the economic development activities of each locality by getting pilots to fly to airports and events they may not normally visit.

 

This program is an extraordinary opportunity for pilots aviation enthusiasts and the general public to see the valuable assets in our system of airports. It gives pilots and riders alike an opportunity to set and meet goals in their flying and sightseeing while having fun and experiencing what South Carolina has to offer. Driving to our airports is also acceptable for our ground bound friends, rainy days and where airport access may be difficult on the airplane or pilot skills.

 

The SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program provides Bronze, Silver and Gold level recognition for pilots who visit our airports, aviation events and the Southeast Aviation Expo.

Bronze Level

  • Visit 25 of South Carolina’s public-use airports.

  •  Attend one (1) aviation/safety seminar in South Carolina or Southeast Aviation Expo or the SCAA Annual Meeting.

  • Receive: South Carolina Aviation Association Ambassador’s Cap

Silver Level

  • Visit 40 of South Carolina’s public-use airports.

  •  Attend one (1) aviation/safety seminar in South Carolina or Southeast Aviation Expo or the SCAA Annual Meeting.

  • Receive: Aviation Radio Scanner

Gold Level

  • Visit all 59 of South Carolina’s public-use airports.

  •  Attend one (1) aviation/safety seminar in South Carolina and the Southeast Aviation Expo or the SCAA Annual Meeting.

  • Receive: Leather Flight Jacket

 

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The Rules

There is no deadline for completing the passport program as long as the program remains in operation. The program is open to pilots (including students), and participants are not required to be South Carolina residents. However, participants must be a member of the South Carolina Aviation Association. Members must obtain an official SC Aviation Association Ambassadors Passport to participate. You may request a free passport by clicking on the registration page below.  You must however, be a member of the South Carolina Aviation Association to receive the free passport and any awards.

When visiting a qualifying airport, event, or safety seminar, participants must obtain a stamp in their passport. All stamps must be made in the appropriate location in the booklet. No stamps may be made on any other document and later placed in the booklet.

To receive a stamp from a participating airport or facility, participants must present a photo ID matching the name in the SC Aviation Association Ambassadors Passport. Each participant may only receive one stamp per visit.

Upon completion, the passport must be submitted to the SCAA for review “AND MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION”. Please note which level (i.e. Bronze, Silver or Gold) is being requested. A passport can only be submitted to the SCAA for redemption one time and only one award will be earned (depending on the level completed).

Awards and recognition can be processed throughout the year. All participants who complete the various levels will be recognized on the SCAA’s website and recognized at the SCAA Annual Conference.

Other Important Tips

Before departure be sure to call facilities that do not publish FBO hours of operation to verify that someone will be there to stamp your passport. Stamps may be obtained by participants who drive into airports as well as those who fly in. If in doubt about the safety of a flight due to weather, field conditions, runway length, etc., participants are urged to use sound judgment in deciding whether or not to make the flight.


PASSPORT CAUTIONS: 

0A2 (Hester Memorial Airport- Calhoun Falls)  – is now closed and not necessary for the passport.

38J (Hemingway- Stuckey) – is now closed and not necessary and not necessary for the passport.

6j6 (Edgefield County) – is a grass field and only 2600 feet long = Overfly okay. 

33A (Fairview Airport) – runway 14/32 is very bumpy with excessive patches along entire surface. = Overfly okay.

51J (Lake City) – pavement in poor shape multiple ruts and patched areas on runway surface. The ramp is full of loose gavel.  = Overfly okay. 

 

List of Stamp Locations

 

 


 

 

Passport Participants who received their jackets at the 2015 SEAE:


 

 

Passport Participants who received their jackets at the 2016 Annual Conference:

We had several folks that received their jackets at the 2016 SCAA Annual Conference, two of them made the headline news in Shelby News and Aviation Pros.  Are you working on your jacket?  

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12173106/father-and-son-in-flight-amayas-complete-south-carolina-challenge

http://www.shelbystar.com/news/20160222/father-and-son-in-flight-amayas-complete-south-carolina-challenge


 

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12 Comments

  1. Stephen N Chase

    Flew to 6 airports yesterday from CEU to S19 McCormick,6J6 Edgefield,6J4 Saluda,LUX Laurens,SPA Spartenburg,GSP Greenville. All were accessible and easy except the biggest airport KGSP. No Stamp at the new FBO called Cerulean General Aviation 864 655 5221. The desk clerk expected that the previous FBO Stevens took the stamp and she Shelly didn’t know how to get one. Thought the boss would not want to pay SCAA $450 to play the game. Otherwise a good afternoon of flying.

