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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Lockheed Martin will move production of F-16 fighter jets to Greenville

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, 1:23 pm EDT Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, 2:01 pm EDT By Dal Kalsi   GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Lockheed Martin said it is moving the production line for F-16 fighter jets from Texas to Greenville. Lockheed has had a presence in Greenville for more than three decades and has a manufacturing facility near Donaldson Center. Officials for the aerospace company said the last F-16 to be produced in Ft. Worth will roll off the line in September and then all equipment and tools will be moved to Greenville over a 2-year period. Meanwhile, the Ft. Worth facility will be expanded to produce S-35 jets. Leslie Farmer, a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin, said Greenville’s experienced workforce and South Carolina being a right to work state led to the decision to move production to Greenville. Farmer said the Greenville plant also has the facilities and infrastructure to support the F-16 operation and will only require an upfit to meet the f-16 requirements. Lockheed Martin currently employs 500 employees in Greenville. The Greenville operation currently provides maintenance and modification on existing jets, such as the P-3 Orion, C-130 Hercules and C-5M Galaxy. The Greenville site is also home Lockheed’s to the Final Assembly and Checkout facility for the T-50A  in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition. Farmer said moving the F-16 production lines to Greenville would create an additional 200 to 250...
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Sad News to Report, Howell (Nick) Jones, Jr. passed away

In Memory of SCAA Hall of Famer, Nick Jones June 19, 1927 – March 11, 2017   A native of Orangeburg, Howell C. “Nick” Jones served the military in the World War II Training Command as an Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet at Auburn University and in the navy as an Aviation Cadet. In 1964, Jones began construction of a Cassutt race plane, which he finished in less than 15 months. In 1955, he flew his first air race and for 11 years he was involved in Formula One racing. After the first “straight” Cassutt, he built two other modified versions of the same plane. A leader in the sport himself, he was the founder, promoter and organizer of the Oshkosh 500, an efficiency acclaimed as the “the race at which it’s impossible to cheat.” Jones’ strong interest in designing aircraft resulted in the creation of the White Lighting, a four-seat aircraft that set three world speed records. Jones continues his involvement with the design, manufacturing and sale of highly advanced, two-stroke engines for aircraft, boats, cars and industrial machinery. In 1998, he was named South Carolina Aviator of the...
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Registration is now OPEN for the SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

Registration is now OPEN for  SC Aerospace Conference & Expo August 29 – 31, 2017 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center southcarolinaerospaceconference.com   Sponsors opportunities are available now! For details, visit the conference new website.    Website:  http://southcarolinaaerospaceconference.com/ Twitter:  @scaeroconf Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/scaerospaceconference On LinkedIn, we will continue to use the SC Aerospace page:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/sc-aerospace This conference connects industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. Featuring: Aerospace Industry Leaders • Networking Opportunities • Talent Development • Aerospace Education • ACE ’17 Technical Symposium • Aerospace Industry Exhibitions.  ...
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SC Aerospace Conference & Expo – Save the Date

SC Aerospace Conference & Expo August 29 – 31, 2017 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center southcarolinaerospaceconference.com This conference connects industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. Featuring: Aerospace Industry Leaders • Networking Opportunities • Talent Development • Aerospace Education • ACE ’17 Technical Symposium • Aerospace Industry Exhibitions. Registration opens in March!  Sponsors opportunities are available now! For details, visit the conference new website (link above).  ...
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Planning Tips for Annual Conference

