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SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 25

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Aviation Week, News Feed |

SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 25

Aerospace industry leaders, academicians and government officials are preparing to discuss one of the top industry clusters in South Carolina during the S.C. Aerospace Conference and Expo, scheduled for Aug. 29-31 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The aerospace industry in South Carolina has an annual economic impact of more than $19 billion, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce. The first such conference and expo took place in 2013. Last year, more than 500 attendees and 50 exhibitors came from across the Southeastern United States to hear from Boeing South Carolina’s Joan Robinson-Berry, Aviation Week’s William Garvey and Carole Hedden, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Patricia Watts, and a number of other industry leaders, according to the S.C. Aerospace Conference website. This year’s event will include a business and workforce development track, including a B2B matchmaking event, the ACE ‘17 Technical Symposium, an exhibit hall with company and student presentations, and a variety of tours and workshops. A new website and social media channels have been launched to promote the annual event. The website – www.southcarolinaaerospaceconference.com – will provide information on the three-day conference and expo, including the programming lineup, an interactive exhibitor map, registration information and more. The Facebook page and Twitter account will offer news and updates from conference organizers in addition to news from South Carolina’s growing aerospace industry. The speaker lineup for this year’s event has not been announced.  The three-day event will include two days of ACE Technical Symposium sessions, one day of Business and Workforce Development sessions, and a full exhibit hall with student and industry demonstrations. Early-bird registration packages are available on the website.  Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available. The S.C. Aerospace Conference and Expo is organized by the University of South Carolina’s McNair Center for Aerospace Research and Innovation, the S.C. Council on Competitiveness, the S.C. Department of Commerce, the S.C. Aeronautics Commission and the S.C. Aviation Association.   Article found...

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Veteran​ ​to be Honored at Memorial Day Weekend’s 5th Annual Take Flight 5K

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Veteran​ ​to be Honored at Memorial Day Weekend’s 5th Annual Take Flight 5K

Veteran to be Honored at Memorial Day Weekend’s 5th Annual Take Flight 5K On Saturday, May 27th during Memorial Day Weekend at the 5th Annual Take Flight 5K, the Civil Air Patrol Honors Unit from the Greenville Composite Squadron will honor one of their previous members with a ceremony of remembrance.   Frank Wallace will be honored for his service to our Nation as a veteran of the U.S. Navy and as a C.A.P. mission pilot for the Greenville Composite Squadron.    “We hope to have an aircraft fly low, at about 100 feet above the ground, just over the center line of the main runway as our Honors unit renders a final Salute in his honor and in remembrance of all deceased veterans,” stated Major Ron Hardgrave, Commander of the C.A.P. Greenville Composite Squadron, who will be leading the ceremony. “I say hope because we are always at the mercy of the weather or an aircraft maintenance issue which could affect the flyover aspect of our plans,” added Hardgrave. Again this year the race organizers will be giving out one chance to win one prize to each person entered in the race so that people who never win 1st, 2nd or 3rd can maybe win a prize.  You must be present after the race to claim the prize.  “We hope that this feature will encourage more people to enter, thus helping us raise more money to help maintain and improve Runway Park at the Greenville Downtown Airport,” stated Race Director, Joe Lanahan.  The organizers say that the park is in desperate need of a paved parking lot. What could you win?  According to the race website:  One of two signed Clemson athletic photos, a bike from Regions Bank, ice cream for 4 from Kilwins, 2 tickets to Centre Stage’s Intimate Apparel or Million Dollar Quartet, an Introduction to Golf Package from The Eagle Zone, a flight lesson from USAeroFlight, a fun item from The Elephant’s Trunk, a gift certificate to the Runway Cafe, a puppy or kitten adoption from the Greenville Humane Society, a first flight lesson from The Flight School of Greenville, a Soccer Shots season, a first flight lesson from Stratos Aviation, Gravitopia passes, tools from McKinney Hardware & Lumber, a GMU cap, a Sunday brunch for 2 in the Westin Poinsett’s Spoon Bread Restaurant, or a prize pack from 99.5 Chuck FM, HOT 98.1, 107.3 JAMZ or X98.5. “Take Flight 5K will also have some very unique race prizes for those who do win.   The Best Overall Take Flight 5K Male and Female winners will receive a cool airplane gauge mounted to an award base!  Other prizes will also be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in different age and gender categories and everyone will get an event T-shirt,” noted Lanahan. The Graham Foundation, Special Services Corporation, 99.5 CHUCK FM, Hot 98.1, 107.3 JAMZ, X98.5, Maserati Lotus Greenville, Touring Sport BMW / Triumph / Ducati, Spinx, Civil Air Patrol, RoundTowners and Fleet Feet Sports are sponsoring Take Flight 5K 2017. The race will depart from Runway Park which is located next to the Runway Cafe at 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville, SC 29607.  For more information and to register for the event, please visit https://book-events.com/takeflight5k/ and http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/RunOnTheRunway.html “Not interested in running or walking down a real taxiway and runway during the 5K?  Come out anyway!  The Airport’s South Ramp will be full of Memorial Day activity for our whole community to experience,​” stated Joe...

