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Future Aviation Park at Greenville Downtown Airport

Spring 2012

A publication of the South Carolina Aviation Association

Aviation yesterday and tomorrow ( the future is bright)

President’s Letter

I would like to thank the membership and the board for the honor and opportunity to serve as president. Thanks also to Eric Ramsdell for the vision, service and leadership he provided during his tenure as president. SCAA is a growing, vibrant organization that is working hard to promote and advance aviation in South Carolina. I look forward to working with the board and all of you to keep all initiatives moving forward.

We’ve been busy already in 2012, with our most successful annual conference yet featuring fantastic speakers and excellent networking opportunities. We are in the planning stages for our 2013 conference, and I’m pleased to report it will be held in the beautiful city of Charleston next February. Our March Legislative Breakfast was also a big success and provided a great forum to promote aviation with key decision makers while pushing for continued reform and modernization of state aviation law. Also in March, we helped support the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council’s popular Safety Fly-In at the Jim Hamilton – LB Owens Airport. We have instituted several new endeavors that will sprout their wings and fly in 2012. SCAA is rolling out its own scholarship program that will award three $500 student scholarships to promote the aviation industry, based on your recommendations and criteria set by the board. To that end, we are hosting the SCAA Scholarship Golf Tournament at the end of this month on May 23 to fund the scholarship program. Come enjoy the fellowship and support a great cause. I’m also pleased to announce a new insurance program specifically designed for the more than 50 general aviation (non-airline) airports in our state. Eligible South Carolina airports that insure with the program sponsor, Global Aerospace, will receive $250 toward their SCAA membership dues for one year. Depending on loss experience, Global will also return an annual dividend to SCAA.

National Aviation Week is August 13 – 17 and we will do our part to celebrate aviation while promoting aviation education and awareness across the state. Our hugely successful Southeast Aviation Expo will make its return to the Greenville Downtown Airport September 28 – 29, featuring AOPA President Craig Fuller as keynote speaker. Stay tuned to for more information about these events and how your association will continue to soar to new heights.

Board of Directors Bubba Hope President

Bill New

Vice President

Frank Manning


Joe Barkevich Andy Busbee Merrill Donahoo Greg Hall Barry Kennett Don Purcell Eric Ramsdell Hartsell Rogers


SCAA Staff Katie E. Koon, CAE, Manager Leigh M. Faircloth, CAE


PO Box 12067 Columbia, SC 29211 Columbia: 803.252.8871 Toll Free: 877.FLY.SCAA


Palmetto Aviation is published four times a year. Annual subscription rate is $15. Members of SCAA are entitled to one free subscription and the membership directory every other year, invitations to special events and more.


The mission of the South Carolina Aviation Association is to actively promote and encourage aviation and airport development to meet air transportation needs and assist the state in achieving economic development goals.

Sincerely, Bubba Hope

On The Cover

The top image on the cover is the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar, and behind the hangar is the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission building at Owens Field in Columbia. Construction of the hangar began in 1929 and it was dedicated, along with the airport, in April, 1930. The hangar is still standing and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Commission building was constructed in 1937, but is no longer there. It appears that the runways have not yet been paved, so the picture probably dates from 1937. The driving force for the construction of the first public use airport in the Midlands was Columbia’s “Flying Mayor”, LB Owens, for whom the airport was originally named. The bottom cover image is a rendering of an aviation park to be located at the Greenville Downtown Airport. See page 10 for more information. 2 • Palmetto Aviation

their safety efforts. We recognize the Program value our airport associations SCAA Offers New Airport Insurance

bring to local airports. Not only do the associations provide vital information, lobbying and support to Global Aerospace has designed an airport insurance program and safety airports, but they give them an opportunity to management program for non-carrier airports. SCAA is the first associashare best practices in meetings, conventions and forums. We respect this mission and to do tion to sign on to the program, which was specifically created for want associapartbinds to support their efforts. with Global tion airport members. Every airportour that its insurance

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This program is not exclusive to specific brokers. airport continue to use their currenttobroker. • This program isEach not exclusive to can specific brokers. Each airport can continue use their current broker. For more information, please contact your broker or Rick Underwood (VP, Underwriting Manager) at. runderwood@global‐ or 913‐323‐0158.

