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Palmetto Aviation Passport Participant Recognition at 2018 SCAA Annual Conference

South Carolina Aviation Association Palmetto Aviation 2018 Winter Edition

President’s Letter


Now that 2017 is behind us, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for all the events and programs planned for the new year!

Our Conference Planning Committee has been working diligently to put together a fantastic annual conference. It will be held at Wild Dunes in Isle of Palms one last time on February 7-9. There’s still time to register. Don’t miss this one as Governor Henry McMaster will be our keynote speaker during the Thursday Luncheon! Friday morning, you will hear from many of our legislators about how they view and support aviation in our state. The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) will also present the SC System Plan Update and Economic Impact Study findings for all of our airports. Spoiler alert: The economic impact of aviation in South Carolina has almost quadrupled since 2008. This year will be an extremely important one for our airports on the state level, and we will need everyone’s support to make the necessary changes to assist SCAC in obtaining the funding to support the growth and needs of all of our airports. Vice President Ken Holt and the Legislative Committee have been working tirelessly and closely with SCAC to achieve the level of funding needed. Our current available funding for airport projects is $4.2 million, but $6.7 million is needed to complete our airport projects. Food for thought: North Carolina will invest $50 million in their airports over the next two years and Georgia will invest $13 million in their airports. Our newly established South Carolina Aviation Safety Committee (formerly SC Aviation Safety Council) has made great strides to further promote various facets of safety at our airports and in the aviation community.

Later this year, the committee will host a public signing of a memorandum of agreement with the SC Aeronautics Commission and the SC Flight Standards District Office. The agreement outlines a partnership among the three with the objective of enhancing aviation safety in South Carolina. Later in the year, we plan to host an educational (safety) program which will be free to all pilots and aircraft owners and will also offer FAA Wings credit. As our membership continues to grow, so does our Ambassador Passport Program. Since its inception in 2013, the program has grown to 1,000 participants with 74 of those having completed the program and visited all South Carolina airports. We have also recently made some changes and enhancements to the program to make it more valuable to our participants. Please visit www. to learn more. Thanks for your continued support in the South Carolina Aviation Association. I look forward to seeing you at the annual conference. Sincerely,

Steven Gould SCAA President

Inside This Edition SC Aeronautics Commission Update............................................................................................................3 Safety Update: Icing........................................................................................................................................5 2018 Legislative Talking Points......................................................................................................................6 Annual Conference Agenda............................................................................................................................7 Upcoming Local Events................................................................................................................................10

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Aeronautics Commission


The beginning of each new year offers opportunities to make course corrections or take off in a completely new direction. Often, we’re reminded of this principle and may have even applied this to our own lives. Whether we set annual goals for our finances, our physical condition, our careers or even for our families, this time of year is often categorized as a new beginning. For the Aeronautics Commission, this quarter does represent opportunities to take off in a new direction. In fact, one of the directions we need to head in is with State Aviation Fund (SAF) finances. To date, the Aeronautics Commission has met each of the funding requests in the previous two fiscal years, but to date, we’re having to wait for revenue before we can begin writing new grants for our airport system. By the time this article is published, the Aeronautics Commission will have already made our annual budget presentations to the House Ways and Means subcommittee. On February 20, we are scheduled to present the budget to the Senate Finance subcommittee. At these hearings, the most important item is the future of the SAF. The Commission aims to have a long term, sustainable source of revenue, enabling budget programming that’s timely for the airports, as well as to meet maintenance needs before the issues cause compounding problems and expenses. This revenue need has been and continues to be the number one goal for the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission. Not only are we representing the need to the State Legislature, we are also working with the South Carolina Aviation Association and specific legislators to remedy the problem. For instance, Senate Bill 792 has been introduced and is now before the Senate Finance Committee. This bill directs the first $5 million paid by airlines to operate in South Carolina to the SAF, and if passed it will enable the Commission to be more timely in our grant writing processes.

