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Summer 2016 South Carolina Aviation Association
Don Purcell, SCAA President
hat great weather we’ve had for flying! I hope you have been using it to your advantage.
In May, I had the honor of attending the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Awards Day at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission hangar in Columbia. This event, which the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) will not host annually, honors technicians from throughout the state for their contributions to aviation. This year, William Kendall received the Charles Taylor Maintenance Award from the FAA in recognition of 50 years of service in aircraft maintenance. The five member Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics team that recently competed at the national technician meeting in Dallas was also at the event. The SCAA is establishing a competition in South Carolina, which will position someone to compete in next year’s national event in Orlando. If you would like to be a part of this effort, please contact the SCAA headquarters. This issue also features a statement from the South Carolina Department of Revenue on the proper handling of our new tax exemption on aircraft repair parts. Maintenance organizations throughout the state are reporting an increase in their business after the sales tax was eliminated. The Southeastern Aviation Expo was held on June 25-26 at the Greenwood Airport. The expo was well-attended. The Saturday lineup included a car show, exhibits and an airshow. On Sunday, the South Carolina Breakfast Club held their morning breakfast, and there were three aviation presentations for WINGS credit, a Rusty Pilots seminar and aviation exhibits. Nominations are now being solicited for two Board of Directors positions that will be filled in February 2017, as well as nominees for the Hall Of Fame for induction at the February Annual Meeting. Information on the nomination process is available on the SCAA website. Thanks for supporting aviation in South Carolina. Don Purcell President
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Review SCAA’s most current legislative efforts.
Read the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission update.
Get involved. Check out upcoming events.
Take a look at what is happening around the state.
SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE OPINION LETTER: HB 3568 INTERPRETATION By Ulysses Byrd, Tax Analyst Code Section 12-36-2120 (52) was amended to provide that “parts and supplies used by persons engaged in the business of repairing or reconditioning aircrafts are exempt from sales tax. This exemption does not extend to tools and other equipment not attached to or that do not become a part of the aircraft.” As a result, if a customer takes an aircraft to a business engaged in repairing or reconditioning aircrafts, then the charge for the parts and supplies used in repairing or reconditioning the aircraft would be exempt from sales tax. It is my personal opinion that the above sales tax exemption does not apply to the sale of over-the-counter parts. The exemption provided under Code Section 1236-2120 (52) applies when the parts and supplies are used by the person engaged in the business of repairing or reconditioning of the aircrafts. Palmetto Aviation • Summer 2016
Under South Carolina Sales Tax Law, the sale of parts and supplies by a dealer are made either as a sale at retail or wholesale sale. If the dealer make sales at retail, such sales are considered subject to tax unless otherwise specifically exempted or excluded from tax as wholesale sales. If the sale of the parts are wholesale sales (e.g., sales of tangible personal property to licensed retail merchants, dealers or wholesalers for resale), then the sales are excluded from sales tax when sold to licensed retail merchants, dealers or wholesalers for resale. Under exemption (52), parts and supplies used by persons engaged in the business of repairing or reconditioning aircrafts applies to such parts and supplies as engines, engine parts, brake parts, oil, lubricants and paint used to repair or recondition aircrafts. Page 3
LEGISLATIVE NEWS Do Our Efforts Really Make a Difference? Ken Holt, SCAA Vice President
The South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) held its Legislative Breakfast on January 13th, one day after the 2016 Legislative Session began. At the event, the SCAA’s 2016 legislative initiative, which was two pronged, was rolled out: • A one-time General Fund appropriation request of $5 million; and • A bill removing the current threshold associated with the amount of annual airline property taxes directed to the General Fund, allowing all of these taxes to be directed to the State Aviation Fund. The promotion of this initiative required a strategy and timetable, which was developed based on input from legislators, the General Assembly members’ staff, and lobbyists. It became apparent early in the process that flexibility was “the name of the game,” as the strategy constantly evolved and changed, sometimes daily. Although it often felt as though we were walking upward on a downward escalator, we spent hours coming up with approaches and techniques to inform the legislators, setting up meetings with anyone who would truly listen to the differences this initiative could make for our great state. All the while, I wondered if our efforts made a difference. The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) testified before the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on the same day we held our Legislative Breakfast. During the weeks that followed, several of us met with members of the Ways & Means Committee as well as other House members. Now I know that setting up meetings may seem like an easily accomplished task. However, the 2016 Legislative Session began January 12th and went through June 2nd. So one would think we have have five months to set up the meetings and gain support and success with our initiative. But, legislators only meet three days each week of the session, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with a two-week Easter recess, which means there are only 57 days avialable.
