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Atlanta’s airport employs drones to monitor runway conditions

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Atlanta’s airport employs drones to monitor runway conditions

ATLANTA (CBS46) – The airspace above the world’s busiest airport just got a little busier. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is now using drones to survey and document runway pavement for future maintenance. In an effort to obtain the most accurate surveys of ATL areas set to undergo changes in the ongoing $6 billion ATLNext construction project, Hartsfield-Jackson officials — along with a survey contractor — applied for and received an FAA waiver allowing for drone flights above the airspace. This is the airport’s second time using drones. A January flight was the first such flight of an unmanned vehicle in airspace over ATL. The drones captured data and imagery of the ATL garages scheduled for reconstruction. The operation was so successful, plans are underway for additional drone flights. Hartsfield-Jackson serves more than 101 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. ATL boasts a direct economic impact of $34.8 billion in metro Atlanta and a total direct economic impact of $70.9 billion in Georgia. The Airport is the largest employer in Georgia, with more than 63,000 employees. Copyright 2017 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. Read...

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Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37

Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37 For Immediate Release March 21, 2017 Contact: Hank Price Phone: 202-267-3883 I. 2016 SUMMARY:  ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND AIR TRAVEL U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased 1.6 percent; world GDP increased 2.3 percent. Domestic mainline yields decreased 5.6 percent, while international yields decreased 9.1 percent in 2016. In real terms (adjusted for inflation in FY16$), domestic yields decreased 6.5 percent and international yields decreased 9.9 percent. Domestic enplanements on mainline and regional air carriers increased from 696.3M in 2015 to 726.2M (4.3 percent) in 2016.  Domestic mainline carrier enplanements increased 5.8 percent, while domestic regional carrier enplanements decreased 0.9 percent. International enplanements on mainline and regional air carriers increased from 90.2M in 2015 to 93.4M (3.6percent) in 2016.  Mainline carrier international enplanements were up 3.1 percent, while regional carrier international enplanements increased 16.0 percent. Domestic RPMs by mainline and regional air carriers increased from 628.5B in 2015 to 663.2B (5.5 percent) in 2016. Domestic mainline carrier RPMs increased 6.1 percent and domestic regional carrier RPMs increased 0.3 percent. International RPMs by US carriers increased from 261.0B in 2015 to 264.8B (1.5 percent) in 2016. Total system RPMs increased from 889.5B in 2015 to 928.0B (4.3 percent) in 2016. Total mainline carrier RPMs increased by 4.6 percent while total regional carrier RPMs increased by 0.9 percent. U.S. commercial air carriers (including passenger and cargo) reported an operating profit of $29.6B in 2016, compared to an operating profit of $26.7B in 2015. Operating revenues decreased 0.1 percent in 2016, while operating expenses decreased 1.7 percent. In 2016 total landings and takeoffs at combined FAA and contract towers were up 0.5 percent from 2015. Air carrier activity increased by 4.8 percent, while commuter/air taxi activity decreased by 4.0 percent. General aviation activity dropped 0.2 percent, while military aircraft activity dropped 1.3 percent. II. ECONOMIC ASSUMPTIONS FOR FAA FORECASTS U.S. Real GDP is forecast to increase from $16.6T in 2016 to $25.4T in 2037, an average annual rate of 2.1 percent.  World GDP is forecast to grow at a faster pace of 2.8 percent over the same 21-year period, from $76.7T to $137.1T. GDP by World Region (Average Annual Percent Growth) World Region Fiscal Year Calendar Year 2016 2017 2018 2017-37 2016 2016 2018 2017-37 U.S 1.6 2.1 2.5 2.0 1.6 2.3 2.6 2.1 World N/A N/A N/A N/A 2.3 2.7 3.0 2.8 Canada N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.3 2.1 2.4 2.0 Europe/Afr/ME N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.7 1.7 2.0 2.1 Latin America N/A N/A N/A N/A (1.1) 1.2 2.3 3.1 Asia/Pacific N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.3 4.3 4.4 3.9 Inflation is projected to increase 2.4 percent in 2017 and remain moderate over the remaining 20 years of the forecast period, averaging 2.5 percent annually. III. AVIATION ACTIVITY FORECASTS Mainline Air Carrier and Regionals Total mainline air carrier and regional RPMs are forecast to increase from 928.0B in 2016 to 1.53T in 2037, an average annual rate of 2.4 percent. Domestic RPMs are projected to increase 3.2 percent in 2017 and then grow an average of 2.0 percent per year during the remaining 20-year forecast period.  International RPMs are forecast to increase 1.9 percent in 2017 and then grow an average of 3.4 percent per year for the rest of the forecast period. Total mainline air carrier and regional...

