March 19, 2018
The small amount of early morning fog melted away as 20 airplanes made it in to Columbia Metro for breakfast. The only victim to the fog was the always early-arriving Travelaire who landed on Runway 23 - only to be visually lost to the Tower at the end of Runway 5! No worries, tho. They taxied up safe and sound.
Thank you to EAA Chapter 242 for their always excellent eats and to Eagle Aviation for providing hangar space.
Thank you, also, to Fowler Carey for allowing us the privilege of taxiing over his 1946 Fairchild for everyone to see. Felt like I was back in the family's 1952 Ford Custom.
March 5, 2018
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at East Cooper/Mt. Pleasant/Low Country Regional Airport (pick your favorite name) on March 4, 2018.
No, this was not Groundhog Day! We really did meet again at East Cooper after having just met there last November 12. A bit of a schedule change this year brought us back early to the good folks down at Mount Pleasant - and we came in like gangbusters! Great weather (for a change) brought in over 40 airplanes - with around 13 or so who had never flown in to one of our events. Roger Blackman presided over events and awarded hats to our furthest travelers and to our youngest student pilot. The ball was signed and the lottery yielded a pot worthy of a trip to anywhere but Walmart. It was a classic SCBC meeting to be sure. Many thanks to everyone at Mt. Pleasant who made this a great way to spend a Sunday morning!
February 20, 2018.
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Greenville Downtown Airport on February 18.
Looked like the weather was playing with us as there were clouds everywhere except Greenville! Close to 20 airplanes made the trip. Scott Crosby presented our new hats with the SCBC logo. There is one for the man who made the longest trip, one for the woman who made the longest trip, and (a new one) for the youngest pilot. At some point we may have these for sale along with the patches, pins, and stickers. Gotta show the SCBC colors! Many thanks to Stoney Truett and David Allen for taking pix while I was in Los Angeles (where, believe it or not, the weather was cooler than in SC).
February 5, 2018
Yes, there was an SCBC at Grand Strand on February 4! Thanks to Jim Offutt and Terry Timmester who sent me pix and video footage.
We decided the forecast of low level wind shear was something we didn't care to deal with and it sounds like everyone else thought the same. Nevertheless, it looked like a good gathering with good food and good friends.
Not only that, but the SCBC was presented a SC State Flag by Rep. Greg Duckworth. This flag was flown over the State House in memory of Gerald and in honor of the SCBC's 80th Anniversary! The flag was signed by those who attended the KCRE meeting. It will be present at all SCBC meetings for additional signatures until Gerald's Memorial on June 23 - where it will be presented to the family.
Thanks, Jim, Terry, and Greg!
January 20, 2018
One of the pleasures we have in life is the privilege of taking care of a feral cat colony at the South Carolina State Museum and EdVenture. We have been feeding the cats there since before 2007. We named two of the most prominent male members of the Colony “Big O” and “Pippie”. O and Pip were always together. If you saw one alone, the other was guaranteed to be somewhere nearby. We described them as “the old married couple”. Those two, plus their Daughter, Grey, made up the core of the Colony of approximately 20 cats.
All that was forever changed on January 16 when “Big O” crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
O had been sick for a couple of months. We are fortunate to have several folks from DHEC looking after the cats during the day – and it was those folks who alerted us just after Thanksgiving that O looked down and was not eating much. We managed to get him to a veterinarian and return him to the Colony within a few days. The troublesome part was that he had tested FIV positive. While FIV is not an immediate death sentence, in the case of a feral, time is not on their side.
We and the DHEC folks kept a close watch on him and did our best to provide good food, shelter, and a warm bed. Sadly, he started to deteriorate at the beginning of the year and was found on a Museum sidewalk the morning of January 16. We are having him cremated and intend to sprinkle his ashes on a hill in the place where he, Pippie, and Grey were always found sunning themselves.
This has been extraordinarily difficult not only for Stoney and me, but for the folks at DHEC (who I understand are many) and also the folks at the State Museum (who have a funny story to tell). Seeing Big O and Pippie every day gave people a sense of constancy.
We now have to work thru our grief and make certain that Pippie, Grey, and the other members of the Colony are well cared for – in honor of the man, Big O.
January 9, 2018
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Aiken Airport on January 7, 2018. Severe clear and a million BUT 15 degrees outside?? Of course, we'll fly to Aiken! It was the first Breakfast Club of the year and the folks at Aiken did it in grand style! 11 airplanes made the trip and Scott Crosby did a superb job leading us - including belt presentation, ball signing, and "the announcing of the winning ticket" in proper dramatic style. Gerald's daughters, Janet and Becky, were there as well as his next door hangar buddy, Ronnie. This is the first time in my memory that the breakfast was at the FBO and we were thankful for the warm, the food, and being with our SCBC family.
