June 2014


The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center

In This Issue
Member News 
Welcome New Members


 Alan Alpert
Chris Archer
Matthew Birkhead
Gene Cao
Jim Cavuoto
Vivian Chan
Matt Curcio
Benjamin Damm
Joel Dujsik
Mike Fischer
Rodney Fite
Adrian Gasinski
Alyce Gershenson
Michael Gershenson
Keith Goldberg
Paul Harris, CFI
Ted Hiscox
Brian Irion
Eduard Jooste
Rebecca Joseph
Steven Kairys
Marc Katz
Tomoo Kawahara
Andrew Kittler
Trevor Lemp
Brian Lester
David Lyman
Rami Mazid
Peter Muller
Miguel Mundo, CFI
Phillip Newlin
Claude Pignol
Ian Prager
Jeff Ragusa
Kasra Rastani
Hannah Reyes
Rick Rizzoli
Justin Sadowski
Elizabeth Schilling
Scott Schwartz
Alexander Smirnov
Russell Sullivan
Hironobu Tamba
Anthony Turner
Ori Zaltzman



Member Achievements
Shelby Cundiff
First Solo Flight
CFI Sue Ballew


 Justin Harrison
First Solo Flight
CFI Adam Kelly


Joanna Moore
Private Pilot
CFI Kevin Hyberger


Liz Rumsey
First Solo Flight
CFI Patti Andrews


Juraj Svec
First Solo Flight
CFI Justin Phillipson
Alex Tronchin-James
First Solo Flight
CFI Adam Kelly
Sebastiaan Waelkens
Private Pilot
CFI Kevin Hyberger
Pop Quiz
A fun monthly knowledge test
1) What colors flash on the rotating beacon at a heliport?


2) Does a helicopter add-on rating meet the requirements for a flight review?


3) What are the primary helicopter flight controls?


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


Staying Alive in the Airplane with SOPs
Transition to Helicopter
IFR Round-Table:
All About Holds
Mountain Flying
Right Seat Workshop: Landing Training
for Right Seaters
(A Flying Workshop)


Flight Center Night Out
Bird Strikes and Animal Encounters
IFR Round-Table: Departure Procedures

Events & Trips


Full Moon Flyers
to Willows-Glenn
Yellowstone Mountain Flying Adventure
Fourth of July Columbia Camping Trip
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


N24896 - $102/hr 
N8010F - $100/hr 


Cirrus SR20
N353CA - $255/hr


N200KR - $195/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) White Yellow Green


2) Yes


3) Collective, cyclic, and tail rotor pedals


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June 2014

Helicopter Training at SCFC

With the arrival of our new Robinson R22 helicopter, SCFC is now offering primary helicopter training as well as transition training for fixed wing pilots. Rotorcraft flying is amazing in a different way than fixed wing aircraft, and we get a lot of questions from airplane pilots about what is involved in adding on a Rotorcraft Helicopter rating.


Join us this Saturday, June 14 at 12:00pm as Paul Harris presents Transition to Helicopter. Learn about the program, the steps involved in transitioning, and all the cool things you can do in a helicopter that you can't do in a fixed-wing airplane.


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We're Expanding - New Instruction Suites
Coming soon to the Skyway Building: More 1-on-1 training spaces for SCFC members. The Flight Center has added a satellite training office in the building to make room for our new CFIs and students. The next time you are meeting with your instructor for a pre- or post-flight briefing, ask at the front desk for a key to the new satellite office.




PIREP: Increased Bird Activity around PAO
There have been several reports of higher than normal numbers of birds and geese around Palo Alto airport. Many SCFC pilots and CFIs use Palo Alto during our training and practice flights. Be sure to stay alert while flying the pattern there, scanning constantly for birds (and other air traffic.)


Want to learn more? Join CFI Justin Phillipson on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00pm for Bird Strikes and Animal Encounters. Remember, SCFC Members may watch this and all our safety seminars remotely via live streaming.
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Right Seat Workshop: Landing Training -
A Flying Workshop
Sunday, June 22, 10:00am-2:30pm
This installment in our popular Right Seat Workshop series is a bit different. Participants will receive valuable "pinch-hitter" training in how to land the airplane in the event that something bad happens to the pilot and s/he becomes incapacitated.