Another direction that the Aeronautics Commission is headed will be based on our newly updated (although not yet released at this writing) Statewide Aviation System Plan and Economic Impact reports. The System Plan report will assist the Commission with decision making related to our airport infrastructure needs, and the Economic Impact report will help the Commission, each Airport, airport users, airport owners and the State Legislature understand the value of aviation to our respective communities and to the South Carolina economy. As with most goal setting, success is often realized through support during challenging times. Each and every one of us involved in South Carolina aviation has an opportunity to assist in reaching these goals. Please help educate others about the needs, but most of all, please help us tell the wonderful story about the value of aviation. Watch for the System Plan and Economic Impact reports. You’ll be amazed at the value of our industry to South Carolina! Smooth skies! James Stephens South Carolina Aeronautics Commission Executive Director

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Calendar of Events


February Date




Board Meeting

Wild Dunes


Annual Conference

Wild Dunes





Safety Fly-In



Location State House

Legislative Luncheon 24



Greenville, SC





Board Meeting

Columbia, SC



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Anderson, SC




South Carolina


Scholarship Deadline


Board Meeting

Columbia, SC

Grand Strand

February 4


Mount Pleasant

March 4

LRO 122.7

Palmetto Air

April 8

SC41 122.8

Holly Hill

June 3



June 10

RUQ 122.725


August 5

CQW 122.8

Moncks Corner

August 19

MKS 123.05



October 21

SMS 122.7

Columbia, SC


November 11 52J


(Please contact Wendy Griffin at 803-446-0214 if you are interested in serving as the contact person for this district.)


August Date




National Aviation Day


Board Meeting

Columbia, SC


Aviation Week

Columbia, SC

November Date


16 Board Meeting/ Planning Meeting

October Date



SC Aerospace Industry Columbia, SC

Conference & Expo

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Breakfast Club

District Three List of Airports on the 2018 Schedule




Safety Update

By Leo Berube, SCAA Director Induction Ice Structural Ice Clear Ice Rime Ice Mixed Ice Intensity Cold Fronts Warm Fronts Occluded Fronts Stationary Fronts Freezing Rain Uplifting Air Mass

Did you know? Icing is not limited to winter months. Icing alters the shape of an airfoil, causing the aircraft to stall at a significantly higher airspeed. The risk of a severe icing encounter in freezing rain or freezing drizzle is higher in the vicinity of a warm or occluded front. You should not rely exclusively upon AIRMETs and SIGMETs to effectively assess the risk of icing. AIRMETs and SIGMETs are not always issued for local occurrences. Icing may be most intense near the cloud tops where liquid water is often the greatest. Ice fog is a type of fog composed of minute suspended particles of ice which occur at very low temperatures and may cause a halo phenomena. For a list of courses and webinars on icing, visit the FAA Wings Pilot Proficiency Program at

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2018 SCAA Legislative Breakfast CANCELED 2018 Legislative Luncheon with AOPA: MARCH 7 Due to the inclement weather, the SCAA 2018 Legislative Breakfast scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2018 was canceled. A luncheon has been scheduled at the SC State House with the AOPA (in place of the breakfast) on Thursday, March 7, 2018. Please RSVP by calling 1-877-FLY-SCAA or by emailing

Luncheon Talking Points Over 10,000% Return on Investment SC Annual Investment of $4.2 MILLION Yields over $600 MILLION in SC Taxes/Year Challenge: Annual Airport Maintenance & Capital Investment Need Annual Funding Source - Aviation Fund & General Fund

$6.7 Million $4.2 Million

Solution: Support S.792 Invest in SC Aviation and Soar - The Sky’s the Limit!

State Aviation Fund Revenue Sources


Recurring Appropriation: $0.5 Million

Matching FAA Grants

Aviation Fuel Tax: $1.8 Million

State Grants for Maintenance, Rehabilitation, Capital Improvement Projects

Airline Property Tax: $1.9 Million Total Annual Revenue: $4.2 Million

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SCAA 2018 Annual Conference AIRPORTS MEAN BUSINESS Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC 1 Sundial Circle, Isle of Palms, SC 29451 February 7 - 9, 2018 Tuesday, February 6 3:30 pm SCAA Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 7

See you soon!

