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Paul Werts Receives Order of the Palmetto at SCAA 2018 Annual Conference

South Carolina Aviation Association Palmetto Aviation 2018 Spring Edition

President’s Letter H

opefully you were able to attend the 2018 Annual Conference in Isles of Palms at the Wild Dunes Resort. Every year, we wonder how we are going to outdo the previous year’s conference and each year the Conference Planning Committee finds a way. This year was a very special one as one of our greatest assets to aviation in the state of South Carolina, Paul Werts, was given an amazing send off after more than 30 years of service to the industry. The first night was kicked off with a dedication of the infamous “Oyster Bar” in Paul’s name. The next day was highlighted by our keynote speaker, Governor Henry McMaster, as he presented the Order of the Palmetto to Paul in recognition of his incredible service to South Carolina. What an honor! The long awaited results of the Statewide Aviation System Plan and Economic Impact Study were presented at the conference and the numbers were astounding! In the 10 years since the last study was conducted, our industry has increased by almost 400% in economic value to the state. I highly recommend you check out the results located on the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission’s website. We can now rightly call South Carolina an aviation state. The last day was capped off by the highly anticipated Gubernatorial Forum organized by our Vice-President, Ken Holt. We had five of the seven candidates participate during the event. Each was given the opportunity to talk about their platforms and specifically their views on aviation in the state. It was a very informative session as the year moves forward with an election to be held in November.

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It was unfortunate that we had to cancel our Legislative Breakfast due to inclement weather. However, it gave us the opportunity to team up with AOPA for Aviation Day at the State House. We were able to meet with dozens of legislators and more than 100 staff members to discuss the economic impact of our industry to the state as well as highlighting various major airport projects at our airports. Our Legislative Committee continues to push and make strides toward ensuring the financial needs for our airports. Be sure to follow their progress and contact SCAA Headquarters to find out how you can do your part in solidifying the appropriate levels of funding needed for our airports. The committee workshops that are held throughout the year continue to be a huge success. In years prior, how SCAA’s various committees have been limited to board member involvement. Last year we made changes to how committees are organized and invited anyone from our membership to participate. We now have more than 20 members not on the board represented in those committees. We are also planning to move our meeting locations around to different parts of the state to allow even more opportunities for those interested in participating. I am extremely excited to see folks getting involved and ensuring continued success for SCAA. Sincerely,

Steven Gould SCAA President

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Aeronautics Commission Update

System Plan Update….Done. Now What? Just a couple of months ago, the Statewide Airport System Plan (SASP) Update was completed. Since then I have received many questions about the System Plan, its purpose, the study process, how it’s used, and why do we do such a study. In short, the answer is simple. Program execution is only as good as the planning efforts that are made prior to execution. The SASP is completed approximately every 10 years. The purpose of its creation is to assist the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) with the development and execution of programs related to the State Aviation Fund and to assist airports with the identification of performance measures related to the growth of their individual facilities. This study was accomplished with the following steps. An Inventory of the current status of the airport system was completed which included real data captured through surveys and on-site airport visits. Second, forecasts were made for airport demand over the next 10 years. Third, a system evaluation was completed to identify adequacies, deficiencies, and redundancies. Airport roles were then evaluated, and performance measures were made for each airport respective to their role. Finally, a segment of the study was to create a recommended plan for the airport system in South Carolina. Ultimately, the SCAC will be utilizing the derived information to make recommendations of funding for airport programs. Often these recommendations go both to the airport and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Not only has SCAC made recommendations to each airport through this report, we will also be utilizing the report to ensure that dollars available through the State Aviation Fund are spent in support of the overall system. Also we will be administering funds to ensure the System does not lapse in areas that are critical to this segment of the State’s transportation infrastructure. Finally, regardless of the plan, the intent is to support the System, programs can only be implemented as the State Aviation Fund sources allow. For the past three years, SCAC has been working toward the strengthening of funding sources that feed the State Aviation Fund, and the members of the South Carolina Aviation Association have been the most integral part of communicating the needs and value of the fund as it relates to airport capital improvement and airport maintenance programs. My hope is that collectively, we will soon be successful in securing a stabilized funding source, but also that we all continue to support this great system of airports that provides a $16.3 billion annual economic impact on the South Carolina economy. Smooth skies! James

James Stephens Executive Director of the SC Aeronautics Commission

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of Events May 12 19 24 26


Safety Seminar KSPA Anderson Regional Airshow AMT Day FOD Walk at KSPA (9 am)


July 1 22

Scholarship Deadline Breakfast Club and Safety Seminar • Triple Tree Aerodrome



5 Committee Meetings• Board Meeting• Jim Hamilton/CUB 8-10 Young Aviators Fly-in • Triple Tree Aerodrome, Woodruff 24 Breakfast Club and Safety Seminar • Pickens County

5 Breakfast Club and Safety Seminar • Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport 19 National Aviation Day 19-25 Aviation Week 23 Committee Meetings • Board Meeting • Greenville Downtown Airport

