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

Member News 

Welcome New Members


Anand Agarwal

Jack Breese

Larry Chan

Dayeh Chen

Nicolas Davies

Michael Dougherty

David Evans

Sean Fujiwara

Michael Gam

Jamie Harding

Jesse Randell

Chris Rimer

Richard Rudolph

Eric Tsai

Member Achievements

Jeff Block

Private Pilot

CFI John Otte


Tom Byrne

Private Pilot

CFI Jason Miller


Michael Dutton

Private Pilot Helicopter

CFI Rebecca Joseph


Adam Kelly

Multi-Engine Instructor

CFI Brian Eliot


Terri Mead

Helicopter Pilot

CFIs Paul Harris and Rebecca Joseph

 Sean O'Holleran

Private Pilot

CFIs Kevin Hyberger and Nariman Farsaie

 Evan Thibodeau

A&P Mechanic


Alex Tronchin-James

Private Pilot

CFI Adam Kelly


Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test.

Editors: Dan Dyer & Herb Patten

1) You're a Private Pilot with ASEL ratings. What endorsements do you need in your logbook to fly SCFC's cool Piper Arrow with its great avionics and 200 HP engine?

a) Low Wing

b) Complex

c) High Performance


2) You're a Private Pilot with ASES ratings. What endorsements do you need to fly a Cessna 206 on floats (no retractable gear) with a single 285 HP engine and a constant speed propeller?

a) Complex

b) High Performance

c) Open Water Survival


3) SCFC's Duchess has retractable gear, variable pitch propellers, and is powered by twin 180 HP engines. In addition to your AMEL ratings, what additional endorsements would be needed?

a) Complex

b) Counter Rotating Engine

c) High Performance


4) While training with a CFI in a Citabria with a 160 HP engine, would you be able to log PIC time while acting as the sole manipulator of the controls in advanced of receiving your tailwheel endorsement?


(answers are at the bottom)

SCFC Events and Safety Seminars


Landing Secrets Revealed

IFR Ground School Begins

Slightly Rusty Pilot Seminar

SCFC Helicopter Day

CFI Round-Table: Challenging Students and Mountain Checkouts

Transition to Tailwheel

Fly Like a Girl

YAW: Young Aviators Weekend Program

Grand Canyon SFR

Flight Center Night Out

1-800-WX-BRIEF: More Than Just a Phone Number

Respecting Aircraft Performance Limitations

Making Your Own Checklists

YAW: Young Aviators Weekend Program

Events & Trips
AOPA Salinas Fly-In

FOG Lunch in Watsonville

Sedona Trip

Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Edwards Air Force Base Tour

2015 FOG Colorado Trip

The Fleet


Robinson R22

N111AH - $295/hr


Robinson R44

N447S - $495/hr


N8010F  - $100/hr
N24896 - $102/hr


C172S - 6-pack

N458SP - $155/hr

N236SP - $155/hr

N21263 - $158/hr

N494SP - $155/hr

N907LP - $155/hr

C172S - G1000

N646DW - $172/hr

N63251  - $177/hr
N6198N - $177/hr

C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr

N1483L - $243/hr

Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr

Piper Warrior

N91338 - $115/hr


Piper Archer

N6848J - $150/hr

Piper Arrow

N200KR - $195/hr

Super Decathlon

N66405 - $140/hr



N59WD - $135/hr



Beechcraft 76 Duchess

N83ER - $295/hr


Turbo Seneca II

N14GQ - $330/hr



Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr

Xwind 200 - $250/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) b. Complex endorsement


2) a. and b. Complex and High Performance (Complex for seaplane requires only flaps and a controllable pitch propeller)


3) a. Only the Complex endorsement is needed


4) Yes. Per FAA legal counsel interpretation, the pilot may log PIC time if that pilot is properly rated for the aircraft flown even though the pilot does not have the required endorsements to act as PIC.


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May 2015


A Mechanic is Born - Congratulations, Evan!

Our club often celebrates the achievements of our member pilots and instructors when they receive endorsements, ratings, and certificates. This month, we congratulate Evan Thibodeau for earning his Mechanic certificate with Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings. In April, Evan passed his practical test at the end of two years of maintenance school, hundreds of hours of logged on-the-job training, and three grueling knowledge tests.


Evan joins as the newest member of the team at San Carlos Flight Center Maintenance. With a staff of six, and four maintenance hangars, SCFC Maintenance is now the largest provider of aircraft maintenance services at San Carlos Airport.


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Rise Above Overcast Layers with IFR Ground School

Are you ready to start instrument training? Tired of waiting on the ground for a thin overcast layer to clear? This Thursday, May 7, SCFC begins a new cycle of IFR Ground School taught by CFI Brian Eliot. The class is a great way to begin understanding the intricacies of IFR Procedures and to gain a deeper grasp of the flight and navigation instruments onboard the aircraft. For more information, click here or contact Brian Eliot at brian@sancarlosflight.com.


Noise Abatement for Peaceful Coexistence

As pilots, it's important to understand the footprint we make on the world. While airports bring much to their local communities in the way of business, entertainment, emergency services, and travel convenience, some people only hear noise. This is especially true of recently arrived residents in housing areas built close to the airport.


In partnership with our neighbors, the pilots of San Carlos Airport have made commitments to restrict some flight operations to daytime, avoiding early mornings and late evenings when most people are at home. We've agreed to limit departures to a handful of defined departures to avoid overflying noise-sensitive areas. We did this voluntarily as a way to better coexist with residents of housing areas built too close to the airport.