10 am - 6:30 pm Registration 11 am - 5 pm Golf at Wild Dunes (First 48 to Register) 1 pm - 3 pm Boeing Mini Tour (First 40 to Register) 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm SC Aeronautics Commission Meeting 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Reception with Exhibitors 6:00 pm - 9: 30 pm Hangar Party at Wild Dunes

Thursday, February 8

7:30 am - 8:15 am Breakfast with Exhibitors 7:15 am - 8:15 am Past Presidents' Breakfast 8:15 am - 8:35 am Welcome and Announcements 8:35 am - 9:50 am SC Aeronautics Commission Update 9:50 am - 10:05 am FAA District Office Update 10:05 am - 10:30 am FAA Southern Region Update 10:30 am - 10:45 am Break with Exhibitors 10:45 am - Noon Amelia Earhart Historical Drama 11 am - 3 pm Spouse Program (Boone Hall Plantation) 11:45 am - Noon Break with Exhibitors Noon - 1 pm Lunch (Awards Lunch) 1:10 pm - 2:15 pm Breakout Session I UAV Track Pilot Safety Issues Track Airport Issues Track 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break with Exhibitors 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Breakout Session II UAV Track Pilot Safety Issues Track Airport Issues Track 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Break with Exhibitors 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm SCAC Training 6:30 PM - 7:00 pm Reception 7 pm - 9 pm Banquet & Entertainment 9 pm - 11:45 pm Hospitality Suite

Friday, February 9 8:30 am - 9:30 am 9:30 am- 10:30 am 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors Gubernatorial Candidates Address Membership Closing Remarks

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster to Attend SCAA 2018 Annual Conference PalmettoAviation AviationPage Page7 7 Palmetto

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Passport Program The following individuals will be recognized and awarded a bomber jacket at the 2018 SCAA Annual Conference for completing the SCAA Ambassador Passport Program. Sign up for the program today! SCAA membership is required for program participants. David Bernshouse Sumter County Airport Commission Christopher L. Bethea Bethea, Talbot & Co. Bob Brickley, Jr. SLED Karen Ewart Leonard Garneau, Jr. Rick Leonard City of Orangeburg John Parrish Jim Hamilton LB Owens Airport (CUB) John “Bobo” Smith Orangeburg Municipal Airport Rolf Wallin Cenegenics North Carolina Teri Wallin Cenegenics North Carolina

Make your conference experience easier; download the SCAA app before you take off for Wild Dunes. Download SCAA’s mobile app to make it even easier to quickly access SCAA Conference information and updates. Simply search “SCAA” in the App Store, and download the app to access conference details. Turn on your notifications, and you’ll receive event updates.

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Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Several pilots were recently presented the most distinguished award the Federal Aviation Administration issues to pilots, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. Among them was SCAA Board Director, Leo R. Berube. Berube has flown aircraft for business, for professional aerial photography, and for advanced flight instruction.

James Dangerfield, FAASTeam Program Manager, presents Michael L. Ballee with his Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 61. Named after the Wright Brothers, the first U.S. pilots, the award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for more than 50 years while piloting aircraft.

Homer Keisler received both the Charles Taylor Award and the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

Upcoming Events

AMT Day The 2018 Bill and Jo Trent Airshow will be held Saturday, May 19 and 20 at the Anderson Regional Airport! Gates open at 10 a.m., and the Airshow begins at 1 p.m. Page 10 Palmetto Aviation

Aircraft Maintenance Technician of the Year will be recognized on May 19. A presentation will take place at Anderson Regional Airshow.

Upcoming Events 2018 SC Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo

October 9 - 10, 2018 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201 The SC Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo connects industry, academia, and government to showcase the rapidly growing aerospace cluster in South Carolina. Visit to learn more. Registration and program details coming soon! If you have any questions, please email

GMU FOD Walk Join the SCAA Safety Committee at the Greenville Downtown Aiport (GMU) at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at GMU's Tower Lobby for the Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Walk. Participants will walk both runways at once and then walk the ramps. The event will finish with coffee and donuts. The event is projected to end by 9:30 am. Participants are encouraged to bring flash lights. Bags will be provided. If you have questions, email Keat Pruszenski at Palmetto Aviation Page 11

