August 2013

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The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center
In This Issue
Member News

Welcome New Members

Brad Baughman
Richard Ensslin
Erik Hughes
Daniel Roman
Evelyn Skultety
Juraj Svec
Tim Stingle, CFI

Member Achievements

Justin Chow
Private Pilot
CFI Steve Gauvin

Eric Dasmalchi
First Solo Flight
CFI Nariman Farsaie

Anthony La Rocca
Private Pilot
CFI Kevin Hyberger

Kan Lu
Private Pilot
CFI Justin Phillipson

Manny Morad
Solo Cross Country
CFI Sue Ballew

Matt Moropoulos
First Solo Flight
CFI Nariman Farsaie

Kate Thomas
Private Pilot
CFI Lisa Dyball

SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Events & Trips
The Fleet
Super Decathlon
N66405 - $140/hr
($160/hr for aerobatic)

N59WD - $135/hr

C182 - G1000
N182BG - $235/hr
N1483L - $240/hr

C172S - G1000
N646DW - $170/hr
N63251 - $175/hr

C172S - 6-pack
N458SP - $153/hr
N236SP - $153/hr
N21263 - $156/hr

N24896 - $98/hr
N6123L- $98/hr

Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr
Xwind 200 - $240/session
ATD GNS-430W - $30/hr


(member prices shown)
Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
1. What does a steady red ATC light signal mean when flashed to an aircraft in flight?
2. While operating under basic VFR at night, what is the minimum in-flight visibility requirement in any airspace?
3. What V-speed is the Maximum Structural Design Speed and does it appear on the airspeed indicator?


(answers are at the bottom)
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Front Desk
(650) 946-1700

(650) 946-1701

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Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070

Pop Quiz Answers
1. Give way to other aircraft and continue circling
(14 CFR §91.125)

2. 3 statute miles
(14 CFR §91.155)

3. VNO. Yes, the boundary between the green and yellow arcs
(PHAK, Chap. 7)

Stay Informed

August 2013
Fly Safely to CA Mountain Airports
Got plans for the Labor Day weekend? Want to improve your skills at high elevation airports?

On Sat/Sun August 31-September 1 SCFC will be hosting another 2-Day Mountain Training Trip though the Sierra Nevadas. This a great trip with routes and airports that a California pilot may experience at some time in their life. The basic goals for this training trip are to learn to fly safely over mountainous terrain, to learn about high elevation airport operations, to experience some of California's highest and trickiest airports safely, and to see some amazing scenery and stay overnight in South Lake Tahoe.

Contact the front desk at (650) 946-1700 to inquire or to sign up.

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Engines Need Fuel: Have Some!
With good decision making, you can avoid the most embarrassing stupid pilot trick - running out of fuel. Nothing says "I didn't really plan my flight" like running out of fuel mid-air and executing a forced landing. It endangers you, the plane, and the public, and is a black eye on the face of general aviation. Even if the landing is safe, you'll still have to face every pilot you know and explain why you pushed your plane beyond the point of safety. Why you flew past airport after airport with fuel service, relying on hope and some mistaken understanding of the accuracy and inaccuracy of airplane fuel gauges. A fuel tank is a very flat, wide space containing fuel that sloshes in every direction with every turn, acceleration, or bump in turbulence. Even the most accurate float level would be hard pressed to be anything more than vaguely accurate some of the time.

Use your head. Take plenty of fuel. Dip your tanks before and after flight. Learn your aircraft's fuel burn rate. And set a personal minimum and stick with it. Repeat after me, "I promise to never fly with less than 1/4 tank on each side."

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Want to be a better Private Pilot? Become a CFI.
Some Private Pilots still wonder if they know things deeply enough to be safe in all situations. Solution? Keep learning. Many pilots choose to continue training for Commercial, Instrument, and CFI as a way of more completely understanding their aircraft, the multiple aerodynamic principles, regulations, and knowledge topics that pilots should know. Although most pilots don't plan for a career in aviation, a Commercial certificate allows you to ferry aircraft for friends, be reimbursed for flight costs beyond your pro rata share, and act as the occasional Aerial Tour pilot on weekends. CFI training forces you to know things so well that you can explain them to others, which usually requires a deeper correlation level knowledge of the material.