Do your part. Review the San Carlos Noise Abatement Procedures. Know where not to fly and when not to do pattern work. Safety always comes first, but please make every effort to limit the noise your aircraft generates after reaching a safe altitude.


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New Aircraft Checkouts

On the day you passed your FAA Practical Test you automatically were checked out in one type of aircraft. You knew that aircraft inside and out and were master of all of its features. Time to bring on the next challenge - your next aircraft checkout.


Much transfers easily from one aircraft to the next, but often there are critically new knowledge areas and new pilot skills that must be learned. Factor in the myriad insurance requirements that come in and your next aircraft checkout may seem a complicated challenge.

To make the process easier, SCFC recently released new type-specific checkout forms that streamline and simplify the process. These forms are located in the Members Only section of the web site. Summer is a good time to try out a new aircraft, so take a look at the new integrated checkout forms and try out a new pair of wings. 



Member Profile: Stoo Davies

SCFC: Who or what inspired you to learn to fly?

SD: Growing up in the UK my parents would take me to the local RAF base for the annual air show, or to the beach to watch the Red Arrows display team. A few years ago I took a demo flight and was hooked immediately.


SCFC: What have you accomplished since then?

SD: I earned my private in 2012 and instrument rating in 2014. I recently transitioned to a Cirrus, which is an amazing plane. I will be going for more ratings in the future. A 2-week seaplane course in Alaska would be a fun holiday, the scenery up there looks absolutely stunning.


SCFC: What kind of flying do you like best?

SD: I like taking friends for their first flight in a small plane. They're always amazed by the view, and how much of the local area we can fly over. For solo flights, I like going to places I've never been before, especially if it's a good distance out of the local area. I have some long trips planned for this year, the longest being to Austin for the Formula 1 race.


SCFC: Tell us about a favorite flying trip or memory.

SD: So far my favorite trip was to Las Vegas. I think that's a bucket-list item for a lot of Bay Area pilots, and if you factor in all the lines at a commercial airport, the time to get there is about the same. The view on the way in was great, ATC gave me vectors directly over the top of KLAS, and you could clearly see the entire strip. On the way back the restricted area was cold, so I got a shortcut over the top of Edwards.


SCFC: What do you do when you're not flying?

SD: I'm lucky that playing around with computers was an interest growing up, and now I get paid to do it. I normally work on large enterprise systems, most recently in Linux based storage. Outside of work I like to travel. I'd love to go to every Formula 1 race in a season - the races are all around the world, so going to each one would be around 20 different countries in an 8-9 month period.


The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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Share Yourself - Encourage the Next Pilot

Being a pilot is an honor and a privilege. But to those who don't yet fly, it is very mysterious and sometimes hard to understand. You can do your part to support general aviation by helping to share your story with people interested in learning more about it.


Join us at any of our upcoming Air Shows or Airport Day events. Meet adults with questions about becoming a pilot. Talk with children and encourage them to aim for the skies. It's a great way to give back to the aviation community and realize what a gift it is to be a pilot.


If you are interested in helping build GA, contact Terry Fiala at terry@sancarlosflight.com and join the fun. 


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Hitch a Ride in the Ford Trimotor

One of the few remaining airworthy Ford Tri-Motors in the world will be stopping by San Carlos Airport, May 7-10. Take a step back in time to the golden age of aviation, when air travel was considered a luxury, with a flight on the "Tin Goose." Click here for more information and to schedule your flight.



FlyOutGroup (FOG) Sedona Trip

May 28-31 (Thu-Sun)

May's FOG destination is beautiful Sedona, Arizona - home of spectacular sandstone rock formations that glow red and orange in the southwest sunlight and the airport atop a mesa overlooking the city.


The route covered to and from Sedona in this four-day excursion often includes an overflight of the Grand Canyon, either on the way there or on the way back. This trip has longer flight legs, perfect for sharing the trip with another pilot friend.


Click here for more information.


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Whitewater Rafting Adventure

June 6 (Sat)

This FOG event is for the adventure seekers! Take your favorite adventure (flying) and add it to another awesome adventure (whitewater rafting) and you get one truly memorable day.


FOG members will fly into Placerville airport (KPVF) where our river guides will be waiting for us. They will shuttle us over to the Lower South Fork American River (Gorge Section), with 15 miles of class II-III rapids. No prior experience is necessary. 


Click here for more information.

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Edwards Air Force Base Tour

June 18-19 (Thu - Fri)

Due to the popularity of the recent FOG tour of Edwards Air Force Base, we have scheduled another private group tour for those pilots who were unable to go. Fly in to Mojave Airport the night before, enjoy a group dinner, then tour the base the next day.


Friday's activities include a visit to the Air Force Flight Test Museum, a tour of the 2nd largest Air Force base in the US, a visit to the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, and a safety briefing of Restricted Area 2508, composed of bombing ranges, supersonic corridors, radar intercept areas, and refueling areas.


Click here for more information. 


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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.
Half Off on
 SCFC Helicopter Day


Experience the thrill of vertical flight with a flight in one of our helicopters. A half-hour demo flight in our R22 is $150.  A half-hour ride in our R44 (in groups of up to three people) is $75 per person.


Great idea for Mother's Day! Space is very limited so sign up today. Call (650) 946-1700 or email info@sancarlosflight.com.