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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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Doolittle Raiders Dance

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in News Feed |

Doolittle Raiders Dance

 Doolittle Raid 75th Anniversary commemorated April 18 with ‘40s-style dance and concert at Lourie Center The Lourie Center, in partnership with the Capital City Big Band (CCBB) and with support of some of the area’s patriotic and cultural organizations, will present a dance and concert of WWII-era music Tuesday, April 18, from 7-9 p.m.  The weekday event will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the April 18, 1942, airstrike that went down in history as the Doolittle Raid At 6:30 p.m., before the music begins, there will be a short presentation underscoring the Midlands’ role in the morale-altering aerial attack on Tokyo. Many local connections involving Columbia, Lexington, Lake Murray and base personnel continue, 75 years later. The all-volunteer CCBB, led by Dick Goodwin, will perform two 45-minute sets. The ensemble is comprised of small business owners and a wide variety of professionals. Few are professional musicians, but all are passionate about perpetuating the sound of the Big Band Era. CCBB formed in 1997 under the leadership of USC jazz artist-in-residence Roger Pemberton. Several musicians have been members of the band from its inception; at least five have been playing with CCBB for more than 15 years. The band either rehearses or performs on the first and third Tuesdays of months, September through May, oftentimes at area retirement homes, civic engagements or churches. Local patriotic organizations will staff information tables, and a static display of WWII military vehicles will be parked adjacent to the Lourie Center. The commemorative event also will recognize the associated 75th anniversary of the opening of Columbia Army Air Base where crews were recruited by Lt Col. Jimmy Doolittle for the historic aerial mission. Tickets for the April 18 concert are $10 in advance and can be obtained at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, 29201, or through the website: LourieCenterSC.com/activities/special-events/upcoming-concerts. Reserved seating can be made for ticket purchases of 10 or more. Soft drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will go toward operations and programming of the Lourie Center. . For information about other events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and the opening of CAAB, visit schistoricaviation.org and watch local...

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Airport Operators

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in News Feed |

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Airport Operators

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below provide airport operators with an understanding of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations from an airport perspective. For answers to general UAS questions, such as “What is the definition of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)?” or “What is a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA)?”, please visit the FAA UAS FAQs. We strongly encourage reviewing the general FAQs in conjunction with those below as the information is complementary and meant to be read together as guidance to all users of the national airspace system. These FAQs identify: The types of UAS activity in the United States National Airspace System (NAS). The approvals necessary for UAS operators to use the NAS. Best practices to safely integrate UAS operations at an airport. Actions the airport operator can take if a UAS is being operated in manner that could endanger the safety of the NAS. You can find further background information and supporting information at the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA‘s) UAS website. UAS are permitted users of the National Airspace System (NAS), just like any existing manned aircraft flight. Congress confirmed in Public Law 112-95, the FAAModernization and Reform Act of 2012, that UAS are aircraft consistent with the statutory definition of an aircraft as set forth in Title 49 of U.S.C §40102(a) (6). This means that UAS operators can utilize the NAS as long as the operator of the UASmeets all applicable laws and regulations and operates the UAS in a safe manner. The FAA‘s goal is to safely integrate UAS into the NAS. Safety of the NAS is enhanced when the operator of a UAS and the airport operator coordinate prior to a UAS flight on or near an airport. This coordination enhances integration into the NAS by: Allowing the airport operator to help the operator of the UAS aircraft understand the areas of manned aircraft flight near the airport, reducing the potential for conflicts between UAS activities and manned aircraft flights; Allowing the airport operator to understand the proposed parameters of the UAS activities for situational awareness and coordination with airport tenants and users as necessary; Allowing the airport operator to advise the UAS operator of unique manned aircraft activities near the airport (e.g., parachute activities, glider activities, etc.); Allowing the airport operator to understand where UAS activities on or near the airport are occurring; and Encouraging coordination of the airport sponsor with the local Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities, Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), and Airports District Office (ADO), and local law enforcement. While these FAQs will help the airport operator understand UAS use of the NAS, they are also intended to assist the airport operator in safely integrating these new users into the NAS. FAQs Does the FAA need to issue a COA for a UAS operation from an airport? What is required for public UAS operations on or near my airport? What is required for civil UAS operations on or within 5 nautical miles of my airport? Why is a civil UAS operator asking for me to enter into a Letter of Agreement (LOA)? A UAS operator proposes to operate from my airport. What questions could I ask the operator of a UAS? What safety factors should I consider for a UAS operating from my airport? What topics could I consider...

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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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