Aerospace


Roads? Where We’re going, we don’t need roads

The Future of Aerospace I admit it, I am a Trekkie. Yeah, Star Wars was OK, but I always preferred the original Star Trek.  Watching this show in my younger years, combined with seeing nearly every single NASA rocket launch and the first moon landing triggered my…


The Small Business Eco-System

An aerospace retrospective with KTM Solution’s Paul Kumler I recently attended an SC Aerospace Advisory Board meeting where a preliminary supply chain study report was presented. The report was generated to understand the impact of the aerospace supply chain in South Carolina. I found one statistic particularly…



Game on; T-X Advanced Jet Trainer Competition

The US Air Force T-X advanced jet trainer competition is in the final stages of source selection with an award expected in the first quarter 2018. It is seen by many as a contest between two aircraft, the existing Lockheed Martin/Korean Air T-50  and The Boeing/Saab T-X…


Private Equity changing industry landscape in South Carolina

Like the textile industry in the 1930s, aerospace manufacturing in the Southeast is a booming industry, having grown primarily because of private equity. And prospects for the future are rosy, given the availability of private capital to invest in what some feel is a sure thing. Since…



Students’ aerospace research recognized on the global stage

Named in honor of a South Carolina native and Challenger astronaut, the Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation was founded in 2011 at the University of South Carolina with donations from Darla Moore, Anita Zucker and Marva Smalls.  After just five years of the Center being…


GSP Expansion in the hands of airlines

Meeting the air transportation needs of international companies in the Upstate is up to airlines, not GSP, officials said. Despite a growing base of international companies in the Upstate, Greenville Spartanburg International Airport does not provide non-stop access to international locations. But filling that need, if it…


T-50A Trainers over the skies of Greenville?

The U.S. Air Force departed Donaldson Air Force Base 53 years ago. Since that time, the aviation industry in this area has seen significant growth as demonstrated by the establishment of Lockheed Martin’s Aircraft and Logistics Center (MRO) facility in 1997. However, never in the history of…