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

Member News 

Welcome New Members


 Alan Alpert

Chris Archer

Matthew Birkhead

Gene Cao

Jim Cavuoto

Vivian Chan

Matt Curcio

Benjamin Damm

Joel Dujsik

Mike Fischer

Rodney Fite

Adrian Gasinski

Alyce Gershenson

Michael Gershenson

Keith Goldberg

Paul Harris, CFI

Ted Hiscox

Brian Irion

Eduard Jooste

Rebecca Joseph

Steven Kairys

Marc Katz

Tomoo Kawahara

Andrew Kittler

Trevor Lemp

Brian Lester

David Lyman

Rami Mazid

Peter Muller

Miguel Mundo, CFI

Phillip Newlin

Claude Pignol

Ian Prager

Jeff Ragusa

Kasra Rastani

Hannah Reyes

Rick Rizzoli

Justin Sadowski

Elizabeth Schilling

Scott Schwartz

Alexander Smirnov

Russell Sullivan

Hironobu Tamba

Anthony Turner

Ori Zaltzman



Member Achievements


Shelby Cundiff

First Solo Flight

CFI Sue Ballew


 Justin Harrison

First Solo Flight

CFI Adam Kelly


Joanna Moore

Private Pilot

CFI Kevin Hyberger


Liz Rumsey

First Solo Flight

CFI Patti Andrews


Juraj Svec

First Solo Flight

CFI Justin Phillipson


Alex Tronchin-James

First Solo Flight

CFI Adam Kelly


Sebastiaan Waelkens

Private Pilot

CFI Kevin Hyberger


Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test

1) What colors flash on the rotating beacon at a heliport?


2) Does a helicopter add-on rating meet the requirements for a flight review?


3) What are the primary helicopter flight controls?


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


Staying Alive in the Airplane with SOPs

Transition to Helicopter

IFR Round-Table:
All About Holds

Mountain Flying

Right Seat Workshop: Landing Training
for Right Seaters
(A Flying Workshop)

Flight Center Night Out

Bird Strikes and Animal Encounters

IFR Round-Table: Departure Procedures

Events & Trips

Full Moon Flyers
to Willows-Glenn

Yellowstone Mountain Flying Adventure

Fourth of July Columbia Camping Trip

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



N24896 - $102/hr 
N8010F - $100/hr 


Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr



N200KR - $195/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) White Yellow Green


2) Yes


3) Collective, cyclic, and tail rotor pedals


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June 2014


Helicopter Training at SCFC

With the arrival of our new Robinson R22 helicopter, SCFC is now offering primary helicopter training as well as transition training for fixed wing pilots. Rotorcraft flying is amazing in a different way than fixed wing aircraft, and we get a lot of questions from airplane pilots about what is involved in adding on a Rotorcraft Helicopter rating.


Join us this Saturday, June 14 at 12:00pm as Paul Harris presents Transition to Helicopter. Learn about the program, the steps involved in transitioning, and all the cool things you can do in a helicopter that you can't do in a fixed-wing airplane.


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We're Expanding - New Instruction Suites

Coming soon to the Skyway Building: More 1-on-1 training spaces for SCFC members. The Flight Center has added a satellite training office in the building to make room for our new CFIs and students. The next time you are meeting with your instructor for a pre- or post-flight briefing, ask at the front desk for a key to the new satellite office.



PIREP: Increased Bird Activity around PAO

There have been several reports of higher than normal numbers of birds and geese around Palo Alto airport. Many SCFC pilots and CFIs use Palo Alto during our training and practice flights. Be sure to stay alert while flying the pattern there, scanning constantly for birds (and other air traffic.)


Want to learn more? Join CFI Justin Phillipson on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00pm for Bird Strikes and Animal Encounters. Remember, SCFC Members may watch this and all our safety seminars remotely via live streaming.

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Right Seat Workshop: Landing Training -
A Flying Workshop

Sunday, June 22, 10:00am-2:30pm

This installment in our popular Right Seat Workshop series is a bit different. Participants will receive valuable "pinch-hitter" training in how to land the airplane in the event that something bad happens to the pilot and s/he becomes incapacitated.


