Atlanta’s airport employs drones to monitor runway conditions

ATLANTA (CBS46) – The airspace above the world’s busiest airport just got a little busier. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is now using drones to survey and document runway pavement for future maintenance. In an effort to obtain the most accurate surveys of ATL areas set to undergo changes in the ongoing $6 billion ATLNext construction project, Hartsfield-Jackson officials — along with a survey contractor — applied for and received an FAA waiver allowing for drone flights above the airspace. This is the airport’s second time using drones. A January flight was the first such flight of an unmanned vehicle in airspace over ATL. The drones captured data and imagery of the ATL garages scheduled for reconstruction. The operation was so successful, plans are underway for additional drone flights. Hartsfield-Jackson serves more than 101 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. ATL boasts a direct economic impact of $34.8 billion in metro Atlanta and a total direct economic impact of $70.9 billion in Georgia. The Airport is the largest employer in Georgia, with more than 63,000 employees. Copyright 2017 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. Read...
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Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37

Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37 For Immediate Release March 21, 2017 Contact: Hank Price Phone: 202-267-3883 I. 2016 SUMMARY:  ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND AIR TRAVEL U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased 1.6 percent; world GDP increased 2.3 percent. Domestic mainline yields decreased 5.6 percent, while international yields decreased 9.1 percent in 2016. In real terms (adjusted for inflation in FY16$), domestic yields decreased 6.5 percent and international yields decreased 9.9 percent. Domestic enplanements on mainline and regional air carriers increased from 696.3M in 2015 to 726.2M (4.3 percent) in 2016.  Domestic mainline carrier enplanements increased 5.8 percent, while domestic regional carrier enplanements decreased 0.9 percent. International enplanements on mainline and regional air carriers increased from 90.2M in 2015 to 93.4M (3.6percent) in 2016.  Mainline carrier international enplanements were up 3.1 percent, while regional carrier international enplanements increased 16.0 percent. Domestic RPMs by mainline and regional air carriers increased from 628.5B in 2015 to 663.2B (5.5 percent) in 2016. Domestic mainline carrier RPMs increased 6.1 percent and domestic regional carrier RPMs increased 0.3 percent. International RPMs by US carriers increased from 261.0B in 2015 to 264.8B (1.5 percent) in 2016. Total system RPMs increased from 889.5B in 2015 to 928.0B (4.3 percent) in 2016. Total mainline carrier RPMs increased by 4.6 percent while total regional carrier RPMs increased by 0.9 percent. U.S. commercial air carriers (including passenger and cargo) reported an operating profit of $29.6B in 2016, compared to an operating profit of $26.7B in 2015. Operating revenues decreased 0.1 percent in 2016, while operating expenses decreased 1.7 percent. In 2016 total landings and takeoffs at combined FAA and contract towers were up 0.5 percent from 2015. Air carrier activity increased by 4.8 percent, while commuter/air taxi activity decreased by 4.0 percent. General aviation activity dropped 0.2 percent, while military aircraft activity dropped 1.3 percent. II. ECONOMIC ASSUMPTIONS FOR FAA FORECASTS U.S. Real GDP is forecast to increase from $16.6T in 2016 to $25.4T in 2037, an average annual rate of 2.1 percent.  World GDP is forecast to grow at a faster pace of 2.8 percent over the same 21-year period, from $76.7T to $137.1T. GDP by World Region (Average Annual Percent Growth) World Region Fiscal Year Calendar Year 2016 2017 2018 2017-37 2016 2016 2018 2017-37 U.S 1.6 2.1 2.5 2.0 1.6 2.3 2.6 2.1 World N/A N/A N/A N/A 2.3 2.7 3.0 2.8 Canada N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.3...
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Lockheed Martin will move production of F-16 fighter jets to Greenville