Help SCAA Raise

Global Aerospace ‐ Advocates for Airports Association ScholarshipSmall Money at and its Their Inaugeral Golf SCAA will hold a scholarship golf tournament on May 23 in Blythewood at the Cobblestone Park Jan/2012 - Associations Golf Club. Registration begins at 10 am and the event will conclude by 5 pm.

Funds raised will help SCAA begin a scholarship program to promote the aviation industry in South Carolina. This year, three $500 scholarships will be awarded. Students applying for the scholarship must be recommended by a SCAA member. Each of the scholarship winners must meet the criteria set by the SCAA board, including an overall grade point average of 3.0 and a letter of recommendation from a current member. Tournament rules and regulations are announced at the shot gun start.

To register as an individual or a team, complete the form shown at right. Space is limited this year, so sign up today! Return the completed form to PO Box 12067, Columbia, SC 29211 or fax to 803252-7799 by May 15. Questions?? Call 1-877-FLY SCAA

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Aeronautics Update

byy Paul Werts, Executive Director, SC Aeronautics Commission

UPS has a slogan that states, “We Love Logistics.” Like any business, logistics is the core tool of success for business and government. Whether we realize it or not, we all encounter logistical challenges and manage logistics to succeed in our business. Aviation has its share of logistical challenges, and I will highlight a few.

Title 55, the code governing aviation in South Carolina and covering the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC), passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting Senate approval. As of this writing, SCAC is positioned within the State Budget and Control Board (B&CB), but again the logistics of the code being woven within the B&CB is under review of government restructuring in both the House and Senate. Again, logistics is playing a key role in the success of Title 55. Key stakeholders such as the Association of Counties, Municipal Association and airport communities have offered their concerns and provided their input and their updates in support of Title 55. It’s important to know that South Carolina aviation programs hinge on the passage of Title 55.

After 23 continuing Congressional Resolutions to the FAA’s 2001 Vision 100 Aviation Act, Congress and the President finally approved a four year FAA Program. Even though continuing resolutions of Vision 100 have created a longer impasse to the current four years FAA Modernization & Reform Act of 2012, logistically, the FAA will be able to plan airport development programs and offer formal guidance to the aviation industry. Over the next four years, assuming Congress appropriates funding, the airport improvement program is set at $3.35 billion, annually. Logistically, airport managers and the FAA can implement economic strategic plans including safety and capacity issues. The SCAC is logistically developing educational, promotional, and marketing plans in hopes of assisting in the revitalization of the depressed general aviation market. We are doing this in four areas:

1)The SCAC and Celebrate Freedom are offering for the first time a Youth Aviation Summer Camp specifically for high school students who are interested in an aviation career. The week’s events will emphasize engineering, science and technology. The summer camp will provide students an opportunity to experience hands on flight simulator training, aircraft situation awareness, flight weather phenomena, air dynamics, physics of flight, an overview of aircraft airframe and power plant engines including piston, turbine and jet engine technology. Campers will be given the opportunity to ride/fly an aircraft while staying at the University of South Carolina McNair Aerospace Center. Again, the intent is to generate enthusiasm for our future aviation generation. See our page 8 for a listing of students who have been accepted into the summer camp. 2)We are also reaching out to civic groups exposing them to benefits of general aviation ownership. We approach the group with two strategies, like a car dealer advertising ownership of a luxury car. We discuss

SCAC and SCAA will hold Community Kick off in Columbia Asking all Airports to schedule to fly a reportor Go to for more information

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Media Day

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SC Celebrates Aviation August 13-17

Airport Day Asking airports to hold an open house or event that will bring people to the airport.

Aeronautics Update...continued the benefits of effective time management being critical to the success of an organization but also advising them of joint ownership. Another strategy is promoting a desire to take a discovery flight to the listening audience. Working with flight instructors and flight schools enables us to reach individuals who may never have been exposed to general aviation benefits. As an added bonus, we are delighted when a local flight school offers coupons to the general public giving an incentive to fly for the first time.

3)We are assisting the FAA FASTeam recognizing aviation mechanics who have contributed their lives (50 years) to harnessing the knowledge of mechanical ingenuity to aircraft airframe and power plants. The SCAC is planning a significant week-long event August 13-18, National Aviation Week. The concept is to educate, celebrate and make the public aware of the vast air transportation impact aviation contributes to our ordinary lives. Nationally, this is an annual event set aside to celebrate Orville Wright’s birthday, which is August 19. 4)We are working closely with other organizations such as the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council, the Civil Air Patrol and South Carolina Aviation Association to assist their missions to promote flight safety and aviation awareness, and provide the necessary resources to promote and educate users and suppliers who are connected directly or indirectly with aviation in South Carolina.