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South Carolina

Breakfast Club

List of Airports on the 2018 Schedule

May 6 May 20 June 3 June 10 June 23 June 24 September July 8 16 Breakfast Club and Safety Seminar • Jim Hamilton-LB July 22 Owens Airport August 5 August 19 October September 9 9-10 SC Aerospace Conference & Expo September 16 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center September 30 October 7 October 21 November November 4 1 Hall of Fame Deadline November 11 16 Committee Planning Meeting • Board Meeting November 25 Columbia, SC December 9

Rock Hill (York Co) - Bryant Field Whiteplains Holly Hill Mid-Carolina Regional (Rowan County) Twin Lakes (Gerald Ballard Memorial) Pickens County Greenwood Cowunty Triple Tree Aerodrome Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Berkeley County Anderson Regional Jim Hamilton/LB Owens Laurens County Kershaw County - Woodward Field Sumter County Orangeburg Municipal Lee County - Butters Field Fairfield County Darlington County

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Welcome our New SCAA Board of Directors

Eddie Owen Jr. As an engineering consultant, Eddie began his professional career in commercial development where he worked for just over 10 years. Having been bitten by the aviation bug, he has spent another 10 years working for airport clients all over the Carolinas and Georgia. He truly loves the work, the field of aviation, and its impact on our world. Eddie finished his bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering with a degree from the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!) in his thirties and was considered the old guy by classmates and professors alike. The job Eddie loves the most, however, is being able to teach his son to become a man. They spend a lot of time together at baseball or at airports with planes as often as possible. In his spare time, if there is such a thing, Eddie does some public speaking and acting where its not uncommon to do both to large crowds. Being a positive influence and roll model at work, home and in the community are very important to Eddie although he admits that message doesn’t always come to light as desired.

Rev. Philip Chandler

Rev. Philip Chandler has been around commercial aviation since 1959 when his father was hired by Delta Airlines. He worked as a teenager in the bag room for Delta at MCO, then at MCO Orlando in 1972 he began an 18 year career at numerous airports across the country with Eastern Airlines in customer service, training, management and sales. He is serving as a city representative on the Rock Hill-York County Airport Commission for a four year term and is currently vice chair of the airport commission. Professionally he is a retired United Methodist Minister serving a rural local church in York County. He received his bachelors from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ, and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. Philip is looking forward to serving the state association to further the future of aviation in South Carolina. President Steven Gould Vice President Ken Holt Treasurer & Secretary Greg Jones Director Leo Berube Director Whitney Cain Director Philip Chandler Director Carolyn Donelan Director Joe Frasher Director Ken “Bud” Hawk Director Butch Jones Director Paul Moses Director Eddie Owen Jr. SCAA Executive Director Leigh Wickersham, CAE

Ken “Bud” Hawk Kenneth C. (Bud) Hawk, Jr., P.E. has more than 15 years of airport engineering experience in South Carolina. He is currently serving numerous airports across the state as an engineering consultant with WK Dickson and previously served as Myrtle Beach International Deputy Director of Planning and Engineering. Bud also served for six years on the Airport Commission in Georgetown County. Born and raised in Upstate New York, Bud received his Bachelors in Civil and Environmental Engineering and MBA from Clarkson University. Bud is looking forward to serving on SCAA’s Board and assisting in any way he can, the promotion of aviation throughout South Carolina.

Rock Hill-York County Airport Holt Consulting Company ADC Engineering, Inc. Flightpath, LLC Karl Storz - Endoscopy America, Inc. Rock Hill-York County Airport Challenger Learning Center of Richland One Greenville Airport Commission WK Dickson & Company, Inc. Anderson Regional Airport Lancaster County- MC Whirter Field Talbert, Bright & Ellington, Inc. South Carolina Aviation Association

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FAA Wings Program

Safety Update

The objective of the WINGS program, especially at the Basic Level, is to address the primary accident causal factors that continue to plague the general aviation community, and in such a manner as to suggest mitigation strategies to avoid those accidents. The WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program is based on the premise that pilots who maintain currency and proficiency in the basics of flight will enjoy a safer and more stress-free flying experience. Requirements for each aircraft category and class include specific subjects and flight maneuvers. The WINGS Program consists of learning activities and flight tasks selected to address the documented causal factors of aircraft accidents. You select the category and class of aircraft in which you wish to receive training and in which you wish to demonstrate your flight proficiency to applicable standards. To ensure you receive a well-rounded learning experience, only certain activities fulfill specific credit requirements.

Who Can Participate All pilots holding a U.S. pilot certificate may participate in the WINGS Program. To participate in flight portions of the program, pilots should contact certificated flight instructors and flight schools, and other FAASTeam Members, who are or will participate in the WINGS Program. Student pilots are encouraged to participate. They will receive Phase 1 at the Basic Level upon satisfactory completion of their Private Pilot practical test and completion of an Online course on Aeronautical Decision Making. Note that student pilots will initially register on as a non-airman. For additional information on the requirements visit:

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The Cleanest Airport in South Carolina ?

