May 2013

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

Welcome New Members

Jeremy Battaillou
Sean Berry
Mike Borsetti
Julie Gesch
Sean Iams
Kamesh Kanagaraj
David Kramer
Alex Marshall
Martin McKendry
Thomas McMurtry
Andreas Mueller
Martin Rhoads
Andreas Schmitz
Scott Stauter, CFI
Jenny Tsai-Smith

Member Achievements

Pedro Santos
First Solo Flight
CFI Lisa Dyball

Lida Teneva
Private Pilot
CFI Patti Andrews

Kyle Harmon
Commercial Single- and Multi-Engine
CFI ???

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 - $153/hr
N236SP - $153/hr
N21263 - $156/hr

N24896 - $98/hr
N6123L- $98/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.If the front of the pitot tube becomes blocked but the drain hole remains open, what air pressure will be present in the pitot line?
2. Which of the following values will increase as a result of an increase in airplane gross weight?
a) Takeoff speed
b) Stall speed
c) Max cruising speed
3. On what frequency can pilots reach Flightwatch across the contiguous 48 states?


(answers are at the bottom)
Cool t-shirts and fun accessories, with designs you won't see anywhere else!

Save the Date for San Carlos Airport Day
June 22, 10am-3pm

Volunteers needed for our activity booth, contact the front desk to help us out.

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. Outside static air pressure

2. A and C

3. 122.000mHz

Stay Informed

May 2013
Summer Hours - 8am to 6pm Every Day
Everybody wants more hours in the day, right? To keep up with the increased activity, we are now open two additional hours every day. So go ahead, make good use of the extra daylight, take a flight before or after work, or squeeze in some pattern practice before that 9am meeting.

Remember that after hours flights are always available. Just schedule your flight online and retrieve/return the keybook to the lock box inside the pedestrian gate in the north parking area (access code is available on FlightSchedulePro or by calling the office.)

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SCFC is now a CATS Testing Center
We're pleased to announce that we are now an official CATS Testing Center! So call us when you're ready to ace your FAA knowledge test for Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, or Instrument Rating. Take your test in the privacy and comfort of our testing center, then celebrate your stellar score with us once you're finished. Everyone is welcome, SCFC members, guests, and the general public.
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New Member Benefit: Live Streamed Safety Seminars
Flight Center members can now enjoy watching our safety seminars from the comfort of their home or office. So don't worry if one is filled to capacity - just stream it instead! See sidebar at left for upcoming seminar topics - there is a wide variety to choose from. Flight Center flying and community members can call the front desk at (650) 946-1700 to request access. So tune in and learn something new. We won't even know if you're in your pajamas!
Instrument Currency Rewards Program
In support of our commitment to excellence in instrument training and currency, SCFC is launching our Instrument Currency Rewards Program. It's like a frequent flyer program tied nicely to our Approach of the Month package and Approach Plate Lunch safety seminars. Here's how it works:

Brief - Attend the safety seminar as a free ground briefing.
Fly - Fly the Approach of the Month with an instructor for six consecutive months, either in an airplane or our simulator.
Reward - Collect six punches on your Currency Rewards punchcard, then turn it in for $100 credit toward your next flight. We even help you out by tracking your progress and providing helpful reminders.

The program is a convenient way to maintain your instrument currency and competency. Each Approach of the Month is challenging and fun in its own way - this month it's the Medford (KMFR) LOC/DME BC-B, which combines a DME Arc approach with a localizer back course approach.

Get started today, call us at (650) 946-1700 to schedule your first session.

Member Profile: Justin Phillipson
Flying is a passion and a way of life for Justin. "Ever since I was a kid I was into it, I built models and flew remote control airplanes. But I got a late start and didn't learn to fly until I was 21." Since then he's been going nonstop. He earned his license at 23, followed by Commercial and CFI a short time later. It wasn't long before he'd tacked on single sea, multi sea, glider and helicopter commercial ratings too. Starting to run out of ratings, an A&P Mechanics license came next. "I'm always looking for the next challenge." Along the way he also got experience in warbirds, tailwheel, aerobatics and formation flying.

Becoming an instructor came about in a very natural way. "When I first started flying, it wasn't a goal for me. One time I took a friend flying, showed him some basics, and decided I liked it and wanted to teach other people." Now Justin teaches primary training, along with instrument, tailwheel, aerobatics and even seaplanes. "I like primary training because I like to start someone off with good skills and habits. I also like the more specialized training like spin recovery training, aerobatics, tailwheel and high performance transitions."

Last year Justin got an opportunity to fly really fast - in the Reno Air Races. "I have been going to races since I was a kid. I've raced motorcycles for years and I'm very competitive by nature. A friend had a Cassutt he wasn't flying so I asked him if I could race it and he said yes." The Cassutt races in the Formula One class. Although they are the smallest planes in the event, a Cessna 150 engine powers these racers to over 250 mph at around 4400 rpm! In May 2012 Justin got the plane ready and started by participating in Pylon Race School in June. A few challenges arose during the races in September but he and his crew pulled everything together and finished 2nd overall in the Formula One Gold Class. "That means there was only one guy faster than me. It's going to go faster in 2013," he says with a big smile.

When asked what he likes to do when he's not flying, he quipped, "I'm not not-flying very often." Say hello to Justin when you see him around the club, or give him a call to talk about your flight training goals.

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

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Right Seat Workshop: Landing Basics
SCFC regularly holds Right Seat Workshops intended to demystify flight for people that fly often as passengers with other pilots. This workshop, the third in the series, covers the landing process and provides participants a solid understanding of what actions the pilot takes to safely land an airplane back onto a runway. The session is limited to ground training, but will position attendees for taking the next step - a landing flight training session in an actual airplane.

The Right Seat Workshop is a fee training event and open to anyone, including very new beginner pilots, but special emphasis will be given to the perspective of a Right Seater. Some passengers are interested in learning enough about Landing Basics to serve as backup pilot for landing in an emergency situation, and this workshop would be great first step.

Right Seat Workshop: Landing Basics
Saturday, June 1st, 10:00am to 1:00pm
$80 for SCFC Flying Members and Community Members
$100 for non-members
Click here for detailed information
Call (650) 946-1700 to register

Colorado Mountain Flying June 26-30
The Colorado Mountain Flying Trip has been on the calendar only 2 weeks as is already half booked! 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.

Wed, June 26 - Depart the Bay Area bound for Durango, CO (KDGO). Overnight at the historic Strater Hotel.
Thu, June 27 - Fly from Durango to Eagle, CO (KEGE) the long route, flying as many mountain passes in between as weather conditions will allow. Overnight in Glenwood Springs.
Fri, June 28 - Rise early, spend the morning flying the northern passes. Return to Eagle before the afternoon winds pick up. Afternoon at your leisure for a hike or a soak in the famous hot springs.
Sat, June 29 - Depart Eagle for Las Vegas. Overfly the Grand Canyon en route. Unwind with a night in Sin City.
Sun, June 30 - Depart Las Vegas for the Bay Area. Go home and sort through hundreds of amazing photos and memories.

Full details are available here:

To inquire or sign up, please contact Terry Fiala at

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Fly to the Wild Side on June 23
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 even touch 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. Sign up on the FOG database here:

Contact Terry with any questions

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