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Georgetown County Employment

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in News Feed |

Georgetown County Employment

Georgetown County Employment Department: PUBLIC WORKS (AIRPORT) Position: Airport Manager Grade: 131 Salary: $42,681.00 Job Function: GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under limited supervision, manages and supervises the Georgetown and Andrews Aviation/Fixed Based Operations (FBOs) at Georgetown County and Robert F. Swinnie (Andrews) Airports. This includes marketing, developing short and long range plans. The Airport Managers utilizes highly responsible administrative and supervisory skills in managing the operations, maintenance, security, construction, and related planning for future development of County Airports in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations. Oversees the efficient and effective operation and development of the Georgetown County Airports. Perform various other administrative duties as assigned. Works under the direct supervision of the Public Works Manager.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS •Inspects work in progress for quality, completeness, adherence to schedules and compliance with required codes and regulations. •Work with Senior Staff and the Public Services Director to develop the Airports’ annual operating and capital budgets for general aviation activities, determining supplies, equipment needs, and capital improvements. •Formulates and recommends plans for short and long range development, marketing and capital improvements, indicating the resources needed. •Provide monthly performance reports to the Public Services Director. •Maintains inventory control of airport equipment, merchandise, and supplies: conducts periodic inventory counts ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities and initiates orders for new/replacement materials. •Researches/evaluates items for airport use or retail sales •Receives and responds to customer complaints and suggestions within scope of knowledge and authority. •Provides information to the public and airport users, establishes, interprets and enforces rules governing airport facilities, usage, facility leasing, and service, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations and federal, state and local statutes. •Coordinates and ensures the enforcement of air traffic and safety rules and regulations. •Performs annual emergency drills with County Emergency Service Department •Conducts inspections of the airport equipment, grounds, facilities oversees necessary repairs and maintenance of the Georgetown County airports. •Supervises maintenance activities to ensure safe, secure airfield/runway conditions for aircraft operations and security of airport facilities. •Inspects airfield lighting and navigational aids evaluates/identifies malfunctioning equipment, potential safety hazards, or other problems and initiates appropriate action to correct/resolve problems or deficiencies. •Receives reviews, prepares and/or submits various records and reports including accounts receivable and payable records, charts, budget documents, sales reports, weather charts, training reports, statistical reports, memos, correspondence, etc. •Provides customer service to pilots, crew members, passengers, and visitors responds to complaints/questions, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution. •Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, co-workers, airline representatives, airport tenants, sales representatives, boards and commissions, consultants, customers/passengers, civic organizations, and the general public. •Works closely with the public, Town/City/County officials and support staff to resolve customer complaints and disputes. Coordinates with the Georgetown County Economic Development Office and the Chamber of Commerce. •Attends the monthly Airport Commission Board meetings and civic meetings as necessary. This includes creating and distributing the agenda for such meetings. •Plays an active role on the Airport Strategic Planning Committee on which the Airport Manager assists in developing and implementing long and short term plans, goals, and objectives for the airports: evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of airport operations, programs, procedures, and resource management recommends and/or implements improvements in programs and operational procedures as needed develops recommendations for promoting the airports and improving customer...

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Greenwood, South Carolina: Pilot honored for volunteering to fly Mercy missions

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in News Feed |

Greenwood, South Carolina: Pilot honored for volunteering to fly Mercy missions

GREENWOOD, S.C. — A Greenwood pilot has been named the 2016 Mercy Flight Southeast “Pilot of the Year” for the South Carolina region, Mercy Flight officials said. Broadus “Bo” Bowman, a Mercy Flight Southeast volunteer pilot since 2013, was recently awarded with the honor for the second year in a row. Bowman is a Greenwood resident. He is one of more than 650 volunteer pilots in the Southeast who donate their time, personal aircraft and fuel to help Mercy Flight Southeast passengers get to far-from-home medical care. Approximately 2,500 Mercy Flight Southeast flights are coordinated each year. Bowman, who flies a Piper airplane out of Greenwood County Airport, singed up to fly 23 missions last year. Bowman was honored at the Mercy Flight Southeast Pilot Awards Gala held April 7, at the River Ranch Resort and Airport (2RR) in River Ranch, Florida. The “Pilot of the Year” honor is based on 14 criteria that include flying and sometimes driving sick passengers, answering last minute transportation requests that may come during the night, and flying round trip flights and waiting during the patient’s appointment. “Bo is so dedicated to ensuring passengers receive the medical care they need and the reward for his generosity is often just a smile or hug. We are humbled by his kindness and thrilled to honor him,” said Steve Purello, volunteer pilot and CEO of Mercy Flight Southeast, based in Leesburg, Florida. For more information about Mercy Flight Southeast, click here. Mercy Flight Southeast, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer pilot organization that provides free air transportation throughout the Southeast by private aircraft to distant medical facilities when commercial air service is not available, impractical or simply not affordable. Mercy Flight Southeast is a member of Air Charity Network, an association of charitable aviation organizations comprised of more than 7,500 pilots and who represent over 90% of all charitable non-emergency flights flown in the nation. Mercy Flight Southeast has won the seal of approval from Independent Charities of America recognizing Mercy Flight Southeast as a good steward of the funds it generates from the public. ...