FOD Walk

written by Gerald Gaige

We will outline why Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) currently claims this title and what you might do to claim it for your airport. But first, the principle statement that “Cleanliness is the first requirement for safety in airport operation.” Disorder and loose objects are enemies of safe operation at airports, and the chief hazard is foreign object damage. Damage comes from loose objects (Foreign Object Debris, also “FOD”) which can be blown against an aircraft external surface by propeller or jet engine blast, or even by the wind, or it can be run over by the landing gear. Debris can affect any external surface of an aircraft; the windshield, an airfoil, a control surface, propeller, engine or tire. Not limited to cosmetic damage, there are many accidents attributable to FOD, the most notable of which is the crash of the supersonic transport Concorde operating as Air France Flight 4590. On 25 July, 2000 on takeoff at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, the aircraft ran over debris on the runway; blowing a tire, causing a fuel tank puncture, a subsequent engine fire and failure and a crash two minutes after takeoff killing all 109 on-board and four on the ground. This was the only fatal Concorde accident during its 27-year operational history. This type accident emphatically demonstrates that for an airport to operate in its safest condition, it must be in its cleanest condition. The FAA Published a fact sheet in 2013 that addresses the need for FOD Control. In it, they report that Boeing estimates that FOD causes an estimated $4 billion in damage to engines and aircraft taken out of service each year. All aircraft are threatened by the risk of FOD. Is your airport as clean as it could be and free of FOD risk? In the report: “The FAA’s Office of Airports encourages airport operators to implement a debris management program. The program helps airport operators prevent debris through awareness and training; detection through manual inspections and equipment; removal using equipment; and evaluation of the program by collecting data to look for ways to make improvements.” The Greenville Downtown Airport aggressively does this with an active FOD eradication program. Recently completing their third “FOD Walk” to eliminate all FOD on the airport, a NOTAM closed the airport for the first hour of Saturday morning, and a team of more than 40 volunteers (made up of the CAP, SCAA members, AOPA members, GMU Airport commissioners and staff, GMU airport tenants and other local airport supporters) met at 6:45 am to walk every square inch of active airport surfaces. Armed with flashlights and FOD collection bags, in overlapping lines they slow-walked all the runways, taxiways and ramp areas, picking up every piece of loose debris and leaving the airport operating area in pristine (and safe) condition. Examples of objects found were a cell phone case, several washers, bullet lugs (obviously fired from off the property!), small rocks, a length of PVC pipe, stainless steel screws, tools, a valve stem cap, pieces of wire and a ball point pen. Counting the items and dividing by the number of 1,000 square meter units (TSM) of the airport active surface gives a metric for comparison of future removal efforts, or for comparison to other airports. GMU has advanced from 8.8 items per thousand square meters (TSM) to 6.2. Other airports participating in the past have achieved the following: GSP 0.9 per TSM, CAE 2.2 per TSM.

If you would like information on carrying out a FOD Walk program, contact SCAA at 1-877-359-7222 or Keat Pruszenski (864) 313-3239.

Perhaps your airport would like to measure your own concentration of FOD items and compare to GMU or, more importantly, with repetitive efforts to reduce your index to the smallest possible number. Challenge GMU and see if you can claim the title of “Cleanest Airport in South Carolina.” You will be giving a chance for all your airport stakeholders to participate and strengthen their commitment to your operation. You’ll also be doing a big favor for the pilots, aircraft owners and passengers of your airport, and at the same time reducing your operating liability risk, insurance premiums and management headaches.

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SCAA ROAD SHOW for safety The association is promoting aviation and aviation safety across the state with its new “SCAA Road Show.” The SCAA Road Show plans to play in a town near you in 2018. The shows will feature the latest topics of the month from the FAA, plus a few classics, as safety refreshers. The SCAA formed a group of aviation safety rock stars to travel the state to entertain and educate aviation fans. The road show will be hosted at many different venues such as the South Carolina Breakfast Club, Triple Tree fly-in, airshows and other airport hospitality events. As an encore to the show, the rock stars will be encouraging the audiences to plan and to conduct FOD walks at those same venues at a later date. Each show attendee will be able to receive his/her FAASafety Wing Credits. The shows will not only cover important aviation safety topics, but will also be educational and entertaining for the whole family. (If you want to be part of the group, join us on June 5th for the next Safety Committee meeting. See page 17 for more details.)

Make sure you catch the road show near you and let the SCAA Road Show Rock Stars entertain you!

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Have a map of the airport with dimensions. Divide the airport into sections. Have a NOTAM of the activity. Ask and remind walkers to bring an individual flashlight if you are planning to do the walk early in the morning or late in the evening. Have yellow or orange vests for the FOD walkers. Have bags to collect the FOD. Have coffee and donuts to be served before or after the walk (depending on the start time of the walk). Have an area or room for the safety briefing. Make sure children under 12 are accompanied by an adult. Provide a white drape for the FOD collected Suggest a prize for the most/interesting FOD gathered. Suggest you have a couple of people taking pictures of the event to promote FOD. You may or may not need to close the runway. You don’t have to do so as long as those in charge have radios and line trucks on the runway. Walkers can move off the runway for the occasional landing traffic.

