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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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Georgetown County Employment

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in News Feed |

Georgetown County Employment

Georgetown County Employment Department: PUBLIC WORKS (AIRPORT) Position: Airport Manager Grade: 131 Salary: $42,681.00 Job Function: GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under limited supervision, manages and supervises the Georgetown and Andrews Aviation/Fixed Based Operations (FBOs) at Georgetown County and Robert F. Swinnie (Andrews) Airports. This includes marketing, developing short and long range plans. The Airport Managers utilizes highly responsible administrative and supervisory skills in managing the operations, maintenance, security, construction, and related planning for future development of County Airports in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations. Oversees the efficient and effective operation and development of the Georgetown County Airports. Perform various other administrative duties as assigned. Works under the direct supervision of the Public Works Manager.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS •Inspects work in progress for quality, completeness, adherence to schedules and compliance with required codes and regulations. •Work with Senior Staff and the Public Services Director to develop the Airports’ annual operating and capital budgets for general aviation activities, determining supplies, equipment needs, and capital improvements. •Formulates and recommends plans for short and long range development, marketing and capital improvements, indicating the resources needed. •Provide monthly performance reports to the Public Services Director. •Maintains inventory control of airport equipment, merchandise, and supplies: conducts periodic inventory counts ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities and initiates orders for new/replacement materials. •Researches/evaluates items for airport use or retail sales •Receives and responds to customer complaints and suggestions within scope of knowledge and authority. •Provides information to the public and airport users, establishes, interprets and enforces rules governing airport facilities, usage, facility leasing, and service, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations and federal, state and local statutes. •Coordinates and ensures the enforcement of air traffic and safety rules and regulations. •Performs annual emergency drills with County Emergency Service Department •Conducts inspections of the airport equipment, grounds, facilities oversees necessary repairs and maintenance of the Georgetown County airports. •Supervises maintenance activities to ensure safe, secure airfield/runway conditions for aircraft operations and security of airport facilities. •Inspects airfield lighting and navigational aids evaluates/identifies malfunctioning equipment, potential safety hazards, or other problems and initiates appropriate action to correct/resolve problems or deficiencies. •Receives reviews, prepares and/or submits various records and reports including accounts receivable and payable records, charts, budget documents, sales reports, weather charts, training reports, statistical reports, memos, correspondence, etc. •Provides customer service to pilots, crew members, passengers, and visitors responds to complaints/questions, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution. •Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, co-workers, airline representatives, airport tenants, sales representatives, boards and commissions, consultants, customers/passengers, civic organizations, and the general public. •Works closely with the public, Town/City/County officials and support staff to resolve customer complaints and disputes. Coordinates with the Georgetown County Economic Development Office and the Chamber of Commerce. •Attends the monthly Airport Commission Board meetings and civic meetings as necessary. This includes creating and distributing the agenda for such meetings. •Plays an active role on the Airport Strategic Planning Committee on which the Airport Manager assists in developing and implementing long and short term plans, goals, and objectives for the airports: evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of airport operations, programs, procedures, and resource management recommends and/or implements improvements in programs and operational procedures as needed develops recommendations for promoting the airports and improving customer...

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Greenwood, South Carolina: Pilot honored for volunteering to fly Mercy missions

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in News Feed |

Greenwood, South Carolina: Pilot honored for volunteering to fly Mercy missions

GREENWOOD, S.C. — A Greenwood pilot has been named the 2016 Mercy Flight Southeast “Pilot of the Year” for the South Carolina region, Mercy Flight officials said. Broadus “Bo” Bowman, a Mercy Flight Southeast volunteer pilot since 2013, was recently awarded with the honor for the second year in a row. Bowman is a Greenwood resident. He is one of more than 650 volunteer pilots in the Southeast who donate their time, personal aircraft and fuel to help Mercy Flight Southeast passengers get to far-from-home medical care. Approximately 2,500 Mercy Flight Southeast flights are coordinated each year. Bowman, who flies a Piper airplane out of Greenwood County Airport, singed up to fly 23 missions last year. Bowman was honored at the Mercy Flight Southeast Pilot Awards Gala held April 7, at the River Ranch Resort and Airport (2RR) in River Ranch, Florida. The “Pilot of the Year” honor is based on 14 criteria that include flying and sometimes driving sick passengers, answering last minute transportation requests that may come during the night, and flying round trip flights and waiting during the patient’s appointment. “Bo is so dedicated to ensuring passengers receive the medical care they need and the reward for his generosity is often just a smile or hug. We are humbled by his kindness and thrilled to honor him,” said Steve Purello, volunteer pilot and CEO of Mercy Flight Southeast, based in Leesburg, Florida. For more information about Mercy Flight Southeast, click here. Mercy Flight Southeast, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer pilot organization that provides free air transportation throughout the Southeast by private aircraft to distant medical facilities when commercial air service is not available, impractical or simply not affordable. Mercy Flight Southeast is a member of Air Charity Network, an association of charitable aviation organizations comprised of more than 7,500 pilots and who represent over 90% of all charitable non-emergency flights flown in the nation. Mercy Flight Southeast has won the seal of approval from Independent Charities of America recognizing Mercy Flight Southeast as a good steward of the funds it generates from the public. ...

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2017 Spring Edition Palmetto Aviation Newsletter – Electronic Version

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Member Update, Uncategorized |

2017 Spring Edition Palmetto Aviation Newsletter – Electronic Version

The 2017 Spring Edition of the SCAA Palmetto Aviation Newsletter has arrived.  Welcome to your digital edition of the Palmetto Aviation! Click here or the image below to read your latest issue. Our Spring Edition covers: Annual Conference Recap Hall of Fame Recap Airport News  Upcoming Event Details: AMT (May 24), Southeast Aviation Expo (June 10 & 11), and SC Aerospace Conference and Expo (August 29-31)    ...

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SCAA Newsfeed Feature Now Available

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Member Update |

SCAA Newsfeed Feature Now Available

SCAA is bringing you an updated news feature on the website under the “News feed tab”. Your staff updates this section on a weekly basis so please take this opportunity to check...

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