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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in News Feed |

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply only to unmanned aircraft, popularly known as “drones.” The authority under § 99.7 is limited to requests based on national security interests from the Department of Defense and U.S. federal security and intelligence agencies. U.S. military facilities are vital to the nation’s security. The FAA and the Department of Defense have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these 133 facilities. The restrictions will be effective April 14, 2017.There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA. Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges. To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAA’s UAS website. Section 2209 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 also directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a process to accept petitions to prohibit or restrict UAS operations over critical infrastructure and other facilities. The Department of Transportation and the FAA are currently evaluating options to implement such a process. The FAA is considering additional requests from federal security and intelligence agencies for restrictions using the FAA’s § 99.7 authority as they are...

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SCHAF membership night Friday and open house Saturday

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in News Feed |

SCHAF membership night Friday and open house Saturday

A reminder, the membership appreciation night of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation takes place Friday evening at hangar Y-1 at Hamilton-Owens Airport in Columbia takes place Friday evening, April 7th starting at 6pm.  Drop in and enjoy food, refreshments and fellowship.  If you have not renewed your membership it will be a great time to do so. If you are not a member it will be a great time to join.  Come gather with other members of SCHAF.    Also the April SCHAF open house will take place Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 1pm at hangar Y-1.  Come and see the outstanding progress being made in the restoration of SCHAF’s B-25C.  Hope to see you at either or both...

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Sumwalt Takes Reins of NTSB as Vice Chair, Acting Chair

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in News Feed |

Sumwalt Takes Reins of NTSB as Vice Chair, Acting Chair

Robert Sumwalt has stepped back into the role of vice chairman and at the same time, became acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. On Friday, President Donald Trump reappointed Sumwalt to a two-year term as vice chairman in conjunction with an announced intention to renominate Sumwalt to another five-year term on the board. Sumwalt took over his new duties as vice chairman and acting chairman on Friday. He succeeded Bella Dinh-Zarr, whose two-year term as vice chairman ended on March 29. She had also become acting chairman on March 16, when Christopher Hart’s term as chairman expired. However, that role transferred to Sumwalt, since NTSB’s structure assigns the acting chairman position to the vice chairman. Dinh-Zarr remains on the Board as a member. “I want to thank Christopher Hart for his leadership during his tenure as the NTSB chairman, and Bella Dinh-Zarr for her outstanding work as vice chairman and most recently as acting chairman,” Sumwalt said. “Together they have helped advance transportation safety, making us all safer, while also making NTSB one of the best places to work in government.” A pilot for 32 years who has amassed more than 14,000 flight hours, Sumwalt became the 37th member of the NTSB in August 2006, and was designated by President George W. Bush to his first two-year term as vice chairman. Sumwalt was appointed to an additional five-year term on the Board in November 2011. He brought significant safety experience to the Board, spending eight years as a consultant to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System, chairing the Air Line Pilots Association’s Human Factors and Training Group, and while with US Airways, working on special assignment to the flight safety department and on the airline’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance monitoring...

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Spread the word -now accepting applications for flight training scholarships

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Spread the word -now accepting applications for flight training scholarships

View Online Version Here. Forward this email to someone who’s passionate about pursuing a pilot’s certificate Dear Christopher, AOPA is making it easier for prospective pilots of all ages to achieve their aviation dreams! Applications are now open for both the You Can Fly High School and the AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarship programs that will award over $150,000 in financial assistance for direct flight training expenses. Click to learn more. The You Can Fly High School Scholarship program will award twenty $5,000 scholarships to deserving high school students, aged 15-18. The AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarship program offers multiple scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 and is available to those holding a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate and are at least age 16 by May 31st Applicants for both programs must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. LEARN MORE  Application Deadlines: You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarships:  May 19, 2017  AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarships: May 31, 2017 Be sure to forward this email to a prospective pilot today! Our flight training scholarships are made possible through donations to the AOPA Foundation. © Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 421 Aviation Way Frederick, MD 21701 (800) 872-2672 (301) 695-2375...

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Three Historic WWII Airplane to Visit Greenville

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Three Historic WWII Airplanes to Visit Greenville B-25 Mitchell bomber, P-51 Mustang and SBD dive bomber will offer rides   GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 16, 2017) – Three iconic World War II aircraft will bring history alive May 5 -7 at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), Airport Rd Ext., Greenville, S.C.  The Minnesota Wing and the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will bring a B-25, “Miss Mitchell”; a P-51, “Red Nose”; and an SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber for the enjoyment of aviation fans in the Greenville area. The trio of beautifully restored WWII warbirds will be at the Runway Cafe ramp and the CAF will offer once-in-a lifetime rides in all three aircraft.   “It has been many years since the Commemorative Air Force has brought aircraft to the Greenville Downtown Airport,” said Joe Frasher, GMU’s Airport Director. “We are thrilled that they are coming back. People will not want to miss seeing these World War II aircraft.  In the past, when people have heard of these types of visits after the fact, they were sad that they missed seeing them in person.”   “It is an honor for us to visit Greenville with these great warbirds,” said Jay Bess, Dixie Wing Leader. “We look forward to welcoming veterans and Greenville area residents. This is part of a five-stop tour to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid over Japan, and it is a rare opportunity for people to ride in three historic WWII aircraft.”   To book rides and for more information click HERE. Media Kit click HERE   About the B-25 The North American B-25 Mitchell is an American twin-engine, medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation (NAA). It was named in honor of Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation.   The B-25B first gained fame as the bomber used in the April 18,1942, Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The mission gave a much-needed lift in spirits to the Americans. Although the actual damage was relatively minor, it forced the Japanese to divert troops for home defense for the remainder of the war. Used by many Allied air forces, the B-25 served in every theater of World War II. After the war ended, many remained in service, operating across four decades. Nearly 10,000 Mitchells rolled from NAA factories.   The Minnesota Wing’s B-25 is painted to represent the B-25J “Miss Mitchell”, which served in the 310th Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy, completing more than 130 missions. Its legacy of no crew fatalities during all of its missions was a rare accomplishment. This airplane has never seen combat. After a 12-year restoration by the Minnesota Wing of the CAF, Miss Mitchell took her first flight on April 18, 1992 — exactly 50 years after the day of the daring Doolittle raid.   About the SBD The Northrop Corporation developed the SBD before World War II. It was first flown in July 1935, but was considered obsolete by December 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Douglas Aircraft purchased the SBD contract and the SBD-1 was first delivered in...

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Atlanta’s airport employs drones to monitor runway conditions

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Atlanta’s airport employs drones to monitor runway conditions

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

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Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

Fact Sheet – FAA Forecast–Fiscals Years 2016-37

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

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

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

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

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

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

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in News Feed |

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

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

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Registration is now OPEN for the SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

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

Registration is now OPEN for the SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

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

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