October 2013

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

Welcome New Members

Arnau Benet
Michael Fenger
Cole Fenger
Eric Laue
John Miles
John Otte, CFI
Geoff Rapoport
Jacques Rutschmann
Eliot Williams
Shahyar Zahedi

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
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. Do Private Pilots need a special endorsement to fly a Light Sport Aircraft?
2. How do cooler autumn temperatures impact aircraft climb performance?
3. While on an unpublished route at an assigned altitude, when can you descend for the instrument approach?


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

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. No.

2. Cooler temperatures improve climb performance.

3. When the aircraft is established on a segment of the approach and cleared for the approach.

Stay Informed

October 2013
Did Somebody say Cirrus?
You've been asking for it, and we've been working on it - bringing a Cirrus online at the Flight Center. These fast and sexy airplanes are in high demand. Watch your inbox for an announcement in the near future.
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Skycatcher - Open for Business
Our sporty new Cessna 162 Skycatcher has completed the necessary pre-line inspections and is now ready for fun. It has been making the rounds at a few local marketing and promotional events, where it drew crowds of people who were curious about this sleek and small flying beauty.

For the month of October, we are offering 50% off your first hour of flight for pilots who want to get checked out to fly it solo. Note that this is limited to pilots who are 200 lbs and lighter - after all, it IS a light sport aircraft, and you'll need a CFI and some fuel on board.

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Congratulations to Honored CFIs
Four SCFC flight instructors earned a spot on the Flight Instructor Honor Roll in this year's AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards. The four were:

  • Andy Geosits
  • Sue Ballew
  • Brian Eliot
  • Dan Dyer

San Carlos Flight Center urges all pilots to strive for excellence and we are proud to have so many safe, fun, expert flight instructors on staff at SCFC. Congratulations to these four and to all of our excellent instructors.

Stay Alert and Tight on the Radio - For Safety

Want an easy way to make San Carlos safer? Tighten up your radio calls.

As traffic in the pattern increases, so does controller workload. As a pilot, you can do your part to keep the radio frequency clear for important calls by doing a few simple things:


  1. Stay alert for your call sign. Nothing clogs up the frequency more than making ATC call you multiple times.
  2. Respond quickly. An efficient controller keeps a rhythm that balances the needs of multiple aircraft. Extra delays throw off the rhythm.
  3. Keep it tight; keep it professional. Say what you need to say, but be brief and direct. Any extra time you take may be delaying a takeoff clearance or an important traffic call for one of your fellow pilots.
Member Profile: Lisa Dyball
SCFC: We know you started flying very young. In your long career, what sort of aviation jobs have you had?
A lot. I've worked at a reservation desk. I've done program sales and ground/flight instruction at a flight school. I've flown air cargo, and air ambulance in Hawaii, and I was a corporate captain throughout North and Central America.

SCFC: What careers outside of aviation have you had?
I have been a snowboard and ski instructor, and a whitewater river raft guide. Long ago, I had odd jobs as a secretary, fast food clerk, and a waitress (Bubba Gumps!)

SCFC: You fly a lot of places. Why do you call San Carlos your home base?
Because of the awesome people that live and work here. It's where the cool kids hang out. San Carlos is a challenging airport, with varied airspace and sometimes crazy winds. If you can fly here, you can fly anywhere. Also it's the closest airport to San Francisco where I live.

SCFC: What about aviation makes you smile?
I'm smiling all the time in the air. My students make me laugh. Flight training is really a lot of fun. Other than that, maybe a pretty sunset, or the full moon rising over the horizon.

SCFC: When you're not working, where do you fly for fun?
Bay Tours with friends, quick trips with family members. I had a really fun flight earlier this year flying the Flight Center staff to their annual Disneyland customer service training retreat. I brought along my son Jerry, who did the service training too. Three planes, a bunch of fun people, and beautiful California landscapes below.

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

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Flight Center Night Out (for younger pilots)
The 25 & under crowd of pilots and student pilots meets once a month for Flight Center Night Out. Last month, the group met at Mountain Mike's Pizza in Redwood City. This month, Flight Center Night Out is on Thursday, October 24th at 6:30pm at the Palo Alto Creamery (566 Emerson St, Palo Alto), a fun diner with "Simple food, done well."

Please text, email, or tweet Cristina so we have an accurate headcount, cristina@sancarlosflight.com or (650) 946-1700.

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Special OPS Needs You
Calling all talented people! (Yes, that's you.) The Flight Center's Special OPS Team welcomes new members who want to use their unique talents and abilities to make the Flight Center better. In October, Special Ops has two projects - decorating our Ghost Plane (N6123L) for the Hiller Halloween party, and starting the planning for SCFC's New Year's Eve 2013 celebration.

Special OPS is a big reason that the Flight Center is a place where pilots feel welcome and appreciated. To join the team, contact Dan at dan@sancarlosflight.com or (650) 946-1700, or show up at the next Special Ops meeting, Monday October 21 at 6:30pm.

Full Moon Flyers vs. the Maniac Maze
On Saturday, October 19th we take our popular Full Moon Flyers dinner flights and add a fun Halloween twist!

Meet at Hollister airport KCVH at 4:00pm and make the short walk together over to the Maniac Maze. Conquer the Maze at dusk (before things get TOO spooky), then head over to Harris Ranch 3O8 for a deliciously famous steak dinner at the restaurant next to the field. There is a $20/person trip fee which includes admission to the maze. This event is a perfect opportunity to bring along a friend, spouse, and/or your kids to show them how much fun flying is. Sign up by adding your name to the list here, or by calling (650) 946-1700.

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Now Boarding: California Mountain Flying Training Adventure
We recently took our popular FlyOutGroup (FOG) California Mountain Flying trip and made it available on-demand. The response is overwhelmingly positive. Pilots like the flexibility of doing a fun flying adventure, building complex and/or G1000 time, and learning how to safely fly in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains - all when it suits their own schedule.

There is an upcoming departure planned by your fellow pilots, so why not join them to make it more sociable? Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3 are on the books. We generally make these trips in C182s with 1 CFI and 2 pilots on board, and stay overnight in the Lake Tahoe area. So book the weekend of your choice by calling (650) 946-1700.

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Save the Date for Disneyland!
Before life gets too busy with holiday parties and all those year-end activities, join your FlyOutGroup (FOG) friends at Disneyland.

Mark your calendars for Friday-Sunday, November 8-10. Call in sick to the office and take the kids out of school - we're going to Disneyland!

Now is the time to reserve your favorite plane and reserve the dates. We will give more details in the coming weeks.

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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.