Mr. Gerald M. Ballard, Hephzibah, GA, entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2017. 

Mr. Gerald M. Ballard, Hephzibah, GA, entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2017. Mr. Ballard was born to the late Arthur M. Ballard and Eleanor V. Ballard in Fredericksburg, VA on September 30, 1939. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Frances Louise Skillman. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force (1959-1964). He was the owner and President of Ballard Truck and Tire Company in Augusta, GA since 1968. He was the President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club since 1979. He was awarded the 1998 Aviator of the Year at the Boshears Memorial Fly In. His proudest and most honorable accomplishment was when he was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004. He is survived by his daughters Janet Ballard Frazier (Russell) and Rebecca Ballard Wyles. And Michael Ballard. He is survived by four Grandsons; Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles and Noah Wyles. Additionally, he is survived by three sisters; Marita K. Broussard of Columbia, SC, Sally B. Hill (Ken) of Indian Harbor Beach, FL, and S. Kay Taraschi (Peter) of Indiatlantic, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on December 10, 2017 at Platts Funeral Home, Belair Road Chapel, Evans, GA from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Platts Funeral Home, Belair Road Chapel, Evans, GA with the Reverand Ben Bartlett officiating. Burial will follow at Westover Memorial Park. The pallbearers are Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles, Noah Wyles, Kerry Hale, and Ernest Tukes. Honorary pallbearers are All Members of the S.C. Breakfast Club. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Vaucluse First Baptist Church, 2 Church St, Vaucluse, SC 29850. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences...
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Leo R. Berube

Leo R. Berube was recently presented the most distinguished award the Federal Aviation Administration issues to pilots.  He has flown aircraft for business, professional aerial photography and advanced flight Instruction.  Leo is a Director with the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA). The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 61.  Named after the Wright Brothers, the first U.S. pilots, the award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for more than 50 years while piloting...
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SCHAF Newsletter for December 2017-

Please click the following to access the SCHAF Newsletter for December! SCHAF Newsletter for December 2017-
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SCHAF Newsletter for November

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SCAA Board Petition- Deadline to submit: December 15, 2017

For those interested in serving on the SCAA Board of Directors, please submit this petition form below by December 15, 2017.    For members to print the SCAA Board of Directors petition click...
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Register today for the 2018 SCAA Annual Conference!

The 2018 SCAA Annual Conference will be Feb 7-9 at the Wild Dunes Resort. The theme of this Annual Conference is “Airports Mean Business”. Hard Copy of Registration form: Click here Online Registration: Click here for the online registration form.   Sponsorship: Click the button below for the online Sponsorship form. Click here for the online sponsorship form Exhibitor: Click here for the online exhibitor form Hotel Information: Room Reservation Deadline is by January 9, 2017   Group Name/Code 2018 SC Aviation Association Annual Conference / 3H55E5 Group Rate Guestrooms: $142 daily ++ Two Bedroom condo’s and One Bedroom Suites: $174 daily ++ Online Reservation Link 2018 SC Aviation Assn Online Booking Link Toll Free Reservation Line 877.624.3654 Group Cut Off Date Attendees must book their reservations and fill the group block prior to January 9th, 2018 Thank you to the 2018 SCAA Annual Conference sponsors so...
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Article Deadline for “Palmetto Aviation”- November 8, 2017

If you would like to submit an article for the next edition of Palmetto Aviation, please email rina@associationsplus.com or sarah@associationsplus.com. Deadline to accept articles is by November 8, 2017.
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Register today for the 2018 SCAA Annual Conference!

The 2018 SCAA Annual Conference will be Feb 7-9 at the Wild Dunes Resort. The theme of this Annual Conference is “Airports Mean Business”.   Hard Copy of Registration form: Click here   Online Registration: Click here for the online registration form.   Sponsorship: Click here for the online sponsorship form.   Exhibitor: Click here for the online exhibitor form.   Hotel Information:  Room Reservation Deadline is by January 9, 2017   Group Name/Code 2018 SC Aviation Association Annual Conference / 3H55E5 Group Rate Guestrooms: $142 daily ++ Two Bedroom condo’s and One Bedroom Suites: $174 daily ++ Online Reservation Link 2018 SC Aviation Assn Online Booking Link Toll Free Reservation Line 877.624.3654 Group Cut Off Date Attendees must book their reservations and fill the group block prior to January 9th,...
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Inside the terminal houses the South Carolina Aviation Association’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

