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The Bay Area Pilots Guide to Travis AFB RAPCON

September 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.**

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Travis Air Force Base’s Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) is a unique approach facility that many Bay Area Pilots get the opportunity to talk to. Either transitioning through to Sacramento, or when landing at Nut Tree in Vacaville, GA pilots will often communicate with Travis RAPCON for radar services and to better interact with the unusual flight activities in the Travis Alert Area A-682. From VFR aircraft to C17’s practicing approaches, Travis handles it all.

San Carlos Flight Center invites Technical Sergeant Gordon Lynch to discuss the Travis RAPCON and its ATC services. In this seminar they will cover how Travis accommodates basic service to VFR aircraft, and the benefits of receiving VFR flight following within their airspace. They will also explain some of the ways that Class E airspace relates to Travis AFB, and why it’s important to be talking to Travis RAPCON while operating in their airspace. Lastly, how pilots can be direct, clear, and concise on the radio while talking to ATC.

The presenters are also eager to take questions from the GA flying community. If you have ever wondered about the approach operations at Travis AFB, or if you want to learn more about their services and experiences; you won’t want to miss this seminar.


Technical Sergeant (TSgt) Thomas Gordon “PJ” Lynch has had a wealth of experience serving as an Air Traffic Controller across the world. He has served in both the terminal control and radar environments in Georgia, Turkey, Portugal, Qatar, and most recently at Travis Air Force Base in California as head of ATC Standards and Evaluations. He has always enjoyed educating pilots and controllers and improving the pilot-controller relationship.

Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Derek “DK” Calmeyn is a Radar Approach Controller and Tower Watch Supervisor at Travis Air Force Base in California. He is excited to share his knowledge with the surrounding 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 2022 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.



September 24, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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