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, 1:23 pm EDT Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, 2:01 pm EDT By Dal Kalsi   GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Lockheed Martin said it is moving the production line for F-16 fighter jets from Texas to Greenville. Lockheed has had a presence in Greenville for more than three decades and has a manufacturing facility near Donaldson Center. Officials for the aerospace company said the last F-16 to be produced in Ft. Worth will roll off the line in September and then all equipment and tools will be moved to Greenville over a 2-year period. Meanwhile, the Ft. Worth facility will be expanded to produce S-35 jets. Leslie Farmer, a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin, said Greenville’s experienced workforce and South Carolina being a right to work state led to the decision to move production to Greenville. Farmer said the Greenville plant also has the facilities and infrastructure to support the F-16 operation and will only require an upfit to meet the f-16 requirements. Lockheed Martin currently employs 500 employees in Greenville. The Greenville operation currently provides maintenance and modification on existing jets, such as the P-3 Orion, C-130 Hercules and C-5M Galaxy. The Greenville site is also home Lockheed’s to the Final Assembly and Checkout facility for the T-50A  in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition. Farmer said moving the F-16 production lines to Greenville would create an additional 200 to 250...
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Sad News to Report, Howell (Nick) Jones, Jr. passed away

In Memory of SCAA Hall of Famer, Nick Jones June 19, 1927 – March 11, 2017   A native of Orangeburg, Howell C. “Nick” Jones served the military in the World War II Training Command as an Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet at Auburn University and in the navy as an Aviation Cadet. In 1964, Jones began construction of a Cassutt race plane, which he finished in less than 15 months. In 1955, he flew his first air race and for 11 years he was involved in Formula One racing. After the first “straight” Cassutt, he built two other modified versions of the same plane. A leader in the sport himself, he was the founder, promoter and organizer of the Oshkosh 500, an efficiency acclaimed as the “the race at which it’s impossible to cheat.” Jones’ strong interest in designing aircraft resulted in the creation of the White Lighting, a four-seat aircraft that set three world speed records. Jones continues his involvement with the design, manufacturing and sale of highly advanced, two-stroke engines for aircraft, boats, cars and industrial machinery. In 1998, he was named South Carolina Aviator of the...
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Registration is now OPEN for the SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

Registration is now OPEN for  SC Aerospace Conference & Expo August 29 – 31, 2017 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center southcarolinaerospaceconference.com   Sponsors opportunities are available now! For details, visit the conference new website.    Website:  http://southcarolinaaerospaceconference.com/ Twitter:  @scaeroconf Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/scaerospaceconference On LinkedIn, we will continue to use the SC Aerospace page:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/sc-aerospace This conference connects industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. Featuring: Aerospace Industry Leaders • Networking Opportunities • Talent Development • Aerospace Education • ACE ’17 Technical Symposium • Aerospace Industry Exhibitions.  ...
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SCAA Palmetto Aviation – Deadline for Articles – March 20

SCAA is starting to work on the next edition of the Palmetto Aviation (Spring Edition), please submit your newsletter articles by March 20th.   To submit an article, email Hannah Lorance at scaa@scaaonline.com To read past editions, please see the SCAA newsletter library at this link  – https://scaaonline.com/palmetto-aviation/....
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SC Aerospace Conference & Expo – Save the Date

SC Aerospace Conference & Expo August 29 – 31, 2017 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center southcarolinaerospaceconference.com This conference connects industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. Featuring: Aerospace Industry Leaders • Networking Opportunities • Talent Development • Aerospace Education • ACE ’17 Technical Symposium • Aerospace Industry Exhibitions. Registration opens in March!  Sponsors opportunities are available now! For details, visit the conference new website (link above).  ...
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Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Walk at Greenville Downtown Airport

On Saturday,March 18th (rain date March 25th), volunteers will gather at 7:15 a.m​. ​at the Greenville Downtown Airport Terminal lobby (100 Tower Drive, Greenville, SC 29607) for a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) walk. Why?  Because “FOD is responsible for a significant amount of aircraft damage each year and is a threat to aircraft safety.  It can damage tires, engines, wind screens and airframes.  The Concorde crash in Paris in 2000 was due to FOD'” stated Keat Pruszenski, a local upstate aviation enthusiast, who is organizing this event. “I was told by a friend who works at an airline that they have to replace 4-5 wind screens (aircraft windshields) every week due to FOD blown on them from jet blasts.  There have been many studies that show the cost for FOD due to damage to aircraft every year is in the Millions of Dollars,” added Pruszenski. What is FOD?  It is anything that should not be on the airport surfaces where aircraft have movement.  Common items are things that can fall off of people or out of shirt pockets like badges, hats, pens, pencils, cell phones, and pocket lights.  Some items come off of aircraft or vehicles moving in the area like tire valve caps, aircraft lens lights, screws, nuts and bolts.  Other items are naturally occurring like sticks, acorns, rocks and pavement particles that have come loose from the surface.  Many other things have been found like golf balls, socks, drill bits, water bottles, rubber bands, duct tape and wire. The process involves a team of volunteer FOD inspectors walking in lines, spaced about 10 feet apart, to find and pick-up any foreign objects that might cause damage to aircraft.  Items are secured in individual bags during the walk, then consolidated, counted and a FOD index of pieces per 1,000 square meters of area inspected is determined.  The index can be compared to the score of other airports and to a later survey to determine the success of the airport in controlling possible FOD on a regular basis.  FOD is so important to most military airports that they conduct a FOD walk every day to prevent unserviceable aircraft. “FOD is everyone’s responsibility on a daily basis at an airport.  Airport employees, tenants and pilots dispose of FOD all day long.  We also have a street sweeper that we use to collect FOD.  If you see it, you pick it up.  That is the rule,” stated Joe Frasher, Airport...
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SCHAF Newsletter for March 2017

Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, March 11, 2017. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton/Owens Airport.   Greetings to all members and friends of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation.  2017 is already shaping up to be a productive and active year for SCHAF; this after what was a successful 2016, a year that saw much in the way of accomplishment.  February was a busy month so without further ado let see what all has been going on with SCHAF.  Foundation Happenings- SCHAF held its February open house on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Hamilton-Owens Airport in Columbia and it was a big success.  The event marked the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Doolittle Raiders at Columbia Army Air Base (now Columbia Metro) and we were honored by having Martin Crouch as our guest. Martin is the son of the late Horace “Sally” Crouch, who was bombardier/navigator on plane #10 that launched off of the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet in 1942. Martin talked about his father’s love of God, country and family and how important the Tokyo Raid was to America in 1942 and how proud his father was to have served with the legendary Jimmy Doolittle.  Martin also shared stories about growing up with “the colonel” and how his father shaped the man he became. Martin also showed folks the Congressional Medal that was presented to families of the Doolittle Raiders.  Martin, it was a true pleasure and honor to have you share a Saturday morning with us.  In April the SCHAF open house will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.  Martin will again be with us and we hope to have a good turnout.   SCHAF members on hand included Ken Berry, Ron Shelton, Ron Skipper, Katherine Cuddy, John Chamberlain, Marvin Williams, Bruce Cotner, Frank Young, Bill Blythe, David Moxley, Alton Blanks, Terri Tokaz, Rachel Haynie and myself.  We were also visited by Cub Scout Troop 343 from West Columbia. We were also privileged during the open house to be visited by Robert Simmons, Deputy Director of Museum Operations at Patriots Point in Charleston.  With Robert were three Patriots Point volunteers who will be working on the restoration of the B-25 at Patriots Point.  They talked to members of the SCHAF restoration crew including Ron Skipper, Katherine Cuddy and John Chamberlain and came away very impressed with what we...
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AOPA WELCOMES DRONE PILOTS

Since AOPA was founded in 1939, aviation has gone through many changes, and the advent of drones has been among the most dramatic. Throughout the decades, we have been faithful to AOPA’s core missions—promoting safety, preserving the freedom to fly, and building the next generation of pilots. On Feb. 21, AOPA stayed true to its values when it launched a new line of membership options created for drone pilots, a key part of an ongoing effort to unite manned and unmanned pilots for the common purpose of safe integration of all users within the airspace we share. Some might think there is a wide gulf between manned and unmanned pilots, but AOPA believes they are more alike than different. In fact, both groups are part of general aviation, and share a fascination for flight and a craving for new perspectives. Having long been recognized for leadership in aviation safety and advocacy, AOPA has been involved with drones and related matters for about a decade. We contributed to or commented on virtually every federal regulation and policy created since the drone boom began, always with an eye on the safe integration with manned aircraft. The FAA estimates that 1.3 million pilots will be certificated to operate drones under 14 CFR Part 107 by 2020. If that forecast remains accurate, a great many of them will have no prior connection to general aviation, nor any connection to a community of fellow aviators or exposure to a culture of safety, yet will share their passion for flight. Within just a few years, there will be two remote pilots for every one pilot certificated to fly manned aircraft. “Drone pilots are seeking their place in the larger world of aviation and looking for opportunities to expand their experience,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “This is an ideal time to embrace these pilots and welcome them into the GA family.” Many of the “new” pilots certificated under Part 107 were flying manned aircraft (and were AOPA members) long before they considered obtaining a remote pilot certificate. All kinds of pilots have turned to the AOPA Pilot Information Center, AOPA.org, and other resources for guidance on a variety of matters. Members have asked how operating a drone for either recreation or commercial work might or might not affect their other pilot certificate; others have voiced concerns about safety and the risks posed by drones flown by uninformed...
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16 Local Companies Volunteer to Help Create U.S. Military History Museum

