Bamberg Airport plays a part in Aviation Week |
COLOMBIA – South Carolina Aviation Week runs from August 14-20.
The South Carolina Aviation Association, in partnership with the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, is celebrating this week with a series of events that highlight aviation’s impact on economic development and educational initiatives.
South Carolina has six commercial service airports, 58 general aviation airports, and five military airfields. Each of these facilities provides critical support to the state’s diverse business base through recreational flying, providing gateways to communities and tourism, enabling agricultural spraying, supporting air cargo and air cargo shipments, assisting law enforcement, supporting military operations, providing emergency access, and supporting medicine and health care.
“South Carolina airports are economic multipliers,” said South Carolina Aviation Association President Terry Connorton. “They help retain and attract businesses to the state, creating jobs and economic prosperity.”
The state’s aviation industry supports more than 122,000 jobs with an estimated annual payroll of $4.8 billion. Each year, at least $16.3 billion in economic activity can be attributed to aviation in South Carolina.
Highlights of the week include:
Saturday, August 13 — Tour De York Air Parade at 10:30 a.m. at Rock Hill/York County Airport and Charles Lindbergh’s visit to SC celebration at 6:30 p.m. at Converse University.
Sunday, August 14 – 11 a.m. Clear Skies Cafe Grand Opening at Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport.
Monday, August 15 – 9 a.m. Student Discovery Flights from Fairfield County Airport.
Wednesday, August 17 — 10 a.m. cargo expansion grand opening at Greenville Spartanburg International Airport.
Thursday, August 18 – Maintenance/Kitchen Staff Training at 10:30 a.m. at Jim Hamilton/LB Owens Airport and Celebration of Aviation at 11 a.m. at Bamberg County Airport. SCAA Board meeting at 1 p.m. at Bamberg County Airport.
Friday, August 19 — Meeting of Airport Directors and Managers at 10:00 a.m. at the SC Aeronautics Commission. Celebration lunch at noon at the SC Aeronautics Commission.
Saturday, August 20 — 6:45 a.m. FOD Walk at Greenville Downtown Airport
Sunday, August 21 — SC Breakfast Club at 9 a.m. at Triple Tree Airfield
The SCAA actively promotes and encourages the development of aviation and airports to meet air transportation needs and help the state achieve its economic development goals. Its members are made up of airports, aviation industry partners and aviators from across South Carolina. For more information, visit scaaonline.com.
Laura J. McKenzie is a Vista volunteer with the SouthernCarolina Alliance.