January 5, 2018
Since 1998, four co-workers at the SC Department of Revenue, and their families, have met on New Years Day to see a movie and have dinner afterward. This yearly reunion of our little second family is called the New Years Day Movie Club.
Marc Shull - Instigator
December 12, 2017
Gerald Ballard was President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club since 1979. He passed on December 4 after a battle with heart disease.
Not surprisingly, he already had his grave marker in place and had on it this inscription: "At the end of each day, let me conscientiously say I have dealt fairly, matched wits, yet faced all squarely. I have no one to answer to. No fine to pay." To my mind, that pretty much sums up Gerald Ballard.
I took a liberty and put together an SCBC video retrospective of Gerald that was presented at the funeral on December 11.
The family will be having a Memorial fly-in at Twin Lakes on June 16, 2018.
December 5, 2017
November 27, 2017
What a beautiful day to fly. It was VFR all over the state - which meant we had a crowd at Winnsboro. 45 airplanes! Gerald made it in as well and ended up scurrying away with the lottery money. As is the custom at Winnsboro, Lloyd Dunham and Ken Berry did a terrific job with the on site cooking. We were also pleased to see a hash brown casserole in residence. Many thanks to the folks at Winnsboro for having us in and for tying us all down. One heck of a job was done by one and all!
November 19, 2017
While I was in New York November 9-16, several folks made it in to Mt. Pleasant on the 12th for breakfast. Stoney Truett, David Allen, Jim Herpst, and Peggy Roberson arrived in style in an Aztec together with others shooting the RNAV approach to RWY 35 and still others managing to duck in under the deck. Thank you to Stoney and David for covering with their photos and video while I was away.
October 30, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Orangeburg Municipal Airport on October 29, 2017. Three of us looked at the weather at Orangeburg and said "Let's Fly!". They now have their IFR and cross-wind landing currency well in hand. The rest of us folded our respective wings and took to the highway for our meeting in Orangeburg.
Carroll Joye presided over Elections. Wendy Griffin was re-elected our Secretary and Gerald was re-elected President. Charles Davis then nominated Gerald as our President for Life. This was seconded three and four times before being voted on unanimously.
Wendy distributed the 2018 schedule which included a new destination - KCRE - Grand Strand/North Myrtle Beach (or, for those of us who go back a way, Crescent Beach) to be held February 4. We are looking forward to going as I do not recall the SCBC ever visiting this airport.
Stoney presented a suggestion that would provide our President a backup. Our Secretary, Wendy, has worked for a number of months on a plan to create three Districts of the SCBC and have a contact person associated with each District. This plan will be presented in an updated post with the airports that will be included in each District.
October 9, 2017
Wellll.... we knew the weather would nail us and we were right. As we were driving in to Camden, however, N26167 out of Gilbert International managed to duck in under the misty skies. Well played, gentlemen! Thanks to EAA 242 for preparing their always outstanding breakfast, to those who stuck around after attending the VAA Chapter 3 Antique Aircraft fly-in, and to the folks at Camden for hosting.
September 18, 2017
What to do after Carolina loses to Kentucky and Clemson wins over Louisville? Fly to Laurens for the Breakfast Club! That's what we did - along with 41 others - tho I suspect reminiscing over football results was not the real reason all of us got together. More likely, it was the idea of flying to Laurens for breakfast and participating in a whole lot of hangar talk. Thank you very much to the folks at Laurens for hosting and to the Boy Scouts who helped with the serving and cleanup. You guys earned your badges for certain!
September 4, 2017
One could not have asked for a more perfect Sunday morning for us to get together for breakfast! That is what we and 38 other airplanes had in mind when we met at Owens Field. And, yes, we DID fly in from Hangar 25! Thanks to Jim Herpst and the good folks of EAA242 for their always spectacular breakfast. Thanks, also, to Peggy Roberson for allowing us temporary use of Y2 - 'cause otherwise we would have been meeting in Hangar 25...
August 23, 2017
Looked a little iffy when we checked weather (1/4 mile, 200' over) and it didn't look any better after we got the airplane ready to go. However, the vicinity around Moncks Corner looked like it was clearing - so we decided to take a shot. We are glad we did as were the other 28 airplanes who made it in for breakfast. Thank you so much to Stacy Thomas and all the folks at Moncks Corner for having us over - and to the Boy Scouts who did a great job marshaling us and helping to move airplanes into parking places.