“Construction has begun on the U.S. Military History Museum and Education Center thanks to the generosity of 16 local companies that have donated professional services and products,” according to Joe Frasher, Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport.  The Greenville Airport Commission has donated the use of an old, military style Butler building to house the future museum that is being developed by the Military History Center of the Carolinas (MHCC).  It will focus on WWI to present day conflicts. “City of Greenville resident Chris Nordmeyer with Design South Professionals was the first to step up.  A friend of his forwarded to him a plea they read on LinkedIn which was asking for a volunteer architect,” Frasher mentioned.   “I liked the idea of getting to know more people in my community while helping create something for my community,” stated Nordmeyer when asked why he offered to help.  Nordmeyer then reached out to local professionals with Burdette Engineering, Inc.​ and LeBlanc Welch Consulting Engineers, two firms that he has worked well with in the past. They both agreed to help by providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing construction drawings.  These plans were needed to get a city building permit. Next came Charley Patrick with Triangle Construction who volunteered to be the General Contractor.  “I bring my children to Runway Park all the time.  I brought them out to the see the World War II aircraft last fall.  They enjoyed seeing and playing on some of the military vehicles owned by members of Military History Center.  When I received an email asking for help, I wanted to participate as much as I could because I love the community spot that is being created in this area.  Triangle Construction sees the value of this project and is 100% on board with it.” “I just retired from the Air Force after 26.5 years. This place has a lot of meaning to me and I understand what it will bring to our community,” stated Stacey Wiggins whose employer Roto-Rooter Plumbing Company gave the next offer of help.   “What an exciting project!  As a locally-owned franchise of Roto-Rooter, it is important to us to give back to our community.  As a company that employs several veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, it is extra special,”  stated Abby E. Zaffuto Roto-Rooter’s President. “Roto-Rooter originally agreed to a much smaller job.  When they scoped the plumbing line, however,...
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SC Air & Ground Expo – STEM Day (May 5th)

I’m Jonathan Thompson, the STEM Day coordinator for the SC Air & Ground Expo.  Here is the finalized flyer for the STEM day.  Please disseminate to prospective attendees as you see fit.  Further information forthcoming for exhibitors, but feel free to touch base with me if you have any questions or need additional info! Who: The South Carolina National Guard  and its partners will be hosting a (FREE) STEM event in conjunction with the 2017 Air & Ground Expo on Friday May 5th.  The attached flyer has the preliminary details with much more to follow. What:  Special lineup and exhibits just for the kids and STEM day.  Target audience 5th-12th grades. When: May 5th Core hours 10:00-3:00 Where: McEntire Joint National Guard Base (Eastover, SC) Why: Opportunity for experiential STEM learning, reinforce concepts and hands-on activities.  Special opportunities for school-nominated students/recent award winners to meet performers or receive behind-the-scenes tours How: Just show up.  Or you can RSVP to be put on distribution list to receive additional information.  Visit SCGuard.com for additional details as they are finalized. Jonathan D. ‘IKE’  Thompson, Capt, SCANG SC Air & Ground Expo 2017, STEM Day Coordinator Comm (803)647-8240...
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Donate Military Items or Shop to Benefit the Future Museum!

