An AOPA Air Safety Institute Seminar- Trivia Night!

Sure, you know lots of important stuff about flying…but how sharp are your trivia skills? Join us for our latest seminar and find out! We’ll test your knowledge of the arcane while also exploring the safety issues behind the trivia. For example, do you know: How long Lindbergh went without sleep during his transatlantic flight? How many drinks it takes to degrade performance as much as a poor night’s sleep? What piece of equipment “caused” Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 to crash? Click here for more...
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26th Annual Wings of Freedom Tour

Over Sixty years ago they flew from bases far from home, over occupied and enemy territory in an attempt to weaken the forces of evil so that freedom could once again return to the people who it was stolen from. Their endurance was tested onmissions of ten or more hours, day after day; their strength was proven as they returned countless crews safely back to their bases. Crews counted on them and a bond was made between man and machine… … Now they fly on missions that are quite different than those of so long ago. Their mission for today is to educate the world about our courageous World War II veterans and to remember those who have left us. These aircraft stand as tributes to their crews and fly on as living history to enlighten future generations. The best way to relive this history is to take a once-in-a-lifetime flight on board the B-17, B-24 & P-51. The Collings Foundation is proud to offer our Flight Experiences on our Wings of Freedom Tour in over 110 cities annually. Imagine yourself soaring on board the flagships of the USAAF Strategic Bombing fleet of WWII. Take your position in the crew and experience a taste of what it may have been like in WWII. Sit as bombardier, stand as waist gunner, monitor flight activity as a flight engineer would as you observe the pilots flying the mighty bombers. You can wander through the plane as you like. Every flight helps to defray maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft that have reached over $4000 per operating hour per aircraft. Maintained to the highest standards and flown by highly experienced pilots, our aircraft safety standards are second to none. A Flight Experience is an exciting and historic opportunity. The B-17, B-24 and B-25 have been known worldwide as the backbones of Allied airpower of WWII and now is your chance to fly aboard! Some of the questions you may have may be answered below. What is a Flight Experience? A Flight Experience on the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator, or B-25 Mitchell is a 30 minute (start-up to shut-down) experience in flight aboard the aircraft at one of our 100+ locations we stop at per year. For both people with or without a pilots license – We also offer flight training in the world’s only full dual control P-51C Mustang...
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South Carolina Breakfast Club

It’s a home cooked southern breakfast, great fellowship and flying! Every other Sunday since 1938, pilots & aviation enthusiasts in and near South Carolina have met for breakfast. That’s it! No dues, no meeting requirements! Breakfast is around $6 – $10 per plate, is ready about 9am and there is always plenty. Fly in or drive to the airport, belly up and talk aircraft, aviation, or anything else, to your hearts content! Pilot or non-pilot, everyone Welcome! The South Carolina Breakfast Club, led by President Gerald Ballard, has been visiting airports around South Carolina and a few surrounding states every other Sunday since 1938, missing only events during World War II when fuel was not available. This is a club that has no dues — you join by attending your first meeting, and “the only rule is to fly safe.”     For more Information click here   For SC Breakfast Club Dates click...
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FROM THE PUBLISHER: TAKING FLIGHT TO COLUMBIA

September 6,2016 “You’ll do fine, and have a nice flight.” With those reassuring words from my instructor ringing in my ears, I climbed into the little Cessna 150 and closed the door. The overwhelming fact that I had to fly and land this plane by myself before I could walk on the earth again confronted me like the hot summer air. Holder Watson had only given me a few hours of instruction when he decided it was time for my first solo flight. The few take offs and landings we had done together did not seem nearly enough. Since he always had his hand on the yoke, I wasn’t really sure how much of the flying and landing had been under my control and how much had been under his. Taking off and flying the pattern was easy, but the thought of landing without Mr. Watson’s steady hand on the controls made me more than a little uneasy. To read more about Henry Clay click...
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Greenville Aviators Association

Greenville Aviators Association, a fairly new club, is a social group dedicated to the social aspect of flying in Greenville South Carolina. The group will meet once a month second tuesday of the month starting in March. The group will endeavor to have events, speakers and trips that will be fun and exciting.   For more information click...
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Tribute to Former SCAA Member Claude Dean, 94

Sad news to report, Claude Dean, a long term member of SCAA, passed away this week. File photoClaude Dean, who served as chairman of the Jasper County Aeronautics Commission since 1970, died last week. In 2015, the county council resolved to name Ridgeland’s airport in Dean’s honor. Dean helped expand the airport from just five airplanes.   Claude Dean, a World War II veteran who served as chairman of the Jasper County Aeronautics Commission since 1970 and was recognized with the Sgt. Jasper Award in 2013, died Thursday. He was 94. Dean grew up on Main Street in Ridgeland and served in the Navy. He helped expand Ridgeland’s airport from five airplanes and three hangers to its current 60 airplanes and 49 hangers. He owned a sky blue 1956 Tri-Pacer airplane. Dean’s passion for airplanes was recognized by the Jasper County Council last year when it passed a resolution to name the Ridgeland Airport in his honor. The airport will expand to include construction of a new 4,200-foot runway, a parallel taxiway, a terminal and a new entrance. To read more click here… Claude Everett Dean, Sr. – RIDGELAND, SC – Claude Everett Dean, Sr, of Ridgeland, SC, husband of Beatrice Malphrus Dean, died peacefully Thursday, September 15, 2016 while surrounded by family at Coastal Carolina Hospital, Hardeeville, SC. He had joked a few weeks earlier that the Brave’s performance this year had a strong effect on his will to live and we all assume he is now relieved that he will not have to pick between Trump or Clinton. Mr. Dean was born August 27th, 1922 to the late J. Lee Dean and Gladys Archer Dean and was raised on Main Street in Ridgeland, SC. To read more click...
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Last Call for Newsletter Article for “Palmetto Aviation”- September 28, 2016