August 7, 2017
With great weather around most of the state, over 40 airplanes made it in to Anderson! Gerald also made it in - to be greeted with well wishes from all of us. He was really stoked about coming and we were glad to see him out and about. Roger Blackman did an outstanding job keeping us all in order, awarding those who flew the furthest, chastising the person who signed the ball (which runway was that??), and giving away a fistful of dollars. Thank you so much to the folks at Anderson for hosting and for their always fine breakfast. Personal thanks to Doc and Roger who allowed me to hitch a ride in Doc's Arrow while Stoney was on a trip. You guys do great work!
July 24, 2017
Haze...haze...haze! Welcome to Summer in South Carolina! 35 airplanes made it in to Cheraw this morning despite the visibility, the heat, and the fact that Oshkosh has started.
Thanks to Wendell Hall and everyone at Cheraw for ensuring we were well fed. The always-popular tomato and cheese grits were on hand and I have been promised a copy of the recipe - which I have permission to post here as soon as I get it.
Stoney stood in for Gerald - who continues to recuperate. He is back home getting better and stronger every day. Our prayers and good thoughts are working. Keep it up!
July 11, 2017
After 3 missed Breakfast Clubs due to weather, we finally got a break and made it in to Triple Tree. We and over 100 other airplanes arrived in the space of 1.5 hours! The folks at Triple Tree do a bang-up job keeping us all in line and getting us down safely. And once down, they feed us exceptionally well in the bargain.
Stoney stood in for Gerald - who is back in the hospital getting more diagnostic tests so doctors can determine how to move forward with treatment. Rather than have everyone sign a giant 'get well' card for him, we all signed a giant 'get well' beach ball. We all then stood in front of the Triple Tree Pavilion and sent him our absolute best wishes for a full recovery. We will deliver the beach ball and our group shot to him in a few days...
May 22, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club in action at Holly Hill Airport on May 21, 2017. While the skies over Holly Hill were clear(ish), a fog bank at Orangeburg and lots of messy weather headed in our direction kept our flying numbers down to 7. Those 7, plus those of us who drove in, enjoyed breakfast prepared by the Holly Hill chef staff. Not only that, but there were brand new SCBC t-shirts available! The folks at Holly Hill plan to send t-shirts out to FBOs so they will be available for purchase around the state. Cool? I thought so...
Thanks to Larry Gardner and the good folk at Holly Hill for having us in, to Mike and Deedee Kullenberg for running the lottery, and to Roger Backman for standing in as MC while Gerald was stuck under low skies in Twin Lakes...
May 8, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was peeking thru the fog at White Plains Airport on May 7, 2017. It was a little before 8am when we left KCUB for SC99. As we cleared the city, we looked toward the horizon to see a line of fog appear PRECISELY over White Plains. Once in the vicinity, we noticed some dissipation to the west and flew a few circles over the field to stir up the air. Seems to have worked because 10 minutes later, runway 9 was clear enough for an approach. 15 minutes after that, the fog was transformed to a thing of fond memory! The clear skies saw 21 airplanes making it in to enjoy breakfast cooked by Chapter 242. Thanks to the folks at White Plains for having us over. We appreciate it!
May 1, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at York County/Rock Hill Airport on April 30, 2017. The portent of low skies meant our numbers were down a bit - but we still had 16 fly-ins and 2 taxi-ins at Rock Hill this morning. We took the low road and drove in while Gerald was stuck in Augusta with the same low skies. Many thanks to Skytech for providing the venue and to Rock Hill's Chapter 961 for bringing on the breakfast. Thanks for having us over!
April 17, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Broxton Bridge Plantation on April 16, 2017. While everyone else was in church for Easter Sunday, the rest of us heathens gathered at Broxton Bridge for breakfast! Tho weather in and around the state was a bit foggy earlier in the day, that did not stop 18 airplanes from making it in to SC55. Many thanks to Jerry Varn and his folks for allowing us to come in on a holiday and a special thanks go to the ladies who did all the cooking. We appreciate it and are looking forward to coming back next year!
April 3, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Palmetto Air Plantation on April 2, 2017. Beautiful skies throughout the state brought 44 of us to Palmetto Air Plantation to make up for the bad weather that kept us down last year. The United Methodist Men once again blessed us with a wonderful breakfast and the Palmetto Air marshals are to be commended for getting us properly parked. Unfortunately, Stoney and the 172 pilot we were following ended up using the opposite runway and signed the ball! Stoney stood in for Gerald as he continues to recover from his recent ill health. I spoke with Gerald when we returned and he is looking forward to (hopefully) his final physical exam so he can be at Broxton Bridge on the 16th. Please keep him in your thoughts. Get well wishes can be sent to him at Ballard Truck and Tire, 2054 Old Savannah Road, Augusta, GA, 30901.
