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5 days left until the Southeast Aviation Expo!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Uncategorized |

5 days left until the Southeast Aviation Expo!

  Come join us for the 2017 Southeast Aviation Expo. Schedule of events listed below:  Fly in or Drive in – YOU are the show! 2017 Southeast Aviation Expo Saturday, June 10 – 11, 2017 Greenwood County Airport 322 Terminal Road, Greenwood, SC 29649 Fly in or drive in, but come and enjoy!  The skies will be lit up with general aviation airplanes flying in from the tri-state area. To top it all off the field will be closed for a World Class Airshow. If you join our fly-in you get the show for free! The Greenwood County Airport is home to the Annual Southeast Aviation Expo and is presented in partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1023. The expo is a fly-in for general aviation as well as an air show that allow the public to experience and enjoy aviation.  Introducing and promoting aviation to all ages is our passion, and that’s clearly reflected in our slogan: Flying, Family and Fun! SCAA will be hosting a full day of education sessions for pilots on Sunday, June 11.  You are invited to participate in a plane judging (play to fly in if the weather permits) and SCAA will be having the Ambassdor’s Passport recognition following the EAA Chapter Breakfast. See a full schedule of events below. Thank you to Greenwood County Airport for allowing SCAA to partner with you for this Flying, Family and Fun Event!  Saturday, June 10 Activities  12 pm  -Gates open to the public. (Cost is $10 per vehicle.)      -EAA Fly-in      – General Aircraft Arrival       – Military Aircraft & Vehicle Arrival      – Car Show Arrival 12:00 – 5:30 pm (Family Event) -Plane Rides -Helicopter Rides -Car Show   – Monster Truck Rides -Prop Art (for kids) 4 pm       -Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble and Hangar Dancing (Hangar A-3) 5:45 pm        – Opening Ceremony 6 pm – 8 pm        – Air Show!         (Airport closed during air show) (For those who want to fly-in for Saturday, there will be basic camping available) Sunday, June 11 (Arriving Aviators) 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast Club Fly-In ($7 for plates, $5 for kids)  Breakfast begins at 9 am  9:30 am – 9:45  am – Plane Judging Contest (for fly-ins only)  9:45 am – 10:00 am  – SCAA Passport Recognition  Pilot Education Sessions (WINGS credits available for ALL)  10:00 am – 11:00 am  Jason Gainey  (WINGS Credit Available)       Topic: 3Ts to save your Life: “Talking, Twisting, Turning”  11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tim Coolidge, FAASTeam (WINGS Credit Available)        Topic: uses, limits and legalities of UAV’s in the airspace 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Wally Moran (WINGS Credit Available)       Topic: What to do if you have a bad aviation day Raffle Announcement: Opportunity to win an Airmanship Series Module form pilotworkshops.com Thank you to the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council for setting up the speakers!  Speaker Details:  1. Jason Gainey Short Bio: coming soon. Speaker Topic: 3Ts to save your Life: “Talking, Twisting, Turning” Topic brief summary:  Simple Misunderstandings leading to: Near Miss Incidents, False Assumptions and Loss of Aircraft Control 1. The communications issue at Anderson resulting in several near-miss incidents. 2. Two small misunderstandings that caused pilots to use an unmonitored Unicom frequency thinking they were communicating with traffic...

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SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in News Feed |

SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

Early Bird Registration  is available through June 1.  Exhibit space and sponsorships are still available. SC Aerospace Conference & Expo The South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo are designed to connect leaders from industry, academia and government to showcase South Carolina’s growing aerospace cluster. The event features 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. August 29-31, 2017 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center   We’ll get all the latest on Honda’s first business jet and its innovative design from  Samantha Magill of Honda Aircraft Company on Wednesday afternoon, August 30, in the Exhibit Hall. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag.In late 2015, the HondaJet was type certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and began deliveries. The HondaJet is currently offered for sale in North America, South America and Europe.  HondaJet News>>    SC Aerospace Confernece has a NEW website – (southcarolinaerospaceconference.com) 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 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...

