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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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Calling All Rusty Pilots…Seminar at the Southeast Expo this weekend

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

 View Online Version Here. Sign up for this FREE program! Once a pilot, always a pilot… But, feeling a little RUSTY? Life may have gotten in the way, but returning to the skies is not as difficult as you may think. What does it take to get back in the air?   · Some flight and ground instruction   · No FAA checkride or test   · You may not even need a medical!    Join us for a FREE Rusty Pilots program with fellow lapsed pilots. We’re inviting you back into the cockpit and Rusty Pilots will help you get there. We’ll help you understand what’s changed in aviation since you last took the controls and brush up on your aviation knowledge.   Plus, by attending, you’ll be getting FREE ground instruction towards completing your flight review! Sign up today – there’s no cost and no obligation.    The Rusty Pilots program is developed by AOPA in partnership with local flight training providers in order to create the best environment for getting you back in the air and a part of the general aviation community. Rusty Pilots presented at the South Carolina Aviation Expo SIGN UP NOW! Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016 Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm Location: Greenwood County Airport (KGRD) 322 Terminal Road Greenwood, SC 29649 © Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 (800) 872-2672 (301) 695-2375...

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Early Bird Deadline for Aerospace Expo ending soon

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

Early-bird registration ends June 24th! SC’s Third Annual Aerospace Industry Conference in Columbia The third annual South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo will connect industry, academia and government to showcase South Carolina’s rapidly growing aerospace cluster. This year’s event will offer two program options for attendees: An industry track including a B2B networking event and presentations from industry, higher education and government leaders; and A research track, featuring the technical symposium ACE’16 and the Advance Design Concepts and Practice Workshop (ADCP), which is making its US debut this year. ADCP has previously been held in Europe and China. In addition to conference sessions and workshops, attendees will also have the opportunity to network at this year’s wine reception and annual aerospace dinner. View this year’s agenda  Early-bird registration for this year’s conference has been extended through Friday, June 24. Registration includes both days of the conference, ACE’16 and ADCP, as well as the annual aerospace dinner and wine reception. Register Venue This year’s South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. Opening remarks and industry sessions will be held primarily upstairs in the Columbia Ballroom. Downstairs, attendees can visit exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall and attend ACE and ADCP sessions in the Carolina Meeting Room. Accommodations A block of rooms have been reserved for attendees at the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel, less than one block away from the conference venue. Rooms are available for check in on August 23 and checking out on August 26 for $134 a night. Book before July 25, 2016, to take advantage of this special rate. Reserve your room >> Parking Complimentary parking is available on a first come, first served basis in the 300-car parking lot adjacent to the convention center. Parking is also available directly across the street from the convention center in the City of Columbia parking garage on the corner of Lincoln and Pendleton Streets. Rates are $2 for the first hour, $1 for each additional hour, maximum of $10 per day. Registration Early Bird registration has been extended through Friday, June 24, 2016. Early Bird Price $200 Full Price $250 Become a Sponsor Sponsor packages range from $2,500-$15,000 Become an Exhibitor 10×10 Booth $1,750.  Discounts offered for larger booths, higher ed & non-profits Explore Columbia! As the Palmetto State’s capital and a college town, Columbia’s fiery vibe cultivates a colorful arts scene while an indie spirit envelops several energized entertainment districts overflowing with locally owned boutique shops, eateries, spas and salons, and night spots.  Area attractions include Lake Murray, rivers, parks, gardens and the Riverbanks Zoo – one of the best in the country; the University of South Carolina and Fort Jackson. History abounds and is celebrated in museums, historic homes and even in repurposed buildings with a new start as shops and restaurants. More information on things to do in Columbia >> Organizers Share Share Tweet Forward #SCAerospace News S.C. Air National Guard Resumes Flight Operations WLTX, June 11, 2016 As Boeing streamlines 787 program, its North Charleston site gets a new leader     The Post and Courier, June 9, 2016 Copyright © 2016 University of South Carolina McNAIR Center, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you met with members of the USC McNAIR Center and we felt that you would be interested in attending this conference. Our mailing address...