  Richland County owns and manages the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport in Columbia. Inside the terminal houses the South Carolina Aviation Association’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Free and open to the public, here’s more about the hall; featuring 2009 inductee Robert Sumwalt, the current Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. David L. Bowser, Assistant Director Public Information Office Richland County...
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SCHAF Newsletter for October 2017

SCHAF Newsletter for October 2017-   Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, October 14, 2017. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton-Owens Airport. AeroFest 2017 will take place Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am through 4pm at Hamilton-Owens-Owens Airport.   Foundation Happenings-   Greetings to members and friends of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation.  September was a busy month; the big news is that the SCHAF restoration team has completed the project to rebuild the nose section of “Furtle Turtle,” the B-25 at Patriots Point in Charleston, South Carolina.  This is a great example of how historic organizations in the Palmetto State can work together to ensure that future generations will be aware of the contributions of previous generations.  SCHAF members who took in part in the project to restore the nose section of “Furtle Turtle” were: Ron Skipper, David Moxley, John Chamberlain, Katherine Cuddy, Joe McDonagh, Gary Byrd, Lucienne Lapierre, Edwin Scott, and Niall McLaughlin.  Special kudos go out to Ron Skipper and David Moxley, who spent quite a lot of time at the U.S.S. Yorktown in Charleston carrying out restoration.  Below are some before and after pictures. Before moving on to other subjects, want to mention that big things are in store for October.  Our monthly open house will take place Saturday, October 14th and we will be holding a birthday party. We’ll be celebrating the 75th birthday of GF-2, SCHAF’s B-25. We’ll have a short program commemorating her arrival in the Palmetto State in 1942.  We’ll also have refreshments and would love to have as many people as possible to wish the ol’ girl a happy birthday.  Also, on October 21st the 2017 edition of AeroFest will take place at Hamilton-Owens Airport. A number of historic aircraft including a Ford Tri-Motor will be there. It will be a great chance to see a wide selection of warbirds and antique aircraft. Hawkeyes Over AeroFest, an aerial scavenger hunt will also take place. And remember AeroFest raises funds for a great cause, Camp Kemo, which provides recreational opportunities for kids undergoing treatment for cancer.  Hope to see everyone at both events.  Link to AeroFest 2017 site: http://flyforfunandcommunity.com/blog/ .   A successful open house on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  Met a number of nice people who seemed very interested in the work of SCHAF as well as a couple of young men who expressed an interest...
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Two days until the SCAA 2017 Planning Committee Meeting

SCAA 2017 Planning Committee Meeting Ideas + Goals = SUCCESS in 2018 Calling all SCAA members! All members are invited and encouraged to be a part of the 2017 planning committee meeting for SCAA.  Experience for this event is not necessary and this event is FREE for all SCAA members. Your participation will provide input and direction for the association’s programs and plans for its new year.  Please see agenda below. Event Details: Date: August 24, 2017 Location: Rock Hill-York County Airport Address for Location: 550 Airport Road, Suite 205, Rock Hill, SC 29732 Planning Committee Agenda: Thursday, August 24 (Rock Hill-York County Airport, Board Room) 10 am – 11:30 am – Committees Members meet 11:30 am – Noon –  Committees Chairs report out Noon –  Committee Members are released Noon – 1 pm – Lunch for Board Members 1 pm – 3 pm – Board Meeting There is no charge to participate in the planning conference, but planning for meals and activities will require an accurate head count. Please let staff know if you are planning on attending by completing the registration form below. SCAA Planning Meeting Name First Last Affiliation NamePhoneEmail Address Street Address City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code Would you be interested in helping with any of the programs below?AMT Day - to help plan and recognize all the aircraft maintenance technicians in the state.Annual Conference - to help plan educational sessions, programs and activities for the annual conference.Aviation Week/SC Aerospace Conference & Expo - to help plan the aerospace conference with other affiliated organizations.Hall of Fame - to help select inductees for the Hall of Fame Program (this induction is an every other year process)Legislative - to work on legislative issues and solicit to state legislators.Passport- to promote and maintain programScholarship - to help solicit and select students.SC Aviation Safety- to help plan safety events throughout the year and educational sessions for conference &...
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Calling all SCAA members, Leaders Needed for the SCAA Planning Committee Meeting

