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

Enrique Calvo
Anthony Cuttino
Dominik Doetz
Frank Farell
Hans Gangeskar
Nico Ghilardi
Daniel Gillespie
Bill Isham
Christopher Lue
James Miller
Todd Mostak
Trent Riggs
Kristofferson Sanchez
Evan Sheble
Matthew Sheble
Ritwik Ummalaneli
Qixin Wang

Member Achievements

Jacob Bendick
Instrument Checkride
CFI Brian Eliot

Dave Kramer
AMEL Rating
CFI Brian Elliot

Aaron Fung
First Solo Flight
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Brandon Solis
First Solo Flight
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Nathan Flores
Instrument CheckRide
CFI Bryce Pfieffer
CFI Reed Cote

James Sloan
CFI Rating
Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Editor:  Dan Dyer

1. What VFR weather minimums must be met to fly VFR is Class B airspace?
a) 3sm, 500/1000/2000
b) 3sm, clear of clouds
c) 3sm, 1000/1000/1sm

2. Where and when is VFR flight allowed with only 1sm of inflight visibility?
a) Class G below 1,200 ft AGL, day or night
b) Class E or G below 10,000 ft MSL, daytime
c) Class G below 1,200 ft AGL or below 10,000 ft MSL, daytime

3. What part of 14 CFR covers VFR minimums?
a) Part 1
b) Part 61
c) Part 91

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

Mar 6 (Fri) 6:00 pm
Flight Center Night Out

Mar 7 (Sat) 12:00 pm
What's Happening at San Carlos Airport 

Mar 8 (Sun) 1:00 pm
SCFC 8th Anniversary 

Mar 11 (Wed) 7:00 pm
Landing Secrets Revealed

Mar 13 (Fri) 6:00 pm
Upwind Wine and Cheese Party and Silent Auction

Mar 14 (Sat) 12:00 pm
Destination: Santa Maria

Mar 18 (Wed) 7:00 pm
Hayward for the Student Pilot

Mar 19 (Thur) 7:00 pm
Special Ops Meeting

Mar 21 (Sat) 12:00 pm
NORDO In the Bay Area: How to get Back on the Ground Safely
Events & Trips


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March 2020

SCFC Instrument Ground School Commences 
SCFC's Spring 2020 Instrument Ground School commences  on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm .  The instrument ground school provides you with the required knowledge for the FAA's instrument airplane knowledge test (IRA) and, upon successful completion of the final exam, an endorsement to take the knowledge test. The  12-week course includes details on instrument flying that is valuable to instrument students, instrument-rated pilots, and instrument instructors alike.  Whether you are working on your instrument rating, or you are already an instrument pilot looking for a refresher, this course is for you.   For more information on the course click here

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Positioning in the Run-Up Area
While FAA rules and regulations say very little about how to position an airplane in the run-up area, SCFC encourages our pilots to understand these local customs and procedures.

Take a position as far into the area as possible to leave room for others,   angle the airplane towards the arrivals, so as to reduce prop blast and minimize noise on the boundary properties. Call SQL Tower on 119.0 to get a taxi instruction before leaving the run-up area.  Don't overreact to wind and point the nose into wind which doesn't significantly aid in cooling or affect an aircraft's stability.
SCFC Members Pay a Visit to The SFO Tower
It's safe to say that visiting the San Francisco Airport Tower doesn't happen without extensive planning. With a 360 degree view of the airport it's hard to hide the smile on your face, but it is more than just the view it is also a great learning experience. Mark Sherry, a Staff Specialist that works at SFO likes to say that "it's just like any other tower," but the more you learn about it, the less it feels that way. From controlling airplanes on the ground, to how they manage spacing between the approaches and departures are just some of the facts that make SFO a very special airport to operate. 

As we started the tour, Mark said, "people think San Francisco is a big airport. We're not! Atlanta is big, Denver is big, Chicago is big. San Francisco is a small airport, that deals with a large load of traffic, which makes working here a special challenge." By the end of our tour, we were able to comprehend that statement a little better. SCFC thanks the Air Traffic Controllers at the San Francisco that shared with us an hour of their morning, and so much information. We all left feeling a little more knowledgeable and a little more comfortable with the interactions we have with our towers. 

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NORDO In the Bay Area: How to get Back on the Ground Safely
What might seem like a normal flight can change in an instant.  Radio failures happen in the least opportune time, and your best-laid plans can change instantaneously.  How are you going to handle the unexpected?

San Carlos Flight Center invites Michael Dutton and Stephen Heesacker, CFI to talk about what happens when your radios fail when outside as well as inside of the SFO Mode C vail and how to get back home safely. Come join for this unique opportunity to gain a new perspective on how to handle radio failures in flight. 

