James Stephens featured in State Aviation Journal MailChimp

      Our very own James Stephens was featured in a MailChimp sent by the State Aviation Journal....
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Sad News to Report…Pilot Bob Russell Passed Away

Robert “Bob” Russell COLUMBIA -Robert “Bob” Rowland Russell Jr., 85, Chairman of the Board of Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate, from Columbia South Carolina passed away on the morning of May 23, 2015. In Bob’s true spirit of living life to the fullest, he perished doing what he loved most in the world, flying. He was born on February 15, 1930 in Florida to the late Robert Rowland and Mary Rogers Russell Sr. Raised in Columbia, Bob attended Columbia High School. For Bob, flying has been many things: adream, apass time, aservice to his country, a performance and atrue love. As ateenager in Columbia, he flew gasoline models, dreaming of the day he would fly real planes. His dreams came when he was asophomore at Clemson University. He organized and served as the first president of the Clemson Aero Club where he soloed in aPiper Cub and accumulated his first 400 flight hours. In 1952, he graduated from Clemson with adegree in Industrial Education and his commission as aSecond Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Immediately after graduation, Russell entered the military flight training and received his jet pilot wings in July 1953. During his Air Force service, he attended all weather fighter school at Moody Air Force Base and served in Labrador during the Korean War. After his discharge, he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard, serving overseas in Spain during an International crisis. He flew F-94s, F-80s, F-86s, F-104s and F102s, which contributed substantially to his total of more than 8,000 flight hours. “Touching the Face of God,” which was published in 1992, was abook written by Bob about his love of the sky. Bob performed, as stunt pilot in many airshows across the country. Bob’s love for his country and people lead him to service in many areas of the community. He was the Chairman of the Association of U.S. Army in 2002, Executive Committee of the CelebrationFreedom Foundation from 2000-2008, Chairman of the Salvation Army for Columbia, SC 1999-2002 and Advisory Board for the Salvation Army from 1982 to 2002. Russell has been honored over the years in several ways, including: Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003, Who’s Who in American Aviation in 1975, Outstanding Americans in the South in 1970 &1971 and received the Exceptional Service Medal in 1962. People often described Bob as true Renaissance man, he graced the stage as an...
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Scott Thompson to Speak at Aerospace Industry Dinner

Scott Thompson with US Aerospace & Defense will be the keynote speaker for Aerospace Industry Dinner on August 26 in Conjunction with Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo. Scott Thompson is PwC’s U.S. Aerospace & Defense assurance leader based in the Washington, D.C. Metro office. Scott’s extensive industry and client knowledge stems from his experience serving some of the firm’s largest A&D clients. He is an author of several A&D whitepapers and articles, and is a regular contributor to Aviation Week. Scott’s range of experience includes strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), operational improvement and compliance. He frequently acts as Quality Review Partner or consults on M&A engagements. He also has significant experience with government contracting regulations and compliance. In his role as the A&D assurance leader, Scott has responsibility for audit quality and service to A&D clients. Scott’s A&D experience covers financial reporting and disclosure requirements, internal control and implementation of SOX 404, coordination of large multinational audit engagements, business combinations and merger integration, corporate governance and employee benefits including pensions and OPEBs. Scott has also led the development of PwC’s comprehensive A&D industry financial reporting training and our Aerospace & Defense Academy program. Scott will provide the keynote session at the Aerospace Industry Dinner on August 26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The dinner will be held during the SC Aerospace Conference and Expo.  Click here to register or learn more about the conference. The conference is organized by USC’s Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Aviation...
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What is the SC Aviation Medallion?

The South Carolina Aviation Medallion will be put into another pilots hands at the Southeast Aviation Expo on Sunday, June 28 at Greenwood County Airport. The medallion began its journey at the Ridgeland Airport as Cluade Dean took it on its first flight.  Since then the medallion has made 37 trips, including an airdrop of paratroopers in a C-17 at Fort Bragg. Created as a physical manifestation and celebration of the rich aviation heritage of The Palmetto State, the commissioned artwork was handcrafted from one and three quarter’s pounds of bronze into a large art medallion. One side of the medallion depicts the first aircraft in the state of South Carolina; flown on July 4, 1911.  The reverse side boasts the medallion’s purpose and name: “South Carolina Aviation Medallion.” Aviators are encouraged to fly the medallion, along with its custom carrying case and commemorative logbook, on recreational and business flights within the state and beyond. As the medal travels, pilots are encouraged to chronicle the flight and destinations where the medallion lands in the accompanying logbook. An attached tracking device makes it possible for enthusiasts to follow the medallion’s journey from airport to airport and state to state via its dedicated website (scavmedallion.com). The medallion is passed among fellow aviators whose paths intersect. Medallion program creator Lee Logan handed the medal over to the care of the South Carolina Aviation Association in April as its new sponsoring organization.  SCAA will work to spread the word and maintain the program, encouraging aviation in South Carolina. In addition to the social and recreational aspects of the South Carolina Aviation Medallion, the initiative also serves to raise awareness of the value and broad utility of general aviation. General Aviation contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs approximately 1.2 million people. The positive economic impact of having a general aviation airport located in or near communities not serviced by scheduled commercial carriers cannot be overstated as a vital link to transportation and commerce. The grass roots effort to leverage the South Carolina Aviation Medallion to promote all forms of regional aviation and commensurate financial impact officially began in January at Ridgeland Airport (3J1) and Allendale (KAQX). “The first chapter of the story is now history and new chapters will be added every day by fellow aviators,” stated Lee Logan, a retired fighter pilot, aircraft builder and aerospace worker behind the...
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Ask Your Senator to Support H.3568

