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While flying, we are aware of and on the lookout for other traffic. All around San Carlos we have airplanes arriving and departing. Scanning for traffic is just part of our normal pilot duties. But have you thought about what else might be around us besides airplanes? Yes, we are not alone out there. Besides airplanes, people are falling from the skies, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are buzzing around us, and some locations have aerobatic activities.

In this seminar, we will highlight some of these activities, where thy occur and some ways to keep safe while flying.

 

Herb Patten is the Chief Pilot at the San Carlos Flight Center, a CFI and an FAA certificated advanced and instrument ground instructor who teaches private pilot ground school at San Carlos Flight Center.  He is a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, has flown over 1,500 hours into at least 120 different California airports.  He is the current chairman of the Upwind Foundation, famous for its Upwind Summer Scholarship Program. In 2015, Herb was named a Master Instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

 

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.**

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Pursuing the instrument rating can be extremely challenging. It takes lots of training, studying, and commitment from the student and their instructor to master all the necessary skills and be confident while flying under IFR.

San Carlos Flight Center invites newly instrument-rated pilot Brandan Dadoun to highlight his experience pursuing the instrument rating. He will provide an overview of the training, the various tools, and resources he used to prepare, and also provide an insight into the instrument checkride and Airman Certification Standards.

If you are an aspiring instrument pilot or a veteran aviator, join us to learn more about how to succeed within this rating.

 

Brandan Dadoun is an instrument-rated private pilot and SCFC’s Seminar Coordinator. He has completed the majority of his flight training at SCFC with over 300 flight hours and has extensive flying experience throughout all of California in both piston and turbine powered aircraft. He is actively involved within many aviation programs, and is currently pursuing his instrument rating. When he’s not flying, he enjoys playing the saxophone and staying active.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.**

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Risk management is a critical aspect of safe flying. Good pilots should always be looking to identify risks affecting the flight, and find ways to reduce or remove the risk. Risk can never be eliminated, but our goal is to be prepared for every situation. That last line of defense for financial security in aviation is available through aviation insurance. Whether you are a renter pilot, aircraft owner, or commercial operator, having insurance is a good way to protect yourself financially against unfortunate occurrences.

San Carlos Flight Center welcomes Carla Zanette and Jenna Cooper from Zanette Aviation Insurance to provide an insight into how aviation insurance works to protect you as a pilot. Insurance can often be very complex and overwhelming, but in this seminar they will highlight the various plans, methods, and ways you can assure you will be fully protected in any situation. They will showcase different examples of claims, plans, and also focus on different ways pilots can prevent certain events from happening again.

While every situation is unique, by promoting safety and awareness and being protected through insurance, every pilot and their aircraft can be covered. We encourage all pilots to attend this seminar. This is a general presentation covering the topic broadly, so unfortunately we will not be able to respond to individual questions about specific incidents and coverage.

 

Carla Zanette is the Vice President/Managing Partner of Zanette Aviation, and is also a San Carlos native. With 30+ years of experience in the aviation insurance industry, Carla manages the Commercial side of the business to include Flight Schools & Flying Clubs, Charter Operators, Part 91 Operations, and Repair & Service Operations.

Jenna Cooper, originally from Fort Worth, TX,  joined the Zanette Aviation team in 2013.Jenna is a Senior Insurance Broker with Zanette Aviation and manages the Light Aircraft side of the business to include Light Aircraft Owners, Non-Owned/Renters Insurance, Small Fleet Rental & Instruction, and Part 91 Operations.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

 

Destination: Boise & Crater Lake

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From mountain tops to hot springs and craters, whichever way you go Boise and Crater Lake will not disappoint your flying adventures. Long cross-country flights take lots of precise planning, and patience, but the reward of flight within this region is stunning.

San Carlos Flight Center invites CFI David Agranovich to highlight his experience traveling to Boise, via Klamath Falls and Crater Lake and share what it took to successfully plan the flight. He will discuss key factors to consider in the route planning from the Bay Area as well as flight operations at Boise and in and around Crater Lake. His presentation will cover common flight aspects to consider including operating at high elevation airports, density altitude, rising terrain, and complex airspace. Lastly, he will highlight activities available, including taking in the gorgeous sights of Crater Lake from either air or the ground, or exploring nearby national parks.

Whether you choose to take in the sights from the air, the ground, or both, this region will not disappoint.

 

David Agranovich is a newly certificated CFI, and thoroughly enjoys teaching others. He’s normally found taking 182 out for flights in the Sierras or running shelter dogs up the coast for Pilots and Paws. In his spare time, he works at Facebook leading their efforts to counter foreign interference in elections.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

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As pilots, we have the freedom to fly anywhere, fly safely with others, and also give back to the community. Through programs such as Angel Flight, pilots are able to use their abilities to help those most in need.

