April 2013

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The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center

Member News 
Welcome New Members
Lloyd Appling  
Mark Bomman
Praveen Das
Stoo Davies
Jeff Frederick

Jeff Hermansen

Bob Leuten, CFI
Manny Morad
Justin Phillipson, CFI  
John Shea
Lida Teneva
Mark Tsuei
Seth Warhaftig
 Member Achievements
Connor Abernathy
First Solo Flight
(CFI John Murphy)


Calvin Craig
Private Pilot
(CFI Kevin Hyberger)


 Kan Lu
First Solo Flight
(CFI Dan Dyer)


Joe Zanette
First Solo Flight

 (CFI Kevin Hyberger)


Safety Seminars
Destination: Las Vegas


VFR Chart Challenge:
Can you find your way around without the
glowing magenta line?
Tax Options to Consider When Buying an Airplane
Dead Tired:
Avoiding Pilot Fatigue
Student and New Student Pilot Support Group 

Events & Trips
Full Moon Flyers
FlyOut Lunch
California Mountain Flying
Colorado Mountain Flying
The Fleet
Super Decathlon
N66405 - $140/hr 
($160/hr for aerobatic)
N59WD - $135/hr


C182 - G1000
N182BG - $235/hr
N1483L - $240/hr 
C172S - G1000
N646DW - $170/hr 
N1004E - $170/hr
N63251 - $175/hr
C172S - 6-pack
N458SP - $150/hr
N236SP - $150/hr


N24896 - $95/hr
N6123L- $95/hr   


Xwind 200 - $240/session
ATD GNS-430W - $30/hr    


 (member prices shown) 
Pop Quiz
A fun monthly knowledge test
1) Why does Tach time run slower than Hobbs time?


2) What measurement of longitude and latitude 
is equal to 1 NM?  


3) While in flight into an area of decreasing atmospheric pressure, from which side will the winds likely blow?  


(answers are at the bottom)
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Pop Quiz Answers: 
1) Tach time is tied to engine RPM at full power. When operated at less than full power, RPMs are lower and Tach time is less than Hobbs time.
2) One minute of latitude equals 1 NM.
3) From the left. Winds typically rotate clockwise around a high pressure area and counter-clockwise around a low.
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April 2013

Flight Line Staff: An old idea, reborn
Personal contact is the core of all SCFC services. Flying with us is about connection, and welcome, and a sense of community. We aim a lot higher than your standard "rental car" approach to a flying club.
In March, we resurrected a tried-and-true method of aircraft care and member service: Flight Line staff. You'll find a Flight Line staffer down at the planes, available to help you with your preflight or post-flight. Need oil, window cleaner, a rag, or just help pulling the plane out? Ask Matt or Kirk. They are there to help.  In between flights, you'll find them working to keep SCFC planes clean inside and out, tracking and resolving minor squawks, and helping SCFC members with loading or securing.
Another way the Flight Center rises above the average flying club.
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We look forward to seeing you at the May Monthly BBQ! It's a great opportunity to meet other pilots, do some hangar flying, enjoy great food, and recognize each other's achievements.


Our guest this month is Allen "Ace" Abbott, author of Dead Tired: Pilot Fatigue-Aviation's Insidious Killer, which examines the issue of cockpit fatigue. Ace will present an engaging and informative seminar at 12:00pm in the SCFC Classroom, and will then join us in the hangar for the BBQ and more pilot stories. Don't miss this one, he's quite a character!
Please RSVP by Friday, May 3rd so we can plan the right amount of food. Either call (650) 946-1700 or email us at info@sancarlosflight.com.

Respect for Crosswinds
It's the time of year to renew your respect for wind, especially for crosswind takeoffs and landings. Challenge yourself to treat every takeoff and landing as a crosswind operation, with correct use of rudder and aileron. Competent pilots know that rudder control should be quick, light, and corrective, and aileron control should be steady, measured, and stable. Say it loud and proud: Parallel!  Parallel!  Parallel!

A great way to improve your confidence and skills for managing light to medium crosswinds is on SCFC's Crosswind Landing simulator. Call today for member pricing. It may be the best money you ever spent on improving the safety of your landings.

