March 2013

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

Welcome New Members

Michael Ballbach
Ary Glantz
Ioan Iacob
Steven Pruitt
Samy Roggero
Dima Ryazanov
Robert Shea

Member Achievements

Mark Gruschka
Private Pilot
CFI Kevin Hyberger

Matthew Williams
First Taxi

SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Events & Trips
The Fleet
Super Decathlon
N66405 - $140/hr
($160/hr for aerobatic)

N59WD - $135/hr

C182 - G1000
N182BG - $235/hr
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)
Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
1. What is the V-name and description of the boundary between the yellow and green arcs on the airspeed indicator?
2. What is the maximum speed limit while operating at 10,500' MSL in Denver's Class B airspace?
3. What does 841326 indicate on a Winds and Temperature Aloft Forecast?


(answers are at the bottom)
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Pop Quiz Answers
1. VNO (top of the normal operating range). Maximum Structural Cruising Speed. Do not exceed this speed except in smooth air.
[Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, "Airspeed Indicator Markings"]

2. No speed limit above 10,000' MSL.
[14 CFR §91.117]

3. Wind from 340˚ true at 113 knots, temperature -26˚C.
[Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, "Winds and Temperature Aloft Forecast"]

Stay Informed

March 2013
Welcome 182BG!
The newest addition to the SCFC Fleet is a beautiful, G1000-equipped 2005 model C182. You may recognize 182BG from any one of several FlyOutGroup (FOG) trips it has been on.

It's equipped with G1000 avionics, KAP140 autopilot, and air conditioning. 182BG rents for $235/hr for SCFC members.

C172 pilots often transition smoothly into the C182, particularly those with G1000 experience. Call us to schedule your check-out flight today.

SCFC Engine Start and Taxi Procedures
Here's a great way for us to better share our ramp parking area and avoid delays on arrival or departure.
On Departure

  • Step 1. Preflight the airplane thoroughly while the a/c is in the parking spot. Everything on the list, right up to engine start.
  • Step 2. Pull the aircraft out on the yellow taxiway line. Hop in, and safely start the aircraft.
  • Step 3. Safely roll down to the corner of the hangar row so the aircraft can be seen by arriving aircraft.
  • Step 4. Get ATIS and get to the runup area as soon as possible.
  • Step 5. In the runup area, you can do everything else (set the GPS unit, frequencies, charts, etc.)
On Arrival

  • Plan A. If spacing permits, land long and exit 30 at Charlie to have a view of any SCFC a/c in the parking area.
  • Plan B. If exiting the runway before a viewing of the parking area is possible, consider taxiing on Juliet to get a good view of parking and then doing a 180˚ turn back to the fence opening. Ground Control knows that we do this. Just ask to "Taxi to the Flight Center with 180 on Juliet to clear the parking area."
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Spin Clinic Kicks Off this Month
March and April are Spin Awareness months at SCFC and we are offering Spin Clinic flights through the end of April. Challenge yourself with a lesson on spin entry and recovery in one of the Flight Center's tailwheel aircraft.

You've talked about spin recovery, but have you ever practiced it? The PTS doesn't require Private Pilots to demonstrate the skill, so most pilots never take this advanced training. Take a "spin" with a Flight Center CFI in either our Super Decathlon or Citabria and build your understanding of spins and your confidence in recovering from one should it occur. It's an important safety training session that can actually be a lot of fun in the process, and could some day save your life.

Spin Clinic flights are available weekdays and weekends. Weekends sessions tend to book early, so it's easier to get on the calendar for flights midweek. To schedule your session call (650) 946-1700.

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IFR Currency Package of the Month
The best way to stay instrument current is with SCFC's Approaches-of-the-Month Club. Every month, we'll pick two new IAPs highlighting a different aspect of instrument flight. Every other month, we'll include a holding procedure. This month our sims will be fired up with pilots flying the OAK ILS 27R and OAK LOC/DME 27R approaches. Pick a date and time that works for you and call the desk to book the sim time slot. It's a great way to keep current and continue to refine and improve your IFR skills.

