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Spring 2015

A publication of the South Carolina Aviation Association


  

  

   

 

2015 has started off with a bang! I hope you were able to attend the SCAA Annual Meeting in Isle of Palms. To say it was anything less than an outstanding success would be an understatement. I am sure that you have heard about the quality educational seminars, the excellent weather, great networking opportunities and the outstanding facilities. Our dinner/tour of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown was exceptional and many people had the opportunity not only to tour the carrier, but also to fly the simulators housed on one of the many interior decks. Attendance at the meeting broke all previous records,and based on the Annual Conference Committee’s feedback and plans for next year, the meeting will be a bigger and better event in 2016. Make your room reservations for 2016 as soon as details are announced because the hotel completely sold out in December. Luckily, we were able to secure other rooms nearby. Our Ambassador Passport program continues to grow and is a huge success in the pilot community. This year, we have already presented 10 people with their leather jackets for flying to all of South Carolina’s airports as well as attending the Annual Meeting or the Southeast Aviation Expo and a safety seminar. In fact, one of the 10, Jay Darmstadter, has now completed four state’s passport programs (MD, VA, NC and now SC). Way to go, Jay! With the warmer weather, the Association is now turning its attention to the upcoming Southeast Aviation Expo June 27-28. As many of you already know, we are moving from Greenville Downtown Airport (where the Expo was created and has grown for four years) to Greenwood. We are tying it into Greenwood’s aviation event, which includes an air show on Saturday afternoon. This move will give us more room and allow us to have a Saturday/Sunday event with Wings Credit seminars on both days. Sunday morning EAA Chapter 1023 will put on a breakfast fly in that will be FREE for all pilots. We also hope to have an EAA corral where every one can “show off” their planes, fancy electronic panels and beautiful exterior finishes. We might even have a contest where the public votes for their favorite plane. The AOPA is coordinating a “Rusty Pilots Program” on Sunday from 10 am - 12:30 pm. The Expo should be a great weekend event. Not only will there be planes, seminars and exhibits, but also a local car show on Saturday. That weekend is also the South Carolina Flower Festival, which will include activities downtown including a Blue Grass band Saturday night. More than 5,000 people attended last year’s event and, with all the new activities,even more are expected. Our initiative on eliminating the sales tax on aircraft repair parts continues to move forward. Many members have already met with various legislators and explained how our repair facilities are loosing business to other non taxed states because of our sales tax on parts. We hope to be able to have an amendment to the current legislation introduced by mid year. If you are talking to your legislator, please explain that this is one more step that will help make South Carolina an aviation friendly state and ask for their support. A flyer highlighting some of the key issues is included in this issue. South Carolina is a great place for aviation! Let us hear from you on what can be done to make it even better.

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           Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is warmer, the grass begins to turn green again, and things are growing once more. Things are growing all across South Carolina, and I am not referring to plants. The need to support South Carolina aviation is greater than it has ever been. From the Federal level, Congress has begun talks about federal reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Some legislators that are aviation proponents have been talking about it for a while, but industry groups are putting pressure on Congress to create a reauthorization bill sooner rather than allowing the FAA to limp along as it did prior to the last reauthorization. At the end of February, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) was able to represent South Carolina’s aviation needs by participating in the National Association of State Aviation Officials Legislative Conference that addressed FAA reauthorization among other industry topics. While in Washington, DC for the conference, SCAC made legislative visits to six of the nine South Carolina delegates. Here at home, the SCAC has presented its budget requests to both the House and the Senate. Part of the stated need for this year includes a request to obtain an alternative source of revenue to the State Aviation Fund, which is currently supported through aircraft fuel sales tax revenue. Although this fund has been sufficient to meet the needs of the past, it appears that it will be insufficient in the future. South Carolina airports have done a great job planning and preparing for the use of FAA funds for capital improvements. In fact, a normal year of FAA funding for South Carolina airports is approximately $30 million, and this year, South Carolina airports received approximately $62.3 million. That is great for South Carolina, but it does cause additional state matching funds and commitments of available State Aviation Fund dollars. Not only have we had a great year this year, but based on Airport Capital Improvement Plans (ACIP’s) we are also anticipating great needs in the near future. Please help us spread the word about the upcoming funding needs. Together, if we reach out to the legislative members, we are more likely to be successful. Finally, as we fly through spring and into summer, please remember to notify SCAC of any aviation related events happening in your communities. If we can participate, we will, but we will definitely help you spread the word by posting the event on our website.

