May 24 (Wed) 7:00pm Transition to Complex Aircraft

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

What's next? You did your private pilot training in a lightweight trainer, like a C152, C172, or Warrior. Gears down and locked in place, where you can keep an eye on them. Perfect for keeping the costs low and learning the basics. But now what?

Maybe a commercial certificate is in your future. Maybe you want to work toward being a CFI? Maybe you just want to cruise a little faster, without gear dragging in the wind slowing you down. For these and other reasons, training in a complex airplane with retractable landing gear may be your next best step.

In this seminar, San Carlos Flight Center CFIs introduce the key areas you will need to safely and smoothly transition to a complex airplane, and cover the required ground training you'll need to work toward your complex endorsement. According to regulations, all you'll need is flight training and a logbook endorsement from your flight instructor. From a safety standpoint, a competent pilot will know he or she needs this is a step to take with great caution. Expect to make changes to alter or improve your standard procedures to ensure that those gear are always right where they need to be.

Herb Patten is an FAA certificated advanced and instrument ground instructor who teaches private pilot ground school at San Carlos Flight Center. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating, has over 800 hours and flown into 111 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.

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit. You can sign up for the event here.


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San Carlos Flight Center is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our evening safety seminar programs. Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early through the FAA event notification system at FAASAFETY.GOV. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home. Contact your SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 to confirm secure online access to any particular seminar.