View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View - Taken May 8, 2011 Photo By: Phil Rainwater

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

FAA Medical Bill Goes To President Desk For Signing

“This is the most significant legislative victory for general aviation in decades,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “These reforms will provide relief to hundreds of thousands of pilots from an outdated, costly, and unnecessarily burdensome system. This legislation will strengthen the private pilot-private physician relationship and improve awareness of medical issues throughout our community. It will help pilots save time, money, and frustration.”



Medical Reform Highlights

Aircraft Specifications - Up to 6 seats, up to 6,000 lbs (no limitations on horsepower, number of engines, or gear type)
Flight Rules - Day and night VFR and IFR
Passengers - Up to 5 passengers
Aeromedical Training - Pilots must take a free online course every 2 years
Altitude Restrictions - Up to 18,000 feet msl
Speed limitation - 250 knots indicated airspeed
Pilot limitation - Cannot operate for compensation or hire

For the full story click on the link below.
Baker message

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program


Starting this Fall, the FAA is offering a monetary incentive to help owners of less-expensive general aviation aircraft equip with the required avionics that comply with the ADS-B Out rule that will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The agency will offer a $500 rebate to eligible aircraft owners.
Are you eligible for a rebate?
ADS-B Rebate eligibility requirements infographic
Eligible aircraft: Defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft, first registered before Jan 1, 2016.
Eligible equipment: Avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the program rules (software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible). Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped with rule compliant ADS-B or for aircraft the FAA has previously paid or committed to pay for upgrade(s) to meet the ADS-B mandate.
Start the Rebate process now by doing the following:
  • Validate: Review and validate the aircraft owner information and aircraft-specific information contained within the Civil Aircraft Registry. The FAA will determine rebate program eligibility using the information in the Civil Aircraft Registry, and all rebates will be mailed to the aircraft owner as recorded in the registry. Visit the FAA Registry.
  • Research: Go to the Equip ADS-B website to research eligible equipment. This website includes additional information about ADS-B mandate airspace.
  • Plan: Locate a certified installation location, if required, and determine the specific aircraft requirements to ensure the installation is performed in accordance with applicable FAA regulations and meets the requirements identified in the General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program Rules. While you may purchase the equipment now, your installation must occur after the program website is opened to rebate reservations to qualify for the rebate. The anticipated timeframe is estimated as Fall 2016.
Preview the ADS-B Rebate Process with our infographic (PDF).
Have questions? Get answers from our ADS-B Rebate Frequently Asked Questions.


Save $500 on ADS-B This Fall From FAA

General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program

Starting this Fall, the FAA is offering a monetary incentive to help owners of less-expensive general aviation aircraft equip with the required avionics that comply with the ADS-B Out rule that will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The agency will offer a $500 rebate to eligible aircraft owners.
Are you eligible for a rebate?
ADS-B Rebate eligibility requirements infographic
Eligible aircraft: Defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft, first registered before Jan 1, 2016.
Eligible equipment: Avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the program rules (software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible). Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped with rule compliant ADS-B or for aircraft the FAA has previously paid or committed to pay for upgrade(s) to meet the ADS-B mandate.
Start the Rebate process now by doing the following:
  • Validate: Review and validate the aircraft owner information and aircraft-specific information contained within the Civil Aircraft Registry. The FAA will determine rebate program eligibility using the information in the Civil Aircraft Registry, and all rebates will be mailed to the aircraft owner as recorded in the registry. Visit the FAA Registry.
  • Research: Go to the Equip ADS-B website to research eligible equipment. This website includes additional information about ADS-B mandate airspace.
  • Plan: Locate a certified installation location, if required, and determine the specific aircraft requirements to ensure the installation is performed in accordance with applicable FAA regulations and meets the requirements identified in the General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program Rules. While you may purchase the equipment now, your installation must occur after the program website is opened to rebate reservations to qualify for the rebate. The anticipated timeframe is estimated as Fall 2016.
Preview the ADS-B Rebate Process with our infographic (PDF).
Have questions? Get answers from our ADS-B Rebate Frequently Asked Questions.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Koncert for Kids! June 5th

Bring the kids and grandkids to a concert just for them!  
Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents
Koncert for Kids!
An special program to introduce children
to the symphony and all of its instruments.

Sunday, June 5th, 3:30pm
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
5637 Bush River Rd  (next to Saluda Shoals Park)

Featuring Music from
Frozen

Pirates of the Caribbean
Skyfall

and some popular classical favorites!
Join us for cookies and lemonade
following the concert !


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P.O. Box 1093,  Irmo  SC  29063

For more information
LMSO.org or (803) 400-3540

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra . . .