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Southeast Aviation Expo – June 10-11

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in SEAE News |

Southeast Aviation Expo – June 10-11

  Come join us for the 2017 Southeast Aviation Expo. Schedule of events listed below:  Fly in or Drive in – YOU are the show! 2017 Southeast Aviation Expo Saturday, June 10 – 11, 2017 Greenwood County Airport 322 Terminal Road, Greenwood, SC 29649 Fly in or drive in, but come and enjoy!  The skies will be lit up with general aviation airplanes flying in from the tri-state area. To top it all off the field will be closed for a World Class Airshow. If you join our fly-in you get the show for free! The Greenwood County Airport is home to the Annual Southeast Aviation Expo and is presented in partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1023. The expo is a fly-in for general aviation as well as an air show that allow the public to experience and enjoy aviation.  Introducing and promoting aviation to all ages is our passion, and that’s clearly reflected in our slogan: Flying, Family and Fun! SCAA will be hosting a full day of education sessions for pilots on Sunday, June 11.  You are invited to participate in a plane judging (play to fly in if the weather permits) and SCAA will be having the Ambassdor’s Passport recognition following the EAA Chapter Breakfast. See a full schedule of events below. Thank you to Greenwood County Airport for allowing SCAA to partner with you for this Flying, Family and Fun Event!  Saturday, June 10 Activities  12 pm  -Gates open to the public. (Cost is $10 per vehicle.)      -EAA Fly-in      – General Aircraft Arrival       – Military Aircraft & Vehicle Arrival      – Car Show Arrival 12:00 – 5:30 pm (Family Event) -Plane Rides -Helicopter Rides -Car Show   – Monster Truck Rides -Prop Art (for kids) 4 pm       -Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble and Hangar Dancing (Hangar A-3) 5:45 pm        – Opening Ceremony 6 pm – 8 pm        – Air Show!         (Airport closed during air show) (For those who want to fly-in for Saturday, there will be basic camping available) Sunday, June 11 (Arriving Aviators) 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast Club Fly-In ($7 for plates, $5 for kids)  Breakfast begins at 9 am  9:30 am – 9:45  am – Plane Judging Contest (for fly-ins only)  9:45 am – 10:00 am  – SCAA Passport Recognition  Pilot Education Sessions (WINGS credits available for ALL)  10:00 am – 11:00 am  Jason Gainey  (WINGS Credit Available)       Topic: 3Ts to save your Life: “Talking, Twisting, Turning”  11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tim Coolidge, FAASTeam (WINGS Credit Available)        Topic: uses, limits and legalities of UAV’s in the airspace 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Wally Moran (WINGS Credit Available)       Topic: What to do if you have a bad aviation day Raffle Announcement: Opportunity to win an Airmanship Series Module form pilotworkshops.com Thank you to the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council for setting up the speakers!  Speaker Details:  1. Jason Gainey Short Bio: coming soon. Speaker Topic: 3Ts to save your Life: “Talking, Twisting, Turning” Topic brief summary:  Simple Misunderstandings leading to: Near Miss Incidents, False Assumptions and Loss of Aircraft Control 1. The communications issue at Anderson resulting in several near-miss incidents. 2. Two small misunderstandings that caused pilots to use an unmonitored Unicom frequency thinking they were communicating with traffic...

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SCAA Scholarship Applications due today!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in News Feed |

SCAA Scholarship Applications due today!

Do you know someone attending college that could use scholarship money?  SCAA Scholarship Applications are due today! Applications are being accepted for the 2017 South Carolina Aviation Association Scholarship Program.  Attached you will find the scholarship application. This is a great opportunity for any eligible person to help pay for part of their college tuition.   Click here for the 2017 Scholarship Application...

