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16 Local Companies Volunteer to Help Create U.S. Military History Museum

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

16 Local Companies Volunteer to  Help Create U.S. Military History Museum

“Construction has begun on the U.S. Military History Museum and Education Center thanks to the generosity of 16 local companies that have donated professional services and products,” according to Joe Frasher, Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport.  The Greenville Airport Commission has donated the use of an old, military style Butler building to house the future museum that is being developed by the Military History Center of the Carolinas (MHCC).  It will focus on WWI to present day conflicts. “City of Greenville resident Chris Nordmeyer with Design South Professionals was the first to step up.  A friend of his forwarded to him a plea they read on LinkedIn which was asking for a volunteer architect,” Frasher mentioned.   “I liked the idea of getting to know more people in my community while helping create something for my community,” stated Nordmeyer when asked why he offered to help.  Nordmeyer then reached out to local professionals with Burdette Engineering, Inc.​ and LeBlanc Welch Consulting Engineers, two firms that he has worked well with in the past. They both agreed to help by providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing construction drawings.  These plans were needed to get a city building permit. Next came Charley Patrick with Triangle Construction who volunteered to be the General Contractor.  “I bring my children to Runway Park all the time.  I brought them out to the see the World War II aircraft last fall.  They enjoyed seeing and playing on some of the military vehicles owned by members of Military History Center.  When I received an email asking for help, I wanted to participate as much as I could because I love the community spot that is being created in this area.  Triangle Construction sees the value of this project and is 100% on board with it.” “I just retired from the Air Force after 26.5 years. This place has a lot of meaning to me and I understand what it will bring to our community,” stated Stacey Wiggins whose employer Roto-Rooter Plumbing Company gave the next offer of help.   “What an exciting project!  As a locally-owned franchise of Roto-Rooter, it is important to us to give back to our community.  As a company that employs several veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, it is extra special,”  stated Abby E. Zaffuto Roto-Rooter’s President. “Roto-Rooter originally agreed to a much smaller job.  When they scoped the plumbing line, however, they said ‘while this pipe might work, it is extremely old.  If we are going to put our name on it, we’d like to replace the entire line to the street.’  Who does that?”  questioned Frasher.  “A company that really cares about the job they are doing!”  answered Frasher.  “In order to replace the pipe a large area of concrete needed to be cut out and guess what?  Roto-Rooter reached out to their friends at Dixie Concrete Cutting and they offered to provide that service!  They also asked ProSource if they could throw in some bathroom fixtures and pipes.  They also said yes!” “Then Daniel Wetzel with AMTECK offered to provide electrical products and installation.  Wetzel mentioned that he wanted to help because his children also like Runway Park and enjoyed the World War II aircraft.  Compass Pest Management donated a preventative termite treatment and Republic Services provided a large...

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SC Air & Ground Expo – STEM Day (May 5th)

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

SC Air & Ground Expo – STEM Day (May 5th)

I’m Jonathan Thompson, the STEM Day coordinator for the SC Air & Ground Expo.  Here is the finalized flyer for the STEM day.  Please disseminate to prospective attendees as you see fit.  Further information forthcoming for exhibitors, but feel free to touch base with me if you have any questions or need additional info! Who: The South Carolina National Guard  and its partners will be hosting a (FREE) STEM event in conjunction with the 2017 Air & Ground Expo on Friday May 5th.  The attached flyer has the preliminary details with much more to follow. What:  Special lineup and exhibits just for the kids and STEM day.  Target audience 5th-12th grades. When: May 5th Core hours 10:00-3:00 Where: McEntire Joint National Guard Base (Eastover, SC) Why: Opportunity for experiential STEM learning, reinforce concepts and hands-on activities.  Special opportunities for school-nominated students/recent award winners to meet performers or receive behind-the-scenes tours How: Just show up.  Or you can RSVP to be put on distribution list to receive additional information.  Visit SCGuard.com for additional details as they are finalized. Jonathan D. ‘IKE’  Thompson, Capt, SCANG SC Air & Ground Expo 2017, STEM Day Coordinator Comm (803)647-8240...

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Donate Military Items or Shop to Benefit the Future Museum!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

Donate Military Items or Shop to Benefit the Future Museum!

