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From Anywhere To Everywhere South Carolina Aviation Association Palmetto Aviation 2019 Winter Edition

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you will long to return” –Leonardo da Vinci

I look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Annual Conference February 28 through March 2 at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island. The Conference Planning Committee has worked tirelessly on putting together an amazing event. This is the first time in many years that our conference has moved to a new venue. We will continue to move around the state in coming years so that we can showcase different areas of our great state. One of the this year’s highlights is honoring of the two newest inductees into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame. You can view the full list of events on pages 6–7. Thank you to all of our sponsors and exhibitors, listed on page 9, for your support of the conference. One of our popular programs, the Ambassadors Passport Program, is drawing to a close. While this program has had a high level of participation since its inception in 2013, unfortunately we must bring it to an end. A summary of this position is found on page 12 of this newsletter. The original program intent was designed to encourage pilots to fly to all of the airports in South Carolina and visit aviation education events. It was one of the many opportunities for pilot and aviation enthusiasts to see the valuable assets in our state’s airport system. We have continued to meet challenges in ensuring the viability of the program, both fiscally and in monitoring of proper use. Participants will have up until February 28, 2019 to submit completed passports. The last public presentation of the Gold Level jackets will take place during the Annual Conference. I thank everyone that has participated in and supported this program. The board will continue to seek out new ventures to increase awareness of our aviation system. SCAA is expereincing another change. Leigh Wickersham (Faircloth), owner of Associations Plus, has decided to change directions in the management of her company and not renew her contract with SCAA. Katie Koon of Beacon AMC will serve as the interim Executive Director until a new firm has been selected. The Board of Directors have formed a committee to solicit and hire a new association management firm to take effect in April 2019. Katie served as SCAA’s Executive Director in the past and has been doing a fantastic job assisting us with our transition and the planning of the Annual Conference. I thank Leigh for the amazing service she has provided our association for more than 25 years. One can say she has been the heart and soul of SCAA during her tenure. Her wisdom, creativity and passion will be greatly missed. I wish her all the best as she moves forward with her new endeavors. Thank you for your continued membership and support in the association.

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Update Another day ... Another change! In February, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) will highlight some changes to our grant and aid programs. These changes are designed to facilitate better customer support and coordination related to capital planning, grant requests and grant payments. Apart from the financial pieces of grant management, our intent is to end up with a program that continues our efforts to develop digital historical records of capital investments that are made throughout our state’s system of airports. Also at the state level, we’re in the throes of a new budget session, and I’m certain we’ll see change related to statewide programs and services. SCAC requested increases to our budget authorization that, if approved, will allow us to continue and strengthen the assistance we offer airports through our grant and aid programs. This past fall at the federal level, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was reauthorized for a period of five years, and instituted changes designed to benefit aviation across the nation. Apart from the introduction of regulatory changes, funding was set for $3.35 billion for 2018–2023. This reauthorization and funding was a welcome change to the processes airports had experienced since 2012. Another change has occurred with our long-time partner, Associations Plus. The company has passed its management services back to the association’s board of directors for selection of a replacement firm. For many years, Associations Plus has been an excellent, supporting partner of aviation here in South Carolina. Its staff members have served us all in ways which have been largely behind the scenes, but invaluable to our aviation community. Board meetings, annual conferences, newsletters, promotional events, legislative support and so much more has been managed by a group of individuals who have exceeded contract requirements. Because of Associations Plus’ efforts, the South Carolina aviation community has been strengthened. However, this change is an opportunity to continue the strengthening of our industry, and I look forward to the days ahead as we engage with a new partner in aviation. Changes also continue in educational efforts related to South Carolina’s schools and aviation programs offered therein. The SCAC recently provided for two aviation educational grants to promote and foster aviation as a viable career option to our next generation of young adults. I am encouraged to see the growing opportunities that are being made available to students to introduce them to aviation, and I would encourage you all to foster relationships with the next generation to get them interested in this wonderful industry. So, can I say what will be changing next? No, but I can say that I agree 100 percent with what Benjamin Franklin said: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Since we’re not anywhere near finished improving aviation, please continue to help strengthen the industry here in South Carolina. James Stevens Executive Director SC Aeronautics Commission

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Aviation Soars In S.C.

