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The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center
In This Issue
Member News 
Welcome New Members

Darin Bernstein
Franco Blacutt
Elmer Capule
Jason Darfus
Jacob Davies
Mathieu Fregeau
Mike Halsall
Nicholas Kostek
Alexey Lopukhin
Jordan Lustig
Shoaib Makani
Maureen Martin
Jack Meadow
David Nishikawa
Roger Pedersen
Chris West
David Yin

Member Achievements

Scott Lord
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Ronald Siy
Solo Flight
CFI Patti Andrews

Stuart Hoover
Solo Flight
CFI Bryce Pfeiffer

James Sloan
Commercial Pilot Checkride
CFI Mari Baratto

Alyce Gershenson
Instrument Checkride
CFI Patti Andrews

Josephine Pham-Gia
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Sid Basu

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Editor:  Dan Dyer

1.   What is VA?
a)  Vector aloft speed
b)  Velocity of the air
c)  Design maneuvering

2.   V A is best understood as a 
a)  f uel optimization.
b)  s tructural limitation.
c)  r egulatory guideline.

3.  How does VA change when weight is less than max gross weight?
a)   V A increases.
b)   V A  decreases.
c)   V A stays the same.
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
  Oct 2 (Wed) 7:00pm
 SFO Tower Ops: A Collaboration With Fly Like A Girl

Oct 4 (Fri) 12:00pm
SCFC Celebrates National Taco Day!

Oct 5 (Sat) 12:00pm
Radio Communications 3 - Non-towered Airports

Oct 9 (Wed) 7:00pm

Oct 12 (Sat) 12:00pm

Oct 16 (Wed) 7:00pm

Events & Trips

The Fleet
C182 - G1000
N1483L - $238/hr
N123TZ - $228/hr
N182EE - $234/hr

N9894E - $195/hr

C172S - G1000
N63251 - $180/hr
N6198N - $180/hr
N646DW - $172/hr

N236SP - $165/hr
N410BS - $165/hr
N458SP - $165/hr 
N652SP - $165/hr
N21591 - $165/hr

N996RA - $154/hr
N2370F - $154/hr

N9679A - $148/hr 
 N97528 - $148/hr

N111RK - $125/hr
N5369H - $121/hr

Piper Archer
N6848J - $163/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $149/hr

Piper Saratoga
N349MA - $395/hr

Cessna Centurion 210
N210VV - $350/hr

Beechcraft Baron 
N169SP - $345/hr

BATD GNS-430W - $40/hr
 (member prices shown) 
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2. b
3. b

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October 2019

 BAY FLIGHT 2019: Seven ATC Agencies in One Place
Every year, the BAY FLIGHT conference concludes with an exclusive Air Traffic Control panel that brings together controllers from all around the San Francisco Bay Area.  This year, we have the most diverse collection of ATC panelists ever, currently with commitments from 7 agencies to send controller representatives to BAY FLIGHT 2019. 

The panelists include controllers from Oakland Center, NorCal Approach, and Travis Approach, joined by tower controllers from San Francisco, Concord, San Jose, and Palo Alto.  It's always a great opportunity to meet with controllers in person, off the radio, in an environment for learning and sharing perspectives.  The ATC panel closes the day-long series of events at BAY FLIGHT 2019, and is the highlight of the event.

The theme for the ATC panel is "Easing the Workload" and will focus on ways that pilots and controllers can better understand each other's workload and how to work better together.  Don't miss the panel discussion, plan to stay after to share a drink at the Pilot/Controller Afternoon Cocktail hour.  Sign up for BAY FLIGHT 2019 at  www.bayflight19.com.

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SCFC Celebrates National Taco Day on Fri Oct 4th
Does your flying club love tacos as much as we do?  San Carlos Flight Center is inviting all club members to join us for our National Taco Day celebration at the clubhouse.  Leave the tuna fish sandwich at home, because we are bringing in a bunch of amazing tacos from local favorite restaurant, La Corneta Taqueria in San Carlos.  

