SCHAF Membership Appreciation Night April 7th

Please join us for the membership Appreciation Night Friday April 7th, 6:00 pm at hangar, Y-1. Come see the hard and detailed work being done, and how your contribution is making a difference in preserving the history of flying in SC. Bill Rouw from the Canadian Warplane Museum will also be there to talk about their flying B-25 and other planes. There will be food, beverages, videos and great conversations. We look forward to seeing you. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so at your earliest convenience. A renewal form is attached. There will also be an opportunity to renew at Appreciation Night. Thank you, SCHAF Membership Renewal...
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Aerospace Education Initiatives for Youth in Greenville County

Randy Kimlin is interested in advancing the aerospace education initiatives, for our youth, in Greenville County, if none are currently underway. He is thinking about creating a center that all students from Greenville County would have the opportunity to visit and that it be at or near the Greenville Downtown Airport.  He thinks this will spark the interest in some students to enter this career field. Can you share what, if anything, that you know of that is offered or being planned so that he can move forward with his idea or maybe join in on one that is currently underway.  Feel free to forward this email on to others you feel may be pursuing a similar goal. Randy Kimlin...
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Midlands Gives, a 24 hour on-line fund-raising campaign to support non-profits in the midlands of South Carolina takes place Tuesday.

Midlands Gives, a 24 hour on-line fund-raising campaign to support non-profits in the midlands of South Carolina takes place Tuesday.  Consider making a donation to support the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation.  Thank you for your support. Here’s the...
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SCHAF Newsletter for May 2017-

SCHAF Newsletter for May 2017 Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, May 13, 2017. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton/Owens Airport. Foundation Happenings- Before we get to what’s been happening over the past month I must start with a mea culpa. In last month’s newsletter I was writing about the March board meeting but referred to it as taking place in April.  An editing mistake on my part and my apologies for any confusion it may have caused. No, I can’t predict the future.  From now on I must remember to engage brain before putting hands in gear to type.  Now on to what’s been happening because April was a very busy and productive month. Friday evening, April 7th, SCHAF held the first membership appreciation night, a way of saying thanks to the members who have been faithful supporters over the years, and man was it a success.  About two dozen people showed up, renewed their membership, enjoyed some pizza and had a great evening chatting, getting to know each other and catching up on things.  We also picked up some new members.  Bill Rouw from the Canadian Warplanes Heritage Museum presented SCHAF with a beautiful picture of their flying B-25 “Hot Gen.” Videos of the CWHM’s B-25 and Avro Lancaster played on the big screen TV.  Also, great to see Bruce Cotner, who is not only a SCHAF member but also a member of the South Carolina Military History Club, which is a great organization that does much to introduce folks to the fascinating subject of military history. All in all it was a great evening. Big time kudos go out to Katherine Cuddy for planning and organizing the membership appreciation night. Also thanks to the other SCHAF members who brought food, ice and refreshments.   Plans are in the works for another membership appreciation night in the fall and we look forward to an even better turnout.   Membership appreciation night The next morning, Saturday, April 8th SCHAF held its monthly open house and it was a big success.  The open house honored the 75th anniversary of the historic “Doolittle Raid” by Jimmy Doolittle and his intrepid band of airman on Japan in 1942.  Turnout was great. Between 40 and 50 people showed up to take part in activities remembering the day in 1942 when Doolittle and his men took off from the deck of...
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Georgetown County Employment

