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May 2019

Flying the Bay Tour

May 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Flying in the San Francisco Bay area is spectacular, a real privilege for local pilots. The Pacific Ocean, a dramatic coastline, beautiful hills, and many famous landmarks. As pilots, we are afforded a rare bird's eye view that we long to share with our friends and family. So what exactly is a "Bay Tour"? And, with the unveiling of the new SFO Bravo Airspace, how does this change the bay tour we are so use to fly? CFI Stephen Heesacker…

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Challenge Yourself: Mastering A/C Systems and Avionics

May 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Are you master of your aircraft? Do you understand the full power and capability of the systems and avionics on your aircraft? Or have you just met the minimum capability to be a Private Pilot. Challenge yourself! The Private Pilot certificate is a license to learn. Start on the path to add enough knowledge and skill to truly master the sky! Last year, San Carlos Flight Center launched a Mastery Badge program for pilots who want to be the best…

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NOTAMS

May 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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NOTAMs carry information of an immediate or transitory nature that has not yet made it into an aeronautical chart. This includes airspace and controlling regulations; you are now bound to comply with the new rules, without any textual or graphical description yet appearing in a printed chart or other document. It’s critical that pilots know where to obtain this time-sensitive information and check it before every flight. In this presentation, SCFC Flight Instructor Brian Eliot will overview and describe recent…

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July 2019

Changes to the Noise Abatement Procedures at KSQL

July 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

San Carlos Airport has very specific departure procedures to limit the noise of airplanes above residential areas. Right now, KSQL has the Bay Meadows, Woodside, and Belmont Slough departures, but at the end of the month, new noise abatement procedures will be released. Every pilot will need to immediately adopt these new guidelines. In this seminar, we have KSQL Airport Communications Specialist Davi Howard explaining the new departure names and procedures, something every pilot flying to and from KSQL needs…

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August 2019

Ground School Refresher: Reading Performance Charts

August 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

Aircraft manufacturers present performance data in tabular or graphical form, and attempt to indicate how the aircraft will perform in a variety of different atmospheric conditions and power settings. Usually found in Section 5 of the Pilot’s Operating Manual, these charts can be used to help pilots determine takeoff and landing distance, fuel burn, and rate of climb depending on factors like temperature, pressure altitude, and whether or not there is an obstacle. In this safety seminar, San Carlos Flight…

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September 2019

A Day in the Life of a Charter Pilot

September 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

It's impossible to learn the answer to every situation while you are a student pilot. Most of a pilot’s learning happens after becoming a private pilot, and continues with every flight. Even after flying for so many years, pilot’s will encounter some interesting and unexpected situations that they never experienced before. With over 20 years of flying as a charter pilot, Capt. Ben Taber has had numerous unforgettable moments in the cockpit. In this seminar, he will discuss his memorable…

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Storm Area 51 – They Can’t Stop All of the Bay Flight Fleet

September 20, 2019

Make sure you're current to take passengers because we're flying all the aliens back the Bay Area

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October 2019

Radio Communications 3 – Non-towered Airports

October 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Flying in and out of the many airports in California requires a high degree of situational awareness and sophisticated radio skills. And yet, radio communication is rarely taught as a specific subject during private pilot training. Usually, new pilots just absorb what they hear on the frequency around them, both good and bad. Although some radio techniques are covered in ground school, rarely do student pilots get the time devoted to demystifying this often-confusing subject. This seminar is the third…

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November 2019

What I learned Building my Own Airplane

November 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Flying an airplane can be fun in itself, but what about building your own? That lifelong childhood dream of building you own real airplane might be coming true; but what does it take to get there? San Carlos Flight Center invites Reinhardt Quelle, an experienced Private Pilot and Airplane Builder to speak with the pilot community on the ups and downs of his experiences. The experimental/amateur built category provides seemingly limitless choices not only in what you can build, but…

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Charter Pilot

November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ben Taber talks about being a charter pilot.

