South Carolina Aeronautics Commission

South Carolina Aviation News Letters

South Carolina Aeronautics Commission
Hugh Tuttle,chief pilot

PRESS RELEASE: SCAC – 10/25/2010


The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission has an outstanding history of safety and service. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) at its conference in Atlanta last week recognized the Commission’s outstanding achievement by presenting to Mr. Hugh Tuttle, chief pilot, its prestigious 75 Year Safe Flying Award.

The Commission is tasked with providing safe, reliable air transportation for state government and business prospects as well as the safety and development of the state’s public use airports. Based at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, the Commission flies both a King Air C90 and King Air 350 equipped with the latest avionics to provide on-demand air transportation for a range of passengers that include the Governor, members of the state general assembly, constitutional officers, state agencies, and state colleges and universities. It also provides maintenance, hangar space and fueling service to state-owned aircraft. State government officials have found use of the Commission’s King Airs to be more efficient than travel by automobile or commercial airlines, allowing them to reach locations in the Palmetto State or across the nation in one or two hours of travel, instead of in one or two days.

Not by chance has the Commission built its superb safety record. Its pilots undergo rigorous annual, recurrent training, and mechanics are Beechcraft/Raytheon-trained and complete periodic update training. The King Airs are maintained to the highest FAA Standards. This is thanks to employees and established policies and procedures that are reviewed annually and have been able to provide a steady hand and consistently high levels of safety and professionalism over the years. The Commission has two fulltime pilots and one part-time pilot.

Mr. Tuttle has been with the Commission for the past year and half and prior to that he was chief pilot for the Medical University of South Carolina for two years. He started in aviation running a flight school in Nova Scotia, Canada. He began his flying career in 1997. The Commission’s chief of aircraft maintenance, Mr. Neil Baker, supervises the daily operation of the line and maintenance section. Mr. Baker has been performing aircraft maintenance since 1972, a total of 38 years and has been employed at the Commission since September 1983. Mr. Baker also has his private pilot’s certificate and inspection authorization.

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