The SCAA Annual Conference starts this Wednesday and we have put together everything you may need to help you in your planning and packing, please the planning tips below along with other tabs that include important details like the Boeing exercise signup sheet, exhibitor information, silent auction information, how to download the SCAA app, sponsorship information, golf checkin details, spouse checkin details, FAA Appointments and an attendees list.   If you are still thinking of whether you can make it or not, is is not too late to register. Online registration will close by end of day Tuesday, February 7 but don’t worry, we still want you to attend and you can register onsite (onsite registration fee will apply: Member Onsite Registrations = $350, Non-Member Onsite Registrations = $370 and Spouse Onsite Registrations = $175). Please click on the image below to answer your questions and help you pack for the Annual Conference. A team building exercise will be presented by Boeing representative, Frank Hatten. This exercise will be evaluated and a flight test will take place. Winners will receive prizes. In order to be part of this team building exercise you must sign up at the SCAA’s registration desk at the conference.  Each session only has 105 spots available. This will be on a first come first serve bases. Session A: (In the Palmetto Hall Building) 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Session B: (Duplicate session in the Palmetto Hall Building) 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Click here for more information on the Boeing Exercise  Exhibitor Layout:  Drawings: Stop by TELICS booth # 28 for a drawing  Exhibitor Game: You have a chance to win a $50.00 gift card, by participating in the exhibitor game at the conference: Click here for the exhibitor game (this will be provided on-site) You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your item to the registration table at the conference or if you are an exhibitor you may keep it at your booth to promote attendees. Do you have the SCAA APP?  It has all the conference information included and an attendees list right at your fingertips.  There will be notifications sent out while you are onsite.  Download the SCAA APP today: South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) Thank you to our APP sponsor: PACE Pavement Technology  If you are signed up to play golf, please see bullet points below: Check...
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2017 SCAA Annual Conference Information

  Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees List (as of 2.02.17) A team building exercise will be presented by Boeing representative, Frank Hatten. This exercise will be evaluated and a flight test will take place. Winners will receive prizes. In order to be part of this team building exercise you must sign up at the SCAA’s registration desk at the conference.  Each session only has 105 spots available. This will be on a first come first serve bases. Session A: (In the Palmetto Hall Building) 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Session B: (Duplicate session in the Palmetto Hall Building) 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Click here for more information on the Boeing Exercise  Exhibitor Layout:  Drawings: Stop by TELICS booth # 28 for a drawing  Exhibitor Game: You have a chance to win a $50.00 gift card, by participating in the exhibitor game at the conference: Click here for the exhibitor game (this will be provided on-site) You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your item to the registration table at the conference or if you are an exhibitor you may keep it at your booth to promote attendees. Please click on the image below to answer your questions and help you pack for the Annual Conference.  Do you have the SCAA APP?  It has all the conference information included and an attendees list right at your fingertips.  There will be notifications sent out while you are onsite.  Download the SCAA APP today: South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) Thank you to our APP sponsor: PACE Pavement...
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Don’t miss Friday’s Breakfast at the SCAA 2017 Annual Conference!!!

Charles Lindbergh will be at the SCAA’s Annual Conference on Friday, February 10 at 8:00 am, this is an don’t miss event if you are attending the conference! Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle Soar with Lucky Lindy in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis as he battles bad weather, exhaustion — and ghosts — to emerge as the first pilot ever to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Experience the crushing worldwide fame that overwhelms this shy Minnesota country boy when he lands at Le Bourget Airport. Meet the young and beautiful Anne Morrow, who would marry him and blossom into one of the world’s first female pilots and a world-renowned author. Witness the heartbreak of their son’s kidnapping and murder and the garish spectacle of the ensuing “Trial of the Century.” Want to get an idea of what you will see on Friday, February 10 at 8 am- visit website http://charleslindberghplay.com/?page_id=21 for videos scenes of this Charles Lindberg Play.    – Written and performed by Steve Carroll, click his name for a biography from Steve. Thank you to our Friday’s Breakfast Sponsors:  We are still accepting registrations for if you are interested in attending, Click the button below for online registration.   Click here to register for the 2017 Annual...
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2017 SCAA Annual Conference – Silent Auction

You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for the silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your gift to the registration table at the conference. If you have any questions please call Hannah Lorance at 877-359-7222. SCAA thanks you for your...
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Don’t miss the Aging Aircraft – Preventative Maintenance Education Session at the Annual Conference