Just for the Love of It!
Don't Miss Our Next Concert - Star Spangled Symphonic Salute
Sunday, July 3rd, 8:00pm at Saluda Shoals Park
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Thursday, May 05, 2016

New FAA Safety Briefing Online


FAA Safety Briefing

New Technologies for Pilots, Planes, and ’Ports | May/June 2016

The May/June 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the rapidly changing world of technology and the important role it plays in general aviation safety. Articles in this issue cover everything from unmanned aircraft to commercial space operations, to how the FAA helps champion the power of technology in making flying safer and more efficient. We also discuss some of the possible pitfalls of technology, including its ability to distract and disrupt our decision-making skills.
The May/June 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the rapidly changing world of technology and the important role it plays in general aviation safety. Articles in this issue cover everything from unmanned aircraft to commercial space operations, to how the FAA helps champion the power of technology in making flying safer and more efficient. We also discuss some of the possible pitfalls of technology, including its ability to distract and disrupt our decision-making skills.

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Whiteplains Plantation SCBC 5-1-2016


                                                   

Nice turnout for this years SCBC despite the wet weather that we had that morning.  Over 70 people managed to show up in the huge downpour.  Thanks to EAA 242 for cooking the breakfast, and the Whiteplains Plantation Pilots Association for hosting the event.   Hope to see you all next year.  Maybe it won't rain. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

40th Anniversary of Callback

CALLBACK From the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System
Issue 435
April 2016
The ASRS Celebrates 40th Anniversary (1976 - 2016)
Safety Depends on Lessons Learned
On April 16, 2016, the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) celebrated its 40th year of continuous operation in service to aviation safety.

The longevity and success of the ASRS program are remarkable examples of how aviation system users can contribute their “lessons learned” to a safety program that collects and analyzes this information to resolve issues associated with our modern aviation system.
The Origin of ASRS
On December 1, 1974, TWA Flight 514 was inbound through cloudy and turbulent skies to Dulles Airport in Virginia. The flight crew misunderstood an ATC clearance and descended to 1,800 feet before reaching the approach segment to which that minimum altitude applied. The aircraft collided with a mountaintop, killing all aboard.

A disturbing finding emerged from the ensuing NTSB accident investigation. Six weeks prior to the TWA accident, a United Airlines flight crew had experienced an identical clearance misunderstanding and narrowly missed hitting the same Virginia mountaintop. The United crew discovered their close call after landing and reported the incident to their company. A cautionary notice was issued to all United pilots.

Tragically, there existed no method of sharing the United pilots’ knowledge with TWA and other airlines. Following the TWA accident, it was determined that safety information must be shared with the entire aviation community. Thus was born the idea of a national aviation incident reporting program that would be non-punitive, voluntary, and confidential.
On a snowy morning in ‘Seventy Four
A plane crashed near D.C.
The weather was bad, but there was more,
According to the NTSB.

Human factors played a role in the tragedy,
That could‘ve been prevented,
So the FAA worked hard on a remedy,
And the ASRS was “invented.”
The FAA and NASA Collaborate
The first step in establishing a national aviation incident reporting program was to design a system in which the aviation community could place a high degree of trust.

The FAA Administrator recognized that the regulatory and enforcement roles of the FAA would discourage the aviation community from using a new safety program that depended on voluntary sharing of safety events. The FAA therefore assumed a sponsorship role for the new program, but turned to a neutral and highly respected third party – NASA – to collect, process, and analyze the voluntarily submitted reports.

Under a Memorandum of Agreement between the two agencies in August 1975, the blueprint for operating the newly designated Aviation Safety Reporting System was set in place: the FAA would fund the program and provide for its immunity provisions, while NASA would set program policy and administer operations. The ASRS program began day-to-day operation in April 1976.
Safety reporting wasn’t something new;
It just needed amplification,
With a more inclusive, systemic view,
And NASA’s collaboration.

It would have to be confidential and voluntary,
The researchers concluded,
And lest flight crews, techs and others be wary,
Limited immunity was included.
The ASRS Concept is Proven
The ASRS program has continually demonstrated the value of “safety lessons learned.” If a system’s users are encouraged to report the safety problems they encounter to a program they can trust, safety goals will be reached much sooner than if we never hear the stories of those lessons learned.
With a growing cache of valuable lessons learned,
Program success was assured,
And since reports covered many safety concerns,
It was time to get out the word.
ASRS Safety Products Benefit
the Aviation Community
The ASRS concept embodies a circle of information feedback that begins with pilots, controllers, maintenance technicians, flight attendants, dispatchers and others who voluntarily report their safety experiences to the program. During its 40-year history, the ASRS has processed over 1.3 million reports and returned valuable information to the aviation community through a wealth of safety products.
·         Airplane More than 6,200 Safety Alert Messages have been provided to government and aviation industry decision makers.
Alert Messages highlight critical matters,
And include information,
On parts, procedures and emerging patterns,
That need amelioration.