These two approaches will be the focus of our Approach Plate Lunch on Saturday, April 13th at 12:30pm.

Member Profile: Heather Stein
SCFC: When and why did you to learn to fly?
My Dad inspired me to start flying and thinking about aviation careers. He was very passionate about aviation and always shared his love of airplanes with me and my brother. I started flying when I was 18.

SCFC: Tell us about your work as an air traffic controller for Oakland Center.
We work 8 to 10 hour shifts, and a typical week includes 2 afternoons, 2 days, and ends with a midnight. Controllers are assigned to one of five areas, which are divided into 4-6 sectors, and we rotate through each sector in a work day. My area covers the northern part of Oakland Center. In our low altitude sectors we provide VFR flight following and approach control service. In our high altitude sectors we accept aircraft from NorCal TRACON and we also descend and sequence arrivals into the Bay Area.

SCFC: What planes do you like to fly for fun?
My favorite airplane has always been the Cessna 152. There is something about small airplanes that makes me feel connected to the airframe. One of the most exciting flying experiences I have ever had was training in the Pitts S-2. In my opinion, aerobatic flying is the definition of FUN!

SCFC: What do you like to do when you're not working or flying?
I enjoy hiking with my beagle and going for drives out to the coast and through the redwoods.

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

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SCFC Community Sponsorships
The idea of community holds a lot of different meanings to us at SCFC. It means building a community of safe pilots, being a part of a cohesive community at the San Carlos Airport, and being involved in the San Carlos and peninsula community in general. We are pleased to pledge our support of a variety of community interests. Already we've pledge our support to local performing arts groups and youth sports teams. If you are involved with a sports team or arts organization that needs additional support, let us know about them. Stop by the Flight Center or give us a call at (650) 946-1700.
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SCFC Welcomes Student and New Pilot Support Group
The Student and New Pilot Support Group is a gathering intended for everyone interested in sharing information about flying with a particular focus on new pilots including student pilots. The group provides an informal setting where new pilots can share tips, tricks, trivia, and experiences about flying. Each meeting has a specific focus with one of the group members leading the discussion topic; however, the intent is to create a collaborative environment for sharing of information as opposed to a lecture style.
The topics of discussion planned for upcoming meetings include:

  • What to expect from a Private Pilot Checkride
  • Radio communication tips, simulation, and tongue-twisters with a contest on the wackiest thing heard on the radio
  • Interesting airport destinations - planning the trip, the flight, and things to do and see once you get there
  • Local airport procedures, reporting points, and common practices
  • Gadgets and gizmos - discussions and demos about and the latest gadgets

Join us on Monday, April 1st at 7:00 PM in the SCFC classroom when we will be treated to a presentation and discussion about the use of oxygen in aviation as well as a trip report about a flight to Las Vegas. Pizza and soda is provided.

To subscribe to this group, please email: Please contact Michael Vowles ( or Herb Patten ( if you would like additional information.

Santa Maria Wine Tasting April 5-7
It's almost time for our annual wine tasting weekend in the beautiful Santa Ynez wine country. This is a great trip to bring someone who's not a pilot - it's a short and beautiful flight, 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. If you can make it that afternoon, then join us for live music and munchies at the Friday Night Wine Down at Costa de Oro winery, followed by a group dinner.

Saturday we will meet up in the lobby at 11:30am, load into rental vans, and head out for a great day of wine tasting in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.

Sunday there are no group plans, just check out of the hotel and depart at your leisure.

Click here for more information. To sign up, add your name to the database here:

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Mark Your Calendar!
The Colorado Mountain Flying Trip is scheduled for June 26-30 (Wed-Sun.) Spectacular scenery and challenging flying make this popular FlyOutGroup (FOG) trip intensely awesome. We take all C182s with one CFI and two pilots per plane. More details coming soon.
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We keep our online calendar updated, so bookmark this page: Better yet, follow the instructions at the top of the page to add this calendar to your iPhone.