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Hayward Tower Operations

September 26, 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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The Bay Area has one of the most dense, and complex airspaces in the United States.  Pilots need to be competent to fly in these high density environments for the safety of themselves, their passengers, and other pilots around them.  Hayward Airport, located beneath the San Francisco Class Bravo, and the Oakland Class Charlie, has challenges for both pilots and controllers.  It’s crucial that pilots understand and comply with ATC instructions while flying at Hayward.

San Carlos Flight Center invites Michael Osburn, an Air Traffic Controller at Hayward Executive Tower to discuss how pilots can better understand local procedures and ATC instructions.  Michael will provide a big picture view of air traffic in the Bay Area, what ATC see’s of pilots and airplanes on their radar, then narrowing down to how that flow affects Hayward and their daily operations.  After, Michael will delve into Hayward Noise Abatement Procedures, and its relevance to different airspaces, while also keeping emphasis on the importance of pilot understanding of ATC instructions.  He will also relay how failure to understand ATC instructions can result in incorrect readbacks, runway incursions, and even larger incidents.

With Michael being an Air Traffic Controller for over 17 years, he has gained his fair share of experiences dealing with pilots from all different ratings and backgrounds.  He will share many resources with the audience, and will be open to any questions about Hayward Operations or ATC Interaction in general.

If you want to learn more about how you can become a safer, and more efficient pilot, you won’t want to miss this seminar.


Michael Osburn is a veteran Air Traffic Controller for over 17 years.  He has controlling experience at TRACONs such as Point Mugu and Whidbey Island, has provided ATC services overseas for the United States Navy, and currently works as an ATC at Hayward Executive Airport.  He has always been an advocate for pilot safety, and enjoys presenting to the pilot community.


San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through 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.



September 26, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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