Susan Pretulak with SC Ready to Speak at SC Aerospace Industry Dinner

Susan Pretulak Focuses on Workforce Development at Aerospace Industry Dinner Vice President of Ready SC, a division of the SC Technical College System, Susan Pretulak will speak at the SC Aerospace Industry on August 22 at the University of South Carolina (USC) Hollings Center in Columbia. Pretulak will share how SC is prepared to educate and train SC residents for the state’s aerospace industry and its future. USC’s McNair Aerospace Center Director Dr. Zafer Gurdal will also provide an update on how the Aerospace Center is growing and focusing on providing a steady stream of graduates ready to work in various aerospace fields. The McNair Center focuses on the research and education needs of South Carolina aerospace industries. Governor Nikki Haley proclaimed August 19-23 as South Carolina Aviation Week. The dinner will be one event taking place during week. This week coincides with National Aviation Week celebrated during the week of Orville Wright’s birthday, August 19, who played an important role in aviation history along with his brother Wilbur. Throughout the week airports will individually celebrate the week and aviation groups will hold meetings around the state. Discovery flights will be provided to reporters around the state. If you are interested in participating in a discovery flight, please contact Katie Koon at 803-252-7128 or email Katie@associationsplus.com. South Carolina has six commercial service airports, 54 general aviation airports and four busy military airfields that are essential underpinnings to South Carolina’s diversified business base, growing population and growing tourism industry. Airports support and assist South Carolina through many activities including recreational flying, providing a gateway to communities and tourist attractions, accommodating agricultural spraying, supporting air cargo and air freight shipments, helping law enforcement, supporting the military and its operations, providing access in times of emergency, and supporting medical needs and the medical profession. Many businesses in South Carolina rely on aviation, both commercial service and general aviation airports, for the efficient transport of people and goods. With more than 100 aerospace related companies in South Carolina, aviation is a multi-billion dollar industry. Aviation and airports in South Carolina also contribute millions each year in tax benefits to state and local government. The mission of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission is to foster air commerce by overseeing the safety and development of the state’s public use airports and providing safe, reliable air transportation for state government and business prospects. The mission of...
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Ambassador Passport Stamp locations Online

Click on the button below to see a listing of where the stamps are located at each airport for the Ambassador Passport Program. One change to the program, due to the condition of the runway a stamp will not be located at the Hemingway Stuckey Airport. List of stamp...
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Governor Nikki Haley Proclaims August 19-23 SC Aviation Week

Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed August 19-23 SC Aviation Week. A resource packet has been mailed to all airports in the state with information they can use to promote aviation during the week in their community.  Contents in the resource packet are also available online by clicking...
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Scholarship Golf Tournament Online Registration Open

Scholarship Golf Tournament Online Registration Open  SCAA will host its Second Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, August 23 with a shotgun start at 10 am at Cobblestone Golf Club in Blythewood SC. Proceeds from the tournament will provide scholarships for students pursuing aviation careers in the state. Click here for more details Click here to register online....
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Check out the latest issue of Palmetto Aviation

Click here to read the Spring issue of SCAA’s newsletter Palmetto...
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Former Blue Angels Pilot to Speak at SEAE

Southeast Aviation Expo to Reach Mach Speed with Former Blue Angels Pilot “Fastest I got was 1.78 Mach, which is 1.78 times the speed of sound, which equals about 1206 to 1352 miles per hour depending on your cruising altitude! That’s scootin’ along!” joked Lt. Commander Scott “Yogi” Beare, U.S. Navy (Retired), former pilot for the Blue Angels and author of two books. “We are thrilled to announce that Scott has agreed to be a Key Note Speaker at the Southeast Aviation Expo which will take place at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina on September 27th and 28th “, stated GMU Airport Director Joe Frasher. “It will be incredible for us to hear about his fast flying experiences since not many pilots ever get to go that fast or fly those type planes!” Beare has had an interesting life. After he began his naval career in nuclear engineering, he soon felt a “higher” calling – literally. He set his sights on his lifelong passion of becoming a pilot earning his navy “wings of gold” in 1985. Spending his last 20 years in the military as a naval aviator, Beare flew a variety of aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet and F-5 Tiger II, accumulating over 6000 flight hours in these high performance fighters. He is a graduate of the famed Naval Fighter Weapons School “TOPGUN”, as well as a combat decorated veteran of Desert Storm where he was awarded two air medals and a navy commendation medal for valor in aerial combat. Beare’s aviation career reached new heights in 1995 when he was personally selected for the rare opportunity to fly with the U.S. Navy’s world-renowned flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels. Beare will speak at 12:45 pm on Saturday, September...
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SCAA Scholarship Golf Tournament