The workshop starts in the classroom with a ground briefing session on communication, approaching and landing at an airport. Then everyone boards airplanes for practical training, where each right-seater will have the chance to practice a few landings. There will be two participants and one CFI per airplane, so each person benefits from observing as well as landing.


The fee for this workshop is $250 for right-seaters sponsored by SCFC Flying and Community Members, and $300 for non-members. Limited to 6 participants, so sign up now. Click here for complete details, including how to sign up.
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Coordinated Turns vs. Coordinated Rolls
Make turns safer and smoother by understanding how and why rudders are used. New pilots often misunderstand the need for rudder, thinking incorrectly that rudder is used to assist the turn. Wrong. The turn happens on its own by the bank of the wings. Rudders are needed to counter adverse yaw which only occurs when the ailerons are deflected. So think instead of making coordinated rolls into and out of the turn, with rudder use tied to aileron deflection.




Member Profile - Paul Harris, Helicopter CFI
Paul Harris was born and raised in the United Kingdom (UK) near an army base. "I used to see Chinooks flying overhead with jeeps and artillery guns slung underneath. The sight and sound of that captured my attention." He worked as an accountant after college in the UK and Switzerland while saving money for helicopter flight training. In 2007, he began his training in Florida and the UK, earning his FAA Private and Instrument, and JAA Commercial and Flight Instructor.


"In 2009, I trawled the UK looking for a flight instructor job at what felt like the worst possible time in history - during the Global Financial Crash" says Paul. "I met someone who happened to be setting up a helicopter operator business in Ghana, West Africa. They were looking for a helicopter pilot with other skills - I was their man!"


Paul spent the next year traveling between the UK and Ghana, setting up the business and flying. He recalls, "One of my best memories is from a flight into the jungle of Western Ghana where we landed at a remote village on private land. Within minutes of landing, we were surrounded by a hundred kids from the local school staring wide-eyed at the big white bird that had descended upon them. While waiting for clients, I let the kids sit inside and demonstrated the flight controls. They loved it and I'll never forget it."


In 2010, Paul and his wife moved to San Francisco. Since then he has worked as a CFI and commercial pilot flying aerial tours, surveys, and photo flights. In addition to being SCFC's helicopter instructor, Paul also works as a portfolio accountant for a small private investment company in San Francisco.


"I love flying helicopters because I love the versatility, the go-anywhere capability and the ability to just hover up there like you're on some kind of magic carpet. They never cease to amaze me when I see one taking off - almost as if they're defying the laws of physics. I feel proud to call myself a helicopter pilot."
The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  
designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.




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Airport Day Fun and Success
This year's San Carlos Airport Day was a huge success! We want to thank all of our dedicated volunteers who braved the heat, traffic, and parking to help us out. 


We introduced thousands of people to the fun of aviation through interactive activities like First Solo Flight (pedal airplanes, photo right), Zero G Testing (rocket jump house), Talk Like a Pilot (a radio calls game, photo bottom left), and Temporary Tattoos for Temporary Pilots (photo bottom right.)
This year the event attracted more than twice as many people as last year. SCFC is proud to be a part of this great event that showcases San Carlos Airport as an invaluable community asset.  




The town of Columbia (CA) is a favorite destination for many private pilots. It's like taking a walk through a 1850s mining town that's been frozen in time. The merchants even dress in period attire while they tend the coal fire at the blacksmith shop, make candles, or drive the stagecoach. If you haven't experienced 4th of July in Columbia, you're in for a treat. They go all out each year to celebrate Independence Day in the most decadent way.


Join your FOG friends for an overnight camping trip and a good old-fashioned 4th of July parade. Enjoy the beautiful flight, pitch your tent near your airplane, and take a walk back in time. Remember your sunscreen and your camera! Click here for complete details, including how to sign up.




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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.