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Lockheed Martin will move production of F-16 fighter jets to Greenville

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Lockheed Martin will move production of F-16 fighter jets to Greenville

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, 1:23 pm EDT Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, 2:01 pm EDT By Dal Kalsi   GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Lockheed Martin said it is moving the production line for F-16 fighter jets from Texas to Greenville. Lockheed has had a presence in Greenville for more than three decades and has a manufacturing facility near Donaldson Center. Officials for the aerospace company said the last F-16 to be produced in Ft. Worth will roll off the line in September and then all equipment and tools will be moved to Greenville over a 2-year period. Meanwhile, the Ft. Worth facility will be expanded to produce S-35 jets. Leslie Farmer, a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin, said Greenville’s experienced workforce and South Carolina being a right to work state led to the decision to move production to Greenville. Farmer said the Greenville plant also has the facilities and infrastructure to support the F-16 operation and will only require an upfit to meet the f-16 requirements. Lockheed Martin currently employs 500 employees in Greenville. The Greenville operation currently provides maintenance and modification on existing jets, such as the P-3 Orion, C-130 Hercules and C-5M Galaxy. The Greenville site is also home Lockheed’s to the Final Assembly and Checkout facility for the T-50A  in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition. Farmer said moving the F-16 production lines to Greenville would create an additional 200 to 250...

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Sad News to Report, Howell (Nick) Jones, Jr. passed away

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Sad News to Report, Howell (Nick) Jones, Jr. passed away

In Memory of SCAA Hall of Famer, Nick Jones June 19, 1927 – March 11, 2017   A native of Orangeburg, Howell C. “Nick” Jones served the military in the World War II Training Command as an Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet at Auburn University and in the navy as an Aviation Cadet. In 1964, Jones began construction of a Cassutt race plane, which he finished in less than 15 months. In 1955, he flew his first air race and for 11 years he was involved in Formula One racing. After the first “straight” Cassutt, he built two other modified versions of the same plane. A leader in the sport himself, he was the founder, promoter and organizer of the Oshkosh 500, an efficiency acclaimed as the “the race at which it’s impossible to cheat.” Jones’ strong interest in designing aircraft resulted in the creation of the White Lighting, a four-seat aircraft that set three world speed records. Jones continues his involvement with the design, manufacturing and sale of highly advanced, two-stroke engines for aircraft, boats, cars and industrial machinery. In 1998, he was named South Carolina Aviator of the...

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Registration is now OPEN for the SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Aviation Week, News Feed |

Registration is now OPEN for the SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

Registration is now OPEN for  SC Aerospace Conference & Expo August 29 – 31, 2017 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center southcarolinaerospaceconference.com   Sponsors opportunities are available now! For details, visit the conference new website.    Website:  http://southcarolinaaerospaceconference.com/ Twitter:  @scaeroconf Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/scaerospaceconference On LinkedIn, we will continue to use the SC Aerospace page:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/sc-aerospace This conference connects industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. Featuring: Aerospace Industry Leaders • Networking Opportunities • Talent Development • Aerospace Education • ACE ’17 Technical Symposium • Aerospace Industry Exhibitions.  ...

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SCAA Palmetto Aviation – Deadline for Articles – March 20

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update, Newsletter |

SCAA Palmetto Aviation – Deadline for Articles – March 20

SCAA is starting to work on the next edition of the Palmetto Aviation (Spring Edition), please submit your newsletter articles by March 20th.   To submit an article, email Hannah Lorance at scaa@scaaonline.com To read past editions, please see the SCAA newsletter library at this link  – https://scaaonline.com/palmetto-aviation/....

