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SCAA Summer “Palmetto Aviation” Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, Newsletter |

SCAA Summer “Palmetto Aviation” Newsletter

In case you missed your copy in the mail or at your airport, please take a look at “what’s inside” this summer’s Palmetto Aviation Newsletter....

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SCHAF Newsletter for August

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

SCHAF Newsletter for August 2016- Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, August 13, 2016. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton/Owens Airport.   Foundation Happenings- Greetings to all members and friends of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation. It’s been a busy summer.  Even though it’s been unbearably hot that hasn’t slowed things down as far as SCHAF activities. The restoration of GF-2 continues apace and a visit to the SCHAF hangar at Hamilton-Owens Airport would be worth your while.  If you haven’t seen our B-25 recently you might be pleasantly surprised.  Without further ado let’s see what’s been going since our last visit. A really great open house on Saturday, July 9th as SCHAF honored the contributions and memory of the Tuskegee Airmen, the black pilots who did so much to advance equality in the American armed forces and in our nation as well as providing outstanding service in assuring victory over the dark forces that had conquered much of Europe.  A large number of young people and others turned out to remember the exploits of the “Red Tails” as they were known. SCHAF members on hand included Ken Berry, David McIntosh, Mary McIntosh, Ron Skipper, Marvin Williams, Alton Blanks, Ted Podewil, Katherine Cuddy and Niall McLaughlin. The folks from the Spann Watson chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen brought a lot of young people who were excited to hear about the sacrifices of an earlier generation in helping America continue to be great.  Ted Podewil brought his display of parachutes and airborne related items and did a great job of talking with the young people about intricacies of airborne operations and the role of paratroopers in the Second World War. It was good to see so many young for the open house.  It’s important that future generations know of the sacrifices of previous ones in making our country great.  By the way, a lot of credit for making July’s open house a success should go to SCHAF member Marvin Williams, who is also a member of the Spann Watson chapter of the Tuskegee Airman. Marvin made arrangements for a lot of the young people who showed.  Thanks, Marvin.   Ken Berry and some young people,  Marvin Williams(l) and Ron Skippe(r),  Ted Podewil and visitors Among our guests was Nancy Stone-Cullum, director of the Richland County Conservation Commission, who have been so helpful over the last couple of years with grants to aid in the restoration of GF-2.  The folks at RCCC are a great group and really care about the preservation and restoration of Richland County’s history.  They deserve your support.  Again, Nancy, it was great to see you.  Below are some pictures showing the progress being made in bringing GF-2 back to her former glory. Notice, by the way the middle picture. In the last month some of the new Plexiglas has been installed in the nose section and it looks very good.  Again, real progress is being made and it due to the dedicated work of a small cadre of volunteers. More are always needed to get involved and there’s always room for more folks to pitch in. What are you waiting for? Instrument panel for GF-2, New Plexiglas in nose of GF-2, Admiring GF-2   In the next few weeks we will begin work...

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TRB Webinar: An Understanding of the Economic Impact of Airports and Their Operations

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that features research conducted by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program(ACRP) that provides guidance and information on the economic valuation of airports and air cargo operations. The economic impact of airports is often assessed at a local or regional level to educate communities about how their airports contribute to the area’s economy and to support airport infrastructure investments and ongoing expenditures to policy makers. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is no fee associated with this webinar. This webinar will provide 1.5 Continuing Education Units for Accredited Airport Executives. This webinar is pending approval by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits. Webinar Presenters Steven Landau, Economic Development Research Group, Inc. Patrick Balducci, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Moderated by: Christopher Poinsatte, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Webinar Outline ACRP Report 132: The Role of U.S. Airports in the National Economy Presentation of research How airports support domestic and international commerce, economic growth, and tourism How airports enhance urban agglomeration economies ACRP Web-Only Document 20: Estimating the Economic Impact of Air Cargo Operations at Airports, Part 1: User’s Guidebook and Part 2: Research Report Presentation of research Dimensions of economic impact and value creation Case studies of air cargo economic impact assessments Question and answer session The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions. Learning Objectives At the end of this webinar, participants will able to: Understand how to communicate the national aggregate value of airports to communities and to aviation stakeholders Understand how changes in airport connectivity between regions could be beneficial to the U.S. economy Discuss the application and flexibility of analytic tools for various situations Registration Information This webinar is sponsored by the Airport Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar. Continuing Education Units for Accredited Airport Executives The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is making 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for A.A.E. If you are an A.A.E. and would like to apply for CEUs for this webinar, visit www.aaae.org/ceu. For questions about A.A.E. continuing education units, please contact accreditation@aaae.org. American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance Credits This webinar is pending approval by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits. Please make sure that you register for this session and log-in using the link that TRB provides to your email account. We use this as your record that you attended this session. TRB only maintains the records of attendees who use their email address to log into the webinar, and cannot verify attendance of individuals who view the webinar without personally logging into the session. To report your CM credits, visit www.planning.org/cm Login using your ID# and password Select My CM log Select Add Credits Under Browse you have the option of searching by Date, Provider, or Distance Education and using the search box to type in the name of the event or activity and clicking go A pop-up box will appear. If this is a multi-part event you will have the option to select from a list of activities Please rate, add a comment (optional), and click on the Ethics statement and answer Click submit and the CM...

