URGENT!!! URGENT!!! URGENT!!!

URGENT!!!       URGENT!!!       URGENT!!! Since January 2016, SCAA has been diligently working on legislation to secure state funding for airport improvement and maintenance projects along with support from AOPA. Bill H. 5001 includes an appropriation of $7 million, half of which is needed to match anticipated FAA grants in excess of $60 million.  These grant offers will be made during the next 2 months.  Without this appropriation, local airport sponsors will be required to match 100% more than budgeted to obtain 90% FAA funding.  H.5001 recently received overwhelming support by both the House and the Senate.  We were just notified that the Governor vetoed our appropriation and that the House and Senate will be reconvening tomorrow at noon and 3:00 pm, respectively to consider an override of the Governor’s veto.   Therefore each of you please contact your SC State House Member (prior to noon) and your SC State Senator (prior to 3:00 pm) and urge them to override the veto of H.5001 section 118.16 (B)(50)(b) titled State Aviation Fund.    You can find your legislators’ phone numbers by via the following link http://www.scstatehouse.gov/index.php.  Talking points are provided below, should you need them.   Talking Points: The budget request from the Aeronautics Commission through the Executive Budget Office, the House of Representatives, and the Senate included a $5,000,000 State Aviation Fund request, and support for a bill that would direct money from the Airline Property Tax to the State Aviation Fund. The reasoning for the dual request is two-fold: immediate needs and long-term planning. The immediate needs for the next fiscal year is anticipated to be $5,000,000 for capital improvement projects and maintenance of South Carolina public use airports.  Part of the appropriation ($3,400,000) is planned to be matching funds for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants worth over $60,000,000.  The immediate needs cannot be met with the current cash balance of the State Aviation Fund because most of the funds have already been committed to projects that are still open.  Due to the timing of the FAA grants, state matching funds need to be available during the first quarter of the new state fiscal year so that our airport sponsors (counties and municipalities who own and operate SC airports) can secure the federal grants.  If the money is not available during the first quarter, SC airports have to either double their local match or refuse the FAA grant,...
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Sad News to Report…

Brig. Gen. Charles Boyd Culbertson passed away. USAFR/ANG COLUMBIA – On Friday June 10, 2016, Charles Boyd Culbertson took his final flight into the heavens. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia, SC with The Reverend Dr. Bill Bouknight officiating. Visitation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to Trenholm Road United Methodist Church Foundation, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204, the United Methodist Foundation, P.O. Box 5087, Columbia, SC 29250, or to Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community Residents Fund, P.O. Box 2959, West Columbia, SC 29171 Born July 19, 1921, he was the husband of Frances Smith Culbertson and son of the late Fred William and Louise Workman Culbertson of Laurens, SC. He attended Clemson College and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1952. While attending law school, he served a two-year term in the South Carolina General Assembly as a member of the House of Representatives from Laurens County. After serving in the General Assembly, he accepted a position with the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and later became Director of the agency. Mr. Culbertson received his private pilot’s license in 1941, took advanced flying courses in 1942, and received his commercial flight instructors rating. He then served from 1942 to 1944 as a Civilian Flight Instructor for the United States Army Air Corps in Rock Hill, SC, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Frances Blackmon Smith and then in Douglas, GA teaching civilian pilots in a PT-17 “Stearman”. During this period, he was undergoing upgrade training to become a Service Pilot. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Senior Flight Supervisor for the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In 1944 through 1946, he served on extended active duty as Service Pilot with the United States Army Air Transport Command and was sent to the China-Burma-India Theatre to fly fuel and cargo over the famous “Hump” or Himalayan Mountains at high altitudes in freezing weather from India to China. He and his crew flew C-46 aircraft from hastily constructed airfields in Burma and India. From 1946 to 1953, he was in the inactive reserve. In 1953, he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard and served as a Fighter Interceptor Pilot until...
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SCAA Southeast Expo – It will be here soon! Are you attending?

