Susan Pretulak with SC Ready to Speak at SC Aerospace Industry Dinner

Susan Pretulak Focuses on Workforce Development at Aerospace Industry Dinner

Vice President of Ready SC, a division of the SC Technical College System, Susan Pretulak will speak at the SC Aerospace Industry on August 22 at the University of South Carolina (USC) Hollings Center in Columbia. Pretulak will share how SC is prepared to educate and train SC residents for the state’s aerospace industry and its future.

USC’s McNair Aerospace Center Director Dr. Zafer Gurdal will also provide an update on how the Aerospace Center is growing and focusing on providing a steady stream of graduates ready to work in various aerospace fields. The McNair Center focuses on the research and education needs of South Carolina aerospace industries.

Governor Nikki Haley proclaimed August 19-23 as South Carolina Aviation Week. The dinner will be one event taking place during week. This week coincides with National Aviation Week celebrated during the week of Orville Wright’s birthday, August 19, who played an important role in aviation history along with his brother Wilbur.

Throughout the week airports will individually celebrate the week and aviation groups will hold meetings around the state. Discovery flights will be provided to reporters around the state. If you are interested in participating in a discovery flight, please contact Katie Koon at 803-252-7128 or email

South Carolina has six commercial service airports, 54 general aviation airports and four busy military airfields that are essential underpinnings to South Carolina’s diversified business base, growing population and growing tourism industry.

Airports support and assist South Carolina through many activities including recreational flying, providing a gateway to communities and tourist attractions, accommodating agricultural spraying, supporting air cargo and air freight shipments, helping law enforcement, supporting the military and its operations, providing access in times of emergency, and supporting medical needs and the medical profession.

Many businesses in South Carolina rely on aviation, both commercial service and general aviation airports, for the efficient transport of people and goods.

With more than 100 aerospace related companies in South Carolina, aviation is a multi-billion dollar industry. Aviation and airports in South Carolina also contribute millions each year in tax benefits to state and local government.

The mission of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission is to foster air commerce by overseeing the safety and development of the state’s public use airports and providing safe, reliable air transportation for state government and business prospects.

The mission of the South Carolina Aviation Association is to actively promote and encourage aviation and airport development to meet air transportation needs and assist the state in achieving economic development goals.