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South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, Uncategorized |

South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation

SCHAF Newsletter for October 2016-   Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, October 8, 2016. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton-Owens Airport. The SCHAF Hangar Dance and Aerofest 2016 will take on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Hamilton-Owens Airport.   Foundation Happenings-   Greetings to members and friends of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation.  A lot has been going on over the summer and early fall and a lot more will be happening in the near future.  Of course the big event in the offing is the SCAHF Hangar Dance and Aerofest taking place Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Hamilton-Owens Airport in Columbia. It is going to be a great weekend, one you don’t want to miss.  A lot will be going on; the flying B-25 from the Canadian Warplanes Heritage Museum will be there,  EAA 242 is bringing in a flying Ford Tri-Motor, there will be a number of historic warplanes including P-51s, F4U Corsairs, T-6 Texans, a Boeing/Stearman trainer, a Chinook helicopter and a Black Hawk Helicopter along with vintage motorcycles.  Aerofest will take place during the day and the SCHAF Hangar Dance will take place that evening. At the hangar dance there will also be a display of artwork by the late Reuben Gambrell, noted South Carolina artist who served with the army air force in the Pacific during World War II and sketched and painted his impressions  of that theatre.  All in all it is going to be a great weekend.  Again, one you don’t want to miss. Admission to Aerofest will be donation of $5 with children under twelve admitted for free. Parking for Aerofest will be free.  Admission for the SCHAF Hangar Dance is $25 per person and $45 per couple.  Proceeds from Aerofest go to support a really great cause, Camp Kemo and proceeds from the hangar dance go toward the ongoing restoration of GF-2, the foundation’s B-25 and also funding various projects of the foundation to educate the public about the rich and varied aviation heritage of the Palmetto State. A great open house on Saturday, September 10, 2016 with Hawks and Hawgs, a fund-raiser for Camp Kemo taking place the same morning.  Hangar Y-1 at Hamilton-Owens Airport was full of SCHAF members and pilots and motorcyclists coming together to support a very worthwhile cause, Camp Kemo.  Folks got to see GF-2, talk about their love for aviation and then ride and fly off in a competition that raised funds for Camp Kemo.  It was really great to be around such a fine group of people.   SCHAF members present were Ken Berry, Ron Shelton, David and Mary McIntosh, Scott Linaberry, Ron Skipper, Katherine Cuddy, Alton Blanks, Valeria Anderson, Tom Roberts and Ted Podewil.   It was also great to see folks from EAA 242 like Jim Herpst and others. Another person on hand was James Clark, the new president of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.  Jim is an accomplished pilot and was there with his plane to lead off the start of Hawks and Hawgs.   SCHAF members Ken Berry and Scott Linaberry were among the pilots taking part in Hawks and Hawgs.  Word is they did a good job of flying looking for landmarks represented by various clues.  As always Ted Podewil’s airborne display...

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Governor Nikki Haley Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, Uncategorized |

