November 4 (Sat) 12:00pm Maintenance and General Aviation

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Steven W. Ells has spent the past four decades chasing airplanes around the US. The motivation?  Fun, money, new places and working on airplanes. In this seminar, Steve will address:

1. What a pilot can do to protect the long-term health of an aircraft

2. Tips on protecting your engine enroute

3. Why the 100 Hour inspection is a great thing for your aircraft

4. The damage that can be done if you don’t fly a plane enough.

Bring your maintenance or any aviation questions and join Steve in this fun and entertaining session about airplanes and maintaining them.

Steven Ells, owner of Ells Aviation is also an accomplished photographer who has  provided photographic images that have been printed the Cessna Pilots Association (CPA) members magazine and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Pilot magazine.

Steve has spent his 20s and 30s chasing aviation adventures. He reworked a C-140 that had flipped on landing and installed high lift kits on Cessna 400 series aircraft which he also learned to fly.   His real love was working on DC-3s in Renton, Washington, Laredo, Texas and Soldotna, Alaska.

He has also worked as a flight deck final checker on aircraft carriers, been Director of Maintenance for more than one outfit and owned a small aircraft maintenance shop in Alaska

In 1992, after moving back to California and while working for the Cessna Pilots Association, Steve started writing articles for the association magazine. In 2000 the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) hired him as an associate editor. AOPA published over 175 of his articles covering topics ranging from personality profiles to destination pieces to maintenance-related how-to articles for aircraft owners.

In addition to the Cessna Pilots Association Magazine and the AOPA Pilot magazine,

Ells has written for Pilot Mag, Cessna Flyer,Piper Flyer, Kitplanes & Water Flying. He has been Director of Maintenance (DOM) magazine and Pilot Reports by Ells have been published on: Piper's PA-12 Super Cruiser, Piper's PA-24 180 "The Baby Comanche", Diamond's Thielert-powered DA-42 TwinStar, Cirrus SR 22, Cirrus SR 22 T and the Columbia 300

Ells is interested in hearing from principals regarding projects such as:

  1. Contracting for the production of feature length articles related to aviation maintenance, aviation history, aviation personalities and other aviation subjects

  2. Providing writing and photographic services for noteworthy and/or fun restoration, recovery, or build projects in aviation

  3. Writing press releases, white papers, and advertising brochures for aviation products and companies.

  4. Assisting owners in  returning their airplanes to flight status or providing maintenance direction during maintenance  on reciprocating engine powered aircraft

  5. Developing and Teaching aviation maintenance curricula  

  6. Aerial photography services

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or

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.