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

Luke Ashcraft
Justin Bethune
Chris Coyoli
Natalia Daniel
Gabe Hamilton 
Arjang Hourtash
Michael Iocca
John Kelly
Sandra Kwan 
Miko Losic
Tommie Moreau
Thomas O'Neill 
Glenn Osaka
Farir Quintanilla
Ledismar Ribeiro de Faria
Taylor Riviello
Brian Uznanski
Chris Van Arsdale
Shihua Zheng

Member Achievements

Volga Aksoy
Solo Flight
CFI Kevin Petrie

Brendan Hermalyn
Solo Flight
CFI Brian Eliot

Steven Henry
Solo Flight
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Aditya Munshi
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Eric Blatner

Michael Neumeyer
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Kevin Petrie

Michael Batshon
Solo Flight
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Ryan Helmericks
Solo Flight
CFI  Drew Shevelow

Carson Katz
Solo Flight
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Andrew Seligson
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Kevin Petrie

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Drew Shevelow

1. Similar to private training for ASEL, there is a "long solo XC" flight  required in order to meet the aeronautical experience under 61.129. How many miles total must this flight be?
A. 250
B. 300
C. 200

2. How many night hours are required to be eligible for an ASEL commercial pilot certificate? 
A. 10
B. 3
C. 5

3. The night landings for commercial training must be done at an airport with an operating control tower.

A. True
B. False

(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
  Sep 8 (Sat) 12:00pm
Lights Out at KSQL - The Day the Tower Lost Power 

Sep 12 (Wed) 7:00pm
Flying the New Bay Tour

Sep 15 (Sat) 12:00pm
Non Towered Airport Flight Operations

Sep 19 (Wed) 7:00pm
NTSB Case Studies

Oct 27 (Sat) 8:00am
Events & Trips
Sep 24 (Mon) 7:00pm
Full Moon Flyers: Willow-Glenn

Nov 2 - 3 (Fri-Sun)
Bryce Canyon Weekend

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

N182EE - $205/hr
N9894E - $195/hr

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

C172S - 6-pack
N410BS - $163/hr
N236SP - $163/hr
N458SP - $163/hr 
N652SP - $163/hr
N106RA - $163/hr
N21591 - $163/hr

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

N734WZ - $140/hr

Piper Archer
N6848J - $160/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $125/hr

N714SW- $122/hr
N111RK - $115/hr
N5369H - $110/hr

BATD GNS-430W - $30/hr
 (member prices shown) 
Contact Us 
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(650) 946-1700

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Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070 
Pop Quiz Answers
1. b
2. c
3. true

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September 2018

Time for Turbo!
SCFC is proud to announce the addition of 2 new aircraft, N210VV and N349MA. N210VV is a Cesnna 210T and N349MA is a Piper PA-32R-301T (Turbo Saratoga).

Join us tomorrow September 5th at 7:00pm for a " What Every Pilot Needs to Know about Operating Turbo Aircrafts" seminar and start thinking about those Turbo checkouts!

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CFII Knight Laird joins the SCFC team
From flight simulation as a child to becoming a Certified Flight Instructor, Knight Laird has always been driven by a passion for aviation. Laird graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a BA in Political Science and completed his flight training with ATP in 2018. Laird strives for safety and a fun learning environment. 

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New Overnight Lockbox
In keeping with the growth in airplanes and members, we've upgraded our overnight lockbox.  Now there's room for all of the key books and headsets needed by our night-flying and early-morning pilots. At last month's Full Moon Flyers event, we took 12 airplanes and 10 headsets which put a crunch on our old lockbox. It had been serving us well for 7 years, but it's time to move on. Remember to check with your CFI or the front desk for the new lockbox code and have a great flight!

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IFR Ground School
Considering getting your instrument rating? September 20th is the kick-off for Instrument Ground School! The twelve week IFR Ground School convense every Thursday night at 7:00pm.

This course covers the aeronautical knowledge included in the FAA knowledge test (also known as the "written test") for the airplane instrument rating and meets the Aeronautical Knowledge requirements of Section 61.65(b). The course fee includes attendance, course materials, final examination, and certificate of completion. The final examination reproduces the content and format of the actual computer-administered FAA test. Pilots completing the course receive a graduation certificate and instrument instructor endorsement qualifying them to take the FAA instrument rating knowledge test as specified in Section 61.65(a).

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September Safety Tip: spotting seabirds from the air is easy! White rock = seabird flock!
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What Every Pilot Needs to Know About Operating Turbo Aircrafts
September 5 (Wed), 7:00pm
Turbochargers compress the ambient outside air, providing a denser oxygen-rich input to the combustion system. More oxygen can burn more fuel. More burn means more power. More power means more skills and knowledge required of the pilot. If the most power you've flown with is a 180HP Cessna, you'll need to learn many new things to safely operate our new Turbo Saratoga and Turbo 210.
Attend this seminar to learn about turbocharged engine systems and operating procedures, and how to keep a turbocharged engine safe and happy. We'll highlight how turbocharging systems have evolved over the years from primitive and workload-intensive to complex and pilot-friendly. We'll also demystify concepts like critical altitude, bootstrapping, and upper deck pressure.
You will learn that turbocharging demands changes in engine operation compared to normally-aspirated engines, from engine start to shutdown. Finally, we'll sample some actual turbocharged aircraft installations and describe how their differences are perceived and managed by the pilot.
In anticiipation of the new aircraft checkouts, we asked SCFC CFII Brian Eliot to create a training path for pilots to begin to understand turbocharged engined. This seminar is a must for pilots new to turbocharged systems - and even if you've already flown a turbo aircraft, you are sure to find value in Eliot's presentation.

