April 28 (Sat) 12:00pm SoCal Flight Planning and Decision Making

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Planning a flight through Southern California airspace can be a complex process, and we’ve all had hypothetical conversations around decision making, when to file IFR vs VFR, routing decisions, go / no-go decisions, etc. In this seminar, Nello and Alessandro Franco will share the real-world experience from an actual multi-leg trip to San Diego and back. In the context of a real trip, this father (pilot) and son (aspiring pilot) will share how they made decisions, planned, briefed (and de-briefed), and how they used Foreflight, a Stratus2 and CloudAhoy to assist in the process.

In December, Nello and Alessandro flew to Southern California on a college tour in a C-182. Their route took them from from SQL-SBA-CMA-MYF-HHR-SBP-SQL.  In this seminar, they’ll share how they made their decisions on route planning, how they decided which segments would be flown IFR or VFR (or in some cases, both), how they handled the curve balls thrown by Air Traffic Controllers in SoCal, real world Terminal Enroute clearances, their learnings from a tour of HHR Tower and other differences encountered between NorCal approach and SoCal approach and airspaces.

Nello Franco is a Bay Area native with over 700 hours of flight experience. He holds a commercial multi-engine airplane certificate and an instrument rating. He has been flying in the Bay Area since 1995, although he took a 15 year hiatus. He has flown multiple long cross country flights to Southern California, Oregon, Missouri, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. He has taken the opportunity to go flying when on vacation or work trips and has flown GA in Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and Italy.

Alessandro Franco is a volunteer at San Carlos Flight Center, has assisted and managed the video production of a number of Flight Safety seminars, and assisted in the reconfiguration of the new hardware for the Flight Center’s GNS430 Flight Sim.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

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