Annual Safety Fly-In on October 9th / USAF participation added / RSVPs being received

Come join us for our annual Safety Fly-In! WINGS Credit sessions are listed below. A FREE lunch will be provided as well as the annual general membership meeting of the SC Aviation Safety Council.

1000 – 1100 – “Real World Weather” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute
1100 – 1200 – “See and Avoid” Panel Presentation – Col Randy Myers, USMC (Ret), SC Aviation Safety Council and FAA Safety Team Representative and Maj Matt Schrorer, USAF, F-16 Pilot/Wing Flight Safety Officer at Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC
1200 – 1230 – Lunch break
1230 – 1300 – SCASC Annual General Membership meeting
1300 – 1400 – “Close Calls: Lesson Learned” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute

Fly in – to Eagle Aviation at KCAE for a FREE (five-minute) shuttle ride to the venue and a $0.30 / gal fuel discount

Drive in – Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170

Exit 113 off I-26 towards KCAE / Turn right onto Boston Avenue / Exit right from traffic circle onto Lexington Drive / Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus will be on the left

Please RSVP to:
eversmannc@rcgov.us
(803) 767-1789

See you there!

Safety Fly-In Speakers announced!

Come join us for our annual Safety Fly-In! WINGS Credit sessions are listed below. A FREE lunch will be provided as well as the annual general membership meeting of the SC Aviation Safety Council.

1000 – 1100 – “Real World Weather” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute
1100 – 1200 – “See and Avoid” Panel Presentation – Col Randy Myers, USMC (Ret), SC Aviation Safety Council and FAA Safety Team Representative
1200 – 1230 – Lunch break
1230 – 1300 – SCASC Annual General Membership meeting
1300 – 1400 – “Close Calls: Lesson Learned” – Mark Grady, AOPA Air Safety Institute

Fly in – to Eagle Aviation at KCAE for a FREE (five-minute) shuttle ride to the venue and a $0.30 / gal fuel discount
Drive in – Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170

Please RSVP to:
eversmannc@rcgov.us
(803) 767-1789

See you there!

Avoiding Midair Collisions

Although the frequency of midair collisions has seen a decrease over the past few years, there have been five in the past year that have resulted in loss of life. Last fall, an amateur-built Searey collided with a Cessna 172 in upstate New York, a Cessna 170 and a Skykits-Savannah collided in Nevada, and a Cirrus SR22 collided with a Robinson R22 helicopter in Maryland. This summer, a Cessna 150 and an F-16 collided in South Carolina. Most recently, a Cessna 172 and a Sabreliner jet collided near San Diego, California. While each accident has a specific set of circumstances and the NTSB is
in the process of investigating, there are steps pilots can take to minimize the risks.

1. See and avoid continues to be the foundation for flying under visual flight rules. Pilots must be extra vigilant and constantly scan the airspace for traffic.
2. Always fly on a designated VFR cruise altitude: Easterly–odd thousands plus 500 feet; Westerly–even thousands plus 500 feet.
3. Request ATC’s VFR flight following service to the maximum extent possible.
4. If your aircraft is equipped, ensure the transponder is always on to increase your aircraft’s electronic visibility.
5. Consider equipping with ADS-B (both Out and In) so you can benefit from the increased situational awareness available with the Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B).
6. Consider installing an active traffic system or carry a portable traffic awareness product.
7. More than 50 percent of all midair collisions happen within 5nm of an airport—extra vigilance is required in the terminal area.
a. At towered airports monitor the frequency and communicate early with the tower to gain situational awareness.
b. At nontowered airports, broadcast your position and intentions no later than 10nm from the airport.  Follow standard traffic pattern entry procedures, and broadcast your position and intentions on the common traffic advisory frequency in accordance with Section 4-1-9 of the Aeronautical Information
Manual.
c. Ensure aircraft landing lights, position lights, and anticollision lights are on in the terminal area for maximum visibility.

Bottom line: Midair collisions happen infrequently; however, when they occur, the chances for injury or death are substantial. To learn more about midair collision avoidance and to increase your safety margins, please see the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Collision Avoidance Spotlight.

FAA Releases Pilot UAS Reports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a new list of pilot, air traffic and citizen reports of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft (UAS). The reports cover November 13, 2014 through August 20, 2015.

Because pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, the FAA wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.

Happy National Aviation Week from your friends at SCASC!

Orville Wright and his brother Wilbur, invented the first airplane to achieve powered, sustained, heavier-than-air, controlled human flight. The Wright Flyer was first flown by Orville for a length of 120 feet in 12 seconds, at a speed of 6.8 miles per hour over the ground at Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina in December 1903.

From those humble beginnings, aviation has revolutionized all aspects of modern world history and impacts all of our lives on a daily basis.

The first pilot, Orville Wright, was born on August 19, 1871. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first established National Aviation Day in 1939 to coincide with the birthday of Orville Wright. This was later expanded to National Aviation week.