“I have quite a few items from when I served in the military during World War II and my family does not have any interest in having them,” stated Bucky Smart, a local Greenville County resident who tuned 96 last year.  “I plan to go through all my stuff and give it to the museum so others can learn from seeing them or the museum can benefit from selling them to a collector who will appreciate them.” “I bet many people, like myself, have collected military items over the years and now see that their children are not interested in having them once we are gone.  I want these items to find a good home with someone who would appreciate them as I did when I first acquired them,” stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. The Military History Center of the Carolinas’ museum at the Greenville Downtown Airport is under construction.  A huge sale will be held to create awareness for this great endeavor and to raise much needed funds. “I hope everyone that has items stored away in their attic, basement or closet will consider letting them once again see the light of day,” added Frasher.  “Some of the items donated will be kept to display in the future museum and others will be sold to benefit the museum.  Either way they will be appreciated by someone and not just continue to collect dust in storage,” Frasher stated. How you can help: Donations are Needed!  Donations are tax deductible. Military items from any time period and any country. Items can be dropped off at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 116A S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville, SC 29607.  They are open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Drop off questions?  Please call 864-233-5288 or email greenville@erau.edu MHCC can also pick donations up (Contact Bob Dicey at 864-630-9108 or bobdicey@charter.net to schedule a pick up). Come to Shop!  Sale starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Sorry no early birds!  Come to 14 Airport Road Ext., Greenville, SC 29607 on the day of the sale.  Cash and credit cards accepted.  Sorry, NO CHECKS. For more information about museum and on how you can help please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/MHCC.html About Military History Center of the Carolinas (MHCC) MHCC was originally formed in the mid 1990’s under the name Military Collectors Club of the Carolinas.  In 2009, the group was incorporated in South Carolina as a non-profit and was approved as a tax-exempt 501-C3 organization by the IRS.  The name was changed to Military History Center of the Carolinas in July 2015 to better reflect the full scope of MHCC operations.  For more information about MHCC, please visit www.milhcc.org or contact Sam Cooper at scooper2@charter.net or 864-346-5026 About GMU GMU is the busiest general aviation airport and third busiest airport overall in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn’t rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in S.C., as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the Upstate economy. For more information about GMU please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com or contact Joe Frasher at 864-242-4777 or joe@greenvilledowntownairport.com ### For Immediate Release Contact: Lara Kaufmann 864-270-6660 Photos of Bucky Smart and photos of items that...

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Planning Tips for Annual Conference

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Member Update, News Feed, SCAA Annual Conference |

Planning Tips for Annual Conference

The SCAA Annual Conference starts this Wednesday and we have put together everything you may need to help you in your planning and packing, please the planning tips below along with other tabs that include important details like the Boeing exercise signup sheet, exhibitor information, silent auction information, how to download the SCAA app, sponsorship information, golf checkin details, spouse checkin details, FAA Appointments and an attendees list.   If you are still thinking of whether you can make it or not, is is not too late to register. Online registration will close by end of day Tuesday, February 7 but don’t worry, we still want you to attend and you can register onsite (onsite registration fee will apply: Member Onsite Registrations = $350, Non-Member Onsite Registrations = $370 and Spouse Onsite Registrations = $175). Please click on the image below to answer your questions and help you pack for the Annual Conference. A team building exercise will be presented by Boeing representative, Frank Hatten. This exercise will be evaluated and a flight test will take place. Winners will receive prizes. In order to be part of this team building exercise you must sign up at the SCAA’s registration desk at the conference.  Each session only has 105 spots available. This will be on a first come first serve bases. Session A: (In the Palmetto Hall Building) 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Session B: (Duplicate session in the Palmetto Hall Building) 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Click here for more information on the Boeing Exercise  Exhibitor Layout:  Drawings: Stop by TELICS booth # 28 for a drawing  Exhibitor Game: You have a chance to win a $50.00 gift card, by participating in the exhibitor game at the conference: Click here for the exhibitor game (this will be provided on-site) You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your item to the registration table at the conference or if you are an exhibitor you may keep it at your booth to promote attendees. Do you have the SCAA APP?  It has all the conference information included and an attendees list right at your fingertips.  There will be notifications sent out while you are onsite.  Download the SCAA APP today: South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) Thank you to our APP sponsor: PACE Pavement Technology  If you are signed up to play golf, please see bullet points below: Check in at Golf Pro Shop at the Harbor Golf Course between 10:30 am -10:45 am (located right behind the Sweetgrass Pavilion Building Shotgun start at 11 am Lunch will be provided for all golfers Power Packs will be available for $20 (includes: 2 mulligans & a shot from ladies tee). Proceeds go to the SCAA Scholarship Fund See a WK Dickson staff member onsite to purchase prior to play to check in Thank you again to our golf tournament sponsor: WK Dickson & Company, Inc. If you or your spouse is signed up to attend the spouse program (Historical Culinary Walking Tour), please see bullet points below: Meet in the lobby of the Boardwalk Inn at 11 am See SCAA staff to check in prior to boarding the shuttle The shuttle will leave at 11:00 am exactly The attendees will experience a historic Charleston culinary walking tour. You will start...