Georgetown County Employment Department: PUBLIC WORKS (AIRPORT) Position: Airport Manager Grade: 131 Salary: $42,681.00 Job Function: GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under limited supervision, manages and supervises the Georgetown and Andrews Aviation/Fixed Based Operations (FBOs) at Georgetown County and Robert F. Swinnie (Andrews) Airports. This includes marketing, developing short and long range plans. The Airport Managers utilizes highly responsible administrative and supervisory skills in managing the operations, maintenance, security, construction, and related planning for future development of County Airports in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations. Oversees the efficient and effective operation and development of the Georgetown County Airports. Perform various other administrative duties as assigned. Works under the direct supervision of the Public Works Manager.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS •Inspects work in progress for quality, completeness, adherence to schedules and compliance with required codes and regulations. •Work with Senior Staff and the Public Services Director to develop the Airports’ annual operating and capital budgets for general aviation activities, determining supplies, equipment needs, and capital improvements. •Formulates and recommends plans for short and long range development, marketing and capital improvements, indicating the resources needed. •Provide monthly performance reports to the Public Services Director. •Maintains inventory control of airport equipment, merchandise, and supplies: conducts periodic inventory counts ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities and initiates orders for new/replacement materials. •Researches/evaluates items for airport use or retail sales •Receives and responds to customer complaints and suggestions within scope of knowledge and authority. •Provides information to the public and airport users, establishes, interprets and enforces rules governing airport facilities, usage, facility leasing, and service, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations and federal, state and local statutes. •Coordinates and ensures the enforcement of air traffic and safety rules and regulations. •Performs annual emergency drills with County Emergency Service Department •Conducts inspections of the airport equipment, grounds, facilities oversees necessary repairs and maintenance of the Georgetown County airports. •Supervises maintenance activities to ensure safe, secure airfield/runway conditions for aircraft operations and security of airport facilities. •Inspects airfield lighting and navigational aids evaluates/identifies malfunctioning equipment, potential safety hazards, or other problems and initiates appropriate action to correct/resolve problems or deficiencies. •Receives reviews, prepares and/or submits various records and reports including accounts receivable and payable records, charts, budget documents, sales reports, weather charts, training reports, statistical reports, memos, correspondence, etc. •Provides customer service to pilots, crew members, passengers, and visitors responds to complaints/questions, researches...
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Greenwood, South Carolina: Pilot honored for volunteering to fly Mercy missions

GREENWOOD, S.C. — A Greenwood pilot has been named the 2016 Mercy Flight Southeast “Pilot of the Year” for the South Carolina region, Mercy Flight officials said. Broadus “Bo” Bowman, a Mercy Flight Southeast volunteer pilot since 2013, was recently awarded with the honor for the second year in a row. Bowman is a Greenwood resident. He is one of more than 650 volunteer pilots in the Southeast who donate their time, personal aircraft and fuel to help Mercy Flight Southeast passengers get to far-from-home medical care. Approximately 2,500 Mercy Flight Southeast flights are coordinated each year. Bowman, who flies a Piper airplane out of Greenwood County Airport, singed up to fly 23 missions last year. Bowman was honored at the Mercy Flight Southeast Pilot Awards Gala held April 7, at the River Ranch Resort and Airport (2RR) in River Ranch, Florida. The “Pilot of the Year” honor is based on 14 criteria that include flying and sometimes driving sick passengers, answering last minute transportation requests that may come during the night, and flying round trip flights and waiting during the patient’s appointment. “Bo is so dedicated to ensuring passengers receive the medical care they need and the reward for his generosity is often just a smile or hug. We are humbled by his kindness and thrilled to honor him,” said Steve Purello, volunteer pilot and CEO of Mercy Flight Southeast, based in Leesburg, Florida. For more information about Mercy Flight Southeast, click here. Mercy Flight Southeast, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer pilot organization that provides free air transportation throughout the Southeast by private aircraft to distant medical facilities when commercial air service is not available, impractical or simply not affordable. Mercy Flight Southeast is a member of Air Charity Network, an association of charitable aviation organizations comprised of more than 7,500 pilots and who represent over 90% of all charitable non-emergency flights flown in the nation. Mercy Flight Southeast has won the seal of approval from Independent Charities of America recognizing Mercy Flight Southeast as a good steward of the funds it generates from the public. ...
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Doolittle Raiders Dance

 Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary commemorated April 18 with ‘40s-style dance and concert at Lourie Center The Lourie Center, in partnership with the Capital City Big Band (CCBB) and with support of some of the area’s patriotic and cultural organizations, will present a dance and concert of WWII-era music Tuesday, April 18, from 7-9 p.m.  The weekday event will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the April 18, 1942, airstrike that went down in history as the Doolittle Raid At 6:30 p.m., before the music begins, there will be a short presentation underscoring the Midlands’ role in the morale-altering aerial attack on Tokyo. Many local connections involving Columbia, Lexington, Lake Murray and base personnel continue, 75 years later. The all-volunteer CCBB, led by Dick Goodwin, will perform two 45-minute sets. The ensemble is comprised of small business owners and a wide variety of professionals. Few are professional musicians, but all are passionate about perpetuating the sound of the Big Band Era. CCBB formed in 1997 under the leadership of USC jazz artist-in-residence Roger Pemberton. Several musicians have been members of the band from its inception; at least five have been playing with CCBB for more than 15 years. The band either rehearses or performs on the first and third Tuesdays of months, September through May, oftentimes at area retirement homes, civic engagements or churches. Local patriotic organizations will staff information tables, and a static display of WWII military vehicles will be parked adjacent to the Lourie Center. The commemorative event also will recognize the associated 75th anniversary of the opening of Columbia Army Air Base where crews were recruited by Lt Col. Jimmy Doolittle for the historic aerial mission. Tickets for the April 18 concert are $10 in advance and can be obtained at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, 29201, or through the website: LourieCenterSC.com/activities/special-events/upcoming-concerts. Reserved seating can be made for ticket purchases of 10 or more. Soft drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will go toward operations and programming of the Lourie Center. . For information about other events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and the opening of CAAB, visit schistoricaviation.org and watch local...
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Airport Operators

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below provide airport operators with an understanding of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations from an airport perspective. For answers to general UAS questions, such as “What is the definition of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)?” or “What is a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA)?”, please visit the FAA UAS FAQs. We strongly encourage reviewing the general FAQs in conjunction with those below as the information is complementary and meant to be read together as guidance to all users of the national airspace system. These FAQs identify: The types of UAS activity in the United States National Airspace System (NAS). The approvals necessary for UAS operators to use the NAS. Best practices to safely integrate UAS operations at an airport. Actions the airport operator can take if a UAS is being operated in manner that could endanger the safety of the NAS. You can find further background information and supporting information at the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA‘s) UAS website. UAS are permitted users of the National Airspace System (NAS), just like any existing manned aircraft flight. Congress confirmed in Public Law 112-95, the FAAModernization and Reform Act of 2012, that UAS are aircraft consistent with the statutory definition of an aircraft as set forth in Title 49 of U.S.C §40102(a) (6). This means that UAS operators can utilize the NAS as long as the operator of the UASmeets all applicable laws and regulations and operates the UAS in a safe manner. The FAA‘s goal is to safely integrate UAS into the NAS. Safety of the NAS is enhanced when the operator of a UAS and the airport operator coordinate prior to a UAS flight on or near an airport. This coordination enhances integration into the NAS by: Allowing the airport operator to help the operator of the UAS aircraft understand the areas of manned aircraft flight near the airport, reducing the potential for conflicts between UAS activities and manned aircraft flights; Allowing the airport operator to understand the proposed parameters of the UAS activities for situational awareness and coordination with airport tenants and users as necessary; Allowing the airport operator to advise the UAS operator of unique manned aircraft activities near the airport (e.g., parachute activities, glider activities, etc.); Allowing the airport operator to understand where UAS activities on or near the airport are occurring; and Encouraging coordination of the airport sponsor with the...
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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply only to unmanned aircraft, popularly known as “drones.” The authority under § 99.7 is limited to requests based on national security interests from the Department of Defense and U.S. federal security and intelligence agencies. U.S. military facilities are vital to the nation’s security. The FAA and the Department of Defense have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these 133 facilities. The restrictions will be effective April 14, 2017.There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA. Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges. To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAA’s UAS website. Section 2209 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 also directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a process to accept petitions to prohibit or restrict UAS operations over critical infrastructure and other facilities. The Department of Transportation and the FAA are currently evaluating options to implement such a process. The FAA is considering additional requests from federal security and intelligence agencies for restrictions using the FAA’s § 99.7 authority as they are...
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SCHAF membership night Friday and open house Saturday