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Jim Wall elected Chairman of Greenville Airport Commission

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Jim Wall has been elected Chairman of the Greenville Airport Commission.  The Greenville Airport Commission is the owner and operator of the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU).  GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding.  GMU is also home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in S.C., as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the Upstate economy.  For more information about GMU please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com or contact Joe Frasher at 864-242-4777 or joe@greenvilledowntownairport.com  ###...

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Article by Jim Hamilton – Volunteers fly patients from Sarasota, Florida to Duke University Hospital

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Volunteer pilots, Dennis Dabney and Jim Hamilton’s Mercy Flight from Columbia, S.C. (CUB), to Vidalia, GA (VDI), and Raleigh, N.C. (RDU), July 17 in Dabney’s well equipped Beechcraft Bonanza 36, was typical of Mercy Flights conducted by over 1,000 volunteer pilots in the Southeast.  Ryan, the 34 year old brain cancer patient and his Mother, Jan, needed to go from Sarasota, FL(SRQ), to Duke University Hospital (RDU).  The pilots did the missions earlier in the day to get home before afternoon storms, and they made it home just in time. Read more of the article written by Jim Hamilton on the Columbia Star’s website...

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Airports make economic development soar

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Airports make economic development soar   Several years ago, at a ribbon cutting in Orangeburg, an industry representative told City Administrator John Yow that the city’s municipal airport was exactly what his company was looking for as it scouted locations. During Masters Week, more than 50 flights will land and take off daily from the Aiken Municipal Airport. (Photo/Dan Brown/Aiken Standard) “I don’t know if we would have gotten that industry without the airport,” Yow said. “And it’s not just for attracting industry; it helps us retain the businesses we have.” This is a familiar story told by city leaders and directors of municipal airports around South Carolina. A nearby general aviation airport helps attract new industry, allows easy access for corporate jets, lets existing companies quickly fly in necessary equipment and provides a convenient spot for law enforcement or news helicopters to land. It’s also not unusual to see a university plane bring in a coach to check out a high school prospect. During the recent presidential primary season, candidates hopped to campaign events throughout the state via small jets landing at municipal airports. “Research has shown that airports are economic multipliers,” said Adam Williams, manager of airport policy for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for general aviation. “For every dollar invested in an airport, the economic benefit is more than $2.” The benefit of municipal airports is two-fold. As the airport’s owner/operator, the city benefits from the businesses that are based at the airport. The city also benefits from the economic activity generated by companies in nearby industrial parks and other firms that are able to successfully operate because there is a nearby airport. “When the town talks to a potential industry, one of the first things that comes up is, ‘Is there an airport?’” said Wendall Hall, director of the Cheraw Municipal Airport, where nearby companies including INA Bearing and Highland Industries make flights in and out a few times each week. The City of Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport is the city’s largest owned asset, serving more than 100 local aircraft along with corporate jets representing many of Spartanburg’s largest companies. Spartanburg’s Group of 100 donated the statue of the young child taking flight on a paper plane for the grand reopening of the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport in 2011 after extensive renovations. The Group’s roughly 100 anonymous members donate $1,000 annually to fund beautification projects in the community. (Photo/City of Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport) According to the city, the airport contributes $25 million to the local economy, with 190 aviation-related jobs and a payroll above $10 million. Those numbers are likely to increase with the addition of Toray Industries, the world’s largest carbon fiber producer that is building a $1.4 billion plant in the nearby community of Moore. The Japanese company’s plant will initially create about 500 jobs, the largest initial economic investment in South Carolina, according to the SC Department of Commerce. And it is not just the corporate jets taking off and landing, said Darwin Simpson, director of Spartanburg’s municipal airport. With Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s participation in the national organ donor program, surgeons and medical teams are flying in and out at all hours, he said. “If you have to have a transplant, it’s not...

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SCAA Member, Marc Santacroce is CalPilots “GA Defender of the Year”

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

The California Pilots Association recognized Marc Santacroce as their “General Aviation Defender of the Year” at their Annual Meeting in San Carlos on October 15, 2011. California’s flight training industry has been battling the stealth imposition of burdensome regulatory procedures for nearly two years. While the national aviation trade organizations received the majority of publicity for their efforts (mostly as a result of their own PR department news releases) several individuals took up the cause and opposed the unannounced regulatory imposition as well. Among these, Marc Santacroce stood out at the most active and effective advocate. An independent flight instructor in Concord, Marc decided this battle was too important to just let “the alphabet groups” do the fighting. Santacroce’s hours of research and volumes of communications with flight instructors and schools across the state are beyond measure. He made countless trips to Sacramento, testifying before the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and legislative committees in the Senate and Assembly. If there was a twist in the process, Marc knew it and coordinated its dissemination to anyone that would help educate their lawmakers. Marc’s tireless and comprehensive efforts were instrumental to the passage of a bill enabling the vast majority of the state’s flight training providers to avoid expensive and overbearing regulatory oversight. On behalf of the state’s aviation community the California Pilots Association extends a sincere thank you to Marc Santacroce. In the picture: CalPilots President Ed Rosiak presents 2011 GA Advocate of the Year Marc...

