Young Aviators Fly-in

Young Aviators Fly-in SAVE THE DATES:  JUNE 8-10 2018 Calling all young adults and youth in aviation for the first annual Young Aviators Fly-In at Triple Tree Aerodrome! Any age is welcome (including the young at heart) to come and celebrate the next generation of aviators. Aircraft and guests can begin arriving on Friday, June 8th at 9 AM and the event will conclude on Sunday, June 10th at 5 PM. On Saturday, June 9th, we will be hosting various aviation organizations including aviation colleges, clubs, and youth programs from around the country for a “Youth Day”. As of early March several groups have already committed to attending. Textron Aviation, Auburn University, Middle Georgia State University, Averett University, Middle Tennessee State University, USAeroFlight, the Vintage Aircraft Association and Warbirds of America to name a few! We are looking forward to adding more vendors and seminars in the coming months. Also, be on the lookout for raffle announcements. We are planning on raffling off several rides in aircraft such as Staggerwings and Cabin Wacos! Come camp, fly, and hang out with fellow aviation enthusiasts at one of the world’s most beautiful grass strips! There will be no landing fee or daily admission fee, however food trucks will be on site each day to provide a great meal. Each attendee is responsible for paying for their own meal. On Saturday and Sunday a continental breakfast will be provided for a low cost. An event specific T-shirt will be available for purchase as well. Come on out and enjoy the beauty and charm of Triple Tree, all while supporting the next generation! More information coming soon for this great young aviators event. Please check back in the coming months. Cayla McLeod Cayla1127@gmail.com Ryan Hunt hunt.paulryan@gmail.com (404) 805-6719 Please Thank our supporters that are making this event possible. TTA AOPA EAA Carbon Cub   For more information click...
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Join together to train S.C. students for workforce BY EMERSON SMITH

Join together to train S.C. students for workforce BY EMERSON SMITH Bobby Hitt, head of our Department of Commerce, is very proud of his bringing aerospace companies to South Carolina, but he has failed to motivate the General Assembly to improve public schools. Nonetheless, Frank Hatten, an education relations specialist at Boeing, is taking a direct approach to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics in public schools and build a pipeline of South Carolinians working in the aerospace industry. I met Hatten on a recent group visit to the mammoth Boeing plant in North Charleston. We took a bus through the initial checkpoint and drove around an assortment of giant white buildings. We saw an array of new Boeing 787 aircraft sitting on a ramp, each in the distinctive colors and logos of airlines from around the world. Inside the final assembly building, we were escorted to a top floor classroom. There, we were shown camera pods and microphones in the ceiling and admonished that what we said or did would be recorded. No photos allowed. What followed was a 45-minute PowerPoint lecture on how Boeing works with high school students in South Carolina to encourage them to learn more about aerospace theory, science, design, assembly, flight and evaluation and to be eligible for training that could lead to a job at Boeing. This is all impressive, just the effort that Boeing makes to get high school students qualified to work at this Boeing plant of about 7,000 workers. After the lecture, we were escorted to the second floor, where, for a few minutes, we could look down, unobstructed, on the six or so aircraft being fitted with interiors and engines. We were told that our group, members of the S.C. Aviation Association, was indeed fortunate to be able to visit the plant, since visits are highly restricted. We would not be allowed to tour the shop floor, we discovered, since that is a privilege, Hatten said, extended only to potential aircraft purchasers. I draw three conclusions. First is that the Boeing facility is secure. Second, that Boeing is investing, with a good return, in the education of secondary school students. Third is that our public schools are the weakest link when Boeing and other plants need to find educated and trainable workers. BMW, the first, in 1993, of a series of automotive assembly plants in South Carolina, has...
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SCHAF Newsletter for March 2018

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Greenville Downtown Airport Lifts Our Local Economy

