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

Lars Backstrom
Pierre Bouwer
Patrick Cook
Max Egorov
Jake Finato
Aaron Fox
Harry Freeman
Steve Hames
Zain Jaffer
Andrew Kalinen
Sergey Klimov
Marc LeCerf
Arshad Muhammad
Thomson Nguyen 
Josephine Pham-Gia
Nastaran Shafiei 
Sasha Sheng
Inderjeet Singh
Brian Walsh
Reed Willis

Member Achievements

Peter Habelt
Private Pilot
CFI Kumar Gopal

Derek Galligan
Instrument Certificate
CFI Brian Eliot

Jamie Harding
Private PIlot
CFI Peter Nork

Russell Vallecillo
Solo Flight
CFI Adam Kelly

Scott Brier
Solo Flight
CFI Kumar Gopal

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Beth Kirkpatrick

1. To meet recency
of experience requirements to act as pilot in command carrying passengers at night, a pilot must:

a) Complete 3 take offs and landings within the last 90 days
b) Complete 3 take offs and full stop landings within the time period between 1 hour after sunset and 1 hour before sunrise, within the last 90 days
c) There are
no currency requirements specific to night flight

2. If a pilot has not completed the recency of experience requirements for night flight, and official sunset is at 1730, the latest time passengers may be carried is:

a) 1729
b) 1829 
c) 1730

3: After sunset, you can visually locate SQL by identifying a rotating beacon that emits:

a) W hite and green alternating flashes
b) W hite and yellow alternating flashes 
c) T wo quick white flashes between green flashes
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Oct 4 (Wed) 7:00pm
So You Want To
Be A Test Pilot?

 Oct 7 (Sat)  12:00pm 
ForeFlight: The Basics

Oct 11 (Wed)  7:00pm 
Tips for Improving
Your Landings

 Oct 18 (Wed)  7:00pm 
IFR Approach
Plate Seminar

Events & Trips

Full Moon Flyers Dinner:
Harris Ranch
FOG Lunch & Corn Maze: Hollister

The Fleet
C182 - G1000
N1483L - $238/hr
N123TZ - $228/hr
N9894E - $190/hr

Piper Arrow
N200KR- $195/hr

C172S - G1000
N63251 - $180/hr
N6198N - $180/hr
N646DW - $172/hr

C172S - 6-pack
N410BS - $163/hr
N236SP - $163/hr
N458SP - $159/hr 
N907LP - $159/hr
N652SP - $159/hr
N106RA - $159/hr

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

N734WZ - $150/hr

Piper Archer
N6848J - $150/hr

Super Decathlon
N66405 - $140/hr

N59WD - $135/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $120/hr

N714SW- $119/hr
N111RK - $108/hr
N5369H - $108/hr
N8010F - $104/hr

BATD GNS-430W - $30/hr
 (member prices shown) 

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Pop Quiz Answers
1. b
2. b 
3. a  

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October 2017


The New Oil Sticker System
We recently changed our oil procedure at San Carlos Flight Center. When  you need oil, contact Rabbit Aviation at 130.0 and they will bring you the amount you need on the fuel truck. 

Please note, SCFC has updated the fleet's oil door stickers. On the inside of the oil doors, there will be two stickers: one will show the current oil type used in the plane and another will list fill instructions. Please follow them as accurately as possible for a healthy running engine.

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Demystifying HOBBS Recording

Trying to figure out what Hobbs time to write in the keybook can be tricky. As a reminder, for the Hobbs meters that roll between numbers, if any part of the next number is showing, round up when recording the time. Never be afraid to ask your CFI or a staff member if you're unsure about what to write down! If you are unsure, or think there may be an error, make sure to take a picture and send it to info@sancarlosflight.com.

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San Carlos Airport Day 2017

Airport Day Aerial View
San Carlos Airport Day 2017 was a huge success! The event consistently provides a great opportunity to show off our airport to the surrounding community. With aircraft on display, free airplane rides for kids, live music and even a skydiving performance, we came together to make this a can't miss event.  

San Carlos Flight Center had 5 booths, including FOG, Upwind and Student & New Pilot Support Group. We had giveaways, activities, a scavenger hunt for the whole event with prize wheels for those who completed it. We couldn't have made it happen without the help from our amazing volunteers who came out to represent SCFC. If you missed joining the fun, don't worry - there are exciting opportunities to celebrate the airport and represent SCFC coming up soon!

Changes to Livermore IFR Approach

The ILS approach at Livermore has been revised for the first time in over twenty years. The Manteca VOR and REIGA outer marker have been decommissioned, so now radar and DME are required. The ILS approach chart has been split into separate ILS and LOC procedure charts. Note that flying the ILS now requires a more aggressive missed approach climb, so incapable aircraft must use the LOC procedure. Because both approaches now lack an IAF, radar vectors or direct to UHHUT (requiring RNAV) are the only ways to join the approach. DME is required to identify the new missed approach hold at ALTAM.  

Despite the charts notes, Livermore NOTAMs and ATIS declare that GPS is required for either approach. All these limitations are forced by the lack of suitable navigation aids to replace the now-decommissioned REIGA.  

Due to workload and the non-availability of DME and radar, it is recommended you do not attempt these approaches with GPS units not containing the procedures in the database, including the KLN 89B. The requirement for GPS makes Livermore unsuitable as an IFR alternate for many GPS-equipped airplanes.

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Don't Push on the Spinner!

Everyone has something they are good at. Powerplants are strong, and move the airplane through the air with great force. But spinners are not! Don't touch or push on the spinner, ever. Fashioned out of thin aluminum, the spinner exists only to guide oncoming air into the engine air intakes for cooling. Although it is attached to the propeller, it does not have anywhere near the physical strength of the heavy aluminum propeller. 

