February 20 (Wed) 7pm - Ground School Refresher: Flight Instruments

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

When pilots first start flying, they learn enough of the basic flight instruments to read and interpret them in flight.  You have learned a bit more, but it may have been a while.  In this Ground School Refresher class, we’ll take a new and fresh look at the fundamental flight instruments, pushing maybe a little deeper than you did as a student.  Join us for a review and maybe even to learn something new.

Can you answer these questions?  What math is done to calculate altitude in a pressure altimeter?  What is the formula used by the airspeed indicator?  How can understanding the pitot-static instruments from a mathematical perspective help you troubleshoot instrument failures and faulty readings?  Why the heck does the magnetic compass read incorrectly in banking turns?  Why doesn’t the heading indicator tumble?

Stephen Heesacker is a flight instructor at San Carlos Flight Center.  For Stephen, flying has always been a joy.  He has a degree in Physics and Aeronautics at San Jose State University and has competed on the San Jose Precision Flight Team and United States Precision Flight Team.  Find out more about Stephen at www.sancarlosflight.com or contact him at stephen@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.