Greenville Downtown Airport Lifts Our Local Economy The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission has released a Statewide Aviation System Plan and Economic Impact Report.  It concludes that South Carolina’s network of 57 publicly owned airports contribute $16.3 billion annually to our state and local economies, while supporting almost 165,000 jobs. In the findings, it was determined that last year the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) had the following direct and indirect/induced economic impact: Employment:  547 (up from 453 in 2006 when last study was done) Payroll:  $24.9 million (up from $13.4 million in 2006 when last study was done) Economic Activity:  $68.8 million (up from $35.2 million in 2006 when last study was done) “We all know our system of airports connects us to the world and delivers vacation spending visitors to our great cities, coastal beaches and mountain regions, but we often don’t think about the parts and products aircraft bring here, which makes many types of manufacturing and other business possible in our state,” stated Joe Frasher, South Carolina Aviation Association Board Member and Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport.  “A strong case could be made that without airports, Boeing and BMW would not have landed in our state.  Both require parts delivered in a timely manner.  Transportation by land or sea might not be quick enough in this era of just-in-time inventory,” according to Frasher. ​​ The report notes that aviation supports about 7% of our state’s job market through direct employment and through companies that rely on aviation.  “Almost everyone in Greenville knows someone who works at Lockheed Martin.  These people would not be employed here if it weren’t for our local airports.  The same can be said for all the military aviation personnel our local airports and state host,” added Frasher. The study shows that, from various sources, airports directly generate $657 million dollars in state tax revenue.  It also reports that aviation demand is expected to grow and that airports need to be maintained and funding increased to support this mode of transportation’s infrastructure.  Based on previous funding history, the study determined that only 25-50% of the airports estimated annual needs will be available from the current state budget and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The FAA can supply 90% of the funding needed for eligible projects at airports if state and local funds are available to fund the remaining 10%. “Much like our...
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Mr. Gerald M. Ballard, Hephzibah, GA, entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2017. 

Mr. Gerald M. Ballard, Hephzibah, GA, entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2017. Mr. Ballard was born to the late Arthur M. Ballard and Eleanor V. Ballard in Fredericksburg, VA on September 30, 1939. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Frances Louise Skillman. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force (1959-1964). He was the owner and President of Ballard Truck and Tire Company in Augusta, GA since 1968. He was the President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club since 1979. He was awarded the 1998 Aviator of the Year at the Boshears Memorial Fly In. His proudest and most honorable accomplishment was when he was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004. He is survived by his daughters Janet Ballard Frazier (Russell) and Rebecca Ballard Wyles. And Michael Ballard. He is survived by four Grandsons; Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles and Noah Wyles. Additionally, he is survived by three sisters; Marita K. Broussard of Columbia, SC, Sally B. Hill (Ken) of Indian Harbor Beach, FL, and S. Kay Taraschi (Peter) of Indiatlantic, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on December 10, 2017 at Platts Funeral Home, Belair Road Chapel, Evans, GA from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Platts Funeral Home, Belair Road Chapel, Evans, GA with the Reverand Ben Bartlett officiating. Burial will follow at Westover Memorial Park. The pallbearers are Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles, Noah Wyles, Kerry Hale, and Ernest Tukes. Honorary pallbearers are All Members of the S.C. Breakfast Club. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Vaucluse First Baptist Church, 2 Church St, Vaucluse, SC 29850. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences...
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Leo R. Berube

Leo R. Berube was recently presented the most distinguished award the Federal Aviation Administration issues to pilots.  He has flown aircraft for business, professional aerial photography and advanced flight Instruction.  Leo is a Director with the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA). The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 61.  Named after the Wright Brothers, the first U.S. pilots, the award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for more than 50 years while piloting...
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SCHAF Newsletter for December 2017-

Please click the following to access the SCHAF Newsletter for December! SCHAF Newsletter for December 2017-
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SCHAF Newsletter for November

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Register today for the 2018 SCAA Annual Conference!

The 2018 SCAA Annual Conference will be Feb 7-9 at the Wild Dunes Resort. The theme of this Annual Conference is “Airports Mean Business”.   Hard Copy of Registration form: Click here   Online Registration: Click here for the online registration form.   Sponsorship: Click here for the online sponsorship form.   Exhibitor: Click here for the online exhibitor form.   Hotel Information:  Room Reservation Deadline is by January 9, 2017   Group Name/Code 2018 SC Aviation Association Annual Conference / 3H55E5 Group Rate Guestrooms: $142 daily ++ Two Bedroom condo’s and One Bedroom Suites: $174 daily ++ Online Reservation Link 2018 SC Aviation Assn Online Booking Link Toll Free Reservation Line 877.624.3654 Group Cut Off Date Attendees must book their reservations and fill the group block prior to January 9th,...
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Inside the terminal houses the South Carolina Aviation Association’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

