SCAA News Feed


Visit often to learn about the latest news and events from SCAA. The SCAA is dedicated to promoting aviation in South Carolina. If you know of an event or special press release that is important to aviation in South Carolina please contact our office so we can post it here. Thank you for supporting SCAA.


SCAA Southeast Expo – It will be here soon! Are you attending?

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed, SEAE News |

SCAA Southeast Expo – It will be here soon! Are you attending?

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.   The Southeast Aviation Expo provides pilots from around the southern region a showcase of the latest products on the market as well as offer education on the products being marketed. The event is always open to anyone interested in aviation. Companies that sell aviation products as well as aviation services are invited to exhibit at the show.  The Southeast Aviation Expo provides the only pilot focused trade show in South Carolina on an annual basis. Our Association’s goals remain focused on events such as this in order to reach out to all pilots in South Carolina and neighboring states in an effort to provide them with pilot education and a venue that offers the opportunity to see what products and services are available. The South Carolina Aviation Association is excited to partner again with the Greenwood County Airport and their Greenwood Aviation Expo  in producing these expo events. Here is what some of our exhibitors had to say about the 2015 event: The Southeast Aviation Expo is the Business and Recreational Aircraft Event of the Year… for Regional Buyers and Flying Enthusiasts of All Ages… !  You Don’t Want to Miss It… !” Scott Battle, Former Marine Air Controller, Advocate Consulting Legal Group, Naples, Florida. 1.) Sign-up for Fly-In Registration! click here! 2.) Sign-up to Volunteer! click here! 3.) Sign up to be an exhibitor? click here!  Thank you to our 2016 Southeast Exhibitors:  Aviator Unlimited Corp. Civil Air Patrol  Cirrus Aircraft Corporation Federal Aviation Association Greenville Technical College SC Aeronautics Commission SC Safety Council SC Historial Aviation Foundation Spartanburg Pilots...

read more

Exciting News – FAA Offers NextGen Equipage Incentive to GA Community

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Exciting News – FAA Offers NextGen Equipage Incentive to GA Community

June 6– U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker today announced an upcoming rebate program that will help general aviation pilots equip their aircraft with NextGen technology. “To further demonstrate our commitment to NextGen, we will soon offer some general aviation aircraft owners a $500 rebate to help defray some of the cost for purchasing ADS-B Out avionics,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is foundational to the FAA’s NextGen program, a suite of technologies that is modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system. ADS-B transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based positioning. The FAA published a final rule in May 2010 mandating that aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B Out by Jan. 1, 2020.  That airspace is generally the same busy airspace where transponders are currently required. Aircraft that fly only in uncontrolled airspace where no transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate. “We’re calling on all aircraft owners who plan to fly in busy airspace to equip with ADS-B Out before the deadline,” said Huerta. “We hope this initiative will encourage aircraft owners to get off the sidelines and take advantage of all the safety benefits NextGen has to offer.” The rebates will be available in late September, and the FAA will announce the effective date soon. In the meantime, the FAA is encouraging aircraft owners to look ahead to schedule an installation appointment with a qualified installer. Aircraft owners will only qualify for the rebate if the installation occurs after the FAA begins offering the rebates in late September 2016. Aircraft owners of U.S.-registered, fixed-wing single-engine piston aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical standard orders and meet the rule requirements could be eligible for the rebate. The FAA is not offering rebates for software upgrades for aircraft already equipped, new aircraft, or aircraft for which the FAA already has paid or committed to upgrade. The FAA will be able to distribute 20,000 rebates – one rebate per aircraft owner.  The rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one year, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the deadline. “ADS-B provides the general aviation community with increased safety, efficiency and situational awareness,” said Whitaker. “We’re getting closer to the 2020 deadline and we need 100 percent equipage in the required airspace to realize the full benefits of this NextGen technology. That Jan. 1, 2020 deadline will not...

read more

Extended Deadline for Scholarship Applications – June 30, 2016

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Member Update, News Feed |

Extended Deadline for Scholarship Applications – June 30, 2016

Extended Deadline for Scholarship Applications – Due by June 30, 2016!   We need applications, 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. SCAA began its fund in 2012 and has provided five scholarships in two years.  SCAA looks forward to growing this program and investing in aviation’s future in South Carolina....

read more

2016 Aviation Week Details – August 24 & 25

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Aviation Week, Member Update, News Feed |