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Great News to Share

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Great News to Share

GREAT NEWS TO SHARE – The Veto was Overridden!!! The Senate and the House overrode the veto of H.5001 section 118.16 (B)(50)(b) titled State Aviation Fund Bill. Thank you to everyone who reached out to your legislator(s) and your support, this is great news for our...

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Urgent Legislative Request !!!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

URGENT!!!       URGENT!!!       URGENT!!! Since January 2016, SCAA has been diligently working on legislation to secure state funding for airport improvement and maintenance projects along with support from AOPA. Bill H. 5001 includes an appropriation of $7 million, half of which is needed to match anticipated FAA grants in excess of $60 million.  These grant offers will be made during the next 2 months.  Without this appropriation, local airport sponsors will be required to match 100% more than budgeted to obtain 90% FAA funding.  H.5001 recently received overwhelming support by both the House and the Senate.  We were just notified that the Governor vetoed our appropriation and that the House and Senate will be reconvening tomorrow at noon and 3:00 pm, respectively to consider an override of the Governor’s veto.   Therefore each of you please contact your SC State House Member (prior to noon) and your SC State Senator (prior to 3:00 pm) and urge them to override the veto of H.5001 section 118.16 (B)(50)(b) titled State Aviation Fund.    You can find your legislators’ phone numbers by via the following link http://www.scstatehouse.gov/index.php.  Talking points are provided below, should you need them. Talking Points: The budget request from the Aeronautics Commission through the Executive Budget Office, the House of Representatives, and the Senate included a $5,000,000 State Aviation Fund request, and support for a bill that would direct money from the Airline Property Tax to the State Aviation Fund. The reasoning for the dual request is two-fold: immediate needs and long-term planning. The immediate needs for the next fiscal year is anticipated to be $5,000,000 for capital improvement projects and maintenance of South Carolina public use airports.  Part of the appropriation ($3,400,000) is planned to be matching funds for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants worth over $60,000,000.  The immediate needs cannot be met with the current cash balance of the State Aviation Fund because most of the funds have already been committed to projects that are still open.  Due to the timing of the FAA grants, state matching funds need to be available during the first quarter of the new state fiscal year so that our airport sponsors (counties and municipalities who own and operate SC airports) can secure the federal grants.  If the money is not available during the first quarter, SC airports have to either double their local match or refuse the FAA grant, and if the FAA grant is refused, the funds will be given to another state. In addition to the grant matching needs, $1,600,000 is planned for maintenance and administrative support of the South Carolina Airports System.  These expenses are spread over the entire fiscal year, but if some of the funds are not immediately available, then critical maintenance will be postponed therefore causing additional safety concerns for airport users. The long-term plans are to have an appropriation that meets the entire needs of the upcoming fiscal year, therefore allowing any fuel sales tax revenues and H.4577 revenues that are realized to be placed into the State Aviation Fund for the following fiscal year.  By having a State Aviation Fund cash balance that has enough uncommitted funds for an entire fiscal year, the Aeronautics Commission can make plans that continue to support the needs of the Airports System while not jeopardizing safety and...

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URGENT!!! URGENT!!! URGENT!!!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

URGENT!!! 	URGENT!!! 	URGENT!!!