Geographically, South Carolina is a small state, but it has a very impressive structure that offers many choices for transportation consumers. South Carolina’s transportation spectrum consists of seaports in Charleston and Georgetown; passenger train service along the Eastern seaboard; a statewide cargo rail service; five major interstates; six commercial service airports; and 54 public use general aviation airports. In some respects, aviation connects with each intermodal link either by cargo, passenger, or directly by the wide array of aviation services called general aviation. So like the UPS slogan says, “We Love Logistics” because aviation has many logistical effects on all South Carolinians.

University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides will speak at the Aviation Week event celebrating aerospace industries and their contributions to South Carolina. A dinner will be held on Thursday, August 16 at USC and will offer the McNAir Center one of its first opportunities to highlight its future initiatives to educate those pursuing aviation industry careers. Stay tuned for more details on the event.

Industry Day

Safety Day

A dinner will be held at USC Columbia to showcase the new McNairAerospace Center and recognize the contribution aerospace industry has made to the state.

Recognize groups that focus on aviation safety,

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SCAA will create a coloring page specific to each airport. The page is accessible on SCAA's website to print and give to students who visit.

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Safe Flying Paul

USC President To Speak at Aviation Week Event

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South Carolina Took Flight 100 Years Ago by: Rachel Haynie

Finding an obscure reference - that flight was taking place in South Carolina as early as 1911 - set Ron Shelton on a course of discovery chronicling the state’s aviation involvement, from the Wright Brothers’ presence to aerospace contributions in 2011. Stringing together his informational and photographic findings, Shelton created an image-enhanced program. “The First Hundred Years of Flight in South Carolina.” has been presented to groups including the South Carolina Military History Club and, at its recent conference, the South Carolina Aviation Association. “When I picked up a back issue of an OX5 club annual and saw the Wright Brothers moved their Augusta, Georgia, operation – involving demonstrating, teaching and selling airplanes – across the state line into Aiken in 1911, I realized that’s when flight began in South Carolina,” said Shelton, a long-time Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) member and founding board member of South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation (SCHAF). Some of the presentation’s highlights already were familiar thanks to Shelton’s 20 year tenure as science curator of the South Carolina State Museum. Marking the latter part of that first decade, when South Carolinians became enthralled with flight, are the WWI aerial exploits of Lancaster native Elliott White

The Wright Brothers moved their Augusta, GA demo, training and sales camp into Aiken in 1911, marking the beginning of flight in South Carolina.

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Springs who was credited with shooting down 16 enemy aircraft.

On August 25, 1927, years after Paul Rinaldo Redfern established Columbia’s first commercial airport, the daring aviator set out from Brunswick, Georgia, to chart a new air route to South America. Although he and his aircraft disappeared into the Venezuelan or Guyana wilderness, his first solo navigation of the Caribbean earned him a place in aviation history.

Around the time Amelia Earhart visited the CurtissWright Hangar, built during the ‘30s at Owens Field, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission was established. In 1939, the commissioner’s first director Dexter Martin and his committee recommended the site that became Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB). There, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle recruited the WWII crews that flew into history as the Doolittle Raiders. Aviation’s WWII significance held sway into the ‘50s with air bases established at Charleston, Shaw and McEntire, joined later by Myrtle Beach and Beaufort. By the mid‘60s, Chapter 242 of EAA was actively reflecting individual interest in recreational flying. In the ‘70s, a privately-owned museum, Wings and Wheels, opened in Santee, and South Carolina astronaut Charles Duke walked on the moon.

Before he flew into history as first to solo across the Caribbean Sea, Columbia aviator Paul Redfern gained fame as a barnstormer.

In the ‘80s another South Carolina astronaut, Charles Bolden, was chosen as a Space Shuttle crew member. (Bolden is now NASA Administrator). That decade also is memorable for the recovery of a B-25 trainer that ditched into Lake Greenwood on D-Day. The rescued Mitchell bomber ultimately was returned to Columbia where its service record had begun at CAAB. (Note: GF2 is now in the stewardship of SCHAF The South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame was established during the ‘90s; the Doolittle Raiders returned to Columbia for their 50th anniversary celebration, and both Celebrate Freedom Foundation and EAA’s Young Eagles programs were launched.