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Alan Frazier, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, Honored The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award was presented to Forrest Alan Frazier “in recognition for his dedicated service, technical expertise, professionalism, and many outstanding maintenance contributions, to further the cause of aviation safety” and was signed by Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator on March 21, 2018. A plaque was presented to Alan earlier this year. Alan is the son of Roy Monroe and Mary Elizabeth Frazier, who after the War in 1947, took over the management of the Chillicothe Municipal Airport, located in Chillicothe, MO. There, they set up an aircraft maintenance business. Alan’s father was a licensed mechanic and Authorized Designated Aircraft Maintenance Inspector with more than 56 years of aircraft maintenance experience. Alan’s mother, Mary, ran the business and handled the paperwork, but was also the expert on all dope and fabric work for the company. Alan’s journey began in November of 1962, when he started his formal Mechanic Apprenticeship under his father’s direct supervision at the Chillicothe Municipal Airport. During that time, Alan’s mother and father purchased a 1937 Piper that was used for agricultural work and was also the plane that Alan would do all of his apprenticeship work on in order to obtain his mechanic certificate. October 30, 1966, after nearly four years of rebuilding that 1937 Piper J3C Cub, Registration N25804, Alan flew his first solo. We feel sure that Alan was thrilled to be a local celebrity and have his story published in the local newspaper. The following year, in June of 1967, Alan took his Private Pilot Check ride and received his Private Pilot Airman Certificate. After completing his written airman tests administered by the FAA, on September 13, 1968, at the Johnson County Airport in Olathe Kansas, Alan satisfactorily completed his oral and practical exams given by FAA Examiner William Hansen who issued his Temporary Airman Certificate for a Mechanic with both airframe and powerplant ratings. Alan graduated from Chillicothe High School in May of 1967 and started engineering school at the University of Kansas. He also started a part time job working at Erhart Flying Service in Lawrence Kansas as an aircraft mechanic. In June of 1971, Alan earned his commercial pilot rating. He continued to work until he graduated from Kansas University in June of 1972 with a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering. This Lapel Pin represents “Knowledge, Professionalism, and Safety.” This was given to Mr. Frazier to wear as recognition of his 50 year milestone and for receiving the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.

Alan Frazier

That same year, on October 18, Alan made application for and was issued his Inspection Authorization. After Graduation, in December 1972, Alan joined McDonnell Douglas Corporation as an Aerospace Engineer on the F-15 program and was an Experimental Flight Test Pilot until 1995. In 1975, Alan attended his Air Force Pilot Training at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX. Alan spent 20 years in the Missouri National Guard from 1975-1995. In 1982 Alan flew his first Solo Flight in the F-18 Hornet and the F-15. From 1985 to 1995, Alan flew the F-15 Eagle models A/B/C/D/E. From 2000-2001, Alan flew for Trans World Airlines (TWA). And after TWA, Alan later went on to Fly for Trans States and GoJet Airlines from 2005-2014. In 2014, Alan decided to go back to the corporate world, and joined Corporate Aircraft Management Inc. as their Director of Operations and flew the Hawker 850XP. In 2010, Alan rebuilt the Piper J3C Cub for the third time that he originally first started working on in 1962. New Projects to accomplish, a Beechcraft C-23 Sundowner and a Piper J3F-65. On May 19, 2017, Alan received the Prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The plaque reads: “In recognition of your contributions to building and maintaining the safest aviation system in the world through practicing and promoting safe aircraft flight for 50 years.”

James Dangerfield presents Alan Frazier the CTA Alan Frazier and his two sons

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Annual Conference

Scenes from the

2018 Conference The 2018 SCAA Annual Conference hosted a number of opportunities for information exchange, learning, recognition, and celebration. Celebrations and recognitions were highlighted with Paul Werts receiving the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Henry McMaster. The awards don’t come much more significant than that! The association recognized and thanked board members Andy Busbee, Greg Hall and Joe Barkevich for their years of service as board members and committee chairs. All three had board terms that were expiring. The association was also able to re-present one of the FAA’s most prestigious awards, the Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot award which recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots” to SCAA member, board member, and volunteer leader, Leo Berube. Page 10 Palmetto Aviation

Airports The SCAA also recognized 10 pilots at its annual conference for completing the Ambassador Passport Program by visiting all 59 public use airports. The pilots include: David Bernshouse, Chris Bethea, Bob Brickley, Leonard Garneau, Justin Julian, Rick Leonard, John Parrish, BoBo Smith, Rolf Wallin and Teri Wallin. This year’s aviation conference also featured another “first” for the SCAA with the association hosting a gubernatorial candidates forum. Legislative Committee Chairman and Vice President, Ken Holt “worked” the media, the candidates, and the microphone for SCAA, all to the benefit of placing aviation “front and center.” The newly published Statewide Airport System Plan provided a perfect platform to highlight exactly how much aviation means to South Carolina. The SCAA Conference experience includes meeting old friends, making new ones, learning from the authorities, the exhibitors and one another. This event would not be possible without a hard working Conference Committee; thank you Joe Barkevich once again for your leadership! And, to the 40+ exhibitors and sponsors, thank you for making attendance more affordable. Please plan now to be a part of next year’s conference which will be held in Hilton Head at the Sonesta. See the dates below.

