SCAA’s Annual Legislative Breakfast at the State House

SAVE THE DATE!  After the Legislative Breakfast SCAA members will have an opportunity to walk over to the State House and be welcomed to the Senate and House. This is the first year that SCAA is doing this. We encourage SCAA to take part of this great opportunity. To register online click here...
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South Carolina Statewide Aviation System Plan & Economic Impact Study Updates – Survey

As some of you may already be aware, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission is in the process of updating two important studies.  One is our statewide airport system plan and the other is our statewide airport economic impact study.  The Commission has several interview, research, survey, and outreach efforts that are underway to support these two studies.  As part of our outreach efforts, we are interested in hearing from you, the pilots who fly into the airports in South Carolina on a regular basis.  The Commission’s studies will help to identify, on a macro level, general improvements that are desirable to help each airport fulfill its designated role in the state airport system.    As you use airports in the state, it is possible that you have observed, first-hand, opportunities to enhance the performance of one or more of the South Carolina airports.  You can provide input into the Commission’s statewide studies by participating in a brief online survey.  You can access the survey at the following address http://SCAC.Pilot.sgizmo.com/s3/.  Over the coming year, the Commission will be focused on identifying the needs of our airports, while at the same time documenting the significant economic impact our state receives from the operation of our general aviation and commercial airports.  Information from the airport system plan and the economic impact studies will be used to help educate local, state, and federal elected officials on the needs and the economic benefits of our airports.  We hope that you will take a few minutes to complete our survey to support these educational efforts.  It is vital that elected officials in South Carolina understand the needs of our airports within the context of the significant value that the airports bring to our state and to our communities.  We thank you for taking time to help us with this effort.     Please Click here for the...
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On July 17, 2017, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will turn 100 years old!

Langley Research Center was the first national civil aeronautics laboratory.  They are having an art contest; every child who enters gets a certificate of participation.  Just wanted to share, in case you wanted to share with your network…   NASA’s Langley Research Center Centennial Student Art ContestCalling all artists, grades K-12!On July 17, 2017, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will turn 100 years old! To celebrate, Langley invites you to take part in its Centennial Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future.”The contest is open to all children in grades K-12 who are attending public, private, parochial and homeschools in the United States. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. A grand prize winner will be chosen from all contest entries. A first place winner will be chosen from each grade level, as well as second place, third place and honorable mention. Each entry will receive a certificate of participation.The art contest submission period began on Nov. 1, 2016, and concludes on Dec. 31, 2016, at midnight EST.For more information, visit https://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov/.Please direct questions about this contest to Kristina Cors...
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SCHAF Newsletter for December 2016

SCHAF Newsletter for December 2016- Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, December 10, 2016. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton/Owens Airport.   Foundation Happenings- Greetings from the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you have an even better Christmas.  As always, it seems, things have been busy, so let’s dive in and see what’s been going on recently with SCHAF. A very successful open house on Saturday, November 12th.  We had a number of young people come over after taking part in the Young Eagles program of EAA 242 but the real treat was a visit from some of the residents of the  Atria Forest Lake assisted living facility in Columbia.  A really nice group of folks who were very interested in hearing about GF-2 and the work of SCHAF in preserving and making more people aware of the Palmetto State’s rich aviation heritage.  Thanks to Debbie Bailey with Atria for bringing them.  She says they really enjoyed it and that it made for a special morning for them.  Ken Berry and Katherine Cuddy spoke with them about the restoration of GF-2 and Ted Podewil talked about airborne operations during the Second World War.  Again, it was great to meet some of the residents from Atria Forest Lake.   SCHAF members who were present at the open house were Ken Berry, Ron Shelton, Mary McIntosh, Katherine Cuddy, Ted Podewil, Marvin Williams and myself. Would also like to add that it was great to meet with the young people who came over from Young Eagles.  That’s an important part of SCHAF’s mission, getting future generations interested in aviation. No board meeting of the SCHAF board for November. A quorum was not present. Wanted to mention that Ron Skipper and the legendary SCHAF truck were part of the Veteran’s Day Parade in Lexington.  The word is that it was a hit and crowd loved it. In last month’s newsletter I made mention of some model airplanes that have been donated to SCHAF.  Thought I would share some pictures.  The first is a Fairey Swordfish, a Royal Navy torpedo bomber from World War II affectionately known as the “Stringbag.”  The second is a Junkers JU-87 Stuka dive bomber from World War II.  There are a number of other models in the collection donated to SCHAF, all of them very nice looking. The...
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Offering for sale some pictures that were donated to SCHAF

