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February 2021

Airport of the Month, Paso Robles KPRB

Mon Feb 1 - Sun Feb 28

Located just north of LA Center's Airspace is Paso Robles Municipal Airport, a busy non towered airport and convenient fuel station with the Paso Robles VOR on site. If you fly to the LA Basin, you will want to become familiar with it. The Paso Robles Municipal Airport is a 1300-acre site approximately four miles northeast of downtown Paso Robles. Originally constructed in 1943 as the Estrella Army Air Field, the airport plays its own part in the history of aviation in the…

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Top Shelf

Mon Feb 1 - Sun Feb 28

"Why top shelf? Because that's where mama keeps the cookie jar." Many of us GA pilots who have been flying the Bay Area for years have flown through or under the SFO Bravo but have never flown over it. During the month of February, fly over the San Francisco Class Bravo and submit your favorite photo of the Bay Area from this altitude. At this altitude, you can see the entire Bay Area, and even into the Central Valley and…

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Snow Command

Mon Feb 1 @ 8:00 am - Wed Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm

It's California and we do have snow in winter but you just have to know where. Hint: Have you had a mountain check out?  Your mission is to find an airport with surrounding snow and take a selfie of either you, your plane or both and submit it to flyoutgroup@gmail.com. If  you are not familiar with handling possible contaminated runways or have not had a mountain check out, seek out your friendly neighborhood flight instructor. Be safe out there. And…

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Full Moon Flyers Modesto

Sat Feb 27

COVID is at the peak but we can still maintain our night currency by flying to Modesto (KMOD) during February's full moon on the 27th. The central valley is beautiful at night and the folks at Modesto friendly. Also it's a great training place for IFR pilots as well as VFR training for the monthly breakfast outings when they return. Because of COVID-19, there will be no gathering or meeting up. : (        

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Radio Communications 1: Radio Basics

Sat Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Flying through SF Bay Area airspace requires a high degree of situational awareness and sophisticated radio skills. And yet, radio communication is rarely taught as a specific subject during private pilot training. Usually, new pilots just absorb what they hear on the frequency around them, both good and bad.…

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March 2021

Death Valley Bloom

Mon Mar 1 - Wed Mar 31

We are in flying distance of Death Valley, one of the most beautiful places on earth during the spring desert flower bloom.  This usually occurs between mid February through mid May but depends on several variable such as amount and timing of rainfall, winds and temperature.  We have to maintain social distancing from each other but not the flowers.  During the month of March, fly to Death Valley for a once in a lifetime experience and submit your favorite area…

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Airport of the Month: Marina Municipal Airport (KOAR)

Mon Mar 1 @ 8:00 am - Wed Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm

An airport under the Monterey Charlie Airspace and near the beach, the Marina Municipal Airport is the newest general aviation airport on the Monterey Peninsula. It consists of approximately 845.5 acres of property. It has been open for public use since 1995 and is dynamic and growing.  This is a great place to practice flying VFR into an airport under the Charlie and for you IFR pilots, the RNAV (GPS) 29 approach.  Looks easy, but you will be surprise how…

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GSR: VFR Charts

Wed Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   Do you know how to identify where certain VFR reporting waypoints are on a chart? Do you know how to determine if the airport you are landing at has an operating beacon?  Do you know if the airport you are landing at has pilot controlled lighting, or lighting at…

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4 Things You Should Have Learned in Your First 10-Hours

Sat Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   What we learn first, we learn best.  The Law of Primacy says it is critical that some things should be learned early in flight training giving you the best chance of learning them well, and retaining those skills. Dan Dyer is a nationally-recognized flight instructor that has spent years…

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You’re Not the Only Pilot in the Sky

Wed Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.** Click here to learn more about online viewing.   The radio frequency is a precious and shared resource, with every pilot on frequency hearing everyone else’s good, bad, and ugly transmissions. Radio skills are essential but often not taught or taught poorly. Sadly, pilots often learn from listening to the radio where there is a plethora of jargon,…

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