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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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SCAA Annual Conference – Save the Date

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

SCAA Annual Conference – Save the Date

The 2017 SCAA Annual Conference will be held on February 8-10. This will be located at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC. Be on the look out for additional 2017 conference information coming soon. 

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Getting There is Half the Fun

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Getting There is Half the Fun

Getting There is Half the Fun Today’s growing trends in private aviation BY MELISSA ANDREWS Soaring above the clouds and following the invisible roads in the sky without the hassles of commercial airlines is trending. Traveling by private plane –– as the pilot or the passenger — is an increasingly popular method of transportation for many Columbia residents. It might be a long-awaited vacation or a quick jaunt to a football game for a few hours, or simply one of many business trips across the country. Private plane sales were at an all-time high before the 2008 recession. Since then, while business is still not back to its high point, it is picking up. Private personal planes, shared planes and corporate jets continue to be in demand as people and businesses look for more convenient ways to travel. What might be surprising — if not a bit unsettling — is how quickly people can learn to fly a plane. “An average person of average intelligence and hand-eye coordination can learn to solo a plane in eight to 10 hours of formal practical instruction in the airplane, and most people will be able to solo after this level of instruction,” says Jim Hamilton, for whom the Jim Hamilton-LB Owens airport is named. Jim served on the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, served as president of the South Carolina Aviation Trade Association, was the founder and owner of the Midlands Aviation Corporation and served as the Columbia Owens Airport operator for more than 40 years. During his time at the airport, his company provided flight training, an air taxi charter service, airplane sales and maintenance and encouraged Richland County to build hangars for the storage of airplanes. In short, Jim knows aviation. To Read More Click...

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