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NASPS

South Carolina is privileged to host the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Ninth National Aviation System Planning Symposium May 17-19 at the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms. Only held every three years, this conference which will explore the theme of Developing the 21st Century Aviation System, is a unique opportunity for South Carolina to showcase itself as an emerging aviation and aerospace center. Those of you who attended the SCAA Annual Conference the past two years will be familiar with the Symposium venue, and the event will be a valuable forum to connect with and learn from leading aviation industry professionals from around the nation. As the TRB is part of the National Academy of Sciences, this is a great chance to engage these leaders in our own backyard. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration’s headquarters, numerous state aviation agencies, trade associations, consultants and researchers will present on a range of aviation system planning topics, including global socioeconomic trends affecting aviation, FAA policies and perspectives, air traffic control technologies such as NextGen, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), state and regional airport system planning, involving non-aviation stakeholders, and future research and funding needs for our aviation system. Highlights of the Symposium include a keynote address by Angela Gittens of Airports Council International, a dinner event at the nearby Citadel Beach House with a presentation on Boeing Charleston by Steven Dykes of the Charleston County Economic Development office, a luncheon featuring Helen Hill of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau to talk about bringing new airlines to Charleston, and finally an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Boeing Charleston plant on May 20 for the first 50 registrants. If you are interested in being a part of the conversation on our aviation system as it evolves in the 21st century, please join us next month at Wild Dunes. Learn more and register at http://www.2015NASPS.com. Mihir Shah Lead Aviation Planner, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission 9th TRB National Aviation System Planning Symposium Chair

Keynote Speaker: Angela Gittens Airports Council International 4 • Palmetto Aviation

Luncheon Speaker: Helen Hill Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Dinner Speaker: Steve Dykes Charleston County Economic Development


EDUCATION AVIATION OPPORTUNITIES

Wright Flight Gives $10,000 to Scholarship

June 1 Deadline for Scholarships

The Wright Flight of South Carolina recently closed its Horry County Chapter and donated $10,000 to the SCAA Scholarship Fund. The funds will provide scholarships to students seeking aviation related careers.

The deadline to submit an application for the South Carolina Aviation Association scholarship program is June 1. The program provides limited assistance for South Carolina students who wish to pursue a career in the aviation industry. An application can be found on page 6 or at scaaonline. com.

Program organizer Mike Marlowe asked that Horry County students receive priority to the scholarship funds, but the funds are not limited to Horry County students. If you or someone you know is interested, an application is available on page 6 as well as scaaonline.com. Wright Flight is a non-profit corporation dedicated to “helping kids reach new heights” in both their classrooms and their lives. Since its inception in 1986, more than 20,000 students have graduated. The program was taught in an Horry County public school. Passing the program is not easy as each student must achieve an academic or personal goal while simultaneously completing the Wright Flight curriculum and passing a final test. Only students who work hard enough graduate and only they earn the right to fly. The program culminates with a “flight experience,” depending on which Wright Flight program the student completes. At the Flydays, each graduate gets the chance to fly an airplane. They do not just get a ride, they will take the controls as they soar through the sky. After the flight, each student gets a picture of themselves and the pilot in front of the airplane, and a Wright Flight T-shirt.

The scholarship fund promotes the aviation industry in South Carolina, providing up to $500 for one semester of tuition and books. Funds will be paid to the institution for tuition and books only. It is the student’s responsibility to provide SCAA with appropriate bills and documentation for payment. No funds will be paid to the student directly. The Scholarship Committee of the SCAA will review all applications and make recommendations to the board of directors. Participating students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent. To be eligible, students must be recommended by an SCAA member in good standing. The deadline to apply is June 1. Applicants will receive letters of notification once his or her application has been reviewed.