Examples include RNAV STAR confusion,
And similar fix names,
The growing issue of UAV intrusions,
And flammable battery claims.

Also glare from a solar power array,
And automation dependency,
Problems with fusion radar display,
And approach chart complexity.
Teleconferences address Alert observations,
In substantial detail,
Exploring everything from dangerous operations,
To aircraft parts that fail.
·         Airplane There have been 7,100 database Search Requests to support aviation community efforts, research studies, publications, safety promotion activities, accident investigations, and more.
Search Requests are custom compilations,
Of ASRS reports,
For targeted research, investigations,
And training support.
·         Airplane 435 issues of ASRS’s award-winning monthly safety bulletin, CALLBACK, have been produced. CALLBACK is now electronically delivered to more than 30,000 individuals and viewed by more than 35,000 readers on the ASRS website every month.
Back in ‘Seventy Eight CALLBACK was proposed,
In a monthly format,
To share valuable lessons learned by some of those,
Who’ve “been there; done that.”
CALLBACK’s status became monumental,
According to the editor,
By staying relevant and non-judgmental,
With no real competitor.
·         Airplane More than 60 topical Research Studies have been published, including completion of more than 124 Quick Response efforts examining all aspects of human and system performance.
Special Studies take a closer look at an issue,
Such as wake turbulence,
To identify the factors involved and to review,
The related incidents.
·         Airplane The Database Online (DBOL) was developed in response to popular demand for access to the ASRS Database to retrieve incident reports for use in research, safety promotion, and task force efforts.
Use of the Database Online or DBOL,
Available since Two Thousand Six,
Confirms that it’s working very well,
For researchers and academics.
·         Airplane Public access to program information, publications, immunity policies, database report sets, reporting forms, and more can be found on the ASRS web site at: http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov.
ASRS Future Developments
As the ASRS moves into its fifth decade of service, it will continue to prevail as the premier industry-wide safety reporting program. ASRS has collected, analyzed, and responded to voluntarily submitted reports from all corners of the National Aviation System. The program has undoubtedly strengthened the foundation of human factors safety research, as well as identified deficiencies and discrepancies in training, equipment, and procedures that may otherwise have led to aviation accidents.

Ever increasing report volumes from individuals who work in ever changing operating environments will require more of the ASRS in the future. To remain relevant to these demands, ASRS seeks ways to integrate its information in a complementary manner with Safety Management Systems (SMS) and other aviation data sources, and also to produce an increasing number of safety information products.
The key to what ASRS does,
And will always do,
Is that it only works because,
Of reports from you.
ASRS Database Online
The ASRS Database is a rich source of information for policy development, research, training, and more.
CALLBACK Issue 435
ASRS Online Resources
Subscribe to CALLBACK for FREE!
Contact the Editor
Special Studies
Wake Vortex Encounter Study
In cooperation with the FAA, ASRS is conducting an ongoing study on wake vortex incidents, enroute and terminal, that occurred within the United States. Learn more »
Meteorlogical and Aeronautical Information Services Data Link and Application Study
ASRS, in cooperation with the FAA, is gathering reports of incidents that occurred while pilots were utilizing weather or AIS information in the cockpit obtained via data link on the ground or in the air. Learn more » Read the Interim Report »
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Contact the Editor
A Monthly Safety Newsletter from The Office of the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System Issue 435

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fly into Shaw AFB for General Aviation Fly In 4-29-2016

Friday, Apr 29, 2016

Shaw Air Force Base General Aviation Fly In, Shaw AFB, SC


Shaw Air Force Base, SC (KSSC), Shaw AFB, SC

With prior approval see website for details, Shaw AFB will allow general aviation aircraft to land on their runway and give pilots an orientation to the 20th Fighter Wing mission and airspace. Share on:

Contact: 20th Fighter Wing Flight Safety
Phone: 803 895-1977
Website: http://www.shaw.af.mil/Home/GeneralAviationFlyIn.aspx
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Print out a Flyer for this EVENT!
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Airport Information:
Shaw AFB (SSC)
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Get the METARs and TAFs for this Event!

Latitude: 33-58-21.8065N
Longitude: 080-28-14.0317W
Elevation: 241
Fuel: 115 Jet-A+ Jet-B+
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Friday, March 18, 2016

Prayer Request for Mike Knox

Whiteplains Announcements List - Mike Knox

To: whiteplains-announcements-list@googlegroups.com
Mike's surgery ended around 5:30p yesterday.  Next 48hours are critical for grafts, blood vessels, and potential infection etc. They did some pretty extensive reconstruction to the right sinus and around right eye. To early to know if he will have normal eyelid function. He will be at Charleston hospital for 7 -10 days. A lot of recuperating ahead for him. When I have room number I will send out. Both Mike and Shelley appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time.

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