SCAA Scholarship Golf Tournament – Friday, August 23 Cobblestone Park Golf Club Blythewood, SC   Tournament Online Registration In an effort to promote the aviation industry in SC, the South Carolina Aviation Association began its Scholarship Program in 2012 to provide limited assistance to students pursuing aviation as a career. The scholarship was awarded to three students from Trident Technical College in 2012. Students applying for the scholarship have to be recommended by an SCAA member. Each scholarship winner must meet the criteria set by the SCAA Board of Directors including an overall grade point average of 3.0 and a letter of recommendation from a current member. Proceeds from the SCAA Scholarship Golf Tournament help to fund the association’s scholarship program. Prizes will be awarded to the following places: first and second place teams as well as to the golfer with the longest drive and closest to the pin. Rules and regulations are announced at the shot gun start. To register for the golf tournament as an individual or a team, click to access online registration. If you would like to sign up more than one team, you may submit multiple registrations. Space is limited this year, so sign up today! Check-in will begin at 9 am with an 10 am shotgun start. The event will conclude by 3:30 pm. Questions?? Call 1-877-FLY SCAA (1-877-359-7222). Visit the Scholarship info page. SCAA Scholarship Program...
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Ambassadors Passport Program

Visit South Carolina’s public use airports and become a SC Aviation Ambassador through the SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program.   Ambassador’s Registration Page   The South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) is proud to announce the SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program. The program is designed to encourage pilots to fly to all of the airports in South Carolina and visit aviation seminars and the Southeast Aviation Expo. We plan to increase awareness of South Carolina’s aviation system and contribute to the economic development activities of each locality by getting pilots to fly to airports and events they may not normally visit.   This program is an extraordinary opportunity for pilots aviation enthusiasts and the general public to see the valuable assets in our system of airports. It gives pilots and riders alike an opportunity to set and meet goals in their flying and sightseeing while having fun and experiencing what South Carolina has to offer. Driving to our airports is also acceptable for our ground bound friends, rainy days and where airport access may be difficult on the airplane or pilot skills.   The SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program provides Bronze, Silver and Gold level recognition for pilots who visit our airports, aviation events and the Southeast Aviation Expo. Bronze Level Visit 25 of South Carolina’s public-use airports.  Attend one (1) aviation/safety seminar in South Carolina or Southeast Aviation Expo or the SCAA Annual Meeting. Recieve: South Carolina Aviation Association Ambassador’s Cap and a free one (1) year membership in the SCAA. Silver Level Visit 40 of South Carolina’s public-use airports.  Attend one (1) aviation/safety seminar in South Carolina or Southeast Aviation Expo or the SCAA Annual Meeting. Recieve: Aviation Radio Scanner Gold Level Visit all 59 of South Carolina’s public-use airports.  Attend one (1) aviation/safety seminar in South Carolina and the Southeast Aviation Expo or the SCAA Annual Meeting. Recieve: Leather Flight Jacket   The Rules There is no deadline for completing the passport program as long as the program remains in operation. The program is open to pilots (including students), and participants are not required to be South Carolina residents. Participants must obtain an official SC Aviation Association Ambassadors Passport to participate. You may request a free passport by clicking on the registration page below. When visiting a qualifying airport, event, or safety seminar, participants must obtain a stamp in their passport. All stamps must be made in the appropriate location...
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