Southeast Aviation Show Expected to Land a Crowd

"The South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) expects a large turnout for its first Southeast Aviation Show!", stated SCAA President Eric Ramsdell. The keynote speaker for the event will be Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Craig Fuller. Fuller will address the latest issues facing general aviation. "With the recent FAA shutdown, new proposed taxes on aircraft operations and other political issues surrounding aviation lately, he alone will draw many people with an interest in aviation," stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport.

"In addition to a great speaker, two top publications in the U.S. for pilots, General Aviation News and Trade-A-Plane are show sponsors that have advertised the event for months!" Ramsdell noted. "We are working very hard to make this event a huge success. In order to make it an annual event, it must really take off the this first year!", added Ramsdell.

The Southeast Aviation Show will be held on October 29 at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. The event is hosted by the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) and sponsored by General Aviation News and Trade-A-Plane. The event will showcase the latest aviation products, a static aircraft display and educational sessions.

Currently the event has 34 booth displays and 20 static displays, and it keeps on growing. On display will be a Cessna 172, Beechcraft Bonanza G36, Beechcraft Baron G58, Highlander, BMW cars, Land Rover SUVs, R44 Raven II 2009, PT-17 Stearman 41, Piper Meridian, Pilatus PC 12, Carbon Cub 55, Diamond aircraft, Cirrus aircraft and more.

The growing list of exhibitors include: Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co., Airwolf Aviation Services, Angel Flight, Applied Technical Services, BMW Performance Center, Century BMW, Champion Aerospace, Cirrus Aircraft Corp. , Civil Air Patrol, Premier Aircraft Sales, a Diamond aircraft dealer, Daher-Socata, Drumm Health Services, DTC DUAT Service, Dugger & Company, Eagle Aviation, a Cessna Dealer, Eastern Aviation Fuels, Embry-Riddle University , Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Fibrenew, Flight Design USA, Flight Standards District Office, Hope Aviation Insurance, Greenville/Camden/Donaldson Jet Centers, Hawker Beechcraft Corp., Just Aircraft, LLC, Lancair International, Land Rover Carolinas, Liberty University - School of Aeronautics, Med-Trans Corp/GHS Med Trans, Merrill Lynch, Michelin Aircraft Tire, Mint Air, Nationair Aviation Insurance, National Weather Service, P. F. Flyers, Pilots N Paws, Runway Cafe, S.C. Aviation Safety Council, S.C. Aeronautics Commission, Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, Shadowhawk Aviation, Skytech, Special Services Corporation, Stevens Aviation, SWT Aviation / CubCrafters, Tecnam North America, Tempest, Tempus Jets, Trade-A-Plane, US Trust and Wings Over Greenville.

"The aviation community in the Southeast is very strong and we expect a great turnout for the first show," stated Frasher. We would like to encourage people to register to attend online at http://www.scaaonline.com/seaviationshow-registration. This will help us to have an idea of how many people to plan on and it will also get them admitted into the event quicker," Frasher added. "Admission is $5 for adults and kids and students are free," Frasher noted.

The event has been marketed to many groups from high school guidance counselors all the way to experienced pilots. The show will offer something for everyone interested in aviation. Education sessions will be held throughout the day. Aviation enthusiasts can learn how to become a pilot and experienced pilots can learn about latest technology to include iPads in the cockpit. A listing of all the sessions can be found at www.scaaonline.com.

"The Southeast Aviation Show sounds like a great event!", stated local Greenville resident Mark McClure. "As a private pilot, I am always looking to increase my aviation knowledge base. I am excited to see the latest and greatest from all the plane manufacturers, and the other general aviation vendors. This will be a great event not only for General Aviation, but the Upstate Region as a whole." McClure added

"I have been flying for years, but like all industries, aviation is changing", stated Van Vander Ploeg. "One way is that more and more pilots are using iPADs in the cockpit for their functionality as navigational maps, which in some cases are replacing bulky paper charts, which add a lot of weight to a plane and are very time consuming to update by hand," Vander Ploeg said. "I just got an iPAD and I plan to attend an educational session about this new technology at the Southeast Aviation Show," Vander Ploeg stated.

"When I read about the Southeast Aviation Show, I shared it with several members of our Experimental Aircraft Association chapter in Columbus," said Ernie Kelly, President of EAA 677 in Columbus, Georgia. "It's the kind of event we'd attend and support. We plan to post it on our website and Facebook page, and a few of us are talking about flying up there. I hope to bring others from our airport to see what's going on in Greenville."

"Michelin makes aircraft tires worldwide,including the Carolinas. We market these tires all over the world for all segments of aviation including the Commercial, Military and Regional markets as well as for General Aviation aircraft.," stated Keat Pruszenski, a Manager of Customer Support Engineering for Michelin Aircraft Tire Company. "As far as I know, we haven't had an aviation show this big in our region," Pruszenski said. "The Upstate of South Carolina, and really all of the Southeastern part of the United States, has many aviation companies, as well as active aircraft enthusiasts; it just seems perfect for us to now have an aviation trade show in this region!" Pruszenski noted. "We look forward to the opportunity to participate in the First Ever Southeast Aviation Show'" Pruszenski said.

SCAA's mission is to actively promote and encourage aviation and airport development to meet air transportation needs and assist the state in achieving economic development goals. For more information about the event visit http://www.scaaonline.com/content/southeast-aviation-show-0 , call 1 (877) FLY-SCAA (359- 7222) or email [email protected]

AOPA's purpose is to protect the freedom to fly while keeping general aviation safe, fun, and affordable. AOPA is the largest and most influential aviation organization in the world. AOPA membership has grown to more than 414,000; a number that represents more than two thirds of all certificated pilots in the United States. For more information about Craig Fuller and AOPA please visit http://www.aopa.org and http://www.aopa.org/prez/events.html

GMU is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is a self-sufficient entity with financial strength that doesn't rely on local taxpayers for funding. GMU is home to Greenville Jet Center, the largest Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in S.C., as well as more than 25 other aviation-related businesses creating 453 jobs that annually contribute more than $35.2 million to the Upstate economy. For more information about GMU please visit http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com or contact Joe Frasher at 864-242-4777 or [email protected]

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