February 6 (Wed) 7pm - Real World Decision-Making: When Others are Relying on You

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

For pilots who want to give back to the world, there are a few charities that combine aviation with charity. One of these charities is Angel Flight West.  Mark and Josh will share his experience as a mission pilot and Executive Director for Angel Flight West including the process to become a pilot for Angel Flight West.  

In this safety seminar, a collaboration between San Carlos Flight Center Fly Like a Girl (FLAG) and Angel Flight West, we will explore the extra pressures pilots experience when other people are relying on them.  Presenters Mark Merrill and Josh Olsen will draw on their experiences as Angel Flight members to share how to recognize external pressures and how to manage them.


Mark Merrill is a pilot with over 3000 flight hours, he is commercially rated with instrument and advanced ground instructor ratings.  He is also a check airman for Formation Flying Inc. (FFI) providing check rides for formation pilots to fly in waivered airspace such as airshows and sporting events.   He has over 250 hours of flight time for Angel Flight West and was formerly Wing Leader for Northern California.

Josh Olson, Executive Director, was previously an account executive at a Dallas, Texas, advertising firm that represented Angel Flight South Central as a pro-bono client. Since joining Angel Flight West in 2004, he has served in a variety of positions, most recently Director of Mission Operations, and was named executive director in May 2014. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Taylor University and an MBA with a non-profit emphasis from Marylhurst University. Josh also serves on the board of directors of the Air Care Alliance, Air Charity Network, and is currently a student pilot.


Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs.  For more information, go to http://www.angelflightwest.org/


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.