July 2014


The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center

In This Issue


Member News 
Welcome New Members
Alex Barker
Frank Berendt
Rick DeAvila
Marcos De Mello
Mack Dickson
Pierre Dumas
Andrew Godwin
Larson Holt
Murray Kucherawy
Michael Lloyd
Larry Lowry
Terri Mead
Ben Mitchell
David Nagle
Paulius Pupeikis
Armen Samurkashian
David Skrenta
Joel Slater
Stephen Tommerman
Doug Tomlinson
Randall Walliser
David Williams
James Wilson
Kyle Wool 


Member Achievements
Connor Abernathy
FAA Knowledge Test
CFI Miguel Mundo


Eric Cunningham
Instrument Rating
CFI John Otte


Michael Dutton
First Solo Flight
CFI Paul Harris


Michael Fenger
Private Pilot
CFI Lisa Dyball
Russ Smathers
FAA Knowledge Test
CFI Justin Phillipson



Pop Quiz
A fun monthly knowledge test.
Thanks to Guest Editor 
Herb Patten.
1) To avoid wake turbulence, what precaution should be taken when landing behind a large aircraft?


2) When does the greatest wake turbulence occur?


3) What is the minimum separation controllers are required to apply when operating behind a large aircraft? 


(answers are at the bottom)
Safety Seminars
and SCFC Events


Considering an Instrument Rating?
Destination: Catalina Island
CFI Round-Table: Renewing your CFI and Bay Area Familiarization
Helicopter Aerodynamics
Aerodynamics 101 for Private Pilots


ForeFlight Tips and Tricks


Flight Center Night Out
Understanding Pressure and Density Altitude

Events & Trips


Full Moon Flyers
to Concord
Fly to the Wild Side
Catalina Island Weekend Getaway
The Fleet
Super Decathlon
N66405 - $140/hr
N59WD - $135/hr


C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr
N1483L - $243/hr 
C172S - G1000
N646DW - $172/hr  
N63251 - $177/hr
C172S - 6-pack
N458SP - $155/hr
N236SP - $155/hr
N21263 - $158/hr
N494SP - $155/hr
N907LP - $155/hr


N24896 - $102/hr 
N8010F - $100/hr 


Cirrus SR20
N353CA - $255/hr


Piper Arrow
N200KR - $195/hr


Piper Archer
N6848J - $135/hr


N8332T - $285/hr 


Xwind 200 - $240/session
ATD GNS-430W - $30/hr    



 (member prices shown) 
Contact Us 


655 Skyway Rd
Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070 




Pop Quiz Answers 
1) Stay above its final approach flightpath all the way to touchdown.


2) When the generating aircraft is heavy, clean, and slow.


3) 5 miles.







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July 2014

Fleet Addition Announcement
Welcome N6848J, the newest member of the SCFC Fleet of aircraft. Bay Flight 21 is a nice 1976 Piper PA28R-181 Archer. It is a well-maintained and very capable airplane with a 180 hp engine and seating for four people. Pilots who have done all their training in Cessnas may want to try it out for another flying experience.


N6848J rents for $135/hr for SCFC Members. Contact the front desk to schedule your demo or transition flight today (650) 946-1700.


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Cast Your Vote for Excellence in Flight Training
The 2014 AOPA Flight Training Poll is now open. We thank all of you who helped us earn the title Best Flight School 2013, and now it's time to recognize our fantastic instructors here at San Carlos Flight Center. Click here to vote for your CFI. Polls are open for your input until August 23, 2014. Thank you for your support.


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Unleaded Fuel at SCFC
Did you know that San Carlos Flight Center is the first flight school in California to have planes operating on unleaded fuel? After careful analysis, formal STC approval, and weeks of test flights, SCFC has partnered with Dan DeMeo at Rabbit Aviation so that you can fill two of our Cessnas and Citabria N59WD with unleaded fuel. Do your part to make San Carlos Airport the leader in the unleaded fuel movement on your next Bay Tour. For more details, stop by the Flight Center or call Dan at Rabbit (650) 591-5857 ext 6.