Schedule of Events:  Friday, June 24 Exhibitor Move-In, Noon- 5 pm Exhibitor Reception, 5 pm – 7 pm Fun Run (with foam), 6 pm  Live Band, 6 pm -9 pm Saturday, June 25  Gate opens at 8:30 am – Cost is $10 per vehicle EAA Fly-in 9:00 am – 11:00 am         – General Aircraft Arrival        – Military Aircraft Arrival       – Car Show Arrivals Visit with SCAA Exhibitors (pilot game included)  Static Plane Display SCAA Game Challenger Demo Activities Greenwood Aviation Expo consists of: – R/C plane demos at 9 am – 1:30 pm  – “Shagging on the Taxiway” Dance Contest at 12:00 pm – Auto Show Award Ceremony at 1:00 pm  – Military aircraft displays – Plane, Stearman Bi-Planes, Helicopter and  Monster Truck rides – Music, dancing, food, kid’s activities Sunday, June 26 Breakfast Club Fly-In, 9 am – 10 am SCAA Passport Award Winners Ceremony, 10 am – 10:15 am Rusty Pilots Seminar, 10 am – 12: 30 pm  Air Race starts at 10:00 am Judging Plane Contest during breakfast – Winner announced at 10:20 am  Pilot Educational Sessions (WINGS credits available – see schedule below)  Pilot Educational Sessions: Brian Turrisi (WINGS Credit Available), 10:30 am – 11:30 am  Topic: IFR Approach Chart Black Boxes Tom Coolidge, FAASTeam (WINGS Credit Available), 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  Topic: uses, limits and legalities of UAV’s in the airspace Isaac White, CAS, Inc. (WINGS Credit Available), 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Topic: ADS B Thank you to SC Aviation Safety Council for lining up the speakers for the 2016 Expo.   The Southeast Aviation Expo provides pilots from around the southern region a showcase of the latest products on the market as well as offer education on the products being marketed. The event is always open to anyone interested in aviation. Companies that sell aviation products as well as aviation services are invited to exhibit at the show.  The Southeast Aviation Expo provides the only pilot focused trade show in South Carolina on an annual basis. Our Association’s goals remain focused on events such as this in order to reach out to all pilots in South Carolina and neighboring states in an effort to provide them with pilot education and a venue that offers the opportunity to see what products and services are available. The South Carolina Aviation Association is excited to partner again with the Greenwood County Airport and...
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Exciting News – FAA Offers NextGen Equipage Incentive to GA Community

June 6– U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker today announced an upcoming rebate program that will help general aviation pilots equip their aircraft with NextGen technology. “To further demonstrate our commitment to NextGen, we will soon offer some general aviation aircraft owners a $500 rebate to help defray some of the cost for purchasing ADS-B Out avionics,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is foundational to the FAA’s NextGen program, a suite of technologies that is modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system. ADS-B transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based positioning. The FAA published a final rule in May 2010 mandating that aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B Out by Jan. 1, 2020.  That airspace is generally the same busy airspace where transponders are currently required. Aircraft that fly only in uncontrolled airspace where no transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate. “We’re calling on all aircraft owners who plan to fly in busy airspace to equip with ADS-B Out before the deadline,” said Huerta. “We hope this initiative will encourage aircraft owners to get off the sidelines and take advantage of all the safety benefits NextGen has to offer.” The rebates will be available in late September, and the FAA will announce the effective date soon. In the meantime, the FAA is encouraging aircraft owners to look ahead to schedule an installation appointment with a qualified installer. Aircraft owners will only qualify for the rebate if the installation occurs after the FAA begins offering the rebates in late September 2016. Aircraft owners of U.S.-registered, fixed-wing single-engine piston aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical standard orders and meet the rule requirements could be eligible for the rebate. The FAA is not offering rebates for software upgrades for aircraft already equipped, new aircraft, or aircraft for which the FAA already has paid or committed to upgrade. The FAA will be able to distribute 20,000 rebates – one rebate per aircraft owner.  The rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one year, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the deadline. “ADS-B provides the general aviation community with increased safety, efficiency and situational awareness,” said...
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Extended Deadline for Scholarship Applications – June 30, 2016

Extended Deadline for Scholarship Applications – Due by June 30, 2016!   We need applications, do you know anyone pursuing a career in aviation?  Pass on the SCAA Scholarship application to them.  The association provides financial support for students. Click here to access the scholarship application and criteria. SCAA began its fund in 2012 and has provided five scholarships in two years.  SCAA looks forward to growing this program and investing in aviation’s future in South Carolina....
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2016 Aviation Week Details – August 24 & 25