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On February 23rd, the full House unanimously approved the bill, H.4577, which was then sent to the Senate for consideration. However, our one-time General Fund appropriation request was reduced from $5 million to $1 million. All the while, I wondered if our efforts made a difference. Although we maintained contact with various members of the House, our focus shifted to the Senate. Several of us met with members of the Senate Finance Subcommittee during the first half of March, promoting the one-time General Fund appropriation of $5 million, as budget deliberations were scheduled to occur prior to consideration of H.4577. On March 17th, SCAC testified before this Subcommittee, but soon after, the Senate finalized the budget bill with only a $1 million appropriation. All the while, I wondered if our efforts made a difference. Our partner in this initiative, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), diligently worked to organize an Aviation Caucus within the General Assembly. Approximately 25 legislators agreed to join and, on May 13th, we gave a brief presentation and requested they promote our initiative with their fellow House and Senate members. We then began meeting with members of the full Senate Finance Committee to promote H.4577 and, on May 17th, testimony was provided to the Senate Property Tax Subcommittee. During this meeting, we were informed that an amendment to H.4577 had been proposed that would direct the first $2.5 million of airline property taxes to the General Fund. Although we strongly emphasized the logic and need for H.4577 to be passed as originally proposed, the Subcommittee ultimately approved the bill as amended. The Senate Finance Committee meeting immediately followed and H.4577 was first on the agenda. After much discussion among the Committee members, the amended H.4577 was approved. All the while, I wondered if our efforts made a difference.
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On May 19th, we were informed that an amendment to the budget bill had been proposed by the House to increase the one-time General Fund appropriation from $1 million to $7 million. This action triggered the need for a joint conference committee to resolve this difference. The conference committee began their deliberations on May 24th and had until the end of the legislative session to reach a consensus. All the while, I wondered if our efforts made a difference. The final outcome of this year’s Legislative Session was the overwhelming approval of amended H.4577 (amendment reduces the General Fund airline property tax threshold from $5 million to $2.5 million) by the House and Senate on June 2nd, and the bill was signed by the Governor on June 5th, becoming law. Success! That said, three short days later, on June 8th, the Governor line item vetoed our General Fund appropriations request of $7 million (H.5001) and our smiles turned upside down. All the while, I wondered if our efforts made a difference. The next step was for the House to go through each line item, one by one, and vote to either sustain the veto (agree with the Governor and eliminate the general fund appropriation) or to override the veto (disagree with the Governor and keep the amendment in place). The way the process works, every item that has been vetoed by the Governor must receive a “yay” vote from both; 2/3 of the voting members of the House and 2/3 of the voting members of the Senate to override the veto. If an item is sustained by the House, the Senate can’t consider it. We learned on June 14th, that the House and Senate would reconvene the very next day to vote on these line items. We had one day to come up with a way to get the House and Senate to vote ‘yea’ and override the Governor’s veto. We scrambled to make phone calls and send emails, and we even physically went to the State House with written personalized messages to be given to every member of the House and the Senate urging them to override our vetoed line item in H.5001. After our best efforts had been exhausted, the only thing we could do was sit back and wait for the results. All the while I wondered if our efforts made a difference.