National Flight Academy Moves to S.C. Camden, S.C. – National Flight Academy, a training event designed to teach Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets about powered flight, will be held in Camden, S.C., at the Kershaw County Airport for the 2019 Summer session. While the event has been held in Blackstone, Va., for the past 21 years, this will be a new experience for the Kershaw County Airport and the Camden Military Academy (CMA), who will provide housing, meals, and classroom accommodations for participants. The close proximity of the airport to CMA means CAP cadets will experience lodging, dining, and flight training within walking distance. Twenty-four CAP cadets ages 16 to 21 will be selected from among hundreds of applicants nationwide to receive a full week of initial flight and ground instruction from qualified CAP instructors using Cessna 172 aircraft. Cadets will fly early in the day, receive ground training during the heat of the day and fly again after an early dinner.

Lowcountry Aviation Association Gears Up For Spring The Lowcountry Aviation Association (LCAA) will kick off its charitable mission this spring to “Educate, inspire and empower a diverse cross-section of Lowcountry youth through formalized aviation and aeronautical science education and training opportunities and special events.” CEO Julie Grundahl said, “We are speedily making arrangements to get the Spirit of 87, a beautiful C150J donated by Doug Barnes, up and flying with eager AFROTC, JROTC, and other Lowcountry students as soon as possible. We also have a nice C-172 being donated later this month.” A Founders Club will be established for the first 10 investors who make a significant cash or resource gift to the LCAA. The grand opening Aviation/STEM Open House is scheduled for March 22nd at Charleston Executive Airport (KJZI), where kids from myraid civic groups will touch and feel airplanes and experience Discovery flights!

For the Kershaw County Airport, the training of cadets through the National Flight Academy and CAP will return the airfield to its historic roots as a primary flight training airfield.

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McCormick County Seeks State Funding for Airport Improvements

The Citadel Flying Club helped Lowcountry Aviation Association clean up its hangar in preparation for use.

State funding might be available for improvements at the McCormick County Airport, state aeronautics officials told County Council. James Stephens, executive director of the state Aeronautics Commission, and Skeet Cooper, commissioner of the 3rd Congressional District of the commission, said funding might be available up to 75 percent, with a 25 percent match from the county.

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Flight Risk Assessment Tool The FAA Safety Team Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FAAST FRAT) is a simple automated spread sheet that runs on MS Windows or Apple operating systems. Because every flight has some level of risk, it is critical that pilots are able to differentiate, in advance, between a low-risk flight and a high-risk flight, and then establish a review process and develop risk-mitigation strategies. A FRAT enables proactive hazard identification, is easy to use and can visually depict risk. No risk analysis method can anticipate all the hazards that may impact a particular flight but there are some common hazards that general aviation pilots encounter regularly. The FAASTeam has produced an easy-to-use FRAT that will get you started in effective safety risk management.

Leo Berube SCAA Board of Directors

You can find the FAAST FRAT here:

References: FAA Advisory Circular, AC 120-92A, SMS for Aviation Service Providers Circular/AC%20120-92A.pdf Risk Management Handbook (FAA-H-8083-2) Chapter 4-2 “You Can Take it With You,� FAA Safety Briefing, July/August 2012, page 4 IHST SMS Toolkit, 2nd Edition for more SMS reference material (pages 32-34): Final.pdf

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SCAA 2019 Annual Conference

Wednesday, February 27 9:00 a.m.

Golf Education is the focus of this year’s conference, kicking off with the popular FAA One-on-One Appointments. With this change, the association will not offer a golf tournament. SCAA staff will set up tee times at Shipyard Golf Club for any interested attendees. Estimated cost for golf is $90 per person. Please email to schedule your tee time.