  Richland County owns and manages the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport in Columbia. Inside the terminal houses the South Carolina Aviation Association’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Free and open to the public, here’s more about the hall; featuring 2009 inductee Robert Sumwalt, the current Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. David L. Bowser, Assistant Director Public Information Office Richland County...
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SCHAF Newsletter for October 2017

SCHAF Newsletter for October 2017-   Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, October 14, 2017. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton-Owens Airport. AeroFest 2017 will take place Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10am through 4pm at Hamilton-Owens-Owens Airport.   Foundation Happenings-   Greetings to members and friends of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation.  September was a busy month; the big news is that the SCHAF restoration team has completed the project to rebuild the nose section of “Furtle Turtle,” the B-25 at Patriots Point in Charleston, South Carolina.  This is a great example of how historic organizations in the Palmetto State can work together to ensure that future generations will be aware of the contributions of previous generations.  SCHAF members who took in part in the project to restore the nose section of “Furtle Turtle” were: Ron Skipper, David Moxley, John Chamberlain, Katherine Cuddy, Joe McDonagh, Gary Byrd, Lucienne Lapierre, Edwin Scott, and Niall McLaughlin.  Special kudos go out to Ron Skipper and David Moxley, who spent quite a lot of time at the U.S.S. Yorktown in Charleston carrying out restoration.  Below are some before and after pictures. Before moving on to other subjects, want to mention that big things are in store for October.  Our monthly open house will take place Saturday, October 14th and we will be holding a birthday party. We’ll be celebrating the 75th birthday of GF-2, SCHAF’s B-25. We’ll have a short program commemorating her arrival in the Palmetto State in 1942.  We’ll also have refreshments and would love to have as many people as possible to wish the ol’ girl a happy birthday.  Also, on October 21st the 2017 edition of AeroFest will take place at Hamilton-Owens Airport. A number of historic aircraft including a Ford Tri-Motor will be there. It will be a great chance to see a wide selection of warbirds and antique aircraft. Hawkeyes Over AeroFest, an aerial scavenger hunt will also take place. And remember AeroFest raises funds for a great cause, Camp Kemo, which provides recreational opportunities for kids undergoing treatment for cancer.  Hope to see everyone at both events.  Link to AeroFest 2017 site: http://flyforfunandcommunity.com/blog/ .   A successful open house on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  Met a number of nice people who seemed very interested in the work of SCHAF as well as a couple of young men who expressed an interest...
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Governor McMaster to Deliver Keynote Address at SC Aerospace Conference

Governor Henry McMaster to Deliver Keynote Address As the 117th governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster recognizes the impact of the aerospace industry and its importance to the economic future of the Palmetto State. Having performed decades of public service, McMaster is committed to keeping South Carolina right where it belongs – on top. To do this, Governor McMaster is focused on making sure that the Palmetto State retains and builds upon its unmatched positive business environment. And, in just six short months as governor, the approach seems to be paying off. During that time, McMaster and his team have announced more than 50 economic development projects, bringing approximately 6,600 new jobs and $2.1 billion in capital investment to South Carolina. Research and Innovation Poster Competition  The SC Aerospace Conference and Expo is calling for abstracts for the research and innovation poster competition. The poster competition provides an opportunity to showcase recent developments, demonstrations of new applications or techniques, upcoming research challenges, future directions and novel approaches in an aerospace related field. Winners are recognized during the conference’s evening event on Wednesday August 30th. For more details, please e-mail us. S.C. Department of Commerce Collaborating with Partners to Host Two Key Events for Existing Industries at SC Aerospace Conference and Expo 2017 South Carolina Aerospace B2B Supplier Matchmaker: Taking place on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, this event is an opportunity for aerospace suppliers to connect with OEMs and tier one suppliers. Interested firms must first apply and be pre-screened for this event. If approved, registration costs are $50 per person for the B2B session (this does not include Conference and Expo access). The event is open to companies with South Carolina operations only but can include direct and indirect suppliers. Learn more, and apply here.     South Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Workshop: Taking place on Thursday, August 31, 2017, this event is for either prime or sub-contractors to the Department of Defense (DOD) that have been impacted by sequestration and/or are now interested in developing more non-DOD business opportunities. Featuring expert presentations to benefit defense contractors in six key areas surrounding strategic diversification, the workshop will address differences between DOD and non-DOD markets and how companies can effectively identify and secure new market opportunities. The event is sponsored by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce and S.C. Department of Commerce. To attend the workshop, register for either a one- or two-day conference pass. Thank you...
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