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Small airports have big impact on state’s economy

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Uncategorized |

Small airports have big impact on state’s economy

Airports don’t have to be large to make a significant contribution to the economy of a county or region. While the state’s commercial airports — Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greer, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach — are the best known and often use the term “international” in their names, the general aviation airports spread throughout the state put up some impressive numbers on their own, according to an analysis by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission. According to the commission’s 2018 Economic Impact Technical Report, commercial airports are responsible for $521 million in direct economic activity. The general aviation airports — about 50 in number — provide direct annual economic activity of about $404 million. Click the link below for the full article: ...

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Spartanburg Pilots Association Ground School – Aug. 30

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in News Feed |

Spartanburg Pilots Association Ground School The FAA Pilot Knowledge Test Preparation Class   August 30th thru November 8th Every Thursday evening from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm. Spartanburg Airport bottom conference room   Schedule: Week 1. Airplanes and Aerodynamics Week 2. Airplane Instruments, Engines, and Systems Week 3. Airports, Air Traffic Control, and Airspace Week 4. Federal Aviation Regulations Week 5. Airplane Performance and Weight and Balance Week 6. Aeromedical Factors and Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) Week 7. Aviation Weather Week 8. Aviation Weather Services Week 9. Navigation: Charts and Publications Week 10. Navigation Systems Week 11. Cross-Country Flight Planning   The class is open to everybody who has an interest in aviation. It provides an opportunity to experience what it takes to become a pilot. The class is currently has a very diverse group that you would not normally find in a class like this.   You must be a member of the Spartanburg Pilots Association You can join during the first class if you are not a current member. Please register with Terry Connorton if you plan to attend. Seats are limited. Terry_Connorton@hotmail.com...

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Committees Meetings for August 23rd have been cancelled!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in News Feed |

Due to the increased volume of events for aviation week, we have decided to cancel the committees meetings for August 23rd. Instead, we would like to invite you to attend an aviation week event happening near you. We intend to reschedule these meetings at a later date, possibly sometime in September. Keep you posted!

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Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport in Business View Magazine

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in News Feed |

Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport in Business View Magazine

  Click the link below –  See pages 302-309 for more details:...

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RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS AT HILTON HEAD AIRPORT ENHANCE SAFETY, SERVICE OPTIONS & STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in News Feed |

RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS AT HILTON HEAD AIRPORT ENHANCE SAFETY, SERVICE OPTIONS & STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