10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration Open 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

SC Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) Meeting

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. FAA One-on-One Appointments – Back by popular demand! Take twenty minutes and utilize this opportunity to meet with your ADO and consultant about the challenges you face at your airport. Appointment times are limited, so email today to secure yours. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors - Sponsored by CHS and GSP. Dinner on your own

7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast with Exhibitors – Sponsored by Michael Baker International

8:30 – 8:50 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements

Thursday, February 28

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. One Billion Funding Opportunity for Next Two Years Speaker: Elliott Black, FAA Director of Airport Policy (ARP-3) Learn how your airport can access the additional $1 billion in discretionary grants added to the 2018-2019 AIP Plan in March 2018. Non-primary airports classified as Regional, Local, or Basic airports will receive priority consideration! 9:45 – 10:10 a.m. FAA Update from the Regional Administrator Speaker: Michael O’Harra, FAA Southern Region Administrator FAA’s Southern Regional Administrator will speak on a wide variety of topics including DOT/FAA priorities, surface safety, reauthorization, noise, UAS, NextGen and ADS-B, aviation education and enplanement and operations trends in South Carolina. 10:10 – 11:00 a.m. Meet Your SC Commission and State Update Speaker: James Stephens, SCAC SCAC works daily to improve the state’s airports. Learn about the commission’s 2018 accomplishments and hear about plans for 2019. 11:30 am – 2:30 p.m.

Spouse Program: Wine and Design at the Sonesta Join us for lunch followed by a two hour Wine and Design class. Providing an enjoyable way to create memories and masterpieces, Hilton Head Wine and Design will bring canvases, paints, brushes and the expertise to guide you. We will bring the wine. Email to register.

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 p.m. Break with Exhibitors 11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Airport Maintenance Review Speaker: Gary Siegfried, SCAC Come hear a refresher on the opportunities made available by SCAC to help maintain airports in the state. 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch: Pick up lunch and take back to your seats. Sponsored by WK Dickson.

12:35 – 12:45 p.m.

FAA Awards Presentation

12:45 – 1:15 p.m. New Generation of Threats: Unexpected Obstacles Speaker: Michael A. Reisman, A.A.E. Deputy Executive Director, Asheville Regional Airport Security threats are changing daily. Asheville Regional Airport dealt with a bomb attempt. Learn what happened and how they responded! Hear valuable information you can use at your airport.

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From Anywhere To Everywhere 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Community Outreach for Airports: Connecting With Your Community Speakers: Lara Kaufmann, Greenville Downtown Airport Terry Connerton, Spartanburg Downtown Airport Presenters will show how two airports have partnered with their community to increase public awareness of local airports and the influence aviation has in the community. 1:45 – 1:55 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

1:55 – 2:45 p.m. Making Your Airport and Your Budget More Sustainable Speakers: Lara Kaufmann, Greenville Downtown Airport Frank Murray, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Craig Fisher, ConEdison Solutions Learn how Columbia Metropolitan Airport brought in a new revenue stream through solar power. Hear how a general aviation airport changed lights to LED and saved money. Don’t miss the chance to gain new ideas on opportunities for your airport. 2:50 – 3:50 p.m. Pros and Cons of T-Hangars: What Is Right For Your Airport Speakers: Jon Howell, Erect-A-Tube Steve Gould, Rock Hill York County Airport Do you have a love/hate relationship with your T-hangars? Learn information about the return on investment, cost to construct, aeronautical vs. non aeronautical use, and the rules and regulations your airport can put in place. 3:50 – 4:00 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Airport Exchange Session (Airport Personnel/Commissioners Only) Moderator: Terry Connerton, Spartanburg Regional Airport Take advantage of this opportunity to vent about the issues your airport is facing and hear from other airports and how they have addressed similar situations in this open format session. 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Reception (pre-function)

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame Banquet – Sponsored by Talbert & Bright Amelia Earhart’s courageous exploits and spirited personality made her an international celebrity in the early twentieth century. In this lively living-history program, meet Amelia and learn about her experiences as the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane (1928) and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932). She’ll describe how she learned to fly, what inspired her adventurous spirit, and why she set off in 1937 for an around-the-world flight.

9:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Hospitality Suite – Sponsored by Holt Consulting Company and THC

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast with Exhibitors – Sponsored by FOTH

Friday, March 1

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. When Your Biggest Nightmare Becomes Reality: How Do You Respond? Speaker: Joe Frasher, A.A.E., Greenville Downtown Airport How up-to-date is your emergency response plan? Hear how one airport put their plan into action. Find out what was essential and what needed to be adjusted. This session will provide the necessary information to ensure your plan is ready to be implemented. 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Legal Charter Flights Operational Control and SCAMS Panelists: Terry Connerton, Spartanburg Downtown Airport Lanny Cline, FAA FSDO 10:15 a.m.

Closing Remarks, Passport Presentation, Giveaways

11:00 a.m.

Golf Opportunity Please email to schedule your tee time.

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SC Aviation Association 2019 Board of Director Nominees Below are biographies of the individuals seeking a three-year term beginning in 2019. You must be a current member of the organization to place your vote for the two available positions. SCAA ballots were sent out by email. Election results will be announced at the 2019 Annual Conference.

Denise Bryan Fairfield County Airport

Kody Brown WK Dickson, Inc.

Steve Crimm Pilot

Michael McCurdy Charleston Flight School

A native of Sanford, N.C., Denise Bryan has been a resident of South Carolina since 1993. She comes from a family of aviation: Her father was an air traffic controller and her husband is an aircraft mechanic. She has a private pilot license and owns a Cessna 210.

A native South Carolinian, Kody Brown is currently employed as an Aviation Engineer. She was with the FAA for 16 months and served as a Program Manager improving airport runway safety in Tennessee, North Carolina and Michigan.

A U.S. Army veteran and native of Tennessee, Steve Crimm has flown helicopters around the world for more than 30 years and accumulated more than 11,000 hours.

Developing a love for aviation at a young age, Michael McCurdy became a private pilot and recognized his passion for aviation instruction. Born in Indiana, he has lived in South Carolina since 1985.

Crimm’s career span includes worldwide management and operations and flying for a news organization. He also served as area manager responsible for sales, operations and marketing for Crescent Helicopters. Crimm is currently a recreational pilot.

He worked for FEMA during the 2010 Tennessee floods and other natural disasters. McCurdy was a private pilot for then Congressman Tim Scott and state Attorney General Alan Wilson. He operates two flight schools in Charleston.

Bryan’s 13-year career in aviation includes a total of eight years between Columbia Metropolitan, Birmingham International and Augusta Regional Airports before accepting the Airport Director role at Fairfield County. Bryan holds membership in the Experimental Aircraft Association and holds a Certified Member (C.M.) designation from the American Association of Aiport Executives. Her interest in serving on the board of directors is to provide her the opportunity to help promote general aviation around the state, specifically, its importance to economic and community development.

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Brown is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Civil Engineering Degree and has spent the last 10 years as an airport consultant. She plans to return to flight school to obtain her pilots license. As a volunteer with the University of South Carolina Booster Club, she assists in securing donations for their athletic facilities. While in Tennessee, Brown worked with Math Counts, a middle school program focusing on engineering, science and math. Her goal, if elected to the SCAA Board of Directors, is to utilize her experience as an airport engineer in various regions of the country to facilitate advances in aviation in South Carolina.

With a degree in information technology, he has worked at Xerox for 18 years, overseeing document imaging and management for high-level clients. By serving on the board, Crimm wants to assist in seeking non-public groups of aviators to grow membership and expand outreach. Steve lives in the Columbia area. He is a past president of the Georgia Vietnam Pilots Association. He formerly served with CERT, a program which assists emergency responders by adding additional resources where needed.

