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

Member News 

Welcome New Members


Bernard Carrot

Jim Coupe

Michael Feary

Knute Fisher

Harry Freeman

Chris Giotinis

Johannes Heilmann

Khalid Jamali

Eric Lanvert

Natasha Maximovitch

Robertino Mera Guiler

Jim Nickerson

Michael Petersen

Radu Popovici

Maxime Prades               

Zach Righellis

Eric Roth

Pedro Santos

William Shoemaker

Brian Stretch

Andy Talbot

Jacob Warman

Stephan Zimmermann 



Member Achievements


Connor Abernathy

Private Pilot

CFI Miguel Mundo


David Brenner

Private Pilot

CFI Kevin Hyberger


Julie Korsmeyer

Private Pilot

CFI Nariman Farsaie


Michael LaStella

FAA knowledge exam

CFI Kumar Gopal


Stephen Schick

Private Pilot

CFI Nariman Farsaie


Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test.


1) What 5-letter identifier can be entered in your GPS to represent the Cement Plant?


2) The local waypoint VPMID has 5 of the 6 alphabet airspaces overlying it. What class of airspace does not overly VPMID?


3) What recently limited the effectiveness of the VPCSH waypoint?


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


Destination: Shelter Cove

Electronic Logbooks

Top 5 Tips for Safer Instrument Flight

Guarding Yourself Against Automation Dependency

Flight Center Night Out

Preparing for a Flight Review

New Member Orientation

Events & Trips

Edwards AFB Tour

FlyOut Lunch to the Maniac Maze

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 - $235/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 



2) Class D airspace


3)  The easily identifiable tall building on campus was removed.


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September 2014


Photo Squawks - Welcome to Modern Maintenance

It's 2014. High-quality camera phones are the norm. Let's use them. SCFC now encourages members to email a photo of their next squawk. Fill out the Squawk Report form in the keybook, and then email a great photo to


A picture is worth a thousand words. A great photo can help our mechanics better understand what needs attention.



Idle Your Engine

What RPM setting to use when idling on the ground? Some people routinely use a round number, like 1000rpm. The real answer depends on whether you are stopped or moving. While taxiing, engine power controls ground speed, so while coasting or slowing, the engine should be in the full aft position to minimize braking. Once stopped, the throttle should be set at the lowest setting that allows smooth engine operation with an appropriate charge from the alternator. Anything more than that and you're unnecessarily wasting fuel and brake pads, and increasing prop wash and noise.


Next time you fly, check your idle setting on the ground. You may be idling too high.


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Report the Cement Plant

If directed to "Report over the Cement Plant" it is important to actually be over the cement plant when you report. Not two miles away. Not vaguely pointed in the direction of the cement plant. Other air traffic looking for you will have a much better chance of seeing and avoiding you if they know where to look. The tighter you are at reporting your position, the safer the pattern will be for all of us.



Member Profile - Cayla Boone

Cayla joined Team SCFC in August. Her flight dispatching background at Embry-Riddle helped her quickly learned the ropes and transition seamlessly into the SCFC team.


SCFC: What drew you to aviation?

CB: I have always wanted to be a pilot since I was little. I thought it was a pipe dream until I talked to my mom, and she was very supportive and helpful. I have always been fascinated by planes and everything about aviation.


SCFC: How did you choose Embry-Riddle and what degree did you earn?

CB: The day I told my mom I wanted to be a pilot, she told me about Embry-Riddle. We looked it up online, and I applied that same day. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and minored in Aviation Safety, Meteorology, and Air Traffic Management.


SCFC: What's the coolest thing about flying?

CB: The flying itself. Being able to have control over this machine that glides through the air and surfs on clouds is awesome.


SCFC: What do your friends and family think about you becoming a pilot?

CB: They are very proud and excited for me. When they introduce me, the first thing they say is that I am a pilot. So I would say my family is more proud than anything else. They always tell me, one day I will fly them all to Italy.


SCFC: What are your aviation goals for the near future?

CB: My dream job would be to work as a pilot for Cal Fire. If I am unable to continue my ratings, I am hoping to become an air traffic controller.


SCFC: What do you do when you're not flying or working at SCFC?

CB: I usually hang out with my family and friends. I love to go snowboarding, biking, hiking, and pretty much anything that gets me outdoors.


The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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Attention race fans!

SCFC CFI Justin Phillipson is in Reno competing in the world's fastest motorsport - the Reno National Championship Air Races. This will be Justin's third year racing at Reno, will competing in the Formula One Class flying a sleek white carbon fiber racer named Fraed Naught, Race 31.


What is all this air race/formula one stuff about? Justin will strap into a tiny single seat 650-lb airplane with a Continental O-200 on the front, screaming at over 4000rpm just 50' above the desert floor around a 6-pylon oval course. The excitement doesn't end there - there will be seven other planes all shooting for that checkered flag at the same time. The heat racing started today and the final race is scheduled for Sunday, September 14th.


Go to for more info or watch the coverage on Justin will post race updates throughout the week on his Facebook page, "Race 79 No Strings Attached", named for the new racer he is building.


Good luck to you, Justin! Fly Low, Fly Fast, Turn Left!

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First Sunday in Santa Paula - recap

A warm and beautiful day welcomed FlyOutGroup (FOG) pilots down to Santa Paula Airport's first Sunday of the month open house. FOG members were treated to a wonderful BBQ lunch hosted by Scott Coady and the local flight school, CP Aviation. Great food, friendly people, a fantastic air museum, and stunning scenery - Santa Paula has it all. If you've never made it to this Southern California gem, we encourage you to make the trip. Grab another FOG pilot and give it a try.



Sunday, October 5

How many pilots does it take to get through a corn maze?


We're taking the customary FlyOutGroup (FOG) lunch flight and adding a fun Halloween twist. Tucked inside the intersecting runways at Hollister Airport is a great little gem called Swank Farms. Each year in October they turn their farm into Halloween HQ with an impressive corn maze, pumpkin patch, and kids' activity corner.


After the corn maze fun, we plan to hang around and partake in the tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches at the snack shack. Bring your friends and family for a great pre-Halloween experience!


Click here for complete details, including how to sign up.


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A Little More Action Please - FOG Vegas 2014

Join the FlyOutGroup for a weekend in sin city, Las Vegas, Nevada. Land at McCarran Class B or aim for one of the smaller nearby airports and avoid the huge ramp fees. Shows, buffets, gambling, restaurants, and great weather. What's not to love?! Set aside the weekend, reserve your plane, and look for more details soon.

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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.

Try Something New


SCFC is offering one free month of membership to pilots who are members of another flight school or club at San Carlos or Palo Alto Airport. Try us out for one month and experience the difference.


Stop by San Carlos Flight Center today. See our facilities, meet our staff and instructors, and inspect the aircraft. Click here for membership information. We look forward to welcoming you to the SCFC Community.


Offer good for Renting Membership and expires September 30, 2014.