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2017 SCAA Annual Conference Information

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Member Update, News Feed, Uncategorized |

2017 SCAA Annual Conference Information

  Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees List (as of 2.02.17) A team building exercise will be presented by Boeing representative, Frank Hatten. This exercise will be evaluated and a flight test will take place. Winners will receive prizes. In order to be part of this team building exercise you must sign up at the SCAA’s registration desk at the conference.  Each session only has 105 spots available. This will be on a first come first serve bases. Session A: (In the Palmetto Hall Building) 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Session B: (Duplicate session in the Palmetto Hall Building) 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Click here for more information on the Boeing Exercise  Exhibitor Layout:  Drawings: Stop by TELICS booth # 28 for a drawing  Exhibitor Game: You have a chance to win a $50.00 gift card, by participating in the exhibitor game at the conference: Click here for the exhibitor game (this will be provided on-site) You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your item to the registration table at the conference or if you are an exhibitor you may keep it at your booth to promote attendees. Please click on the image below to answer your questions and help you pack for the Annual Conference.  Do you have the SCAA APP?  It has all the conference information included and an attendees list right at your fingertips.  There will be notifications sent out while you are onsite.  Download the SCAA APP today: South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) Thank you to our APP sponsor: PACE Pavement...

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Don’t miss Friday’s Breakfast at the SCAA 2017 Annual Conference!!!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Member Update, SCAA Annual Conference |

Don’t miss Friday’s Breakfast at the SCAA 2017 Annual Conference!!!

Charles Lindbergh will be at the SCAA’s Annual Conference on Friday, February 10 at 8:00 am, this is an don’t miss event if you are attending the conference! Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle Soar with Lucky Lindy in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis as he battles bad weather, exhaustion — and ghosts — to emerge as the first pilot ever to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Experience the crushing worldwide fame that overwhelms this shy Minnesota country boy when he lands at Le Bourget Airport. Meet the young and beautiful Anne Morrow, who would marry him and blossom into one of the world’s first female pilots and a world-renowned author. Witness the heartbreak of their son’s kidnapping and murder and the garish spectacle of the ensuing “Trial of the Century.” Want to get an idea of what you will see on Friday, February 10 at 8 am- visit website http://charleslindberghplay.com/?page_id=21 for videos scenes of this Charles Lindberg Play.    – Written and performed by Steve Carroll, click his name for a biography from Steve. Thank you to our Friday’s Breakfast Sponsors:  We are still accepting registrations for if you are interested in attending, Click the button below for online registration.   Click here to register for the 2017 Annual...

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2017 SCAA Annual Conference – Silent Auction

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Member Update, SCAA Annual Conference |

You have the opportunity to bring item(s) or a gift basket at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference for the silent auction. All proceeds will go towards scholarships. You may bring your gift to the registration table at the conference. If you have any questions please call Hannah Lorance at 877-359-7222. SCAA thanks you for your...

