SCHAF Newsletter for August

SCHAF Newsletter for August 2016- Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, August 13, 2016. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton/Owens Airport.   Foundation Happenings- Greetings to all members and friends of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation. It’s been a busy summer.  Even though it’s been unbearably hot that hasn’t slowed things down as far as SCHAF activities. The restoration of GF-2 continues apace and a visit to the SCHAF hangar at Hamilton-Owens Airport would be worth your while.  If you haven’t seen our B-25 recently you might be pleasantly surprised.  Without further ado let’s see what’s been going since our last visit. A really great open house on Saturday, July 9th as SCHAF honored the contributions and memory of the Tuskegee Airmen, the black pilots who did so much to advance equality in the American armed forces and in our nation as well as providing outstanding service in assuring victory over the dark forces that had conquered much of Europe.  A large number of young people and others turned out to remember the exploits of the “Red Tails” as they were known. SCHAF members on hand included Ken Berry, David McIntosh, Mary McIntosh, Ron Skipper, Marvin Williams, Alton Blanks, Ted Podewil, Katherine Cuddy and Niall McLaughlin. The folks from the Spann Watson chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen brought a lot of young people who were excited to hear about the sacrifices of an earlier generation in helping America continue to be great.  Ted Podewil brought his display of parachutes and airborne related items and did a great job of talking with the young people about intricacies of airborne operations and the role of paratroopers in the Second World War. It was good to see so many young for the open house.  It’s important that future generations know of the sacrifices of previous ones in making our country great.  By the way, a lot of credit for making July’s open house a success should go to SCHAF member Marvin Williams, who is also a member of the Spann Watson chapter of the Tuskegee Airman. Marvin made arrangements for a lot of the young people who showed.  Thanks, Marvin.   Ken Berry and some young people,  Marvin Williams(l) and Ron Skippe(r),  Ted Podewil and visitors Among our guests was Nancy Stone-Cullum, director of the Richland County Conservation Commission, who have been so helpful over the last couple of...
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TRB Webinar: An Understanding of the Economic Impact of Airports and Their Operations

TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that features research conducted by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program(ACRP) that provides guidance and information on the economic valuation of airports and air cargo operations. The economic impact of airports is often assessed at a local or regional level to educate communities about how their airports contribute to the area’s economy and to support airport infrastructure investments and ongoing expenditures to policy makers. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is no fee associated with this webinar. This webinar will provide 1.5 Continuing Education Units for Accredited Airport Executives. This webinar is pending approval by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits. Webinar Presenters Steven Landau, Economic Development Research Group, Inc. Patrick Balducci, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Moderated by: Christopher Poinsatte, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Webinar Outline ACRP Report 132: The Role of U.S. Airports in the National Economy Presentation of research How airports support domestic and international commerce, economic growth, and tourism How airports enhance urban agglomeration economies ACRP Web-Only Document 20: Estimating the Economic Impact of Air Cargo Operations at Airports, Part 1: User’s Guidebook and Part 2: Research Report Presentation of research Dimensions of economic impact and value creation Case studies of air cargo economic impact assessments Question and answer session The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions. Learning Objectives At the end of this webinar, participants will able to: Understand how to communicate the national aggregate value of airports to communities and to aviation stakeholders Understand how changes in airport connectivity between regions could be beneficial to the U.S. economy Discuss the application and flexibility of analytic tools for various situations Registration Information This webinar is sponsored by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar. Continuing Education Units for Accredited Airport Executives The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is making 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for A.A.E. If you are an A.A.E. and would like to apply for CEUs for this webinar, visit www.aaae.org/ceu. For questions about A.A.E. continuing education units, please contact accreditation@aaae.org. American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance Credits This webinar is pending approval by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits. Please make sure that you register for this...
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Jim Wall elected Chairman of Greenville Airport Commission

Jim Wall has been elected Chairman of the Greenville Airport Commission.  The Greenville Airport Commission is the owner and operator of the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU).  GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding.  GMU is also home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in S.C., as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the Upstate economy.  For more information about GMU please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com or contact Joe Frasher at 864-242-4777 or joe@greenvilledowntownairport.com  ###...
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Article by Jim Hamilton – Volunteers fly patients from Sarasota, Florida to Duke University Hospital

Volunteer pilots, Dennis Dabney and Jim Hamilton’s Mercy Flight from Columbia, S.C. (CUB), to Vidalia, GA (VDI), and Raleigh, N.C. (RDU), July 17 in Dabney’s well equipped Beechcraft Bonanza 36, was typical of Mercy Flights conducted by over 1,000 volunteer pilots in the Southeast.  Ryan, the 34 year old brain cancer patient and his Mother, Jan, needed to go from Sarasota, FL(SRQ), to Duke University Hospital (RDU).  The pilots did the missions earlier in the day to get home before afternoon storms, and they made it home just in time. Read more of the article written by Jim Hamilton on the Columbia Star’s website...
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Airports make economic development soar