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Vandenberg Air Force Base Space and Missile Heritage Center

November 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$5

Vandenberg Air Force Base is first and foremost an active-duty military installation, as well as the preeminent west-coast spaceport and test range. It provides indispensable launch, landing, and range capabilities to the nation. 30th Space Wing Public Affairs also provides a quarterly tour to the Space and Missile Heritage Center located at the historic Space Launch Complex-10. The center also serves as the base museum. Tuesday, OCT 22,  2019, FOG has reserved a tour spot for 15 people first come first…

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BAY FLIGHT 2019

November 30, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$219

BAY FLIGHT 2019 is a one-day aviation conference for SF Bay Area pilots on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The event will bring together pilots, aircraft owners, air traffic controllers, and educators to discuss a variety of current topics in aviation. BAY FLIGHT 2019 is hosted by San Carlos Flight Center and will be held at the Seaport Conference Center in Redwood City. The conference will kickoff with a keynote address by Jason Miller, host of The Finer Points, where he…

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December 2019

Ground School Refresher: Airport Signs and Markings

December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pop quiz: What is the new ICAO standard marking for a taxiway approaching a runway? What markings differ between a blast pad and a displaced threshold and what does that indicate to pilots If it has been awhile since you sat through ground school, you may want to join us for a refresher on Airport Signs and Markings. In this safety seminar, we will review the various colors and markings and symbols used on taxiways, runways, parking areas, and areas…

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Mid-Air Collision Avoidance and NUQ Operations

December 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With airspace only getting busier, more aircraft are flying closer to each other every day. We as pilots need to be vigilant about other traffic around us at all times, as it’s crucial for our own safety. San Carlos Flight Center is pleased to invite Lt. Col Chris Nance to speak with the pilot community about how all pilots can improve their alertness while flying. The Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Program is an outreach program to foster relationships with local aviators…

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Radio Comm 4: Bravo and Charlie Airspace

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pilots new to the SF Bay area sometimes feel uncomfortable communicating with controllers in busier Class B and C airports. Let’s address that. Let’s talk about radio communications and help each other overcome fears, operate more safely, and smooth the work of Tower and Approach Controllers. In this seminar, San Carlos Flight Center continues our radio communications series, this time focusing on general aviation operations at Class Bravo and Charlie airports. SFO, OAK, and SJC come with a whole new…

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Whats new with Electric GA Aircraft

December 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

With global pollution on the rise, airplanes are unfortunately one of the main contributors. Exhaust, noise, lead emissions, etc. What solutions are being done about this? Luckily solutions are on the rise, with electric airplanes becoming more prevalent within the GA community. San Carlos Flight Center is pleased to invite Susan Ying from Ampaire Aviation to present the newest discoveries with electric GA aircraft. This presentation provides an overview and highlights Ampaire’s pragmatic approach of developing practical, compelling electric aircraft…

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Low Enroute Charts

December 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Winter is here with all its IMC. The game is real and this is what we train for. You probably have a general understanding of IFR charts including Victor airways and MEAs, but this is the last time to really looked closely at all the information available on a chart. Do you recall how to decipher MRAs? How about the different type of fixes found along an airway? We will take a close look at some hidden gems of details…

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Chief Pilot Tells All: Lessons Learned from My Worst Mistakes

December 21, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

There is a great sharing of information and stories whenever two or more pilots come together. Hangar talk has a long history in passing down tips and advice from one generation to another. Everyone makes mistakes… even high-time pilots or the Chief Pilot of a flight school! Dan Dyer is Owner and Chief Pilot of San Carlos Flight Center and has thousands of hours of flight experience. It’s fair to say that over a career that long, he’s made a…

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NO SEMINARS

December 25, 2019 - January 1, 2020

No seminar due to Christmas and New Years. Please Note SCFC office is also CLOSED on December 25th, December 26th, and January 1st. The office will be closing early December 24th @ 2PM and December 31st @ 2PM. Please come back and join us for the next seminar on January 4th.

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January 2020

Certification Limitations

Sat Jan 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Meeting the requirements for a new FAA pilot certificate is a huge accomplishment that gives the certificate holder an exciting set of privileges. However, terms and conditions apply: there are limitations to what a newly minted pilot can do with their certificate. Join CFI Kyle Smathers as he presents an overview of the limitations of pilot certificates up to the commercial certificate. In addition to the regulations listed in CFR 14, there are also letters of interpretation that government legal…

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Procedures and Zones: Two Very Different Workings of the Pilot Brain

Sat Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A pilot learns to fly using the whole brain. Ground knowledge has to be absorbed and understood, and complex muscle memory skills need to be acquired to the point of mastery. Flight Instructors sometimes note that in reality the student teaches themselves to fly, and the instructor is only responsible for creating a safe training environment and a structure to move things along. By the time a pilot passes the Private Pilot checkride, he or she has developed a rich…

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I Just Got ForeFlight, Now What?

