The 2018 Summer Edition of the SCAA Palmetto Aviation Newsletter has arrived. 

The 2018 Summer Edition of the SCAA Palmetto Aviation Newsletter has arrived.  Welcome to your digital edition of the Palmetto Aviation! Click here or the image below to read your latest...
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Spartanburg Airport (KSPA) offered itself up as a staging area for FEMA during the recent Hurricane Florence.

Spartanburg Airport (KSPA) offered itself up as a staging area for FEMA during the recent Hurricane Florence. One more way — aviation touches the lives of those in our state.  SCAA is proud of the leadership at KSPA for its quick thinking and action to help be of service.   See picture:  FEMA has assembled a staging area for Hurricane Florence relief operations at KSPA. Approx. 200 ambulances and numerous rescue helicopters are here and...
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Hurricane (Florence) Help from GA Pilots . . . Available

SCAA was contacted by Nathan Wilson, a volunteer with AeroBridge.   They organize general aviation resources to fly supplies and support to communities who find themselves cut off and need emergency assistance.  To clarify they are not EMS, but we can help fly them in if they are needed.   We have resources on hand and actively work with other relief supply organizations.   You are receiving this because you are affiliated with the South Carolina Aviation Association. PLEASE contact AeroBridge if you find your community in need of assistance.  They can transform your airport into a local distribution center.   All they need is an open runway and a list of what you need.    If you are connected with your local government pass on AeroBridge’s contact information.   After an event it becomes very difficult for AeroBridge to reach out to you, so please contact them.   They are here to help.   Our hope is that their resources will not be needed, however if they are needed they are ready and waiting to respond! All of their support and services are volunteer, their assistance is free.   You can help them help us/your neighbors by. . . 1.)    Introduce us to your local emergency management team as a readily available resource. 2.)    Contact us with information on your runway/airport conditions so we can disseminate actual conditions to our pilots. 3.)    Tell us what you need.     www.Aerobridge.org https://www.facebook.com/groups/278218662692661/ Zello App Station Name:  AeroBridge Radio-Hurricane Florence- Airlift Support **Zello is a downloadable APP that was used widely to communicate during relief efforts for hurricane Irma.  It does require cell tower signal or wifi, its’s just simply one more place we will be listening for you **   Also, Please feel free to contact Nathan directly, both for assistance or for questions. Email: Nathanwilson_cfi@yahoo.com    Phone: 517-740-7083...
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SCAA Safety Seminar scheduled for Sunday, September 16 HAS BEEN CANCELLED 

Due to the impending Hurricane and out of our desire to encourage safety above all else . . . the SCAA is cancelling its Safety Seminar that was scheduled for Sunday, September 16 at the Hunter-Gatherer, Curtiss-Wright Hangar following the SC Breakfast Club. PLEASE be safe.
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Small airports have big impact on state’s economy

Airports don’t have to be large to make a significant contribution to the economy of a county or region. While the state’s commercial airports — Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greer, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach — are the best known and often use the term “international” in their names, the general aviation airports spread throughout the state put up some impressive numbers on their own, according to an analysis by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission. According to the commission’s 2018 Economic Impact Technical Report, commercial airports are responsible for $521 million in direct economic activity. The general aviation airports — about 50 in number — provide direct annual economic activity of about $404 million. Click the link below for the full article: ...
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Spartanburg Pilots Association Ground School – Aug. 30

Spartanburg Pilots Association Ground School The FAA Pilot Knowledge Test Preparation Class   August 30th thru November 8th Every Thursday evening from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm. Spartanburg Airport bottom conference room   Schedule: Week 1. Airplanes and Aerodynamics Week 2. Airplane Instruments, Engines, and Systems Week 3. Airports, Air Traffic Control, and Airspace Week 4. Federal Aviation Regulations Week 5. Airplane Performance and Weight and Balance Week 6. Aeromedical Factors and Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) Week 7. Aviation Weather Week 8. Aviation Weather Services Week 9. Navigation: Charts and Publications Week 10. Navigation Systems Week 11. Cross-Country Flight Planning   The class is open to everybody who has an interest in aviation. It provides an opportunity to experience what it takes to become a pilot. The class is currently has a very diverse group that you would not normally find in a class like this.   You must be a member of the Spartanburg Pilots Association You can join during the first class if you are not a current member. Please register with Terry Connorton if you plan to attend. Seats are limited. Terry_Connorton@hotmail.com...
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Committees Meetings for August 23rd have been cancelled!