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SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 23

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

SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 23

Early Bird Registration  is available through June 1.  Exhibit space and sponsorships are still available. SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 23  Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as “drones” or “UAS,” are being used in new and exciting ways.  Right here in Columbia, they are being used to promote economic development, provide mapping data, and assess infrastructure damage from the October 2015 flood. We have designed a session at this year’s conference around the future of this rapidly growing sector of the aerospace industry. An Industry Overview Brian Wynne, President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) AUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. It represents more than 7,000 members from approximately 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI, brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained through leadership roles with industry associations and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining AUVSI in January 2015, he was president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). Drone Safety is Good for Business Lawrence H. Brinker, Esq. President and CEO (Interim), NUAIR Alliance  Brinker is an experienced pilot and aviation attorney currently serving as president & CEO of the NUAIR Alliance, a New York nonprofit corporation with more than 70 public, private and academic partners committed to growing a robust, unmanned systems and connected vehicles industry sector. With 25 years of total active and reserve service in the U.S. Air Force, Brinker is a FAA-rated airline transport pilot with multiple type ratings and more than 8,000 international and domestic flying hours. He also is a FAA-rated flight engineer in turbo-jet aircraft. The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Infrastructure Inspection  Shane D. Boone, Ph.D. Vice President of Nondestructive Evaluation, BDI  Boone is Vice President of Nondestructive Evaluation at BDI. He has spent nearly 15 years in the government, academic and private sectors of specialized infrastructure inspection and monitoring. Boone specializes in the research, development and application of nondestructive testing & evaluation (NDT/NDE) technologies and health monitoring for the transportation, nuclear, power, oil and gas, defense and telecom industries, among others. Prior to joining BDI, he founded SDB Technologies Inc., which, in July 2016, merged with...

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SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 10

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

SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 10

SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – May 10 On August 30 in the Exhibit Hall, Don Erickson, Site Director of Lockheed Aeronautics Greenville, will discuss the move of F-16 production from Fort Worth to Greenville – a move that is expected to create approximately 250 jobs at the Lockheed Martin Greenville site. Erickson’s presentation is part of the day-long business, workforce development and technical programming offered on August 30th>> About the F-16 The Lockheed Martin F-16V configuration provides relevant combat capabilities in a scalable and affordable package. The core of the F-16V configuration is an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, high-resolution display; and a high-volume, high-speed data bus. Learn more about the F-16 Fighting Falcon>> #SCAerospace News South Carolina to launch aerospace engineering curriculum in high schools Greenville Tech training supports aerospace industry Graham urges Trump to buy T-50A Boeing could save $2-3M on each Dreamliner with 3D printing Columbia Metropolitan Airport uses solar to cut costs, generate revenue Myrtle Beach police dept to purchase first aviation unit – a gyrocopter Toray consolidating US operations into one...

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CUB’s 1st Newsletter Edition