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SC Aerospace Conference & Expo – Save the Date

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Aviation Week, Member Update, News Feed |

SC Aerospace Conference & Expo – Save the Date

SC Aerospace Conference & Expo August 29 – 31, 2017 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center southcarolinaerospaceconference.com This conference connects industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. Featuring: Aerospace Industry Leaders • Networking Opportunities • Talent Development • Aerospace Education • ACE ’17 Technical Symposium • Aerospace Industry Exhibitions. Registration opens in March!  Sponsors opportunities are available now! For details, visit the conference new website (link above).  ...

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Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Walk at Greenville Downtown Airport

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Walk at Greenville Downtown Airport

On Saturday,March 18th (rain date March 25th), volunteers will gather at 7:15 a.m​. ​at the Greenville Downtown Airport Terminal lobby (100 Tower Drive, Greenville, SC 29607) for a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) walk. Why?  Because “FOD is responsible for a significant amount of aircraft damage each year and is a threat to aircraft safety.  It can damage tires, engines, wind screens and airframes.  The Concorde crash in Paris in 2000 was due to FOD'” stated Keat Pruszenski, a local upstate aviation enthusiast, who is organizing this event. “I was told by a friend who works at an airline that they have to replace 4-5 wind screens (aircraft windshields) every week due to FOD blown on them from jet blasts.  There have been many studies that show the cost for FOD due to damage to aircraft every year is in the Millions of Dollars,” added Pruszenski. What is FOD?  It is anything that should not be on the airport surfaces where aircraft have movement.  Common items are things that can fall off of people or out of shirt pockets like badges, hats, pens, pencils, cell phones, and pocket lights.  Some items come off of aircraft or vehicles moving in the area like tire valve caps, aircraft lens lights, screws, nuts and bolts.  Other items are naturally occurring like sticks, acorns, rocks and pavement particles that have come loose from the surface.  Many other things have been found like golf balls, socks, drill bits, water bottles, rubber bands, duct tape and wire. The process involves a team of volunteer FOD inspectors walking in lines, spaced about 10 feet apart, to find and pick-up any foreign objects that might cause damage to aircraft.  Items are secured in individual bags during the walk, then consolidated, counted and a FOD index of pieces per 1,000 square meters of area inspected is determined.  The index can be compared to the score of other airports and to a later survey to determine the success of the airport in controlling possible FOD on a regular basis.  FOD is so important to most military airports that they conduct a FOD walk every day to prevent unserviceable aircraft. “FOD is everyone’s responsibility on a daily basis at an airport.  Airport employees, tenants and pilots dispose of FOD all day long.  We also have a street sweeper that we use to collect FOD.  If you see it, you pick it up.  That is the rule,” stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director at GMU. “A FOD walk determines how well we are doing and where improvement may be needed,”  added Frasher. Please join us at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 18th (rain date March 25th) at the Greenville Downtown Airport Terminal lobby to start a FOD walk at 7:30 a.m.  We will walk all runways, taxiways and aprons and finish with donuts and coffee in the Terminal lobby.  We expect to be finished with the walk by​ 9​:00 a.m.  PLEASE BRING A FLASHLIGHT.  We will have bags. “We need your help to continue to make GMU the safest airport that we can,” stated Frasher.  Please email Keat Pruszenski at mississippiwildcat@excite.com and tell him if you can make it. 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...

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SCHAF Newsletter for March 2017

