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Join together to train S.C. students for workforce BY EMERSON SMITH

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in News Feed |

Join together to train S.C. students for workforce BY EMERSON SMITH Bobby Hitt, head of our Department of Commerce, is very proud of his bringing aerospace companies to South Carolina, but he has failed to motivate the General Assembly to improve public schools. Nonetheless, Frank Hatten, an education relations specialist at Boeing, is taking a direct approach to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics in public schools and build a pipeline of South Carolinians working in the aerospace industry. I met Hatten on a recent group visit to the mammoth Boeing plant in North Charleston. We took a bus through the initial checkpoint and drove around an assortment of giant white buildings. We saw an array of new Boeing 787 aircraft sitting on a ramp, each in the distinctive colors and logos of airlines from around the world. Inside the final assembly building, we were escorted to a top floor classroom. There, we were shown camera pods and microphones in the ceiling and admonished that what we said or did would be recorded. No photos allowed. What followed was a 45-minute PowerPoint lecture on how Boeing works with high school students in South Carolina to encourage them to learn more about aerospace theory, science, design, assembly, flight and evaluation and to be eligible for training that could lead to a job at Boeing. This is all impressive, just the effort that Boeing makes to get high school students qualified to work at this Boeing plant of about 7,000 workers. After the lecture, we were escorted to the second floor, where, for a few minutes, we could look down, unobstructed, on the six or so aircraft being fitted with interiors and engines. We were told that our group, members of the S.C. Aviation Association, was indeed fortunate to be able to visit the plant, since visits are highly restricted. We would not be allowed to tour the shop floor, we discovered, since that is a privilege, Hatten said, extended only to potential aircraft purchasers. I draw three conclusions. First is that the Boeing facility is secure. Second, that Boeing is investing, with a good return, in the education of secondary school students. Third is that our public schools are the weakest link when Boeing and other plants need to find educated and trainable workers. BMW, the first, in 1993, of a series of automotive assembly plants in South Carolina, has about 10,000 people at its Greer plant, is successful in providing accelerated, focused education for years in, for example, its BMW Scholars program. High school graduates work as apprentices on the factory floor while completing a two-year technical college program. Both BMW and Boeing, as well as many others in industry, are obviously competent in workforce development, building advanced cars and airplanes. But the S.C. Coordinating Council on Workforce Development, created by the General Assembly in 2016, had only one industry representative named in the 2017 annual report — Michelin. In contrast, the nine other members are public sector administrators, most without any direct industry experience. The Council’s mission, to “engage in discussions, collaboration and information sharing concerning the state’s ability to prepare and train workers to meet current and future workforce needs” appears unmeasurable. Let’s work with educators, like Hatton, in our major industries, with our public school teachers,...

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SCHAF Newsletter for March 2018

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in News Feed |

SCHAF Newsletter for March 2018

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Greenville Downtown Airport Lifts Our Local Economy