Today, Columbia SC native Charles Bolden, applies his experience as aviator and astronaut to his position as NASA Administrator.

The new millennium’s history-making Space Station achievements included South Carolinian Frank Culbertson; and its first decade marked two more Doolittle Raiders Reunions, the rescue of a rare B-25 from Lake Murray, and the formation of SCHAF.

The 100th anniversary of the South Carolina’s first involvement in flight is also the 70th anniversary of the opening of CAAB, the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, and the 40th anniversary of Apollo 16, Charles Duke’s historic mission.

The Mitchell B-25 rescued in the ‘80s from the floor of Lake Greenwood returned to Columbia, its original service base, and has spent several decades at the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Hamilton Owens Airport. GF2 is now in the stewardship of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation

The gate at Columbia Army Air Base symbolizes aviation’s WWII imperative. The ripple effect continues.

Lancaster native Charles Duke made South Carolina – and the nation - proud when he walked on the moon.

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SC Aviation Summer Camp SOaRs The SC Aviation Aerospace Summer Camp is a week-long (July 15- 20, 2012) residency program in Columbia that will focus on the physics and principles of flight, meteorology, navigation, aircraft systems, leadership development and aviation careers. The curriculum is based on the Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s SOaR program. The campus is designed for 50 high school students; each student will complete a cross-country flight and will be awarded their First Flight certificate, flight bag, pilots log book and a set of student pilot’s wings. Students will go on field trips during the day to Eagle Aviation, Aeronautics Commission, McEntire Base, Owens Field, Challenger Learning Center and University of South Carolina’s Engineering Department.

The camp is provided free of charge to students and includes housing and meals. The following students will attend this years event. Following is a list of camp attendees:

Armstrong, Julian Bliss, Hunter Brooks, Jarrett Burgess, Garrett Burrell, Madeleine Campbell, Samantha Chism, Kyle Compton, Austin Crandall, Wyatt Cuffe, Michael Deese, Tyler Downey, Cody Falter, Benjamin Ferguson, William Fulmer, Jonathan Halbritter, Joshua Hawkins, Justin Hillegas, Connor

Horry Lexington Chesterfield York York Newberry Greenville Berkeley Greenville Horry Richland Spartanburg Dorchester Richland Marion Berkeley Newberry Pickens

Huang, Chien-Hsiang Humphrey, Tarad Johnson, Mark Jordan, Ross Juarez, Martha Kunce, Cameron Lambert, Elizabeth Larmore, Paul Leigh, Tyler McNary, Dylan Myers, Michaela O’Quinn, Jared Pearson, Leroy Reed, Jacob S. Reini, Asa Rivers, Jordan Rushe, Shelby Russel, Jacob

Lexington Greenville Barnwell Berkeley Greenville Dorchester Colleton Greenville Horry Greenville Greenville Colleton Dorchester York Greenville Spartanburg Oconee Greenville

Simmons, Alender Smith, Colton Smith, Nathaniel Smithson, Catherine Strohl, Marissa Thrift, Daniel Tollison, Jacob Trevithick, Wyatt Utter, Megan Watson, Nicholas Wilkins, Amar Wood, Dylan Wright, Kayla Zhao, Allan

Southeast Aviation Expo Returns The South Carolina Aviation Association and the Greenville Downtown Airport will host the Southeast Aviation Expo on September 28-29 at the Greenville Downtown Airport.

This year the program will be a two-day event held from 1 - 6 pm on Friday and 9 am - 3 pm on Saturday. The two days will offer a wider opportunity for pilots to visit the show.

The cost is $5 to attend. SCAA members will receive a coupon by mail to attend for free. The event includes a tradeshow with more than 40 booths featuring the latest products and services for pilots, a showcase display of various aircrafts on the market and education sessions throughout that are specific to pilots. AOPA President Craig Fuller will speak on Saturday and EAA President Rod Hightower has been invited to speak on Friday.

