September 2013

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

Welcome New Members

Sandra Clifford
Chris Davenport
Anna McKendry
Matthew Mullins
Todd Murtha
Ilya Pirkin
Stephen Schick

Member Achievements

Dave Brenner
First Solo Flight
CFI Kevin Hyberger

Eric Dasmalchi
Private Pilot
CFI Nariman Farsaie

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.
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1. Both Barker Creek and Hadley are private airports. Why do their symbols appear differently on the charts?
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2. What is indicated by the dash between the numbers 23 and 31 at Franklin airport?
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3. What should pilots flying in the area of IR207 (thin gray line) be alert for?


(answers are at the bottom)
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Pop Quiz Answers
1. Hadley has a paved runway and Barker Creek does not.

2. No runway lighting.

3. Military aircraft engaging in low-level IFR flight training that may exceed 1,500' AGL.

Stay Informed

September 2013
Welcome N5210H
Have you seen the sleek new addition to the flight line? N5210H, a 2010 Cessna Skycatcher, has been turning heads since the day it joined the Cessna squadron. It's the perfect answer for pilots who want to fly or train with the latest avionics but pay entry level prices.

On a recent test flight, staff member Terry Fiala had this to say. "This plane is sporty, responsive, and incredibly light. I've never lifted off the runway so quickly! The flight control stick was a fun departure from the yoke I'm used to."

The twin Garmin G300 flight displays closely mimic the G1000, making it an easy to transition from one system to the other. G1000 pilots should have no trouble finding the information I needed on the Skycatcher's displays.

Come take it for a test flight today. N5210H rents for only $125/hr for SCFC members.

No Skidding Ever!
With rudder control, every pilot should be able to turn while staying coordinated. You should also be able to slip the aircraft when needed. Although a slip is uncoordinated, it is very stable and safe. Skidding, however, is never safe! Don't skid ever! Skidding can increase the chance of the lower wing stalling and cause a spin entry. Never skid, especially in the traffic pattern where there's not enough altitude to recover from an inadvertent spin. Assess your rudder skills. If you're not highly proficient with coordinated turns, go practice and consider grabbing a CFI to help you perfect this important skill.
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Instrument Proficiency with "TFP Office Hours"
San Carlos Flight Center is always looking for high quality and innovative ways to continue learning about flying. SCFC CFII Jason Miller, founder of the uber-popular The Finer Points of Flying podcasts, has launched a ground-breaking online training program called TFP Office Hours. Each week consists of a one-hour online presentation/lecture on Monday and a followup online office hour session on Wednesdays for Q&A.

The upcoming TFP Office Hours course, "Methods and Systems for Instrument Pilots", starts September 30 with ten weeks of presentations of Jason's methods for safe and methodical instrument flight based on his 10+ years of flight instruction, and research from his recently-published e-book, Setting the Standard. Lecture sessions are Mondays 5:00pm Pacific Time, and Q&A/lab sessions are Wednesdays at 8:00-9:00am Pacific Time.

Jason will broadcast live from the San Carlos Flight Center classroom on Wednesdays, and has graciously agreed to allow SCFC members to attend live at the Flight Center.

The 10-week course costs $99. We highly recommend this for all instrument pilots and students - instrument training in the comfort of your home or office. Sign up at or contact Jason Miller with any questions at

Member Profile: Anthony La Rocca
SCFC: What sparked your interest in flying? What made you decide to stop dreaming about flying and start doing it?
As a child I always dreamed of flying. A good friend is a pilot, and anytime I saw his flying pictures I thought, "why am I not doing this?" About a year ago my wife purchased a Living Social deal for a flight at San Carlos Flight Center for my birthday. On a beautiful weekend day in October, Nariman Farsaie took us up for a bay tour and I got some time on the controls. I was in awe. The very next Tuesday I showed up for my first day of Ground School, and the following weekend I had my first lesson with Kevin Hyberger. 10 months later, after fitting lessons around my job at a startup in San Mateo, I had completed my Private Pilot's License.