Just in time for Christmas, we are offering for sale some pictures that were donated to SCHAF.  We will have these for sale at the open house on Dec 10th. If you do not live in Columbia, we can mail the picture to you in a shipping tube with the actual shipping charge added to the total price. The shipping charge will probably be no more than $15 which includes the price of the mailing tube. If you will not be at the open house but would like to pick the picture up at a different time we can arrange a time for you to pick up the picture. If you are interested in a copy and would like us to hold it for you, please email Katherine at kcuddy@bellsouth.net .    This first picture is limited to only 3 copies for sale. There is some wrinkle damage which can be seen along the outside edge where the crews are listed. We believe this can be repaired with a matted frame. These are numbered editions available for $50 apiece. One of the pictures has a little more wrinkled damage along the bottom edge. This one copy will be available for $35 instead of $50.  This second picture is limited to 16 copies for sale.  The picture has several B-25s with Doolittle seen in the clouds and are signed by Horace “Sally” Crouch, one of the Doolittle Raiders. The signatures are copies and not original to each picture.  These pictures are in nice condition and will be available for $40 apiece.  We have over 50 copies of this third picture which is of plane number 16. This was produced by the Celebrate Freedom Foundation and is a numbered limited edition of 500. Each picture is signed in pencil by the artist. These pictures are in nice condition and will be available for $25...
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Beringer Aero USA relocates operations to Greenville

GREENVILLE, SC – November 17, 2016 – Beringer Aero USA today announced relocating its U.S. operations to the City of Greenville. By locating in the NEXT Manufacturing Center at 400 Bernie Street, it permits the company to relocate existing positions from its Chicago facility and improve the company’s business services.  Based in Tallard, France, Beringer Aero produces wheels and braking systems for a wide range of aircraft, from light aircraft up to its now-standard supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Pilatus PC-6, through various STC for general aviation, plus complete kits for many popular aircraft....
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2016 Winter Newsletter Article for “Palmetto Aviation”- December 15, 2016

If you would like to submit an article for the 2016 Winter edition of Palmetto Aviation, please email scaa@scaaonline.com. Deadline to accept articles is by Thursday December 15, 2016.  
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2017 SCAA Annual Conference

The 2017 SCAA Annual Conference will be held at  Wild Dunes Resort   February 8-10 Hotel Information:  Book your Room at the Wild Dunes Charleston Island Resort today – click here Room Reservation Deadline is by January 10, 2017   Wild Dunes Resort Phone: (877) 624-3654 Group Name/Code: $142 plus tax Online Reservation Link: 2017 SC Aviation Booking Link Click below to register for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendee Registration Exhibitor Registration  Thank you to the 2017 Annual Conference Sponsorships so far: If you would like to be a sponsor at this event, please email Hannah Lorance at scaa@scaaonline.com.                               Thank you to the 2017 Annual Conference Exhibitors so far… Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees...
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Ambassadors Passport Program- CAUTION updates

Before departure be sure to call facilities that do not publish FBO hours of operation to verify that someone will be there to stamp your passport. Stamps may be obtained by participants who drive into airports as well as those who fly in. If in doubt about the safety of a flight due to weather, field conditions, runway length, etc., participants are urged to use sound judgment in deciding whether or not to make the flight. CAUTION:  HVS (Hartsville) – is now closed and not necessary for the passport. 0A2 (Hester Memorial Airport- Calhoun Falls)  – is now closed and not necessary for the passport. 6j6 (Edgefield County) – is a grass field and only 2600 feet long = Overfly okay.  33A (Fairview Airport) – runway 14/32 is very bumpy with excessive patches along entire surface. = Overfly okay. 51J (Lake City) – pavement in poor shape multiple ruts and patched areas on runway surface. The ramp is full of loose gavel.  = Overfly...
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Happy Birthday Xen K. Motsinger! SCAA Member since 1996

Happy Birthday Xen K. Motsinger!  SCAA Member since 1996.  Xen K. Motsinger was born in Lafayette, Ga., and he grew up in Taylorsville NC. Motsinger received his undergraduate degree from Maryville, TN and his graduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He moved to Columbia in 1957 to begin working for the Department of Health and Environmental Control. After 31 years, he retired from DHEC as director of certification. He has served 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Motsinger served in WW II as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps. He earned his private license in 1952. He operated Sandhills Aero Club for more than 20 years, allowing many people the opportunity to learn to fly. Motsinger was also the co-owner of Eastwinds Airpark in Columbia. Motsinger has been a member of the South Carolina Breakfast Club for more than 30 years, and he is the cofounder and 32-year member of the EAA Chapter 242. He has judged many aviation contests, including Antique Airplanes at the Oshkosh International Air Show, Classic Airplanes at Sun Fun in Lakeland, Florida, Aeronica Fly-In and the EAA Chapter 3 Antique/Classics Fly-In. Motsinger has won many awards for his accomplishments in aviation. Some of those awards include the Oshkosh Lindy Award, BestO-65 HP Oshkosh HP Sun Fun, Palmetto Sport Aviation Man of the Year Award and the EAA Red McCord Award. He continues to judge antique air shows and serve as a field representative for the EAA Young Eagles Program.   Xen’s family has asked to send an invitation for everyone to celebrate his 90th Birthday This information was received through EAA Chapter 242:...
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Military History Center of the Carolinas (MHCC) Plans Released in Remembrance of Veteran’s Day!