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Step inside the cockpits of these iconic aircraft

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

With so many photos of the latest high-tech airplanes in various air forces, it’s sometimes refreshing to step back and see images of the pioneering aircraft that led the way. The following pictures from Donald Nijboer andDan Patterson, “Fighting Cockpits: In the Pilot’s Seat of Great Military Aircraft from World War I to Today” does just that by placing the reader inside the cockpit of these incredible machines. The following images beautifully demonstrate how aircraft cockpits have changed from World War I biplanes to the super advanced F-22 Raptor. All photos are published with permission.  Article posted...

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Winston Scott – Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Aerospace Dinner

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Aviation Week, Member Update |

Winston Scott – Keynote Speaker for the 2016 Aerospace Dinner

Did you hear Winston Scott the first time, if so wasn’t he great!  Register for the 2016 Aerospace Dinner to hear him again.   If not, you have another opportunity to hear one of the best speakers SCAA has ever had in years!  Winston Scott Retired NASA Astronaut Winston Scott will deliver the keynote address at the Annual Aerospace Industry Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, August 24. All conference attendees will receive a ticket to the dinner as part of their registration. Scott’s journey to the stars as a NASA astronaut is a testament to the power of perseverance and vision. Raised in Miami, his largely segregated education provided little access to resources, but his own determination combined with the dedication of his teachers set him on an inspiring path of achievement. In 1992, Scott began an accomplished career as an astronaut with NASA. He served as a mission specialist on the STS-72 Endeavour mission in 1996 and both the STS-87 Columbia mission and flight in 1997. Before joining NASA, Scott earned a distinguished record of service as a Captain in the United States Navy. He is the former Executive Director of the Florida Space Authority, and has also served as Vice President and deputy general manager of the NASA engineering and science contract for the space shuttle, International Space Station and project Constellation.   Register today for the 2016 Aerospace...

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Will SCAA see you this weekend at the Southeast Expo?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, SEAE News |

Will SCAA see you this weekend at the Southeast Expo in Greenwood? View the Schedule of Events:  Friday, June 24 Exhibitor Move-In, Noon- 5 pm Exhibitor Reception, 5 pm – 7 pm Fun Run (with foam), 6 pm  Live Band, 6 pm -9 pm Saturday, June 25  Gate opens at 8:30 am – Cost is $10 per vehicle EAA Fly-in 9:00 am – 11:00 am         – General Aircraft Arrival        – Military Aircraft Arrival       – Car Show Arrivals Visit with SCAA Exhibitors (pilot game included)  Static Plane Display SCAA Game Challenger Demo Activities Greenwood Aviation Expo consists of: – R/C plane demos at 9 am – 1:30 pm  – “Shagging on the Taxiway” Dance Contest at 12:00 pm – Auto Show Award Ceremony at 1:00 pm  – Military aircraft displays – Plane, Stearman Bi-Planes, Helicopter and  Monster Truck rides – Music, dancing, food, kid’s activities Sunday, June 26 Breakfast Club Fly-In, 9 am – 10 am SCAA Passport Award Winners Ceremony, 10 am – 10:15 am Rusty Pilots Seminar, 10 am – 12: 30 pm  Air Race starts at 10:00 am Judging Plane Contest during breakfast – Winner announced at 10:20 am  Pilot Educational Sessions (WINGS credits available – see schedule below)  Pilot Educational Sessions: Brian Turrisi (WINGS Credit Available), 10:30 am – 11:30 am  Topic: IFR Approach Chart Black Boxes Tom Coolidge, FAASTeam (WINGS Credit Available), 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  Topic: uses, limits and legalities of UAV’s in the airspace Isaac White, CAS, Inc. (WINGS Credit Available), 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Topic: ADS B Thank you to SC Aviation Safety Council for lining up the speakers for the 2016 Expo.     For more information, visit the website at https://scaaonline.com/southeast-aviation-expo/   Thank you to our 2016 Southeast Exhibitors:  2016 Southeast Expo Exhibitors… AOPA Celebrate Freedom Foundation Challenger Learning Center  Cirrus Aircraft Corporation  Civil Air Patrol  Greenville Technical College Federal Aviation Association SC Aeronautics Commission SC Historical Association SC Safety Council  Spartanburg Pilots Association...

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