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

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

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

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

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

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

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

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

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Donate Military Items or Shop to Benefit the Future Museum!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Member Update |

Donate Military Items or Shop to Benefit the Future Museum!

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

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Planning Tips for Annual Conference

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

Planning Tips for Annual Conference

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

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2017 SCAA Annual Conference Information

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

2017 SCAA Annual Conference Information

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 SCAA Annual Conference – Silent Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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