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Flying the New Bay Tour
September 12 (Wed), 7:00pm
Flying in the San Francisco Bay area is spectacular, and a real privilege for local pilots. As pilots we are afforded a rare bird's eye view of the Pacific Ocean, a dramatic coastline, beautiful hills, and many famous landmarks, that we long to share with our friends and family.

What exactly is a "Bay Tour"? And, with the unveiling of the new SFO Bravo Airspace, how does this change the bay tour we are so use to flying? SCFC Chief Pilot Dan Dyer will examine the new airspace and explain how a pilot can accomplish the "Bay Tour" in the safest, simplest, most enjoyable manner.

We'll review the various overlapping airspaces in the area, the territories for each local ATC facility, and the routings most commonly used by Flight Center pilots and suggested by ATC.  You'll learn what options are available to you even if SQL ATIS has the phrase "San Francisco is not taking surface area transitions."

If you are new to the Bay area, new to the new SFO B,  or just want to improve your understanding of local airspace customs and procedures, please join us for this popular seminar.

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Take Your GPS Skills Beyond the Basics
Most aircraft now have an onboard GPS unit, making navigation much safer and easier than it was 30 years ago. Your initial aircraft checkout likely asked you to show that you understood the very basic operation of the GPS unit on the plane. At a minimum, this likely included how to chart a course "Direct To" your home airport. But these devices can do so much more.

GPS mastery starts on the ground, with a thorough understanding of the menus your GPS unit uses to access the wealth of airport and waypoint information stored in the database. You should be able to quickly view runway lengths, elevations, frequencies, and time zone information for airports, as well as frequencies and identifiers for any navigational aid. In flight, you should be able to create new user waypoints, connect waypoints together into flight plans, and take advantage of onboard timers and calculators.

When fully understood, a GPS is a powerful tool for every flight. If you want to understand the GPS unit in your aircraft, take the time and work with a flight instructor. Your skill at mastering GPS can add safety to your flight, when you need it most.

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New ATC Protocol: Announce ATIS on Initial Call
San Carlos Pilots note that effective September 18, 2018, ATC will be required to read ATIS information on frequency to all pilots who have not stated the appropriate ATIS code on initial contact. Imagine the impact to our shared radio frequencies if the wind, sky condition, temperature, dewpoint, altimeter setting and multiple crane NOTAMS have to be read out to every new pilot on frequency. ATC workload would skyrocket and the other pilots on frequency would be impacted.

SQL Tower is encouraging all pilots to obtain the necessary ATIS code before contacting ATC. Otherwise, for safe operation during times of high traffic, inbound pilots may be asked to remain outside Class D and report when they have ATIS.
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Member Profile: Theresa Olguin
SCFC: Who or what inspired you to learn to fly?
TO: I was 7 years old when 9/11 happened, and living in California between McClellan AFB and Mather AFB there was a lot of military air traffic flying over our house. This was the first time I became aware of aircraft, and I was fascinated! Then, in 2004, when Mather AFB had its first airshow, I had the delight of watching Blue Angles fly aerobatics overhead for about a week! M y fascination and delight had become a  passion  for aviation!

SCFC: What are your aviation goals?
TO: My present goal is to finish my Private Pilot's license and continue until I get my commercial license. The end goal is to fly for Cal Fire out of McClellan.

SCFC: You just solo'd! How was the experience?
TO: My first solo and the experience leading up to it was amazing. The hardest/scariest part of the whole process was the phase check; but it was also one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever had to know I had accomplished that much. So, I was a little nervous my first landing, but once I completed that, I was able to do the others with much more confidence and enjoyed them thoroughly...I was now a pilot in command!

SCFC:  What are your interests outside of aviation?
TO:  I have many interests outside of aviation including photography, soccer, piano, and Irish dance. My strangest interest is math... I love math and solving Rubik's Cubes, so sometimes when I'm stressed out or bored, I will open up a math book and solve a nice long Calc III problem, or just pull out a Rubik's Cube and try to solve it in under a minute.

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End of the Summer BBQ!
With summer coming to an end, we say goodbye to a fun filled summer days and look back at all we have accomplished!

Join San Carlos Flight Center and EAA Chapter 20 for the joint BBQ of the Summer! EAA members will be bringing aircraft to have on display and SCFC will be bring the newest addition to our fleet, a Turbo Piper Saratoga.

It's a great opportunity to meet other pilots, enjoy great food, and recognize each other's achievements.

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September 24 (Mon) 7:00pm: Full Moon Flyers to Willow-Glenn
Each month, several FOG pilots take part in the Full Moon Flyers dinner flight. Some are out of night currency, so they fly alone or bring along a CFI. Some are night current and bring along friends. Some student pilots grab a CFI to fulfil the night cross country requirement in a more fun and social way. Come along and join us for a social group dinner, followed by a beautifully moonlit flight back home.

Join FOG as we fly to Willows-Glenn County Airport (WLW) for dinner at Nancy's Airport Cafe. Plan to meet in front of Nancy's Airport Cafe at 7:00pm. Do 3 full stop landing along the way home to reset your night currency. Hayward? Concord? Napa? Nut Tree? Each pilot is PIC of their own flight and picks the route and airports of their choice.

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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.

SCFC Honors Silver Eagles
This month, San Carlos Flight Center is hosting Silver Eagles, a tribute to elder aviators. The EAA's wonderful Young Eagles program offering free short airplane flights to young people interested in aviation has inspired SCFC to create a program to honor our fellow pilots who are no longer flying.  We plan to welcome back pilots for whom age or physical limitations has forced them to put away their PIC wings.  

We would love to invite all Silver Eagles and one family member to join us for a trip back into the sky, on a date and time convenient  for you!  

Just give our Front Desk a call at 650-946-1700 to set your flight up!