February 2013

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

Welcome New Members

Christopher Allen
Anne Barnitt
Rich Digrazzi
Ben Follis
Darryl Kalthof
Linda Lorenzetti
Dave Pifke
Ross Poms
Alex Unger
Seth Warhaftig

Member Achievements

Jonathan Hall
Instrument Pilot
CFIs Kevin Hyberger and Brian Eliot

Anthony LaRocca
First Solo Flight
CFI Kevin Hyberger

Robert O'Geen
Private Pilot
CFI Nariman Farisae

David Spector
Private Pilot
CFI Steve Gauvin

SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Events & Trips
Cool t-shirts and fun accessories, with designs you won't see anywhere else!

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
1.How do stall speeds change in a level banked turn?
2. For what flights is a landing light required by regulation?
3. What surface visibility and cloud ceilings are report as MVFR?


(answers are at the bottom)
The Fleet
Super Decathlon
N66405 - $140/hr
($160/hr for aerobatic)

N59WD - $135/hr

C182 - G1000
N1483L - $240/hr

C172S - G1000
N646DW - $170/hr
N1004E - $170/hr
N63251 - $175/hr

C172S - 6-pack
N458SP - $150/hr
N236SP - $150/hr

N24896 - $95/hr
N6123L- $95/hr

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


(member prices shown)
Contact Us
Front Desk
(650) 946-1700

(650) 946-1701

Email Us

655 Skyway Rd
Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070

Pop Quiz Answers
1. Stall speeds increase.
[Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, "Stalls"]

2. Night flights for hire.
[14 CFR §91.205(c)(4)]

3. Vis: 3sm-5sm and/or Ceiling: 1000'-3000'AGL.
[Aeronautical Information Manual §7-1-7]

Stay Informed

February 2013
Get ready for some upside down fun!
SCFC growth continues with the addition our our new Super Decathlon. This adds a second tailwheel aircraft for primary training and introduces aerobatic flight training into the list of SCFC training programs. Talk with your flight instructor about a tailwheel checkout, our upcoming spin clinic, or starting aerobatic training.
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Come to the Monthly BBQ and help inspire a new wave of pilots
Our monthly BBQ is on Saturday, March 2 at 1:00pm. We will have the usual awesome group of pilots, more good food, and a chance to check out the newest addition to the Flight Center, our Super Decathlon. As usual, all are invited. The more the merrier (please do help us out by RSVPing so we can get the food count right.)

This month your attendance can help make a different to new pilots. In March we're inviting back anyone that participated in an SCFC demo flight or aerial tour from the past year. These are people that have tasted aviation but are still looking at it from the outside. We hope that all of our pilots will help welcome in the newbies and show them a good time. Help them see how you got involved in aviation, and what you get out of it. Help answer their questions. This is your chance to pass forward the guidance you received when you were taking your first steps into the air. Meet. Greet. Reach out a friendly pilot hand. Share the joy of general aviation.

The new guests will be attending a pre-BBQ briefing on the path to getting a license at noon in the SCFC classroom. If you are interested in participating in the classroom briefing, please contact the SCFC crew and offer to help. But at the very least, grab your family and friends and join us at the BBQ at 1pm. It's going to be another great SCFC party.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 1st so we can get an accurate headcount. Call (650) 946-1700 or email info@sancarlosflight.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Never leave a towbar unattended
The towbar is used to pull the plane into or out of a parking spot, but beware. Accidents have occurred when pilots have started up engines with the towbar left attached to the nosewheel. This causes traumatic (and expensive) damage to the engine and can cause serious injury to anyone nearby. Make it your standard procedure to never walk away from the nose with the towbar still attached and unattended.
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Quiet, please. I'm taxiing.
Runway incursions can have fatal results and often a contribution factor is a distraction in the cockpit. The FAA is strongly encouraging all pilots, flight instructors, and students to practice a Sterile Cockpit regimen. When taxiing, especially in the movement control area and/or adjacent to a runway, keep a quiet cockpit. Talking can wait. Landing debrief can wait. Debating the flight plan can wait. Keep a sterile cockpit and keep it safe.
Member Profile: Brian Eliot
SCFC: What got you interested in aviation?
I've been interested in flying since reading Aviation week in 1980, but it was moving to the Bay Area that finally led me to take the first step and start flight lessons.

SCFC: What is the most challenging thing about being a Flight Instructor?
Every student's needs are different, and some of the material can be complex. For me, that's also the fun of instructing, working to find the right way to communicate knowledge in a way that a student can learn and retain.

SCFC: What are some of your favorite airports?
Some of the airports that we landed at during the FlyOutGroup Colorado Mountain Flying trips are particularly memorable - Telluride, Leadville, Aspen. But right now San Carlos is my favorite airport.

SCFC: Do you consider aviation a career or a hobby?
It's definitely a career for me since 2006, after 10 years of recreational flying. While I am paid as an instructor, I continue to read and study aviation as a passion. I'm fortunate in that I find I am able to have an impact in a field that I truly enjoy.

SCFC: At the Flight Center, you're regarded as an expert in IFR, the G1000, and sim training. How do you feel about that?
I wouldn't say expert, but I an interested in all of those areas and really enjoy contributing what I've learned. San Carlos Flight Center has a great environment for pilot-to-pilot training and ongoing education. It's great to be a part of that community.

The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature, designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.

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SCFC Celebrates Women of Aviation Week, March 6-9
In celebration of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, San Carlos Flight Center cordially invites women and girls to experience a variety of fun and free activities.
Women of Aviation Week is all about introducing women to the world of aviation. We at San Carlos Flight Center want to break down any and all barriers, and welcome everyone into our community. So join us, and bring a friend!

All events are free and require an RSVP. Any questions please contact San Carlos Flight Center at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

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Upwind Summer Scholarship Program
Applications due Feb. 28

The application deadline is quickly approaching for the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program. Upwind transforms a high school student into a licensed Private Pilot during the summer between their junior and senior year. Help us out by spreading the word to anyone you know who is eligible!

Click here to download an application. Applications are due February 28 and the winner will be announced by March 15.

FOG Baja Whale Watching March 14-17
It's almost time for the FlyOutGroup/Baja Bush Pilots whale watching adventure! We are super excited about this trip - four days of flying, fun, and whale watching.

There is still room for 1 or 2 more pilots. Several FOG CFIs and pilots have already signed up and are making early preparations. Click here for more information, including estimated costs and how to sign up.

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Santa Maria Wine Tasting April 5-7
A FOG Favorite! Come enjoy a relaxing visit to the Santa Ynez wine country. We love this trip for lots of reasons - the flight is beautiful no matter which route you choose, we enjoy great wines and great food together, and where else can you request to taxi your airplane directly to the hotel? Friday night is optional - we'll catch some live music and munchies, followed by a group dinner. Saturday we'll enjoy a great day of wine tasting. Sunday no plans, just depart at your leisure. To inquire or sign up, add your name to the database here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FlyOutGroup/database. Or email Terry Fiala.
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We keep our online calendar updated, so bookmark this page:
http://www.sancarlosflight.com/activities/calendar. Better yet, follow the instructions at the top of the page to add this calendar to your iPhone.