MEMBERSHIP: A whopping 14. Yeah! Keep recruiting however. There is strength in numbers.
MEETINGS: Last Sunday of every month for a scheduled, routine meeting at 2:30 pm seems to be the best option. Location - Conference room at HVS.
PROGRAMS: This will be the heart of our Chapter. Right now the menu is two Fly Outs, a Poker Run, a Scavenger Hunt, a Christmas Party. Additionally we are gearing up for some Young Eagle and Eagle flights. Our Eagle Flight Coordinator, Bill Varn is learning about volunteer pilots, non-EAA members who complete screening for youth can do Eagle Flights. Stay tuned and check your status as to currency with flying youth. There is also a nibble on doing a Summer Youth Aviation week with a visit to ATC facilities in Florence. We are also cultivating the idea to fly various Government Officials, clergy, nurses, educators, law enforcement, parents, family and others. Here might be vehicle to do this. A flyer stating date and time, detail who we want to participate, arrange for aircraft and pilots – execute.
BOLO: Someone to design FB and Web page.
POKER RUN: Each participant (pilot/passenger(s)) will DONATE $25 for entry. Draw one card at KHVS, launch, draw 1 card at each of three airports, HCDN, 52J and KSMS and fifth card upon return to KHVS. Additional cards can be purchased for $10 DONATRION to better the hand. $50 cash prize. Chapter will provide hamburgers, chips, hot dogs and drinks. Twenty participants at $25 is $500 minus cash prize and food could result in $375 in the Chapter kitty.
Our next meeting will be held on May 30th at 2:30 PM. Our guest speaker will be Woody Washburn. Woody was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and has some very interesting story's to share.
NAME THE NEWS LETTER: We want submissions. Please. Pretty please. Thanks.
NEWS LETTER: We welcome inputs to George Roberts
Our March meeting was held on Sunday the 28th at 2:30 PM. Mark DeFields from Rise Aero gave the group a tour of the new fixed base operations facility. They hope to have all their operations in the facility by May or early June. Mark also discussed flight training plans and the aircraft available for training.
With the inclement weather we adjourned early with the knowledge that the new building can handle some strong wind gust!
Our February meeting was held on Sunday the 28th at the Bishopville FBO.
George Roberts who manages the FBO gave an interesting talk about flying to Alaska and some of his experiences while serving there in the military. He made two general aviation trips. One in a Piper Archer in 1997 and another in a Cessna Cardinal In 2007. He talked about the importance of planning for the challenges of that environment including weather, terrain, lack of services and the need to have multiple routes planned for each leg. He asked if anyone knew the significance of latitude 66 degrees, 33 minutes. The artic circle. This is the latitude above which the sun never sets during the summer and never rises during the winter. Six months of daylight followed by six months of darkness. George was assigned to Shemya Air Force Station. The station supported RC 135 reconnaissance aircraft and had a fixed beam and tracking radar to monitor Soviet activity. An interesting and entertaining question and answer session followed.
Our next meeting will be held at the Hartsville airport on March 28th at 2:30 pm. Mark DeFields of Rise Aero will bring us up to date on construction progress and other airport activites.
Our January 2021 meeting was held on Sunday the 24th at Hartsville Regional Airport. President Jessie Allred thanked Booster Windham for arranging the presentation from DRONESPRAY and introduced David Leeth and Seth Lowe.David and Seth discussed the reasons they founded their company and the FAA and general legal requirements that had to be met. They talked about the company’s goals of providing safe low
altitude spraying of herbicides and pesticides in an efficient manner allowing farmers to increase their profit margins. Using GPS and terrain following technology their drones provide efficient applications over flat or hilly terrains. They discussed working with Clemson University and the University of Florida. A number of questions were asked including questions about operational altitudes, load capacity and drone control. The presentation was well received. This highlighted a good example of how drones are being used in commercial operations.
Our next meeting will be held on Sunday February 28, 2021 at 2:30 pm. The location for this meeting will be the Bishopville(52J) FBO. George Roberts will give a presentation on flying to Alaska. Refreshments will be available
The construction of the Hartsvile FBO seems to be making good progress and is on schedule to be completed in April. We look forward to using the conference room for our monthly meetings. We owe a "thank you" to Mark DeFields of RiseAero,LLC.