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Decoding Bay Area Approach Plates

August 22, 2020 @ 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.**

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For many new instrument pilots, approach plates can seem daunting.  Approach plates are fundamental for instrument flight into an airport.  With the various amounts of instrument approach procedures, it’s vital that pilots are familiar with the different approaches one might encounter on a flight.

San Carlos Flight Center invites CFII Brian Eliot to review approach plates and how a pilot can identify, fly, and perform the approach correctly and efficiently.  In this seminar, Brain will review equipment and performance requirements for instrument approaches and how those requirements affect the labeling of the approach chart title to aid the pilot in choosing approaches that can and cannot be flown by the instant aircraft.  Along with accounting for factors such as aircraft climb capability, navigation equipment, navigator database, and pilot training that all bear on the proper selection of approaches during planning and during flight.

Learn how to compare charts that upon first examination appear identical in order to pick out the vital, and sometimes game-changing, differences.  We will use examples of approaches both from the local area and far afield that illustrate these key points.  The approaches that will be examined in this seminar include those from SQL, OAK, HAF, CCR, and APC.

Join us to be a more prepared, and knowledgeable instrument rated pilot.


Brian Eliot is San Carlos Flight Center’s assistant Chief Pilot and resident expert for IFR training and Garmin G1000 avionics. He has been flying since 1995 and received all his training in the Bay Area. Brian previously worked as a broadcast engineer, a software developer, and taught computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He regularly presents at San Carlos Flight Center safety seminars and has a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.


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 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars 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. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access.



August 22, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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