Member Profile: Mark Gruschka
SCFC: What inspired you to learn to fly?
MG: I've been interested in flight for as long as I can remember. My father works for United Airlines, so commercial air travel has always been a part of my life, and I would always enjoy staring out the window at the amazing sight below. I also like to read about the science, engineering, and history behind flight.


SCFC: What was the best part about your flight training?
MG: The opportunity to solo. Being the only occupant of an airplane for the first time was a very fulfilling experience as I realized that I was the only person who could get it back on the ground safely. It left me with a great sense of achievement.


SCFC: What was the biggest challenge?
MG: Learning crosswind landings. It took me a while to fully understand the necessary adjustments that needed to be made to correct for the moving air mass. But it felt great to finally get the hang of it!


SCFC: What are your goals now that you're a Private Pilot?
MG: I've been enjoying taking family and friends up in the air. I have also been accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy and I will enter Basic Cadet Training in June. After the Academy, my goal is to pilot aircraft in the U.S. Air Force. I know that my flight training here at home will be very helpful.


SCFC: What's your advice for someone who is learning to fly?
MG: Have fun, always be mindful of safety, and ask as many questions as you need to.


The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature, 
designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.  

We've put together a 2-day training event to help pilots gain experience and meet mountain checkout requirements. These are routes and airports that a California pilot may experience at some time in their life. 
  • learn to fly safely over mountainous terrain
  • learn about high elevation airport operations
  • experience some of California's highest and trickiest airports safely
  • see some amazing scenery and stay overnight in South Lake Tahoe
We do this event regularly and it's always a great learning experience. While the primary goal is education, most of the participants used the flight time to work toward high-performance endorsements, C182 aircraft checkouts, mountain checkouts, or G1000 avionics checkouts.


Sign up on the database at


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The Colorado Mountain Flying Trip is on the calendar and we are now taking reservations! Spectacular scenery and challenging flying make this popular FlyOutGroup (FOG) trip intensely awesome. We take all C182s with one CFI and two pilots per plane. 
Wed, June 26 - Depart the Bay Area bound for Durango, CO (KDGO). Overnight at the historic Strater Hotel.
Thu, June 27 - Fly from Durango to Eagle, CO (KEGE) the long route, flying as many mountain passes in between as weather conditions will allow. Overnight in Glenwood Springs at our favorite hangout, the Hotel Colorado.
Fri, June 28 - Rise early, spend the morning flying the northern passes. Return to Eagle before the afternoon winds pick up. Afternoon at your leisure for a hike or a soak in the famous hot springs.
Sat, June 29 - Depart Eagle for Las Vegas. Overfly the Grand Canyon en route. Unwind with a night in Sin City.
Sun, June 30 - Depart Las Vegas for the Bay Area. Go home and sort through hundreds of amazing photos and memories.
To inquire or sign up, please contact Terry Fiala at terry@sancarlosflight.com
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Santa Maria Wine Tasting Weekend Recap 
Strong winds and patchy clouds couldn't stand between 31 FOG Friendsand our wine tasting weekend! Everyone safely made it there and back, and had a blast in between. The Most Dedicated FOG Member Awards go to Conrado Dominguez and his wife Julie Stuhr, who opted to drive down instead of battling the winds.
Santa Maria 1


We kicked off the party with the Friday Night Wine Down at Costa de Oro. We took over the patio, getting introduced or caught up, sipping great PInot Noir and listening to great live music. 


Santa Maria 2
Saturday started out with a picnic lunch and tasting at Foxen winery. With the chaos of lunch delivery and such a big group, they started out pouring for us and eventually gave in to the notion that we would help ourselves. The whites here were memorable.


Next stop was Zaca Mesa, where we stumbled upon an improptu (and very good) a capella choir concert. Pair that with the giant chess board and good wine, and you've got a nice place to hang out for a bit.

Santa Maria 3


We ended Koehler, a small and surprisingly good winery. Emily the cat lives there peacefully with about a dozen sheep on beautiful property. Just what we needed for the last stop!
Don't worry if you missed it this year, we'll do it again next year. Same time, same hotel, different wineries. 


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http://sancarlosflightcenter.com/events-calendar. Better yet, follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to add this calendar to your iPhone.