If you, your passengers, or anyone pushes back on the spinner, it can tear and cause small cracks. Tears and small cracks may not seem like a problem, but at full RPM can cause the spinner to tear itself loose, imbalancing the propeller and endangering your life. So remember - never push on the spinner!

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Fall Begins, Bringing Shorter Days

The fall season is the easiest time of year for pilots to get caught off guard by a sky darkening earlier than expected. Daytime flying hours further decrease when Daylight Savings Time ends on November 5. Are you current to fly passengers at night? Are you aware of the aeromedical factors that can impact vision while flying at night? Join us on October 25 when Herb Patten, an FAA certificated advanced and instrument ground instructor, who teaches our private pilot ground school, to ensure you are ready to take that after-work bay tour. 

Member Profile: Eric Wagar

Who or what inspired you to learn to fly?
EW: I grew up near an Air Force Base and heard all kinds of airplanes taking off at all times, day and night. I was able to do a private tour of the base and get a helmet made, go through a B52, KC10, KC135, A10 (brrrrrrrrt!!), and a T37. From that moment, I always wanted to be a pilot.

SCFC: What made you want to teach flying?
EW:   We all have a unique desire to know what's around us. Being a pilot allows us to see more of that world.

SCFC: How has the process of becoming a CFI helped you as a pilot?
EW: It has helped me understand that even when we think we know something, trying to explain it to someone else can reveal any holes in that knowledge. It's a reinforcing mechanism that learning never stops and finding new ways to explain and understand something is helpful not only to you, but to your students. In the journey to becoming a CFI, I received my ground instructor certification in August and have been using it to help others in their ground studies.

SCFC: What are your aviation goals?
EW: To eventually retire from an airline, and enjoy and appreciate the journey to get there.

What is the coolest thing
about flying?
EW: Being able to explore the world around us, to see family and friends when we want to, and share our experiences and love for adventure with them.

SCFC: What do you do for fun outside besides fly and work at the Flight Center?
EW: In our fast-paced world, we rarely take time for ourselves, but when I do, I enjoy biking and reading. I try to get out and bike at least once a week, if nothing else along the shoreline to SFO. For reading, it can be anything from aviation magazines to Stephen King novels.

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San Francisco Fleet Week 2017!
The annual Fleet Week celebrations are in San Francisco the first week of October, October 1-9. Visit the Fleet Week website 
for a full overview of scheduled events. Airshows are scheduled to take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We are encouraging all air enthusiasts to enjoy the weekend supporting our troops and watching the spectacular pilots of the Patriots Jet Team, the Blue Angels, as well as the acrobatic skills of the Navy Leap Frog parachute team. With naval ship tours, air shows and skydiving events, Fleet Week has something for everyone!

The Blue Angels Flying Over Golden Gate Bridge

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CalPilots Association AirFest 2017 at San Carlos
October 13 and 14 CalPilots will host AirFest 2017 here at SQL. A wine and food reception will be held from 5:00 - 7:30pm, Friday October 13. Keynote speaker Mark Baker, AOPA President, will speak at this event. 

On Saturday, festivities kick off at 8am. Start your day with a pancake breakfast before joining the annual members meeting in the morning, followed by pilot and passenger Wings seminars in the afternoon. Topics will include AirFrance 447, The Dangers of Thunderstorms and a BasicMed review with Dr. Stephan Lenchner. There will also be a static aircraft display available for viewing. Register for the event to reserve your spot. 

FOG Full-Moon Flyers: Harris Ranch
October 5 (Thursday) 7:00pm
Fall weather and clear skies means this month we fly to Harris Ranch Airport (3O8) for dinner at the  Harris Ranch Restaurant . This is a popular destination for private pilots. Harris Ranch is synonymous with delicious steaks, and this restaurant has everything you could possibly image. Even vegetarians will find several tasty options.

Meet in the transient parking area at the north end of the field at 7:00pm and walk to the restaurant together. Do 3 full stop landing along the way home to reset your night currency. Los Banos? San Martin? Hollister? Each pilot is PIC of their own flight and picks the route and airports of their choice for the flight home.

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

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FOG Lunch  & Corn Maze: 
October 15 (Sunday) 12:00pm
How many pilots does it take to get through a corn maze? Come help us find out at the October FOG Lunch!

FOG invites all pilots and friends of pilots to the lunch flight with a fun Halloween twist. Each year in October Swank Farms turn their farm into Halloween HQ. In addition to the corn maze, you'll have the opportunity to check out other activities like the Pumpkin Sling Shot, the Corn Cannon, and Sumo Wrestling. 

There isn't a restaurant at Hollister anymore, so we'll be bringing Togo's sandwiches and chips for everyone who signs up. Are you up for the challenge of "Maniac maze with confusing twists and turns?" Is it considered cheating to do a flyover ahead of time? Absolutely not! After all, a responsible pilot uses "all available resources."

Bring your friends and family for a great pre-Halloween experience! Sign up so we can plan lunch appropriately for this event.

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San Carlos Flight Center Halloween Carnival
October 28 (Saturday) 1:00pm

In celebration of Halloween, we have converted the October BBQ into a Halloween Carnival.

Join us on Saturday October 28th at 1:00pm. Enjoy activities including pumpkin golf, airplane trunk-or-treating, a taco bar and much more! Spend time with your family and our wonderful community of pilots celebrating the Halloween season.

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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.

Fall  Membership  Drive!
Now through  October 7th

It's time to FALL in love with flying! Do you have a friend who has been thinking about flying but needs the extra push? Well now's the time to commit and get up in the air with these fantastic fall deals!

New Members
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and first month free
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Save 10% when you pre-pay 
12 months member dues

Drop by the office or give us a call at 650-946-1700 to start saving today!