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Ken Berry, President of SC Historic Aviation Foundation Interviewed about B-25 Restoration Efforts

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in News Feed |

Ken Berry, President of the SC Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF) was recently interviewed about SCHAF’s ongoing efforts to restore the cockpit and bombardier area of historic B-25. Link to video interview below. http://www.wltx.com/story/news/2015/08/07/bomber-restoration/31311639/

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James Stephens featured in State Aviation Journal MailChimp

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in News Feed |

      Our very own James Stephens was featured in a MailChimp sent by the State Aviation Journal....

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Amended House Bill 3568 Tax exemption on parts used in general aviation aircraft repa

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Member Update |

  Amended House Bill 3568 Tax exemption on parts used in general aviation aircraft repair Signed by governor: June 6, 2015 Effective date: 01/01/16 An act to amend section 12-36-2120 code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to exemptions from the state sales tax, so as to exempt certain construction materials used by an entity organized under section 501 (C) (3) of the internal revenue code as a nonprofit organization, to expand the exemption for parts and supplies used by persons engaged in the business of repairing or reconditioning aircraft, and to exempt certain children’s clothing sold to a private charitable organization exempt from federal and state income tax and to provide exceptions. General Aviation repair and parts sales tax was previously 6% in the state of South Carolina. As a result, many repair jobs were sent off to surrounding Southern states. With overall costs lowered, this bill will truly enhance general aviation in South Carolina and support it’s economic development. The South Carolina Aviation Association President, Don Purcell and the AOPA Director of State and Government Affairs, Jared Esselman met with key legislators to explain how these state taxes hindered general aviation growth in the state. All of those involved in general aviation are incredibly excited and proud as they worked hard to receive the support and the attention to the issue. “Another step in making South Carolina Aviation friendly!!” South Carolina Aviation Association President, Don Purcell. Additional Resources: AOPA Newspost SC Legislature  ...

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2015 Southeast Aviation Expo Update

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

            Additional weekend events may be found on scfestivalofflowers.org or by calling...

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Help Celebrate Aviation Week

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Help Celebrate Aviation Week

South Carolina will celebrate National Aviation Week August 23-29, and the SC Aviation Association and the SC Aeronautics Commission is asking for your help in promoting the week in your community. SCAA also asks that you post your efforts to promote Aviation Week on SCAA’s Facebook page so we can celebrate with you, and capture the activities around the state. A resource package will be mailed to each airport and will include: an aviation week proclamation from the Governor Nikki Haley a draft aviation week proclamation that your county can personalize and adopt an editorial on the importance of aviation to submit to your local media a resource page on how your airport can get involved throughout the week talking points you can use during a discovery flight a statewide aviation coloring page that can be given out to children who visit your airport a “What is General Aviation?” brochure from AOPA...

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Sad News to Report…Pilot Bob Russell Passed Away

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in News Feed, Uncategorized |

Sad News to Report…Pilot Bob Russell Passed Away

Robert “Bob” Russell COLUMBIA -Robert “Bob” Rowland Russell Jr., 85, Chairman of the Board of Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate, from Columbia South Carolina passed away on the morning of May 23, 2015. In Bob’s true spirit of living life to the fullest, he perished doing what he loved most in the world, flying. He was born on February 15, 1930 in Florida to the late Robert Rowland and Mary Rogers Russell Sr. Raised in Columbia, Bob attended Columbia High School. For Bob, flying has been many things: adream, apass time, aservice to his country, a performance and atrue love. As ateenager in Columbia, he flew gasoline models, dreaming of the day he would fly real planes. His dreams came when he was asophomore at Clemson University. He organized and served as the first president of the Clemson Aero Club where he soloed in aPiper Cub and accumulated his first 400 flight hours. In 1952, he graduated from Clemson with adegree in Industrial Education and his commission as aSecond Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Immediately after graduation, Russell entered the military flight training and received his jet pilot wings in July 1953. During his Air Force service, he attended all weather fighter school at Moody Air Force Base and served in Labrador during the Korean War. After his discharge, he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard, serving overseas in Spain during an International crisis. He flew F-94s, F-80s, F-86s, F-104s and F102s, which contributed substantially to his total of more than 8,000 flight hours. “Touching the Face of God,” which was published in 1992, was abook written by Bob about his love of the sky. Bob performed, as stunt pilot in many airshows across the country. Bob’s love for his country and people lead him to service in many areas of the community. He was the Chairman of the Association of U.S. Army in 2002, Executive Committee of the CelebrationFreedom Foundation from 2000-2008, Chairman of the Salvation Army for Columbia, SC 1999-2002 and Advisory Board for the Salvation Army from 1982 to 2002. Russell has been honored over the years in several ways, including: Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003, Who’s Who in American Aviation in 1975, Outstanding Americans in the South in 1970 &1971 and received the Exceptional Service Medal in 1962. People often described Bob as true Renaissance man, he graced the stage as an actor in many local theater productions at the Towne Theater, an excellent piano player and was aformer member of the Palmetto Mastersingers, and an avid golfer who regularly shot in the 70’s and made 5holes-in-one during his lifetime. Perhaps more than anything, it is Bob’s endeavor into the real estate industry that has created alegacy fitting of the true legend that we was. On April 1st, 1965 Bob opened the doors on agreat adventure when he started Bob Russell Realty. With only one agent Bob used his determination to succeed as businessman, and succeed he did. Six months into his new business he hired the late Abb Jeffcoat. The two would become great friends and eventually partners, forming Russell &Jeffcoat Real Estate. Over the past 50 years of doing business in the Midland’s of South Carolina, Russell &Jeffcoat Real Estate has grown into the premier company in the area. As...