NASA Langley, Boeing & University of Michigan Speakers added to Program The SC Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo offers the Advanced Design Concepts and Practice (ADCP) Workshop a unique opportunity to join forces with the ACE’16 Technical Symposium, connecting both platforms to exchange knowledge and experience. The workshop will make its U.S. debut this year, having previously been held in Europe and China.ADCP2016 offers a forum for industry and academia to discuss challenges and advancements with focus on computational design and evaluation methods and tools. The theme of this year’s event is Design for Programmable Things. The three keynote speakers for the event are David Dress, Associate Director for Space Technology and Advanced Development Programs in the Space Technology and Exploration Directorate at NASA Langley; Don Farr, Technical Fellow for Boeing Research and Technology Support and Analytics Integrated Technology Team in Huntsville, Alabama; and Dr. Joaquim R. R. A. Martins, Professor at the University of Michigan and head of the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory (MDO Lab) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Meet the keynote speakers: David Dress leads the advocacy, customer interface, integration, formulation, and implementation of NASA Langley’s broad portfolio of projects supporting the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate. In addition, he is the Center Programmatic Lead for Advanced Manufacturing.  Read More>>  Don Farr has more than 25 years with The Boeing Company. Currently, he is working on advanced technology in Model Based System Engineering applied to the digital thread throughout the life cycle of platform development, shifting the emphasis in design to account for the manufacture and assembly of the products.  Read More>>    Joaquim R.R.A. Martins‘ research involves the development and application of MDO methodologies to the design of aircraft configurations, with a focus on high-fidelity simulations that take advantage of high-performance parallel computing.  Read More>> Early Bird Registration Extended Early Bird registration for the 2016 South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo has been extended to Friday, June 24, 2016. Registration fees include access to all conference activities.Early Bird Price $200 / Full Price $250 Become a SponsorSponsor packages range from $2,500-$15,000Become an Exhibitor10×10 Booth $1,750.  Discounts offered for larger booths, higher ed & non-profits The South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo are designed to bring together leaders from the aviation industry, government and the investment community. 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 and the ADCP Workshop. The conference is organized by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and...
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Have you signed up for AMT Luncheon yet?

There is still time, have you signed up for the AMT Luncheon yet?   Topic: AMT Day “Aircraft Maintenance Technician Day”  Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST Location: SC Aeronautics Commission Hangar (2553 Airport Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29170) Description of Event: You’re invited to an appreciation luncheon (free of charge) on May 24th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission Hangar. This luncheon is for all mechanics to show appreciation for the “faces behind safety.” Charles Taylor, the “father of maintenance”, will be honored by the FAA’s presentation of the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Neil Baker from FAA will the keynote speaker. Please RSVP by May 20, 2016 by registering online below, emailing scaa@scaaonline.com, faxing form to 803-252-7799 or calling SCAA headquarters at 877-359-7222. We have sponsorships and exhibitors still available, if you would like to exhibit at this great event coming up, please reach out to scaa@scaaonline.com. Exhibitor Booths – $200, your booth fee include: Lunch 2 registrations fees several chances to visit with the attendees Door prizes will be available Thank you to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Snap-on Industrial and SC Safety Council for signing up to exhibit so far! Register here before Friday, May 20 – https://scaaonline.com/2016-amt-day-luncheon/...
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SCAA, take part in the excitement!

