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Pilots take to the skies for a variety of reasons; whether it’s for a fun day trip with friends or family, or as part of your daily routine as a professional pilot. Regardless of how you use flying, have you ever wondered how the pilots behind the nation’s largest air carriers sound so professional? Or how they nail a spot landing every time? Or how they can handle flying such a large aircraft at high speeds? These pilots use industry developed techniques and procedures to ensure the highest level of professionalism and safety while flying.

San Carlos Flight Center invites Brandan Dadoun, commercial pilot, to share his experience transitioning into the professional flying environment. In this seminar, Brandan will highlight the key differences present between recreational and professional flying such as crew resource management, structured use of checklists, and adapting to larger, more complex turbine powered aircraft. Brandan will emphasize how any pilot can benefit from incorporating these new techniques and many more into their flying. After learning some things the hard-way during his career progression, he hopes to share his teachable moments for all pilots to hear.

If you want to hear more about how you can learn from the professional flying environment, or are curious about starting your career as a professional aviator, join us for this seminar.

 

Brandan Dadoun is a commercial multi-engine pilot and SCFC’s Seminar Coordinator. He has completed the majority of his flight training at SCFC with over 500 flight hours and has extensive flying experience throughout California in both piston and turbine-powered aircraft. In 2021, Brandan was recognized by the FAA for his achievements in promoting aviation safety. Outside of flying and presenting, 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 2022 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.

 

First Aid for Pilots

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A good pilot is always learning ways to enhance their safety. As pilots, we are always preparing for the in-flight “what ifs”, but what about training for after the air emergency? You’ve declared an in air emergency and been forced to the ground, now what? How can you treat your own injuries? How and when should you administer first aid to others? What should you bring in your first aid kit? What’s packed in your survival bag?

San Carlos Flight Center invites CFI Daniel Sanchez Ruiz as he walks us through how pilots can administer basic first aid and what life saving tools you should bring along with you. In this seminar, Daniel will discuss basic first aid techniques and give real-life examples of how to handle bandaging, splinting, problems equalizing pressure in the ear, burns and hypoxia. These examples are things any pilot can encounter during their flight, or stranded in a wreck site. Daniel will share his experience to ensure you are prepared to handle these stressful and challenging scenarios if you should encounter them.

Every pilot should have a knowledge of how to treat themselves or their passengers in case of an emergency, and have a thorough systematic thought process of going about it. Join us to feel confident about these techniques on your next flight.

 

Daniel Sanchez Ruiz is a senior 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.

 

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 2022 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.

 

This safety seminar has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

 

-SCFC Seminar Team

 

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Every FAA Practical Test (or “checkride”) has three possible outcomes – pass, fail, or discontinuance. Most people pass on the first time, and you’ve likely heard a number of stories of passed checkrides. But what happens if you don’t pass? What comes next after you have been notified that the maneuver you just flew fails to meet FAA standards? Can you finish the checkride? What additional training is needed? What is involved in a retest? Is your flying career over?

San Carlos Flight Center invites Commercial Pilot Travis Bender to share stories from the two of three checkrides that he has passed to date, and details of how he handled his experience failing one. How was he notified? How did the examiner react? What training did he do between the failed checkride and the successful pass on his second attempt? In this seminar, he’ll explain how to work with your instructor to get you back in the air, and what ways you can practice your skills before the next checkride attempt. Travis will conclude with ways to turn a failed checkride into a learning opportunity and a chance to grow as a pilot.

For those who are planning on taking a checkride soon, or have failed a checkride, you won’t want to miss this seminar.

 

Travis Bender is a commercial pilot who learned to fly at the Flight Center. He is actively working on his CFI rating and leads the Marketing and Events team at SCFC. When he’s not at the airport, Travis currently works in a strategic finance role at a major Silicon Valley company.

 

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 2022 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.

 

NO SAFETY SEMINAR on July 13

There will be no safety seminar on Wednesday, July 13 due to the Full Moon Flyers FOG event. Please consider joining us on the most popular fly-out event of the year. For more information visit our webpage by clicking here.

 

Look out for our next safety seminar on Saturday, July 16 “I Failed a Checkride – Now What?”.

 

Thank you and we’ll look forward to seeing you then.

 

-SCFC Seminar Team

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Let’s face it, airspace is an imaginary concept. It is just a shorthand way to talk about the set of Federal Aviation Regulations that apply by location and altitude, and the impact they have on VFR flight. As confusing as you think the rules are, with a quick refresher, you’ll be back to full knowledge in no time.

If it has been awhile since you sat through ground school, you may be due for an airspace refresher. In this safety seminar, we will review the different classes of airspace that are found in the United States.  We’ll cover their shapes, sizes, operating rules, and also cover special use airspace. Want an easy way to keep confusing Class G airspace rules memorized, use the Flight Center’s method that teaches there are 3 types of Class G airspace, Class G-low, Class G-mid, and Class G-high. Do you know the differences between them? Where would you look it up? What happens to Class D when the tower closes? How well do you know airspace?

This safety seminar is open to current and aspiring Private Pilots, and will be of particular interest to students pilots and those who are preparing for a flight review. You will leave the seminar with a renewed understanding, and probably a few memory aids to take with your on your next flight.

 

Brandan Dadoun is a commercial, multi-engine pilot and SCFC’s Seminar Coordinator. He has completed the majority of his flight training at SCFC with over 500 flight hours and has extensive flying experience throughout California in both piston and turbine-powered aircraft. In 2021, Brandan was recognized by the FAA for his achievements in promoting aviation safety. Outside of flying and presenting, 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 2022 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.

This seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.**

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Is teaching your passion? Are you a commercial pilot? Do you want to train the next generation of pilots? Then obtaining the Certified Flight Instructor certificate, or CFI is the right choice for you. Being a CFI is one of the most common flying careers a commercial pilot might pursue. Becoming an instructor is an excellent way to gain experience while mastering your flying skills, knowledge, and competency.

San Carlos Flight Center invites CFI Michael Dutton to walk through his journey of becoming a flight instructor. In this seminar, he will provide a high-level overview of the certificate, the applicable regulations and requirements necessary for the rating, and a summary of the training process. This certificate takes time, and should not be rushed. Each CFI candidate must be willing to fully dedicate their time to being an effective teacher. From developing thorough lessons plans to right-seat flying and comprehensive knowledge on a variety of topics, there are no ways to shortcut this process.

The CFI certificate can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a pilots career. Join us to see if you are up for the challenge.

 

Michael Dutton is a CFI, and CFII in fixed wing with private pilot privileges in helicopters. He’s been flying while working at the San Carlos airport for over seven years, first working for the Flight Center before moving on to Airport Operations. In his off-days, he’s still at the airport as he continues flying and advancing his flying skills.

 

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 2022 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.

 

This seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.**

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It sounds like such a simple concept, to fly a “stabilized approach” to the runway. It’s something new student pilots are told as they begin to master approach to land and landing. But that simple phrase can be interpreted many ways, and some work better for new students than others. Take a moment and listen to this presentation as we dissect both the final approach leg of the traffic pattern and the instructional methods used to help new pilots fly it well.

SCFC invites back CFI Dan Dyer, whose passion for effective instruction and for landing in particular give him the perfect vantage point to help us pull apart the issues behind what a stabilized approach is. Dan will share his journey as a pilot and some of the mistakes he made along the way to building landing proficiency, and how for many years his understanding of “stabilized” was working against him. As an instructor, he had to rebuild the thought process behind flying a final approach and has found a way that is easier for new pilots to think about aircraft control on final, including what he believes is the most effective order of operations on final and on short final.

If you are a new student struggling with landings, or even if you’re an advanced pilot that wants a different way to think about the control paradigm that sets you up for the perfect landing, join us to hear this new approach to stabilized landing.

 

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 2022 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.

 

This seminar will only be available for online viewing. IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.**

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Students and new pilots are increasingly flying with computer tablets, and using software that replaces paper charts and documents with the digital equivalents. These applications, such as ForeFlight, are extremely powerful and have a plethora of features. For a pilot just beginning to use ForeFlight, the choices and options seem overwhelming. Valuable features and capabilities can go undiscovered.

Join SCFC in inviting commercial pilot Brandan Dadoun to highlight some of the important first steps to take after downloading ForeFlight, and how to get started. In this seminar, he will cover a basic introduction to the application including the most efficient ways to use the software. With so many different customizations, subscription plans, and ways to do the same thing, it can be overwhelming for many. Some of these include how to set up performance profiles, weight and balance, how to use geo referenced charts, and set up your electronic logbook. After this seminar you will feel confident in your basic abilities to navigate the application and have the resources to continue to learn from.

**(Note: ForeFlight can be quite overwhelming with features, but basic Internet connection and iPad operation can also be overwhelming.  While we hope to talk extensively about ForeFlight, this IS NOT a technical support seminar for basic Internet connectivity and iPad use.)**

If you are just beginning to explore the features of ForeFlight and want to deepen your understanding on how to effectively use these great tools, you will want to attend this seminar. Have your tablet handy and discover this powerful tool available for pilots.

 

Brandan Dadoun is a commercial, multi-engine pilot and SCFC’s Seminar Coordinator. He has completed the majority of his flight training at SCFC with over 450 flight hours and has extensive flying experience throughout California in both piston and turbine-powered aircraft. In 2021, Brandan was recognized by the FAA for his achievements in promoting aviation safety.. Outside of flying and presenting, 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 2022 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.

 

 

Getting a Type Rating

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Most people have flown in a jet as a passenger. A few people have flown jets in a flight simulator. But very few have actually acted as pilot in command of a jet aloft. The process to obtain FAA authorization to pilot a jet is not an easy one. It takes skill, advanced training, and a comprehensive review of systems and operations to fly them. All pilots of jet-powered aircraft must be appropriately type rated by a make/model basis, and the process to obtain them is not easy.

San Carlos Flight Center invites ATP and CFI Russell Bowerman to provide an overview of the training required for a type rating, such as the one needed to fly a jet. In this seminar, he will discuss the prerequisites, training documentation, and extensive processes he went through to receive his EMB 145 type rating. Additionally, Russell will give examples of how thorough and systematic training processes used by the airlines can help all pilots in the safer operation of their aircraft, or during training for their next rating. Whether that is incorporating flows, crew resource management, or adhering to checklists, every flight deck can benefit from these professional flying techniques.

We encourage all pilots to learn from this unique training experience and realize the undertaking of this comprehensive training.

 

Russell Bowerman has always maintained an interest in aviation, visiting aviation museums, taking sightseeing flights, and staying up to date on all the newest fighter jets and airliners.  After receiving his Private Pilot Certificate in 2018, he decided to make a career of it, attaining his Commercial and CFI ratings. Russell has been teaching and loving it ever since. Beyond flying, he really enjoys travelling and feels lucky to meet new people and learn about their diverse backgrounds in the process of flight training.

 

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 2022 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.