November 2013

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

Welcome New Members

Arnau Benet
Greg Blanck
Jeffrey Block
Amanda Chan
Clark Harrell (CFI)
Scott Hutton
Jesse Jones
Eric Laue
Anthony Maffei
Ryan McBride
John Miles
Joanna Moore
John Otte (CFI)
Sagar Pathak
Geoff Rapoport
Grigoriy Shapirshteyn
Edward Tejnil
Nancy Verghese
Eliot Williams

Member Achievements

Michael Ballbach
Instrument Rating
CFI Lisa Dyball

Kirk Halterman
Private Pilot
CFI Justin Phillipson

Manny Morad
Private Pilot
CFI Sue Ballew

Matt Moropoulos
Private Pilot
CFI Nariman Farsaie

SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Events & Trips
The Fleet
Cirrus SR20
N353CA - $255/hr

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
N63251 - $175/hr

C172S - 6-pack
N458SP - $153/hr
N236SP - $153/hr
N21263 - $156/hr

N5210H - $125/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. On a METAR, as surface visibility drops, when does mist (BR) become fog (FG)?

2. Why is frost a hazard when it accumulates on aircraft wings?

3. How should you adjust engine start procedures for cold Bay Area winter mornings?

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




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San Carlos, CA 94070

Pop Quiz Answers
1. BR = visibility of 5/8 to 6 SM. FG = visibility < 5/8 SM

2. The roughness of its surface spoils the smooth flow of air over the wing and results in loss of lift.

3. Allow more time between priming and engine start to allow fuel to vaporize. Keep engine RPM low until engine oil has warmed and adequately circulated.

Stay Informed

November 2013
Best in the US
We are sure you have heard the news by now, but if not, San Carlos Flight Center won Best Flight School in the US at the AOPA Summit in October.

SCFC is a place with a lot of people who come together and contribute energy to bring fun to aviation. Together, we are the Flight Center. So congratulations to all of us, we all are #1.

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Winter Hours - Dates/Times You Should Know
The days are getting shorter, and winter hours are now in effect. The office is open every day 9:00am-5:00pm. Staff stay later on the nights when we have evening events like ground school or safety seminars.

Remember, flights are available 24 hours a day. Just retrieve/return your aircraft key at the lockbox inside the parking area. After all, night flights are much easier now that the sun sets earlier.

The office will be closed for winter holidays on the following dates:
- Thursday, November 28
- Wednesday, December 25
- Wednesday, January 1

The SCFC tradition is to hold our Holiday Party on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31st. Save the date!
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The Flight Center is excited to announce that we've joined the OpenAirplane network. Now, your next BFR with a Flight Center instructor may also be your OpenAirplane universal checkout, allowing you to rent planes at other OpenAirplane participating centers around the country. For more information, ask you SCFC CFI or call the front desk.
Gentle with the Towbars
For most of our planes, the towbar is just for steering. It's not for pushing or pulling. That means strong forces shouldn't be put on it, ever. Instead push or pull on the root of the propeller or the wing strut. If you can't move the towbar left or right with a gentle finger pressure, you are doing it wrong.
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Dewpoint Matters
It is the time of year for cool, crisp air and sometimes gorgeous days. When checking METARs and TAFs pay attention to the temperature/ dewpoint spread. A small or dropping difference between temperature and dewpoint means mist and fog is likely, so watch out during those early morning or sunset flights.
Member Profile: Mark Rymill
SCFC: What inspired you to learn to fly?
My grandmother is a pilot, and my youngest "This is awesome!" memories are with her in various planes.

SCFC: What is your most memorable trip?
I try to learn or reinforce something on every flight. As a newly minted private pilot I flew a friend's Cessna 150 from Spokane, WA to Bozeman, MT. I learned a lot about judgment calls in order to make that flight (and future flights) successfully, which included having to cancel the return trip for a later date due to storms that moved in.

SCFC: What are you currently working on improving?
Back to basics, with good ol' VFR flying in the Bay Area. My primary instruction was in the Seattle area, and the majority of my Bay Area flying the last 10 years has been IFR training or recurrency. It's been fun the last few months to focus outside of the airplane and see the beautiful area we live in.

SCFC: How have you learned your best lessons?
Mistakes are great! Learning from other people's mistakes is even better! "Flight Test Tips & Tales" by Howard Fried was a great book I read shortly before my Private Pilot check ride and I'd recommend that book to anyone close to taking their check ride. That book, along with some of the Air Traffic Control Tower tours organized by SCFC are also great in understanding that FAA examiners and ATC Controllers are just like everyone else, and not evil beasts to be feared.

SCFC: What do you do when you're not flying?
My wife and I love the outdoors, and we try to get out for at least one hike per weekend. We're excited for ski season to start up soon!

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

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New Member Orientation
Join us for an indoctrination class for new members on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00pm. You'll be glad you came.

This month's orientation will be led by SCFC member Basil Newburn, the creative genius behind our "Report the Cement Plant" T-shirt and other cool shirts. Basil will provide a fun welcome into the Flight Center, and cover topics including how to schedule a flight, what to do with a fuel receipt, where to pick up keys after hours, how to get involved in the fun FlyOutGroup, and more.

All members are welcome, but especially those who have recently joined. We'll start at ground zero, and cover enough ground so all our new members feel like fully indoctrinated Flight Center pilots.

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Save the Date - New Year's Eve Holiday Party
Join us for the SCFC Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 31st at Hiller Aviation Museum. It's our way of celebrating and honoring the best of 2013, and welcoming 2014. We will continue some fun traditions we began last year, and kick off a new one or two.

Put on your dancing shoes, come down to the airport, and enjoy some great music, food, drinks and company. We celebrate midnight at 10:00pm so you can move on to the next celebration or turn in early.

Watch for your invitation with more details coming soon.

Andrea's Dream Flight Across America
Every pilot has a dream trip full of adventure, challenging flying and beautiful scenery. What is yours? How can you make that happen?

FlyOutGroup (FOG) pilot Andrea Bittau recently decided to stop dreaming and start flying. His dream trip took him from San Carlos to Miami, out to the Bahamas, then up the east coast to Maine, turning back west to Vancouver (Canada), then finally returning to the Bay Area. In this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Andrea flew more than 8,000nm in 59 hours over the course of a month, landing at 48 airports in 3 countries. Andrea says, "the most important lesson I learned was that trips like these are not impossible and are more within reach than you might think. The hardest part was actually just pulling the trigger."

Andrea will share his stories, photos, route and destinations on Saturday, November 23rd at 12:30pm in the SCFC Classroom.

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Fly DC to Bahamas - January 2014
The Bay Area FlyOutGroup is currently in early planning to join an exciting multi-day adventure in January, a FlyOut from Washington DC to the Bahamas. The event is already is being organized by Aviation Adventures, one of SCFC's adopted sister flight schools across the country, and winners of the 2013 Student Choice award. FOG pilots would fly commercial into the Washington DC area on January 30 and hop into GA planes to join the Aviation Adventures tour leaders down the East Coast of the US and to the Bahamas. It's a fun trip with a lot of flight time and interesting terrain and weather. The trip ends back in DC on February 8. More information will follow in the coming weeks.
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