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IFR Alternate Airports

July 15, 2020 @ 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.**

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It is a typical day in the Bay Area with low ceilings.  You are instrument current and ready to depart.  Filing your IFR flight plan you hesitate for a moment on the field for alternate airports.  You ponder for a moment to remember when are pilots required to file an alternate airport?  What constitutes an acceptable alternate airport?  What are the weather requirements at the alternate and when?

Join SCFC CFI Herb Patten for an insightful review of the aspects of selecting and filing an alternate airport.  This will include details buried in various FAA regulation and legal opinions.  The information in this seminar will prepare you to confidently determine when and how to select your alternate airport for your next IFR flight.

If you are wondering when, why, and how to select an alternate airport, join us for this seminar.


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 ground school at San Carlos Flight Center.  He is a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, with 2,000 hours and flown into and out of over 130 different California airports.  He is the current chairman 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 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.  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.



July 15, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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