URGENT!!!       URGENT!!!       URGENT!!! Since January 2016, SCAA has been diligently working on legislation to secure state funding for airport improvement and maintenance projects along with support from AOPA. Bill H. 5001 includes an appropriation of $7 million, half of which is needed to match anticipated FAA grants in excess of $60 million.  These grant offers will be made during the next 2 months.  Without this appropriation, local airport sponsors will be required to match 100% more than budgeted to obtain 90% FAA funding.  H.5001 recently received overwhelming support by both the House and the Senate.  We were just notified that the Governor vetoed our appropriation and that the House and Senate will be reconvening tomorrow at noon and 3:00 pm, respectively to consider an override of the Governor’s veto.   Therefore each of you please contact your SC State House Member (prior to noon) and your SC State Senator (prior to 3:00 pm) and urge them to override the veto of H.5001 section 118.16 (B)(50)(b) titled State Aviation Fund.    You can find your legislators’ phone numbers by via the following link http://www.scstatehouse.gov/index.php.  Talking points are provided below, should you need them.   Talking Points: The budget request from the Aeronautics Commission through the Executive Budget Office, the House of Representatives, and the Senate included a $5,000,000 State Aviation Fund request, and support for a bill that would direct money from the Airline Property Tax to the State Aviation Fund. The reasoning for the dual request is two-fold: immediate needs and long-term planning. The immediate needs for the next fiscal year is anticipated to be $5,000,000 for capital improvement projects and maintenance of South Carolina public use airports.  Part of the appropriation ($3,400,000) is planned to be matching funds for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants worth over $60,000,000.  The immediate needs cannot be met with the current cash balance of the State Aviation Fund because most of the funds have already been committed to projects that are still open.  Due to the timing of the FAA grants, state matching funds need to be available during the first quarter of the new state fiscal year so that our airport sponsors (counties and municipalities who own and operate SC airports) can secure the federal grants.  If the money is not available during the first quarter, SC airports have to either double their local match or refuse the FAA grant, and if the FAA grant is refused, the funds will be given to another state. In addition to the grant matching needs, $1,600,000 is planned for maintenance and administrative support of the South Carolina Airports System.  These expenses are spread over the entire fiscal year, but if some of the funds are not immediately available, then critical maintenance will be postponed therefore causing additional safety concerns for airport users. The long-term plans are to have an appropriation that meets the entire needs of the upcoming fiscal year, therefore allowing any fuel sales tax revenues and H.4577 revenues that are realized to be placed into the State Aviation Fund for the following fiscal year.  By having a State Aviation Fund cash balance that has enough uncommitted funds for an entire fiscal year, the Aeronautics Commission can make plans that continue to support the needs of the Airports System while not jeopardizing...

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Sad News to Report…

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Sad News to Report…

Brig. Gen. Charles Boyd Culbertson passed away. USAFR/ANG COLUMBIA – On Friday June 10, 2016, Charles Boyd Culbertson took his final flight into the heavens. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia, SC with The Reverend Dr. Bill Bouknight officiating. Visitation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to Trenholm Road United Methodist Church Foundation, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204, the United Methodist Foundation, P.O. Box 5087, Columbia, SC 29250, or to Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community Residents Fund, P.O. Box 2959, West Columbia, SC 29171 Born July 19, 1921, he was the husband of Frances Smith Culbertson and son of the late Fred William and Louise Workman Culbertson of Laurens, SC. He attended Clemson College and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1952. While attending law school, he served a two-year term in the South Carolina General Assembly as a member of the House of Representatives from Laurens County. After serving in the General Assembly, he accepted a position with the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and later became Director of the agency. Mr. Culbertson received his private pilot’s license in 1941, took advanced flying courses in 1942, and received his commercial flight instructors rating. He then served from 1942 to 1944 as a Civilian Flight Instructor for the United States Army Air Corps in Rock Hill, SC, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Frances Blackmon Smith and then in Douglas, GA teaching civilian pilots in a PT-17 “Stearman”. During this period, he was undergoing upgrade training to become a Service Pilot. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Senior Flight Supervisor for the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In 1944 through 1946, he served on extended active duty as Service Pilot with the United States Army Air Transport Command and was sent to the China-Burma-India Theatre to fly fuel and cargo over the famous “Hump” or Himalayan Mountains at high altitudes in freezing weather from India to China. He and his crew flew C-46 aircraft from hastily constructed airfields in Burma and India. From 1946 to 1953, he was in the inactive reserve. In 1953, he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard and served as a Fighter Interceptor Pilot until 1961. He was one of the first pilots to fly at the speed of mach one while flying the F-86 “Sabre”. In 1959 he was appointed by Governor Ernest Fritz Hollings as the first Director of the South Carolina Civil Defense Agency and was instrumental in the development of nearly every city and county Emergency Preparedness program in the state. In 1961, he was recalled to active duty flying F-104 supersonic jet interceptors while based in Moron, Spain during the Berlin Crisis and served in the Air Force until 1962. In this aircraft, he was one of the first pilots to fly at the speed of mach two. Following his release from active duty, he returned to the South Carolina Air National Guard. In 1963, he transferred from the South Carolina Air National Guard to the Georgia Air National Guard based at Travis Field, in Savannah, Georgia. He joined this...

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