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Sign up today to attend AMT day on May 24th!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Member Update, Uncategorized |

Sign up today to attend AMT day on May 24th!

   On May 24 we honor the men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible.  It is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. Save the date for AMT day on May 24th.  FREE to all attendees, RSVP by May 19 by emailing scaa@scaaonline.com   AMT DAY! When: Wednesday , May 24  Time: 11:30 a.m. Where: SC Aeronautics Commission Hangar 2553 Airport Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29170 Sponsors: $200 (table sponsor)...

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2017 Spring Edition Palmetto Aviation Newsletter – Electronic Version

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Member Update, Uncategorized |

2017 Spring Edition Palmetto Aviation Newsletter – Electronic Version

The 2017 Spring Edition of the SCAA Palmetto Aviation Newsletter has arrived.  Welcome to your digital edition of the Palmetto Aviation! Click here or the image below to read your latest issue. Our Spring Edition covers: Annual Conference Recap Hall of Fame Recap Airport News  Upcoming Event Details: AMT (May 24), Southeast Aviation Expo (June 10 & 11), and SC Aerospace Conference and Expo (August 29-31)    ...

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SCAA Newsfeed Feature Now Available

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Member Update |

SCAA Newsfeed Feature Now Available

SCAA is bringing you an updated news feature on the website under the “News feed tab”. Your staff updates this section on a weekly basis so please take this opportunity to check...

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Doolittle Raiders Dance

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in News Feed |

Doolittle Raiders Dance

 Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary commemorated April 18 with ‘40s-style dance and concert at Lourie Center The Lourie Center, in partnership with the Capital City Big Band (CCBB) and with support of some of the area’s patriotic and cultural organizations, will present a dance and concert of WWII-era music Tuesday, April 18, from 7-9 p.m.  The weekday event will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the April 18, 1942, airstrike that went down in history as the Doolittle Raid At 6:30 p.m., before the music begins, there will be a short presentation underscoring the Midlands’ role in the morale-altering aerial attack on Tokyo. Many local connections involving Columbia, Lexington, Lake Murray and base personnel continue, 75 years later. The all-volunteer CCBB, led by Dick Goodwin, will perform two 45-minute sets. The ensemble is comprised of small business owners and a wide variety of professionals. Few are professional musicians, but all are passionate about perpetuating the sound of the Big Band Era. CCBB formed in 1997 under the leadership of USC jazz artist-in-residence Roger Pemberton. Several musicians have been members of the band from its inception; at least five have been playing with CCBB for more than 15 years. The band either rehearses or performs on the first and third Tuesdays of months, September through May, oftentimes at area retirement homes, civic engagements or churches. Local patriotic organizations will staff information tables, and a static display of WWII military vehicles will be parked adjacent to the Lourie Center. The commemorative event also will recognize the associated 75th anniversary of the opening of Columbia Army Air Base where crews were recruited by Lt Col. Jimmy Doolittle for the historic aerial mission. Tickets for the April 18 concert are $10 in advance and can be obtained at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, 29201, or through the website: LourieCenterSC.com/activities/special-events/upcoming-concerts. Reserved seating can be made for ticket purchases of 10 or more. Soft drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will go toward operations and programming of the Lourie Center. . For information about other events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and the opening of CAAB, visit schistoricaviation.org and watch local...

