April 24 (Wed) 7pm - Class B and C Airport Communications

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 7:00pm


Most pilots learn to fly at Class D or Class G airports.  At Class G airports, radios aren’t required.  And while Class D airports may be busy, it’s unlikely they have air carrier operations typically found at Class C and Class B airports.  Class D air traffic control towers only provide basic services to protect and coordinate use of the runway and the surrounding airspace.

Compared to Class D or G airports, Class B and Class C airports are busier, and have more structured rules for approaching, entering the airspace, and landing.  Even departures from Class B and Class C airports pose interesting new challenges for pilots who have only ever operated at Class D airports.

This seminar is the fourth in a series of SCFC’s Radio Communication Safety Seminars and focuses on Class B and C airport operations.  This seminar will help newer pilots understand the structure of radio calls at these airports and how to improve their own radio skills.

Herb Patten, Assistant Chief Pilot, AGI and CFI and Dan Dyer, Chief Pilot and CFI will walk participants through a foundation of the ATC services offered at these airports and the radio communication phraseology to use.  Learn how to make operate more cleanly and safely at these busy airports.


Herb Patten is the Assistant Chief Pilot of San Carlos Flight Center, a CFI and an FAA certificated advanced and instrument ground instructor who teaches private pilot ground school at San Carlos Flight Center. He is a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, has over 1,500 hours and flown into at least 120 different California airports. He is co-founder of the Bay Area Student and New Pilot Support Group, and a board member of the Upwind Foundation, famous for its Upwind Summer Scholarship Program.

Dan Dyer is a flight instructor and Chief Pilot of San Carlos Flight Center.  He has been instructing for 14 years, has over 4,000 flight hours and is the Bay Area's local expert in crosswind landing instruction. He is known for finding simple and innovative ways to explain complex topics and regularly speaks on advanced ground school topics.  Find out more about Dan at www.sancarlosflight.com or contact him at dan@sancarlosflight.com


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 2018 as the best flight school in the West.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminar and guest speaker programs.  Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early.  SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home, or recorded at a later date.  Contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access.