July 2012

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The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center
In This Issue
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Events & Trips
The Fleet
C172S - 6-pack
N458SP - $150/hr
N236SP - $150/hr

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

N24896 - $105/hr
N6123L- $105/hr

Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr
Elite (based in SF) - $100/hr including CFI
Xwind 200 - $250/session

New Shirts are Here!
Our new line of cool t-shirts has arrived! From the creative mind of Basil Newburn, with a little help from the Special Ops Team, comes five new t-shirt designs in a range of colors. Pick up yours today - $30/ea or $25/ea for SCFC Members.

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San Carlos, CA 94070

Stay Informed

July 2012
New sessions of Ground School classes are beginning!
  • Private Pilot Ground School - Tuesdays at 6:30pm
    Taught by Dan Dyer, tuition for this 12- week session is $250. To sign up or for more information, contact SCFC at (650) 946-1700 or email Dan at dan@sancarlosflight.com.
  • Instrument Ground School - Thursdays at 6:30pm
    Taught by Brian Eliot, tuition for this 12-week session is $280. To sign up or for more information, contact SCFC at (650) 946-1700 or email Brian at brian@sancarlosflight.com.
New Multi-Screened G1000 Simulator is Here
San Carlos Flight Center is proud to announce the arrival of a Precision Flight Controls MFD-MD G1000 Simulator. This sim comes equipped with a genuine Garmin G1000 avionics suite, including the GFC700 Autopilot and GMA1347 Nav/Com Panel. It provides a true hands-on training experience when transitioning to (or maintaining currency in) a G1000-equipped aircraft.

This simulator is unlike any other found in the Bay Area. It features three full size screens providing 135° vision (instead of the more common one screen) and side-by-side seating. This amazing simulator rents for $75/hr.

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Now offering IFR Sim Training in San Francisco
We are excited to announce our new satellite simulator training center located in San Francisco. If you live or work in San Francisco, now you can catch up on procedural training on your lunch hour or after work, without a trek down the peninsula. Run approaches, get avionics training, work toward an IPC, or take one our packaged sim Training Programs on this Garmin 430-equipped Elite simulator. For more information, contact Lisa Dyball at (415) 235-5153 or lisa@sancarlosflight.com.
Member Profile: Kathleen Jones
Meet Kathleen Jones, a student pilot who flies C172s at SCFC.

SCFC: Why do you fly?
For the freedom, the challenge, the excitement of the adventure afforded by flight. Flying also is a means to a medical charity project I have been planning for several years.

SCFC: Tell us about your inspiration for learning to fly.
My interest in flying began with a close pilot friend who waxes philosophic about "escaping the bounds of earth," was further encouraged by a pilot parent, and was finally embraced when an MBA group analysis showed a cost benefit to flying as opposed to sailing between islands to deliver care.

SCFC: What's been your biggest challenge so far?
Ground school classes, the FAA written exam, and the mechanical aspects of flying haven't presented too daunting a challenge. Holding the center line, though, is my work in progress, and I seem to always do a "work around" (much to my instructor's annoyance.) But that will come, as all things do, with practice and persistence.

SCFC: What else makes you tick?
I have always enjoyed a challenge, an adventure slightly on the edge from mapping out echinoderm reproductive territory in Hakata Bay, to analyzing the biochemistry of aggressive behavior in chimps with Jane Goodall, climbing Mt. Fuji in the off season, sleeping in the tundra to tag polar bears above the Polar Circle, and second-assisting on the first successful heart-lung transplant with Bruce Reitz and Norm Shumway. Flying takes me to yet another realm, another part of my vita.

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

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We're looking for a few (dozen) great people!
Thanks to you, our awesome community of pilots and flying enthusiasts, San Carlos Flight Center is rapidly growing. As a result, there are countless areas where we need to involve your talents to feed the perpetual energy. Here are a few examples:
  • someone who knows how to build an event signup widget for a WordPress website
  • a web site design and maintenance guru
  • photography experts
  • people who know how to make great brownies
  • event/party planners to serve as Mission Commanders and work with our staff to plan more awesome events
Ready to add your two cents? Join the Special Ops Team! Our next meeting is Sunday, July 15th at 4:00pm in the SCFC classroom. Future meetings will happen every other Monday at 6:30pm, starting July 23. We're already hard at work planning our big summer landing contest, and we need you!
Colorado Mountain Flying Trip a Sweeping Success
The FlyOutGroup (FOG) had a spectacular trip to Colorado in late June. Seven planes and 19 pilots flew 2,500nm and 20 flight hours over five unforgettable days. Overnight stays in Durango (CO), Glenwood Springs (CO), and Las Vegas (NV) gave everyone a much-deserved rest from the intense mountain flying adventures each day. At the top of the list of highlights were: flying the dramatic Independence, Hagerman, and Mosquito passes through the Rocky Mountains; landing at Lake County/Leadville (KLXV), the highest elevation airport in the U.S.; enjoying post-flight cocktails and camaraderie at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs; and front row seats for the Celine Dion concert in Last Vegas.

Not to worry if you missed out on this big trip - we'll catch you on the next one! Portland, Seattle and San Juan Island, August 23-26 (Thu-Sun.) FOG pilots flew this trip in 2010 and had a wonderful time. We hope to tour the Boeing factory tour and island hop off the coast of Washington. More details coming soon, so book a plane now, sign up on the FOG database[insert link], and plan to call in sick to work - we'll vouch for you!

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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.