Have you signed up for the AMT Day Luncheon? We invite you to join us for an appreciation luncheon at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission Hangar just a week from today! This luncheon is for all mechanics to show appreciation for the “faces behind safety.” Neil Baker with the FAA will be the luncheon speaker. This is a free event! May 24 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2553 Airport Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29170 RSVP today!  If you can sponsor/exhibit at this event, please call 1-877-359-7222. We are grateful for the support that makes events like these possible! June is around the corner…Plan to meet us in Greenwood at the 2016 Southeast Aviation Expo! June 25 – 26 Greenwood County Airport From great exhibitors, to pilot education sessions, to airshows, this weekend is designed for everyone. We count on our exhibitors to make this a great event. Sign up to exhibit at the 2016 SEAE today! SCAA Awards Scholarships The South Carolina Aviation Association SCAA scholarship program will provide limited assistance for South Carolina students who wish to pursue a career in the aviation industry. The objective of the scholarship fund is to promote the aviation industry in South Carolina. Scholarship funds will be provided up to a maximum of $500 for one semester of tuition and books. Funds will be paid to the institution for tuition and books only. It is the student’s responsibility to provide SCAA with appropriate bills and documentation for payment. No funds will be paid to the student directly. The Scholarship Committee of the SCAA will review all applications and make recommendations to the board of directors. Participating students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent.  In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be recommended by a member in good standing with SCAA. Requirements and qualifications may be added or deleted by the SCAA Board of Directors’ as they deem necessary. Students may reapply each year, but first time applicants will receive preferential consideration. Once an application has been received, it will remain on file and in contention until all funds have been expended. Applicants will receive letters of notification once his or her application has been either declined or approved. Download a scholarship application on SCAA’s website.   Nominate an honorable individual for the SCAA Hall of Fame… Established in 1991, the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame...
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Get involved with SCAA…Check out these upcoming events!

Tuesday, May 24 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM SC Aeronautics Commission Hangar: 2553 Airport Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29170 This luncheon is for all mechanics to show appreciation for the “faces behind safety.” Charles Taylor, the “father of maintenance”, will be honored by the FAA’s presentation of the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. This luncheon will be free of charge. Click here for more information. Sign up today!  Saturday, June 25 – Sunday, June 26 Greenwood County Airport, Greenwood, SC  This weekend is geared to be an enjoyable event for all in attendance. The weekend will include an aerobatic air show, r/c plane demonstrations, music, monster truck rides and more. Pilots will have great opportunities to network and learn with the scheduled education sessions. Exhibitors will be set up to connect with a variety of individuals dedicated to the aviation industry. Click here for more information. Sign up today! Please contact SCAA staff with any questions or needed assistance at 1-877-359-7222 or...
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Register to Exhibit at the Expo before May 24

Reserve your spot today for the Southeast Aviation Expo’s largest event to date. Register online by May 24 and have your logo included in the next four advertisements in Palmetto Aviation Magazine.  The event is expected to attract more than last years 5,000 attendees. Paired with the Greenwood Aviation Expo this year, the Southeast Aviation Expo June 25-26 at Greenwood County Airport will be a jewel for pilots in the Southeast.  The Expo will add its trade show of pilot products and services, and pilot oriented education sessions to the Greenwood Aviation Expo’s already established air show, RC demonstration show and car show. The event is expected to attract more than last years 5,000 attendees. The Greenwood County Airport will buy lunch on Saturday for all pilots that fly in. On Sunday, the Breakfast Club will be flying in and Greenwood EAA Chapter 1023 will serve breakfast to pilots. SCAA will pay for all pilots who attend. An AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar and WINGS seminars will follow, along with an opportunity to visit exhibitors. All passport participants are invited to fly in for breakfast and celebrate the newest pilots who have completed the program.  We may even hear some stories from passport participants. Also, help SCAA vote on the Best Exterior, Best Overall and Best Cockpit in the EAA Corral Show. There is a $10 parking fee if you drive in on Saturday, but there is no fee for those that fly in. No drive in fee for Sunday. Click here to...
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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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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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(News Article Link) Star Search: South Carolina’s aerospace industry needs fresh talent to keep momentum going

Wren, David (2015, August 22) Finding a qualified workforce for South Carolina’s growing aerospace industry — more than 200 businesses with more than 53,000 employees — will be a key topic at this week’s Aerospace Industry Conference & Expo in Columbia. The Post and Courier Retrieved from...
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Ken Berry, President of SC Historic Aviation Foundation Interviewed about B-25 Restoration Efforts

Ken Berry, President of the SC Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF) was recently interviewed about SCHAF’s ongoing efforts to restore the cockpit and bombardier area of historic B-25. Link to video interview below. http://www.wltx.com/story/news/2015/08/07/bomber-restoration/31311639/
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