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

Michael Batshon
Julian Brockenborough
Cody Brunner
Kevin Brunner
Aaron Friedman
Christian Kungler
Silvan Linn
Keith Lucas
Thomas Pelletier
Aaron Pike
Travis Pillon
Rarinder Rai
Gerardo Sandoval 
Steve Sichina
Rob Speight
Mariannina Viggi
Eugene Wilson

Member Achievements

Andy Segal
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Adam Kelly

Pilar Wolfsteller
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Kevin Petrie
CFII Checkride

John Woll
CFII Checkride
CFI Brian Eliot

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Beth Kirkpatrick

1. Flight restricted area for a major sporting event is typically
a. 5NM and 5,000 feet AGL
b. 3NM and 2,500 feet AGL
c. 10NM and 10,000 feet AGL

2. True or False: Completing training for a commercial rating will help improve your piloting skills

3: True or False: A person who applies for an Instrument rating must receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying the person is prepared to take the required knowledge test.
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
March 29 (Thur) 6:30pm
IFR Ground School Begins

April 4 (Wed) 7:00pm
Engine Basics

 April 7 (Sat)  12:00pm 
Learnings From a Cross Country Ferry Flight

April 6-8 (Fri-Sun)
Santa Maria Weekend

April 8 (Sun) 10:00am
Private Pilot Ground School Begins

April 14 (Sat) 9:00am
FOG Pancake Breakfast (Modesto)

April 20-22 (Fri-Sun)
Shelter Cove Weekend

April 28 (Sat) 7:00pm
Full Moon Flyers: Harris Ranch
Events & Trips

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

N182EE - $205/hr
N9894E - $195/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 - $163/hr 
N652SP - $163/hr
N106RA - $163/hr

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

N734WZ - $140/hr

Piper Archer
N6848J - $160/hr

Super Decathlon
N66405 - $140/hr

N59WD - $135/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $125/hr

N714SW- $122/hr
N111RK - $115/hr
N5369H - $110/hr

BATD GNS-430W - $30/hr
 (member prices shown) 
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April 2018

VFR Ground School Begins April 10
Spring has sprung, giving us the perfect weather conditions to give your flight training goals into the sky. Take your first step by signing up now for the Private Pilot Ground School starting Sunday April 8th. 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 get your aviation dreams off the ground.

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BAY FLIGHT 2018 Conference - October 27
SCFC is announcing an exciting new pilot conference taking place Saturday, October 27 at the Seaport Conference Center.  BAY FLIGHT 2018 is an aviation conference for SF Bay Area pilots interested in staying current about the latest topics in aviation, learning new skills and techniques, and hearing from the leaders in the field.  BAY FLIGHT will bring together pilots, aircraft owners, controllers, and educators to celebrate the spirit of general aviation in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

The all-day event includes a keynote address by Rod Machado, three tracks of panels, presentations, and safety seminars, followed by a Air Traffic Control panel discussion on ways to improve pilot/controller communication.  In addition, local pilots can meet and mingle at the breakfast registration session, during the lunch for conference participants, and the reception following the final panel of the day.  This is a great chance for you to see old friends, make new ones, and meet the rising stars in Bay Area general aviation.

Mark your calendars now, and look for more information coming soon.

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Lights, Camera, Action! 
New Member Videos Are Coming.
Do you remember just starting out on your aviation journey? When you didn't know how to schedule a flight on Flight Schedule Pro? Or what a squawk was or how to tell anyone you found an issue? Want to learn about FOG and how to join?

The San Carlos Flight Center Special Ops Team has created "How To" videos that walk you through all the little things you need to know about flight training and club operations at the Flight Center.  These videos will help members understand club operations, the flight training process as well as touching on more advanced training for even the most seasoned SCFC pilots. Take a look at the Members Only section this April, for the first set of member videos.   

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Play Ball or Bust!
Opening day for baseball is like a national holiday for some. For pilots, it means that we need to pay attention to NOTAM FDC 7/4319. Referred to as the sporting events TFR, it prohibits flight within 3,000 AGL in a 3 NM radius over a "qualifying stadium" during a "qualifying event". It is effective one hour before the scheduled start to one hour after the end of the qualifying event. 