If you are interested in Commercial or CFI training, contact the Flight Center. In September, we are holding a Commercial/CFI Ground School for budding CFIs and anyone interested in a deeper grasp of flying. Call us for details (650) 946-1700.

Farewell to Kate, Sean, Connor, and Arianne
Join us in wishing a bittersweet farewell to three great staff members as they leave us for college campuses around the country.

Kate Thomas has been on our member services team since June 2012. She's often at the front desk on weekends juggling phones, office visitors, and aircraft dispatch without missing a beat. She came recommended by her CFI Lisa Dyball and recently passed her Private Pilot checkride on August 6th. Kate starts her freshman year at Rice University in Houston.

Sean O'Holleran and Connor Abernathy joined our hardworking flight line team earlier this summer. Sean is working on his Private Pilot license with Kevin Hyberger. He'll be heading back to University of Arizona as a senior studying microbiology. Connor returns to Carlmont High as a junior while continuing flight training on the weekends.

Arianne Schang spent the summer as a marketing intern with SCFC. She worked behind the scenes as a marketing intern where she helped improve our web site, package and promote our tours, and played a big role in the success of our outreach events. Arianne starts her freshman year at McGill University in Canada studying political science.

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Postflight: SCFC at Hiller Kid's Air Faire
On July 30th, SCFC went mobile with our aviation activity fair and participated in the Hiller Aviation Museum Kid's Air Faire.

There were airplanes and helicopters on static display and activities like Hiller's Sim Zone and build your own balsa wood airplane.

SCFC contributed our most popular activities - See Yourself as a Pilot, where kids pose as pilots, Talk Like a Pilot, a radio role-play, and everyone's favorite temporary tattoos. Over 800 people visited the three-hour event and got a fun introduction to aviation.

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Give Back to the Community: Lead a Safety Seminar
Everyone has something they are good at. Something they have dived a little deeper into than others. Something that catches their interest, that they have researched a little more, and know a little better. Come to the Flight Center and share that knowledge with your fellow club members.

As you know, SCFC regularly offers seminars on a variety of diverse, fascinating, and fun topics. Some are taught by CFIs, but many are presented by SCFC members who just happen to be a semi-expert in one area of flying and are willing to share that with the group. This diversity and involvement has made our local pilot community the envy of the Bay Area and around the state.

Join the fun. If you have an area of interest, talk to us. Our SCFC CFIs will work with you to structure a tight seminar topic, develop effective presentation materials, publicize the event, and even help with tips for leading a group discussion, speech, or interactive presentation. Together, we can make fun, interesting topics happen and keep the SCFC energy going.

Postflight: Air Rally
On Saturday, August 3rd, 25 FOG members took to the skies in 11 planes in search of... a mystery! A series of clues led everyone to a great destination and homemade BBQ lunch at Eagle Field, a private airport near Los Banos. Eagle Field was built in 1941 as a US Army training base. In 1980 it was bought by its current owner, who restored it as a WWII museum.

All participants had a great day of flying, solving clues based on aeronautical knowledge and pilotage skills, exploring a new destination, and meeting new friends. We look forward to next year's Air Rally and have already begun the search for an even better destination than this year.

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FlyOutGroup (FOG) 2013 Trips
Many FOG pilots have enjoyed great trips already this year, and we're just getting started. There's plenty of fun to be had in the coming months.

September 6-8 Catalina Island Air Show Weekend
Enjoy a beautiful flight and a spectacular landing at the Airport in the Sky at Avalon, CA. Then relax and enjoy your weekend on beautiful Catalina Island. They welcome us with an air show and a street fair, plus the ongoing activities on the water or on the trail.

October 3-6 Pacific Northwest Tour
Four intensely beautiful days of flightseeing through Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. Along with flying to and enjoying Portland, Seattle, and the San Juan Islands, we will tour the Boeing factory in Everett, WA and visit the Spruce Goose in the Air & Space Museum in McMinnville, OR.

October 7-14 One Way to AOPA Aviation Summit
Our destination for this great trip is the AOPA Aviation Summit, October 10-12 in Fort Worth, TX. Participants have the option of flying both to and from Fort Worth, or to fly with FOG in one direction and take a commercial flight the other. We will make the journey an enjoyable one, with stops in Sedona, Santa Fe, and southern Colorado.

Contact the front desk at (650) 946-1700 to sign up or inquire about any of the above trips.

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