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Airport Operators

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in News Feed |

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Airport Operators

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below provide airport operators with an understanding of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations from an airport perspective. For answers to general UAS questions, such as “What is the definition of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)?” or “What is a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA)?”, please visit the FAA UAS FAQs. We strongly encourage reviewing the general FAQs in conjunction with those below as the information is complementary and meant to be read together as guidance to all users of the national airspace system. These FAQs identify: The types of UAS activity in the United States National Airspace System (NAS). The approvals necessary for UAS operators to use the NAS. Best practices to safely integrate UAS operations at an airport. Actions the airport operator can take if a UAS is being operated in manner that could endanger the safety of the NAS. You can find further background information and supporting information at the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA‘s) UAS website. UAS are permitted users of the National Airspace System (NAS), just like any existing manned aircraft flight. Congress confirmed in Public Law 112-95, the FAAModernization and Reform Act of 2012, that UAS are aircraft consistent with the statutory definition of an aircraft as set forth in Title 49 of U.S.C §40102(a) (6). This means that UAS operators can utilize the NAS as long as the operator of the UASmeets all applicable laws and regulations and operates the UAS in a safe manner. The FAA‘s goal is to safely integrate UAS into the NAS. Safety of the NAS is enhanced when the operator of a UAS and the airport operator coordinate prior to a UAS flight on or near an airport. This coordination enhances integration into the NAS by: Allowing the airport operator to help the operator of the UAS aircraft understand the areas of manned aircraft flight near the airport, reducing the potential for conflicts between UAS activities and manned aircraft flights; Allowing the airport operator to understand the proposed parameters of the UAS activities for situational awareness and coordination with airport tenants and users as necessary; Allowing the airport operator to advise the UAS operator of unique manned aircraft activities near the airport (e.g., parachute activities, glider activities, etc.); Allowing the airport operator to understand where UAS activities on or near the airport are occurring; and Encouraging coordination of the airport sponsor with the local Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities, Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), and Airports District Office (ADO), and local law enforcement. While these FAQs will help the airport operator understand UAS use of the NAS, they are also intended to assist the airport operator in safely integrating these new users into the NAS. FAQs Does the FAA need to issue a COA for a UAS operation from an airport? What is required for public UAS operations on or near my airport? What is required for civil UAS operations on or within 5 nautical miles of my airport? Why is a civil UAS operator asking for me to enter into a Letter of Agreement (LOA)? A UAS operator proposes to operate from my airport. What questions could I ask the operator of a UAS? What safety factors should I consider for a UAS operating from my airport? What topics could I consider...

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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in News Feed |

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply only to unmanned aircraft, popularly known as “drones.” The authority under § 99.7 is limited to requests based on national security interests from the Department of Defense and U.S. federal security and intelligence agencies. U.S. military facilities are vital to the nation’s security. The FAA and the Department of Defense have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these 133 facilities. The restrictions will be effective April 14, 2017.There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA. Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges. To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAA’s UAS website. Section 2209 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 also directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a process to accept petitions to prohibit or restrict UAS operations over critical infrastructure and other facilities. The Department of Transportation and the FAA are currently evaluating options to implement such a process. The FAA is considering additional requests from federal security and intelligence agencies for restrictions using the FAA’s § 99.7 authority as they are...

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SCHAF membership night Friday and open house Saturday

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in News Feed |

SCHAF membership night Friday and open house Saturday

A reminder, the membership appreciation night of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation takes place Friday evening at hangar Y-1 at Hamilton-Owens Airport in Columbia takes place Friday evening, April 7th starting at 6pm.  Drop in and enjoy food, refreshments and fellowship.  If you have not renewed your membership it will be a great time to do so. If you are not a member it will be a great time to join.  Come gather with other members of SCHAF.    Also the April SCHAF open house will take place Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 1pm at hangar Y-1.  Come and see the outstanding progress being made in the restoration of SCHAF’s B-25C.  Hope to see you at either or both...

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Sumwalt Takes Reins of NTSB as Vice Chair, Acting Chair

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in News Feed |

Sumwalt Takes Reins of NTSB as Vice Chair, Acting Chair

Robert Sumwalt has stepped back into the role of vice chairman and at the same time, became acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. On Friday, President Donald Trump reappointed Sumwalt to a two-year term as vice chairman in conjunction with an announced intention to renominate Sumwalt to another five-year term on the board. Sumwalt took over his new duties as vice chairman and acting chairman on Friday. He succeeded Bella Dinh-Zarr, whose two-year term as vice chairman ended on March 29. She had also become acting chairman on March 16, when Christopher Hart’s term as chairman expired. However, that role transferred to Sumwalt, since NTSB’s structure assigns the acting chairman position to the vice chairman. Dinh-Zarr remains on the Board as a member. “I want to thank Christopher Hart for his leadership during his tenure as the NTSB chairman, and Bella Dinh-Zarr for her outstanding work as vice chairman and most recently as acting chairman,” Sumwalt said. “Together they have helped advance transportation safety, making us all safer, while also making NTSB one of the best places to work in government.” A pilot for 32 years who has amassed more than 14,000 flight hours, Sumwalt became the 37th member of the NTSB in August 2006, and was designated by President George W. Bush to his first two-year term as vice chairman. Sumwalt was appointed to an additional five-year term on the Board in November 2011. He brought significant safety experience to the Board, spending eight years as a consultant to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System, chairing the Air Line Pilots Association’s Human Factors and Training Group, and while with US Airways, working on special assignment to the flight safety department and on the airline’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance monitoring...

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