SCAA 2017 Planning Committee Meeting Ideas + Goals = SUCCESS in 2018 Calling all SCAA members! All members are invited and encouraged to be a part of the 2017 planning committee meeting for SCAA.  Experience for this event is not necessary and this event is FREE for all SCAA members. Your participation will provide input and direction for the association’s programs and plans for its new year.  Please see agenda below. Event Details:  Date: August 24, 2017 Location: Rock Hill-York County Airport Address for Location: 550 Airport Road, Suite 205, Rock Hill, SC 29732 Planning Committee Agenda:  Thursday, August 24 (Rock Hill-York County Airport, Board Room) 10 am – 11:30 am – Committees Members meet 11:30 am – Noon –  Committees Chairs report out Noon –  Committee Members are released Noon – 1 pm – Lunch for Board Members 1 pm – 3 pm – Board Meeting There is no charge to participate in the planning conference, but planning for meals and activities will require an accurate head count. Please let staff know if you are planning on attending by completing the registration form below. SCAA Planning Meeting Name First Last Affiliation NamePhoneEmail Address Street Address City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code Would you be interested in helping with any of the programs below?AMT Day - to help plan and recognize all the aircraft maintenance technicians in the state.Annual Conference - to help plan educational sessions, programs and activities for the annual conference.Aviation Week/SC Aerospace Conference & Expo - to help plan the aerospace conference with other affiliated organizations.Hall of Fame - to help select inductees for the Hall of Fame Program (this induction is an every other year process)Legislative - to work on legislative issues and solicit to state legislators.Passport- to promote and maintain programScholarship - to help solicit and select students.SC Aviation Safety- to help plan safety events throughout the year and educational sessions for conference &...
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NASA Plans Sonic-Boom Tests In Florida

NASA plans to fly an F-18 at supersonic speeds above Florida’s coastal waters later this month, producing sonic booms for a test program. The aircraft will fly at or above 32,000 feet when it goes supersonic. The flightpath is designed to keep the strongest-sounding sonic booms away from residential areas, while still producing booms above Kennedy Space Center, where the sound will be collected by 32 microphones on the ground. The booms will be loudest on the beaches north of KSC, and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will hear quieter booms. Residents will hear a sound resembling “the rumble of distant thunder,” said NASA, in areas including Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Port St. John, Titusville, Mims and Scottsmoor. People in those areas may hear an occasional “muted” sonic boom, NASA said. The F-18, which is based at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, in California, will take off from Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility and fly off the coast of Cape Canaveral. The F-18 will fly a designated flight path where it will exceed Mach 1, the speed of sound, and produce a sonic boom. Meanwhile, NASA also will fly a TG-14 motorized glider equipped with a wingtip microphone, at an altitude between 4,000 to 10,000 feet. At the test point, the TG-14 will temporarily shut down its motor and glide. This will enable the wingtip microphone to pick up a clean, accurate sonic-boom signature before it travels through any turbulence. NASA said it expects to fly the F-18 two to three times per day, starting Monday, Aug. 21, and continuing until the end of the month or early September. The research plan calls for at least 33 sonic...
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Calling all SCAA members, Leaders Needed for the SCAA Planning Committee Meeting

SCAA 2017 Planning Committee Meeting Ideas + Goals = SUCCESS in 2018 Calling all SCAA members! All members are invited and encouraged to be a part of the 2017 planning committee meeting for SCAA.  Experience for this event is not necessary and this event is FREE for all SCAA members. Your participation will provide input and direction for the association’s programs and plans for its new year.  Please see agenda below. Event Details:  Date: August 24, 2017 Location: Rock Hill-York County Airport Address for Location: 550 Airport Road, Suite 205, Rock Hill, SC 29732 Planning Committee Agenda:  Thursday, August 24 (Rock Hill-York County Airport, Board Room) 10 am – 11:30 am – Committees Members meet 11:30 am – Noon –  Committees Chairs report out Noon –  Committee Members are released Noon – 1 pm – Lunch for Board Members 1 pm – 3 pm – Board Meeting There is no charge to participate in the planning conference, but planning for meals and activities will require an accurate head count. Please let staff know if you are planning on attending by completing the registration form below. SCAA Planning Meeting Name First Last Affiliation NamePhoneEmail Address Street Address City State / Province / Region ZIP / Postal Code Would you be interested in helping with any of the programs below?AMT Day - to help plan and recognize all the aircraft maintenance technicians in the state.Annual Conference - to help plan educational sessions, programs and activities for the annual conference.Aviation Week/SC Aerospace Conference & Expo - to help plan the aerospace conference with other affiliated organizations.Hall of Fame - to help select inductees for the Hall of Fame Program (this induction is an every other year process)Legislative - to work on legislative issues and solicit to state legislators.Passport- to promote and maintain programScholarship - to help solicit and select students.SC Aviation Safety- to help plan safety events throughout the year and educational sessions for conference &...
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