Come hear one of our breakout session speakers, Eric Barnhill, A&P, IA speak on Aging Aircraft – Preventative Maintenance Suggestions for Pilots and Aircraft Owners at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference. He will be speaking February 9 to the  from 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Eric grew up in a Air Force Family, his father (who lived in Greenville ) was a radio operator on B-17’s, B-24’s, B-25’s, B-29’s, C-119’s, andC-124’s, during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, he was stationed at Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville twice during his Air Force Career. He is a Eagle Scout, A past Fire Academy Instructor,  State Fire Marshal, Chief at a local Fire Department, EMT, and Safety Associate with Duke Power. Eric has been a member of Civil Air Patrol for 22 years, he hold the rank of Lt. Col.   He has held positions including Squadron and Wing Safety Officer and Wing Chief of Staff, he was Safety Officer of the year in 2006. He is a skydiver of 37 years (1400 jumps), where he holds a Jumpmaster and Instructor rating, 2 world, 2 national and 8 state skydiving records, and has over 3000 hours flying jump planes. He runs a aircraft maintenance and restoration shop out of his home/hanger at Eagle Ridge Fly-in community in Seneca. (Southeast Aero, LLC.). He is a A&P with Inspection Authorization, he has restored numerous aircraft and has won Grand Champion at Sun N Fun, and Best of Class at Oshkosh. He has maintained several turbine helicopters as well as and “Everything from Cubs to King Airs”. Eric was named Aircraft Maintenance Technician  of the year in 2007 by The FAA and The South Carolina Aviation Association. He is a private pilot (and aircraft owner) with over 4000 hours as pilot in command. He runs the Maintenance Workshops and Seminars at Triple Tree Airdrome and is a mechanic on their aircraft (to include the recently added P-51-TF). He Started, and ran the maintenance shop at AVSERVE ( at Donaldson Center) where he was instrumental in obtaining a Cessna Service Center, Garmin (and other Avionics) dealerships and a FAA repair station. He runs a website (MyAnnual.net) that concerns itself with helping aircraft owners and pilots “Understand and Manage their aircraft”. Videos (produced by Eric) help to explain what you can, and can’t do to your aircraft, and how to do it correctly and safely. Come hear “the rest of story” from Eric Barnhill himself on February 9. Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference...
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Come hear Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) speak about the military response to the 9/11 at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference!

Come hear one of our General Session Speakers, Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) speak on the military response to the 9/11 at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference. He will be speaking February 9 to the  from 1:10pm to 2:15pm.  Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) Chairman Board of Directors, USO of NC “The 9/11 terrorist hijacking and attacks on America’s key business and military centers has become a seminal event in the lives of our generation.  On that morning, as a Major General in the USAF, I was serving as the Director of Operations of the Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Little did I know that by 0600 (HST) that morning, I would be designated by the President of the United States as the Joint Force Air Component Commander for Hawaii, Guam and the Federated States of Micronesia. With that title, the President designated me as one of three Air Force Generals who were given the authority to shoot down civilian airliners that had been hijacked.  His guidance was that ‘…You will not allow what happened in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania to occur in your area of responsibility…’   With those mission orders, I had the responsibility to decide, act and prevent a reoccurrence of the tragedy that occurred on that morning.” Come hear “the rest of story” from Gen. Waskow himself on February 9. Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees List (as of 1.16.17) Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual...
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PDH Announcement – education requirements will be given out at the SCAA Annual Conference

Great news to South Carolina engineers who will be attending this year’s SCAA Conference!! Two conference sessions will count toward the continuing education requirements for your Professional Engineering license. The SCAC Update on PCI Program (Thursday, February 9 at 11:00 AM) will be good for 0.75 PDH and the breakout education session: Engineering Contracts and Legal Issues (Thursday, February 9 at 2:30 PM) will be good for 1 PDH. If you haven’t registered to attend the SCAA Annual Conference from February 8-10 at Wild Dunes Resort, there is still time to register below and receive those PDH education requirements.  More conference information like an updated attendee’s list and agenda are below.   Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees List (as of 1.13.17) Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference...
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