Tailwind Landings - Not Worth The Risk
If you have been at San Carlos Airport in the last few weeks, you may have witnessed the go arounds of the local scheduled charter service associated with attempts to land with a tailwind.  
If possible, always select the runway that offers a headwind as it reduces the ground speed both on approach and at the moment of touchdown. Even a small tailwind can significantly lengthen the landing distance to the point that even a normal length runway isn't long enough.
Tailwind landings aren't worth the risk.  
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Pilots and Controllers Helping Each Other
San Carlos Airport has four flight schools and an active pilot training environment, with a lot of attention placed on helping pilots do their jobs safer and better.
You can do your part to help the SQL controllers be better at their jobs. The next time you have an encounter with a controller that you believe would make a great teachable moment, stop by the Flight Center and fill out a Customer Service survey. Together we can make San Carlos safer, more efficient, and more professional.


Member Profile - Cristina Reitano

Cristina has been a valuable member of the SCFC Team for over two years and is familiar to anyone who has been in the office.
SCFC: What made you first want to get involved with San Carlos Flight Center? What appealed to you? 
CR: One of my college roommates, Nick Patel, was helping with accounting and had mentioned how much he enjoyed working at the Flight Center. The energy, the opportunity to be a part of a community, and the chance to learn about a new industry drew me in. He got me an interview and the rest is history.


SCFC: Do you have any interest in learning to fly?
CR: Absolutely. Every day at the Flight Center, it seems there's something new that inspires me to want to begin training. I've also realized that it's a huge commitment. I hope to make the time to accomplish getting my license at some point in the future.


SCFC: What is your favorite thing about being a part of the SCFC community?
CR: Definitely the people. Whether or not you're a pilot, the community is so welcoming. I love that. We always have something going on and there are always great new people to meet.


SCFC: What do you do for fun when you're not at the Flight Center?
CR: I enjoy cooking and baking, working on crafty DIY projects, hiking in the Belmont Hills and around the Redwood Shores salt flats, reading, and spending time with my family.


SCFC: Do you have any other passions?
CR: I'd say my ultimate passions are travel and food, as they always seem to fit together nicely. One day, I hope to combine the two and run my own food truck.

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


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Apply Now for Flight Training Scholarships
The AOPA Foundation has announced that they will award scholarships to 10 student pilots later this year. The recipients will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set goals, and demonstrated commitment to flight training and general aviation. The application deadline is Friday, August 22.


Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 1. Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident; 2. Be at least 16 years of age; 3. Hold a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate at the time of application; 4. Be a current and paid member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded; and 5. Not have completed the FAA practical test/checkride at the time of application.


Complete information and link to the online application is available here.


Fly to the Wild Side
Sunday, July 13 
Lemurs and tigers and bears, oh my! Take a flight to the wild side with your FlyOutGroup (FOG) friends to an amazing hidden gem called The Zoo in Paso Robles, a non-profit rescue zoo. We fly into Paso Robles (KPRB), then enjoy a private tour and visit with the animals. You can see and learn about some of the residents, including lemurs, monkeys, porcupines, kangaroos, lots of different birds, a variety of big cats, and of course tigers and bears.


Click here for complete details and to sign up.


Contact Terry with any questions terry@sancarlosflight.com


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Catalina Island Weekend
Friday-Monday, August 1-4
If you are looking for a great flying getaway, you should join FOG for our Catalina Island Weekend. We have planned the trip for Friday through Monday, so choose the length that suits your schedule. Fly in to the amazing Airport in the Sky, Avalon KAVX situated in a flat spot atop a 2,600' mountain in the Pacific Ocean.


Plan to attend our pre-trip safety seminar - Destination: Catalina Island on Saturday, July 12th at 12:00pm. We will discuss route selection and safety considerations for the trip, plus start the planning for what to do once we get there.


Click here for complete details and to sign up.


Contact Terry with any questions terry@sancarlosflight.com.
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Landing Contest
Saturday, August 23
Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 23rd and plan to compete in the FlyOutGroup (FOG) Landing Contest. Fly the aircraft of your choice and enter in one of three categories: Student Pilot, Private Pilot, or CFI. There will be prizes for top scores, along with the customary food and fun you expect at FOG events. 


More details coming in August.


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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.
Free T-Shirt with Helicopter Intro Flight
(1st 20 Pilots) 


Get a free helicopter t-shirt after your helicopter demo flight. Good for transition training.