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The “yays” from the House were overwhelming, well over the votes needed to override the veto; now it was up to the Senate. We quickly did the math to see how many “yay” votes we needed to be successful in our efforts. Of the 46 Senators, 42 were voting members, as 4 had excused absences. This meant we would have to get 28 out of the 42 to vote “yay.” By only three votes, we secured enough “yays” to have the veto overridden (31 “yays” and 11 “nays”). The result was a veto override by the House and Senate of amended budget bill H.5001! Fellow SCAA members and friends, although the process reached a successful conclusion thanks to the tireless efforts, the rushing around and scheduling, and the struggling to inform and educate during five months I constantly thought to myself: “Did our efforts make a difference?” I guess, we will never know the answer but I do strongly believe this: If we want something, we have to do everything we can think of to make it happen. This “close call” proves that yes, all of our efforts made a difference! I firmly believe that the support each of you demonstrated and communicated to the General Assembly members is what made the difference remember only 3 votes in the Senate made a 7 million-dollor difference. So in conclusion, I sincerely congratulate every single one of you for your efforts in making South Carolina’s aviation future much brighter!!! Thanks Millions, Ken Holt
South Carolina Aeronautics Commission James Stephens, SCAC Director
Summer is almost here, and things are starting to heat up. This is the season when aviation activities increase with air shows, fly-ins, other community aviation events and great times for those who love aviation. As the temperatures and activities increase, know that the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) continues to work towards the advancement of aviation and airports in South Carolina. In the last newsletter article, I mentioned the efforts that have been underway in the State Legislature. Along with the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA), its Board of Directors, the membership, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association, the SCAC has been advocating for the preservation and advancement of aviation in our great state. Ken Holt has written more about these efforts, and his article can be found on page 4 of this issue.
At the same time, the South Carolina Aerospace Education Working Group has been working to enhance aviation education. We are cataloging the aviation educational offerings currently provided to students in South Carolina, and we will be meeting again in June to discuss the list of current programs and next steps to expand those programs to reach more students. As more information becomes available, we will share our findings and plans with those involved in aviation. During the current fiscal year, we have been struggling to fund the grant matching needs of projects that have been requested, and we have tried to manage our maintenance programs to make sure state dollars go as far as possible. Thankfully, the State Legislature has passed a budget that appropriates the funding necessary to continue offering the programs for airports and the promotion of aviation, as well as allowing the flexibility to provide a more robust support of the aviation and aerospace industry here in South Carolina. As we progress through the summer, I look forward to seeing you at the many events in store for those of us who love aviation.
Not only has the SCAC been involved in annual budget deliberations, we have also been working very hard to better the services offered to our public use airports. Each year, the SCAC Airport Development staff inspects public use airports for safety deficiencies. During the inspection process, we look at the Blue Skies….. approaches to our runways. In the past, this inspection process has consisted of sighting trees from the James ends of each runway, but this process is limited in its accuracy and completeness. Over the past year, the SCAC has been working toward obtaining a Certificate of Authorization (COA) from the FAA for the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). We are pleased to announce that we received the first COA from the FAA a few weeks ago, and we have begun the process of utilizing UAS to supplement the information provided for airports to enhance safety.
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AVIATION WEEK 2016 Aerospace Industry Conference
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The 3rd Annual SC Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo will take place on August 24-25, 2016 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The Conference and Expo connects industry, academia and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. The event will feature two program options: an industry track, including a B2B networking event; and a research track, including the technical symposium ACE’16. The industry track showcases the aerospace industry in South Carolina. Sessions will focus on current challenges, supply chain issues, education and workforce development and innovation. An updated study on the economic impact of the aerospace industry cluster in South Carolina will be unveiled at the conference, offering evidence of the industry’s progression since the original study was completed in 2014. In addition, the Advance Design Concepts and Practice Workshop will make its U.S. debut at the conference. This event has been held previously in Europe and China. The 2015 SC Aerospace Conference and Expo saw a record crowd of more than 500 attendees and more than 50 exhibitors. The expectations for 2016 are even higher!
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HALL OF FAME
2017 Annual Conference Awards Banquet Up to three nominees for the SCAA Hall of Fame honorees can be inducted each year. The individual must be of good character. The individual’s contribution to aviation must be substantial and performed with a high degree of excellence, above and beyond the performance of one’s job or political position. The individual’s contribution may be a single gallant event or achievement over time that has made a lasting impact on aviation. A single gallant event will be defined as an event, which was brave, spirited and honorable.