What is "qualifying stadium"? These are now depicted on charts with the symbol. A qualifying event is an MLB, NFL, NCAA Division I, NASCAR Cup, Indy Cup, or Champ Series race. This is the challenging part as keeping track of this is not always easy. These events aren't included in an FAA briefing but thankfully products such as ForeFlight and SkyVector graphically depict them. Remember that the TFR extends until 1 hour after the event actually ends and with the average length of a baseball game increasing to over 3 hours you can expect many games to last longer than that. If you want to transition via Oakland during an Oakland A's game you might be better off transitioning overhead Hayward to avoid the TFR.

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How to Make a Stabilized Approach
The FAA says a stabilized approach is one that maintains a constant glide angle to the runway.  There's a little bit more to it than that.

To make a stabilized approach, you must stabilize all four performance factors of the aircraft - pitch, roll, yaw, and power.  Keeping pitch stable results in a stabilized airspeed.  Keeping power stable results in a stabilized glide distance.  Keeping roll and yaw stable will aid in keeping lift and drag constant, which completes the picture.

If you stabilize all four controls, the result from the cockpit will be an aiming point that slowly gets bigger without moving up or down in the windshield.  People on the ground will know your approach is stable by noticing no pitch, yaw, or roll movements and noticing no change in engine RPMS.

You can keep the approach stable by making very small corrections as soon as you notice them.  If you wait to make a correction, the change needed will be larger and it may destabilize the approach.

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IFR Currency and Training
In this seminar, Herb Patten, CFI and FAA Certified Advanced and Instrument Ground Master Instructor, will take an in-depth look at the regulations instrument rated pilots must follow to maintain their IFR currency. Pilots sometimes remember this as six approaches within the last six calendar months. What counts as an approach? Oh, and there is something about tracking and holding. What is meant by holding? Can I do these in a simulator instead? We will cover this and look at the FAA legal interpretation on this subject to help clarify some of the ambiguity in the regulations.

If you are interested in obtaining your IFR rating, join the spring session of IFR Ground School. This course  covers the aeronautical knowledge included in the FAA knowledge test (also known as the "written test") for the airplane instrument rating and meets the Aeronautical Knowledge requirements of Section 61.65(b). Pilots completing the course receive a graduation certificate and instrument instructor endorsement qualifying them to take the FAA instrument rating knowledge test as specified in Section 61.65(a). The class meets every Thursday at 6:30pm in the SCFC lecture room from March 29th - June 14th. More details can be found on the SCFC webpage. Call the front desk today to register.

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Member Profile: Babak Rasolzadeh
SCFC: Who or what inspired you to learn to fly?
BR:  I have dreamt about becoming a pilot ever since I was about 5. That is when I first learned about what planes were and what pilots did. Then  I moved to the United States from Sweden, about 5 years ago, found out just how BIG this country really is, and realized how difficult it would be to visit every state by car. Flying from here to there seemed like a smarter way for a country this vast. Additionally, obtaining a PPL here is about 1/3 the cost of doing so in Sweden, so my childhood dream of flying suddenly became more realistic.

SCFC: How has the process of learning to fly helped you outside of aviation? Do you see a connection to learning how to fly an airplane to other things in your life?
BR:  The discipline of thought and mental processes (and stability) that a pilot needs to possess has definitely affected other things in my daily life. For instance, I no longer consider any goal impossible with enough preparation and dedication. I also choose my battles more wisely, which is a mental discipline the practice of go-arounds taught me. 

SCFC: What are your aviation goals?
BR:  I want to fly to every one of the 50 states and blog about it. But before that I will try to fly into (and camp) the most beautifully located airstrips in California.

SCFC:  Where is your favorite place to fly? Where have you always wanted to fly?
BR:  So far Shelter Cove is a favorite. I have wanted to fly to Tahoe (TVL or TRK) for a long time now, but haven't been able to make it happen...yet.

SCFC:  Thank you for supporting Upwind and winning the Lifetime Membership at the Auction. Why do you think its important to support Upwind?
BR:  It is an honor to become a lifetime member. SCFC helped me achieve a childhood dream and in return, I feel it's important I help its leadership achieve their goals. 