San Carlos Flight Center invites Director of Outreach Ivan Martinez, and Safety Officer/pilot Rich Pickett to provide an overview of the Angel Flight program. In this seminar, they will provide an insight into this charitable organization, how to get involved, how they work with pilots to keep everyone safe, and the various mission profiles their participating pilots fly. Often the various mission profiles are challenging, and many passengers onboard require special attention. It is crucial that pilots understand how to safely and effectively manage their passengers and aircraft while providing the most comfortable experience for patients in need.

Angel Flight has helped thousands of patients get safely to their appointments/destinations, and that would not be possible without you, the pilot. If you have ever wanted to learn more about this organization, how you can effectively manage passengers, and give back to the community, join us for this seminar.

 

Rich Pickett is an ATP/CFII Single and Multi-engine with over 12,000 hours, multiple type ratings, and has flown 400 aircraft representing 110 makes and models to nearly 900 airports.  He is the Safety Officer for Angel Flight West. He has a passion for flying, aviation safety, and having fun! In over 45 aviation articles in the past few years, Rich hopes to communicate these passions to the aviation community he has been a member of for over 40 years. His aviation website is PersonalWings.com and YouTube channel youtube.com/PersonalWings

Ivan Martinez is the Director of Outreach at Angel Flight West. He has been with the organization for over 9 years, during which he has developed a passion for charitable aviation and public health. He has worked with other public health nonprofits and has over 15 years of nonprofit experience. Although not yet a pilot, he has flown right-seat on dozens of Angel Flights and enjoys helping in the air as much as on the ground.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

 

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Pilots think differently than physicists.  Physicists approach flying the way they do other studies of mechanical motion, with an understanding of mass, speed, force, work, and energy.  Values and relationships accumulated over the years describe the interaction of bodies in motion, in a way that allows scientists and engineers to make predictions about their behavior. Yay, science!

Pilots inside cockpits moving through space are more often concerned with the task of flying, what action of the controls causes the aircraft to climb, descend, turn, or remain straight and level.  Our perspective is often focused on our little picture, on the stuff we touch inside the cabin.  But much can be gained from taking the big picture look at flying, and especially approach to landing, from the perspective of an energy scientist.  This is the Energy Management approach to landing.

In this presentation, join SCFC Founder Dan Dyer as he brings us a big picture overview of how energy is created, consumed, used, and transferred in aviation. How can an understanding of chemical, kinetic, and potential energy inform our skills as pilots? Which flight control most easily transfers energy back and forth between potential and kinetic? Where does the energy go?

A good pilot is always learning. Join us if you want to improve your landings by coming at it from an entirely different angle.

 

Dan Dyer is the founder of the San Carlos Flight Center, and has built the motto of Safety, Community, and Adventure for over 8 years.  Dan was an instructor for 15 years, accumulated over 4,000 flight hours, and is the Bay Area’s local expert in crosswind landing instruction. He is known for finding simple and innovative ways to explain complex topics and regularly speaks on advanced ground school topics.  Find out more about Dan at www.sancarlosflight.com or contact him at [email protected]
 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

 

Introduction to Aerobatic Flying

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Humpty bumps, sharks teeth, barrel rolls oh my! The world of aerobatics brings an entirely different perspective to flying. For many pilots, training in aerobatics gives them a deeper connection with their aircraft, and a tighter understanding of how their aircraft will perform in pressuring conditions.

Although San Carlos Flight Center does not have any aerobatic aircraft on the flight line, or offer aerobatic training, we have invited the Chief Pilots from Aerodynamic Aviation in San Jose, Jen Watson and Lynzie Hudson, to provide an introduction into the world of aerobatics. In this seminar, they will showcase what to expect on a typical aerobatic flight including the various flight preparations, safety checks, and maneuvers performed during flight along with broadening your understanding of the aerodynamic loads placed on an aircraft during aerobatics. They will also cover the different aircraft categories approved for aerobatic operations, what it takes to fly solo aerobatics, and how to get started.

Aerobatic flying is an exhilarating experience, yet not without thorough training and understanding of your aircrafts limitations. Join us to gain an insight into the thrill of flight.

 

Jen Watson is a CFII and the Chief Pilot for Aerodynamic Aviation. A former airline pilot, turned Master CFI and Gold Seal with experience in almost any aircraft. From small trainers to King Airs and jets, including the Citation and CRJ, Jen has done it all. She thoroughly enjoys teaching others and sharing the thrill of aerobatics with her students and has done so for over 10 years.

