South Carolina Aviation Week Off to A Flying Start

South Carolina Aviation Week is in full swing with events each day through August 20th. The South Carolina Aviation Association, in partnership with South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, is celebrating this week with a series of events that highlight the impact aviation has 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 provide essential support to the state’s diversified business base through recreational flying, providing gateways to communities and tourism, accommodating agricultural spraying, supporting air cargo and air freight shipments, helping law enforcement, supporting military operations, providing access in times of emergency and supporting medicine and healthcare.

“South Carolina’s airports are economic multipliers,” said South Carolina Aviation Association President Terry Connorton. “They help retain and attract business to the state thus providing jobs and economic prosperity.”

The state’s aviation industry supports more than 122,000 jobs with an estimated annual payroll of $4.8 billion. Annually, at least $16.3 billion in economic activity can be traced to aviation in South Carolina.

Featured events include:

• Saturday, August 13 Tour De York Aerial Parade at 10:30am at Rock Hill/York County Airport Celebration of Charles Lindbergh’s SC Visit at 6:30pm at Converse University

• Sunday, August 14 Grand Opening of the Clear Skies Cafe at 11am at Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport

• Monday, August 15 Student Discovery Flights at 9am at Fairfield County Airport PO Box 80994 · Charleston, SC 29416 ·

• Tuesday, August 16 Safety Event – Runway Safety Action Team Meeting at 10am Online ; Terminal Building Ribbon Cutting at 3pm at Hartsville Regional Airport

• Wednesday, August 17 Cargo Expansion Ribbon Cutting at 10am at Greenville Spartanburg International Airport

• Thursday, August 18 Maintenance Personnel Training/Cookout at 10:30am at Jim Hamilton/L.B. Owens Airport (This event is invitation only/closed to the public) Celebration of Aviation at 11am at Bamberg County Airport SCAA Board of Directors Meeting at 1pm at Bamberg County Airport

• Friday, August 19 Airport Directors & Managers Meeting at 10am at the SC Aeronautics Commission Celebration Luncheon at 12pm at the SC Aeronautics Commission

• Saturday, August 20 FOD Walk at 6:45am at Greenville Downtown Airport LowCountry Aerospace Academy Lift Camp at 8am at Summerville Airport (invitation only)

• Sunday, August 21 SC Breakfast Club at 9am at Triple Tree Aerodrome

South Carolina Aviation Week is a statewide celebration of the economic and education impact of airports and the aviation industry. Celebrated August 14 – 20, 2022, and centered around National Aviation Day on August 19, Aviation Week is planned in partnership by South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) and South Carolina Aeronautics Commission.

SCAA actively promotes and encourages aviation and airport development to meet air transportation needs and assist the state in achieving economic development goals. Its membership is comprised of airports, aviation industry partners and aviators across South Carolina. For more information, please visit