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Don’t miss the Aging Aircraft – Preventative Maintenance Education Session at the Annual Conference

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Member Update, SCAA Annual Conference |

Don’t miss the Aging Aircraft – Preventative Maintenance Education Session at the Annual Conference

Come hear one of our breakout session speakers, Eric Barnhill, A&P, IA speak on Aging Aircraft – Preventative Maintenance Suggestions for Pilots and Aircraft Owners at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference. He will be speaking February 9 to the  from 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Eric grew up in a Air Force Family, his father (who lived in Greenville ) was a radio operator on B-17’s, B-24’s, B-25’s, B-29’s, C-119’s, andC-124’s, during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, he was stationed at Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville twice during his Air Force Career. He is a Eagle Scout, A past Fire Academy Instructor,  State Fire Marshal, Chief at a local Fire Department, EMT, and Safety Associate with Duke Power. Eric has been a member of Civil Air Patrol for 22 years, he hold the rank of Lt. Col.   He has held positions including Squadron and Wing Safety Officer and Wing Chief of Staff, he was Safety Officer of the year in 2006. He is a skydiver of 37 years (1400 jumps), where he holds a Jumpmaster and Instructor rating, 2 world, 2 national and 8 state skydiving records, and has over 3000 hours flying jump planes. He runs a aircraft maintenance and restoration shop out of his home/hanger at Eagle Ridge Fly-in community in Seneca. (Southeast Aero, LLC.). He is a A&P with Inspection Authorization, he has restored numerous aircraft and has won Grand Champion at Sun N Fun, and Best of Class at Oshkosh. He has maintained several turbine helicopters as well as and “Everything from Cubs to King Airs”. Eric was named Aircraft Maintenance Technician  of the year in 2007 by The FAA and The South Carolina Aviation Association. He is a private pilot (and aircraft owner) with over 4000 hours as pilot in command. He runs the Maintenance Workshops and Seminars at Triple Tree Airdrome and is a mechanic on their aircraft (to include the recently added P-51-TF). He Started, and ran the maintenance shop at AVSERVE ( at Donaldson Center) where he was instrumental in obtaining a Cessna Service Center, Garmin (and other Avionics) dealerships and a FAA repair station. He runs a website (MyAnnual.net) that concerns itself with helping aircraft owners and pilots “Understand and Manage their aircraft”. Videos (produced by Eric) help to explain what you can, and can’t do to your aircraft, and how to do it correctly and safely. Come hear “the rest of story” from Eric Barnhill himself on February 9. Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees List (as of 1.18.17) There is still time to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference The Education Sessions are sponsored by:        ...

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Come hear Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) speak about the military response to the 9/11 at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference!

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Member Update, SCAA Annual Conference |

Come hear Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) speak about the military response to the 9/11 at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference!

Come hear one of our General Session Speakers, Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) speak on the military response to the 9/11 at the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference. He will be speaking February 9 to the  from 1:10pm to 2:15pm.  Tom Waskow, Lt Gen USAF (Ret) Chairman Board of Directors, USO of NC “The 9/11 terrorist hijacking and attacks on America’s key business and military centers has become a seminal event in the lives of our generation.  On that morning, as a Major General in the USAF, I was serving as the Director of Operations of the Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Little did I know that by 0600 (HST) that morning, I would be designated by the President of the United States as the Joint Force Air Component Commander for Hawaii, Guam and the Federated States of Micronesia. With that title, the President designated me as one of three Air Force Generals who were given the authority to shoot down civilian airliners that had been hijacked.  His guidance was that ‘…You will not allow what happened in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania to occur in your area of responsibility…’   With those mission orders, I had the responsibility to decide, act and prevent a reoccurrence of the tragedy that occurred on that morning.” Come hear “the rest of story” from Gen. Waskow himself on February 9. Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees List (as of 1.16.17) Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual...

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PDH Announcement – education requirements will be given out at the SCAA Annual Conference

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Member Update, SCAA Annual Conference |

PDH Announcement – education requirements will be given out at the SCAA Annual Conference

Great news to South Carolina engineers who will be attending this year’s SCAA Conference!! Two conference sessions will count toward the continuing education requirements for your Professional Engineering license. The SCAC Update on PCI Program (Thursday, February 9 at 11:00 AM) will be good for 0.75 PDH and the breakout education session: Engineering Contracts and Legal Issues (Thursday, February 9 at 2:30 PM) will be good for 1 PDH. If you haven’t registered to attend the SCAA Annual Conference from February 8-10 at Wild Dunes Resort, there is still time to register below and receive those PDH education requirements.  More conference information like an updated attendee’s list and agenda are below.   Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference Click here for the 2017 Annual Conference Attendees List (as of 1.13.17) Click here to register online for the 2017 SCAA Annual Conference...

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