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

Edwin  Jacobson
Aaron  Fung
Larry  Horiye
Ken  Wayne
Brendon Ishikawa
Mark Centoni
James Sinko
lyn Sinko
Adam Durity
Robert Ryan Wilkins
John Youngblood
Dan  Morgan
Ted  Hong
Ron  Smith
Uri Elzur
Ananth Jagannath
Peter Yee
Henry Chen
Luc Weinland
Olivier Beraut
Robert Lundy
Rick  Dabney

Member Achievements

Nick Williams
Instrument Pilot Checkride &
Commercial Checkride

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Editor:  Herb Patten

1. TFRs for a major sporting event typically restrict flight within
a)       5NM and 5,000 feet 
b)      3NM and 2,500 feet 
c)       10NM and 10,000 
feet AGL

2. TFR's may be issued for which of the following?
a)       SCFC BBQs
b)      VIP Movements
c)       Wildfire suppression
d)      Bowling World 

3. TFR's are published as what NOTAM type?
a)       FDC NOTAMs
b)      NOTAM (D)
c)       Pointer

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

 Jul 8 (Wed) 7:00 pm
Destination: Catalina Island

 Jul 11 (Sat) 12:00 pm
What Every Student Pilot Needs to Know Before their Checkride

  Jul 15 (Wed) 7:00 pm
IFR Alternate Airports

Jul 16 (Wed) 7:00 pm
Special Ops Meeting

Jul 18 (Sat) 12:00 pm
So You Had to Make an off Airport Landing. What Happens Next?

Jul 22 (Wed) 7:00 pm
I Just Got ForeFlight Now What?

 Aug 20 (Thu) 7:00 pm

Events & Trips

Aug 26-30 (Wed-Aug)
5-Day Colorado Trip

Oct 10 (Sat)
2020 Aerospace Valley Airshow @ Edwards Airforce Base

The Fleet
C182 - Glass Panel
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
N21591 - $165/hr

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

N111RK - $125/hr
N530CA - $129/hr
N5369H - $121/hr
N669NE - $125/hr

Piper Archer
N6848J - $163/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $139/hr

Piper Saratoga
N349MA - $345/hr

Beechcraft Baron 
N169SP - $395/hr

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

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July  2020

CFIs Joining Team SCFC Summer
Last month, SCFC added 2 flight instructors to the ranks, in response to increased demand for the summer flying season.  Daniel Stellini returns to flight instruction after flying with Compass Aviation and United Airlines, after first learning to fly in North Carolina.  Lukasz Zoromski moved to California from Wisconsin in time to join the group of instructors working with this year's Upwind Scholarship recipients.  You can reach either of these CFIs for a flight review or work on some aspect of piloting at  daniel.stellini@sancarlosflight.com 

SCFC is always looking for great instructors, but we tend to be very selective.  Choosing the right people is one way that the Flight Center keeps its focus on Safety, Community, and Adventure.

Concord Airspace Has Changed
SF Bay Area pilots should note that the Class D surface area surrounding Concord's Buchanan Airport has changed.  The surface area has been reduced in size and much of the airspace returned to Class E and G.  The Class D airspace at Buchanan Field now extends upward from the surface to and including 2,500 feet MSL within a 4.1-mile radius of the airport, with the Western section from 205° clockwise to 314° reduced to a 2.6-mile radius of airport.  Presumably this will help the airport reduce noise complaints from residential communities just West of the airport.

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SCFC's Cleaning Practices
San Carlos Flight Center performs continuous interior and exterior cleaning of our fleet.   Our staff employs a variety of procedures to keep aircraft interiors cosmetically and hygienically clean. For general cleaning of interior surfaces, we use soap and water, cleaning door panels, handles, cup holders and sun visors, vacuuming the floors, and we use a preservative seat treatment to keep them clean.

For high-touch surfaces, we use both hydrogen peroxide and isopropyl alcohol to clean fingerprints and disinfect. Avionics display screens are cleaned with a dilute solution of soap and water. Other controls cleaned include control wheels, switches, and knobs. Avionics surfaces can often be eroded by chemical cleaners, so we have processes and materials unique to each type.

We provide pilots with disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer at the office entrance and in the key lockbox. Use these on your hands or the flight controls but please do not use these to wipe avionics, as they can damage screens and remove imprinted legends.