Wed Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm

Students and new pilots are increasingly flying with computer tablets, and using software that replaces paper charts and documents with the digital equivalents. These applications, such as ForeFlight, are extremely powerful and have a plethora of features. For a pilot just beginning to use ForeFlight, the choices and options seem overwhelming. Valuable features and capabilities can go undiscovered. Join SCFC in inviting Alessandro and Brandan to highlight some of the important first steps to take after downloading ForeFlight, and how…

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TBM Adventures Across Europe

Sat Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm

Flying in a 182 to the mountains might seem like the adventure of a lifetime, but how about flying a TBM 930 throughout Europe? For one Bay Area pilot, this was one of the most challenging but yet rewarding experiences he’s ever had, and he is wanting to share it with all of you. San Carlos Flight Center is pleased to invite ATP Tom McGraff to share his experience of flying across Europe. Tom had to undergo many tireless hours…

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Do You Have What it Takes?

Wed Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm

What is the most intense job interview you have ever had? When you knew you really wanted the position but also knew that one wrong answer would get your resume deposited in the circular file. For Commercial Pilots trying to enter the world of charter aviation and/or corporate flying, that first job interview may seem daunting. SCFC has invited Ben Taber a Training Captain for Dreamline Aviation, to reveals the top questions used by intake recruiters to test Commercial Pilot…

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Special Ops Meeting

Thu Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm

Here at San Carlos Flight Center we believe our community helps us stand out as such an amazing and sucessful flight center, and we couldn't be happier! Our motto is safety, community, and adventure; our building blocks that we grow with constantly. In order to provide all the great events, seminars, and groups we have here, we have asked our members to volunteer and lend us a hand where and when they can, which has made each event memorable and awesome. We're aiming…

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SpaceX Booster LA

Sat Jan 25 @ 11:15 am

Stand next to the SpaceX Booster and see just how large it is If Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, then FOG can make the LA Run in 1 day.  Fly to LA and cross LAX to land at Hawthorne Airport aka Jack Northrop Field where SpaceX and its subsidiary The Boring Company is headquartered at the southeast end of the airport. In between the field and SpaceX is TESLA studios. Outside of SpaceX,…

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Blades of Glory

Sat Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm

Is this tiny nick on the propeller an airworthiness item? How perfect does the paint need to be to keep the propeller balanced? If my propeller isn’t completely broken, do I still need to send it to the shop? San Carlos Flight Center has invited Samantha Bloodhart of Sullivan Propellers for an enlightening and educational presentation to promote awareness of safety related propeller and propeller governor issues. Sam will review basic knowledge such as the design differences between the major…

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Understanding Density and Pressure Altitude

Wed Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm

As pilots, we love altitude. So much that we've created a bunch of different kinds of altitude: true altitude, absolute altitude, indicated altitude, assigned altitude, and two kinds of confusing ones - pressure altitude and density altitude. For many pilots, this can lead to a mental overload. Many pilots don't have a working understanding of pressure and density altitude. Are they even real altitudes at all? In this seminar, SCFC CFI’s introduce and explain the terms "pressure altitude" and "density…

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February 2020

Key West to California: Westbound Across America

Sat Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm

Most of us have only been on cross-country flights closer than 300 miles away from our home airport. Only a few of us venture to fly even longer distances. Flying gives us the freedom to go anywhere when we deem its safe, and for one pilot he chose to make the stretch across America. Dave Kramer, a commercial pilot, gained significant experience from his 32 day, solo trip across America. Throughout his flight, he gained many nuggets of knowledge. In…

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My 172 May Help Me Survive

Wed Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm

If disaster strikes, you might be forced to land the airplane in the middle of nowhere. What happens next? You try to call for help, but nothing shows up. It’s getting cold outside as night falls, how can we take advantage of the remaining pieces of my damaged aircraft beside me? Taking apart your Cessna 172 may sound insane, but it could save your life. San Carlos Flight Center invites Michael Dutton a Private Pilot and survival expert on how…