Governor Nikki Haley Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Governor Nikki Haley Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew   COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley today issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency and asked residents to prepare for a potential evacuation of the South Carolina coast in advance of any impact from Hurricane Matthew. As state officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the governor will update residents about preparations for Hurricane Matthew, including the need for an evacuation of coastal areas, during a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, at 9:00 AM. Schools and county and state government offices in the following counties will be closed starting Wednesday, October 5, 2016: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lexington, Marlboro, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties. Residents in the following evacuation zones should make preparations for a potential evacuation beginning at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2016: Beaufort: Zone A, Entire county Jasper: A and B Colleton: A Only Charleston: A, B, C Dorchester: B, D, E, and F Berkeley: A, B, C, G, and I Horry: A only Georgetown: A only Know Your Zone: Your zone is how you will know to evacuate and which evacuation route to use. This information is detailed in the 2016 S.C. Hurricane Guide and available via in interactive map at scemd.org/knowyourzone. Prepare to evacuate:  Residents preparing to evacuate tomorrow should become familiar with evacuation routes, which are marked with special signs.  Consider where you will stay once you evacuate. Options include: a hotel, motel, or friend’s home that is outside the vulnerable area or an American Red Cross shelter.  Hotels and motels fill up quickly and out-of-county evacuations take time. Emergency shelters will be announced as soon as they are open. Fuel cars, keep supplies in vehicles, secure important documents:  If the storm approaches South Carolina, individuals and families should fill up their cars with gas.  Road maps, nonperishable snack foods, a first-aid kit that includes a supply of your family’s prescription medications, and convenience items such as diapers should be available in the car.  Secure important documents in waterproof packaging. Consider the safety of pets:  Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.  Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas.  Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets’ collars. If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane watch, a hurricane will be possible within 48 hours, and residents who live in vulnerable areas should stay tuned.  If a hurricane warning is issued, a hurricane is expected within 36 hours.  If you live in a highly vulnerable area and are advised to evacuate, you should be prepared to leave immediately.  The state urges individuals and families to do the following: Everyone in South Carolina is urged to continue to monitor the developing forecasts from the National Hurricane Center through local news media and trusted sources online. Pay attention to emergency warnings from local and state public safety officials and take safety actions if instructed to do so. South Carolina’s Emergency Response Team is operating 24-hours a day from the state’s emergency operations center preparing for hazardous conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew. For more information visit scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook. -END-   Derrec Becker Public Information Officer South Carolina Emergency Management Division Mobile: 803.530.2193 | Office: 803.737.8500 Online: scemd.org  |  Social: @SCEMD Skype: SCEmergency...

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Fall Vintage Fly-In

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Member Update |

Fall Vintage Fly-In

Save the date for September 29- October 2!  For more information click...

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Greenville Technical College – Aircraft Programs Open House with Aero Skills Tournament

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Member Update |

Greenville Technical College – Aircraft Programs Open House with Aero Skills Tournament

Here’s your opportunity to learn more about career and academic options in Greenville Technical College’s Aircraft Maintenance Technology and Avionics Technology programs. Talk with faculty and industry representatives about Upstate employment opportunities.The highlight of the event is an Aero Skills Tournament, a ‘Top Gun’ competition for aircraft technicians. Winners will advance to the nationals and the chance for a share of the $15,000 purse! Everyone is welcome! RSVP today. Click Here to register Saturday, October 15 11 a.m.     Aircraft Programs Open House 1 p.m.       Aero Skills Tournament Aircraft Maintenance Technology  – – Avionics Technology SCTAC 111 Connecticut Court Greenville, SC...

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Ford Tri Motor wings its way to Columbia

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Member Update |

Ford Tri Motor wings its way to Columbia

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s 1929 Ford Tri Motor will be in Columbia October 13-16. EAA Chapter 242, Palmetto Sport Aviation, will sponsor the plane at its home base, Jim Hamilton LB Owens Airport (KCUB). The stop KCUB is the first leg of the Tri-Motor’s Southern Winter tour, according to officials.  Along with the Tri Motor, the chapter is planning a display of rare and unique aircraft on Saturday October 15, with proceeds from the gate going to Camp Kemo. Rides on the Tri Motor are $70 for advance ticket sales and $75 at the gate. Children’s tickets up through age 17 are $50.00. Funds raised through the rides benefit EAA and the local chapter, which will donate its proceeds to Camp Kemo.  For more Information click here To Purchase Advanced Tickets click...

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An AOPA Air Safety Institute Seminar- Trivia Night!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Member Update |

An AOPA Air Safety Institute Seminar- Trivia Night!

Sure, you know lots of important stuff about flying…but how sharp are your trivia skills? Join us for our latest seminar and find out! We’ll test your knowledge of the arcane while also exploring the safety issues behind the trivia. For example, do you know: How long Lindbergh went without sleep during his transatlantic flight? How many drinks it takes to degrade performance as much as a poor night’s sleep? What piece of equipment “caused” Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 to crash? Click here for more...