Save the Date SCAA 2019

Annual Conference Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2019

Sonesta Resort | Hilton Head Island

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Gubernatorial Candidates \

The Govenor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster, and 5 Gubernatorial Candidates addressed the membership at the 2018 SCAA Annual Conference.

Gubernatorial Candidates in attendance: Gov. Kevin Bryant Former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill Representative James Smith Catherine Templeton Marguerite Willis

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SCAA 2018

Annual Conference Sponsors Captain

First Officer

Flight Engineer

Flight Navigator


Celebrating 50 Illuminating Years!

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Established in 1991, the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame honors pioneers and leaders in the aviation industry who have made significant contributions to the development, advancement or promotion of aviation and have close ties to the State of South Carolina. • • • • • •

The nominee must be of good character. The nominee may be living or deceased. The nominee’s contribution to aviation must be substantial and performed with a high degree of excellence, above and beyond the performance of the nominee’s vocation or political position. The nominee’s contribution may be a single gallant event or achievement over time that has made a positive lasting impact on aviation. A single gallant event will be defined as an event, which was brave, spirited and honorable. Examples are William Farrow and Ronald McNair. The nominee must have made their contribution to aviation in South Carolina. The nominee may have significant contributions to aviation not in South Carolina, but those will be considered secondary. Nominations must include verifiable documentation of the individual’s contribution to aviation to include no less than the following: a biographical resume (as detailed as possible) and documentation, clippings, citations, and awards regarding the contribution to aviation. Letters of reference may also be included for consideration.

Hall of Fame Nomination form must be submitted no later than November 1. Form can be found at A banquet for inductees will be held at the 2019 SCAA Annual Conference. Page 14 Palmetto Aviation

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics \

Students went through training and volunteered to work the perimeter and security with Horry County during the Wings Over Myrtle Beach Airshow.


Wings Over Myrtle Beach Airshow

May 2018 Graduating Class Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics May 2018 graduating class. Some graduates are going to work for Myrtle Air Services and PSA Airlines. Others are exploring opportunities at Pratt & Whitney or continuing their education. Palmetto Aviation Page 15

March 7, 2018

Aviation Day at the Capitol Revenue Sources Recurring Appropriation: $0.5 Million Aviation Fuel Tax: $1.8 Million Airline Property Tax: $1.9 Million

Uses Matching FAA Grants (FAA: 90%, State: 5%, Local: 5%) State Grants for Maintenance, Rehabilitation, Capital Improvement Projects

SC Annual Investment of $4.2 MILLION Yields over $600 MILLION in SC Taxes/Year Challenge: -Annual Airport Maintenance & Capital Investment Need $6.7 Million -Annual Funding Source: Aviation Fund & General Fund $4.2 Million

Thank you Sponsors!

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SCAA 2018

Ways to Contribute

Committees Meet! All Members are invited!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Location:

Jim Hamilton – LB Owens Airport, Large Conference Room


10:00 am – 11:30 am – Committees meet 11:30 am – Noon – Report plans

Would you be interested in helping with any of the programs below? AMT Focus – help recognize and promote aircraft maintenance technicians in the state. Annual Conference – help plan educational sessions, programs and activities for the annual conference Aviation Week – help plan promotion ideas for members to use in conjunction to Aviation Week Passport– help promote and maintain the program Scholarship – help raise funds, solicit and select students SC Aviation Safety – help plan events that promote safety in aviation (FOD Walk, Fly-ins)

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Anderson Airshow May 19-20,2018