“South Carolina has deep roots in aviation, and it’s an honor to have those who have cemented their place in history put on display for all to see at the Rock Hill-York County Airport.” Steve Gould, SCAA Board Member Rock Hill-York County Airport Manager
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Nominees shall be reviewed by the appropriate FAA or DOA officials to ensure there are no concerns or reasons why the person should not be nominated. Nominations shall expire after the first consideration and must be resubmitted for future consideration. The individual nominated must have been born in South Carolina and made their contribution to aviation in this state or elsewhere; OR have been a native of another state and made their contribution to aviation in South Carolina. Nominations must include verifiable documentation of the individual’s contribution to aviation to include the following: A biographical resume (as detailed as possible), documentation, clippings, citations, and awards regarding the contribution to aviation. No consideration will be given to any information other than that submitted with the nomination package. Aviation Hall of Fame committee members shall only consider information submitted in the written nomination package. No other information supplied by anyone to the Aviation Hall of Fame committee members or to SCAA board members will be considered.
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MEMBERSHIP Member Value
The South Carolina Aviation Association promotes aviation by supporting its members… · By sponsoring or co-sponsoring events for its membership, such as the Annual Conference, the Southeastern Aviation Expo, the AMT Day Luncheon, and the Aerospace Industry Dinner; · By supporting legislation that benefits its membership and the aerospace industry in South Carolina; · By providing scholarships for students to pursue careers in aviation. Carolyn Donelan 2015 SEAE, Greenwood, SC
The strength of SCAA is the members. Through my involvement with SCAA, I have expanded my professional network and continue to learn more about the aviation community. Carolyn Donelan, SCAA Board Member Challenger Learning Center
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Aircraft Maintenance Technician Day a Success On May 24, the SCAA and SCAC honored the maintenance technicians across the state with an Aircraft Maintenance Technician’s (AMT) Luncheon. There were 49 attendees and three exhibitors at the luncheon, which is aimed to show appreciation for the “faces behind safety” in honor of Charles Taylor, who was known as the “father of maintenance.” The Federal Aviation Association’s Neil Baker gave an important presentation on the safety of maintenance. William Kendell was recognized with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, which was presented by the FAA’s Todd Clamp.
William Kendall, 2016 AMT Day Luncheon
Kendall started his career with the U.S. Air Force in 1950. He served as an aircraft mechanic on B-25s, B-29s, F86s, F-80s, F-84s and P51s. In 1953, after being discharged from the USAF, Kendall decided to try Civilian Aviation. He began working for Capital Airlines/United Airlines in Atlanta and then went to Detroit, and then to Cleveland, Ohio. He performed Maintenance on DC-3s, 4s, 6s 7s Vickers Discounts, Caravels and Lockheed Constellations and earned his A&P in 1961. In 1969, Kendall decided that he had enough of aviation. He moved back to Columbia in a profession where he could keep his feet on the ground, although he kept his A&P current while assisting owners with technical expertise and inspections. In 1985, while working for Greenville Technical College teaching in the Industrial Maintenance Technology Department, he was asked to help establish the Aircraft Maintenance Program. He met this challenge head on. He wrote the operations manual, lesson plans and lab projects. He traveled all over the Southeast gathering enough equipment to get the program certified. The program started in the fall of 1986 with FAA 147 Certificate. Kendall designed the hangar for the school for future technicians. Kendall is qualified to teach all Maintenance classes at the college and is also an FAA DME having held that designation for the last 26 years, certificating more than 900 technicians. Thanks to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Snap-On Industrial and SC Safety Council for exhibiting at the 2016 AMT Luncheon. Save the date for the 2017 event, scheduled for May 24 at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission Hangar in Columbia. Watch for details on an inaugural competition in 2017 also.
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ANDERSON AIRSHOW Anderson Airshow Set for October 22 Justin Julian, Anderson County Airport Director
Anderson County and the Anderson Regional Airport will partner again this year to host the Anderson Regional Airshow on October 22. This will be the fourth airshow for the airport, but the first to be held on a weekend. An estimated 20,000 people attended the Wednesday afternoon event of last year’s show. With the events happening on a Saturday and Sunday this year, organizers anticipate attendance to top 60,000 people.
secure military aircraft for flyovers and static aircraft displays. Airplane and helicopter rides will also be available for a small fee.
New headliners that are sure to thrill the audience are booked this year. Chief among these new acts will be a U.S. Navy Tactical Demonstration of an F/A-18 Super Hornet. The F/A 18 Super Hornet can approach speeds of Mach 1.8 (1,190 MPH) and has been utilized by the Navy since 2001. The Airshow Executive Committee has also secured a performance by the “Shockwave” Jet Truck. With more 36,000 horsepower, Shockwave holds the Guinness Book World Record in Speed for semi-trucks at an extraordinary 376 MPH.
