SC Aerospace Conference & Expo

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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

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SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – July 13

Governor Henry McMaster to Deliver Keynote Address

As the 117th governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster recognizes the impact of the aerospace industry and its importance to the economic future of the Palmetto State. Having performed decades of public service, McMaster is committed to keeping South Carolina right where it belongs – on top.

To do this, Governor McMaster is focused on making sure that the Palmetto State retains and builds upon its unmatched positive business environment. And, in just six short months as governor, the approach seems to be paying off. During that time, McMaster and his team have announced more than 50 economic development projects, bringing approximately 6,600 new jobs and $2.1 billion in capital investment to South Carolina.

Research and Innovation Poster Competition 
The SC Aerospace Conference and Expo is calling for abstracts for the research and innovation poster competition. The poster competition provides an opportunity to showcase recent developments, demonstrations of new applications or techniques, upcoming research challenges, future directions and novel approaches in an aerospace related field. Winners are recognized during the conference’s evening event on Wednesday August 30th. For more details, please e-mail us.

S.C. Department of Commerce Collaborating with Partners to Host Two Key Events for Existing Industries at SC Aerospace Conference and Expo

2017 South Carolina Aerospace B2B Supplier Matchmaker: Taking place on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, this event is an opportunity for aerospace suppliers to connect with OEMs and tier one suppliers. Interested firms must first apply and be pre-screened for this event. If approved, registration costs are $50 per person for the B2B session (this does not include Conference and Expo access). The event is open to companies with South Carolina operations only but can include direct and indirect suppliers. Learn more, and apply here.



South Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Workshop: Taking place on Thursday, August 31, 2017, this event is for either prime or sub-contractors to the Department of Defense (DOD) that have been impacted by sequestration and/or are now interested in developing more non-DOD business opportunities. Featuring expert presentations to benefit defense contractors in six key areas surrounding strategic diversification, the workshop will address differences between DOD and non-DOD markets and how companies can effectively identify and secure new market opportunities. The event is sponsored by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce and S.C. Department of Commerce. To attend the workshop, register for either a one- or two-day conference pass.

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#SCAerospace News

Honeywell to invest more than $10M in Greer facility expansion

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Charleston airport’s passenger count up 7 percent in May over last year

Boeing, FedEx announce big cargo freighter as next ‘flying testbed’

Large solar project goes online at South Carolina airport



SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – June 28


Composites are essential materials in aircraft construction, and we’ll be discussing the current state of design and analysis methods with Hexcel and Toray on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
Sanjay Sharma, Hexcel’s global leader of Advanced Modeling, will present on the company’s advanced composites research and development.  Hexcel is a global leader in advanced composites technology and supplies commercial aviation, space and defense, and industrial markets worldwide. The commercial aerospace industry is the largest user of Hexcel’s advanced composites, including the Airbus A350 XWB and Boeing 737 Max.
Toray’s Senior Research Scientist Jeff Satterwhitewill discuss how the company’s high-performance carbon fiber products, some of which will be manufactured right here in South Carolina, are applied to the aerospace industry. Toray is the world’s largest producer of carbon fiber and is currently supplying prepreg carbon fiber for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and 777X.

Mehmet Yildiz, director of Sabanci University’s Composite Technologies Center of Excellence, and Zafer Gürdal, director of the University of South Carolina’s McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, will also participate in the discussion.

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 afternoonAugust 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 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 BDI.

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


SC Aerospace Conference and Expo News – April 6

#SCAerospace News

Lockheed Martin moving the F-16 to Greenville
Lockheed Martin is moving production of its F-16 fighter jets to Greenville, creating about 250 jobs in two years, according to the company.

SC native Robert Sumwalt named Vice-Chair of NTSB
President Donald Trump has nominated Robert L.Sumwalt III to be a member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a five-year term expiring December 16, 2021, and to be vice-chair of the board for a two-year term.

Beasley named director of aerospace initiatives
Adrianne Beasley has been tapped to replace Deborah Cameron as director of aerospace initiatives for the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness effective March 31, 2017. After three years leading the Council’s SC Aerospace initiative, Cameron is resigning the position and relocating to Colorado.​

ACL Airshop unveils expansion, new headquarters in Greenville
Greenville-based ACL Airshop has unveiled ambitious plans to double the number of container stations it runs around the world and new headquarters in Greenville.

American Airlines adds 3 non-stop flights from GSP to Chicago
Dallas-based American Airlines announced that it will add three non-stop flights from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Stevens Aviation announces first G5000 Beechjet installation at Greenville facility
Stevens Aviation announced the signing of its first Garmin G5000 system installation for Beechjet at its Greenville facility March 13th.