Anderson County and the Anderson Regional Airport will once again be presenting the Anderson Regional Airshow on May 19-20, 2018. This will be the 5th airshow in the airport’s history, and the first scheduled on a full weekend. During the 2016 Anderson Regional Airshow, an estimate of 50,000 people attended the Saturday afternoon event. Airshow organizers are anticipating an audience of approximately 60,000 or more this year due to the event being held on Saturday and Sunday. The Anderson Regional Airshow has booked new headliners this year that are sure to thrill the audience. Chief among these new acts will be a United States Air Force Tactical Demonstration of an A-10 Thunderbolt. The A-10 Thunderbolt can approach speeds of 439 MPH and has been utilized by the United States Air Force since it was introduced in March of 1977. The Airshow Executive Committee has once again recruited the Canadian Forces Snowbirds to perform at the event. The Snowbirds are a team of jet aircrafts that specialize in precision formation flying showcasing the capabilities of the Canadian Forces. In addition to the headliners, the Anderson Regional Airshow will have exciting civilian aerobatic performers, a STEM Event, merchant and food vendors, and a kid’s zone. The Airshow Committee expects more performers will be added in the near future, making it a truly spectacular event. The kid’s zone and aircraft rides are available to the public for a nominal charge. For the airshow to be a success, sponsorship is absolutely critical. Unlike other popular events, the Anderson Regional Airshow will not charge guests for parking or admission. Additionally, the decision to hold the event on a weekend has increased the operational expense budget compared to the airport’s previous airshows. This avant-garde formula of foregoing revenue and taking on additional expense translates into needing immediate community support. Serving as both a tribute to the Veterans of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom that proudly served our country and an event promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics) education, one would be hard-pressed to find a better way to honor our heroes while inspiring our future. For additional information or to sponsor the event, please go to or contact airshow chairman, Mr. Butch Jones via email at

Take Flight 5K May 26, 2018 Register today for the 6th Annual Take Flight 5k to raise money for our local aviation themed community park. Run or walk down a Greenville Downtown Airport runway. Participants of all ages will taxi to the runway to be cleared for takeoff. Join us for Take Flight 5k – 2018.

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For more information vist:

Young Aviators Fly-In June 8-10,2018


Calling all young adults and youth in aviation for the first annual Young Aviators Fly-In at Triple Tree Aerodrome. This event will include: Young Eagle Rides, RC Demos, Free Camping, Food Trucks, Guest Speakers, Aviation Seminars, Scholarship Opportunities, Movie Nights, Swimming, Rae Drawings, Nighttime RC Airshows, Youth Program Networking, Fishing, Visits From Aviation Colleges, Various Aviation Vendors and More! Woodru, South Carolina Airport Identifier: SC00 For volunteer positions or vendor spots contact Ryan Hunt at or Cayla McLeod at

Join us in Celebrating the Next Generation of Aviators

SCAA needs volunteers as well. Please contact the SCAA Head quarters for more information at 877-359-7222 For more information, visit:

South Carolina Aerospace Conference & Expo October 9-10, 2018 The South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo are designed to connect leaders from industry, academia and government to showcase the growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. The event features a business and workforce development track, a B2B matchmaking event, the ACE technical symposium, an exhibit hall with company and student presentations, and a variety of tours and workshops. The first South Carolina Aerospace Conference & Expo started in 2013. The event is organized by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness and its SC Aerospace initiative, the USC McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and the South Carolina Aviation Association. The Conference & Expo will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. For more information, visit: Palmetto Aviation Page 19


AVIATION WEEK The South Carolina Aviation Association in conjunction with the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission are working to recognize and celebrate aviation week beginning August 19 (running the entire week (August 19 - 25). The plans are to have as many airports across the state as possible to DO SOMETHING that week to raise awareness of the impact, importance, and role that aviation plans in the community. The SCAA is working to create a list of at least 100 ways to celebrate Aviation Week. The suggestions will be divided into categories based on different sized airports (and airport budgets). If you have ideas or suggestions that you would like to share -- please do so by emailing There’s a list of suggestions at the bottom of this page; this is just a start. Watch the SCAA website ( for more ideas and suggestions. Please let the SCAA staff know if you and/or your airport plan to participate in any of the opportunities. We want to highlight all who participate. We plan to post on social media and on the website and feature pictures and articles in the next newsletter. We are hoping this week long celebration will include as many presentations and press conferences as possible on the individual airport’s economic impact to the state of South Carolina. If you are interested in hosting one of these, please let SCAA know and we will try and help you invite your state and local elected officials. Sunday, August 19- Attend the Breakfast Club at Berkeley County Airport (KMKS). Monday, August 20- Post an aviation related selfie on the SCAA Facebook page. Tuesday, August 21- Create a coloring contest using the “Aviation in South Carolina state map” located on our website (invite local camps, child care classes). Wednesday, August 22 - Take your children to the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport to visit the new water park or visit GMU’s Runway Park. Thursday, August 23- Attend a committee meeting at Greenville Downtown Airport starting at 10 a.m. Friday, August 24 - Tell someone about SCAA and why they should join the Association. Saturday, August 25- Static display of your airport tenants.