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in News Feed |

Greenville Downtown Airport Lifts Our Local Economy

Greenville Downtown Airport Lifts Our Local Economy The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission has released a Statewide Aviation System Plan and Economic Impact Report.  It concludes that South Carolina’s network of 57 publicly owned airports contribute $16.3 billion annually to our state and local economies, while supporting almost 165,000 jobs. In the findings, it was determined that last year the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) had the following direct and indirect/induced economic impact: Employment:  547 (up from 453 in 2006 when last study was done) Payroll:  $24.9 million (up from $13.4 million in 2006 when last study was done) Economic Activity:  $68.8 million (up from $35.2 million in 2006 when last study was done) “We all know our system of airports connects us to the world and delivers vacation spending visitors to our great cities, coastal beaches and mountain regions, but we often don’t think about the parts and products aircraft bring here, which makes many types of manufacturing and other business possible in our state,” stated Joe Frasher, South Carolina Aviation Association Board Member and Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport.  “A strong case could be made that without airports, Boeing and BMW would not have landed in our state.  Both require parts delivered in a timely manner.  Transportation by land or sea might not be quick enough in this era of just-in-time inventory,” according to Frasher. ​​ The report notes that aviation supports about 7% of our state’s job market through direct employment and through companies that rely on aviation.  “Almost everyone in Greenville knows someone who works at Lockheed Martin.  These people would not be employed here if it weren’t for our local airports.  The same can be said for all the military aviation personnel our local airports and state host,” added Frasher. The study shows that, from various sources, airports directly generate $657 million dollars in state tax revenue.  It also reports that aviation demand is expected to grow and that airports need to be maintained and funding increased to support this mode of transportation’s infrastructure.  Based on previous funding history, the study determined that only 25-50% of the airports estimated annual needs will be available from the current state budget and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The FAA can supply 90% of the funding needed for eligible projects at airports if state and local funds are available to fund the remaining 10%. “Much like our state’s roads, our aging airports need to address deferred and ongoing maintenance like repaving cracked runways.  Unlike car passengers, most airplane passengers don’t see what they are riding on.  Airport managers know how to fix them but lack the funds.  Also, some additional airport development will be needed in order for many counties to attract new industry.  For example, most companies that use aviation want at least a 5,000-foot runway and the ability to buy fuel at airports they frequent.  If an airport’s runway is shorter, but can be extended, the promise of this improvement could prove to be a critical component to site selection personnel.  This can help ensure the needs of commerce are met across the state.  We desperately need to repave deteriorating runways and replace older and less efficient runway and taxiway lights with more energy efficient LED fixtures,” added Frasher. ​​ “Many businesses and vacationers arrive...

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Submit an Article for the 2018 Winter Edition of Palmetto Aviation

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Member Update |

Submit an Article for the 2018 Winter Edition of Palmetto Aviation

If you would like to submit an article for the next edition of Palmetto Aviation, please email sarah@associationsplus.com. The submission deadline is Thursday, January 11, 2018....

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Mr. Gerald M. Ballard, Hephzibah, GA, entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2017. 

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in News Feed |

Mr. Gerald M. Ballard, Hephzibah, GA, entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2017. 

Mr. Gerald M. Ballard, Hephzibah, GA, entered into rest on Monday, December 4, 2017. Mr. Ballard was born to the late Arthur M. Ballard and Eleanor V. Ballard in Fredericksburg, VA on September 30, 1939. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Frances Louise Skillman. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force (1959-1964). He was the owner and President of Ballard Truck and Tire Company in Augusta, GA since 1968. He was the President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club since 1979. He was awarded the 1998 Aviator of the Year at the Boshears Memorial Fly In. His proudest and most honorable accomplishment was when he was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004. He is survived by his daughters Janet Ballard Frazier (Russell) and Rebecca Ballard Wyles. And Michael Ballard. He is survived by four Grandsons; Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles and Noah Wyles. Additionally, he is survived by three sisters; Marita K. Broussard of Columbia, SC, Sally B. Hill (Ken) of Indian Harbor Beach, FL, and S. Kay Taraschi (Peter) of Indiatlantic, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on December 10, 2017 at Platts Funeral Home, Belair Road Chapel, Evans, GA from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Platts Funeral Home, Belair Road Chapel, Evans, GA with the Reverand Ben Bartlett officiating. Burial will follow at Westover Memorial Park. The pallbearers are Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles, Noah Wyles, Kerry Hale, and Ernest Tukes. Honorary pallbearers are All Members of the S.C. Breakfast Club. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Vaucluse First Baptist Church, 2 Church St, Vaucluse, SC 29850. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences...

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Leo R. Berube

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in News Feed |

Leo R. Berube

Leo R. Berube was recently presented the most distinguished award the Federal Aviation Administration issues to pilots.  He has flown aircraft for business, professional aerial photography and advanced flight Instruction.  Leo is a Director with the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA). The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 61.  Named after the Wright Brothers, the first U.S. pilots, the award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for more than 50 years while piloting...

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SCHAF Newsletter for December 2017-

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in News Feed |

SCHAF Newsletter for December 2017-

Please click the following to access the SCHAF Newsletter for December! SCHAF Newsletter for December 2017-

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SCHAF Newsletter for November

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in News Feed |

SCHAF Newsletter for November

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