A reminder, the membership appreciation night of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation takes place Friday evening at hangar Y-1 at Hamilton-Owens Airport in Columbia takes place Friday evening, April 7th starting at 6pm.  Drop in and enjoy food, refreshments and fellowship.  If you have not renewed your membership it will be a great time to do so. If you are not a member it will be a great time to join.  Come gather with other members of SCHAF.    Also the April SCHAF open house will take place Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 1pm at hangar Y-1.  Come and see the outstanding progress being made in the restoration of SCHAF’s B-25C.  Hope to see you at either or both...
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Sumwalt Takes Reins of NTSB as Vice Chair, Acting Chair

Robert Sumwalt has stepped back into the role of vice chairman and at the same time, became acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. On Friday, President Donald Trump reappointed Sumwalt to a two-year term as vice chairman in conjunction with an announced intention to renominate Sumwalt to another five-year term on the board. Sumwalt took over his new duties as vice chairman and acting chairman on Friday. He succeeded Bella Dinh-Zarr, whose two-year term as vice chairman ended on March 29. She had also become acting chairman on March 16, when Christopher Hart’s term as chairman expired. However, that role transferred to Sumwalt, since NTSB’s structure assigns the acting chairman position to the vice chairman. Dinh-Zarr remains on the Board as a member. “I want to thank Christopher Hart for his leadership during his tenure as the NTSB chairman, and Bella Dinh-Zarr for her outstanding work as vice chairman and most recently as acting chairman,” Sumwalt said. “Together they have helped advance transportation safety, making us all safer, while also making NTSB one of the best places to work in government.” A pilot for 32 years who has amassed more than 14,000 flight hours, Sumwalt became the 37th member of the NTSB in August 2006, and was designated by President George W. Bush to his first two-year term as vice chairman. Sumwalt was appointed to an additional five-year term on the Board in November 2011. He brought significant safety experience to the Board, spending eight years as a consultant to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System, chairing the Air Line Pilots Association’s Human Factors and Training Group, and while with US Airways, working on special assignment to the flight safety department and on the airline’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance monitoring...
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Spread the word -now accepting applications for flight training scholarships

View Online Version Here. Forward this email to someone who’s passionate about pursuing a pilot’s certificate Dear Christopher, AOPA is making it easier for prospective pilots of all ages to achieve their aviation dreams! Applications are now open for both the You Can Fly High School and the AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarship programs that will award over $150,000 in financial assistance for direct flight training expenses. Click to learn more. The You Can Fly High School Scholarship program will award twenty $5,000 scholarships to deserving high school students, aged 15-18. The AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarship program offers multiple scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 and is available to those holding a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate and are at least age 16 by May 31st Applicants for both programs must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. LEARN MORE  Application Deadlines: You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarships:  May 19, 2017  AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarships: May 31, 2017 Be sure to forward this email to a prospective pilot today! Our flight training scholarships are made possible through donations to the AOPA Foundation. © Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 (800) 872-2672 (301) 695-2375...
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Three Historic WWII Airplane to Visit Greenville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Three Historic WWII Airplanes to Visit Greenville B-25 Mitchell bomber, P-51 Mustang and SBD dive bomber will offer rides   GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 16, 2017) – Three iconic World War II aircraft will bring history alive May 5 -7 at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), Airport Rd Ext., Greenville, S.C.  The Minnesota Wing and the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will bring a B-25, “Miss Mitchell”; a P-51, “Red Nose”; and an SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber for the enjoyment of aviation fans in the Greenville area. The trio of beautifully restored WWII warbirds will be at the Runway Cafe ramp and the CAF will offer once-in-a lifetime rides in all three aircraft.   “It has been many years since the Commemorative Air Force has brought aircraft to the Greenville Downtown Airport,” said Joe Frasher, GMU’s Airport Director. “We are thrilled that they are coming back. People will not want to miss seeing these World War II aircraft.  In the past, when people have heard of these types of visits after the fact, they were sad that they missed seeing them in person.”   “It is an honor for us to visit Greenville with these great warbirds,” said Jay Bess, Dixie Wing Leader. “We look forward to welcoming veterans and Greenville area residents. This is part of a five-stop tour to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid over Japan, and it is a rare opportunity for people to ride in three historic WWII aircraft.”   To book rides and for more information click HERE. Media Kit click HERE   About the B-25 The North American B-25 Mitchell is an American twin-engine, medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation (NAA). It was named in honor of Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation.   The B-25B first gained fame as the bomber used in the April 18,1942, Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The mission gave a much-needed lift in spirits to the Americans. Although the actual damage was relatively minor, it forced the Japanese to divert troops for home defense for the remainder of the war. Used by many Allied air forces, the B-25 served in every theater of World War II. After the war ended, many remained in service,...
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Atlanta’s airport employs drones to monitor runway conditions