Due to the increased volume of events for aviation week, we have decided to cancel the committees meetings for August 23rd. Instead, we would like to invite you to attend an aviation week event happening near you. We intend to reschedule these meetings at a later date, possibly sometime in September. Keep you posted!
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Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport in Business View Magazine

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RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS AT HILTON HEAD AIRPORT ENHANCE SAFETY, SERVICE OPTIONS & STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

    Author: Ken Wysocky Published in: May-June 2018 A $14.1 million runway extension project at Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) will enhance safety and allow the South Carolina airfield to accommodate larger aircraft. At the same time, the project also offers a practical blueprint for how to address local sentiment that runs counter to FAA recommendations. The project, expected to end in late June, adds 700 feet to HHH’s only runway (403 feet on one end and 297 on the other end), extending it to 5,000 feet. The additional length enabled American Airlines—the airport’s only commercial carrier—to replace its Dash 8 turboprop service with regional jet service via 76-passenger Embraer 175s. That provides residents and tourists with more travel options, says Jon Rembold, airport director for HHH and nearby Beaufort County Airport. “In addition, we now can receive private aircraft from airports that are farther away than before, because the longer runway allows them to carry more fuel and people on board. It opens up their range,” Rembold points out. The new length also makes HHH more competitive with Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, located about 45 miles southwest, and Charleston International Airport, located about 100 miles northeast, both which have runways more than 9,000 feet long, he adds. facts&figures Project: Runway Improvements Location: Hilton Head Island (SC) Airport 2017 Enplanements/Deplanements: 27,332/30,553 Key Components: 700-foot runway extension; stormwater detention system; 2 engineered material arresting systems Runway Extension: $14.1 million Stormwater System: $5.4 million Arresting Beds: $8 million Funding: 90% FAA; 5% state; 5% airport revenue Engineering Consultant: Talbert, Bright & Ellington Engineering: Ward Edwards Engineering Prime Contractor: Quality Enterprises USA Stormwater Chambers: CULTEC Key Benefits: Improved safety; ability to accommodate larger aircraft/provide more travel options to passengers; enhanced stormwater management & wildlife mitigation Along with the runway extension, the airport installed a new $5.4 million stormwater management system that stores, treats and transports rainwater downstream via a system of large underground plastic chambers. Stormwater management is critical because HHH sits amid an 81,000-acre environmentally sensitive watershed that includes the Calibogue Sound, three rivers and their tributaries, creeks, lakes and tidal flats. As such, the area is home to wildlife such as ospreys, bald eagles and dolphins. The new system, which replaced a drainage canal adjacent to the airport’s runway, also serves as a wildlife mitigation tool, because there is no longer standing water to attract animals such as foxes,...
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SCHAF Newsletter July 2018

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Memorial Service honoring Gerald Ballard on June 23, 2018

You are cordially invited to the Memorial Service honoring Gerald Ballard, President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club (November 1979 – December 2017). The Service will be held on June 23, 2018 at Twin Lakes Airport (S17) – 132 Ballard Drive, Trenton, SC 29847. Agenda: 11:00 am – Arrival and Fellowship 12:00 pm – Lunch catered by Sconyer’s Bar-B-Que 1:00 pm – Service and Speakers 2:00 pm – Military Honor 2:15 pm – Missing Man Formation 2:30 pm- Lottery Drawing 3:00 pm – Adjourn Click the link for more details:...
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The South Carolina Flight Standard District Office – Educational Outreach to Identify Suspected Illegal Charter Flights

Unfortunately, there have been instances where unsuspecting members of the public have chartered aircraft for flights only to find out after the fact that the operators of these flights were not legally qualified, i.e., not certificated, to conduct those flights.   Unscrupulous entities have used many schemes to ostensibly legitimize the flight, i.e., illicit and/or devious lease agreements, conditional sales contracts, operational control conveyances, etc. Regrettably, many members of the public simply are not aware that an operator must possess and display either an “Operating Certificate” or “Air Carrier Certificate.”  Moreover, many members of the public have chartered a flight and unwittingly accepted the responsibilities of “operational control” when they were not aware that “operational control” involved:   1.     Flight Crewmember Selection; 2.     Manual Control; 3.     Flight Planning; 4.     Airworthiness of Aircraft; 5.     Flight Release; 6.     Flight Locating; and 7.     Flight Information   This knowing or unknowing assumption of the responsibility of operational control creates a serious problem in air safety and involves substantial legal liabilities for the unsuspecting user who has become a victim of an uncertificated operator.   Therefore, in an effort inform members of the public accordingly, SC FSDO personnel will convey the requirements of legitimate operators to possess and display their Operating Certificate or Air Transportation Certificate and that the operators are responsible for all matters concerning operational control.  SC FSDO personnel will post informational posters at FBOs throughout the District of SC (see attachment).  Any questions may be directed to the SC FSDO at (803)...
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Due to the weather the Anderson Regional Airshow has been canceled on Saturday, May 19.

Due to the weather the Anderson Regional Airshow has been canceled on Saturday, May 19. A full schedule remains in play for Sunday, May 20. Gates open at 10 a.m., and the show is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.  ...
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