July 2013

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The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center

In This Issue
Member News 
Welcome New Members
Bennett Bibel
Dave Brenner
Victor Cheng
Shelby Cundiff
Todd Eichel
Gene McCutcheon
Kyle Smathers
Tim Stingle
Matthew Streem
Michel Vidal-Naquet
Sebastiaan Waelkens
Bob Wood


 Member Achievements
Andy Simmons
Instrument Rating


Harish Guntaka
Solo Cross Country
(CFI John Murphy)
Safety Seminars
Void if Not Off: Instrument Departures from Untowered Airports
Rusty Pilot Seminar
Navigating SF Bay Area Airspace
Approach Plate Lunch
Intro to G1000:
Screens and Knobs

Events & Trips
Full Moon Flyers
Air Rally and Picnic
August 9 (Fri)
FlyOut Lunch
August 16-18 (Fri-Sun)
Santa Ynez Wine Tasting
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 
N63251 - $175/hr
C172S - 6-pack
N458SP - $153/hr
N236SP - $153/hr
N21263 - $156/hr


N24896 - $98/hr
N6123L- $98/hr   


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


 (member prices shown) 
Pop Quiz
A fun monthly knowledge test
 1) What mode does the FLC button activate on a G1000 with integrated GFC700 autopilot?


2) Which Flight Center aircraft has no moveable flaps?


3) What is the required readback to an ATC instruction to "standby"?


(answers are at the bottom)
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Pop Quiz Answers: 
1) Flight Level Change mode. Essentially a constant airspeed climb or descent.


2) Super Decathlon N66405. Doesn't need them, and is lighter without them.


3) Nothing. Silence.
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July 2013

Safety Tip - Setting Radios for San Carlos
Check out this radio setup.  Primary ATC on Comm1, Wx and GND on Comm2. It's a quick way to improve your SQL operations in 3 ways:
1) Calls to GND and TWR confirm that both radios transmit and receive prior to taking the runway.  
2) Allows monitoring of Wx on second radio while on maintaining primary communication with ATC on Comm 1. 
3) Best reason! Helps manage those times when only one SQL controller is working both tower and ground. The "R" indicator is a quick visual way to know which frequencies are busy, so you can be sure you're not chatting up your controller on one frequency, while he or she is already in a conversation on the other. 


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Prop Wash Causes Real Damage
Recently, a Cessna based at San Carlos had its rudder seriously damaged by King Air making a tight turn at high power in the parking area. Jet blast is serious and hazardous to people and property. Prop wash can be too. When operating your Flight Center aircraft, ensure that you don't blast airplanes or people with grit, rocks, or debris. Shut down your aircraft while on the yellow centerline, and push the plane back around into your parking space. It's one way SCFC members show respect to other aviators.


Member Profile: Dave Pifke   
SCFC: When did you begin flying? 
DP: I picked up the aviation bug in 1997, first as a skydiver (I now have over 1,500 jumps) then started working towards my pilot's license in 2000. I've had two hiatuses from flying: the first was 2003-2006 while I was living in Portland, Oregon, and the second while I was running my own e-commerce startup from 2009-2012.


SCFC: What drew you to the Flight Center? 
DP: About a year ago, I took a job with a big tech company on the Peninsula, and all of a sudden found myself with free time again. I saw that SCFC was hosting a Rusty Pilot Seminar and decided the time was right for me to get back into flying. After the seminar, I signed up on the spot to start working towards a flight review.


SCFC: What is one of your favorite flying memories? 
DP: I've been fairly active with the FlyOutGroup (FOG) this year, and all of the FOG trips rank pretty highly. The scenery on the California and Colorado mountain flying trips was amazing. I'll never forget my first time flying through Luther Pass into South Lake Tahoe. I was nervous about the terrain on either side of me until I saw the valley open up towards the lake right as the sun started dropping down behind the mountains.


SCFC: What are your aviation goals and dreams? 
DP: Next step for me is to complete an Instrument Proficiency Check. I earned my instrument rating in 2008 right before my last break from flying, and would love to be able to use it again. I'd also like to get back into flying tailwheel.


SCFC: What do you like to do when you're not in the cockpit?
DP: I play guitar and I've been seeing a lot of live music lately. There's a weekly open mic night at the bar around the corner from my house that has quite the eclectic group of regular performers. 
The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  
designed to help SCFC members get to know one another. 


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Hiller Aviation Museum Kid's Air Faire
SCFC teams up with Hiller Aviation Museum for their Kid's Air Faire on Wednesday, July 31st, 11am-2pm. The event is open to kids of all ages. You can build and fly a model glider or Twirly Helicopter or view the open cockpits of a Boeing 747, 737 and Grumman Albatross. SCFC will be there providing great aviation activities. Click here for complete information on Hiller's web site. 
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SCFC in the Community
We at San Carlos Flight Center place a high value on community. Not only in the sense of building a community of safe pilots, but also bringing the joy of aviation to others outside the airport. We are proud to have provided program sponsorship for several great organizations this year, including San Carlos Little League, San Carlos Hometown Days, San Carlos Children's Theater, and the Carlmont High School Choral Program. We have also donated aerial tours for silent auctions benefiting many great nonprofit organizations, including Presidio Hill School, Santa Clara Valley 99s, Zoo To You, Noe Valley Chamber Music, Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, and Muttville.


If you know of a great local sports team or arts group that's looking for sponsorship, or a silent auction in need of an amazing prize, please let us know. We'd love to be a part of it.

FOG 2013 - We're Just Getting Started
So many great FOG activities and trips already this year, and many more coming up. So mark your calendar and join the fun! Time to stretch your pilot certificate a little bit farther than a bay tour.
  • August 3 (Sat) Air Rally and Picnic
  • August 16-18 (Fri-Sun) Santa Barbara Wine Weekend
  • September 6-8 (Fri-Sun) Catalina Island Weekend
  • September 20-22 (Fri-Sun) Viva Las Vegas Weekend
  • October 3-6 (Thu-Sun) Pacific Northwest Tour
  • October 10-12 (Thu-Sat) AOPA Aviation Summit in Ft Worth, TX
  • November 8-10 (Fri-Sun) Disneyland FlyOut Adventure


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Tailwheel Day is August 11th
We often hear people say that they'd really like to try flying tailwheel, if only...
So we're hosting Tailwheel Day on Sunday, August 11th - a whole day of tailwheel intro flights atreduced rates, so you can get a 

taste of the action. Everyone is welcome - licensed pilots, student pilots, and not-yet-pilots. A half hour flight with a great instructor is just $100.
Call (650) 946-1700 to schedule your Intro Flight on Tailwheel Day.
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We keep our online calendar updated, so bookmark this page: 
 http://www.sancarlosflight.com/activities/calendarBetter yet, follow the instructions at the top of the page to add this calendar to your iPhone.