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

Jorge Alvarez
Brent Blackburn
Michael Cassidy
Jerry Chou
Healey Cypher
August DeBerri
Jason Feng
Kenneth Friedman
Nathan Friedman
Jason Helgren
Jay Holley
Jonathan Hopkins
Matt Lockwood
Rob McHenry
Rohit Makhija
David Muro
Karl Paulin
Boris Reykhel
John Riedhart
Ryan Rishi
Nilanka Sandanayake
Evan Schwarzenbach
Skip Speaks
Nick Stark
Eric Stuffmann
Jemiah Westerman

Member Achievements

Frank Moldenhauer 
First solo flight
CFI Justin Chow

Daniel Anderson
First solo flight
CFI Bryce Pfieffer

Jasper Eisenberg
Private Pilot checkride
CFI Thomas Daniel

Teresa Olguin
Private Pilot checkride
CFI Sue Ballew

Liyun Chen
Private Pilot checkride
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Juehui Zhang
Private Pilot checkride
CFI Herb Patten

Ryan Moore
First solo flight
CFI Herb Patten

Christophe Bambou
Instrument checkride
CFI Jason Miller

Michael Beebe
First solo flight
CFI Sid Basu

Brandon Montell
Private Pilot checkride
CFI Patti Andrews

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Editor:  Dan Dyer

1. After engine start in very cold weather, the oil pressure gage should show pressure within 
a) 10 seconds.
b) 1 minute.
c) immediately.

2. In colder than standard temperatures, the altimeter will read
a) higher than actual.
b) lower than actual.
c) correctly.

3. Cessna recommends the use of an external preheater and external power source when the air temperatures are below
a) 5 °C.
b) -6 °C.
c) 0 °C.
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
  Dec 4 (Wed) 7:00pm
Airport Signs & Markings

Dec 7 (Sat) 12:00pm
Mid Air Collision Avoidance

Dec 11 (Wed) 7:00pm
Radio Comm 4: Operating at Class B and C Airports

Dec 14 (Sat) 12:00pm
What's New with Electric GA Aircraft

Dec 18 (Wed) 7:00pm
Low Enroute Charts

Dec 21 (Sat) 12:00pm
Chief Pilot Tells All: Lessons Learned From my Worst Mistakes
Events & Trips

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
N652SP - $165/hr
N21591 - $165/hr

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

N9679A - $148/hr
N97528 - $148/hr

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

Piper Archer
N6848J - $163/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $139/hr

Piper Saratoga
N349MA - $345/hr

Cessna Centurion 210
N210VV - $350/hr

Beechcraft Baron 
N169SP - $395/hr

BATD GNS-430W - $40/hr
 (member prices shown) 
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3. b

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December 2019

Flying with Holiday Hours

The SCFC office will be closed December 25th through  26th, and  January 1st.  The office will  close early at 2:00 pm on  Tuesday, December 24th and  Tuesday, December 31st.

SCFC Members can still book planes and when the office is closed, just please make your reservation before 1pm on the 24th, or the 31st, and the front desk will ensure your keybook is placed in the lockbox.

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Keeping Pilots Warm since 2012

December brings colder weather with dense air, which can be great for flying.  But cold isn't always great for human pilots and passengers!

SCFC fights cold weather with our specially designed scarves and beanies for members.  How do you get one of these awesome cozy giveaways?  

Fly any time the METAR shows the temperature in single digits (less than 10 degrees C) and you are entitled to SCFC's limited edition beanie or scarf!  Ask at the Flight Center front desk for more information.

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Give (or Receive) the Gift of Flight
Photo by Travis Bender Photography

The holiday season is a time for giving to those you love, and what better gift than the gift of flight.  A gift certificate for an SCFC Demo Flight can be the perfect stocking stuffer or Secret Santa present.  Bring aviation into some poor groundhugger's life and change them forever.

Additionally, SCFC members can have an easy answer to distant relatives who want to share holiday spirit with their pilot loved one, but don't want to incur shipping charges on a pair of crocs that will sit unworn in a closet.  Ask your loving relatives to give SCFC a call, and we'll help them load up some holiday love into your member account.

IMC Club: Scenario-based Learning for IFR Pilots

In 2020, SCFC's instrument pilots can look forward to participating in a new chapter of th e IMC Club.  The first meeting will be  Monday, January 13th at 7:00 pm, hosted by Assistant Chief Pilot Brian Eliot.

IMC Club's purpose is to promote instrument flying, proficiency, and safety.  Pilots meet to share information, provide recognition, foster communications, promote safety, and build proficiency in instrument flying.

Each month, we will review a brief video d epicting an  actual flight and discuss the challenges encountered.  Participants will be asked, "What would you do?".  Everyone is encouraged to join in the discussion.  Pilots of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

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Cold Weather Operations

Although we don't get snow in the Bay Area, the weather has changed.  What does that mean for pilots?  Cold temperature will have an impact on airplanes.  A benefit to cold temperatures is that airplane performance improves.  Cold air is dense air.   At the same time, cold weather can mean harder starts for the airplane since the battery isn't as effective.  

Pay close attention to the nose wheel strut.  Cold temperatures can cause the nose wheel struts to be lower than normal.  After engine start, monitor the oil temperature.  The temperature may rise slower than normal before it gets into the green arc.  Remember to wait for the oil temperature to be in the green before takeoff.  If you venture into the mountains, be watchful for frost on the wings.  Frost will increase drag and reduce lift.

Cold temperature shouldn't stop your flying as long as you pay attention to the impact it has to flight operations.