Lynzie Hudson is a CFII and the Assistant Chief Pilot for Aerodynamic Aviation. Originally earning her pilot’s license in New Zealand before moving to the Bay Area to obtain her CFI certificate. In addition to teaching she has experience in ferry flying, aerial photography and mapping, low level survey, corporate, charter, medevac, frost protection, dropping skydivers, tourism, traffic watch, and aerobatics.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

 

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Aerodynamics is the basis of flying; without a fundamental understanding of lift, drag, airfoils and more, why are you even flying?  While these topics can be quite challenging to master, it’s the foundation to building an exceptional and knowledgeable pilot.

San Carlos Flight Center invites CFI Sid Basu to talk about how a pilot might go about understanding the fluid environment of aerodynamics.  In this seminar, we will cover the four forces of flight and their effect on an airframe, airfoils, stability in the atmosphere, load factor, V Speeds, performance, and much more.  After this seminar, pilots will feel confident knowing that you have refreshed yourself on one of the most difficult parts of aeronautical knowledge.

If you have ever struggled with comprehending this material, or feeling like you need a refresher, you won’t want to miss this seminar.

 

Sid Basu is a CFII ASEL, Commercial ASEL, AMEL and Instrument rated pilot with over 2000 hours total time and over 1500 hours of dual given. He has been flying since 2008 and has been instructing at San Carlos Flight Center since 2017.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

 

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The Pacific Northwest and Yellowstone offer picturesque sights and landmarks, but those rewards do not necessarily come without aeronautical challenges. Recently, the Bay Area FlyOutGroup (FOG) experienced an amazing multi-plane trip with overnight stays at both Yellowstone National Park and the Seattle area. Long cross-country trips always challenge pilots to use rigor in flight preparation and planning, and the Pacific Northwest brings weather that may be new and tricky for pilots from warmer, dryer parts of the country.  FOG pilots and instructors use trips like these to learn how to safely navigate over challenging terrain, and operate safely at airports with high elevation or unusual approaches and departures due to obstructions.  We have asked some of the pilots from this year’s trip to recap their journey and share the aspects of the trip that make this the adventure of a lifetime.

San Carlos Flight Center invites private pilot Gregory Jordan and CFI Daniel Sanchez Ruiz to discuss some of the highlights from the trip which include mountain flying operations, high density altitude awareness, positive aircraft control, and the application of true cross-country flight planning.

Join us for a recap of this trip’s learning moments with pictures and videos from all that attended.

 

 

Daniel Sanchez Ruiz is a flight instructor at San Carlos Flight Center.  He began his aviation career with maintenance training in Caracas, Venezuela, but quickly moved into flying as pilot.  After moving to the United States seven years ago, he attained his Commercial certificate, instrument rating, and eventually CFI.  He came to SCFC after working at SFO as a ramp agent, and has trained at Tradewinds Aviation in San Jose.

 

Gregory Jordan is a 300-hour Private pilot who’s currently working on his instrument rating in the C172 G1000. Greg grew up around airplanes at the Santa Monica Airport where his dad owned an FBO, which inspired him to start his flight training. He started flying in Diamond DA20 Katanas and now has experience in a wealth of GA aircraft.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.

A Deeper Understanding of VA

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In this presentation, CFI Michel Vidal-Naquet will discuss the concept of maneuvering speed, VA.  There is a general misconception among pilots that flying at an airspeed below the published maneuvering speed will guarantee aircraft structural integrity under full or abrupt deflection of control surfaces.  This misconception was indeed challenged in the aviation community at large, when an Airbus A300, American Airlines flight 587, crashed into a sub-urban area of New York City following the loss of its tail section, at an airspeed below VA.

Michel will present the high-profile, controversial accident, and will discuss why the misunderstanding Va has been considered a contributing factor to the crash.  He will then delve into the aerodynamic principles and regulation behind the definition of the maneuvering speed, and will go over how maneuvering speed is actually determined by manufacturers and presented in Pilot Operating Handbooks.   Finally, he will show how the proper interpretation of VA will help pilots fly safer.

 

Michel Vidal-Naquet recently received his flight instructor certificate and has accumulated over 750 flight hours. He started flying in 2013 after settling in the Bay area to work as a computer scientist and engineer.  His passion for aviation began during his early childhood when his family first took him on international flights.  He brings a scientific point of view to his flying, and is always learning.

 

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2019 as a Distinguished Flight School.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Livestream access is free for everyone, but recorded seminars are available solely to members at a later date. Click here or contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web archive.