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Journey To Oshkosh: Flying Yourself To The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration

Sat Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm

ach year, EAA holds the world's most renowned airshow in Oshkosh. This event boasts thousands of unique aircraft, presenters, and new learning experiences. Ambitious pilots may consider flying themselves to the show. If it’s your first time, you may wonder what does it take to create a flight plan across the country, to fly one of the most challenging arrival procedures, and most importantly to land safely? San Carlos Flight Center invites Oliver Coolidge, an experienced Oshkosh Pilot and CFI,…

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Full Moon FBO Pizza Party at Sacramento International

Sat Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm

Feb 8th is the Full Moon and this month we will fly to Sacramento International for a “Pizza Party” at Sacramento International Jet Center. Opening as the Sacramento Metropolitan Airport in 1967, SMF was the first public use airport west of the Mississippi built completely from the ground up. Initially served by five airlines and deemed a risky investment, the airport quickly proved skeptics wrong surpassing one million passengers during its first year of operation. Each month, several FOG pilots…

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Gaining Confidence in Your Flight Training: The Use of Home Flight Simulators

Wed Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm

Most people are used to the idea of school-based flight simulators in flight training, especially for an instrument rating. But there are many great reasons to take advantage of home-based flight simulators to build confidence and enhance your training. Flight simulators are easy to use, extremely helpful, and can cater to any situation. SCFC invites Brandan Dadoun a Student Pilot, and John Lindstrom a Private Pilot, who both have actively used flight simulators throughout their flying careers, to share how…

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Hazards of Frost and Icing

Sat Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm

Flying along, you might think it's a beautiful crisp winter day until suddenly you take a peek at the beautiful scenery below and see frost on your wingtip. What are you going to do next? Do you know all the hazards of frost and icing? San Carlos Flight Center invites Dave Kramer, an experienced instrument rated pilot, and avid weather specialist to talk about how frost and icing can affect an airplane. With atmospheric moisture, comes the hazards of icing.…

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Hidden Dangers of Cordless Screwdrivers, Impact Drivers, and Other Electrical Tools

Wed Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  It’s 2020. There are all manner of useful devices for working on cars and airplanes. But pilots and mechanics should know the hidden dangers. Aviation fuels, lubricants, and cleaners are combustible and can build up fumes in enclosed spaces. Pilots and mechanics working on aircraft should know the hazards that electric tools can pose in a fume-filled environment. SCFC has invited Chuck Jones, FAASTeam Program Manager for airworthiness from the San Jose FSDO to cover this topic. Chuck flew…

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Special Ops Meeting

Thu Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

Here at San Carlos Flight Center we believe our community helps us stand out as such an amazing and successful flight center, and we couldn't be happier!  Our motto is safety, community, and adventure, the main building blocks that we grow with constantly. In order to provide all the great events, seminars, and groups we have here, we have asked our members to volunteer and lend us a hand where and when they can, which has made each event memorable and awesome.  This month…

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Modesto CAF Central Valley Squadron Lunch

Sat Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Start off your Saturday and meet for the CAF Central Valley Squadron Lunch with fellow aviators at the hangar at Modesto Airport.  In fact the whole town comes. We’ll fly to Modesto and meet at noon inside the hangar illustrated on the airport diagram below. I’ll get a table and put up a “FOG” sign.  While you eat, you have the option to have your airplane fueled with reasonably priced fuel.   Please sign up below so we can get an…

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Reaching For The Sky, How I Became an Airline Pilot

Sat Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

From piston props to jumbo jets, many people dream of becoming an airline pilot. But what does it take to get there? Randall Walliser has been involved in aviation for as long as he can remember and knows what it takes to get and hold the dream position. Long ago, Randall flew as a member at San Carlos Flight Center, eventually became a flight instructor, and then progressed to the airlines. We have invited him back to tell us about…

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What’s up at Palo Alto? Palo Alto Tower Operations

Wed Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Palo Alto Airport is the busiest GA airport in the Bay Area. Palo Alto is unique with new taxiways, complicated airspace, and forever changing conditions. Along with any airport, Palo Alto brings its own sets of challenges and we want local pilots to be aware of what has changed. San Carlos Flight Center invites Brian Fisher the PAO Tower Manager to talk about Palo Alto’s new airport layout, runway safety, and the new procedures. Palo Alto just underwent…