“I have quite a few items from when I served in the military during World War II and my family does not have any interest in having them,” stated Bucky Smart, a local Greenville County resident who tuned 96 last year.  “I plan to go through all my stuff and give it to the museum so others can learn from seeing them or the museum can benefit from selling them to a collector who will appreciate them.” “I bet many people, like myself, have collected military items over the years and now see that their children are not interested in having them once we are gone.  I want these items to find a good home with someone who would appreciate them as I did when I first acquired them,” stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. The Military History Center of the Carolinas’ museum at the Greenville Downtown Airport is under construction.  A huge sale will be held to create awareness for this great endeavor and to raise much needed funds. “I hope everyone that has items stored away in their attic, basement or closet will consider letting them once again see the light of day,” added Frasher.  “Some of the items donated will be kept to display in the future museum and others will be sold to benefit the museum.  Either way they will be appreciated by someone and not just continue to collect dust in storage,” Frasher stated. How you can help: Donations are Needed!  Donations are tax deductible. Military items from any time period and any country. Items can be dropped off at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 116A S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, SC 29607.  They are open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Drop off questions?  Please call 864-233-5288 or email greenville@erau.edu MHCC can also pick donations up (Contact Bob Dicey at 864-630-9108 or bobdicey@charter.net to schedule a pick up). Come to Shop!  Sale starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Sorry no early birds!  Come to 14 Airport Road Ext., Greenville, SC 29607 on the day of the sale.  Cash and credit cards accepted.  Sorry, NO CHECKS. For more information about museum and on how you can help please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/MHCC.html About Military History Center of the Carolinas (MHCC) MHCC was originally formed in the mid 1990’s under the name Military Collectors Club of the Carolinas.  In 2009, the group was...
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Planning Tips for Annual Conference

The SCAA Annual Conference starts this Wednesday and we have put together everything you may need to help you in your planning and packing, please the planning tips below along with other tabs that include important details like the Boeing exercise signup sheet, exhibitor information, silent auction information, how to download the SCAA app, sponsorship information, golf checkin details, spouse checkin details, FAA Appointments and an attendees list.   If you are still thinking of whether you can make it or not, is is not too late to register. Online registration will close by end of day Tuesday, February 7 but don’t worry, we still want you to attend and you can register onsite (onsite registration fee will apply: Member Onsite Registrations = $350, Non-Member Onsite Registrations = $370 and Spouse Onsite Registrations = $175). Please click on the image below to answer your questions and help you pack for the Annual Conference. A team building exercise will be presented by Boeing representative, Frank Hatten. This exercise will be evaluated and a flight test will take place. Winners will receive prizes. In order to be part of this team building exercise you must sign up at the SCAA’s registration desk at the conference.  Each session only has 105 spots available. This will be on a first come first serve bases. Session A: (In the Palmetto Hall Building) 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Session B: (Duplicate session in the Palmetto Hall Building) 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Click here for more information on the Boeing Exercise  Exhibitor Layout:  Drawings: Stop by TELICS booth # 28 for a drawing  Exhibitor Game: You have a chance to win a $50.00 gift card, by participating in the exhibitor game at the conference: Click here for the exhibitor game (this will be provided on-site) You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your item to the registration table at the conference or if you are an exhibitor you may keep it at your booth to promote attendees. Do you have the SCAA APP?  It has all the conference information included and an attendees list right at your fingertips.  There will be notifications sent out while you are onsite.  Download the SCAA APP today: South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) Thank you to our APP sponsor: PACE Pavement Technology  If you are signed up to play golf, please see bullet points below: Check...
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2017 SCAA Annual Conference Information

  Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees List (as of 2.02.17) A team building exercise will be presented by Boeing representative, Frank Hatten. This exercise will be evaluated and a flight test will take place. Winners will receive prizes. In order to be part of this team building exercise you must sign up at the SCAA’s registration desk at the conference.  Each session only has 105 spots available. This will be on a first come first serve bases. Session A: (In the Palmetto Hall Building) 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Session B: (Duplicate session in the Palmetto Hall Building) 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Click here for more information on the Boeing Exercise  Exhibitor Layout:  Drawings: Stop by TELICS booth # 28 for a drawing  Exhibitor Game: You have a chance to win a $50.00 gift card, by participating in the exhibitor game at the conference: Click here for the exhibitor game (this will be provided on-site) You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your item to the registration table at the conference or if you are an exhibitor you may keep it at your booth to promote attendees. Please click on the image below to answer your questions and help you pack for the Annual Conference.  Do you have the SCAA APP?  It has all the conference information included and an attendees list right at your fingertips.  There will be notifications sent out while you are onsite.  Download the SCAA APP today: South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) Thank you to our APP sponsor: PACE Pavement...
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