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News Feed |

CUB’s 1st Newsletter Edition

Welcome to the introductory issue of CUB News, the periodic, official newsletter of the Jim Hamilton – LB Owens Airport!  Please visit our website to sign up for a free, electronic mail subscription.  We anticipate publication every four-to-eight weeks, depending upon news and activity. Airport Commission Chairman’s Message – Hello!  I am Stuart Hope, a longtime tenant here at CUB.  I am honored to assume the role of Chairman of the Richland County Airport Commission.  I look forward to working with a great group of Airport Commissioners as well as our Richland County and FBO Airport Staff.  There is a critical mass of activity happening around the airport including activity at City Roots; the Curtiss–Wright Hangar restoration for their new tenant, the Hunter-Gatherer microbrewery; and the ongoing upgrades to Owens Field Park. We intend to make sure we are pulling our weight in making our airport and the surrounding area something we can all be proud of regardless of how we interact with it.  Part of that effort is this airport newsletter which we hope you will find interesting, informative, and enjoyable. Finally, we hope that you will be able to join us for a Hangar Party for CUB tenants on the afternoon of Saturday, May 13th.  More details are below. Our next Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Project – Most of the development projects at our airport are chiefly (90%) funded through annual grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Another 5% of the funds are provided by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC).  Projects in recent years have included obstruction removal, land acquisition, and fencing.Currently, a design project for the installation of lighted airfield directional signage is underway.This project, which we hope to construct beginning this fall, will help reduce the risk of runway incursions and, thereby, enhance the safety of our airfield; especially to transient pilots during nighttime operations. Security Tip – At CUB, we enjoy a level of security comparable to commercial carrier airports.  One means of maintaining this high security posture is our procedure for driving through our sliding gates: approach the gate / activate the gate with your Airport ID Badge (AIDB) or the pavement loop / drive through / stop on the other side in order to prevent unauthorized entries by others / wait for the gate to close fully.  That’s what is meant by “No Tailgating.”  Thanks for your cooperation. 87-years young! – April 24, 2017 was the 87th anniversary of the “Dedication Exercises, Owens Field, Columbia, SC, Columbia’s Municipal Airport” (which included a visit by the Goodyear Blimp, NC-7A, Puritan).  The ongoing restoration of the airport’s first permanent structure, the Curtiss-Wright Hangar, makes this anniversary especially exciting. A micro burst wind event on the evening of March 20 / 21, 2017 took its toll on our windcone. Thanks to the assistance of the staff of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and their electrical contractor, Walker & Whiteside, a new, internally lit windcone was in place and operational by April 14, 2017. Be our guest!  Please join us at The EAA-242 Sport Aviation Center (SAC) on Saturday, May 13th at 4:00 p.m. for a Hangar Party cookout hosted by the Richland County Airport Commission.  C’mon down and meet your Airport Commission and enjoy some great food and fellowship! Copyright © 2017 Jim Hamilton – LB Owens Airport, All rights reserved. You are...

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Engineering a special A36 Bonanza

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Engineering a special A36 Bonanza

Veteran aviator Doug Decker approaches most flying matters with an engineer’s critical eye for detail. Things need to be exact. The numbers have to tally. Logic holds ascendency over emotion. But describing his aircraft, N998PL, a brilliant yellow 1996 A36 Bonanza, Decker sounds a lot like a pilot speaking straight from the heart. “I don’t think there is an airplane in the United States today that has the form, fit and functions that this airplane has,” Decker began. “It is a very unusual airplane with tip tanks, oxygen, deicing, a turbo-charged Continental IO-550 with 300 horsepower, plus a quality interior. Outside it has a clean, beautiful paint job. And, above all, the panel is as good as I could ever want.” You might think that Decker, who flies from KGGE in Georgetown, S.C., is marketing his plane for sale. He is not. Rather, his pride is showing after a lengthy planning and avionics install process to make 998PL a technologically advanced flying machine that fits his long-distance travel needs. Along the way he invested about $50,000 in modernizing a plane that already had an abundance of bells and whistles. “It is a lot,” Decker said, “but I got a lot in return. And my costs were reduced as a result of receiving a promotional rebate from Garmin. I got the ADS-B $500 FAA rebate and in South Carolina they recently eliminated the 7% sales tax on repair and maintenance items. Altogether I actually saved several thousand dollars on the installation.” Decker, who holds an ATP rating, was honored last year with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, signifying at least 50 years of exemplary flying. His logbooks show more than 4,000 hours of pilot in command time. “My Bonanza was a great airplane when I bought it in 2015,” Decker said. “And the plane came with a good personal story. I have been involved with Bonanzas for 40 years but this is the first that I have owned alone. I wanted to own an A36 outright. I contacted brokers. Then my wife said to me, ‘my former husband, Jim Allen, owns an A36 in Wisconsin.’ ” Doug Decker flips on the avionics switch to start the displays on his advanced avionics panel. “So I called Jim,” Decker continued. “I asked if he knew anyone in the Wisconsin area interested in selling an A36.” He said, “You know I’m not using my A36 very much.” “Jim Allen is a techie kind of guy,” Decker said. “The airplane was extremely well maintained. He is the kind of guy you want to buy an airplane from. We agreed on the price and he and I flew the plane from Wisconsin to Columbia, S.C., to Aircraft Maintenance Services there. They gave it a clean bill of health. He got on a plane and I flew it back here to Georgetown. That was in 2015.” Decker said his aircraft already had a good panel, but “with my engineering background I wanted a more efficient setup, a technologically advanced aircraft that would give me every safety advantage in flying. It had an autopilot on it and a King electronic flight instrument system. But the display didn’t work.  And when I started checking out the needed repairs, other avionics places said be careful. The cost of repair, they said, would...