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IFR Confidence Skills, Knowing how to Analyze Approach Plates

Sat Feb 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Flying IFR brings its own sets of challenges. From managing your navigation to handling the radios, and flying the approach into your destination airport. As pilots, we need to be familiar with all the necessary information about our flight before we fly it. Before you fly your next IFR flight, join us to learn more about approach plates, and how you can gain the most amount of knowledge and information out of them. San Carlos Flight Center invites Brian Elliot,…

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March 2020

Sunday Dinner at Harris Ranch

Sun Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm

Sunday March 1st, we will fly to Harris Ranch (3O8) and meet at the Ranch Kitchen Restaurant  at 6 pm.   This is an awesome flight with tons of learning as well as good food. There is a 10% discount if you show your pilot’s certificate to your server. The airstrip is narrow so use those rudders! Please sign up below so we can get an accurate headcount and keep you in the loop with updates. Ridesharing is encouraged, so be…

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Seminar POSTPONED: Emergency Singnaling ELT’s and PLB’s

Wed Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm

SEMINAR POSTPONED - WILL OCCUR ON WEDENSDAY APRIL 1ST @ 7PM San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation thought safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School. SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Space is often limited so it is…

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Whats Happening at San Carlos Airport?

Sat Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm

Keeping an airport strong takes a lot of hard work. The airplane owners and pilots of San Carlos Airport are fortunate to have a great team from San Mateo County maintaining and protecting the airport. Issues are addressed instantly, from runway surface issues to refurbishing the hangars and limiting neighboring construction against flight operations. SCFC periodically invites SQL Airport Managers to update the pilot community on anything that can impact the safety of flight operations. What upcoming closures can pilots…

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SCFC 8th Anniversary

Sun Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

UPDATE: A gloomy weekend is ruining our 8th Anniversary Celebration, so we are postponing some of the fun until the next outdoor BBQ.  No mini-golf (except what you can play on your iPhone), and no dim sum.  We still intend to honor our 8 Years of Awesome with long sleeve T-shirts, collective 8th anniversary pins, and decorator cake pops in the SCFC office.  Stop by anytime Sunday or next week to get yours, and plan to join us on the…

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Full Moon Flyers CHANGED to Hollister KCVH

Sun Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm

Full Moon Flyers CHANGED to Hollister KCVH March 8, 2020 (Sun) 6 pm (SAME TIME)  Sunday March 8th is the Full Moon and this month we will fly to the  Hollister (KCVH) and dine at Seabrisa's Eatery NOTE this is a last minute change in venue     Meet at the Restaurant at 6 pm. Each month, several FOG pilots take part in the Full Moon Flyers dinner flight. Some are out of night currency, so they fly alone or…

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Landing Secrets Revealed

Wed Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm

    **Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   In some ways, learning to fly is largely about learning to land. Pilots of small planes need to perform at least one safe landing on nearly every flight. It's the type of skill that is learned once, and then perfected for the rest of a pilot's life.…

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POSTPONED – Upwind Wine and Cheese Party and Silent Auction

Fri Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm

  **Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this event is being postponed. We will announce the reschedule date at a later time.** Click here to learn more about SCFC's response to the COVID-19 situation.   It's that time of year again! Upwind Scholarship Foundation invites you to a fundraising Wine and Cheese Soiree on Friday, March 13th at 6:00 pm. All are welcome! We will celebrate the summer of fundraising, complete our silent auction (plenty of time left to…

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Destination: Santa Maria

Sat Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm

  **Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Santa Maria, the gateway to Southern California, and the beautiful Santa Ynez valley is a great destination airport for many reasons. From the beautiful wineries, to the blissful beaches and tasty BBQ joints; this is a pilot's dream. Santa Maria is a short flight from the Bay Area…

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Hayward for the Student Pilot

Wed Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm

  **Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Flying to a new airport can bring its own sets of challenges, risks, and new procedures. For student pilots trying to branch out of their home airport, Hayward Executive Airport in the East Bay might seem the most suitable. What airport information is crucial to operating safely at…

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NORDO In the Bay Area: How to get Back on the Ground Safely

