The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center
In This Issue

Member News 

Welcome New Members


Alex Barker

Frank Berendt

Rick DeAvila

Marcos De Mello

Mack Dickson

Pierre Dumas

Andrew Godwin

Larson Holt

Murray Kucherawy

Michael Lloyd

Larry Lowry

Terri Mead

Ben Mitchell

David Nagle

Paulius Pupeikis

Armen Samurkashian

David Skrenta

Joel Slater

Stephen Tommerman

Doug Tomlinson

Randall Walliser

David Williams

James Wilson

Kyle Wool 



Member Achievements


Connor Abernathy

FAA Knowledge Test

CFI Miguel Mundo


Eric Cunningham

Instrument Rating

CFI John Otte


Michael Dutton

First Solo Flight

CFI Paul Harris


Michael Fenger

Private Pilot

CFI Lisa Dyball


Russ Smathers

FAA Knowledge Test

CFI Justin Phillipson


Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test.

Thanks to Guest Editor 
Herb Patten.

1) To avoid wake turbulence, what precaution should be taken when landing behind a large aircraft?


2) When does the greatest wake turbulence occur?


3) What is the minimum separation controllers are required to apply when operating behind a large aircraft? 


(answers are at the bottom)
Safety Seminars
and SCFC Events


Considering an Instrument Rating?

Destination: Catalina Island

CFI Round-Table: Renewing your CFI and Bay Area Familiarization

Helicopter Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics 101 for Private Pilots

ForeFlight Tips and Tricks

Flight Center Night Out

Understanding Pressure and Density Altitude

Events & Trips

Full Moon Flyers
to Concord

Fly to the Wild Side

Catalina Island Weekend Getaway

The Fleet

Super Decathlon

N66405 - $140/hr



N59WD - $135/hr

C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr

N1483L - $243/hr 


C172S - G1000

N646DW - $172/hr  

N63251 - $177/hr

C172S - 6-pack

N458SP - $155/hr

N236SP - $155/hr

N21263 - $158/hr

N494SP - $155/hr

N907LP - $155/hr



N24896 - $102/hr 
N8010F - $100/hr 


Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr


Piper Arrow

N200KR - $195/hr


Piper Archer

N6848J - $135/hr



N8332T - $285/hr 



Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr

Xwind 200 - $240/session

ATD GNS-430W - $30/hr    


 (member prices shown) 

Contact Us 

(650) 946-1700


Email Us 


655 Skyway Rd

Suite 215

San Carlos, CA 94070 


Pop Quiz Answers 

1) Stay above its final approach flightpath all the way to touchdown.


2) When the generating aircraft is heavy, clean, and slow.


3) 5 miles.


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July 2014


Fleet Addition Announcement

Welcome N6848J, the newest member of the SCFC Fleet of aircraft. Bay Flight 21 is a nice 1976 Piper PA28R-181 Archer. It is a well-maintained and very capable airplane with a 180 hp engine and seating for four people. Pilots who have done all their training in Cessnas may want to try it out for another flying experience.


N6848J rents for $135/hr for SCFC Members. Contact the front desk to schedule your demo or transition flight today (650) 946-1700.


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Cast Your Vote for Excellence in Flight Training

The 2014 AOPA Flight Training Poll is now open. We thank all of you who helped us earn the title Best Flight School 2013, and now it's time to recognize our fantastic instructors here at San Carlos Flight Center. Click here to vote for your CFI. Polls are open for your input until August 23, 2014. Thank you for your support.


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Unleaded Fuel at SCFC

Did you know that San Carlos Flight Center is the first flight school in California to have planes operating on unleaded fuel? After careful analysis, formal STC approval, and weeks of test flights, SCFC has partnered with Dan DeMeo at Rabbit Aviation so that you can fill two of our Cessnas and Citabria N59WD with unleaded fuel. Do your part to make San Carlos Airport the leader in the unleaded fuel movement on your next Bay Tour. For more details, stop by the Flight Center or call Dan at Rabbit (650) 591-5857 ext 6.



Tailwind Landings - Not Worth The Risk

If you have been at San Carlos Airport in the last few weeks, you may have witnessed the go arounds of the local scheduled charter service associated with attempts to land with a tailwind.  
If possible, always select the runway that offers a headwind as it reduces the ground speed both on approach and at the moment of touchdown. Even a small tailwind can significantly lengthen the landing distance to the point that even a normal length runway isn't long enough.
Tailwind landings aren't worth the risk.  