McCurdy retired from the Isle of Palms Police Department after 26 years in law enforcement. He is a Boy Scout explorer troop counselor, granting all scouts access to the full motion simulator at his flight schools. The majority of troop members are minority youth, and McCurdy’s goal is to demonstrate being a pilot is within reach for all. If elected to the board of directors, he hopes to grow membership. He currently supports this goal by sponsoring membership in the association for each of his flight students. McCurdy previously served on the FAA Safety Team.

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2018 Hall of Fame Recipient: Walter Johnson Born in Fayetteville, N.C. on August 28, 1945, Walter Ingram “Walt” Johnson began his aviation career at age 15 when he took a part-time job as a line boy at the Sumter, S.C., airport. He soloed his first plane, a Piper J-3 Cub, at age 16 and obtained his private pilot license by age 17. Johnson was 18 when he earned his commercial and flight instructor ratings, and he was hired in 1963 as a full-time flight instructor and charter pilot at Sumter Airways, Inc., where he worked until joining the U.S. Army as a Warrant Officer in 1966. After completing Army helicopter flight training in May 1967, Johnson served serve two tours in Vietnam as a UH-1 helicopter pilot, flying missions as part of the 1st Calvary Division in challenging combat environments. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with 41 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters. Johnson held numerous positions throughout his active duty and reserve military service, including instructor pilot, battalion adjutant and company executive officer, battery commander, aviation platoon commander, aviation safety officer and operations officer. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1996. After serving his country in Vietnam, Johnson returned to Sumter Airways and purchased a 50 percent interest in the business in 1975. He assumed duties as Vice President and General Manager of the Fixed Base Operator (FBO), and served in this capacity until 1978. After a short corporate helicopter pilot career, Johnson was hired as a line pilot for the SCAC and held that position for 12 years. He was promoted to director of flight operations and, together with his staff, developed many of the policies and procedures in use today within the SCAC flight department. His dedication resulted in his selection as interim director from February 2004 to November 2005, and he played a critical role in the agency receiving the 75 Year Safe Flying Award. He retired from SCAC in 2009. Walt received the prestigious FAA Master Pilot Award in May 2018, which recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise with at least 50 years of flying experience.

SCAA Aviation Hall of Fame Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. Samuel F. Austin Gerald Ballard Jack Barry Randolph Battle Frank Bedard General Charles F Bolden, Jr. Major General Jones Bolt Hank Brown Robert Edmiston “Bob” Bryant Raymond Butters Horave Ellis “Sally” Crouch Frank L Culbertson, Jr. John Cureton Maynard Cusworth Ralph Cuthbertson

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Colgate “Coke” Darden Nettie DuRant Dickerson Charles Dickerson Charles Moss Duke, Jr. Haywood R “Woody” Faison William G. “Billy” Farrow Rear Admiral James H. Flatley, III Hiers Furtick Roland “Rocky Gannon Reid Garrison Wendall Gibson Joe Giltner David Griffin Thomas Cecil Hadwin Jimmie L “Jim” Hamilton John W. Hamilton

Representative Robert Harrell Thomas Patterson “Pat” Hartness William W “Bill” Hawkins Caroline Etheridge Hembel Lester Hembel Ernest Henderson Richard “Dick” Hitt Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings Bevo Howard MB “Dusty” Huggins Benjamin Franklin Johnson General Hansford T. Johnson Howell C. “Nick” Jones Carroll Joye Senator Phil Leventis Elliott Huger “Billy” Lynam Jr.