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Scott Thompson to Speak at Aerospace Industry Dinner

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in News Feed |

Scott Thompson to Speak at Aerospace Industry Dinner

Scott Thompson with US Aerospace & Defense will be the keynote speaker for Aerospace Industry Dinner on August 26 in Conjunction with Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo. Scott Thompson is PwC’s U.S. Aerospace & Defense assurance leader based in the Washington, D.C. Metro office. Scott’s extensive industry and client knowledge stems from his experience serving some of the firm’s largest A&D clients. He is an author of several A&D whitepapers and articles, and is a regular contributor to Aviation Week. Scott’s range of experience includes strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), operational improvement and compliance. He frequently acts as Quality Review Partner or consults on M&A engagements. He also has significant experience with government contracting regulations and compliance. In his role as the A&D assurance leader, Scott has responsibility for audit quality and service to A&D clients. Scott’s A&D experience covers financial reporting and disclosure requirements, internal control and implementation of SOX 404, coordination of large multinational audit engagements, business combinations and merger integration, corporate governance and employee benefits including pensions and OPEBs. Scott has also led the development of PwC’s comprehensive A&D industry financial reporting training and our Aerospace & Defense Academy program. Scott will provide the keynote session at the Aerospace Industry Dinner on August 26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The dinner will be held during the SC Aerospace Conference and Expo.  Click here to register or learn more about the conference. The conference is organized by USC’s Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Aviation...

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What is the SC Aviation Medallion?

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in News Feed |

What is the SC Aviation Medallion?

The South Carolina Aviation Medallion will be put into another pilots hands at the Southeast Aviation Expo on Sunday, June 28 at Greenwood County Airport. The medallion began its journey at the Ridgeland Airport as Cluade Dean took it on its first flight.  Since then the medallion has made 37 trips, including an airdrop of paratroopers in a C-17 at Fort Bragg. Created as a physical manifestation and celebration of the rich aviation heritage of The Palmetto State, the commissioned artwork was handcrafted from one and three quarter’s pounds of bronze into a large art medallion. One side of the medallion depicts the first aircraft in the state of South Carolina; flown on July 4, 1911.  The reverse side boasts the medallion’s purpose and name: “South Carolina Aviation Medallion.” Aviators are encouraged to fly the medallion, along with its custom carrying case and commemorative logbook, on recreational and business flights within the state and beyond. As the medal travels, pilots are encouraged to chronicle the flight and destinations where the medallion lands in the accompanying logbook. An attached tracking device makes it possible for enthusiasts to follow the medallion’s journey from airport to airport and state to state via its dedicated website (scavmedallion.com). The medallion is passed among fellow aviators whose paths intersect. Medallion program creator Lee Logan handed the medal over to the care of the South Carolina Aviation Association in April as its new sponsoring organization.  SCAA will work to spread the word and maintain the program, encouraging aviation in South Carolina. In addition to the social and recreational aspects of the South Carolina Aviation Medallion, the initiative also serves to raise awareness of the value and broad utility of general aviation. General Aviation contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs approximately 1.2 million people. The positive economic impact of having a general aviation airport located in or near communities not serviced by scheduled commercial carriers cannot be overstated as a vital link to transportation and commerce. The grass roots effort to leverage the South Carolina Aviation Medallion to promote all forms of regional aviation and commensurate financial impact officially began in January at Ridgeland Airport (3J1) and Allendale (KAQX). “The first chapter of the story is now history and new chapters will be added every day by fellow aviators,” stated Lee Logan, a retired fighter pilot, aircraft builder and aerospace worker behind the South Carolina Aviation Metal. “This initiative is a fun, interactive and highly social way to promote the utility, camaraderie and recreational benefits of general aviation in our communities.” For details or to become part of the movement, visit...

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Ask Your Senator to Support H.3568

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in News Feed |

Ask Your Senator to Support H.3568

The SC House of Representatives passed H.3568 which amends the South Carolina Sales and Use Tax Act to include maintenance of all aircraft in the tax exemption. The bill was passed by the Senate Finance committee on Tuesday May 19.  The bill will now go before the full Senate for approval. We believe the exemption will result in the creation of high paying jobs in a growing industry. With 37 FAA certified repair stations already in the state and more than 2,500 active general aviation aircraft, this exemption will be a boost to the state economy. Please call, visit, or send a letter to your Senators and let them know you would appreciate their support of the bill and our attached amendment.  If you have to leave a message be sure to ask for their support in your message.  A message on their desk is just as powerful as a phone conversation. Click here to view the flyer with talking...

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SCAA’s Spring 2015 Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in News Feed |

SCAA’s Spring 2015 Newsletter

Be on the lookout in your mailbox for your spring edition of the Palmetto Aviation. In the mean time you can read it online. Click here to read the newsletter.

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