March 20, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Lexington County Airport at Pelion on March 19, 2017. 29 of us made it in to Pelion despite high winds in the forecast that forced some of us to leave our gathering a little earlier than planned. Gerald is back and looking MUCH better than we saw him last. Todd Clamp presented Roger Blackman the Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award to honor his 50 years of safe flying. Congratulations, Roger! Many thanks to Michael Spires and the folks of Lexington County @ Pelion for providing a nice, warm hangar and to Jim Herpst and the folks at EAA Chapter 242 for cooking. It is always a treat!
March 6, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Bishopville on March 5, 2017. 37 of us flew in for breakfast in one of the most unique venues for our meetings - the Cotton Museum and War Veterans Memorial in downtown Bishopville. Thanks so much to the folks at Bishopville for making us welcome and to the Citadel cadets who helped usher us about. Special thanks to David Allen for providing the airplane and to Stoney for running the show in Gerald's absence. Gerald is still recuperating from his hospitalization last week. He was released Friday and, despite his daughters' wishes to have him rest away from work, he was his usual insistent self and is back home in Augusta at the junk yard - with plans to attend our next meeting in Pelion on the 19th...
February 22, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Greenville Downtown airport on February 19, 2017 - while I was in Los Angeles in the rain! At least 28 airplanes made it in to GMU. Because of some reports of upcoming weather, Stoney drove in so the RANS wouldn't get wet. He not only took pictures and video on my behalf, but also acted as our Leader on Gerald's behalf. Many thanks to the folks in Greenville for hosting us!
February 6, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Eagle Aviation's location at Columbia Metropolitan Airport on February 5, 2017. Weather forecasts earlier in the week showed rain for this one - but we got lucky with high overcast and a few small showers here and there. 21 airplanes (including our taxi-over) made it in to Columbia to enjoy breakfast by Palmetto Sport Aviation's EAA Chapter 242. Thanks so much to Eagle Aviation for providing a warm hangar for us!
January 23, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Low Country Regional (formerly Colleton County) Airport in Walterboro on January 22, 2017. Since the weather was down, our first visit to Walterboro since 2010 had to be in the form of a 2003 Jetta. The only airplane that "flew" in was a J-3 - and that was a flight from KRBW after the rain stopped and clouds lifted to a point where he could get a little pattern work in! In any event, the breakfast was outstanding as was the company. Stoney stood in for Gerald and the SCBC lottery was in full effect. Thanks so much to the folks at Walterboro for having us.
January 9, 2017
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Aiken Municipal Airport on January 8, 2017. 12 degress at 6am? YIKES!! Despite that, the skies were clear and 13 airplanes made it to Aiken - including one soul who flew in from Sumter with no heat. Needless to say, he signed the ball after he thawed out - but then had to make the trip back to Sumter. We hope he manages to find SOMETHING to provide some heat - if nothing more than an 1800-watt hair dryer (yes - it has been done). Thanks to Mickey Anaclerio and the folks at Aiken for having us in and to 'A's Country Kitchen" for putting up with us for breakfast.
December 19, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Twin Lakes in Graniteville on December 17, 2016. Well, the weather outside wasn't exactly frightful - unless you WANT to get caught in a 40kt wind shear at altitude. We took the low road and drove to Twin Lakes. No one flew in - didn't even file to Aiken and sneak over - which was the smart choice. This is the third year in a row the weather has nailed Twin Lakes and Gerald is ready to move the gathering at his place to a time of year more conducive to good weather (can anybody say pig-picking on July 4?)! We still had a good crowd and got to see our extended SCBC family for the last time in 2016. Thanks to Steven Amster and Stoney Truett for the additional pix. The next meeting is in 3 weeks - in Aiken - on January 8. Happy Holidays and keep the blue side up...
December 12, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Spartanburg Downtown Airport on December 11, 2016. Chilly, chilly chilly! 31 airplanes ventured into the cold that morning (and hopefully had their oil heaters on overnight) to have a wonderful breakfast at Spartanburg Downtown Airport. The ball was signed by two gentlemen who had the moxie (and heavy jackets) to arrive in a Stearman! Thanks to the folk at Spartanburg for hosting, to Stoney Truett for the drone work, and to David Allen for providing the transportation and for many of the pictures you see in the video.
December 5, 2016
November 28, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club in action at Fairfield County Airport (Winnsboro) on November 27, 2016. Literally a month of Sundays has passed since the last SCBC with good weather! 33 airplanes made it to Winnsboro for the always spectacular breakfast headed up by Lloyd Dunham - assisted by Ken Berry and so many others. Thanks to Brian Steed and the folks at Winnsboro for having us in!