Sat Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm

  **Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   What might seem like a normal flight can change in an instant.  Radio failures happen in the least opportune time, and your best-laid plans can change instantaneously.  How are you going to handle the unexpected? San Carlos Flight Center invites Michael Dutton and Stephen Heesacker CFI to talk…

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Cross-Country Flight Plan Calculations

Wed Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm

  **Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Planning for a long cross-country flight involves a lot of thinking ahead. There’s weather analysis, route selection, and planning for alternatives. There’s also the need to estimate flight time and fuel burn to meet FAA regulations for minimum onboard fuel. Seems easy right? The only way to determine…

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BONUS STREAM- A Peak Into the Virtual Skies with VATSIM

Fri Mar 27 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us tonight as we showcase VATSIM, a virtual air traffic control network where you can hook up your flight simulator, interact with a real Air Traffic Controller, and follow real-world procedures; just as you would in real life.  VATSIM has a broad range of possibilities, where you can re-enact the classic VFR-IFR Departure procedure off of San Carlos or flying local VFR around any airport of your choice. VATSIM is a completely FREE network with thousands of Air Traffic…

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Ground School Refresher: VFR Charts

Sat Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm

  **Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.     Do you know how to identify where certain VFR reporting waypoints are on a chart? Do you know if the airport you are landing at has an operating beacon? Do you know if the airport you are landing at has pilot controlled lighting, or lighting at all?…

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April 2020

Emergency Signaling: ELT’s and PLB’s

Wed Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing. Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are becoming cheaper and more reliable. Why would a pilot need a PLB if they already have an onboard ELT? How would a PLB help a pilot in an emergency? What is a PLB anyway? In this seminar, Herb Patten, SCFC's Assistant Chief Pilot will explain…

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American Flight 587 and the Importance of VA

Sat Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Sometimes we think certain things would never happen, until they do. For the majority of us pilots, we try to always prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. San Carlos Flight Center invites Advanced Ground Instructor Michel Vidal-Naquet to talk about the investigation of American Airlines Flight…

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Flying the SF Bay Tour

Wed Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.     Flying in the San Francisco Bay area is spectacular, a real privilege for local pilots. The Pacific Ocean, a dramatic coastline, beautiful hills, and many famous landmarks. As pilots, we are afforded a rare bird's eye view that we long to share with our friends and family. So…

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Weather Theory Refresher

Sat Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.     Weather can play a huge factor in any pilots pre-flight planning and actual flight.  Weather is a complex subject that can affect an aircraft's performance, ability to generate lift, along with many other things.  From the subtle forming of clouds, to thunderstorms and microbursts, how can you stay…

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Radio Communication Basics

Wed Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.     Flying through SF Bay Area airspace requires a high degree of situational awareness and sophisticated radio skills.  And yet, radio communication is rarely taught as a specific subject during private pilot training. Usually, new pilots just absorb what they hear on the frequency around them, both good and…

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Special Ops Meeting

Thu Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

Here at San Carlos Flight Center we believe our community helps us stand out as such an amazing and successful flight center, and we couldn't be happier!  Our motto is safety, community, and adventure, the main building blocks that we grow with constantly. In order to provide all the great events, seminars, and groups we have here, we have asked our members to volunteer and lend us a hand where and when they can, which has made each event memorable and awesome.  This month…

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Destination: American Southwest & the Tucson “Boneyard”

Sat Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  Are you considering venturing to the American Southwest for an adventure of a lifetime?  Along with expanding your flight planning knowledge, experience the joyous southwestern sights throughout the beautiful spring months, and experience a blast from the past touring the “Airplane Boneyard” in Tucson, AZ. Long cross-country flights require plenty of planning all of which can be broken down to a few basics.  How do you start? Join commercial pilot, ground instructor, and FlyOutGroup coordinator Dave Kramer as he…

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Adventures in Crosswinds

Wed Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Adventures in Crosswinds Handout Do you remember in your training when you feared the crosswind landing?  Perhaps at some level you still do. Did you find yourself preferring to land at Haward instead of San Carlos?  Do you feel there are normal landings and crosswind landings? Dan Dyer and San Carlos Flight Center, the only flight school on the west coast with a crosswind simulator, is committed to training pilots competence in all landings.  In this seminar, Dan Dyer, said…

