March 20 (Wed) 7pm - To Alternate or Not to Alternate: Regulations on IFR Alternate Airports

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

Alternate airports. When are pilots required to file an alternate airport? What constitutes an acceptable alternate airport? What are the weather requirements at the alternate and when?

Join SCFC CFI Herb Patten for a seminar focused around all aspects of selecting and filing an alternate airport.  This will include details buried in various FAA publications and legal opinions. After attending this seminar, you will have a more comprehensive understanding of how to select an alternate airport for your next instrument flight.


Herb Patten is the Assistant Chief Pilot at the 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. In 2015, Herb was named a Master Instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors.


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.