It is this Friday, October 4th, starting at noon.  We'll be indoors, out of the wind and chill, and going until the last taco falls. RSVP ( info@sancarlosflight.com) and let us know if you can get away from 
work for the mid-day fiesta.  And tell us how many tacos you can eat!

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Protecting the Airplane with V A
Do you know the meaning of V A , the design maneuvering speed? S ome pilots get confused because of the word "maneuvering".  It IS NOT the speed you should be flying while performing maneuvers.  Some airplane manufacturers will list maneuver entry speeds in the POH, but those are NOT what V A means.

V A is a speed that protects you from structural damage caused by sudden increases in angle of attack.  When you fly slower than V A , you are at a safe pitch angle, protected from updrafts or turbulence that suddenly increase the attack of attack.  The airfoil will stall momentarily instead of creating lift beyond the limit load factor, and that's what we want to happen.  Flying slower than V A also allows the pilot to safely make full, abrupt control movements without overloading the wing.

Maneuver entry speeds listed in the POH are for starting maneuvers.  VA is the speed to slow below when encountering turbulence or to protect against the stresses of abrupt control inputs.

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Keep the Airport Safe and Secure
Summer has ended but our need to be vigilant at the airport never ends.  Be mindful of the following items.  Make sure to secure any airport gates after you walk through them.  When using SCFC's after-hours lockbox, verify the combination lock is secured.  After your flights, check that both the baggage compartment and the passenger side door are secured and locked.

It is important to take time to properly secure the airport and aircraft.  We may take for granted our privilege to access the airport, so we don't want to do anything to jeopardize that access.  For more information, take the AOPA General Aviation course.

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Sharing is Caring - Share the Runup Area
San Carlos Airport has limited space in the runup areas, but it usually can accommodate several planes.  We can all do our part to make its limited space more effective.  Here are some tips to more effectively utilize the runup areas.  If you are the first plane in the 30 runup area, position your plane to allow room for others to share the space.

Position like this:                             Not like this:

If the first plane pulls out of the far end of the runup area and there is another plane approaching the runup area, consider repositioning your plane to take the spot vacated.  If you can do this safely, it will allow another plane to use the spot you freed up.

Lastly, avoid positioning the plane to point into the wind.  If another plane needs to use the runup area they make block you from leaving.

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Member Profile: Alex Tronchin-James
SCFC: When did you first think of learning to fly?
ATJ:  I had a vivid dream while in grad school of flying (a la Peter Pan) over some fruit groves, followed by another dream of flying on a motorcycle (with real wings this time!), which woke me up to non-commercial aviation as a thing in the world.  As a kid, my family didn't have the means to fly commercially but my grandfathers flew for the military in multiple conflicts so I guess flying is a family condition that caught up with me.

SCFC: You recently took the C210 on a long flight.  How was that experience?
ATJ:   I flew my family on Labor Day to KMMH for my son Asher's first camping trip and we had a blast.  We crossed the mountains over Tioga pass to tour the area where we camped from the sky.  Mountain flying requires a little more training and caution about things like winds and density altitude, but it's worth it when others are stuck on the highway in traffic getting to Tahoe.  Flying a 210 is also some extra training compared to other planes in the fleet, but I like having the higher ceiling when crossing mountains, and more useful load for family trips.

SCFC: How has your flying affected your family and friends?
ATJ:   We spend more time now enjoying our surroundings and each other, and less time sitting in traffic.  We visit places for weekend trips that we wouldn't be able to otherwise.   My wife Deborah has also started flight training so that we can distribute the workload and planning, but I like to think that everyone I fly with learns a bit about the national aerospace system and the freedom we can enjoy operating in it.

SCFC: What is something you learned in training that you think makes all the difference?
ATJ:   Planning and preparation are your keys to success, especially for XC flights and especially down to the little details like fueling the plane the night before a trip and arranging for the rental car to be waiting at my destination.

SCFC: What is your favorite part of a flight?
ATJ:   Scenic moments always make me smile, and they have a way of sneaking up on you.  My favorites are when I can make a subtle turn from my planned course to explore a cool canyon, island, or other feature.  Having the situational awareness to know where I can go freely without hesitation enables this so the positive feedback keeps me on my toes.

