January 2013

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

Welcome New Members

Christopher Allen
Emily Charnes
Brian Gaeke
Michael Laccabue
WD Lewis
Basil Newburn
Dave Pifke
David Story
Marc Verdugo

Member Achievements

Mark Grushka
Solo Cross Country
CFI Kevin Hyberger

Kate Thomas
First Solo Flight
CFI Lisa Dyball

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. In most small airplanes, what is used to cool the engine?
2. What is the maximum engine power that can be flown by a pilot without a high-performance endorsement?
3. On what nationwide frequency can you reach the En Route Flight Advisory Service (call sign: Flight Watch)?


(answers are at the bottom)
The Fleet
N59WD - $135/hr

C182 - G1000
N1483L - $240/hr

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

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

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

Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr
Xwind 200 - $250/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. Air, oil and fuel. [Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, "Engine Cooling Systems"]

2. 200 hp. [14 CFR §61.31]

3. 122.00 mHz. [Aeronautical Information Manual §7-1-5]

Stay Informed

January 2013
The Bay Area's Best Ground School Just Got Better
Starting this session, our Private Pilot Ground School will be holding monthly lab workshops to dive deeper into the topics that students find most challenging. One session we will focus on radio communications with live practice scenarios. Another will cover airspace with heavy emphasis on the Bay Area.

These lab workshops will be held on the first/second/third/fourth Saturday of the month at 10:00am. They are included in the cost of the class, and are open to all current and previous ground school students. For more information, contact Dan Dyer at dan@sancarlosflight.com.

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Monthly BBQ is Back!
Join us for the next monthly BBQ on Saturday, February 2 at 1:00pm. Stop by before or after your flight and enjoy some great food and friendship in the SCFC hangar.

This month we welcome Brandon Thompson of Suburban Air Corp. who will be on hand for an Under the Cowling experience (rescheduled from the December rain-out.) Brandon is one of the mechanics who take great care of our fleet and keep you safe in the air. He will show you what's covered up with all that metal and how everything moves and functions.

This month's Honorary Grill Chefs are SCFC Members Michael Vowles, Herb Patten, and Calvin McKnight.

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

Go Around
This month's Safety emphasis area is the Go Around. Practice it. Use it. Don't be afraid to execute a Go Around when needed. Challenge yourself to accept nothing less than a beautiful, controlled landing and Go Around until you get one.

This past week, pilots at San Carlos were reminded that a Go Around, while not glamorous, can make the difference between a nice landing and one that requires a major insurance claim for a totaled aircraft.

As you turn final, ask yourself - Is the plane where I want it to be? Airspeed, glide angle, configuration? If not, go around! Half-mile to the runway, same thing - Is the plane where I want it to be? Is this a stabilized approach? If not, go around. Rounding out in ground effect, same thing. Anytime in the flare, same thing. If the plane isn't exactly where you want it to be, don't accept a poor landing. You are PIC. Make a PIC decision and Go Around.

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The New Pilot's Bill of Rights
Pilots, know your rights. The newly enacted Pilot's Bill of Rights madesweeping changes to the way the FAA handles enforcement actions.

At a recent SCFC safety seminar, attorney Ronnie Gipson reviewed the recent changes and explained how pilots can use them to better protect themselves In the event of an FAA infraction or enforcement proceeding. It was an informative presentation and we hope to repeat it again in the coming months.

In the meantime, we encourage all pilots to gather some information yourselves through the AOPA website or the FAA website.


Emily (left) sharing the fun

Member Profile: Emily Charnes
SCFC: What inspired you to learn to fly?
There were two reasons. First, I developed an odd phobia of flying, but I had to travel all the time for work and it got very awkward. I was living in England at the time, so I started lessons at the West London Aero Club, a cool historic grass airfield outside of London with lots of different planes. Second, my dad was pilot and I always that it would be cool to take him flying with me when he got too old to fly himself.

SCFC: What do you like about flying the Citabria?
It's just so much fun to fly, you actually figure out what your feet are for. Part of the fun is that it's more challenging to fly and land than a Cessna, but you feel more connected to the plane and have more sense of control. The Citabria will bite you on the ground, you have to fly it to a full stop.

SCFC: Tell us about one of your favorite flying moments.
It was in the Bay Area after I'd earned my Instrument rating. The first time I popped through a cloud layer on my own, I actually shouted "woo hoo!" to myself!

SCFC: Do you have any advice for student or new pilots?
Never be afraid to speak up if you think something isn't right. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. And never stop the training, it's always great to go flying with an instructor and do something new.

SCFC: What else makes you tick?
I live in the city and love it. I'm often on the beach or at Crissy Field with my dog, Baxter. Even then, whenever I hear a plane my eye always goes to the sky.

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

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Upwind Summer Scholarship Program
Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications 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 Adventure
FOG teams up with the Baja Bush Pilots (BBP) for their annual whale watching adventure. Four days of flying, fun, and whale watching. The group stays in Loreto at the Hotel La Mision and the Hotel Oasis. Here's your chance to see and interact with a blue whale.

FOG is signing up planes and pilots for this adventure. Several FOG CFIs have reserved C182s and are available to take two pilots and/or passengers per plane. As with all FOG trips, we will travel as a group for fun and support.

Once in Loreto, you can go fishing, walk on a beach, shop Market Street, ride a horse, play a round of golf, get a massage, or take the half-day trip up to Mission San Javier in the hills.

Click here for more information, including estimated costs and how to sign up.

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FlyOutGroup (FOG) 2013 Big Trips
The dates are set for FOG 2013 Big Trip Calendar. Make plans now to join us for lots of fun and flying.

FOG pilots have a blast on big trips! We all contribute to route planning, inevitably with a couple backup plans. Then we launch and fly as a group, keeping in contact in the air, bound for somewhere really fun and interesting. On the ground we have a nice dinner and swap stories and argue about who was the best or worst fuel/time/route/bio-break planner.

Here are the big trips for 2013:

  • March 14-17 (Thu-Sun) Baja Whale Watching Adventure
    FOG joins Baja Bush Pilots for this incredible experience. Cross the US/Mexico border and enjoy sunshine, relaxation, and maybe even make friends with a whale.
  • April 5-7 (Fri-Sun) Wine Tasting in Santa Maria
    Arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning for a day of wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley. Stay overnight at the Radisson Hotel where you can taxi directly to the hotel!
  • June 26-30 (Wed-Sun) Colorado Mountain Flying
    Spectacular scenery and challenging flying make this trip intensely awesome. We take all C182s with one CFI and two pilots per plane.
  • October 3-6 (Thu-Sun) Portland & Seattle
    Another trip with stunning views of the lush Pacific Northwest. We visit the Boeing factory and enjoy a bit of city nightlife. Instrument rating required or must bring a CFI - weather patterns in the northwest can be unpredictable.
  • October 10-12 (Thu-Sat) AOPA Aviation Summit, Ft Worth, TX
    A general aviation playground, particularly if you're in the market for an airplane or gadgets.
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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.