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Pilots and Controllers Helping Each Other

San Carlos Airport has four flight schools and an active pilot training environment, with a lot of attention placed on helping pilots do their jobs safer and better.
You can do your part to help the SQL controllers be better at their jobs. The next time you have an encounter with a controller that you believe would make a great teachable moment, stop by the Flight Center and fill out a Customer Service survey. Together we can make San Carlos safer, more efficient, and more professional.



Member Profile - Cristina Reitano

Cristina has been a valuable member of the SCFC Team for over two years and is familiar to anyone who has been in the office.


SCFC: What made you first want to get involved with San Carlos Flight Center? What appealed to you? 

CR: One of my college roommates, Nick Patel, was helping with accounting and had mentioned how much he enjoyed working at the Flight Center. The energy, the opportunity to be a part of a community, and the chance to learn about a new industry drew me in. He got me an interview and the rest is history.


SCFC: Do you have any interest in learning to fly?

CR: Absolutely. Every day at the Flight Center, it seems there's something new that inspires me to want to begin training. I've also realized that it's a huge commitment. I hope to make the time to accomplish getting my license at some point in the future.


SCFC: What is your favorite thing about being a part of the SCFC community?

CR: Definitely the people. Whether or not you're a pilot, the community is so welcoming. I love that. We always have something going on and there are always great new people to meet.


SCFC: What do you do for fun when you're not at the Flight Center?

CR: I enjoy cooking and baking, working on crafty DIY projects, hiking in the Belmont Hills and around the Redwood Shores salt flats, reading, and spending time with my family.


SCFC: Do you have any other passions?

CR: I'd say my ultimate passions are travel and food, as they always seem to fit together nicely. One day, I hope to combine the two and run my own food truck.


The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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Apply Now for Flight Training Scholarships

The AOPA Foundation has announced that they will award scholarships to 10 student pilots later this year. The recipients will be chosen based on merit, including previous accomplishments, ability to set goals, and demonstrated commitment to flight training and general aviation. The application deadline is Friday, August 22.


Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 1. Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident; 2. Be at least 16 years of age; 3. Hold a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate at the time of application; 4. Be a current and paid member of AOPA at both the time of application and when the scholarship is awarded; and 5. Not have completed the FAA practical test/checkride at the time of application.


Complete information and link to the online application is available here.



Fly to the Wild Side

Sunday, July 13 

Lemurs and tigers and bears, oh my! Take a flight to the wild side with your FlyOutGroup (FOG) friends to an amazing hidden gem called The Zoo in Paso Robles, a non-profit rescue zoo. We fly into Paso Robles (KPRB), then enjoy a private tour and visit with the animals. You can see and learn about some of the residents, including lemurs, monkeys, porcupines, kangaroos, lots of different birds, a variety of big cats, and of course tigers and bears.


Click here for complete details and to sign up.


Contact Terry with any questions 


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Catalina Island Weekend

Friday-Monday, August 1-4

If you are looking for a great flying getaway, you should join FOG for our Catalina Island Weekend. We have planned the trip for Friday through Monday, so choose the length that suits your schedule. Fly in to the amazing Airport in the Sky, Avalon KAVX situated in a flat spot atop a 2,600' mountain in the Pacific Ocean.


Plan to attend our pre-trip safety seminar - Destination: Catalina Island on Saturday, July 12th at 12:00pm. We will discuss route selection and safety considerations for the trip, plus start the planning for what to do once we get there.


Click here for complete details and to sign up.


Contact Terry with any questions

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Landing Contest

Saturday, August 23

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 23rd and plan to compete in the FlyOutGroup (FOG) Landing Contest. Fly the aircraft of your choice and enter in one of three categories: Student Pilot, Private Pilot, or CFI. There will be prizes for top scores, along with the customary food and fun you expect at FOG events. 


More details coming in August.


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We keep our online calendar updated, so bookmark this page: Better yet, follow the instructions at the top of the page to add this calendar to your iPhone.


Free T-Shirt with Helicopter Intro Flight

(1st 20 Pilots) 


Get a free helicopter t-shirt after your helicopter demo flight. Good for transition training.