This event is both a tribute to the Vietnam War Veterans who proudly served our county and a great way to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics) education. There’s no better way to honor our past while supporting our future.
Sponsorships are vital for the event to be a success. Unlike other popular community events, there will not be a fee for parking or admission to the Anderson Regional Airshow, even though costs have increased to hold the event over a weekend.
To get more information or become a sponsor, please visit www.ANDAirshow.com or contact Airshow Chairman Butch Jones at (864) 617-3281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
World War II warbirds, Vietnam Era helicopters and exciting civilian aerobatic performers will also be a part of the airshow, and the committee hopes to Palmetto Aviation • Summer 2016
SPARTANBURG FAIR Gateway to the City: 4th Annual Airport Fair Photo by: Steven Faucette
The Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport celebrated its 4th Annual Airport Fair on June 4. The fun, family-friendly event is designed to attract people of all ages to aviation and all it offers. More than 2,000 people attended the event, which Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport Director Darwin H. Simpson stated was for everyone in the Upstate. Highlights included a visit from Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers, the Wofford College Cheerleaders, face painting and a Kiddie Train. A variety of food vendors and special attractions were also featured, including performances by Maggie Thompson Music, a demonstration by Anderson’s Flying Tigers Skydiving Team, and airplane and Helicopter rides from the Sky Soldiers, JARRS and Pivotal Aviation. Vintage and modern day aircrafts were also on display, and the Spartanburg Humane Society even had pets available for adoption on site.
participate. The association featured the Heart Shape City Band and a huge Birds Eye Balloon available for rides. Army and Marine recruiting personnel were on site for high school and college students.“This type of event is an educational and recruiting experience for our young men and women preparing for the future,” Connorton said. “This type of visual and hands on exposure to these aviation assets and interaction with the various flight crews will make a strong impression in our stars of tomorrow.” Several people commented that this was the best family event they’d experienced in some time. It was a fabulous day and Spartanburg looks forward to growing our event in years to come. Save the date… Next year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 3. Anyone interested in participating as an entertainer, food vendor, exhibitor or nonprofit organization should contact Anna Kehidata at email@example.com.
Terry Connorton, president of the Spartanburg Pilots Association, said that his group was proud to Palmetto Aviation • Summer 2016
AVIATION SAFETY Aviation Safety . . . or Safety of Aviation? Gerald Gaige, Director, South Carolina Aviation Safety Council
Those of us in aviation now have a unique challenge. Increasing regulatory restrictions and a faltering economy have led to a sharp decline in certified pilots and raised the entry requirements to a level unreachable by most. This impacts all aspects of aviation from the airlines, military and corporate flying to the aircraft simply used by individuals. There are no clear solutions, but there are several initiatives that can reverse this trend. One of the most powerful forces that can affect any trend in our society is public opinion and the desire of our taxpaying citizens to oppose or support any activity. The aviation industry needs residents of every community to have a positive image of nearby airports. This ensures future funding for maintenance and improvement of existing airports and supports the development of future ones. To also keep aviation “safe,” we must have more people directly involved. More folks as pilots, building airplanes (whether as a job or a hobby), qualified aviation mechanics and avionics technicians, air traffic controllers, airport managers and all that goes with each one of those activities. The new community park at the Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) is one example of how to make sure our airports are welcoming and integrated into our communities, while getting more people involved and inspired to take up aviation as a profession or avocation. This is a children’s park that has become the hit of the community and is “flying high” on any day with reasonably good weather. The park features a covered pavilion for family parties and picnics and first class playground equipment Palmetto Aviation • Summer 2016
designed for different ages and physical abilities. Most importantly, it provides educational signage that teaches how airplanes fly, how the airspace system works and why general aviation is important. There is a twin-engine airplane on a pedestal “flying” above the park, a Boeing fuselage to walk through at the entrance, and a miniature “runway” complete with FAA style markings for anyone to make their own “takeoffs” while in the park. (See www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/RunwayParkatGMU.html.) Besides starting a park project at your airport, here are things all aviation lovers can do to inspire others: o Create and conduct your own active public relations program for aviation; making others aware of how valuable the airport and its aviation activities are for the community. For example, take a neighbor or friend flying or for a tour of the airport. o Offer tours of your airport to the local schools, home school families and youth organizations. You will be surprised at how popular this can be and what a positive impact it makes on a large number of people quickly.