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SCAA Scholarship Application I have read and understand the scholarship program description, I further state that all the information given below is accurate, to the best of my knowledge. (June 1, 2015 deadline)

Signed______________________________________________________ Date__________________ Last________________________________ First____________________________ Middle Initial_________ Address____________________________________ City_____________________ State____ Zip_________ Telephone__________________________ E-mail address __________________________________________ Legal Residence: State____ County__________________ High School _______________________________________________________________________________ The below information is only needed if you have not yet graduated or you recently graduated high school.

__________________________________________________________________________________ High School Class Rank______ Grade Point Average _______ Expected graduation date ________ College/Technical School Selection ____________________________________________________________ Academic Discipline ________________________________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________ Telphone ____________________________ City___________________________________________ State___________________ Zip_______________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Financial Aid Department Contact___________________________________ Telephone__________________ Acceptance Date_____________ Semester Start Date______________ Est. Graduation Date______________ *Referring Member ___________________________________ Phone________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Please list any academic institutions or specialized aviation oriented technical or military training you have received: Name

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__________________________________________________________________________________ Please attach the answers to the following questions. Write a brief paragraph concerning your request for this scholarship. Write a brief paragraph that outlines your educational goals and career plans. Your application must be accompanied by: (a) One (1) letter of recommendation from an SCAA member. (b) Your high school transcript (or GED equivalent), confirming your GPA and senior / graduate status* (c) Your college transcript (if already enrolled), confirming your GPA and full-time enrollment status

Return completed application to SCAA, PO Box 12067, Columbia, SC 29211 or fax to 803-252-7799 by June 1, 2015. 6 • Palmetto Aviation


South Carolina Aviation Medallion Will Take Off At Expo The South Carolina Aviation Medallion will be put into another pilots hands at the Southeast Aviation Expo on Sunday, June 28 at Greenwood County Airport. The medallion began its journey at the Ridgeland Airport as Cluade Dean took it on its first flight. Since then the medallion has made 37 trips, including an airdrop of paratroopers in a C-17 at Fort Bragg. Created as a physical manifestation and celebration of the rich aviation heritage of The Palmetto State, the commissioned artwork was handcrafted from one and three quarter’s pounds of bronze into a large art medallion. One side of the medallion depicts the first aircraft in the state of South Carolina; flown on July 4, 1911. The reverse side boasts the medallion’s purpose and name: “South Carolina Aviation Medallion.” Aviators are encouraged to fly the medallion, along with its custom carrying case and commemorative logbook, on recreational and business flights within the state and beyond. As the medal travels, pilots are encouraged to chronicle the flight and destinations where the medallion lands in the accompanying logbook. An attached tracking device makes it possible for enthusiasts to follow the medallion’s journey from airport to airport and state to state via its dedicated website (scavmedallion.com). The medallion is passed among fellow aviators whose paths intersect. Medallion program creator Lee Logan handed the medal over to the care of the South Carolina Aviation Association in April as its new sponsoring organization. SCAA will work to spread the word and maintain the program, encouraging aviation in South Carolina. In addition to the social and recreational aspects of the South Carolina Aviation Medallion, the initiative also serves to raise awareness of the value and broad utility of general aviation. General Aviation contributes $150 billion to the U.S. economy annually and employs approximately 1.2 million people. The positive economic impact of having a general aviation airport located in or near communities not serviced by scheduled commercial carriers cannot be overstated as a vital link to transportation and commerce. The grass roots effort to leverage the South Carolina Aviation Medallion to promote all forms of regional aviation and commensurate financial impact officially began in January at Ridgeland Airport (3J1) and Allendale (KAQX). “The first chapter of the story is now history and new chapters will be added every day by fellow aviators,” stated Lee Logan, a retired fighter pilot, aircraft builder and aerospace worker behind the South Carolina Aviation Metal. “This initiative is a fun, interactive and highly social way to promote the utility, camaraderie and recreational benefits of general aviation in our communities.” For details or to become part of the movement, visit scaaonline.com. Spring 2015 • 7


Conference Registration

Full Registration (No Dinner) - $125 Full Registration with Dinner - $190 Student (No Dinner) - $65 Student with Dinner - $130 (student registrants must show valid student ID at the event to receive this rate)

August 26-27, 2015

Exhibitor Registration $1,250 - 10x10 Booth $625 - Non Profit Booth $625 - Higher Education 10x10 Booth $4,500 - 20x20 Booth $6,000 - 20x30 Booth Each 10x10 booth space includes: pipe and drape, 2 full registrations, 6’ skirted table, 2 chairs, identification sign.