“MHCC members worked though the hot summer, without air conditioning, to get the future U.S. Military History Museum and Educational Center building completely gutted!  This was no small feat!  The building has no power or water service, generators were brought in just so we could at least have a large fan pulling air through,” stated Alan Spearman, President of MHCC.  “The building is believed to have been built in the early 1950’s and we found lots of old magazines, papers and other documents that had accumulated over the years,” Spearman added.  “This was one of the dirtiest non vehicle related projects that we have ever undertaken, but now MHCC has a ‘clean slate’ of a building to work with.”  Spearman is referencing the fact that MHCC members frequently undertake projects of restoring military vehicles to display at events.   “The future museum will focus on the history of our U.S. military from WWI to present.  There is a rich connection to history that is missed with the currently popular social media.  Viewing history on a screen is not the same as having an up close experience with the artifacts and experiences of veterans.  The goal is to set up a special place where people can see history come to life, have instruction on history, touch historical items, and not just view them in a glass case.  While we have our veterans with us we need to take time to make connections with soldiers who defended our freedom.  MHCC has members with a wealth of experience in running museums and nonprofit organizations, and MHCC has many talented people who know how to make history exciting for visitors of all ages.  MHCC has military vehicles, armaments, historical period attire, communications equipment, books and everything else that is needed to fill a museum.  You may have seen some of our displays and vehicles at events in our area,“ stated Spearman.   For many years, members of MHCC have been dedicated to preserving our American Military History by collecting and restoring items to take to events throughout our nation and within our local communities.  This group, which has members from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, have conducted a sort of “traveling museum”.  Last year alone they visited  67 locations.  Families and individuals; young, and not so young; male and female; about 50% veterans, and many others who have never served, help make...
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2016 Do-Little Fly-In

From a drive viewing a plane to a flight to show on First – Xen’s family ask I send out to all an invitation for  everyone to celebrate his 90 th Birthday . This will take place in the SAC on November 18th which is next Friday from 6PM to 8PM.   Second-  Do not forget YE This Saturday Third-  Do-Little: Fly-In Friday Bonfire and Camping ! Saturday  Fly In-Do-Little Dogs & Cheese Burgers 12-3 P.M. See banner below- Hope all of you can make this !...
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Hall of Fame Nomination Forms- Submit by November 1st

Please submit Hall of Fame nomination forms by November 1 Established in 1991, the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame honors pioneers and leaders in the aviation industry who have made significant contributions to the development, advancement or promotion of aviation and have close ties to the State of South Carolina. Aviation Hall of Fame Criteria It is not necessary to have a Hall of Fame or Aviator of the Year inductee every year. Up to three nominees for the SCAA Hall of Fame honorees can be inducted each year and one Aviator of the Year. The individual must be of good character. The individual’s contribution to aviation must be substantial and performed with a high degree of excellence, above and beyond the performance of one’s job or political position. The individual’s contribution may be a single gallant event or achievement over time that has made a lasting impact on aviation. A single gallant event will be defined as an event, which was brave, spirited and honorable. Examples are William Farrow and Ronald McNair. Nominees shall be reviewed by the appropriate FAA or DOA officials to ensure there are no concerns or reasons why the person should not be nominated. Nominations shall expire after the first consideration and must be resubmitted for future consideration. The individual nominated must have been born in South Carolina and made their contribution to aviation in this state or elsewhere; OR have been a native of another state and made their contribution to aviation in South Carolina. Nominations must include verifiable documentation of the individual’s contribution to aviation to include the following: A biographical resume (as detailed as possible), documentation, clippings, citations, and awards regarding the contribution to aviation. No consideration will be given to any information other than that submitted with the nomination package. Aviation Hall of Fame committee members shall only consider information submitted in the written nomination package. No other information supplied by anyone to the Aviation Hall of Fame committee members or to SCAA board members will be considered. Click here to Watch the SCAA Hall of Fame Video Click here to browse current SCAA Hall of Fame Download Hall of Fame Nomination Form...
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Anti-FOD campaign

The aviation industry prides itself on an anti-FOD.  Please do your part!  Pick up and properly dispose of FOD when you see it!  Thank you for your assistance.   Jim Hamilton Owens Airport (CUB) does an anti-FOD campaign that is continuous, diligent, and thorough. Does your airport promote anti-FOD, share what you have done with SCAA by emailing Hannah at...
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SCAA Board Petition

For those interested in serving on the SCAA Board of Directors, please submit this petition form below by December 15, 2016.  For members to print the SCAA Board of Directors petition click...
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