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Runway 28R at Hayward Airport has New Updates
San Carlos Flight Center wants you to be safe during your flight to hayward. So we've asked the Hayward airport if they had any news for any pilot flying into the airport. We now know that runway 28R/10L is closed and no touch and goes on 28L/10R are allowed when the tower is closed. For a reminder of the noise abatement procedures click here

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Stuck at a Distant Airport? What Do I Do Now?
As pilots, we all know that sometimes things don't go as planned. Occasionally, we may find ourselves grounded away from San Carlos. If this happens to you, your primary goal is to keep yourself and your passengers safe. If your trip was delayed due to weather, illness, or a personal factor, make sure you take care of yourself first, and then let the Flight Center know of your next course of action. 

If the problem is mechanical, contact the Flight Center for assistance. We may be able to recommend a mechanic at that airfield, or will work with our team to ferry a mechanic from KSQL to your location to make the repairs. You also may elect to stay and wait for repairs to be finished, or you can decide to make your own way home by other means of transportation. 

No matter the situation, reach out to the Front Desk to inform them of your plans. The team is happy to help in any way they can, and they're here to help make your next trip as easy and fun as possible!
Member Profile: Aaron Fox
SCFC:  What is it like to study for the Private Pilot License?
AF:  It is a lot of work. It has been a big challenge for me but I am grateful for the opportunity. Juggling a full time job, new family, & studying for my PPL has really taught me how to manage my time a lot better. I have spent a lot of late nights up preparing and making sure I understand everything needed to be a better pilot.

SCFC :  How did you prepare yourself mentally and physically for the Checkride?  
AF:   To prepare for my check ride I soloed as much as I can, practicing all the ACS tasks so I can be mentally and physically prepared for the checkride. Having these repetitions improves my confidence level each time I fly.

SCFC:   How do you schedule a Checkride with a DPE?
AF:   My CFI gave me the name and website for a DPE that he has used in the past for his students. On his website he has a link "Request a Check Ride", with spots to fill in the required info for scheduling a check ride. There is also other information on what to expect, fees, why did applicants fail, and about the DPE that was useful to read ahead of time.

SCFC:  What is the next step after getting your Private Pilot Certification?
AF: I am looking forward to getting checked out for mountain flying and training in the 182 for a high performance endorsement.

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Upwind 2020 Is Taking Off
Here's an update for the hundreds of local SQL pilots who donated to the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program in support of high school aviators.

The program launched on schedule, although with some changes put in place by SCFC in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.  In air flight training was delayed two weeks, replaced by an accelerated deep ground training program.  Upwind students study and train from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, at in intense pace of learning.  This week, the students are beginning to hit the Solo milestone, and continuing on into cross-country training.

Thank you to all the pilots who make this annual give of aviation possible.  It's important to encourage the next generation of pilots to keep GA strong, and the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program is doing just that.

Sunset Over California - July 7
FOG is coming back and it is time to regain that night currency as we fly to Half Moon Bay and tailgate at a safe distance on the ramp with lawn chairs and BYO snacks to watch the sunset.  If Half Moon Bay has  poor weather our alternate airport will be Nut Tree.  Afterwards, as we head home you have the opportunity  to renew your night currency.  If you are interested you can sign up here, hope to see you guys all out there.

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Vandenberg Space Launch Patrol - July 31
Join FOG to view from the air a rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Port.  This activity is a first for FOG so we are continuing to work out the logistics for this event.  For details about the SpaceX launch, check the status here.  To sign up and keep up-to-date on the FOG event, go here.

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5-Day Colorado Trip - August 30
From the Bonneville Salt Flats to Leadville to the Grand Canyon and everything in between.   This year FOG travels across the Great Basin of Nevada & Utah to the highest elevation airport of Leadville in the Colorado Rockies and then on to Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and finishing at the lowest altitude airport of Furnace Creek, Death Valley.  After this trip, you will be experienced in 95% of terrains you will ever fly. If you are interest ed sign up here.
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Just Getting Started? SCFC partners with
SQL Aviation Supply

Save $$ this month and next by buying all your training supplies in one place.  SCFC has partnered with San Carlos Aviation & Supply to get a package price on the materials you need to start flight training.  

$165 package price includes:  Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge.  Airplane Flying Handbook,  FAR/AIM,  Chart Supplement,  San Francisco Sectional Chart,  San Francisco Terminal Area Chart,  pilot logbook,  VFR kneeboard,  stall horn tester,  aluminum E6B,  rotating chart plotter,  ASA Private Pilot Test Prep.

The $285 package includes all of the items in the $165 package plus your own headset.