Veteran​ ​to be Honored at Memorial Day Weekend’s 5th Annual Take Flight 5K

Veteran to be Honored at Memorial Day Weekend’s 5th Annual Take Flight 5K On Saturday, May 27th during Memorial Day Weekend at the 5th Annual Take Flight 5K, the Civil Air Patrol Honors Unit from the Greenville Composite Squadron will honor one of their previous members with a ceremony of remembrance.   Frank Wallace will be honored for his service to our Nation as a veteran of the U.S. Navy and as a C.A.P. mission pilot for the Greenville Composite Squadron.    “We hope to have an aircraft fly low, at about 100 feet above the ground, just over the center line of the main runway as our Honors unit renders a final Salute in his honor and in remembrance of all deceased veterans,” stated Major Ron Hardgrave, Commander of the C.A.P. Greenville Composite Squadron, who will be leading the ceremony. “I say hope because we are always at the mercy of the weather or an aircraft maintenance issue which could affect the flyover aspect of our plans,” added Hardgrave. Again this year the race organizers will be giving out one chance to win one prize to each person entered in the race so that people who never win 1st, 2nd or 3rd can maybe win a prize.  You must be present after the race to claim the prize.  “We hope that this feature will encourage more people to enter, thus helping us raise more money to help maintain and improve Runway Park at the Greenville Downtown Airport,” stated Race Director, Joe Lanahan.  The organizers say that the park is in desperate need of a paved parking lot. What could you win?  According to the race website:  One of two signed Clemson athletic photos, a bike from Regions Bank, ice cream for 4 from Kilwins, 2 tickets to Centre Stage’s Intimate Apparel or Million Dollar Quartet, an Introduction to Golf Package from The Eagle Zone, a flight lesson from USAeroFlight, a fun item from The Elephant’s Trunk, a gift certificate to the Runway Cafe, a puppy or kitten adoption from the Greenville Humane Society, a first flight lesson from The Flight School of Greenville, a Soccer Shots season, a first flight lesson from Stratos Aviation, Gravitopia passes, tools from McKinney Hardware & Lumber, a GMU cap, a Sunday brunch for 2 in the Westin Poinsett’s Spoon Bread Restaurant, or a prize pack from 99.5 Chuck FM, HOT 98.1, 107.3 JAMZ or X98.5. “Take Flight 5K will also have some very unique race prizes for those who do win.   The Best Overall Take Flight 5K Male and...
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SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 23

Early Bird Registration  is available through June 1.  Exhibit space and sponsorships are still available. SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 23  Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as “drones” or “UAS,” are being used in new and exciting ways.  Right here in Columbia, they are being used to promote economic development, provide mapping data, and assess infrastructure damage from the October 2015 flood. We have designed a session at this year’s conference around the future of this rapidly growing sector of the aerospace industry. An Industry Overview Brian Wynne, President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) AUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. It represents more than 7,000 members from approximately 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI, brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained through leadership roles with industry associations and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining AUVSI in January 2015, he was president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). Drone Safety is Good for Business Lawrence H. Brinker, Esq. President and CEO (Interim), NUAIR Alliance  Brinker is an experienced pilot and aviation attorney currently serving as president & CEO of the NUAIR Alliance, a New York nonprofit corporation with more than 70 public, private and academic partners committed to growing a robust, unmanned systems and connected vehicles industry sector. With 25 years of total active and reserve service in the U.S. Air Force, Brinker is a FAA-rated airline transport pilot with multiple type ratings and more than 8,000 international and domestic flying hours. He also is a FAA-rated flight engineer in turbo-jet aircraft. The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Infrastructure Inspection  Shane D. Boone, Ph.D. Vice President of Nondestructive Evaluation, BDI  Boone is Vice President of Nondestructive Evaluation at BDI. He has spent nearly 15 years in the government, academic and private sectors of specialized infrastructure inspection and monitoring. Boone specializes in the research, development and application of nondestructive testing & evaluation (NDT/NDE) technologies and health monitoring for the transportation, nuclear, power, oil and gas, defense and telecom industries, among others. Prior to joining BDI, he founded SDB Technologies Inc., which, in July 2016, merged with...
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SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 10

SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 10 On August 30 in the Exhibit Hall, Don Erickson, Site Director of Lockheed Aeronautics Greenville, will discuss the move of F-16 production from Fort Worth to Greenville – a move that is expected to create approximately 250 jobs at the Lockheed Martin Greenville site. Erickson’s presentation is part of the day-long business, workforce development and technical programming offered on August 30th>> About the F-16 The Lockheed Martin F-16V configuration provides relevant combat capabilities in a scalable and affordable package. The core of the F-16V configuration is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, high-resolution display; and a high-volume, high-speed data bus. Learn more about the F-16 Fighting Falcon>> #SCAerospace News South Carolina to launch aerospace engineering curriculum in high schools Greenville Tech training supports aerospace industry Graham urges Trump to buy T-50A Boeing could save $2-3M on each Dreamliner with 3D printing Columbia Metropolitan Airport uses solar to cut costs, generate revenue Myrtle Beach police dept to purchase first aviation unit – a gyrocopter Toray consolidating US operations into one...
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CUB’s 1st Newsletter Edition

Welcome to the introductory issue of CUB News, the periodic, official newsletter of the Jim Hamilton – LB Owens Airport!  Please visit our website to sign up for a free, electronic mail subscription.  We anticipate publication every four-to-eight weeks, depending upon news and activity. Airport Commission Chairman’s Message – Hello!  I am Stuart Hope, a longtime tenant here at CUB.  I am honored to assume the role of Chairman of the Richland County Airport Commission.  I look forward to working with a great group of Airport Commissioners as well as our Richland County and FBO Airport Staff.  There is a critical mass of activity happening around the airport including activity at City Roots; the Curtiss–Wright Hangar restoration for their new tenant, the Hunter-Gatherer microbrewery; and the ongoing upgrades to Owens Field Park. We intend to make sure we are pulling our weight in making our airport and the surrounding area something we can all be proud of regardless of how we interact with it.  Part of that effort is this airport newsletter which we hope you will find interesting, informative, and enjoyable. Finally, we hope that you will be able to join us for a Hangar Party for CUB tenants on the afternoon of Saturday, May 13th.  More details are below. Our next Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Project – Most of the development projects at our airport are chiefly (90%) funded through annual grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Another 5% of the funds are provided by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC).  Projects in recent years have included obstruction removal, land acquisition, and fencing.Currently, a design project for the installation of lighted airfield directional signage is underway.This project, which we hope to construct beginning this fall, will help reduce the risk of runway incursions and, thereby, enhance the safety of our airfield; especially to transient pilots during nighttime operations. Security Tip – At CUB, we enjoy a level of security comparable to commercial carrier airports.  One means of maintaining this high security posture is our procedure for driving through our sliding gates: approach the gate / activate the gate with your Airport ID Badge (AIDB) or the pavement loop / drive through / stop on the other side in order to prevent unauthorized entries by others / wait for the gate to close fully.  That’s what is meant by “No Tailgating.”  Thanks for your cooperation. 87-years young! – April 24, 2017 was the 87th anniversary...
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Engineering a special A36 Bonanza

Veteran aviator Doug Decker approaches most flying matters with an engineer’s critical eye for detail. Things need to be exact. The numbers have to tally. Logic holds ascendency over emotion. But describing his aircraft, N998PL, a brilliant yellow 1996 A36 Bonanza, Decker sounds a lot like a pilot speaking straight from the heart. “I don’t think there is an airplane in the United States today that has the form, fit and functions that this airplane has,” Decker began. “It is a very unusual airplane with tip tanks, oxygen, deicing, a turbo-charged Continental IO-550 with 300 horsepower, plus a quality interior. Outside it has a clean, beautiful paint job. And, above all, the panel is as good as I could ever want.” You might think that Decker, who flies from KGGE in Georgetown, S.C., is marketing his plane for sale. He is not. Rather, his pride is showing after a lengthy planning and avionics install process to make 998PL a technologically advanced flying machine that fits his long-distance travel needs. Along the way he invested about $50,000 in modernizing a plane that already had an abundance of bells and whistles. “It is a lot,” Decker said, “but I got a lot in return. And my costs were reduced as a result of receiving a promotional rebate from Garmin. I got the ADS-B $500 FAA rebate and in South Carolina they recently eliminated the 7% sales tax on repair and maintenance items. Altogether I actually saved several thousand dollars on the installation.” Decker, who holds an ATP rating, was honored last year with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, signifying at least 50 years of exemplary flying. His logbooks show more than 4,000 hours of pilot in command time. “My Bonanza was a great airplane when I bought it in 2015,” Decker said. “And the plane came with a good personal story. I have been involved with Bonanzas for 40 years but this is the first that I have owned alone. I wanted to own an A36 outright. I contacted brokers. Then my wife said to me, ‘my former husband, Jim Allen, owns an A36 in Wisconsin.’ ” Doug Decker flips on the avionics switch to start the displays on his advanced avionics panel. “So I called Jim,” Decker continued. “I asked if he knew anyone in the Wisconsin area interested in selling an A36.” He said, “You know I’m not using my A36...
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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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