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By Homer L Keisler

A Bad Day

In the early 1950s, Cordele was the center of agricultural operations in South Georgia. Many farms had over one thousand acres of cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, watermelons, or other crops. The largest pecan orchard in the world was nearby on both sides of the Flint River. There was no question that agriculture was the controlling interest in this area. Farmers were knowledgeable and used the latest proven farming practices, nutrients, crop disease, and pest control. Aircraft crop dusting was a thriving and competitive business, and slipshod or fly by night operators were not tolerated. I flew 220 horsepower Stearman crop dusters (max dust load 850 lbs.) in and around this area for several years, doing the job to the best of my ability. Many lifelong friends still live in this area. The community attitude was most visible; whatever promoted agriculture was the guiding principal. This led to some interesting situations. For instance, if there were several loads of dust to put out north of the airport and there was no suitable farm field or country road close by to use as a landing strip, the farmers would call the local law enforcement or highway patrol and they would block off a portion of US Highway 41 (the main north-south highway). The tourists headed further south or north were either impressed or dismayed, but they were not delayed for very long. The local population accepted this as a practical solution to a problem. Interstate 75 was being constructed nearby at this time. Portions of it had been graded and closed, awaiting surface treatment. It was an ideal smooth and lengthy landing strip, with no power lines in the way and all vehicular traffic prohibited. One section of I-75 was especially inviting since it could be used as an alternative to US-41.

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Seeing no changes, I continued and was about to touch ground, when I heard a loud thump under the airplane. I once heard that hitting a small bush while landing could produce such a noise and do no damage, so I figured there was no problem. I simply gave the plane a little throttle burst to land further down the road. After slowing to a stop, I made a 180-degree turn to head back to the loading area. Lo and behold, there was an automobile directly in front of me with a driver whose eyes appeared as large as the steering wheel. My eyes also widened as I noticed the huge tear in the car's top (from stem to stern); it was like a giant can opener had been at work. I shut down the engine and approached the driver to ask if he saw the "no trespassing" signs on the road. "Yes, sir," he said "but nobody around here pays those things any attention." I told him that we would all be wise to pay attention to the signs. I then asked for the cost of the damage repair, and he gave me an estimate of $100. Remember, this was in the early 1950s, and a good used car could be purchased for around $500. "Ok," I said, "I will give you the $100, but remember, it’s your fault as much as mine." The CAA was known to be looking for examples of improper aircraft duster operations to cite at that time, and I had no wish to be their prime example. Days later, I checked in where the purchase of the used car had been made in Cordele to see if it had been repaired. "That rascal," they said, he made one monthly down payment three months ago, and we haven’t seen the car or heard from him since." Yes, I did land, sort of, but not too firmly on top of an auto once. I plead a lesson learned and the statute of limitations.

Early one morning after I had already loaded two loads of dust from a parked truck and was returning for the third load, I made my usual downwind, checking for changes in road conditions and traffic. Palmetto Aviation Page 21




Miss North Charleston 2018 With a passion that soars!

I am Elizabeth McDaniel, Miss North Charleston 2018. I am from Gaffney and the oldest of six children. I am currently a Junior at the University of South Carolina Upstate where I plan to get a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in History and a minor in Business Management. After graduating next May, I plan to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aviation Business Management. I have completed all requirements to be a pilot and upon receiving my license I will further my aviation career to become a Commercial Pilot. I am so passionate about aviation because my great-grandfather flew in the 1950s with the Civil Air Patrol out of Moncks Corner and my father also is a pilot. With being passionate about aviation, my personal platform for the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Pageant is “Women in Aviation”. As a female pilot, I am well versed in breaking gender norms when it comes to career choice. It is important for girls to know that it is acceptable for them to have any career. I have also started an Aviation Exploring Club where female students between the grade levels of 6-8 can discover career opportunities within the aviation field. This one year long program will expose the students to different career paths within the aviation field: pilot (private-commercial), flight attendant and control tower. I am so excited to represent the great city of North Charleston not only this June at the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Pageant, but also for the remaining year.

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Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport marks 90th year with new park, runway project April 11--South Carolina’s first commercial airport will celebrate 90 years of aviation history on May 1. Opened in 1927, the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport has continued to play a major role in the Spartanburg community while evolving to keep up with the growing economy. Terry Connorton, a native of the United Kingdom, became the airport’s director in December after the retirement of Darwin Simpson, who spent nine years in the role. “They say it’s the biggest asset in Spartanburg as far as size and what it can do,” Connorton said. “We just have to take the opportunity now and grow it to its potential. And that requires some thinking outside the norms to get people in to use it as a big port and to help the local community be successful.” “We could not have done this without the support of City Council and the local delegation, specifically Sen. Glenn Reese, who was an advocate and able to secure funding for the park,” Mitch Kennedy, the city’s community services director, said. “The scale of this park would not have happened had it not been for his support.”

