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SCAA, take part in the excitement!

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Hall of Fame, Member Update, News Feed, SCAA Annual Conference, SEAE News, Uncategorized |

Have you signed up for the AMT Day Luncheon? We invite you to join us for an appreciation luncheon at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission Hangar just a week from today! This luncheon is for all mechanics to show appreciation for the “faces behind safety.” Neil Baker with the FAA will be the luncheon speaker. This is a free event! May 24 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2553 Airport Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29170 RSVP today!  If you can sponsor/exhibit at this event, please call 1-877-359-7222. We are grateful for the support that makes events like these possible! June is around the corner…Plan to meet us in Greenwood at the 2016 Southeast Aviation Expo! June 25 – 26 Greenwood County Airport From great exhibitors, to pilot education sessions, to airshows, this weekend is designed for everyone. We count on our exhibitors to make this a great event. Sign up to exhibit at the 2016 SEAE today! SCAA Awards Scholarships The South Carolina Aviation Association SCAA scholarship program will provide limited assistance for South Carolina students who wish to pursue a career in the aviation industry. The objective of the scholarship fund is to promote the aviation industry in South Carolina. Scholarship funds will be provided up to a maximum of $500 for one semester of tuition and books. Funds will be paid to the institution for tuition and books only. It is the student’s responsibility to provide SCAA with appropriate bills and documentation for payment. No funds will be paid to the student directly. The Scholarship Committee of the SCAA will review all applications and make recommendations to the board of directors. Participating students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent.  In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be recommended by a member in good standing with SCAA. Requirements and qualifications may be added or deleted by the SCAA Board of Directors’ as they deem necessary. Students may reapply each year, but first time applicants will receive preferential consideration. Once an application has been received, it will remain on file and in contention until all funds have been expended. Applicants will receive letters of notification once his or her application has been either declined or approved. Download a scholarship application on SCAA’s website.   Nominate an honorable individual for the SCAA Hall of Fame… Established in 1991, the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame honors pioneers and leaders in the aviation industry who have made significant contributions to the development, advancement or promotion of aviation and have close ties to the State of South Carolina. Up to three nominees for the SCAA Hall of Fame honorees can be inducted each year and one Aviator of the Year. These individuals will be awarded and honored at SCAA’s 2017 Annual Conference in February. Each nominated individual must be of good character. The individual’s contribution to aviation must be substantial and performed with a high degree of excellence, above and beyond the performance of one’s job or political position. The individual’s contribution may be a single gallant event or achievement over time that has made a lasting impact on aviation. A single gallant event will be defined as an event, which was brave, spirited and honorable. Examples are William Farrow and Ronald McNair. Nominees shall be reviewed by the...

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Get involved with SCAA…Check out these upcoming events!

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, SEAE News, Uncategorized |

Tuesday, May 24 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM SC Aeronautics Commission Hangar: 2553 Airport Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29170 This luncheon is for all mechanics to show appreciation for the “faces behind safety.” Charles Taylor, the “father of maintenance”, will be honored by the FAA’s presentation of the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. This luncheon will be free of charge. Click here for more information. Sign up today!  Saturday, June 25 – Sunday, June 26 Greenwood County Airport, Greenwood, SC  This weekend is geared to be an enjoyable event for all in attendance. The weekend will include an aerobatic air show, r/c plane demonstrations, music, monster truck rides and more. Pilots will have great opportunities to network and learn with the scheduled education sessions. Exhibitors will be set up to connect with a variety of individuals dedicated to the aviation industry. Click here for more information. Sign up today! Please contact SCAA staff with any questions or needed assistance at 1-877-359-7222 or...

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Register to Exhibit at the Expo before May 24

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Member Update, SEAE News |

Register to Exhibit at the Expo before May 24

Reserve your spot today for the Southeast Aviation Expo’s largest event to date. Register online by May 24 and have your logo included in the next four advertisements in Palmetto Aviation Magazine.  The event is expected to attract more than last years 5,000 attendees. Paired with the Greenwood Aviation Expo this year, the Southeast Aviation Expo June 25-26 at Greenwood County Airport will be a jewel for pilots in the Southeast.  The Expo will add its trade show of pilot products and services, and pilot oriented education sessions to the Greenwood Aviation Expo’s already established air show, RC demonstration show and car show. The event is expected to attract more than last years 5,000 attendees. The Greenwood County Airport will buy lunch on Saturday for all pilots that fly in. On Sunday, the Breakfast Club will be flying in and Greenwood EAA Chapter 1023 will serve breakfast to pilots. SCAA will pay for all pilots who attend. An AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar and WINGS seminars will follow, along with an opportunity to visit exhibitors. All passport participants are invited to fly in for breakfast and celebrate the newest pilots who have completed the program.  We may even hear some stories from passport participants. Also, help SCAA vote on the Best Exterior, Best Overall and Best Cockpit in the EAA Corral Show. There is a $10 parking fee if you drive in on Saturday, but there is no fee for those that fly in. No drive in fee for Sunday. Click here to...

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July 1, 2016 Deadline for Scholarship Applications

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Member Update |

Do you know anyone pursuing a career in aviation?  Pass on the SCAA Scholarship application to them.  The association provides financial support for students. Click here to access the scholarship application and criteria.  