Upcoming Events

2018 Summer Camps

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One Address: 2600A Barhamville Road, Columbia, SC 29204 Phone: (803) 929-3951 Fax: (803) 929-3959 Email: Website:

Astronaut Academy Age: 8 to 12 years old Cost: $180 Dates: June 11-14, July 16-19, or July 30-Aug 2 Time: 9am-1pm Description: As an astronaut preparing for your mission, you will explore robotics, rocketry and aviation as you prepare for your first mission! Campers will fly a full Space Mission, visit the e-Planetarium, and fly planes with our flight simulators. Campers will keep the robot they assemble and the rocket they construct. (Campers will also learn how to program EV3 robots, but they will not be allowed to keep the EV3 robots.) Rocket Fundamentals Age: 7 to 10 years old Cost: $75 Dates: July 11-12 Time: 9am-1pm Description: Be a rocket scientist! Learn how to build and launch rockets! Campers will keep the rockets they construct; if your rocket goes too high and is not recovered, we will provide you with another rocket kit before you leave camp. Campers are encouraged to bring sunglasses to wear during rocket launches. Rocket Camp Age: 11 to 14 years old Cost: $150 Dates: June 25-28 Time: 9am-1pm Description: Be a rocket scientist! Learn how to build and launch rockets! Campers will keep the rockets they construct; if your rocket goes too high and is not recovered, we will provide you with another rocket kit before you leave camp. Campers are encouraged to bring sunglasses to wear during rocket launches. Family Fun Rocket Camp Age: Any age! (parent attends with child) Cost: $35/$10 Dates: July 13 Time: 9am-1pm Description: Parents, don’t let your children have all the fun! Come to camp with your child to build and launch rockets! Details on our website.

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Robotics Camp Age: 9 to 14 years old Cost: $200 Dates: June 18-21 or July 23-26 Time: 9am-1pm Description: Build a robot to keep every day! All camps will also work with Mindstorm EV3 robots. (Students will not be allowed to keep the robots constructed with the Mindstorm kits.) Intro to Aviation Age: 13-18 years old Cost: $100 Dates: June 18-21 Time: 9am-1pm Description: Taxi, Takeoff, Fly, and Land! Learn about the aviation industry and the basics of flight all in one. This camp focuses on hands-on learning how to fly through simulation. Students will also get an opportunity to learn about the history of flight, aviation careers, airplane structural designs and so much more. Students will gain a broad perspective of what the aviation industry can offer to them as a career choice. Intro to Drones Age: 9-14 years old Cost: $175 Dates: July 23-26 Time: 9am-1pm Description: Build and fly your very own drone! Campers will construct a drone and learn how to fly it safely and ethically. They will learn about Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding drone use. After learning about the principles of flight, campers will learn drone flight maneuvers and participate in flight control and accuracy challenges. Campers will also learn about drone history, use, and careers. No prior experience with drones is necessary. At the conclusion of camp, campers will receive a certificate of training and will keep the drone they built.

Association Leadership

Calling all SCAA members! All members are invited and encouraged to be a part of an SCAA Committee. Experience is not necessary. Your participation will provide input and direction for the association’s programs and plans. The next committee meeting will be held on April 12. Additional information will be added to the SCAA website.


Areas of Focus. How will you get involved? AMT Day • Annual Conference • Aviation Week/SC Aerospace Conference & Expo • Hall of Fame Legislative • Passport • Scholarship • Safety Committee

Race to Ridgeland Veterans' Day Race

The Race to Ridgeland fly-in was held on Veterans’ Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017 with events that began at 9 a.m. The race was held at the Ridgeland – Claude Dean Airport.

for the next edition of Palmetto Aviation.

The traditional county airport/local style fly-in promoted and celebrated grass roots aviation, and it was free to all attendees

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The "R2R" featured a light aircraft race, spot landing contest, helicopter candy drop for kids, radio control model aircraft flying and much more.

Palmetto Aviation exists to inform its members on issues and happenings affecting aviation in South Carolina and beyond.

Several regional aircraft owners and pilots flew in and participated in the scheduled events.