  2. Bruce Sorensen

    Made the flight to 5J9 . Simply and easy airport. The stamp is not kept at 5J9 but is at the FBO over at KMYR.

  3. Brent Byars

    Mr. Mohr,

    I also had a frustrating experience at GRD. I called the FBO in the summer of 2015 and spoke with someone working the desk They told me the mailbox and stamp were outside the building and could be retrieved any time. I then flew in one night and could not find the mailbox. I flew back to GRD a few weeks later and discovered that the mailbox was located in the back part of the FBO where the flight training area is. The code to get in is the CTAF frequency. I was told by someone there that I was lucky to find the stamp at all because it was usually keep behind the FBO desk in order to prevent all those dang pilots using up the ink. True story.
    I think that one of the seasoned and elite Jacket owners should provide some feedback on the process. For instance, I have had to do some research to see who had mailboxes and who keeps the stamp inside. I have to plan my day and night flying accordingly. It is quite a let down to land only to discover the FBO closed early for the day or the stamp is nowhere to be found. Collaboration would be helpful for all Aviators.

  4. Ronald Mohr

    Just thought I would let you know that we flew to Greenwood KGRD today
    for the stamp only to find the mailbox under a bunch of boxes and
    unfortunately empty. So no stamper at Greenwood that anyone could find.

  5. Brent Byars

    Mr. Hancock: Hester Memorial Airport (0A2), in Calhoun Falls, SC is closed; that’s why it is no longer on AirNav.com As for the other airport locations you list, I would refer strictly to the Ambassadors passport book for stamp locations.

  6. Steve Hancock

    Questions: I cannot find 0A2 on AirNav.com. What is the name of that airport? Also AirNav.com lists the following as public use airfields in South Carolina but they aren’t on the list of 59 airports in the program: Branhams (6J7), Clio Crop Care (9W9), Twin Lakes (S17), Green Sea (S79), and Timmonsville (58J). Does anyone know if these are now in the program?

  7. elaine drake

    Lost previous mailing Please send me application form for FlySouthCarolina Thanks

  8. Tom Dubrouillet

    Hi, just collected my last stamp for all the SC airports. Do I send it to someone?

    I attended the Foreflight seminar in RockHill last Nov, but the presenter didn’t know about “registering” for the seminar. Does it count?

    I’m hoping to attend the Expo at Greenwood, but it is the same weekend as a formation clinic I’m working. If I don’t make it, when is the SCAA meeting?

    Thanks

    Tom

  9. Jack Starling

    Last August, I heard about the program and applied for my Passport.
    I thought it would be fun to have a destination to fly to instead of just “boring holes in the sky”. I met some interesting people at airports that did not have a FBO and other people at attended airports. All of the people were very helpful and accommodating. It far exceeded my expectations, thanks for sponsoring this program.

  10. Jon Wells

    I am excited that South Carolina as started this program. I completed the Operation Fly NC Program in North Carolina (81 Airports) back in 2010, and it was a great experience. Goal was to “fly” to all airports, and was a great way to set goals. I try and combine trips with Angel Flights or PilotsnPaws missions as well. South Carolina has so much to offer, and I agree with the other comments, that it’s creates a great frenzy among fellow pilot friends….see you at the Southeastern Aviation Conference in May and all of the new places to eat. We’ll get the word out. JW

  11. Larry Maner

    During late summer 2013, I learned of the SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program from fellow flyers of EAA Chapters 242 & 1467. Soon after receiving my own ‘Ambassador’s Passport’, I immediately set-out to fly to numerous airports that I frequently visit to find those little black plastic mailboxes with special made stamps located inside. Pelion airport (6J0) had the distinction of being my very first stamp entry … of which started a frenzy among my flying friends to join me in achieving bragging rights via this little keepsake passport book. Naturally J, pilots are known to embellish just a bit of the great airmanship required to fly to remote airports and great distances…and I am no different. Seriously speaking, I have enjoyed the new acquaintances I’ve met at our 59 public use airports and on a few occasions; landing to utilized the airport courtesy car so to eat at restaurants such as the Catawba Fish Camp near Lancaster (LKR), Dukes BBQ near Walterboro (RBW), the Patio (formerly Food Scapes) at Lake City (51J), or the Runway Café’ at Greenville Downtown (GMU). SCAA’s wonderful idea of collecting airports stamps had a great impact on my renewed fascination and enjoyment of flying. Thanks to all at the South Carolina Aviation Association. Clear Skies!

  12. Mike Hoover

    I am enjoying the program so much and am helping pass the word around to everybody I talk to. Thanks! Mike

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