SCFC: Tell us about your most memorable moment in flight training.
My first solo was one of my great life achievements. For me, flying is about freedom. The first time that I flew solo to Half Moon Bay, went up and down the coast, did a few landings, and returned was the most exciting and memorable moment in my training. For the first time, I was out there by myself with no one watching. I was nervous, but so exhilarated. The rush I got from that flight lasted days.

SCFC: What did you find most challenging about learning to fly?
For me, overcoming challenges is the most rewarding part of flying. For example, I initially struggled with crosswind landings, but after some windy afternoons and sim time I learned to love them.

SCFC: Now that you're a private pilot, what are you doing with your freedom?
The first flight I took after getting my ticket was a Bay Tour and lunch in Half Moon Bay with some good friends. My next flight was with my wife, who had been so supportive of my training and was anxiously awaiting her first ride. Since then I've begun tailwheel training in SCFC's Citabria. Most recently, a good friend and I had a fantastic cross country and overnight camping trip to Shelter Cove. That was my most adventurous trip to date and I've put a gallery up here (

SCFC: Future piloting aspirations?
In the near term, my goals are to complete my tailwheel transition so I can do some aerobatic training, and to complete my mountain checkout and C182 endorsement for winter ski trips to Tahoe. I'm also starting to study for my Instrument Rating. As I accrue hours I will pick up CPL and eventually CFI. Long term, who knows! I think it would be amazing to own my own plane, working remotely for a technology company and exploring the world. Of course, I should probably run this by the wife!

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

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Let SCFC Host Your Meeting
The Flight Center team is very involved in local community events, and regularly provides meeting space to local pilot and community groups. If you are involved in a community organization that you think could benefit from San Carlos Flight Center resources or participation, please contact us. We'd love to help.
Pacific Northwest Tour
Join the FOG flight crew as we tour the Pacific Northwest, GA-style! This trip has it all - amazing scenery, big city nights, good times with friends, and one-of-a-kind flying experiences.

We depart Thursday, bound for McMinnville, Oregon where we visit the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (home of the Spruce Goose) and stay overnight in Portland. Friday we continue north to Everett, Washington for a tour of the Boeing Factory and a night on the town in Seattle. Saturday morning we island-hop through the San Juan Islands, and end up at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for a relaxing night together.

Click here for complete details. To sign up, call (650) 946-1700 by the deadline of September 19th. If you have any questions, email

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One-Way to AOPA Aviation Summit
SCFC and the FlyOutGroup (FOG) are planning a group flying trip to the AOPA Aviation Summit in Ft Worth, Texas October 10-12. This FOG trip is a little different from others in that you have the choice to fly GA one direction and commercial the other, or you may choose to fly GA both directions to experience both routes. It's cross-country flying at its best - great scenery, new airports, and air-to-air conversation with the other planes in the convoy. You'll love it.

At the summit you'll experience educational seminars, talks with industry experts, an exhibit hall with vendors of every imaginable aircraft-related item, aircraft on static display, and fun evening social events. Try out the latest flying apps, sit in amazing cockpits and simulators, and connect with fellow aircraft owners and pilots.

Click here for complete details. To sign up, call (650) 946-1700 by the deadline of September 20th. If you have any questions, email

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California Mountain Flying Adventure On Demand
SCFC members have been having a blast on our frequent California Mountain Flying Adventure weekends. We schedule them regularly, but some people still have trouble matching our dates with their schedule, particularly for pilots visiting California from other states or abroad. Good news: We've started offering this adventure on demand. Choose your own dates and we will make it happen.

For your custom training package, we'll match you up with an instructor and an airplane, and send you on your way to safely experience some high-altitude fun. It's a great way to work toward your mountain flying checkout, high performance endorsement, or club checkout for C182 or G1000 avionics. Fly weekends or midweek - whatever fits your schedule. Give us a call today to schedule your custom California Mountain Flying Adventure Weekend (650) 946-1700.

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