August 2012

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The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center

Safety Seminars 
IFR Roundtable: Visual Segments on Instrument Approaches
FAA Ramp Checks: What You Need to Know


August 22 (Wed) 7pm Intro to G1000: Screens & Knobs


Adventures in Crosswinds 


Right Seat Workshop: Radio Comms & ATC 


The Fleet
C182 - G1000
N1483L - $240/hr 
C172S - G1000
N63251 - $170/hr
N1004E - $170/hr
N646DW - $170/hr
C172S - 6-pack
N458SP - $150/hr
N236SP - $150/hr


N24896 - $105/hr
N6123L- $105/hr   


Xwind 200 - $250/session
ATD GNS-430W - $35/hr    
 (member prices shown) 

 Aug 12 (Sun) - Lunch FlyOut to Santa Rosa 
Aug 18 (Sat) - Air Rally 
Aug 23-26 (Thu-Sun) - Portland, Seattle
Aug 31 (Fri) - Full Moon Flyers    
Sept 7-9 (Fri-Sun) - Santa Maria Wine Tasting Weekend 
Check out our selection of SCFC and FOG gear! T-shirts, mouse pads and squishy planes guaranteed to start conversations about your favorite hobby.


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655 Skyway Rd
Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070 


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August 2012

N1483L has joined the fleet!
You asked for it and we  delivered. This 2007 C182 G1000 is loaded up with all  
the bells and whistles: Synthetic Vision, Active TAS, XM Weather, and integrated GFC-700 autopilot. It will soon become your favorite cross country plane.
N1483L rents for $240/hr for SCFC members, and $255/hr for non-members flying with an SCFC instructor. Schedule your C182 checkout today, call (650) 946-1700.


August Simulator Training Special
With the arrival of the Multi-Screened G1000 Simulator, we are proud  to offer a series of IFR Simulator Packages to help you stay current, confident and safe in IMC. This month SCFC members can choose any of our two-hour, instructor-led VOR Sim Packages for only $250. Choose from VOR DME Approaches, Long Final VOR Approaches, Conventional VOR Approaches, On-field VOR Approaches, or VOR/VOR Cross-Radial Approaches. The regular cost for these sessions is $270 for SCFC Member, $290 for non-members. Call (650) 946-1700 to schedule your session this month to save.


SCFC's Right Seat Workshops are designed to give right-seaters  opportunities to learn more about what is happening in the cockpit. Each ground-based session will familiarize participants with one area of flying, and can be paired with in-flight training sessions on request.


Session #1 is an introduction to radio communication and air traffic control. CFI Dan Dyer presents this fun, interactive workshop on Saturday, September 1st, 10am-3pm. Cost is $80 for right-seaters sponsored by SCFC members, or $100 for non-members. Call (650) 946-1700 to sign up or inquire further

Member Profile: Calvin Craig  

Calvin Craig is shooting for the stars. He aims to become a commissioned officer in the Air Force, and he's starting by learning to fly at here San Carlos Flight Center, enrolling in the Aviation Operations program at SJSU, and participating in the Air Force ROTC program. "People often ask me what type of planes I want to fly in the Air Force, and I don't care, as long as it flies! My Uncle George once told me to 'shoot for the stars, but settle for the moon.' So I'd be just as happy flying big/slow cargo or passenger planes as I would flying super-sonic fighter jets."


On July 30th, Calvin achieved his first solo flight. "To be honest, I thought I would have been more nervous than I actually was. Once Kevin jumped out of the plane, I still felt cool and comfortable at the controls. Two things I noticed about soloing: the airplane's climb performance is much better with no instructor! And it seems to be a lot quieter in the plane, sort of an eerie silence."


Ever since Uncle George took Calvin flying at age eight, "from then on, that's all I ever wanted, and now I finally have the opportunity to pursue that passion. You get that sense of freedom that really only pilots get. It's one of those feelings you can't explain, you just have to experience it. It is very satisfying."


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


Join the Special Ops Team! 

Roll up your sleeves and get involved in the Special Ops Team! Current projects involve photography, event planning, and making the Flight Center a place where everyone feels welcomed and involved. Meetings are generally every other Monday at 6:30pm in the SCFC classroom, and our next meeting is Monday, August 13 at 6:30pm, and we'll focus on photography.

It's Air Rally Time!
Come join the fun as we take to the skies for an  aerial treasure hunt. Think The Amazing Race with teams of three in airplanes. Only one person needs to be a pilot, so gather two of your friends and sign up for some fun! You fly the airplane while one person opens and solves clues and the other person scans the ground searching for that clue. If you solve all the clues correctly you'll end up at the final destination where we'll be waiting for you with lunch. Sign up today on the FOG Database, or call (650) 946-1700.


Want to join but don't have a full crew? We can help! Contact Terry at or (650) 307-2304.


Full Moon Flyers
Seven planes and 19 FlyOutGroup members descended upon the Vineyards Chop House, on the field at Buchanan Airport in Concord (KCCR), on Friday, August 3rd. Everyone enjoyed a great dinner and ideal night flying conditions.


Missed this one? Join us for the next Full Moon Flyers on Friday, August 31st. Destination will be chosen the week prior based on weather, as this is always a VFR-only event.