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

Daniel Anderson
Christian Bach
Jacob Bendick
Nick Costella
Holly Donica
Elhay Farkash
Aaron Fung
Timothy Girard
John Hendricks
Trish Holmes
Stuart Hoover
Shuaib Khan
Genki Kondo
Defrance Mclemore
Davide Semenzin
Sinclair Skinner
Stephanie Triesenberg
Nicholas Vay
Emma Williams

Member Achievements

Jason Smathers
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Kyle Smathers

Drew Shevelow
CFI-I Checkride

Brandon Montell
Solo Flight
CFI Patti Andrews

Brendan Hermalyn
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Brian Eliot

David Agranovich
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Celine Tran
Solo Flight
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Jasper Eisenberg
Solo Flight
CFI Thomas Daniel

Samantha Caswell
Solo Flight
CFI Drew Shevelow

Marc Lecerf
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Drew Shevelow
Pop Quiz:
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Beth Kirkpatrick

1. Thunderstorms in the forecast indicate:
a. Turbulent conditions
b. Possibility of hail
c. Wind shear
d. All of the above

2. True or False: If your preflight check shows the oil level is below appropriate levels, call Rabbit Aviation and ask for delivery of oil.

3: True or False: On warm days, density altitude at San Carlos can be greater than 2,000 feet.
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
  July 3 (Wed) 7:00pm
Radio Lab for Non-Native English Speakers

July 6 (Sat) 12:00pm
How to Pre-flight with a Mechanic and Instructor

July 10 (Wed) 7:00pm
Introduction to G1000: Screens and Knobs

July 13 (Sat) 12:00pm
Right Seat Workshop: Making the Most of Your Time in the Cockpit

July 17 (Wed) 7:00pm
Lost Comms in IMC

Events & Trips
July 12 (Fri) 10:00am

July 15 (Mon) 7:00pm
The Upwind Scholarship Program and the Full Moon Flyers travel to Top Flight Grill at Stockton

July 26 - 28 (Fri - Sun)
Evergreen Aviation &
Space Museum

Aug 15 (Thur) 7:00pm
Full Moon Flyers KSTS Sky Lounge

Aug 17 (Sat) 10:00am 
Chico Air Museum & Lunch at the Foodie Cafe

August 23 - 25 (Fri - Sun)
Magical Sunriver, OR
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

N9679A - $146/hr 
 N97528 - $146/hr

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

N734WZ - $140/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 - $30/hr
 (member prices shown) 
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July 2019

Join the SCFC Team!
San Carlos Flight Center growth continues unabated, with a record number of new student pilot starts and converts from other flying clubs. A growing club needs new staff members to keep our members happy.

Our core values of Safety, Community, and Adventure inform our approach to hiring, and you'll find the right team members are obsessed with increasing the safety of flight, forming great bonds with the general aviation community, and living the adventure that is SCFC.

If you are a mechanic or flight instructor looking to find a welcoming place to build a career, you'll find a great new home at San Carlos Flight Center.

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Ground School Session Starts Sunday July 7
The next Private Pilot Ground School session begins on Sunday, July 7, with the option to attend either on Sundays or Tuesday evenings (first class Tuesday July 9). The classes are delivered in a highly interactive manner with content that is constantly being updated and is relevant to flying in the Bay Area. The training not only prepares you for the knowledge test but provides a solid foundation for the oral portion of the checkride. Some unique features include:
  • Flexible - sessions are taught two times per week on Sunday morning and Tuesday evening.
  • Fun - meet and interact with other students.
  • Fantastic value including bonus sessions:
    • Tour and visit with SQL tower controllers,
    • Hands on with the SCFC maintenance team to explore under the engine cowling,
    • Workshops to apply XC skills and use weather briefing tools
Contact the Front Desk to confirm your seat in the class that will launch your aviation dreams.

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To Fill or Not to Fill?
A key check during pre-flight inspection is the oil quantity. At SCFC our planes have guidance as to when to add another quart of oil. For 172s, the guidance is add 1 quart if below 5 quarts. Checking the oil quantity immediately after the plane has been flown can be tricky. The oil hasn't had a chance to drain back into the engine sump. So take that into consideration before adding an additional quart of oil. If the plane just came back, and the dip stick reads slightly below 5 quarts, wait a bit to allow the oil to drain into the sump so you can get an accurate reading of the oil quantity.

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Front Desk Closed for the 4th of July
If you are planning on flying on Thursday, July 4th, be sure to book your flight now so that we can leave your keybook in the overnight lockbox. Check NOTAMs for fireworks notices, and keep your eyes open for sightseeing traffic at night.  Have a safe and happy birthday, America!

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Protecting the Airplane Doors
SCFC takes pride in the quality of aircraft that we offer to members. They are clean, well maintained and well equipped. Our maintenance and flight line team take good care of the planes, but members also play a role in keeping the planes in top condition. In particular, make sure you never leave the doors unlatched. Some pilots may have a habit of exiting the plane, leaving the door ajar, grabbing the tow bay and push the plane back. Although this isn't an issue on days with calm winds, this can cause a problem on gusty days. If the door is not secured, the wind may catch the door and cause it to violently swing open putting stress on the hinges and could cause damage. Always close the door when you are not in the plane. Let's keep the fleet great!