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Announcement – AMT Day Luncheon for 2016

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Member Update |

SCAA is hosting a 2016 Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT Day) in honor of Charles Taylor on May 24.  We will have Neil Baker from the FAA presenting a Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and will be our luncheon speaker.  If you are interested in attending, please register below, this event is FREE.  Sponsorships and exhibitors are available so please let Hannah Lorance at know.  If you have any questions, contact SCAA Headquarters at 877-359-7222. Click here to register today!...

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Spring Edition of Palmetto Aviation: Read Online Now!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Member Update, Newsletter |

Please read the online version of the Spring Edition Palmetto Aviation by clicking...

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Aviation Week – Registration Open

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Aviation Week, Member Update |

SC Aerospace Industry Conference & Expo August 24-25, 2016 The SC Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo connect industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. The event will take place on August 24 & 25, 2016 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Based on the previous event, this year’s edition expects to attract over 500 participants and 50 exhibitors. Don’t miss this opportunity to expose your brand to a large audience! The expo hall will give companies, educational institutes and other organizations the opportunity to present themselves and network with participants from across the state and region. Please visit the conference web site to view the available exhibitor opportunities that will allow your organization to promote your brand and products, to an audience, filled with high-level executives, and industry leaders. Education Alley at the Exhibition Hall The exhibition hall will feature a special Education Alley for Technical Colleges and Universities to highlight their education programs. Higher education and non-profit organizations will also receive a 50% discount on a booth. Please see our website and exhibitors floorplan for pricing and booth availability. Sponsor Opportunities Organizations can also participate in the Aerospace Industry Conference by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship packages range from Headline Sponsor ($15,000) to Dinner Table Sponsor ($1,500) levels. Please see the website for sponsor opportunities. Conference Program The event will feature two program options: an industry track, including a B2B networking event; and a research track, including the technical symposium ACE’16. In addition, the Advance Design Concepts and Practice Workshop will make its US debut at the conference. This event has been held previously in Europe and China. Organizers The SC Aerospace Conference & Expo is hosted by the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation & Research at the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness & SC Aerospace, the South Carolina Aviation Association, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and the South Carolina Department of Commerce and is a collaborative effort to highlight and showcase the growing aerospace sector in South...

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“KellyGram”- Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC has news!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Columbia is home to the Hamilton Owens Field, which is a state of the art facility located in the heart of Rosewood. After my wife’s death last year, I was appointed by the Richland County Council to be on the commission that oversees this airport. In this position, I have learned so much about how well Hamilton Owens Field operates and benefits our economy in ways we take for granted. During my years as USC’s School of Law Building Fund Chairman, I had the privilege of flying on both of the University’s planes, which are housed out at Hamilton Owens Field. I witnessed firsthand just what a well-oiled machine Hamilton Owens Field really is. Our director is Chris Eversmann, a veteran public servant who runs a very efficient operation – the citizens of Richland County are lucky to have him at the helm of this important facility. In addition to the state of the art terminal and numerous hangars for aircraft, Hamilton Owens Field is the home to the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame and at the end of the runway is a historic Curtiss-Wright hangar. After many years of neglect, it finally will be developed and restored as a facility of the Hunter Gatherer microbrewery, which has its initial location downtown on Main Street, adjacent to the University. In the next 18 months the Curtiss-Wright hangar will be a showplace. Below is a link the airport’s home page as well as some others that may be of interest and helpful to you. · Home page – · Curtiss-Wright Hangar page – · SC Aviation Hall of Fame page –… · Noise Abatement page – · Pilots Only page – Have a great weekend! Mike Kelly Copyright © 2015 Mike Kelly Law Group LLC, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: Mike Kelly Law Group LLC 500 Taylor Street, Suite 400 Columbia, SC...

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FAA News & Update

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

News & Update FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration Begins It’s here! The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry is now live and ready for UAS owners to use at Registration is free for the first 30 days with a rebate, then $5 after that. During the registration process, each owner must provide his or her name, home address and e-mail address. When registration is complete, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership including a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft. Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for three years. All aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms), including payloads such as on-board cameras, must be registered. Under this rule, owners who previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register. If assistance is needed with registration, email The FAA also reminds unmanned aircraft owners there’s no need to work with a “drone registration” company to help file an application for a registration number. The Registration site is designed to be simple and easy to use for every hobbyist. The FAA has partnered with several industry associations to educate the public about using unmanned aircraft safely and responsibly. Remember these rules when you fly: * Fly below 400 feet altitude. * Keep your unmanned aircraft in sight at all times. * Never fly near manned aircraft, especially near airports. * Never fly over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events. * Never fly near emergency response efforts. Working together, we can keep the skies safe for everyone. For more information, read the press...

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Very Sad News to Report….Jim Alexander

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Member Update |

James Alexander (1949-2015) I have very sad news to report.  Jim Alexander, James Stephens’ father-in-law, passed away yesterday. James (Jim) D. Alexander, has over 39 years of experience as a pilot, chief pilot, director of operations, and as a business and flight department manager. His specialty is business and flight operations management. Mr. Alexander’s prior associations have been with the US Army and managing flight departments for Carolina Aviation (1969-1980), Suitt Construction Company (1981-1985) and Special Services Corporation (1985 to date). The visitation is on Friday, December 4th from 6 – 8 pm at the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home (downtown Greenville).  639 N Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601. The Funeral Services are held on Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 am at Tabernacle Baptist Church.  3931 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611. Please keep James Stephens and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers. Find Jim’s obituary...

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