The "Race to Ridgeland" fly-in occured on Veterans’ Day. This event was free to all attendees and is a traditional county airport/local style fly-in conducted to promote and celebrate grass roots of aviation. The "R2R" featured a light aircraft race, spot landing contest, helicopter candy drop for kids, radio control model aircraft flying, and much more. Regional aircraft owners and pilots are genuinely encouraged to fly in and to participate in any and all of the scheduled events. The importance of the event is to enhance the publics awareness of and focus on the local airport, causing it to become a greater destination. The present runway became a taxiway as a result of the expansion speaks to the expectation that the area will become a far busier one. The pilots, aircraft and airport business and events already contribute to Jasper County’s economic picture. Every aviation event there gives that contribution a boost The Official Race Headquarters and the trophy lineup for the and strengthens the airport’s importance for Jasper County and main event, as well as the Spot Landing Contest. The Winners! neighboring communities. Palmetto Aviation Page 23

Scholarship Program The deadline to submit an application for the South Carolina Aviation Association Scholarship Program is July 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 at 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 students responsibility to provide SCAA with appropriate bills and documentation for payment. No funds will be paid to the student directly. The SCAA Scholarship Committee will review applications and make recommendations to the board of directors. Participating students must maintain on overall grade point average of 3.0 out of the 4.0 or its equivalent. To be eligible, students must be recommended by an SCAA member in good standing. Applicants will receive letters of notification once his or her application as been reviewed.

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Joe Barkevich Doug Barnes Chris Bethea Steve Bright Phil Cannon Philip Chandler Dan Chism Bud Coward Chris Decker Joe Frasher Andrew Fulghum Ken “Bud� Hawk

Jon Howell Carroll Joye Greg Jones Terry Macaluso Paul Moses Demetrius Pyburn Gary Siegfried P.E. James Stephens Rick Westfall Fairview Airport Hartsville Aviation Group, LLC Holt Consulting Company, LLC

Why Join SCAA? As a member you belong to South Carolina’s only state affiliated group for aviation professionals and enthusiasts. 1.) Become a part of an all-inclusive group of pilots, airport executives, airport consultants, FBOs and other aviation enthusiasts who are interested in the continued growth of aviation in South Carolina. 2.) Gain access to events and information that provide a platform for facing industry-related challenges and issues. As a member of SCAA, you will receive the quarterly newsletter, Palmetto Aviation, as well as timely updates about the organization and other pressing aviation industry news via website, e-mail and fax. 3.) Be part of a collective voice, representing the aviation industry in the state and promoting the importance of aviation to the general public and state leaders.

Annual Conference: One of the top aviation events in the southeast! Industry professionals, pilots and suppliers gather together for several days of networking and professional development.

Membership Application

South Carolina Aviation Association PO Box 12067, Columbia, SC 29211 | (P) 1-877-FLY-SCAA (E) | (W) Student Membership $ 25 ______________ Individual Membership $ 40 ______________ Airport Membership $250 ______________ (Includes 8 memberships) Corporate Membership $450 ______________ (Includes 10 memberships & logo in all newsletters) Total ______ Membership Category Circle the category that best describes you: Pilot FBO Vendor

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Please include any additional descriptions that apply to you on the line below. (Examples: Commissioner, Commissioner Chair, Airport, Executive Director, Manager, FBO, Consultant, Vendor, Pilot [include ratings]). __________________________ ________________________________________

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the association has used its grassroots efforts to pass legislation to allow counties to lower property tax, establish the aeronautics commission and to ensure that all jet fuel taxes paid by general aviation aircraft benefit the Aviation Trust Fund.

manager, volunteer, commissioner, or consultant, the association offers various seminars and courses aimed at providing you with up-to-date information and the latest in efforts affecting or influencing aviation in South Carolina the association’s education goal is to make all involved in aviation better, safer and more educated.

Ambassadors Passport Program: This

program is an opportunity for pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and the general public to see the valuable assets in our system of airports. With close to 1,000 participants, the program provides pilots with an opportunity to set and meet goals of flying and sightseeing while having fun and experiencing what SC has to offer.

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PO Box 12067 Columbia, SC 29211 1-877-FLY-SCAA

Dear Aviation Enthusiast: On behalf of the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA), Board of Directors, it is my honor and pleasure to report to you that we have more than 1,000 registered pilots in the Ambassador Passport Program. This program is wildly successful at accomplishing our goal of getting more aviators visiting our states’ 50+ airports. We knew we had many enthusiasts in the state, and we are excited to call these Aviation Ambassadors for South Carolina.

This is a sample letter being used by members to solicit passport sponsors. If you would like to help please let us know and we will adapt this letter for your use.

As the program has grown and outpaced our expectations, so has the funding need. To help keep this program going and to keep pilots visiting airports across the state, SCAA is seeking sponsorships to help fund this program. Sponsorships will help cover the costs of the passport stamps, the passport mailboxes, promotional material and pilot awards. We would like to invite you to be one of our sponsors. As such, your logo will be included on our website, in our quarterly newsletter (circulation of more than 1,000) and on all our promotional material utilized at events across the state. Sponsorships start at $250 which allows us to fund one participant. We welcome your contribution at any level. The success of this program helps maintain and build healthy communities which depend on aviation as part of their economic engine. Will you join SCAA as an Ambassador as well through your donation and sponsorship? Will you help us keep this program flying? Let us know of any suggestions you have on how we can keep this program strong and viable. Respectfully, John Parrish Passport Recipient Steven Gould SCAA President

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PO Box 12067 Columbia, SC 29211 1-877-FLY SCAA (359-7222) 2018 SCAA Corporate Members:

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