ATLANTA (CBS46) – The airspace above the world’s busiest airport just got a little busier. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is now using drones to survey and document runway pavement for future maintenance. In an effort to obtain the most accurate surveys of ATL areas set to undergo changes in the ongoing $6 billion ATLNext construction project, Hartsfield-Jackson officials — along with a survey contractor — applied for and received an FAA waiver allowing for drone flights above the airspace. This is the airport’s second time using drones. A January flight was the first such flight of an unmanned vehicle in airspace over ATL. The drones captured data and imagery of the ATL garages scheduled for reconstruction. The operation was so successful, plans are underway for additional drone flights. Hartsfield-Jackson serves more than 101 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. ATL boasts a direct economic impact of $34.8 billion in metro Atlanta and a total direct economic impact of $70.9 billion in Georgia. The Airport is the largest employer in Georgia, with more than 63,000 employees. Copyright 2017 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. Read...
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Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37

Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37 For Immediate Release March 21, 2017 Contact: Hank Price Phone: 202-267-3883 I. 2016 SUMMARY:  ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND AIR TRAVEL U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased 1.6 percent; world GDP increased 2.3 percent. Domestic mainline yields decreased 5.6 percent, while international yields decreased 9.1 percent in 2016. In real terms (adjusted for inflation in FY16$), domestic yields decreased 6.5 percent and international yields decreased 9.9 percent. Domestic enplanements on mainline and regional air carriers increased from 696.3M in 2015 to 726.2M (4.3 percent) in 2016.  Domestic mainline carrier enplanements increased 5.8 percent, while domestic regional carrier enplanements decreased 0.9 percent. International enplanements on mainline and regional air carriers increased from 90.2M in 2015 to 93.4M (3.6percent) in 2016.  Mainline carrier international enplanements were up 3.1 percent, while regional carrier international enplanements increased 16.0 percent. Domestic RPMs by mainline and regional air carriers increased from 628.5B in 2015 to 663.2B (5.5 percent) in 2016. Domestic mainline carrier RPMs increased 6.1 percent and domestic regional carrier RPMs increased 0.3 percent. International RPMs by US carriers increased from 261.0B in 2015 to 264.8B (1.5 percent) in 2016. Total system RPMs increased from 889.5B in 2015 to 928.0B (4.3 percent) in 2016. Total mainline carrier RPMs increased by 4.6 percent while total regional carrier RPMs increased by 0.9 percent. U.S. commercial air carriers (including passenger and cargo) reported an operating profit of $29.6B in 2016, compared to an operating profit of $26.7B in 2015. Operating revenues decreased 0.1 percent in 2016, while operating expenses decreased 1.7 percent. In 2016 total landings and takeoffs at combined FAA and contract towers were up 0.5 percent from 2015. Air carrier activity increased by 4.8 percent, while commuter/air taxi activity decreased by 4.0 percent. General aviation activity dropped 0.2 percent, while military aircraft activity dropped 1.3 percent. II. ECONOMIC ASSUMPTIONS FOR FAA FORECASTS U.S. Real GDP is forecast to increase from $16.6T in 2016 to $25.4T in 2037, an average annual rate of 2.1 percent.  World GDP is forecast to grow at a faster pace of 2.8 percent over the same 21-year period, from $76.7T to $137.1T. GDP by World Region (Average Annual Percent Growth) World Region Fiscal Year Calendar Year 2016 2017 2018 2017-37 2016 2016 2018 2017-37 U.S 1.6 2.1 2.5 2.0 1.6 2.3 2.6 2.1 World N/A N/A N/A N/A 2.3 2.7 3.0 2.8 Canada N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.3...
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