    Author: Ken Wysocky Published in: May-June 2018 A $14.1 million runway extension project at Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) will enhance safety and allow the South Carolina airfield to accommodate larger aircraft. At the same time, the project also offers a practical blueprint for how to address local sentiment that runs counter to FAA recommendations. The project, expected to end in late June, adds 700 feet to HHH’s only runway (403 feet on one end and 297 on the other end), extending it to 5,000 feet. The additional length enabled American Airlines—the airport’s only commercial carrier—to replace its Dash 8 turboprop service with regional jet service via 76-passenger Embraer 175s. That provides residents and tourists with more travel options, says Jon Rembold, airport director for HHH and nearby Beaufort County Airport. “In addition, we now can receive private aircraft from airports that are farther away than before, because the longer runway allows them to carry more fuel and people on board. It opens up their range,” Rembold points out. The new length also makes HHH more competitive with Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, located about 45 miles southwest, and Charleston International Airport, located about 100 miles northeast, both which have runways more than 9,000 feet long, he adds. facts&figures Project: Runway Improvements Location: Hilton Head Island (SC) Airport 2017 Enplanements/Deplanements: 27,332/30,553 Key Components: 700-foot runway extension; stormwater detention system; 2 engineered material arresting systems Runway Extension: $14.1 million Stormwater System: $5.4 million Arresting Beds: $8 million Funding: 90% FAA; 5% state; 5% airport revenue Engineering Consultant: Talbert, Bright & Ellington Engineering: Ward Edwards Engineering Prime Contractor: Quality Enterprises USA Stormwater Chambers: CULTEC Key Benefits: Improved safety; ability to accommodate larger aircraft/provide more travel options to passengers; enhanced stormwater management & wildlife mitigation Along with the runway extension, the airport installed a new $5.4 million stormwater management system that stores, treats and transports rainwater downstream via a system of large underground plastic chambers. Stormwater management is critical because HHH sits amid an 81,000-acre environmentally sensitive watershed that includes the Calibogue Sound, three rivers and their tributaries, creeks, lakes and tidal flats. As such, the area is home to wildlife such as ospreys, bald eagles and dolphins. The new system, which replaced a drainage canal adjacent to the airport’s runway, also serves as a wildlife mitigation tool, because there is no longer standing water to attract animals such as foxes, coyotes, deer, alligators and birds, Rembold explains. The airport further enhanced airfield safety by installing 200-foot-long engineered material arresting systems (EMAS) at each end of the runway. The FAA paid for 90% of the $8 million safety project, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission paid another 5% and the rest was funded with airport revenue. The entire project took about 18 months to complete. In general, real estate development and airport expansion are sensitive issues for many Hilton Head residents and government officials; and their cautious approach is reflected in the stringent master development plans of local agencies. As such, some residents strongly opposed the runway extension, even though the FAA recommended a longer runway to help the space-constrained island airport operate more efficiently. The FAA also recommended removing the drainage ditch, which posed a safety issue, due to a steep slope between it and the runway, Rembold notes. “The FAA...

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SCHAF Newsletter July 2018

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in News Feed |

SCHAF Newsletter July 2018

Click here to view SCHAF Newsletter July 2018

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Memorial Service honoring Gerald Ballard on June 23, 2018

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in News Feed |

Memorial Service honoring Gerald Ballard on June 23, 2018

You are cordially invited to the Memorial Service honoring Gerald Ballard, President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club (November 1979 – December 2017). The Service will be held on June 23, 2018 at Twin Lakes Airport (S17) – 132 Ballard Drive, Trenton, SC 29847. Agenda: 11:00 am – Arrival and Fellowship 12:00 pm – Lunch catered by Sconyer’s Bar-B-Que 1:00 pm – Service and Speakers 2:00 pm – Military Honor 2:15 pm – Missing Man Formation 2:30 pm- Lottery Drawing 3:00 pm – Adjourn Click the link for more details:...

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The South Carolina Flight Standard District Office – Educational Outreach to Identify Suspected Illegal Charter Flights

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in News Feed |

Unfortunately, there have been instances where unsuspecting members of the public have chartered aircraft for flights only to find out after the fact that the operators of these flights were not legally qualified, i.e., not certificated, to conduct those flights.   Unscrupulous entities have used many schemes to ostensibly legitimize the flight, i.e., illicit and/or devious lease agreements, conditional sales contracts, operational control conveyances, etc. Regrettably, many members of the public simply are not aware that an operator must possess and display either an “Operating Certificate” or “Air Carrier Certificate.”  Moreover, many members of the public have chartered a flight and unwittingly accepted the responsibilities of “operational control” when they were not aware that “operational control” involved:   1.     Flight Crewmember Selection; 2.     Manual Control; 3.     Flight Planning; 4.     Airworthiness of Aircraft; 5.     Flight Release; 6.     Flight Locating; and 7.     Flight Information   This knowing or unknowing assumption of the responsibility of operational control creates a serious problem in air safety and involves substantial legal liabilities for the unsuspecting user who has become a victim of an uncertificated operator.   Therefore, in an effort inform members of the public accordingly, SC FSDO personnel will convey the requirements of legitimate operators to possess and display their Operating Certificate or Air Transportation Certificate and that the operators are responsible for all matters concerning operational control.  SC FSDO personnel will post informational posters at FBOs throughout the District of SC (see attachment).  Any questions may be directed to the SC FSDO at (803)...

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