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July 1 - Aviation Journalist Bill Garvey, Astronaut Winston Scott to keynote Third Annual SC Aerospace Conf.

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 1, 2016 - The third annual South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo will welcome two distinguished keynote speakers to its opening day – William “Bill” Garvey, Editor-in-Chief of Business and Commercial Aviation, and Winston Scott, former NASA astronaut and Senior Vice President for External Relations and Economic Development at the Florida Institute of Technology.

The South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C. on Aug. 24-25, 2016.

The conference is organized by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and the South Carolina Aviation Association.

Garvey will deliver the opening keynote address on the August 24. Immediately prior to his appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Business & Commercial Aviation in 2000, he served as Managing Editor of Aviation Week Television where he wrote and appeared in more than 100 videos. Before that he was the top editor for both Flying and Professional Pilot magazines, as well as a member of the senior editorial staff at Reader's Digest. He also managed communications for FlightSafety International.  He has also authored or co-authored three aviation books, was an essayist for National Public Radio, wrote aviation documentaries for The Discovery Channel, and has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian Air & Space, Popular Mechanics and The Associated Press, among others.

Scott will deliver the keynote address at the annual Aerospace Industry Dinner Weds. evening. The dinner is included in the registration fee for all conference attendees.

Scott’s journey to the stars as a NASA astronaut is a testament to the power of perseverance and vision. Raised in Miami, his largely segregated education provided little access to resources, but his own determination combined with the dedication of his teachers set him on an inspiring path of achievement.

In 1992, he began an accomplished career as an astronaut with NASA. He served as a mission specialist on the STS-72 Endeavour mission in 1996 and both the STS-87 Columbia mission and flight in 1997. Before joining NASA, Scott earned a distinguished record of service as a Captain in the United States Navy. He is the former Executive Director of the Florida Space Authority, and has also served as Vice President and deputy general manager of the NASA engineering and science contract for the space shuttle, International Space Station and project Constellation.

The third annual South Carolina Aerospace Conference and will connect industry, academia and government to showcase South Carolina’s rapidly growing aerospace cluster. This year’s event will offer two program options for attendees:  an industry track including a business-to-business networking event and presentations from industry, higher education and government leaders; and a research track featuring the technical symposium ACE’16 and the Advance Design Concepts and Practice Workshop (ADCP), which is making its US debut this year. ADCP has previously been held in Europe and China.

Online registration and sponsorship information for the conference may be found at The updated agenda may be found at

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