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Visit often to learn about the latest news and events from SCAA. The SCAA is dedicated to promoting aviation in South Carolina. If you know of an event or special press release that is important to aviation in South Carolina please contact our office so we can post it here. Thank you for supporting SCAA.


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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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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