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26th Annual Wings of Freedom Tour

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Member Update |

26th Annual Wings of Freedom Tour

Over Sixty years ago they flew from bases far from home, over occupied and enemy territory in an attempt to weaken the forces of evil so that freedom could once again return to the people who it was stolen from. Their endurance was tested onmissions of ten or more hours, day after day; their strength was proven as they returned countless crews safely back to their bases. Crews counted on them and a bond was made between man and machine… … Now they fly on missions that are quite different than those of so long ago. Their mission for today is to educate the world about our courageous World War II veterans and to remember those who have left us. These aircraft stand as tributes to their crews and fly on as living history to enlighten future generations. The best way to relive this history is to take a once-in-a-lifetime flight on board the B-17, B-24 & P-51. The Collings Foundation is proud to offer our Flight Experiences on our Wings of Freedom Tour in over 110 cities annually. Imagine yourself soaring on board the flagships of the USAAF Strategic Bombing fleet of WWII. Take your position in the crew and experience a taste of what it may have been like in WWII. Sit as bombardier, stand as waist gunner, monitor flight activity as a flight engineer would as you observe the pilots flying the mighty bombers. You can wander through the plane as you like. Every flight helps to defray maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft that have reached over $4000 per operating hour per aircraft. Maintained to the highest standards and flown by highly experienced pilots, our aircraft safety standards are second to none. A Flight Experience is an exciting and historic opportunity. The B-17, B-24 and B-25 have been known worldwide as the backbones of Allied airpower of WWII and now is your chance to fly aboard! Some of the questions you may have may be answered below. What is a Flight Experience? A Flight Experience on the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator, or B-25 Mitchell is a 30 minute (start-up to shut-down) experience in flight aboard the aircraft at one of our 100+ locations we stop at per year. For both people with or without a pilots license – We also offer flight training in the world’s only full dual control P-51C Mustang fighter! The closest locations of Collings’ planes are GMU and some in N.C To Reserve a Flight Experience Slot Call 1-800-568-8924  or 978-562-9182   For more information click...

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South Carolina Breakfast Club

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Member Update |

South Carolina Breakfast Club

It’s a home cooked southern breakfast, great fellowship and flying! Every other Sunday since 1938, pilots & aviation enthusiasts in and near South Carolina have met for breakfast. That’s it! No dues, no meeting requirements! Breakfast is around $6 – $10 per plate, is ready about 9am and there is always plenty. Fly in or drive to the airport, belly up and talk aircraft, aviation, or anything else, to your hearts content! Pilot or non-pilot, everyone Welcome! The South Carolina Breakfast Club, led by President Gerald Ballard, has been visiting airports around South Carolina and a few surrounding states every other Sunday since 1938, missing only events during World War II when fuel was not available. This is a club that has no dues — you join by attending your first meeting, and “the only rule is to fly safe.”     For more Information click here   For SC Breakfast Club Dates click...

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FROM THE PUBLISHER: TAKING FLIGHT TO COLUMBIA

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in News Feed |

FROM THE PUBLISHER: TAKING FLIGHT TO COLUMBIA

September 6,2016 “You’ll do fine, and have a nice flight.” With those reassuring words from my instructor ringing in my ears, I climbed into the little Cessna 150 and closed the door. The overwhelming fact that I had to fly and land this plane by myself before I could walk on the earth again confronted me like the hot summer air. Holder Watson had only given me a few hours of instruction when he decided it was time for my first solo flight. The few take offs and landings we had done together did not seem nearly enough. Since he always had his hand on the yoke, I wasn’t really sure how much of the flying and landing had been under my control and how much had been under his. Taking off and flying the pattern was easy, but the thought of landing without Mr. Watson’s steady hand on the controls made me more than a little uneasy. To read more about Henry Clay click...

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Greenville Aviators Association

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Member Update |

Greenville Aviators Association

Greenville Aviators Association, a fairly new club, is a social group dedicated to the social aspect of flying in Greenville South Carolina. The group will meet once a month second tuesday of the month starting in March. The group will endeavor to have events, speakers and trips that will be fun and exciting.   For more information click...

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