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SCHAF Membership Appreciation Night April 7th

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Please join us for the membership Appreciation Night Friday April 7th, 6:00 pm at hangar, Y-1. Come see the hard and detailed work being done, and how your contribution is making a difference in preserving the history of flying in SC. Bill Rouw from the Canadian Warplane Museum will also be there to talk about their flying B-25 and other planes. There will be food, beverages, videos and great conversations. We look forward to seeing you. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so at your earliest convenience. A renewal form is attached. There will also be an opportunity to renew at Appreciation Night. Thank you, SCHAF Membership Renewal...

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Aerospace Education Initiatives for Youth in Greenville County

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Randy Kimlin is interested in advancing the aerospace education initiatives, for our youth, in Greenville County, if none are currently underway. He is thinking about creating a center that all students from Greenville County would have the opportunity to visit and that it be at or near the Greenville Downtown Airport.  He thinks this will spark the interest in some students to enter this career field. Can you share what, if anything, that you know of that is offered or being planned so that he can move forward with his idea or maybe join in on one that is currently underway.  Feel free to forward this email on to others you feel may be pursuing a similar goal. Randy Kimlin...

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Midlands Gives, a 24 hour on-line fund-raising campaign to support non-profits in the midlands of South Carolina takes place Tuesday.

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in News Feed |

Midlands Gives, a 24 hour on-line fund-raising campaign to support non-profits in the midlands of South Carolina takes place Tuesday.

Midlands Gives, a 24 hour on-line fund-raising campaign to support non-profits in the midlands of South Carolina takes place Tuesday.  Consider making a donation to support the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation.  Thank you for your support. Here’s the...

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SCHAF Newsletter for May 2017-

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in News Feed |

SCHAF Newsletter for May 2017-

SCHAF Newsletter for May 2017 Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, May 13, 2017. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton/Owens Airport. Foundation Happenings- Before we get to what’s been happening over the past month I must start with a mea culpa. In last month’s newsletter I was writing about the March board meeting but referred to it as taking place in April.  An editing mistake on my part and my apologies for any confusion it may have caused. No, I can’t predict the future.  From now on I must remember to engage brain before putting hands in gear to type.  Now on to what’s been happening because April was a very busy and productive month. Friday evening, April 7th, SCHAF held the first membership appreciation night, a way of saying thanks to the members who have been faithful supporters over the years, and man was it a success.  About two dozen people showed up, renewed their membership, enjoyed some pizza and had a great evening chatting, getting to know each other and catching up on things.  We also picked up some new members.  Bill Rouw from the Canadian Warplanes Heritage Museum presented SCHAF with a beautiful picture of their flying B-25 “Hot Gen.” Videos of the CWHM’s B-25 and Avro Lancaster played on the big screen TV.  Also, great to see Bruce Cotner, who is not only a SCHAF member but also a member of the South Carolina Military History Club, which is a great organization that does much to introduce folks to the fascinating subject of military history. All in all it was a great evening. Big time kudos go out to Katherine Cuddy for planning and organizing the membership appreciation night. Also thanks to the other SCHAF members who brought food, ice and refreshments.   Plans are in the works for another membership appreciation night in the fall and we look forward to an even better turnout.   Membership appreciation night The next morning, Saturday, April 8th SCHAF held its monthly open house and it was a big success.  The open house honored the 75th anniversary of the historic “Doolittle Raid” by Jimmy Doolittle and his intrepid band of airman on Japan in 1942.  Turnout was great. Between 40 and 50 people showed up to take part in activities remembering the day in 1942 when Doolittle and his men took off from the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet and struck a mighty blow of retribution against the Empire of Japan for their ignominious attack on Pearl Harbor months before.  We were honored to again be visited by Martin Crouch, the son of Horace “Sally” Crouch, who was navigator/bombardier on plane #10 that lifted off of the deck of the Hornet.  We were also honored by the presence of Col. James Kendrick (ret.) and Murray Price, a World War II veteran who is well-known around the midlands.  It was a great morning.  We also had a visit from Boy Scout Troop 224 in Blythewood. SCHAF members present were: Ken Berry, Ron Shelton, David and Mary McIntosh, Katherine Cuddy, Alton Blanks, Ron Skipper, John Chamberlain, David Moxley, Marvin Williams, Niall McLaughlin, Bill Rouw, Nancy Stone-Cullum and Terri Tokaz.     Crouch, Blanks, Price and Kendricks. Also members of restoration crew   I mentioned earlier that Bill Rouw...

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