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FSDO News April 2017

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in News Feed |

FSDO News April 2017

Bob Jenkins, a retired FAA Operations Safety Inspector recently was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 active years in aviation. The presentation took place at the SC FSDO.   Jenkins started flying in 1963, became a flight instructor in 1973, a DPE in 1974 and served with the FAA from 1986-2009. He remains an active CFI and an A&P Mechanic. He currently flies his own Cessna 140.   ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Jim Malek, a retired FAA Operations Safety Inspector recently was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 active years in aviation. The presentation was at Tripe Tree Aerodrome on April 19th.   Malek started flying in March of 1963, in 1966 he entered the US Army and in 1967 he received his WINGS and flew the UH1 Huey Helicopter and was assigned to the Republic of Viet Nam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross & Air Medal. After returning to the US, he was assigned a Helicopter Instructor Pilot at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA. additionally taught Private, Commercial & Instrument at Savannah Air Service. He departed active duty in 1970 and flew in the Reserve until 1986. From 1986-2004 he was employed with the FAA as an Operations Safety Inspector here in SC.   He continues to fly today with the SC Forestry Service and is involved with Triple Tree Aerodrome aviation events as a volunteer. ………………….. The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61.  This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft. …………………....

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SC HISTORIC AVIATION FOUNDATION

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in News Feed |

SC HISTORIC AVIATION FOUNDATION

SCHAF Newsletter forJune 2017-   Reminder: The next SCHAF Open House will take place Saturday, June 10, 2017. 10am-1pm at Hangar Y-1 Hamilton/Owens Airport.   Foundation Happenings-   A successful open house on Saturday, May 15, 2017.  A number of visitors including David Fuller, post commander of Post 17, James Leroy Belk post of the American Legion in Camden as well as Ella Pfaehler and Isabell Culbertson with the Columbia chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. By the way SCHAF member Mary McIntosh is also a member of the Columbia chapter of the DAR. Also had a number of people from the British sports car show that was also taking place at Hamilton-Owens Airport.  SCHAF members present were: Ken Berry, Ron Shelton, David McIntosh, Mary McIntosh, Katherine Cuddy, Ted Podewil, David Moxley, Alton Blanks and Joe McDonough.  Also present was the newest member of SCHAF’s restoration team; Chris Gillam.   Saturday, April 29th SCHAF took part in the Sparkleberry Country Fair in Richland Northeast. Now, for those of you who have not attended the Sparkleberry Country Fair, it is quite an event; food, entertainment, animals, cars, and exhibits dealing with everything from the environment, how to be a better gardener and, of course, aviation.  A shout-out to Carolyn Donelan and the folks from The Challenger Center of Richland School District One.  The SCHAF table was near them and it was great to see them launching model rockets. Carolyn, great to see you and your folks there.  Ya’ll do important work in preparing young people for a future in the areas of science and technology.  SCHAF members taking part were David and Mary McIntosh, Katherine Cuddy and Ron Shelton. Had a chance to meet a number of nice people and share the SCHAF story. It’s a great event and proceeds go for a good cause, supporting scholarships for students in Richland and Kershaw counties. Heard from Robert Simmons, the Deputy Director of Museum Services for Patriots Point.  Recently we had the pleasure of a visit from Robert and some of the crew working on the restoration of their B-25 “Furtle Turtle,” at one of SCHAF’s open houses.  Robert says that restoration work is underway and he was kind enough to send some pictures. Thanks, Robert, it’s good to hear that another Mitchell bomber is getting a new lease on life; in the Palmetto State no less.  Keep us posted and as always SCHAF stands ready to provide any assistance needed.            On Saturday, May 27th and Robert and members of the Patriots Point restoration team were at Hamilton-Owens Airport to meet and consult with members of the SCHAF restoration team.  Discussion concerned how they are going to convert their solid nose into a glass nose.  The Patriots Point team took a number of measurements and borrowed some original parts to make molds for their B-25.  They are also going to help SCHAF’s team by making curved Plexiglas windows for the navigator’s section of GF-2.  It looks like a great partnership is being formed with Patriots Point.  There is also talk of the SCHAF restoration team going to Charleston to assist in their project.   Speaking of restoration, if you want to get up to speed on the restoration of GF-2 visit...

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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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