Airports make economic development soar   Several years ago, at a ribbon cutting in Orangeburg, an industry representative told City Administrator John Yow that the city’s municipal airport was exactly what his company was looking for as it scouted locations. During Masters Week, more than 50 flights will land and take off daily from the Aiken Municipal Airport. (Photo/Dan Brown/Aiken Standard) “I don’t know if we would have gotten that industry without the airport,” Yow said. “And it’s not just for attracting industry; it helps us retain the businesses we have.” This is a familiar story told by city leaders and directors of municipal airports around South Carolina. A nearby general aviation airport helps attract new industry, allows easy access for corporate jets, lets existing companies quickly fly in necessary equipment and provides a convenient spot for law enforcement or news helicopters to land. It’s also not unusual to see a university plane bring in a coach to check out a high school prospect. During the recent presidential primary season, candidates hopped to campaign events throughout the state via small jets landing at municipal airports. “Research has shown that airports are economic multipliers,” said Adam Williams, manager of airport policy for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for general aviation. “For every dollar invested in an airport, the economic benefit is more than $2.” The benefit of municipal airports is two-fold. As the airport’s owner/operator, the city benefits from the businesses that are based at the airport. The city also benefits from the economic activity generated by companies in nearby industrial parks and other firms that are able to successfully operate because there is a nearby airport. “When the town talks to a potential industry, one of the first things that comes up is, ‘Is there an airport?’” said Wendall Hall, director of the Cheraw Municipal Airport, where nearby companies including INA Bearing and Highland Industries make flights in and out a few times each week. The City of Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport is the city’s largest owned asset, serving more than 100 local aircraft along with corporate jets representing many of Spartanburg’s largest companies. Spartanburg’s Group of 100 donated the statue of the young child taking flight on a paper plane for the grand reopening of the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport in 2011 after extensive renovations. The Group’s roughly 100 anonymous members...
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SCAA Member, Marc Santacroce is CalPilots “GA Defender of the Year”

The California Pilots Association recognized Marc Santacroce as their “General Aviation Defender of the Year” at their Annual Meeting in San Carlos on October 15, 2011. California’s flight training industry has been battling the stealth imposition of burdensome regulatory procedures for nearly two years. While the national aviation trade organizations received the majority of publicity for their efforts (mostly as a result of their own PR department news releases) several individuals took up the cause and opposed the unannounced regulatory imposition as well. Among these, Marc Santacroce stood out at the most active and effective advocate. An independent flight instructor in Concord, Marc decided this battle was too important to just let “the alphabet groups” do the fighting. Santacroce’s hours of research and volumes of communications with flight instructors and schools across the state are beyond measure. He made countless trips to Sacramento, testifying before the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and legislative committees in the Senate and Assembly. If there was a twist in the process, Marc knew it and coordinated its dissemination to anyone that would help educate their lawmakers. Marc’s tireless and comprehensive efforts were instrumental to the passage of a bill enabling the vast majority of the state’s flight training providers to avoid expensive and overbearing regulatory oversight. On behalf of the state’s aviation community the California Pilots Association extends a sincere thank you to Marc Santacroce. In the picture: CalPilots President Ed Rosiak presents 2011 GA Advocate of the Year Marc...
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Step inside the cockpits of these iconic aircraft

With so many photos of the latest high-tech airplanes in various air forces, it’s sometimes refreshing to step back and see images of the pioneering aircraft that led the way. The following pictures from Donald Nijboer andDan Patterson, “Fighting Cockpits: In the Pilot’s Seat of Great Military Aircraft from World War I to Today” does just that by placing the reader inside the cockpit of these incredible machines. The following images beautifully demonstrate how aircraft cockpits have changed from World War I biplanes to the super advanced F-22 Raptor. All photos are published with permission.  Article posted...
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Winston Scott – Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Aerospace Dinner

Did you hear Winston Scott the first time, if so wasn’t he great!  Register for the 2016 Aerospace Dinner to hear him again.   If not, you have another opportunity to hear one of the best speakers SCAA has ever had in years!  Winston Scott Retired NASA Astronaut Winston Scott will deliver the keynote address at the Annual Aerospace Industry Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, August 24. All conference attendees will receive a ticket to the dinner as part of their registration. Scott’s journey to the stars as a NASA astronaut is a testament to the power of perseverance and vision. Raised in Miami, his largely segregated education provided little access to resources, but his own determination combined with the dedication of his teachers set him on an inspiring path of achievement. In 1992, Scott began an accomplished career as an astronaut with NASA. He served as a mission specialist on the STS-72 Endeavour mission in 1996 and both the STS-87 Columbia mission and flight in 1997. Before joining NASA, Scott earned a distinguished record of service as a Captain in the United States Navy. He is the former Executive Director of the Florida Space Authority, and has also served as Vice President and deputy general manager of the NASA engineering and science contract for the space shuttle, International Space Station and project Constellation.   Register today for the 2016 Aerospace...
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Will SCAA see you this weekend at the Southeast Expo?