2018 Hall of Fame Recipient: Wesley Frank Walker Wesley Frank Walker was born in Rock Hill on June 7, 1947. The proud son of a World War II B-17 pilot, Walker grew up in the Neelys Creek community, where he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 132 and earned the Eagle Scout Badge. He attended Clemson University as a member of the ROTC program and graduated with a BS degree in Industrial Management and an Army Infantry Second Lieutenant commission. Walker reported to Army Aviation Flight School in June 1970. In November 1971, he began a tour in Vietnam, where he conducted multiple rescue operations as an OH6A scout pilot, volunteering for perilous missions into heavily fortified areas and enduring enemy fire almost daily. Walker was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses and multiple Air Medal awards, including one with the “V” device for valor. On July 11, 1972, he volunteered for an operation to rescue the passengers and crew of a downed Marine helicopter deep inside enemy-held territory. He took heavy fire while coordinating the rescue of six men who would otherwise have been killed or captured. For his gallantry, Walker was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor and ultimately awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest award for valor. Upon returning to the United States, Walker was assigned to Ft. Jackson in Columbia. In 1979, he joined the South Carolina National Guard where he flew OH-58 and UH-1 helicopters, led the the 218th Infantry Brigade as section commander and served as Aviation Group logistics officer until his National Guard retirement in 1994. Walker owned and operated Walker Electric Company until he retired in 2006. He continues his love of aviation, regularly flying his private plane along the Southeast coast and garnering thousands of flight hours. An example to all private pilots, he meticulously maintains his aircraft, is a no-nonsense pilot in command and is a leader in staying abreast of FAA rules and regulations. Walker is one of the most decorated South Carolina National Guardsman living today. In 2008, Ft. Jackson dedicated Range 14 in his name in recognition of his service and status as a Distinguished Service Cross recipient.

SCAA Aviation Hall of Fame Dexter C. Martin Barnie B. McEntire Ronald McNair George G. Miler, Jr. Frances Higham Miller Cyrus Robert “Buck” Moss Xen Motsinger General Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton A. Lee Orr Carolyn M. Pilaar Len Povey Robert “Bob” C. Pulliam Paul Rinaldo Redfern Sylvia Roth Robert “Bob” Russell Captain Edward T. H. Shaffer

John Nelson Shelton Ellie Givan “Buck” Shuler Jr Robert L “Bob” Sleigher Elliott White Springs Jimmie Doyle Stewart Thomas Summers Robert Sumwalt John T. Talbert Representative Robert “Bob” Walker Joseph B. Wilder John “Henry” Luke Williamson 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. Information about each individual can be found at

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SCAA Ambassador Passport Program Ends February 28, 2019 As many of you know, the SCAA Ambassadors Passport Program is being discontinued. The SCAA Board wants to share with our members why this action is necessary. The program was established to promote flying and encourage pilots to fly to every airport in South Carolina, to increase safety through proficiency, to increase event attendance and, finally, to increase aircraft fuel sales for our sponsors. The SCAA did not anticipate more than 800 people registering to participate in the program with many visiting airports in cars loaded with people. We polled the airports last year and learned of multiple negative situations impacting the program. Individuals have driven to airports and asked for stamps in the passport books of friends and relatives. We have also received complaints from airport personnel about how participants reacted when they were unable to locate their stamp or when FBOs were closed. SCAA considered tightening the rules, but SCAA leadership did not want to put airport personnel in the position of policing the program. We also learned that many other states canceled their programs due to similar issues. Passport jackets cost approximately $200 each. With more than 800 registered participants, the liability could exceed $160,000! Potentially, SCAA could go bankrupt if only a fraction of those participants completed the program. As most of you know, the membership elects new volunteer board members on a yearly basis. The current board did not start the program and found themselves in a precarious situation: continue and leave a financial crisis for the next set of leaders or make a strategic decision and cancel it before it bankrupts SCAA? While we regret that the program had to be discontinued, we know it was our fiduciary duty to make the only decision that allows SCAA to continue as a viable organization moving forward. We would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to thank the airports and sponsors who have contributed to the success of the Passport Program. Their generous support allowed the program to continue the last five years.

Passport members display flight jackets after completing the program.