Member Profile: August DeBerri
SCFC:  What made you want to start flight training?
AD:   I started my flight training to pursue a childhood dream of becoming an airline pilot. Even further, I wanted to experience general aviation firsthand as a private pilot, flying as a passenger in the small planes with my friends. 

SCFC:  What is the most challenging part of your flying adventure?
AD:   By far the most challenging part so far has been the strong crosswind landings that we encounter from time to time here at the San Carlos Airport. 

SCFC:  W hat's your favorite airplane you have flown so far?
AD:   Of the limited airplanes that I have been fortunate enough to fly in so far the Beechcraft Duchess has to be my favorite. Although I was only a passenger at the time, the experience I had, with my best friend in the left seat and coastal Florida to my right, motivated me to begin my own journey into aviation.

SCFC:  W hat is your next big trip in a small aircraft?  
Well, after I earn my Private Pilot Certificate I would love to be able to visit some of my family in Davis and make that adventure my first "big" trip. Later down the road I would love to fly to Catalina Island, as it was a dream of my late grandfather's to land on the "Airport in the Sky."

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Flight Center Night Out
We know you've missed it, so we're bringing back Flight Center Night Out! Join fellow members at Bel-Mateo Bowl on Friday, March 6 from 6 - 8pm for a fun night of bowling, food, drinks, and great opportunities to meet new friends! Please RSVP online before March 3 so we can give them an accurate headcount. The cost is $20 per person and we'll see you on the lanes!

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"8 Years of Awesomeness" Party on March 8th
Join the pilots of San Carlos Flight Center on Sunday, March 8th at 1:00 PM to celebrate our eighth anniversary.  In eight years, we've grown from a tiny spin-off club to the largest, most dynamic flying club in the SF Bay Area.  Our commitment to safety, our emphasis on building the community of pilots, and our spirit of adventure make SCFC the clear place to call home for local pilots.

It's going to be a big party, with 8 being the lucky number.  We'll have 8 rounds of mini-golf, 8 types of dim sum, tasty drinks and desserts, and free anniversary T-shirts and pins for all members.  Bring the kids and even your non-flying friends and family as we celebrate another lap in the big traffic pattern around the sun.

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Upwind Wine & Cheese Party Friday March 13,
Upwind invites you to a fundraising Wine and Cheese Party on Friday, March 13 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Our annual fundraiser for the Upwind Scholarship will include wine & cheese pairings and the conclusion of our silent auction. As a special treat, we will also announce and introduce the winners of the 2020 scholarships!

Be prepared to bid hard to win great aviation auction items such as:
  • Training time with your favorite CFI
  • Unique flight experiences (flights in a T-34 and Cessna 195)
  •  Fantastic bottles of wine
  • Aviation items
  • and much more! 
The Wine & Cheese party is the highlight of all SCFC annual events. All are welcome to bring friends and family to experience the fun of a night out with the greatest piloting community in Northern California.
FOG Flies to Sacramento International
On February 8, 2020, FOG flew to the Sacramento International Airport. Despite strong headwinds along with a clear night illuminated by the full moon we enjoyed the flight.

When the group arrived, they had the experience of taxing and flying around the big airliners at the airport. Upon arriving at the Jet Center, they were greeted and treated with the first class service the Jet Center even extended their office hours to accommodate FOG's Pizza Party plans. Everyone had a great time, and FOG headed home.

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FOG Wine Tasting a exciting 3 Day Experience
On March 27th, FOG will fly to the Santa Maria Airport and taxi up to the Radisson Hotel for the weekend adventure.  That evening we will head over to a local secret winery in an industrial area near the airport for some of the most delicious wine you have tasted. In fact, they have been listed amongst the top 10 in the world by National Geographic. Dinner that night will be at  Trattoria Uliveto.

The following day we will travel by van to explore the wineries around the Santa Inez area and then stroll into Solvang for a flavor of Denmark. You d on't want to miss this event. Everyone last year loved the trip and this year will be even better.

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FOG Vandenburg Launch Patrol Update
Keep your eyes peeled on the Vandenberg launch schedule as it frequently changes.  Firefly Aerospace is scheduled to launch a Firefly Alpha rocket as part of the Maiden Flight mission. The launch window for the Test Flight mission is  on Tue, Mar 31st, 2020, 5:00 PM PDT from the Space Launch Complex 2W at the Vandenberg AFB in California.  As the launch approaches stay tuned for updates.

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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.

Calling All Volunteers!

This month, we have many events coming up and we are always looking for volunteers to help out. Whether it's taking photos, helping out guests at a BBQ, or assisting with set up for an event, we have plenty of opportunities for members to help us out.