October 31, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club in action at Orangeburg Municipal Airport on October 30, 2016. Despite the AWOS at OGB indicating 1.75-mile visibility and mist, we managed to find the airport at 8 miles out! Seems 33 other pilots were also able to find the field - so we were set to re-elect our Secretary, Wendy Griffin and our President, Gerald Ballard (who has been in office since 1979). Thanks to Carroll Joye for running the election and to Ron Kohler and the folks at Orangeburg for having us in.
October 4, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club in action at Camden (Woodward Field) on October 2, 2016. Despite the lines of fog along the way, Camden remained in the clear for 74 airplanes to attend our gathering - including the folks who participated in the Antique Aircraft Fly-in during the weekend. Scott Crosby took an opportunity to remember one of our long-time members, Joe Hinson, of Fountain Inn, who passed on September 25. Another long-time member, Mr. Rudy Branham, was the recipient of cake and a chorus of "Happy Birthday" in honor of his 83rd trip around the sun! Congratulations, Mr. Rudy!
September 19, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club in action at Laurens County Airport on September 18, 2016. Forecasts of low skies the evening before did not deter us! The official count was 43 airplanes - and we got pix or video of each and every one! Thank you to the cooks for a stellar breakfast and to the folks at Laurens for hosting, for parking us, and for providing transport from the faaar ends of the taxiway. Kudos to the Boy Scouts who really put in some hard work setting up, serving, and breaking down. (And if anyone has the recipe for the tomato and pepper hash browns, please post it on the SCBC Facebook page!)
September 6, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Owens (Columbia Downtown) airport on September 4. It was a perfect day for a Breakfast Club! Not too cool. Not too hot (well, unless you stayed late). 50 airplanes made it in for EAA 242's cooking - which we always look forward to enjoying. The Columbia StarRiders came in to support the announcement of the "Hawks & Hawgs" Scavenger Hunt which will be held at CUB next Saturday (Sep 10) and Jim Herpst announced that the Ford Trimotor will be at the field October 13-16.
September 2, 2016
The event was a "Hawks & Hawgs" version of the Scavenger Hunt - where bikers (Hawgs) competed with pilots (Hawks) to see who could raise the most money for Camp Kemo.
Each Hawg team had a list of clues that could be found in and around the downtown Columbia area. They had 2 hours to locate sites, take pictures or video, and
return to the Airport.
On the Hawks side, pilots and crew would choose 10 clues to random checkpoints and plan their flights. They had 1.5 hours to locate and document as many checkpoints/clues as they could and land back at KCUB.
August 22, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Moncks Corner (Berkeley County) airport on August 21, 2016. Looks like the weather was good all around the state as 36 airplanes made it to Moncks Corner for breakfast. We knew there would be a crowd when we got there at 8:15 and there were already 4 airplanes on the ground! Thanks so much to the folks at Moncks Corner for hosting. It has been a few years since they have had decent weather for our event - so it was about time they got a break!
August 8, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Anderson County Airport on August 7, 2016. Seems the weather was all over the map - to a point where Gerald couldn't get out of Twin Lakes (low overcast in the southern part of the state). Roger Blackmon very kindly agreed to act in Gerald's absence while Stoney was returning from Virginia. I arrived in my Jetta Wagon while at least 43 pilots made the trip in more proper modes of transport. A very special ceremony was held to present a Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" award to Reid Garrison.
July 25, 2016
The South Carolina Breakfast Club was in action at Cheraw Municipal Airport on July 24, 2016. A forecast of 100 degrees didn't stop us from getting together at Cheraw! We had 48 airplanes make it in for the famous Cheraw breakfast and their tomato grits. Thanks to the folks at Cheraw for making us welcome. It is not an easy thing to do in the heat and we appreciate it!
July 13, 2016
The South Crolina Breakfast Club in action at Triple Tree Aerodrome on July 10, 2016. We made a promise to ourselves to get to Triple Tree early because we had a feeling a few folks might show up. Boy, were we right! 110 airplanes made it in for a breakfast of everything you could imagine a breakfast to be. Good friends, good food, good weather (well - if you like 87 degrees at 10am). Thanks so much for the folks at Triple Tree for having us in.
July 10, 2016
Drone footage was added for the SCBC held at Triple Tree Aerodrome on July 10, 2016.
July 8, 2016
The City of Cayce House of Cats web site upgrade is live!
City of Cayce House of Cats
1914 Memorial Drive
Cayce, SC 29033-1519
Phone: (803) 603-3385