The workshop starts in the classroom with a ground briefing session on communication, approaching and landing at an airport. Then everyone boards airplanes for practical training, where each right-seater will have the chance to practice a few landings. There will be two participants and one CFI per airplane, so each person benefits from observing as well as landing.


The fee for this workshop is $250 for right-seaters sponsored by SCFC Flying and Community Members, and $300 for non-members. Limited to 6 participants, so sign up now. Click here for complete details, including how to sign up.

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Coordinated Turns vs. Coordinated Rolls

Make turns safer and smoother by understanding how and why rudders are used. New pilots often misunderstand the need for rudder, thinking incorrectly that rudder is used to assist the turn. Wrong. The turn happens on its own by the bank of the wings. Rudders are needed to counter adverse yaw which only occurs when the ailerons are deflected. So think instead of making coordinated rolls into and out of the turn, with rudder use tied to aileron deflection.



Member Profile - Paul Harris, Helicopter CFI

Paul Harris was born and raised in the United Kingdom (UK) near an army base. "I used to see Chinooks flying overhead with jeeps and artillery guns slung underneath. The sight and sound of that captured my attention." He worked as an accountant after college in the UK and Switzerland while saving money for helicopter flight training. In 2007, he began his training in Florida and the UK, earning his FAA Private and Instrument, and JAA Commercial and Flight Instructor.


"In 2009, I trawled the UK looking for a flight instructor job at what felt like the worst possible time in history - during the Global Financial Crash" says Paul. "I met someone who happened to be setting up a helicopter operator business in Ghana, West Africa. They were looking for a helicopter pilot with other skills - I was their man!"


Paul spent the next year traveling between the UK and Ghana, setting up the business and flying. He recalls, "One of my best memories is from a flight into the jungle of Western Ghana where we landed at a remote village on private land. Within minutes of landing, we were surrounded by a hundred kids from the local school staring wide-eyed at the big white bird that had descended upon them. While waiting for clients, I let the kids sit inside and demonstrated the flight controls. They loved it and I'll never forget it."


In 2010, Paul and his wife moved to San Francisco. Since then he has worked as a CFI and commercial pilot flying aerial tours, surveys, and photo flights. In addition to being SCFC's helicopter instructor, Paul also works as a portfolio accountant for a small private investment company in San Francisco.


"I love flying helicopters because I love the versatility, the go-anywhere capability and the ability to just hover up there like you're on some kind of magic carpet. They never cease to amaze me when I see one taking off - almost as if they're defying the laws of physics. I feel proud to call myself a helicopter pilot."


The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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Airport Day Fun and Success

This year's San Carlos Airport Day was a huge success! We want to thank all of our dedicated volunteers who braved the heat, traffic, and parking to help us out. 


We introduced thousands of people to the fun of aviation through interactive activities like First Solo Flight (pedal airplanes, photo right), Zero G Testing (rocket jump house), Talk Like a Pilot (a radio calls game, photo bottom left), and Temporary Tattoos for Temporary Pilots (photo bottom right.)

This year the event attracted more than twice as many people as last year. SCFC is proud to be a part of this great event that showcases San Carlos Airport as an invaluable community asset.  





Columbia Camping Trip - July 4-5

The town of Columbia (CA) is a favorite destination for many private pilots. It's like taking a walk through a 1850s mining town that's been frozen in time. The merchants even dress in period attire while they tend the coal fire at the blacksmith shop, make candles, or drive the stagecoach. If you haven't experienced 4th of July in Columbia, you're in for a treat. They go all out each year to celebrate Independence Day in the most decadent way.


Join your FOG friends for an overnight camping trip and a good old-fashioned 4th of July parade. Enjoy the beautiful flight, pitch your tent near your airplane, and take a walk back in time. Remember your sunscreen and your camera! Click here for complete details, including how to sign up.


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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.