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2019 SCAA Scholarship Application

South Carolina Aviation Association’s scholarship program will provide limited assistance for South Carolina students who wish to pursue a career in the aviation industry. The objective of the scholarship fund is to promote the aviation industry in South Carolina. Scholarship funds will be provided up to a maximum of $500 for one semester of tuition and books. Funds will be paid to the institution for tuition and books only. 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. Signed______________________________________________________ Date________________________ 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 or graduate status* (c) Your college transcript (if already enrolled), confirming your GPA and full-time enrollment status (d) A brief paragraph concerning your request for scholarship (e) A brief paragraph that outlines your educational goals and career plans

Please Print Last Name__________________________ First Name _________________________ 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 highschool. High School Class Rank______ Grade Point Average _______ Expected graduation date ________ College/Technical School Selection____________________________________________________________ Academic Discipline ________________________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________ Telephone____________________________ City __________________________________________ State___________________ Zip_______________ Financial Aid Department Contact___________________________________ Telephone__________________ Acceptance Date_____________ Semester Start Date______________ Est. Graduation Date______________ *Referring Member ___________________________________ Phone________________________________ Please list any academic institutions you have attended or specialized aviation-oriented technical or military training you have received: Program or Institution Address Dates Attended ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ Return completed application to SCAA, PO Box 12067, Columbia, SC 29211 or email to by June 1, 2019

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South Carolina

Breakfast Club List of Airports on the 2019 Schedule

March 3

Mount Pleasant Regional

March 17

Lexington County Airport

March 31

Lee County - Butters Field

April 14

Cheraw Municipal - Lynch Bellinger Field

April 28

Broxton Bridge Plantation

May 5

Rock Hill (York Co) - Bryant Field

May 19


June 2

Palmetto Air Plantation

June 9

Greenwood County

June 23

Pickens County

July 7

Holly Hill

July 21

Triple Tree Aerodrome

August 4

Spartanburg Downtown Memorial

August 18

Berkeley County

Sept. 8

Jim Hamilton/LB Owens

Sept. 15

Laurens County

Sept. 29

Anderson Regional

Oct. 6

Kershaw County - Woodward Field

Oct. 20

Sumter County

Nov. 3

Orangeburg Municipal

Nov. 17

Mid-Carolina Regional Airport

Dec. 1

Fairfield County

Dec. 15

Darlington County

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Do you drive on airport ramps, taxiways and runways? Do you pilot an aircraft? Do you own, operate, or work in a business that involves either or both of the above?

Then RUNWAY SAFETY is important to you! Runway Safety embodies a safe flight — both at its start and at its conclusion. It continues to be one of the FAA's highest priorities and encompasses pilots, air traffic controllers and airport vehicle drivers. We offer guidance, resources and expertise and welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.

National Flight Academy ... continued from pg. 4 Formerly called Woodward Field, this airfield was used from 1941 to 1944 for training of the 64 th Flying Training Detachment in Fairchild PT-19s, PT-17 Stearmans and P-40 Warhawks. After World War II ended, land and barracks used by the aviation students became CMA, which is now the official state military academy of South Carolina. The school for young men in grades 7-12 is also the home to the South Carolina Wing’s Camden Military Academy Cadet Squadron. South Carolina Wing Commander Col. Lee Safley commented, “The crisis of WWII was met with grit and determination by pilots training at Camden’s Woodward Field. A different homeland challenge exists now with a profound shortage of pilots for our air forces and for civilian aviation. I am excited that Kershaw County Airport and Camden Military Academy are working with the Civil Air Patrol to help many young cadets prepare for aviation careers in the military and civilian sectors here in South Carolina.” Lt. Col. Mark Bailey, who serves as Director of Operations for the South Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol, has been closely involved with this training event for the past 21 years and will serve as director of the event. He and his support staff are looking forward to the great facilities provided in Camden between the airport and CMA. He echoed Col. Safley’s sentiments by stating, “National Flight Academy is one of the avenues CAP is using in response to the present and impending world-wide pilot shortage. Students graduating from the program will have the opportunity to train for a private pilot certificate at CAP cost under the new Cadet Wings program, thereby jump-starting an aviation career.  In many ways, this is like a reincarnation of the former Civilian Pilot Training Program pre-dating WWII.” Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and localagencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit for more information.

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