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for Aviation Careers Students of all ages who are working toward a career in aviation can find scholarships available from a wide range of sources. GAMA said last week it is now accepting applications from high school students for its Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence” Award, named for the organization’s founder. The $2,000 award will go to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted into an aviation degree program. Applicants are judged on academic skills, extracurricular activities and an essay. For high school music students, the Flying Musicians Association is offering scholarships for flight training through solo (about 15 hours), for juniors and seniors nominated by their music director. Many other aviation groups offer scholarships for students at all levels, from beginner ground school to specialized career training. Women in Aviation International and the Whirly Girls offer extensive scholarship opportunities, and most are not restricted by gender. EAA, NBAA and AOPA also list scholarship opportunities on their websites. Many groups require applicants to become a member for access to the scholarships. Find original online article at Learn about additional scholarship opportunities at

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics January 2018 Graduates

Eric Almeter Dunhill Staffing (Boeing)

Chad Brochu Dunhill Staffing (Boeing)

Darian Cooper Piedmont Airlines

Theodore Corder Dunhill Staffing (Boeing)

Trevor Drayton Continuing Education

Jason Ford Dunhill Staffing (Boeing)

Nicholas Jackson Dunhill Staffing (Boeing)

Brent Lee Dunhill Staffing (Boeing)

Miguel Martinez Triumph Aerospace

Roman O’Neill PSA AIrlines

Victoria Schultz Piedmont Airlines

Kyle Suchecki Myrtle Air Services

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Gerald Ballard In Febuary 2004, the SC Aviation Association inducted Gerald Ballard into the SC Aviation Hall of Fame. Here are the details shared about Ballard at that time: “Since Gerald became Breakfast Club President, more than 23 years ago, he has done a tremendous amount for the good of aviation. He has brought hundreds of people, from all walks of life, together every two weeks for one common passion—aviation.” Bill Hawkins Gerald Michael Ballard was born September 30, 1939 in Fredericksburg, Va. His first job was at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg in 1949 for Sidney L. Shannon. At age 10, he pumped gas into airplanes and performed general clean-up duties. Ballard moved to Augusta with his family in 1951. After high school graduation, Ballard enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanic, and spent 12 weeks at Lackland AFB, Texas for basic training. He then went to Amarillo for Aircraft Mechanic Tech School for six months. After graduating, he said, “I got the worst air force base assignment –Wheeless Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya for two years. At Wheeless, he was a Crew Chief on F100s. His plane was a 55271 lF100C. His crew towed darts three miles behind the aircraft in the desert so F101s and F102s from Europe could use the darts for target practice. After 730 days in Libya, he was stationed at Moody AFB in Valdosta, Ga. until he was honorably discharged in 1964. At Moody AFB, he was Crew Chief on several aircraft, T-28s, T-33s, T-41s and T-38 Trainers. Ballard began flying a Cessna 170B in 1966 (which he still owns) and went to his first Breakfast Club in 1968. Ballard was elected president of the Breakfast Club in November 1979 and has held the office for the last 23 years. He moved to Graniteville in 1986 and built a hangar and home at SC 17 (Twin Lakes) just outside Aiken.


Gerald M. Ballard of Hephzibah, Ga. died on December 4, 2017. Ballard was born to the late Arthur M. Ballard and Eleanor V. Ballard on September 30, 1939. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Frances Louise Skillman. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force (1959-1964), he was the owner and President of Ballard Truck and Tire Company in Augusta since 1968. He was the President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club since 1979. He was awarded the 1998 Aviator of the Year at the Boshears Memorial Fly In. His proudest and most honorable accomplishment was when he was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004. He is survived by his daughters, Janet Ballard Frazier (Russell) and Rebecca Ballard Wyles. He is also survived by his son, Michael Ballard. and his four Grandsons: Derek Touchstone, Dalton James, Alex Wyles and Noah Wyles. Additionally, he is survived by three sisters: Marita K. Broussard of Columbia, Sally B. Hill (Ken) of Indian Harbor Beach, FL, and S. Kay Taraschi (Peter) of Indiatlantic, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. There's a really nice video dedicated to Gerald Ballard; check it out on the South Carolina Aviation Association Facebook page. The tribute video was produced by Valerie Anderson. It captures Gerald "in his element and depicts his passion for aviation."

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