This year’s South Carolina Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo will be bigger and better than last year! Now spanning two days on August 26-27, and including exhibit space for 100 companies, the conference and expo is quickly becoming a must-attend event for the region’s aerospace industry leaders.

Agenda topics include both industry and research, such as: Workforce Development, K-12 Education Initiatives, Technologies on the Horizon, Big Data in Aerospace, Supplier Management, Technical Papers and Presentations in Future Fiber Composites, Automation and Simulation A Competitive Look at Aerospace in the Southeast. The Fourth Annual South Carolina Aerospace Dinner will be held from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on August 26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Table sponsorships are available for $750 and includes: logo placement on table, six complimentary dinner invitations and VIP guest seating. An individual dinner ticket is available for $75 or $65 with conference registration. Register online and by mail. For more information, contact sarah@associationsplus.com at 877-359-7222 or go to scaaonline. com. organized by:

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AVIATION JEWELRY

Hand Crafted by Kenneth Carr Master Jeweler - A & P Mechanic New Member Spotlight: Kenneth Carr SEIKO WATCHES WELRY Aiken Municipal Airport •• Aiken, SC Kenneth Carr grew up with an interest in workneth Carr 706-394-0828 ing on bicycles and making model airplanes, P Mechanic 706-627-3681 cars and tanks. At 17, he entered the U.S. Air ES Force and became an aircraft mechanic work•• Aiken, SC www.scscja.com/merchandise ing on B52, KC135 Tanker and C141 cargo air28 craft. When he completed his tour, he returned 81 home to Augusta, Ga. Since there were no aircraft personnel jobs available, he went back chandise to his previous work as a land surveyor.

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tion. He stayed two and a half hours after work and during their conversation Carr accepted a job as an apprentice jeweler. He took the job and worked his way up to a master jeweler. In 1998, after 17 years as a jeweler, Carr once again wanted to work on aircraft. He began working in a FBO at a local airport as an aircraft mechanic and later obtained his A&P Certification. When he received his ticket, he made a ring with his A&P number on it. Since then, he has combined two passions and now makes rings for A&Ps and pilots like the ones pictured above. To learn more, contact Carr at 706-284-0190.


Friday Noon - 5 pm 6 pm - 7 pm

Exhibit Set Up Reception with Exhibitors

Saturday 9 am 9 am - 12:20 pm 9 am - 1:30 pm 9 am - 5 pm 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Expo Opens Wings Seminar (3) RC Demonstrations Car Show AirShow Begins

Sunday 9 am EAA Ch. 1023 Breakfast FREE for Pilots 9 am EAA Show Corral Contest 9:45 am Ambassador Passport Recognition and Reunion 10 am - 12:30 pm AOPA Rusty Pilots Seminar 10 am - Noon Wings Seminar (2)

All pilots and aviation enthusiasts are invited to fly in or drive in to the Southeast Aviation Expo at Greenwood County Airport on June 27-28. Paired with the Greenwood Aviation Expo this year, the event will be a jewel for pilots in the Southeast. The Expo will add its trade show of pilot products and services, and pilot oriented education sessions to the Greenwood Aviation Expo’s already established air show, RC demonstration show and car show. The event is expected to attract more than last years 5,000 attendees. The Greenwood County Airport will buy lunch on Saturday for all pilots that fly in. On Sunday, the Greenwood EAA Chapter 1023 will serve breakfast to pilots. SCAA will pay for all pilots who attend. An AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar and Wings seminars will follow, along with an opportunity to visit exhibitors. All passport participants are invited to fly in for breakfast and celebrate the newest pilots who have completed the program. We may even hear some stories from passport participants. Also, help SCAA vote on the Best Exterior, Best Overall and Best Cockpit in the EAA Corral Show. But that’s not all...This event will coincide with the South Carolina Flower Festival, which will add downtown events to a weekend of fun. For more information, visit scaaonline. There is a $10 parking fee if you drive in on Saturday, but there is no fee for those that fly in. No drive in fee for Sunday.