2016 Aviation Week Details – August 24 & 25

NASA Langley, Boeing & University of Michigan Speakers added to Program The SC Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo offers the Advanced Design Concepts and Practice (ADCP) Workshop a unique opportunity to join forces with the ACE’16 Technical Symposium, connecting both platforms to exchange knowledge and experience. The workshop will make its U.S. debut this year, having previously been held in Europe and China.ADCP2016 offers a forum for industry and academia to discuss challenges and advancements with focus on computational design and evaluation methods and tools. The theme of this year’s event is Design for Programmable Things. The three keynote speakers for the event are David Dress, Associate Director for Space Technology and Advanced Development Programs in the Space Technology and Exploration Directorate at NASA Langley; Don Farr, Technical Fellow for Boeing Research and Technology Support and Analytics Integrated Technology Team in Huntsville, Alabama; and Dr. Joaquim R. R. A. Martins, Professor at the University of Michigan and head of the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory (MDO Lab) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Meet the keynote speakers: David Dress leads the advocacy, customer interface, integration, formulation, and implementation of NASA Langley’s broad portfolio of projects supporting the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate. In addition, he is the Center Programmatic Lead for Advanced Manufacturing.  Read More>>  Don Farr has more than 25 years with The Boeing Company. Currently, he is working on advanced technology in Model Based System Engineering applied to the digital thread throughout the life cycle of platform development, shifting the emphasis in design to account for the manufacture and assembly of the products.  Read More>>    Joaquim R.R.A. Martins‘ research involves the development and application of MDO methodologies to the design of aircraft configurations, with a focus on high-fidelity simulations that take advantage of high-performance parallel computing.  Read More>> Early Bird Registration Extended Early Bird registration for the 2016 South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo has been extended to Friday, June 24, 2016. Registration fees include access to all conference activities.Early Bird Price $200 / Full Price $250 Become a SponsorSponsor packages range from $2,500-$15,000Become an Exhibitor10×10 Booth $1,750.  Discounts offered for larger booths, higher ed & non-profits The South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo are designed to bring together leaders from the aviation industry, government and the investment community. 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 and the ADCP Workshop. The conference is organized by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and the South Carolina Aviation Association. Organizers Share Share Tweet Forward #SCAerospace NewsSouth Carolina Business Review: Interview with John WarnerSouth Carolina Public Radio, June 6, 2016Lockheed flies first T-50A upgraded aircraft for T-X competitionDefense Talk, June 6, 2016Fortune 500: 5 things to know about the female leaders on the listBizwomen, June 6, 2016 SC Aerospace NewsletterSC Council on Competitiveness, May 31, 2016...

read more

Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations Now

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Hall of Fame, Member Update |

Accepting Hall of Fame Applications NOW for 2017’s Annual Conference Presentation… 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. Deadline to submit an application is November 1. Aviation Hall of Fame Criteria It is not necessary to have a Hall of Fame or Aviator of the Year inductee every year. Up to three nominees for the SCAA Hall of Fame honorees can be inducted each year and one Aviator of the Year. The 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 appropriate FAA or DOA officials to ensure there are no concerns or reasons why the person should not be nominated. Nominations shall expire after the first consideration and must be resubmitted for future consideration. The individual nominated must have been born in South Carolina and made their contribution to aviation in this state or elsewhere; OR have been a native of another state and made their contribution to aviation in South Carolina. Nominations must include verifiable documentation of the individual’s contribution to aviation to include the following: A biographical resume (as detailed as possible), documentation, clippings, citations, and awards regarding the contribution to aviation. No consideration will be given to any information other than that submitted with the nomination package. Aviation Hall of Fame committee members shall only consider information submitted in the written nomination package. No other information supplied by anyone to the Aviation Hall of Fame committee members or to SCAA board members will be considered. Browse Hall of Fame Inductees Here Hall of Fame Form...

read more

Have you signed up for AMT Luncheon yet?

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in News Feed |

Have you signed up for AMT Luncheon yet?

There is still time, have you signed up for the AMT Luncheon yet?   Topic: AMT Day “Aircraft Maintenance Technician Day”  Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST Location: SC Aeronautics Commission Hangar (2553 Airport Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29170) Description of Event: You’re invited to an appreciation luncheon (free of charge) on May 24th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission Hangar. 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. Neil Baker from FAA will the keynote speaker. Please RSVP by May 20, 2016 by registering online below, emailing scaa@scaaonline.com, faxing form to 803-252-7799 or calling SCAA headquarters at 877-359-7222. We have sponsorships and exhibitors still available, if you would like to exhibit at this great event coming up, please reach out to scaa@scaaonline.com. Exhibitor Booths – $200, your booth fee include: Lunch 2 registrations fees several chances to visit with the attendees Door prizes will be available Thank you to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Snap-on Industrial and SC Safety Council for signing up to exhibit so far! Register here before Friday, May 20 – https://scaaonline.com/2016-amt-day-luncheon/...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more