SCFC: What are your interests outside of aviation?
BR:  I like astronomy (I'm an amateur astrophotographer) and rock climbing/mountaineering. Really anything that has to do with elevation and the sky :-) 

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Upwind Scholarship: Wine & Cheese Party Recap
Thank you to the SCFC community for another successful fundraiser at the Upwind Wine & Cheese Event! The 3 scholarship recipients and their families were welcomed by SCFC and our aviation community as we kicked off the 2018 Upwind Scholarship Program. Not only were good times had by all, but Upwind raised $13,579 at the auction. Thanks to your generous donations and enthusiastic bidding, they are now over half way to their annual goal! If you were unable to join us, it's not to late to support the 2018 Upwind winners. Donate online at www.upwindscholarship.com and help the next generation of pilots get their wings.

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2nd Annual Run the Runway Event
Support the Hiller Aviation Museum by participating in the the 2nd Annual Run the Runway Event on  Sunday, April 22. Doors to the Museum will open at 7:00am with the race kicking off at 8:00am.  All are invited to join - walkers, joggers, runners, and strollers are welcome!

The race starts on the runway! Like an aircraft on takeoff, you will traverse the length of the entire 2,600 foot runway before continuing through the beautiful wetlands on Bair Island, then return to the airport and conclude at Hiller Aviation Museum.New this year, a 2k Family Fun Run course that is almost entirely on the Runway and Taxiway has been added to the event. Last year the event sold-out prior to race day, so be sure to register early  and guarantee your slot.

Proceeds of the Airport Runway Run benefit Hiller Aviation Museum, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that delivers experiences that educate the public about science and aviation.

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Shelter Cove Getaway
April 20 - 22 (Fri - Sun)
Load the airplane with your favorite co-pilot, an overnight bag and head for the perfect West Coast summer getaway. You will navigate up the Pacific coastline to Shelter Cove, a small town situated on California's Lost Coast in Mendocino County. Named the "Lost Coast" after the area experienced depopulation in the 1930s, the steepness and related geotechnical challenges of the coastal mountains made this stretch of coastline too costly for routes to be established through the area, leaving it the most undeveloped and remote portion of the California coast. 

Given it's remote location, flying to Shelter Cove is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of the area. Once we arrive, plan to spend a lazy weekend playing golf, whale watching, having a relaxing meal or just taking a stroll on the rocky, black-sand beach.

FOG will plan to leave Friday, April 20th and return home on Sunday, April 22nd. Please be sure to register for the event.

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Fly the Grand Canyon!
May 25 - 27 (Fri - Sun)
Join FOG as we head to one of the seven wonders of the natural world: The Grand Canyon!

We'll be taking advantage of the last bit of spring with its colorful scenery and smooth air. With unique combinations of geologic color and a canyon that's 277 river miles long' the Grand Canyon is a scenic wonder that can only be truly appreciated from above.

We'll be flying into Grand Canyon National Airport (KGCN) on Friday, May 25th and returning home on Sunday, May 27th. Book your plane and register today. Spots are filling up fast!

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Going Commercial!
Why get a commercial rating if you never plan to fly for the airlines? Some pilots pursue their commercial certificate because they plan to make aviation their vocation, but that's no the only motivation. Here are five reasons to consider pursuing your commercial rating.
  1. The training will benefit you as a pilot. The commercial
    certificate requires a higher degree of mastery of the airplane, tolerances typically 50% of what you had to demonstrate as a private pilot.
  2. You might someday get paid to fly aerial tours -flying around
    the scenic San Francisco Bay Area and being paid! Yes!
  3. Commercial training is done in a complex airplane so you will obtain a complex endorsement.
  4. A commercial certificate is a step toward being a CFI. Career change in the future? Retirement planning?
  5. The practical test for the Commercial certificate counts as a
    flight review.
Ready to start? Get with a CFI, schedule some time with the SCFC Arrow and get going! Easy Peasy.

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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.

$50 Demo Flights for Women
It all begins with a single flight. Last year,
SCFC's women's pilot group, Fly Like a Girl, produced a video to celebrate women in aviation. This month we're encouraging all women to get into aviation with $50 demo flights! All you need to do is watch our video "It all Began..." and when booking your flight tell us the name of the woman who sang the song

You can find the video on YouTube and once you know who sang the song just give us a call at  650-946-1700 and set up your demo flight!

Ladies, your flight training begins now!