Southeast Aviation Expo Hosts Rusty Pilots

Register online at scaaonline.com.

Life may have gotten in the way, but the dream of flight can be yours again. Returning to the skies is not as difficult as most rusty pilots think. We’re inviting you back in the cockpit and will help you get there. Participate in a free Rusty Pilots program with fellow lapsed pilots 10 am - 12:30 pm on Sunday, June 28 at Greenwood County Airport. Sessions will be taught by Aeronautical Services of Greenwood.

Rusty Pilots is designed to re-introduce pilots to the changing flight environment. Discussion includes use of newer technology, changes in the airspace system, new resources available to pilots, and much more. Most importantly, the Rusty Pilots program fulfills the ground instruction requirement of your Flight Review. We will help you understand what’s changed in aviation since you’ve last took the controls and brush up on your aviation knowledge. The Rusty Pilots program is developed by AOPA in partnership with local flight training providers in order to create the best environment for getting you back in the air and a part of the general aviation community. • It is easier than most people think – no FAA checkride or test. • Might not even need a medical. • Participate in Rusty Pilots and you’ve fulfilled the ground instruction required of the flight review.

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Scenes from the 2015 Conference

 



   

    

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Call Wild Dunes Resort at 843-886-6000 and ask for the discounted room rate of $142 before January 1.


2015 Conference Highlights Three Added to the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame Reid Garrison, David Griffin and R.H. Cuthbertson were inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame during the banquet Thursday, February 12 at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston. For details on each inductee, visit scaaonline.com. Pictured top right: David Anderson (R) congratulates Hall of Fame Inductee Reid Garrison. Pictured left: Hall of Famer Rocky Gannon congratulates newest inductee David Griffin.

Ten Pilots Recognized for Passport Completion The SCAA recognized 10 pilots at its Annual Conference for completing the Ambassador Passport Program. Each pilot visited all 59 public use airports. Recipients recognized at the conference included: Dan Ahern, Paul Alexander, Dave Bailey, Bud Coward, Jay Darmstadter, David Latimer, Adam Lockamy, Ken Smith, Jeff Thomas and Ed Vess. Sponsored by Eastern Aviation Fuels, the Ambassador Passport program includes 512 pilots that are working on flying to all public use airports in South Carolina. Twenty three pilots have completed the program. Designed to encourage pilots to fly to all airports in the state and visit aviation seminars and the Southeast Aviation Expo or the Annual Conference, this program is an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the valuable assets in our airport system. It gives pilots an opportunity to set and meet goals in their flying and sightseeing while having fun and experiencing what South Carolina has to offer. The SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program provides Bronze, Silver and Gold level recognition for pilots who visit the state’s airports and aviation events.

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Anderson Air Show: May 27

CUB Celebrates 85th Anniversary

The Canadian Forces 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Snowbirds, will perform at Anderson Airport on Wednesday, May 27.

Jim Hamilton - LB Owens Airport (CUB) celebrated its 85th Anniversary April 24. The public use airport was the first in the Midlands and the second in the State.

The Special Forces Association Parachute Team, civilian aerobatic performers and historic WWII aircraft will also be featured.

The Curtiss-Wright Hangar, which still stands today, was the first permanent structure on the airport and is a tangible link to the American aviation pioneers Glenn Curtiss and The Wright Brothers.

Anderson resident and nationally known airshow narrator Hugh Oldham is helping Anderson County organize the event.

The commemorative poster below was created by Laura Renwick of Richland County PIO Staff to bolster the celebration efforts.

“The Snowbirds will headline a world class airshow comparable to any in North America,” he said. “It will be exciting to see both the jets, top tier aerobatic performers and historic aircraft flying over our hometown airport.” This event will also feature a “Salute to Korean War Veterans” with an aerobatic performance by the “Korean War Hero,” a fully restored Chance-Vought Corsair F-4U Corsair. Sponsored by Anderson County and companies of South Carolina’s growing aerospace industries, the event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.