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Sponsor a Youth for BAY FLIGHT 2019
Keeping the GA community strong means actively encouraging the next generation of pilots.  San Carlos Airport is host to three great organizations that do just that - EAA Chapter 20, Civil Air Patrol Squadron 192, and the Upwind Foundation.  All three groups are making a difference in the lives of young people interested in flying and becoming a pilot.

San Carlos Airport's local EAA chapter, headed by Oliver Coolidge, has a Build-A-Plane project underway that lets young people interested in aviation help build an RV-12 experimental aircraft - a tangible connection to aviation, above and beyond the EAA's Young Eagles flights.

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program encourages young people to learn responsibility and leadership.  Cadets are given many opportunities to lead, follow, and teach at weekly meetings and at weekend and summer events.

Upwind offers flight training scholarships to high school juniors who undergo an intense nine-week training program

In support of both of these great programs, SCFC has offered extended some BAY FLIGHT 2019 tickets to young people of each.  Who will you sponsor?  If you know a young person interested in flying, and want to bring them along as your guest to the BAY FLIGHT 2019 conference, email us and we'll set them up with a youth pass.

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FOG Santa Rosa Air Museum - Thu  Oct 3 11:30am
The Pacific Coast Air Museum  in Santa Rosa is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving aviation history through the acquisition, restoration, and display of historic aircraft.  The museum displays a varied collection of over 30 American military, propeller, and jet aircraft spread over  a five-acre  field.  You can crawl under them, look inside wheel wells and bomb bays, and peer into cockpits.

And best of all, it is Hot Dog Thursday where a delicious dog is only $5.  The Bay Area FlyOutGroup (FOG) will fly to Santa Rosa and meet at the museum at 11:30am  for a wonderful museum experience and an all-American treat.   Don't miss this last Hot Dog Thursday of this year!

Please  sign up  so we can get an accurate headcount and keep you in the loop with updates.  FOG is for everyone - SCFC members, Bay Area pilots, friends, and family.  (Note: you must be logged into the website in order to sign up.)  Contact us with any questions at flyoutgroup@gmail.com or (650) 946-1700.

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Full-Moon Flyers FBO Party at McClellan Airfield
Sun Oct 13 7:00pm
October 13th is the full moon and this month FOG will fly to McClellan Airfield in Sacramento for a Pizza Party at McClellan Jet Services.

McClellan Airfield is a  non-towered privately owned public-use airport located northeast of the central business district of Sacramento and under the Charlie Airspace of Sacramento International (KSMF).  The airport is on the former site of McClellan Air Force Base, which existed as a military base from 1939 to 2000. Cal Fire also bases some of its aircraft here.  The runway is 10,599 X 150 feet so plan a touchdown spot for your taxi exit.  This is a great destination and a chance to see the night skyline of Sacramento.

Please sign up so we can get an accurate headcount for pizza and keep you in the loop with updates.  Contact us with any questions at flyoutgroup@gmail.com or (650) 946-1700.

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Fly with FOG to Palm Springs & Coachella Valley
Nov 8 - 11 (Fri - Mon)
Join FOG as we journey to Palm Springs, one of the most beautiful spots on earth.  We travel in November with highs of 79 ºF and sunny skies.  The days are clear with beautiful mountains that may be capped with snow.

Poolside is awesome and for the people on the go there is golfing, tennis, hiking, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens,  the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway,  the Palm Springs Air Museum with WWII aircraft at KPSP and the General Patton Memorial Museum with tanks, located adjacent to Chiriaco Summit Airport (L77).

Please sign up so we can get an accurate headcount and keep you in the loop with updates. Questions? Email us at flyoutgroup@gmail.com or (650) 946-1700.

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

Register Direct for BAY FLIGHT 2019 and
Avoid the Online Processing Fee

Planning to attend BAY FLIGHT 2019 conference, but don't want to pay the online vendor's service fee?  No problem.  You can also register by calling SCFC directly at (650) 946-1700.  There are still seats available, but it is filling up.  Call now to guarantee your spot, and avoid the processing fee.