Aviation Week – Registration Open

SC Aerospace Industry Conference & Expo August 24-25, 2016 The SC Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo connect industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. The event will take place on August 24 & 25, 2016 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Based on the previous event, this year’s edition expects to attract over 500 participants and 50 exhibitors. Don’t miss this opportunity to expose your brand to a large audience! The expo hall will give companies, educational institutes and other organizations the opportunity to present themselves and network with participants from across the state and region. Please visit the conference web site to view the available exhibitor opportunities that will allow your organization to promote your brand and products, to an audience, filled with high-level executives, and industry leaders. Education Alley at the Exhibition Hall The exhibition hall will feature a special Education Alley for Technical Colleges and Universities to highlight their education programs. Higher education and non-profit organizations will also receive a 50% discount on a booth. Please see our website and exhibitors floorplan for pricing and booth availability. Sponsor Opportunities Organizations can also participate in the Aerospace Industry Conference by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship packages range from Headline Sponsor ($15,000) to Dinner Table Sponsor ($1,500) levels. Please see the website for sponsor opportunities. Conference Program The event will feature two program options: an industry track, including a B2B networking event; and a research track, including the technical symposium ACE’16. In addition, the Advance Design Concepts and Practice Workshop will make its US debut at the conference. This event has been held previously in Europe and China. Organizers The SC Aerospace Conference & Expo is hosted by the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation & Research at the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness & SC Aerospace, the South Carolina Aviation Association, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and the South Carolina Department of Commerce and is a collaborative effort to highlight and showcase the growing aerospace sector in South...
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Very Sad News to Report….Jim Alexander

James Alexander (1949-2015) I have very sad news to report.  Jim Alexander, James Stephens’ father-in-law, passed away yesterday. James (Jim) D. Alexander, has over 39 years of experience as a pilot, chief pilot, director of operations, and as a business and flight department manager. His specialty is business and flight operations management. Mr. Alexander’s prior associations have been with the US Army and managing flight departments for Carolina Aviation (1969-1980), Suitt Construction Company (1981-1985) and Special Services Corporation (1985 to date). The visitation is on Friday, December 4th from 6 – 8 pm at the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home (downtown Greenville).  639 N Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601. The Funeral Services are held on Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 am at Tabernacle Baptist Church.  3931 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611. Please keep James Stephens and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers. Find Jim’s obituary...
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Register for SCAA Legislative Breakfast

South Carolina Aviation Association Legislative Breakfast Wednesday, January 13, 2016 8 AM  – 10 AM Blatt Bldg. Room 112 of the SC State House, Columbia, SC Cost is $25 – SCAA Members & Legislators attend for free (Bring change for parking) Download PDF registration here Click here to register...
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SCAA 2016 Board Petitions – Date Extended till December, 15

Do you have an interest to serve on SCAA Board of Directors?  SCAA is extending the board petition deadline until Tuesday, December 15, 2015. 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 Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD...
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SCAA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter: Read online newsletter now!

Be on the lookout in your mailbox for your summer edition of the Palmetto Aviation. In the mean time, read it online...
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Amended House Bill 3568 Tax exemption on parts used in general aviation aircraft repa

  Amended House Bill 3568 Tax exemption on parts used in general aviation aircraft repair Signed by governor: June 6, 2015 Effective date: 01/01/16 An act to amend section 12-36-2120 code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to exemptions from the state sales tax, so as to exempt certain construction materials used by an entity organized under section 501 (C) (3) of the internal revenue code as a nonprofit organization, to expand the exemption for parts and supplies used by persons engaged in the business of repairing or reconditioning aircraft, and to exempt certain children’s clothing sold to a private charitable organization exempt from federal and state income tax and to provide exceptions. General Aviation repair and parts sales tax was previously 6% in the state of South Carolina. As a result, many repair jobs were sent off to surrounding Southern states. With overall costs lowered, this bill will truly enhance general aviation in South Carolina and support it’s economic development. The South Carolina Aviation Association President, Don Purcell and the AOPA Director of State and Government Affairs, Jared Esselman met with key legislators to explain how these state taxes hindered general aviation growth in the state. All of those involved in general aviation are incredibly excited and proud as they worked hard to receive the support and the attention to the issue. “Another step in making South Carolina Aviation friendly!!” South Carolina Aviation Association President, Don Purcell. Additional Resources: AOPA Newspost SC Legislature  ...
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