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Mountain Flying

Sat Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing. Flying in the mountains can be some of the most amazingly beautiful and satisfying flying you may ever accomplish.  But it comes with increased risk, and thereby increased responsibility. Every day, GA pilots who fly in the mountains safely calculate and plan for such risks, and you can too. Spring…

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How Flight Sim Training Improved my Radio as a Pilot

Wed Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Speaking on the radio with ATC embodies a lot of a pilots workload.  Sometimes pilots like to speak too much while transmitting on frequency, leading to frequency congestion, confusion, and can overall be an annoyance.  SCFC pilot Brandan Dadoun has an interesting story about how his time training to…

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May 2020

Webinar

Sat May 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 am on day 2 of the month, repeating indefinitely

 

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User Waypoints: an Under-Utilized Feature of ForeFlight

Sat May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  Have you ever flown over an interesting, easily-identifiable visual landmark, but look and discover it’s not on the VFR Chart?  ForeFlight, the popular electronic flight tool for iPad, has a solution. You can now select your own user-defined waypoints within the app, allowing you to navigate more safely through complex airspace.   San Carlos Flight Center invites ATP and CFI Bob Leuten to explain the secrets of using user waypoints in ForeFlight.  The new feature is available in all…

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A Walkthough of Aircraft Maintenance Logbooks

Wed May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.     Aircraft records are significant for safety and legal reasons.  Maintenance and inspections are meticulously recorded in more aircraft logbooks, such as airframe, engine, propeller, and sometimes avionics.  Pilots need to understand the details of aircraft logbook entries to validate the airworthiness of the airplane before flight, especially after…

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What is Tower Enroute Control (TEC)?

Sat May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing. Many local flights begin and end entirely within approach/departure control airspace.  These are otherwise known as Tower Enroute Control (TEC) routing. You can fly a local IFR flight without ever getting handed off to the Center.  This is because Air Route Traffic Control Centers are often very busy handling enroute…

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Ground School Refresher: Airspace

Wed May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Airspace Handout **Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing. Let’s face it, airspace is an imaginary concept.  It is just a shorthand way to talk about the set of Federal Aviation Regulations that apply by location and altitude, and the impact they have on VFR flight.  As confusing as you think the rules are, with a quick…

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Back in the Cockpit After Taking Two Months Off

Sat May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing. With such a long time away from flying, many of us can’t wait to get back in the air.  Some of you might have used this time to brush up on ground school skills, or plan your next big trip.  That helps keep you in an aviation frame of mind,…

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SCFC Members Meeting – Re-Open for Flights

Tue May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this meeting will only be available for online viewing. ** Click here to access the live stream Tune in for the latest news about San Carlos Flight Center's response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. We will discuss the impact of changes in San Mateo County shelter-in-place guidelines and the re-opening the Flight Center for airplane rental flights beginning Wednesday, May 20. This event will be live-streamed via our usual system for watching…

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Challenges and Rewards of Instrument Rating

Wed May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing. An IFR rating is a logical next step for pilots after becoming a private pilot.  Transitioning from flying with your eyes outside on the natural horizon to flying inside with reference to instruments is a big shift.  There are new charts, new procedures, and a new set of regulations that…

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Special Ops Meeting

Thu May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Here at San Carlos Flight Center we believe our community helps us stand out as such an amazing and successful flight center, and we couldn't be happier!  Our motto is safety, community, and adventure, the main building blocks that we grow with constantly. In order to provide all the great events, seminars, and groups we have here, we have asked our members to volunteer and lend us a hand where and when they can, which has made each event memorable and awesome.  This month…

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Ground School Refresher: Aeromedical

Sat May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Human body dynamics are complicated on the ground, and really interesting when you take them up thousands of feet in elevation.  The reduction in ambient air pressure can cause various impairments that directly affect safety of flight. Join AGI Michel Vidal-Naquet as he reviews important Aeromedical Factors such as…

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Radio Communications 2: Enroute Radio Communications

Wed May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Flying through in the many airspaces of California requires a high degree of situational awareness and sophisticated radio skills.  And yet, radio communication is rarely taught as a specific subject during private pilot training.  Usually, new pilots just absorb what they hear on the frequency around them, both good…