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Run Ups on Hot Days
We have officially entered the summer flying season here at SCFC. Flying on days with warmer weather, you may need to factor in the surface temperature when performing your airplane run up. During the run up check, we set the fuel mixture to Best Power. Often pilots think of Best Power as full rich because we fly a lot at sea level where density altitude is typically low. However, on hot days, even here at San Carlos, the density altitude can be greater than 2,000 feet. You may find that when you are performing the run up with the mixture full rich that the engine runs rough when doing the magneto check. Consider leaning the mixture for best power in those cases and then check the magneto drop. Often times you will find that the roughness goes away with the appropriate mixture setting.

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Revised SQL Noise Abatement Procedures Coming Soon
If you're tired of asking for a Bay Meadows Departure, knowing that Bay Meadows racetrack went away long ago, you're in luck. The airport office has been working for months to revise the voluntary noise abatement procedures for San Carlos. The basic negotiated departures remain the same, but the names have changed. Without a Bay Meadows to use as a reference, most of us turn west after passing Hillsdale Boulevard, so calling it the Hillsdale Departure just makes more sense.

Stop by the Flight Center to grab a copy of the new procedures, and plan to attend our big monthly BBQ and safety seminar on Saturday, July 27th. Davi Howard, from the San Mateo County Airport Office will be discussing the new procedures at noon that day. Join us to stay informed, and to grab a soft-serve cone from the Mr. Softee truck. Yum.

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Introduction to the G1000: Screens and Knobs
July 10 (Wed) 7:00pm
The G1000 is now found in most aircraft manufactured within the last 10-15 years. Odds are if you are a renter and desire a glass cockpit, you will be flying with the G1000.   

In this seminar, San Carlos Fight Center Chief Pilot Dan Dyer and CFI Oscar Martinez will be introducing the G1000 system. While primarily focused for the G1000 beginner, all who have G1000 experience are welcome. We will plan a cross country flight with the audience and review how to enter all the procedures into the G1000 GPS including departure, enroute, arrival, approach and taxi. Modern GPS avionics usually have more than one way to accomplish a task we welcome input from all participants.

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Order of San Carlos Meeting
July 8 (Mon) 7:00pm
It's time for our quarterly celebration of Private Pilots at the July meeting of the Order of San Carlos. Order members plan to welcome in 11 new Private Pilots to our ranks, with a ceremony filled with pomp, circumstance, and aviation. If you are a recent Private Pilot, you will be invited to receive your Order of San Carlos pin and to celebrate the achievement with your family and fellow pilots.

All Private Pilots or better are welcome to attend. $40/person covers food, drinks, and event fees. New honorees are invited to attend for free. For more information about the Order of San Carlos, block your calendar for Monday July 8th, and contact us at   OoSC@sancarlosflight.com. See you there.

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Big Summer BBQ!
July 27 (Sat) 1:00pm

Summer is in full swing, and we're ready to cool off and hang out with our favorite community!  Following the safety seminar at noon, we're planning on grilling up some summer time favorites while we hopefully cool off with some tasty treats and fun activities.  Spend the afternoon with us as we grill, play games, jump around in a bounce house, and then cool off with Mister Softee's soft serve truck.  Bring your family and come mingle with fellow pilots and aviator enthusiasts, and let's celebrate a busy summer of flying!  

RSVP to info@sancarlosflight.com with a headcount of your party by July 25.

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Full Moon Flyers: Top Flight Grill at Stockton with the Upwind Scholarship Students
July 15 (Mon) 7:00pm
Every year the Upwind Scholarship Program accompanies the Full Moon Flyers in July for their first night flight. Stockton Airport is their traditional destination for a great meal at Top Flight Grill and this year will be no different. We will meet at the grill in the main terminal at 7:00 PM with general aviation parking on the South side of the building. Let's show support for these young aviators and their families for a delicious meal and a spectacular flight over the central valley under a full moon.

Please  sign up  so we can get an accurate headcount and keep you in the loop with updates.

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FOG Flys to Evergreen Aviation Museum
July 26 - 28 (Fri - Sun)
Enjoy a beautiful summer day at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum across from the McMinnville Airport (KMMV) in Oregon. Next to the campus is the famous Wings & Waves Water Park where there are 4 water slides coming out of a 747 fixed to the roof.

You can relax at the museum all day while the kids play at the water park.  And the museum even has spacecraft and tanks! Check it out. https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/.

Please sign up so we can get an accurate headcount and keep you in the loop with updates. Ride sharing is encouraged, so be sure to list any open seats, or contact someone you'd like to ride along with.

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Recap: FOG Travels to Vandenberg Air Force Base
On June 18th, FOG traveled to Vandenberg Air Force Base and toured the Space Exploration side - you know, the side with THREE active launchpads?! The weather was great and sights unforgettable. Those of us who went on the excursion were lucky enough to see Space Launch Complex 3-East (Atlas V),  Space Launch Complex 4-East (SpaceX = Falcon 9 & Falcon Heavy) and Space Launch Complex 6 (Delta IV) (pictured).  We will definitely be taking this trip again, so watch the Flight Center events page for details!

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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.

Celebrate your Mastery of SF Bay Tour Radio Communications with the Bay Tour pin.

One rite of passage for SF Bay Area pilots is an SF Bay Tour through Class B and C. This sightseeing flight requires pilots to coordinate their flight with SFO Tower, OAK Tower, NorCal Approach, and San Carlos Tower. It's a radio communication challenge, and it shows that you're ready to operate in our complicated local airspace. If you've demonstrated your mastery of the radio for an SF Bay Tour, stop by the Flight Center to receive your SF Bay Tour pin!