Sign up today to attend AMT day on May 24th!

   On May 24 we honor the men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible.  It is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. Save the date for AMT day on May 24th.  FREE to all attendees, RSVP by May 19 by emailing scaa@scaaonline.com   AMT DAY! When: Wednesday , May 24  Time: 11:30 a.m. Where: SC Aeronautics Commission Hangar 2553 Airport Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29170 Sponsors: $200 (table sponsor)...
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2017 Spring Edition Palmetto Aviation Newsletter – Electronic Version

The 2017 Spring 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 issue. Our Spring Edition covers: Annual Conference Recap Hall of Fame Recap Airport News  Upcoming Event Details: AMT (May 24), Southeast Aviation Expo (June 10 & 11), and SC Aerospace Conference and Expo (August 29-31)    ...
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SCAA Newsfeed Feature Now Available

SCAA is bringing you an updated news feature on the website under the “News feed tab”. Your staff updates this section on a weekly basis so please take this opportunity to check...
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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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Don’t miss Friday’s Breakfast at the SCAA 2017 Annual Conference!!!

Charles Lindbergh will be at the SCAA’s Annual Conference on Friday, February 10 at 8:00 am, this is an don’t miss event if you are attending the conference! Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle Soar with Lucky Lindy in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis as he battles bad weather, exhaustion — and ghosts — to emerge as the first pilot ever to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Experience the crushing worldwide fame that overwhelms this shy Minnesota country boy when he lands at Le Bourget Airport. Meet the young and beautiful Anne Morrow, who would marry him and blossom into one of the world’s first female pilots and a world-renowned author. Witness the heartbreak of their son’s kidnapping and murder and the garish spectacle of the ensuing “Trial of the Century.” Want to get an idea of what you will see on Friday, February 10 at 8 am- visit website http://charleslindberghplay.com/?page_id=21 for videos scenes of this Charles Lindberg Play.    – Written and performed by Steve Carroll, click his name for a biography from Steve. Thank you to our Friday’s Breakfast Sponsors:  We are still accepting registrations for if you are interested in attending, Click the button below for online registration.   Click here to register for the 2017 Annual...
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2017 SCAA Annual Conference – Silent Auction

You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for the silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your gift to the registration table at the conference. If you have any questions please call Hannah Lorance at 877-359-7222. SCAA thanks you for your...
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