Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Press Release - International Aviation and FAA Leader to Speak in Greenville

For Immediate Release
Contact Lara Kaufmann

International Aviation and FAA Leader 
to Speak in Greenville

“The aviation industry has been going through a lot of changes lately so it will be great to hear about these issues from the FAA, as well as from the most well know aviation user support group in the world.” stated James Stephens, Program Manager for the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC). 

On Saturday, September 29th at 1:15 p.m., Craig Fuller, the President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will address attendees at the Southeast Aviation Expo, which will be held at the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina.

Immediately following Mr. Fuller’s address, Doug Murphy the FAA Southern Region Regional Administrator will provide an industry update.

“The future handling of air traffic, with the introduction of Nextgen, is of interest to our local pilots and airport staff,” stated Joe Frasher, Airport Director of the Greenville Downtown Airport.  “The proposed addition of airport user fees is unpopular among aviation groups and everyone is concerned about fuel prices, the economy, funding of airports and the overall plight of general aviation,” stated Frasher.  “I think many want to hear from Mr. Fuller and Mr. Murphy what they can expect the future to bring,” Frasher added.

“I am looking forward to speaking at the Southeast Aviation Expo in Greenville.  I have always had a passion for flying and a professional one for advocacy, communication and leadership,” stated Fuller.  “It is always great to meet others face-to-face who have similar interests and concerns,” Fuller added.

Craig Fuller visits airports and pilots around the country and works with national and state leaders to ensure that the interests of general aviation are considered in policy making. Fuller also spends time reaching out to broader audiences who benefit from but do not fully understand the role general aviation plays in the lives of millions of Americans. Fuller is the publisher and a regular contributing writer for the world’s largest and most influential aviation publication. Fuller is a sought-after commentator on political developments that affect general aviation. Fuller’s career includes senior public affairs positions in business, association leadership, and executive positions in the federal government, including eight years of service in the White House.

Doug Murphy is the Regional Administrator for the FAA's Southern Region which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.   Mr. Murphy has held a number of key executive and management positions during his 42-year FAA career including assignments in five FAA regions, the FAA Academy and FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he served as Director of Air Traffic Program Management.     Murphy served as the Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) for both the U.S. Department of Transportation's Region 10 in Seattle and Region 4 with headquarters in Atlanta. In this role, he provided executive leadership to ensure transportation emergency planning and response for Incidents of National Significance, including hurricanes and earthquakes.  He has received more than 40 awards during his career.

“The FAA works closely with pilots, airports and people in aviation industry to provide a safe aviation environment,” stated Doug Murphy, Regional Administrator for the FAA's Southern Region.  “I welcome the opportunity to meet people in my region at the Southeast Aviation Expo,” added Murphy.

The Southeast Aviation Expo will showcase the latest aviation products; have over 14 static aircraft displayed; educational sessions will be held, of which one will provide information about careers and training available in the aerospace and aviation industry.  A listing of all the educational sessions can be found at www.scaaonline.com.  It is open to the public.  Tickets are $5 with children and students with ids being free.

Trade-A-Plane, a top national publication that is geared towards pilots is an event sponsor again this year.  The South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC) will also sponsor the event and provide the exhibitors with lunch.  Greenville Downtown Airport is hosting an exhibitor reception.

So far Cessna, Cirrus, Michelin Aircraft Tires, ADEX Machining Technologies, AeroCab, Louis Berger Services Inc., James A. Gardner Company, Mint Air, Flight Design USA, Baldwin Safety & Compliance, Motley Rice LLC, Advocate Consulting, Aircare Aviation Services & Support, Hope Aviation Insurance, Just Aircraft, Greenville Downtown Airport, Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo, Lycoming, Aviation Tax Consultants, LLC.,  US AeroTech - Professional Aircraft Maintenance Training, Liberty University, PF Flyers, Wings Over Greenville,  Runway Cafe, Special Services Corporation, Trade-A-Plane, Eclipse Aerospace, Precision Hose Technologies, Inc.,  CTS International, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Daher-Socata, Champion Aerospace, Skytech, Tempest, Stevens Aviation, LandRover Carolinas, Premier Aircraft Sales, Diamond Aircraft, SWT Aviation Inc., Cubcrafters, Airwolf Aviation Services, 4 Paws Aviation, DTC Duats, Applied Technical Services, Inc., Camden/Donaldson/Greenville Jet Centers, Fractrade, Civil Air Patrol, Pilots N Paws,  Eastern Aviation Fuel - Shell Aviation, Eagle Aviation, SCAA, SC Aeronautics Commission, SC Aviation Safety Council, The FAA Flight Standards Districts Office and Angel Flight have registered to exhibit in 2012!

The expo will be held on September 28th and 29th at the Greenville Downtown Airport, which is located at 100 Tower Dr., Greenville, SC 29607.   More information can be found by visiting:  http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/SEAE.html and http://www.scaaonline.com/content/southeast-aviation-expo

"This event is like an industry trade show for people who work or have an interest in aviation but all are welcome,” Frasher added.  "The aviation community in the Southeast is very strong and we expect a great turnout " 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.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) 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

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. To learn more about the FAA and Doug Murphy please visit http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/arc/key_officials/murphy/

The South Carolina Aviation Association’s (SCAA) 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 Katie@associationsplus.com.

The mission of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) is to foster air commerce by overseeing the safety and development of the state's public use airports and providing safe, reliable air transportation for state government and business prospects. For more information please visit www.scaeronautics.com or contact James Stephens, Program Manager of the SCAC at 803-896-6272 or jstephens@aeronautics.sc.gov .

The Greenville Downtown Airport (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 at864-242-4777 or joe@greenvilledowntownairport.com


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