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Tribute to Former SCAA Member Claude Dean, 94

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Tribute to Former SCAA Member Claude Dean, 94

Sad news to report, Claude Dean, a long term member of SCAA, passed away this week. File photoClaude Dean, who served as chairman of the Jasper County Aeronautics Commission since 1970, died last week. In 2015, the county council resolved to name Ridgeland’s airport in Dean’s honor. Dean helped expand the airport from just five airplanes.   Claude Dean, a World War II veteran who served as chairman of the Jasper County Aeronautics Commission since 1970 and was recognized with the Sgt. Jasper Award in 2013, died Thursday. He was 94. Dean grew up on Main Street in Ridgeland and served in the Navy. He helped expand Ridgeland’s airport from five airplanes and three hangers to its current 60 airplanes and 49 hangers. He owned a sky blue 1956 Tri-Pacer airplane. Dean’s passion for airplanes was recognized by the Jasper County Council last year when it passed a resolution to name the Ridgeland Airport in his honor. The airport will expand to include construction of a new 4,200-foot runway, a parallel taxiway, a terminal and a new entrance. To read more click here… Claude Everett Dean, Sr. – RIDGELAND, SC – Claude Everett Dean, Sr, of Ridgeland, SC, husband of Beatrice Malphrus Dean, died peacefully Thursday, September 15, 2016 while surrounded by family at Coastal Carolina Hospital, Hardeeville, SC. He had joked a few weeks earlier that the Brave’s performance this year had a strong effect on his will to live and we all assume he is now relieved that he will not have to pick between Trump or Clinton. Mr. Dean was born August 27th, 1922 to the late J. Lee Dean and Gladys Archer Dean and was raised on Main Street in Ridgeland, SC. To read more click...

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Last Call for Newsletter Article for “Palmetto Aviation”- September 28, 2016

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, Newsletter |

Last Call for Newsletter Article for “Palmetto Aviation”- September 28, 2016

If you would like to submit an article for the next edition of Palmetto Aviation, please email scaa@scaaonline.com. Deadline to accept articles is by Wednesday September 28, 2016.  

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2017 SCAA Annual Meeting- Save the Date

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, SCAA Annual Conference |

2017 SCAA Annual Meeting- Save the Date

Save the date for the 2017 SCAA Annual Meeting held on February 8 – 10 back at Wild Dunes.  More information to come soon online!  

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SCAA 2016 Board Petitions

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

SCAA 2016 Board Petitions

Do you have an interest to serve on SCAA Board of Directors?  SCAA is extending the board petition deadline until Thursday, December 15, 2016. We are looking forward to hearing from you!  If you are interested in petitioning to serve on the SCAA Board of Directors, please complete the board petition link below and return it by Thursday, December 15, 2016.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD...

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Aviation Week Recap

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Aviation Week Recap

This year’s aviation week conference, expo and dinner went fantastic.  There were 531 total attendees.  I hope that you had a chance to hear Winston Scott the keynote dinner speaker on Wednesday night, Scott is a former NASA Astronaut and he talked about his experiences in space with fantastic visual pictures.  Hearing the young students ask him questions afterwards, which was amazing that this event turned into an education for young students with interest in the aerospace industry.  Winston Scott stayed for over two hours after his presentation to answer individual questions and take a picture with any attendees. Winston Scott a former NASA Astronaut    Click here for videos of TV coverage of the SC Aerospace Conference & Expo.   A special thank you goes out to all those table sponsors and organizers    ...

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Ford TRI-MOTOR TOUR

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Ford TRI-MOTOR TOUR

Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.   Click here for more...

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Aerofest 2016

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Aerofest 2016

 Mark your calendar! Aerofest is coming to the Hamilton-Owens Airport on Saturday, October 15,2016.

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Sport Air Racing League’s Southern Nationals

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Sport Air Racing League’s Southern Nationals

Come Watch, Come Fly, Come eat & enjoy Save the date for Saturday October 8, 2016 for the Sport Air Racing League’s Southern Nationals. 2016 Southern Nationals Air Race The Southern Nationals 125 Weekend Schedule @ KGRD Friday Oct, 7, 2016 6:00-8:00 pm A south favorite will be served at the meet and great on the airport by the local EAA Chapter 1023. The dinner will be a Low Country Boil with shrimp. So if you have a seafood allergy please let us know so we may provide another option for you. You will be able to pre-register at that time We will offer shuttle service to and from the hotel. Saturday Oct, 8, 2016 7:00-9:30 Registrations. 10:00 MANDATORY Pilot’s Briefing at the FBO conference room. 10:30 Pilots to aircraft 11:00 Begin Race Lunch will be served as the racers return. 2:00 Awards will be presented (Weather could extend times but no more than 1 hour. ) HOTELS Baymont Inn & Suites 109 Enterprise Ct, Greenwood, SC 29649 (864) 942-0002 Room rate will be 59.99 plus tax a night you will need to call them directly for this rate and tell them you are with the Air Race. Camping is permitted at the airport but is primitive. TRANSPORTATION We will provide shuttle service to and from the hotel. I will be available at anytime for late arrivals if needed and always happy to help anyway I can. HOST CONTACT INFO Richard Kaczmarek 937-243-7303 fastlittleairplanes@gmail.com THE RACE This is a Sport Air Racing League Championship Point Sanctioned Event Pilots MUST BE LEAGUE MEMBERS to participate. 1. Annual League Membership $50 becoming a Member: join here and pay online 2. Provisional Membership $10 (One race, one time) Pay at event check in/registration cash or check only RACE ENTRY FEE: $40 Payable cash or check only at Registration/check in. ENTER ONLINE:  Current regular members…click on I am racing link. You are instantly entered. Non-members…Click on Non-Member link, fill in form and pay fees at event. Flying is VFR ONLY in strict adherence to all FAR’s.Insurance is required RACE NUMBERS are licensed annually to regular League members. Provisional members may use any unlicensed number they wish. If the last few numbers or letters of your N# are not licensed these may be used. Display of Race Numbers on Aircraft is encouraged but not mandatory. If race numbers are on aircraft they should be well defined and 12-18 inches high. Displaying numbers on tail, under wings or on fuselage are most effective and positioning will depend on type of aircraft being flown. For more Information click here…...

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South Carolina State’s president piloted over Clemson’s stadium in an airplane he built

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, Uncategorized |

South Carolina State’s president piloted over Clemson’s stadium in an airplane he built

By Richard Johnson @RJ_Writes Sep 17, 2016, 12:30p There are few more pulse-pounding events then watching some jets scream over a football stadium before kickoff. But the flyover ahead of South Carolina State-Clemson will have a personal touch when SCSU president James Clark will take to the skies in a plane he built with his own two hands (and probably a lot of tools and maybe some help from friends).   Read More...

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Article Deadline for “Palmetto Aviation”- September 23, 2016

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Article Deadline for “Palmetto Aviation”- September 23, 2016

If you would like to submit an article for the next edition of Palmetto Aviation, please email scaa@scaaonline.com. Deadline to accept articles is by September 23, 2016.  

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