Take Flight 5K at GMU: May 23 The 3rd Annual Take Flight 5K will be held on Saturday, May 23 (Memorial Day weekend) at the Greenville Downtown Airport. Money raised will help complete Runway Park at GMU! For more information and to register for the event, please visit https://book-events.com/takeflight5k/. 12 • Palmetto Aviation


Global Aerospace Insurance Solutions Exclusive benefits and products specifically designed for the airport segment are now available to SCAA members. When your next airport insurance renewal approaches, ask your insurance broker to obtain an airport liability quote from Global Aerospace. For more information, please contact Diana Bissinger at 404-364-2450 or dbissinger@global-aero.com. Exclusive benefits for members include a convenient three year policy term with guaranteed rates,* automatic eligibility for our accident forgiveness program, SM4 Safety benefits-access to Global’s airport specific safety webinars and more. Global Aerospace is a world leading provider of aerospace insurance and has been servicing the needs of the aviation industry for more than 85 years. Their exclusive focus on aerospace enables them to assess each risk on its own merit, providing customized solutions and dedicated services. Global’s experienced staff of professionals are committed to work with you and your broker to find the right solution for your insurance needs. “Safety is important to us all, and we recognize the important impact SCAA is making to the aviation community,” noted Global Executive Underwriting Officer Marilena Sharpell. “Through legislative initiatives, conferences, forums and sharing of information and best practices, they are a vital link in the safety chain. Global Aerospace feels strongly about this link, and our ASAP program is designed to help support SCAA’s mission.”

Mt Pleasant Airport Hosts Scouts On Saturday, March 7, 15 Boy Scouts visited the Mount Pleasant Airport for Aviation Day. They learned about a variety of aviation-related subjects and applied some of what they learned by building foam gliders and then competing to see whose glider could fly the farthest. Several local pilots made their planes available for the scouts to inspect and then answered questions. Spring 2015 • 13


It is the mission of the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council to promote and improve positive attitudes and behaviors towards all areas of aviation safety (ground and flight) in order to reduce occurrence of personal injury and death, and property and equipment damage and destruction while ensuring the future of general aviation in South Carolina.

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The aviation industry in South Carolina is large and diverse. Sometimes, it’s a challenge to keep all of “the players” straight. Nevertheless, there is an important organizational team with which you should be familiar – the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council (“the Safety Arm of SCAA”) and the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAASTeam). FAASTeam Organizational Structure Each of the eight FAA Flight Standards regions now has a Regional FAASTeam Office dedicated to this unique safety program and managed by the Regional FAASTeam Manager (RFM). Based on the makeup of the aviation community in each region, the RFM has selected a group of FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM) with specific aviation specialties and assigned them to geographic areas of responsibility within the region. FAASTeam employees are stationed throughout the region and focus on its plan to reduce accidents. Our FPM in South Carolina is Fred Kaiser who, though based in North Florida, spends a lot of time in our state gathering data and promoting the aviation safety culture. FAASTeam Process for Planning to Reduce Accidents The FAASTeam primarily uses data to decide what should be done to reduce accidents. Each Regional FAASTeam Office develops a business plan based on information compiled by FPMs from each of the region’s geographic areas. The data includes: Q Accident/incident reports involving airmen from the area; Q Hazards identified by FAA Inspectors at local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs); and Q Information from the local aviation community. 14 • Palmetto Aviation

It is the mission of the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team to Improve the Nation’s aviation accident rate by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education; while establishing partnerships and encouraging the continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community.

Once the data is collected and analyzed, the FPMs develop tasks that they plan to accomplish, with the help of all their FAASTeam Members, in an effort to mitigate future accidents. Relationships with the Aviation Community The FAASTeam is “teaming” up with individuals and the aviation industry to create a unified effort against accidents and “tip” the safety culture in the right direction. This is the basis for the developing relationship between FAAST and the SCASC. The hope and intention is that the Safety Council will be able to provide the agility and flexibility needed to effectively provide a bridge and make the connection with the individual, general aviation pilot based at any airport in South Carolina. FAASTeam Members A FAASTeam Member is anyone who makes a conscious effort to promote aviation safety and become part of the shift in safety culture. To become a member: Q Sign-up at FAASafety.gov and take part in all it has to offer; Q Pilots – participate in our new WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program; and Q Mechanics – participate in the new automated AMT Awards Program. Many of our SCASC members are FAASTeam members, too. Please consider participating in our joint efforts to promote a culture of effective aviation safety in our state.


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