If you would like to submit an article for the next edition of Palmetto Aviation, please email scaa@scaaonline.com. Deadline to accept articles is by Wednesday September 28, 2016.  
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2017 SCAA Annual Meeting- Save the Date

Save the date for the 2017 SCAA Annual Meeting held on February 8 – 10 back at Wild Dunes.  More information to come soon online!  
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SCAA 2016 Board Petitions

Do you have an interest to serve on SCAA Board of Directors?  SCAA is extending the board petition deadline until Thursday, December 15, 2016. We are looking forward to hearing from you!  If you are interested in petitioning to serve on the SCAA Board of Directors, please complete the board petition link below and return it by Thursday, December 15, 2016.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD...
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Aviation Week Recap

This year’s aviation week conference, expo and dinner went fantastic.  There were 531 total attendees.  I hope that you had a chance to hear Winston Scott the keynote dinner speaker on Wednesday night, Scott is a former NASA Astronaut and he talked about his experiences in space with fantastic visual pictures.  Hearing the young students ask him questions afterwards, which was amazing that this event turned into an education for young students with interest in the aerospace industry.  Winston Scott stayed for over two hours after his presentation to answer individual questions and take a picture with any attendees. Winston Scott a former NASA Astronaut    Click here for videos of TV coverage of the SC Aerospace Conference & Expo.   A special thank you goes out to all those table sponsors and organizers    ...
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Ford TRI-MOTOR TOUR

Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.   Click here for more...
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Aerofest 2016

 Mark your calendar! Aerofest is coming to the Hamilton-Owens Airport on Saturday, October...
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Sport Air Racing League’s Southern Nationals

Come Watch, Come Fly, Come eat & enjoy Save the date for Saturday October 8, 2016 for the Sport Air Racing League’s Southern Nationals. 2016 Southern Nationals Air Race The Southern Nationals 125 Weekend Schedule @ KGRD Friday Oct, 7, 2016 6:00-8:00 pm A south favorite will be served at the meet and great on the airport by the local EAA Chapter 1023. The dinner will be a Low Country Boil with shrimp. So if you have a seafood allergy please let us know so we may provide another option for you. You will be able to pre-register at that time We will offer shuttle service to and from the hotel. Saturday Oct, 8, 2016 7:00-9:30 Registrations. 10:00 MANDATORY Pilot’s Briefing at the FBO conference room. 10:30 Pilots to aircraft 11:00 Begin Race Lunch will be served as the racers return. 2:00 Awards will be presented (Weather could extend times but no more than 1 hour. ) HOTELS Baymont Inn & Suites 109 Enterprise Ct, Greenwood, SC 29649 (864) 942-0002 Room rate will be 59.99 plus tax a night you will need to call them directly for this rate and tell them you are with the Air Race. Camping is permitted at the airport but is primitive. TRANSPORTATION We will provide shuttle service to and from the hotel. I will be available at anytime for late arrivals if needed and always happy to help anyway I can. HOST CONTACT INFO Richard Kaczmarek 937-243-7303 fastlittleairplanes@gmail.com THE RACE This is a Sport Air Racing League Championship Point Sanctioned Event Pilots MUST BE LEAGUE MEMBERS to participate. 1. Annual League Membership $50 becoming a Member: join here and pay online 2. Provisional Membership $10 (One race, one time) Pay at event check in/registration cash or check only RACE ENTRY FEE: $40 Payable cash or check only at Registration/check in. ENTER ONLINE:  Current regular members…click on I am racing link. You are instantly entered. Non-members…Click on Non-Member link, fill in form and pay fees at event. Flying is VFR ONLY in strict adherence to all FAR’s.Insurance is required RACE NUMBERS are licensed annually to regular League members. Provisional members may use any unlicensed number they wish. If the last few numbers or letters of your N# are not licensed these may be used. Display of Race Numbers on Aircraft is encouraged but not mandatory. If race numbers are on aircraft they should be...
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South Carolina State’s president piloted over Clemson’s stadium in an airplane he built

By Richard Johnson @RJ_Writes Sep 17, 2016, 12:30p There are few more pulse-pounding events then watching some jets scream over a football stadium before kickoff. But the flyover ahead of South Carolina State-Clemson will have a personal touch when SCSU president James Clark will take to the skies in a plane he built with his own two hands (and probably a lot of tools and maybe some help from friends).   Read More...
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Article Deadline for “Palmetto Aviation”- September 23, 2016

If you would like to submit an article for the next edition of Palmetto Aviation, please email scaa@scaaonline.com. Deadline to accept articles is by September 23, 2016.  
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