October 23 (Wed) 7PM - A New Pilot's Guide to Operating at Palo Alto

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


With recent limitations on SQL pattern operations, many pilots are being forced to practice landings at other Bay Area airports.  Palo Alto is a nearby choice for San Carlos pilots, but you may be surprised by the unique customs and operating procedures at this airport.  Don’t get caught by surprise.

In this seminar, Herb Patten will explain the unique operations at what looks like a typical Class D airport.  Under the surface there are complications from left and right traffic patterns, tight spacing with Moffett Airspace, and landmarks used by ATC that don’t appear on our charts.  He’ll also review the unique taxi situations that exist because of Palo Alto’s airport layout and runway location.

If you are new to the area, or have not spent much time operating at Palo Alto Airport, you should plan to join us for this airport orientation.


Dan Dyer is a flight instructor and Chief Pilot of San Carlos Flight Center.  He has been instructing for 15 years, has over 4,000 flight hours, and is the Bay Area's local expert in crosswind landing instruction. He is known for finding simple and innovative ways to explain complex topics and regularly speaks on advanced ground school topics.  Find out more about Dan at www.sancarlosflight.com or contact him at dan@sancarlosflight.com

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.