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The Bay Area Pilots Guide to Travis AFB RAPCON

Sat May 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing. Travis RAPCON is a unique approach facility that many Bay Area Pilots get the opportunity to talk to.  From VFR aircraft to C17’s practicing approaches, Travis handles it all. San Carlos Flight Center invites Master Sergeant John Addams, and Senior Airmen Cameron Roelofs to discuss the Travis RAPCON and its…

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June 2020

Destination: Columbia

Wed Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Columbia is a history-rich town settled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, founded in the 1850s during the Gold Rush. The historic downtown area features the largest single collection of existing Gold Rush-era structures in the entire state, and offers saloons, merchants, a tea house, and much more. The Columbia…

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How Good Instructors Become Great Instructors

Sat Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Flight Instructors help students acquire knowledge, perfect flight skills, and learn good decision making.  Quality flight instruction is an important part of building a safe community of pilots.  But not many pilots know about the process of becoming a certificated flight instructor.  Is it okay to fly with a…

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IMC Club

Mon Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The IMC Club's purpose is to promote instrument flying, proficiency, and safety. The intent is to create a community of pilots willing to share information, provide recognition, foster communications, promote safety, and build proficiency in instrument flying. IMC Club chapters offer monthly meetings in which pilots can network and share knowledge and experiences. This month the IMC Club will meet at 7:00 pm PDT via zoom if you wish to join you may join, by using code below. Meeting ID:…

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Let a Geologist Take You on a Bay Tour

Wed Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Bay Area area pilots are fortunate to experience the beauty of the bay through the Bay Tour.  However, have you ever wanted to change your Bay Tour and “spice it up” a bit?  Looking to treat your friends and family to a different kind of Bay Tour?  Join this…

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Bay Area Airport Scavenger

Fri Jun 12 - Mon Jun 15

Sometime between June 12th - 15th,  FOG pilots should land at SQL, PAO, RHV, LVK, CCR, OAK and HWD. Submit your tail # so we can validate on FlightAware. Extra points for landing and taxiing back at CCR (beware of the new CCR airspace). Good luck everyone.

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Seattle and the Pacific Northwest

Sat Jun 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Seattle and the Pacific Northwest is a hub of the aviation industry and innovation, and what better way to experience this cosmopolitan region than in the air?  However, with a major international airport, multiple military bases, and rapidly shifting weather patterns, flying in this airspace isn’t easy to navigate.…

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IFR Circle to Land Procedures

Wed Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing. Circling approaches present a high workload and can be hazardous.  Nevertheless, they are a fact of IFR life, particularly at smaller airports because of surrounding terrain or the high cost of approach development.  Are you ready to handle the challenge? San Carlos Flight Center invites AGI and CFI Herb Pattern…

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Special Ops Meeting

Thu Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

Here at San Carlos Flight Center we believe our community helps us stand out as such an amazing and successful flight center, and we couldn't be happier!  Our motto is safety, community, and adventure, the main building blocks that we grow with constantly. In order to provide all the great events, seminars, and groups we have here, we have asked our members to volunteer and lend us a hand where and when they can, which has made each event memorable and awesome.  This month…

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Thermal Turbulence

Sat Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Summer is here and all of us are itching to get back into flying.  However, with the hot summer heat comes Thermal Turbulence.  Want to know how it will affect your next flight? San Carlos Flight Center invites commercial pilot and weather enthusiast Dave Kramer to discuss Thermal Turbulence. …

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DME Arcs

Wed Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   You’ve read about them and maybe had to answer a knowledge test question about them but do you really need to know the details of a DME arc on an instrument approach?  After all, you are flying with modern avionics with WAAS capability, VOR approaches are a thing of…

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Building My Own Airplane

Sat Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Flying an airplane is fun, but building your own airplane will really teach you about airplane systems and airworthiness.  That lifelong childhood dream of building your own safe, FAA-approved airplane can come true.  The safety of an airplane is a pilot’s top priority, and so what do you need…

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July 2020

Intro to GPS

Wed Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

**Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Years ago, when GPS navigation systems first entered the cockpit, pilots were forced to interpret GPS signals through older VOR devices.  Now with color and moving map displays using GPS navigation is easier than ever.  But for new pilots some of the terms may be confusing. San Carlos Flight…

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