Member Profile: Amanda Chan
SCFC:  When did you get your private certificate?
AC:  In  May 2017.  Lately, I've really just been flying for fun - visiting different airports, logging cross-country hours.  I recently earned my high-performance endorsement, and my next goal is to pass the Instrument Rating knowledge exam before the end of the year.

SCFC:  How has your connection to the pilot community changed after passing your checkride?
AC:   It definitely freed up some time, so that I could volunteer.  I also felt like I could add more value to the community after I had earned my PPL.

SCFC:  How did you get involved with the SCFC Special Ops team?
AC:   It happened pretty organically, when the timing worked out and I felt comfortable making a commitment.  I started small - planning one event at a time, spending a morning doing outreach, attending meetings when I could.  It's a fun group, and I like being part of the group that runs the club.   I truly believe in the values of the Flight Center and value the relationships I have with its staff and members.

SCFC:   What pilot destination stands out in your memory for 2019?
AC:  Shelter Cove.  The FOG event for September was cancelled due to weather, but a couple of weeks later, Herb and I took advantage of a gorgeous Fall day and made the flight.  It was as scenic as I had imagined, and I'm hoping to get this FOG event back on the calendar in 2020.  Columbia was also a great memory, and Mandy's Breakfast House is just a short walk from the airport.

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Order of San Carlos - Dec 9 (Mon) 6:00 pm

The Order of San Carlos will meet on Monday, December 9th at 6:00 pm to induct 16 new private pilots into the secret honor society.  All private pilots are invited to attend the ceremony. 

The Order of San Carlos was formed to mark the moment at which a pilot is certificated, to acknowledge in a formal way the privileges bestowed on the individual by the flying community and to promote a sober understanding of the responsibilities the pilot will forever be shouldering.

Where: Hiller Aviation Museum (back conference room)
When:  Mon, Dec 9, appetizers/drinks 6:00 pm, ceremony 6:30 pm
Cost:     $30/person
RSVP:    Email  info@sancarlosflight.com  by Friday to attend

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Call for Upwind Leadership Volunteers

The  Upwind  Foundation and its annual summer flight training scholarship for high school students is entering its eighth year.  Their work has made significant impacts on the lives of many young people, many of whom have gone on to pursue careers in aviation.

Upwind is run by an all- volunteer Board of Directors, includes many other  volunteers supporting the organization on work committees, and is always looking for supporters willing to  volunteer.  The huge success of the 2018-2019  Upwind year was the direct result of volunteer committees that ran fund-raising efforts, increased outreach and communication to high school students, and coordinated the selection process.  A lot of great people coming together with the right kind of energy, to make a difference for young pilots in our area.

We need you!  Anyone can help with the  Upwind program.  If you have always wanted to step into a different role and want to make a difference in the lives of young people and in general aviation, your talent and time would be greatly appreciated.    We encourage you to  volunteer.  Contact the  Upwind Chair via email at chair@upwindfoundation.com to let us know you're ready to get involved!

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"It All Began" - Reshooting an SCFC Classic FLAG Video

Three summers ago, SCFC and Upwind winner Michelle Karpishin embarked on our first video project.  " It All Began" celebrated women and girls in aviation, and features SCFC members, staff, and instructors.  It was our first adventure in video production, and we had a good time creating it, but you can tell it was a first effort

Since then, we've improved our video skills and equipment (see our latest New Member Videos here) and we've decided to reshoot this video in preparation for the 2020 Women in Aviation week in March.  We call on all women pilots to join in the fun, and agree to bring along a video camera or cameraperson on your next flight.  We also need some women pilots to help with some ground footage.

If you want to help with the fun, please contact Michael Dutton at michael@sancarlosflight.com to coordinate involvement.  We hope to update this classic SCFC production with new faces.

Recap of FOG trip to Balloon Festival

In October, FOG pilots traveled to Albuquerque New Mexico for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. So many beautiful balloons, and the adrenaline rush of the launches when seen for the first time is unmatched.  And as we learned,  Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, and Los Alamos are only 70 miles North.

Add this destination to your list and you will not be sorry.

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Estrella Warbird Museum

FOG pilots parked with the big boys as part of the November FlyOutGroup trip to Paso Robles and the Estrella Warbird Museum.  This place has phenomenal aircraft, as well as a surprise of over 100 vintage automobiles making up the Woodland Auto Display.  Only an hour's flight south but a century's journey back through time

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San Diego FOG Trip Dec 6 - 8 (Fri - Sun)

Join FOG as we journey to San Diego for December Nights.  December Nights is San Diego's largest free festival with more than 350,000 attendees. 

FOG is also planning to visit the Balboa Air & Space Museum, the downtown Gaslamp district and the San Diego Zoo.  Join other FOG pilots for the group dinner at the Crack Shack in Little Italy on Friday night.
Please sign up so we can get an accurate headcount and keep you in the loop with updates. Questions? Email us at flyoutgroup@gmail.com
 or (650) 946-1700.

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FOG Thanks the NorCal Controllers

We receive fantastic service from NorCal approach.  On many occasions, FOG trips attract a large number of planes heading to one destination.  It is not uncommon for the controllers to ask one of the pilots "
Hey what's going on at Hollister? ".  The usual response is that it is a Fly Out Group event for dinner at Hollister to which the controllers have asked why they weren't invited.  

Well, we decided for the Full Moon Flyers trip to McClellan on October 13 we didn't want to leave the controllers out.  We coordinated with NorCal to feed the entire shift Sunday night.  NorCal responded with "A big thank you from NCT!".  This is a great way for pilots and controllers to connect in more than just over the radio.

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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.

December Membership Special! 
Now through December 30th

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New Members
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