Will SCAA see you this weekend at the Southeast Expo in Greenwood? View the 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.     For more information, visit the website at https://scaaonline.com/southeast-aviation-expo/   Thank you to our 2016 Southeast Exhibitors:  2016 Southeast Expo Exhibitors… AOPA Celebrate Freedom Foundation Challenger Learning Center  Cirrus Aircraft Corporation  Civil Air Patrol  Greenville Technical College Federal Aviation Association SC Aeronautics Commission SC Historical Association SC Safety Council  Spartanburg Pilots Association...
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Calling All Rusty Pilots…Seminar at the Southeast Expo this weekend

 View Online Version Here. Sign up for this FREE program! Once a pilot, always a pilot… But, feeling a little RUSTY? Life may have gotten in the way, but returning to the skies is not as difficult as you may think. What does it take to get back in the air?   · Some flight and ground instruction   · No FAA checkride or test   · You may not even need a medical!    Join us for a FREE Rusty Pilots program with fellow lapsed pilots. We’re inviting you back into the cockpit and Rusty Pilots will help you get there. We’ll help you understand what’s changed in aviation since you last took the controls and brush up on your aviation knowledge.   Plus, by attending, you’ll be getting FREE ground instruction towards completing your flight review! Sign up today – there’s no cost and no obligation.    The Rusty Pilots program is developed by AOPA in partnership with local flight training providers in order to create the best environment for getting you back in the air and a part of the general aviation community. Rusty Pilots presented at the South Carolina Aviation Expo SIGN UP NOW! Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016 Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm Location: Greenwood County Airport (KGRD) 322 Terminal Road Greenwood, SC 29649 © Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 (800) 872-2672 (301) 695-2375...
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Early Bird Deadline for Aerospace Expo ending soon

Early-bird registration ends June 24th! SC’s Third Annual Aerospace Industry Conference in Columbia The third annual South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo will connect industry, academia and government to showcase South Carolina’s rapidly growing aerospace cluster. This year’s event will offer two program options for attendees: An industry track including a B2B networking event and presentations from industry, higher education and government leaders; and A research track, featuring the technical symposium ACE’16 and the Advance Design Concepts and Practice Workshop (ADCP), which is making its US debut this year. ADCP has previously been held in Europe and China. In addition to conference sessions and workshops, attendees will also have the opportunity to network at this year’s wine reception and annual aerospace dinner. View this year’s agenda  Early-bird registration for this year’s conference has been extended through Friday, June 24. Registration includes both days of the conference, ACE’16 and ADCP, as well as the annual aerospace dinner and wine reception. Register Venue This year’s South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. Opening remarks and industry sessions will be held primarily upstairs in the Columbia Ballroom. Downstairs, attendees can visit exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall and attend ACE and ADCP sessions in the Carolina Meeting Room. Accommodations A block of rooms have been reserved for attendees at the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel, less than one block away from the conference venue. Rooms are available for check in on August 23 and checking out on August 26 for $134 a night. Book before July 25, 2016, to take advantage of this special rate. Reserve your room >> Parking Complimentary parking is available on a first come, first served basis in the 300-car parking lot adjacent to the convention center. Parking is also available directly across the street from the convention center in the City of Columbia parking garage on the corner of Lincoln and Pendleton Streets. Rates are $2 for the first hour, $1 for each additional hour, maximum of $10 per day. Registration Early Bird registration has been extended through Friday, June 24, 2016. Early Bird Price $200 Full Price $250 Become a Sponsor Sponsor packages range from $2,500-$15,000 Become an Exhibitor 10×10 Booth $1,750.  Discounts offered for larger booths, higher ed & non-profits Explore Columbia! As the Palmetto State’s capital and a college town, Columbia’s fiery vibe cultivates a colorful arts scene while an indie spirit envelops several energized entertainment districts overflowing...
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Great News to Share

GREAT NEWS TO SHARE – The Veto was Overridden!!! The Senate and the House overrode the veto of H.5001 section 118.16 (B)(50)(b) titled State Aviation Fund Bill. Thank you to everyone who reached out to your legislator(s) and your support, this is great news for our...
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Urgent Legislative Request !!!

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, and if...
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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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