For more information or to register as an exhibitor, visit 8 • Palmetto Aviation

Greenville Berkeley Orangeburg York Berkeley Oconee Abbeville Beaufort Horry York Jasper Spartanburg Greenville Lexington

Exhibitors to date: 4 Paws Aviation Airwolf Aviation Angel Flight Champion Aerospace Cirrus CTS Daher-Socata DTC DUAT Eclipse Aerospace Enterprise Rental Car FAA Just Aircraft LandRover Carolinas Precision Hose Technology Premier Aircraft Sales Shadow Hawk/Wings Over Gvlle. Stevens Aviation Skytech SWT Aviation Inc./Cubcrafters Tempest

Aviation Legislative Update SCAA held its Legislative Breakfast on March 7 at the State House. Approximately 65 legislators and 40 members attended. Members met with their legislators and conveyed the importance of airports in South Carolina.

Watch the Legislative Video Update taped during the breakfast at Updates on SC Aviation legislation:

H.3918 -- Title 55 - Approved in the House on February 29. On March 6, the Senate referred it to the Committee on Transportation.

Eric Ramsdell speaks with Rep. Gary Simril.

S. 1109 -- Senator Leventis: A bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding section 55-1-110 so as to provide that fixed-based operators, as defined by the Aeronautics Commission of the state Budget and Control Board, at an airport located in South Carolina may not charge a fee, including a ramp fee, to aircraft that do not use their services and are parked at the airport less than a full day if any local, state or federal funds have been used to fund or improve the airport.

Hartsell Rogers speaks with Rep. Philip Lowe.

Bob Minter and Jim Hamilton show off their 50-year AOPA member pins.

The above legislation was referred to the Transportation Committee on January 17.

S. 1141 -- Senators Cleary, Ford, Williams, Gregory and Grooms: A bill to amend Section 12-43-360, of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to assesed value of aircraft, so as to allow the governing body of a county to exempt up to 100 percent of the fair market value of general aviation aircraft from property taxes imposed for school operating purposes, and for the repayment of general obligation debt.

Members spend time speaking with Sen. Hugh Leatherman.

The above legislation was introduced on January 25 and was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Airport Opens Its Doors For Charity Event

Possible Idea Last October, the Kiwanis Club of Rock Hill held for Aviation a Hangar Dinner Dance in the Skytech FBO Week! facility. The purpose of the event was not only to raise funds for a Kiwanis charity, but also to encourage the public to enjoy a fun filled evening at the airport. Airport Commissioner Dick Sanford, who spearheaded the event, called it a resounding success. He said, “Try doing it yourself-you’ll like it!” he said. Spring 2012 • 9

Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One ences, mathematics and technology; to improve students’ knowledge and problem-solving skills in these fields; and to teach students to work in teams and think critically.

On January 28, 1986, the Challenger 51-L crew set out on a mission to promote the advancement of scientific knowledge and to broaden educational horizons. In the aftermath of the Challenger accident, the crew’s families resolved to create a living memorial to the Challenger crew—a network of interactive space science education centers designed to increase student interest in and enthusiasm for the sci-

Richland County School District One (RCSD1) joined the national Challenger network and established the Challenger Learning Center in 1996. Since then, we have served more than 75,000 students. Students from all over the state of South Carolina and parts of Georgia visit to participate in simulated space missions. They spend half of their time in Mission Control—conducting research, analyzing data and advising the astronauts in the Space Station on what tasks need to be completed.

Then they travel through an airlock to enter the Space Station, where they construct the motherboard for a probe, calculate the launch trajectory of the probe, monitor the life support systems on board the Space Station, and use robots to conduct research. During their visit, student groups may also participate in hands-on science activities, which are aligned to state curriculum standards, taught by master teachers, and designed to generate excitement about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). After that, they can spend time flying a variety of aircraft in our computerbased flight simulators. They can complete their day by viewing one of our ePlanetarium shows. Our existing programming is very successful. continued on pg. 11

Design for GMU Public Park Released

The Greenville Downtown Airport Commission has revealed a color rendering for its public park project. “McLeod Landscape Architects, LLC, a local landscape architectural firm, did a tremendous job listening to our vision,” stated Joe Frasher, GMU airport director. “It is exciting to finally see our vision on paper.”

