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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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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