The SC House of Representatives passed H.3568 which amends the South Carolina Sales and Use Tax Act to include maintenance of all aircraft in the tax exemption. The bill was passed by the Senate Finance committee on Tuesday May 19.  The bill will now go before the full Senate for approval. We believe the exemption will result in the creation of high paying jobs in a growing industry. With 37 FAA certified repair stations already in the state and more than 2,500 active general aviation aircraft, this exemption will be a boost to the state economy. Please call, visit, or send a letter to your Senators and let them know you would appreciate their support of the bill and our attached amendment.  If you have to leave a message be sure to ask for their support in your message.  A message on their desk is just as powerful as a phone conversation. Click here to view the flyer with talking...
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SCAA’s Spring 2015 Newsletter

Be on the lookout in your mailbox for your spring edition of the Palmetto Aviation. In the mean time you can read it online. Click here to read the newsletter.
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National Aviation Conference Comes to SC

South Carolina is privileged to host the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Ninth National Aviation System Planning Symposium May 17-19 at the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms.  Only held every three years, this conference which will explore the theme of Developing the 21st Century Aviation System, is a unique opportunity for South Carolina to showcase itself as an emerging aviation and aerospace center. Those of you who attended the SCAA Annual Conference the past two years will be familiar with the Symposium venue, and the event will be a valuable forum to connect with and learn from leading aviation industry professionals from around the nation.  As the TRB is part of the National Academy of Sciences, this is a great chance to engage these leaders in our own backyard. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration’s headquarters, numerous state aviation agencies, trade associations, consultants and researchers will present on a range of aviation system planning topics, including global socioeconomic trends affecting aviation, FAA policies and perspectives, air traffic control technologies such as NextGen, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), state and regional airport system planning, involving non-aviation stakeholders, and future research and funding needs for our aviation system.  Highlights of the Symposium include a keynote address by Angela Gittens of Airports Council International, a dinner event at the nearby Citadel Beach House with a presentation on Boeing Charleston by Steven Dykes of the Charleston County Economic Development office, a luncheon featuring Helen Hill of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau to talk about bringing new airlines to Charleston, and finally an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Boeing Charleston plant on May 20 for the first 50 registrants. If you are interested in being a part of the conversation on our aviation system as it evolves in the 21st century, please join us next month at Wild Dunes.  Learn more and register at...
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SC Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo Registration Open

This year’s South Carolina Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo will be bigger and better than last year! Now spanning two days on August 26-27, and including exhibit space for 100 companies, the conference and expo is quickly becoming a must-attend event for the region’s aerospace industry leaders. Agenda topics include both industry and research, such as: Workforce Development, K-12 Education Initiatives, Technologies on the Horizon, Big Data in Aerospace, Supplier Management, Technical Papers and Presentations in Future Fiber Composites, Automation and Simulation A Competitive Look at Aerospace in the Southeast. The Fourth Annual South Carolina Aerospace Dinner will be held from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on August 26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Table sponsorships are available for $750 and includes: logo placement on table, six complimentary dinner invitations and VIP guest seating. An individual dinner ticket is available for $75 or $65 with conference...
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SCAA’s Largest Conference

SCAA is getting ready to kick off its Annual Conference at the Wild Dunes Resort beginning Wednesday, February 11-13.  SCAA is excited about the great educational opportunities, including the Advanced and Fundamental Airport Management Course sponsored by the SC Aeronautics Commission. Make sure your name is on the below conference attendee list. See you there. SCAA Conf...
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SCAA Uses App for Onsite Conference Details

Download SCAA’s app for all the SCAA Annual Conference onsite information.  Instead of a printed conference program all information will be posted on the app or accessible on the SCAA website.  Search for SCAA in your app store (it is about the fifth SCAA down). Thank  you to Pace Pavement for sponsoring the conference app.  
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SCAA Annual Conference Activities

Click on the below link for an overview of the activities that will take place during the SCAA Annual Conference. The Conference will kick off with its Annual Golf Tournament, welcome reception and hangar party on the USS Yorktown.  This will be SCAA’s largest conference. Click here to see an overview of...
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Wild Dunes Resort Gate Pass

If you are driving to the Wild Dunes for the SCAA Annual Conference, you may print the attached gate pass and put in your car window for a quick entry into the resort. Guest Pass with Map
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Get In The Game

The Aerospace Industry in South Carolina continues to grow…make sure you are in the game.  Do you want to have an aerospace company locate on your airport.  Come find out how to position your airport to attract new industry. SCAA’s Friday, February 13 General Session will begin with the review of the South Carolina Aerospace Economic Impact Study. The review will help paint the landscape of how aerospace is growing in South Carolina.  A panel discussion will follow on what airports need to do to be considered for an aerospace company to locate on their airport. AeroImpact Fact...
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Conference Schedule

Take time to review the February 11-13 Conference Schedule and decide which sessions you plan to attend. Also, download SCAA’s app to have all the details at your fingertips. Schedule at a glance
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Ask your insurance broker for a quote from Global Aerospace

SCAA encourages its airport members to ask their insurance broker to obtain a quote from Global Aerospace for its property and casualty insurance. Global Aerospace created this program for partnership with associations and SCAA was the first association to offer the program to qualified members. Benefits of this program include a guaranteed premium for two years (if no losses over $5,000), free access to safety webinar training, and if you choose, you can continue to use your current broker. As part of the insurance program, exclusive to airport government members, Global Aerospace will pay your $250 Government Membership the first year, ensuring all airports have access to the program. This program is also available for Part-139 airports. For more information please download the flyer below.  Thank you again for your support. For more information, click on the below flyer. Global...
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