o Organize and support safety and information programs for aviation at your airport. o Offer to give a presentation on aviation at local community group meetings. Most will welcome such an interesting topic. o Organize pilot social groups to talk up aviation and spread the word throughout the community. o Invite others (non pilots) to attend safety programs the more they learn about safety efforts, the more positive they will be about aviation. We strive to fly safely, and that is critically important to our avocation of flying, but we must also protect our opportunity to fly. To keep our flying safe from threats like increased regulation, more restricted airspace, higher cost and even a negative image by the public, we must produce an equally strong force pilot by pilot and airport by airport. Come see the GMU park. Join the Greenville Downtown Airport team as they work to introduce the public to the beauty and utility of private aviation, showing the value of a local airport to a communityâ€™s economy.
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TAKE FLIGHT 5K
Veterans Honored at Annual Take Flight 5K Memorial Day weekend was an especially fitting time to recognize and honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans. The organizers of the 4th Annual Take Flight 5k added a few things to this year’s lineup to pay tribute to those who have served our country. This year, the Civil Air Patrol Greenville Composite Squadron held a flag folding ceremony and an open house; and the Military History Center of the Carolinas displayed military vehicles, armaments, historical period attire, books and other military displays on the site of their future museum and educational center at the airport. Prior to the start of 5K, an American flag was folded 13 times in memory of Frank Wallace of Greenville. Wallace was honored for his service in the U.S. Navy and as a Civil Air Patrol mission pilot for the Greenville Composite Squadron. “Flag Folding is an American tradition, often carried out at funerals and veterans holidays like Memorial Day,” stated Ron Hardgrave, Commander of the Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron who led the ceremony. A flag is carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, symbolic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the war for Independence. Sometimes it is folded in silence and other times a verse accompanies each fold. “A personalized version was presented while honoring Wallace,” said Hardgrave.
This time honored and precise procedure used for folding the flag is: The flag is held waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground. Special care is taken so that no part of the flag touches the ground. It is folded in half lengthwise once, and then again, with the blue field on the outside. As one person holds the flag by the blue field, another makes a triangular fold in the opposite end and continues to make triangular folds until the entire flag is in a triangle. The loose edge is then tucked into the pocket formed by the folds so that only the blue field and white stars are visible. The flag is then usually presented to a family member of the honoree.
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America’s Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and the Greenville squadron is approaching its 60th year of operation. After the 5K, members of the squadron greeted visitors and shared the CAP’s three primary missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education for youth and adults. The open house was part of the anniversary observance designed to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.
and gender categories and everyone received an event T-shirt,” noted Lanahan. Special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible, including: The Graham Foundation, CHUCK 97.7, Hot 98.1, 107.3 JAMZ, X98.5, Maserati Lotus Greenville, Touring Sport BMW / Triumph / Ducati, Spinx, Evergreen Recycling, Civil Air Patrol, RoundTowners and Fleet Feet Sports.
Again this year, the race organizers also offered every race participant a chance to win other prizes, in addition to those given for first, second and third place finishes. Prizes included a bike given by Regions Bank, ice cream for 4 from Kilwins, tickets to Centre Stage’s Explorer’s Club or Sisters of Swing, an all day membership to The Eagle Zone, a flight lesson from Flight School of Greenville, a gift certificate to the Runway Cafe, a puppy or kitten adoption from the Greenville Humane Society, A Soccer Shots season, first flight lesson from Stratos Aviation, Gravitopia passes, tools from McKinney Hardware & Lumber and more. “Our goal was to encourage more people to enter, helping us raise more money to help complete Runway Park at the Greenville Downtown Airport,” stated Lanahan. The organizers say that the park is in desperate need of restrooms and a paved parking lot. “Take Flight 5K also had some very unique race prizes for those who did “win.” The Best Overall Take Flight 5K Male and Female winners received a cool airplane gauge mounted to an award base! Other prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in different age Palmetto Aviation • Summer 2016
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