“The runways shown on the rendering are not the real ones; they will be in the park! The plan is to have a perimeter “taxiway” around the space for people to use for exercising, a natural amphitheatre for viewing the real runway action and to use for school trip lessons, a picnic pavilion constructed from an antique airplane hangar, a plane fuselage that will serve as the entrance to the park, airplane wings over benches that will serve as shade structures, and of course some play equipment surrounded by lots of open green space,” according to Frasher. “Fewer and fewer kids are growing up to become pilots. As current pilots retire, new talent will not be available to take their place,” said Frasher. “This is a huge problem for the aviation industry and is one of the reasons why we want to provide a place, with no admission, for our youth to enjoy and learn about aviation,” Frasher said.

“We think this park will be a perfect addition to Greenville’s growing aviation and transportation oriented community,” stated Hank Brown, owner of Greenville Jet Center.

“At our peak, we were seeing 10,000 school-aged children annually through our tour program,” according to Rosylin Weston, Vice President of Communications for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). “That was before 9/11 and the security changes that followed. One great thing about Upstate South Carolina is that there are several airports, all different but all playing important roles throughout the region. It’s great that GMU is stepping up to help in this important aviation oriented community outreach,” Weston added. “We even purchased a GSP logo brick to help fund the park, I’m told that SCTAC, our other Greenville area airport, did so as well. This is just another great example of how we all support each other. There is no competition here.” 10 • Palmetto Aviation

Fuel Reimbursement for Volunteer Pilots Published in General Aviation News February 23 Written by Janice Wood Buried in the long-term authorization for the FAA is a provision that will make pilots who fly charitable medical flights happy. The provision allows a pilot to accept reimbursement from a volunteer pilot organization for the fuel costs associated with a flight to provide transportation for an individual or organ for medical purposes. The bill also allows the FAA to regulate minimum safety standards for pilots receiving reimbursement, officials with the Air Care Alliance note, adding “this bill raises many unanswered questions and concerns, as well as opportunities for volunteer pilot organizations that arrange flights for medical patients.”

$1,000 Journalism Contest Award To advance the understanding of aviation in South Carolina, the SCAA will provide a $1,000 award to a reporter who best portrays aviation in a fair, accurate and insightful manner in either print or broadcast form. The entry must be published or broadcast between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2012. The deadline to enter the contest is September 15, 2012.

Entries should be mailed to SCAA, PO Box 12067, Columbia SC 29211. The entries will be judged after the September 15, 2012 deadline. A committee comprised of three SCAA board members will judge each entry based on the board member’s interpretation of the writer/reporter’s intention to portray aviation fairly and accurately, as well as providing insight to aviation. The intent is to present the award annually, however, if the committee does not have an entry they feel is deserving, there will be no award given for that year. For more information or if you have questions, call SCAA headquarters at 1-877-359-7222.

Challenger Learning Center...continued from page 10 Students get very excited about what they learn and it is not unusual to hear comments such as “This was the best field trip ever!” and “That’s what I want to do when I grow up!” as they leave. But we realized that students need more than just inspiration. They need guidance and education to prepare them for the STEM careers available in South Carolina’s expanding aerospace and aviation market. Our Aerospace Education Program is designed to meet that need.

Components are specific for elementary, middle and high school students. Hands-on lessons for topics such as properties of air, weather and the physics of flight are being developed for elementary and middle school students. For high school students, we are working with RCSD1’s Career and Technology Education Department to support their Project Lead the Way: Pathway to Engineering program. After completing introductory engineering courses, students have been able to choose between specializing in either electrical or civil engineering. Starting with the 2012-2013 school year, students will also have the option of specializing in aerospace engineering. To supplement the Project Lead the Way curriculum, students will visit the Challenger Learning Center once a month to complete hands-on aviation technology projects with our Mission Commanders, to receive training on flight simulator applications with our Flight Consultant (who is a Certified Flight Instructor, CFII), and to attend special topics workshops conducted by faculty from the McNair Center USC.

These programs are not limited to students enrolled in RCSD1’s Project Lead the Way program. We also have components to support Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) classes, as well as physics, Earth science, and physiology classes. During the summer, we offer a variety of summer camp options, and participants of Project SOAR (the Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s aviation summer camp sponsored by S.C. Aeronautics Commission and the S.C. Aviation Association) will be spending a day at the Challenger Learning Center. As with our other programming, schools and student groups from outside of our district are welcome. We are excited about our partnership with the McNair Center and are actively seeking other organizations and industries willing to collaborate on this program. For more information, please call (803)929-3951, visit or email Challenger@ Spring 2012

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