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

SCHAF Newsletter for March 2017

Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, March 11, 2017. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton/Owens Airport.   Greetings to all members and friends of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation.  2017 is already shaping up to be a productive and active year for SCHAF; this after what was a successful 2016, a year that saw much in the way of accomplishment.  February was a busy month so without further ado let see what all has been going on with SCHAF.  Foundation Happenings- SCHAF held its February open house on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Hamilton-Owens Airport in Columbia and it was a big success.  The event marked the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Doolittle Raiders at Columbia Army Air Base (now Columbia Metro) and we were honored by having Martin Crouch as our guest. Martin is the son of the late Horace “Sally” Crouch, who was bombardier/navigator on plane #10 that launched off of the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet in 1942. Martin talked about his father’s love of God, country and family and how important the Tokyo Raid was to America in 1942 and how proud his father was to have served with the legendary Jimmy Doolittle.  Martin also shared stories about growing up with “the colonel” and how his father shaped the man he became. Martin also showed folks the Congressional Medal that was presented to families of the Doolittle Raiders.  Martin, it was a true pleasure and honor to have you share a Saturday morning with us.  In April the SCHAF open house will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.  Martin will again be with us and we hope to have a good turnout.   SCHAF members on hand included Ken Berry, Ron Shelton, Ron Skipper, Katherine Cuddy, John Chamberlain, Marvin Williams, Bruce Cotner, Frank Young, Bill Blythe, David Moxley, Alton Blanks, Terri Tokaz, Rachel Haynie and myself.  We were also visited by Cub Scout Troop 343 from West Columbia. We were also privileged during the open house to be visited by Robert Simmons, Deputy Director of Museum Operations at Patriots Point in Charleston.  With Robert were three Patriots Point volunteers who will be working on the restoration of the B-25 at Patriots Point.  They talked to members of the SCHAF restoration crew including Ron Skipper, Katherine Cuddy and John Chamberlain and came away very impressed with what we have accomplished in the effort to return GF-2 to her former glory.  There is the possibility that SCHAF will be assisting Patriots Point with their B-25 restoration at some point.  Again, Robert it was a privilege to have you and the other folks from Patriots Point spend the day with us at the open house.  SCHAF stands ready to assist and help Patriots Point anyway we can.   The Board of Directors of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation held its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Hamilton-Owens Airport in Columbia.  Board members present were Ron Shelton, David McIntosh and Scott Linaberry.  Members present were Mary McIntosh, Alton Blanks, Katherine Cuddy and Ron Skipper. Katherine Cuddy and Ron Skipper were elected to the board.  Katherine will serve as SCHAF treasurer and Ron Skipper will serve as crew chief or foreman of the GF-2 restoration team.  It was also...

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AOPA WELCOMES DRONE PILOTS

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

AOPA WELCOMES DRONE PILOTS

Since AOPA was founded in 1939, aviation has gone through many changes, and the advent of drones has been among the most dramatic. Throughout the decades, we have been faithful to AOPA’s core missions—promoting safety, preserving the freedom to fly, and building the next generation of pilots. On Feb. 21, AOPA stayed true to its values when it launched a new line of membership options created for drone pilots, a key part of an ongoing effort to unite manned and unmanned pilots for the common purpose of safe integration of all users within the airspace we share. Some might think there is a wide gulf between manned and unmanned pilots, but AOPA believes they are more alike than different. In fact, both groups are part of general aviation, and share a fascination for flight and a craving for new perspectives. Having long been recognized for leadership in aviation safety and advocacy, AOPA has been involved with drones and related matters for about a decade. We contributed to or commented on virtually every federal regulation and policy created since the drone boom began, always with an eye on the safe integration with manned aircraft. The FAA estimates that 1.3 million pilots will be certificated to operate drones under 14 CFR Part 107 by 2020. If that forecast remains accurate, a great many of them will have no prior connection to general aviation, nor any connection to a community of fellow aviators or exposure to a culture of safety, yet will share their passion for flight. Within just a few years, there will be two remote pilots for every one pilot certificated to fly manned aircraft. “Drone pilots are seeking their place in the larger world of aviation and looking for opportunities to expand their experience,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “This is an ideal time to embrace these pilots and welcome them into the GA family.” Many of the “new” pilots certificated under Part 107 were flying manned aircraft (and were AOPA members) long before they considered obtaining a remote pilot certificate. All kinds of pilots have turned to the AOPA Pilot Information Center, AOPA.org, and other resources for guidance on a variety of matters. Members have asked how operating a drone for either recreation or commercial work might or might not affect their other pilot certificate; others have voiced concerns about safety and the risks posed by drones flown by uninformed or misguided operators. An overwhelming majority of AOPA members told us they support using AOPA’s resources and expertise to counter unfamiliarity with education. AOPA has in recent years infused more drone expertise into much of what we do, with a combination of new team members who bring experience in many aspects of the fast-growing field, and developing expertise within the existing staff. In short, AOPA has learned a lot, and we are working hard to stay on top of an industry that creates new products and capabilities at a pace we have never seen in aviation. One of the new members of the AOPA team, Kathleen “Kat” Swain, joined the staff in April 2016 as AOPA’s senior director of UAS programs. Swain, a CFI who has also played key roles building unmanned aircraft capabilities for the insurance industry as well as flying humanitarian missions, set to work on a plan. What took...

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