The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center
In This Issue

Member News 

Welcome New Members


Tom Bryne

Alexei Chalkin-Sapsford

Conor Coady

David Corbett

Levi Derhammer

Josh Ellis

Zoltan Gode

Saideep Kolar

Ka Lau

Philip Leipold

Robert Mackin

Peter Marshall

Lorenz Menendez

Joshua Mock

Carol Novello

Tyler Olson

Vernon Rooze

Jorge Suarez-Rivaya

Atsushi Taira

Scott Thomas

David Topuzes

Matt Velichko

Randall Walliser

Jeff Whittle



Member Achievements


Pierre Bouwer

Advanced Ground Instructor


Todd Eichel

Instrument Rating

CFI Jason Miller


Ian Hunter

Instrument Knowledge Test

CFI Jason Miller


Adam Kelly

ATP Knowledge Test


Hassaan Khan

FAA Knowledge Test

CFI Thomas Daniel


Julie Korsmeyer

First Solo Flight

FAA Knowledge Test

CFI Nariman Farsaie


Dave Kramer

First Solo Flight

CFI Clark Harrell


Tucker Lambert

Multi-Engine Rating


Miguel Mundo

ATP Knowledge Test


Sean O'Holleran

First Solo Flight

CFI Kevin Hyberger


Geoff Rapoport

Instrument Rating

CFI Jason Miller


Mark Rymill

Commercial Knowledge Test

CFI Adam Kelly


Stephen Schick

First Solo Flight

FAA Knowledge Test

CFI Nariman Farsaie


Kyle Smathers

Instrument Rating

CFI John Otte


Russ Smathers

FAA Knowledge Test

CFI Justin Phillipson


Michel Vidal-Naquet

Private Pilot

CFI Kevin Hyberger


Dylan Zorn

Private Pilot

CFI Andy Geosits


Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test.

Thanks to Guest Editor 
Herb Patten.

1) What regulation specifies what individuals may perform maintenance?


2) Are SCFC training aircraft required to have 100-hour inspections?


3) Are all aircraft mechanics required to also have pilot certificates?


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


Landing Secrets Revealed

IFR Round-Table: Jeppesen vs. AeroNav Charts

Irritate, Violate, Terminate: Watching Out For G1000 Gotchas That Can and Will Ruin Your Day

New Member Orientation

Airspace Refresher

Flight Center Night Out

Student Pilot Jeopardy

Events & Trips

Women's Flyout to Paso Robles Olive Festival

Poker Run

Edwards AFB Tour

The Fleet

Super Decathlon

N66405 - $140/hr



N59WD - $135/hr

C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr

N1483L - $243/hr 


C172S - G1000

N646DW - $172/hr  

N63251 - $177/hr

C172S - 6-pack

N458SP - $155/hr

N236SP - $155/hr

N21263 - $158/hr

N494SP - $155/hr

N907LP - $155/hr



N24896 - $102/hr 
N8010F - $100/hr 


Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr


Piper Arrow

N200KR - $195/hr


Piper Archer

N6848J - $135/hr



N8332T - $285/hr 



Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr

Xwind 200 - $235/session

ATD GNS-430W - $30/hr    


 (member prices shown) 

Contact Us 

(650) 946-1700


Email Us 


655 Skyway Rd

Suite 215

San Carlos, CA 94070 


Pop Quiz Answers 

1) 14 CFR �43.3


2) Not as a general rule (see 14 CFR �91.409), but we do them anyway to ensure our aircraft are in top condition.


3) No, the certificates are separate.  However, all SCFC mechanics are also pilots.


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August 2014


Announcing SCFC Maintenance

You may have noticed some new faces at the Flight Center. We are pleased to announce that we have brought aircraft maintenance in house. Join us in welcoming Don Broderick and Mario Filice, our first two mechanics to join the team. In-house maintenance will help us address squawks faster, reduce aircraft down time, and give us better control of quality as we continue to grow.


Learn more about Mario in the Member Profile section of this month's newsletter. Then stop by the maintenance hangar to say hello.


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 Remember to Cast Your Vote for Flight Training Excellence

There is still time to cast your vote in the 2014 AOPA Flight Training Poll. The SF Bay Area is rich with quality instruction and we encourage you to recognize the fantastic instructors here at San Carlos Flight Center. 


Click here to vote for your CFI. Polls are open for your input until August 23, 2014. Thank you for your support.



Learn to Lean

Pilots sometimes make it through private training without mastering proper technique for engine leaning. This impacts fuel burn, engine performance, and can impact the safety of flight. Do you know the proper way to lean your aircraft for taxiing operations, max performance climbs, enroute cruise, and descent? Grab your aircraft POH and your favorite CFI and make your mastery of engine leaning a point of pride. Your aircraft will thank you.


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Staying Tight on the Radio

The control tower frequency is a precious shared resource. Keep your radio calls clean, complete, and if possible brief. Try to edit out any extraneous information.


At SQL, the average radio call is 20-30% longer than what it could be due to filler words, hesitations, and extraneous readback of non-control information. A busy airport frequency is not the place for a debate, a chat, an argument, or any conversation unrelated to the safety of flight. Protect yourself and your fellow pilots by staying tight on the radio.



Member Profile - Mario Filice

SCFC: How did you first get involved with SCFC?

MF: I have acquaintances with connections at the Flight Center. I finished my undergrad degree at St. Mary's College in May and told my previous employer that I would be looking for a job in the Bay Area. Towards the end of July, I was offered the opportunity to meet the team, the fleet, and discuss how I might contribute to moving the maintenance in house.


SCFC: How did you first become interested in aircraft maintenance?

MF: My father gave me the aviation bug when I was very young. I remember helping him rebuild a Mooney M20A and painting it red when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tinkered with all types of machines, but I find airplanes to be the most satisfying. I really dove into aircraft maintenance in 2007 when I began working at a research and development facility in Davis that built prototype rotary engines and UAVs that had VTOL capabilities. I enrolled in the A&P program at Sacramento College and graduated in 2009. I then moved to San Jose to install avionics and became inspired by the technology and its ability to improve the safety of flight.


SCFC: What kind of experience do you have as a pilot?

MF: I learned to fly in a Cessna 150, obtained my tail wheel endorsement in a Cessna 120, earned my high performance in a Cessna 182, and then received my complex in a Cessna 210. If you can't tell, I love flying Cessna. I also have experience flying Mooney, Beechcraft, Marchetti, Piper, and a couple of experimental aircraft. I often make trips up to Washington and Northern Idaho to visit my family, and have flown very long cross country trips, sometimes across the entire United States. These trips have taught me valuable lessons about respecting weather and having to deviate because of airport closures. These challenging situations, along with my mechanical background, have helped me become a well-rounded pilot.


SCFC: What do you do for fun outside of the Flight Center?

MF: I enjoy sports such as tennis, volleyball, and of course the extreme sport of flying. I try to play tennis twice a week. I am currently flying around a Cessna 120, tail number N87F, and look forward to joining the local 120/140 club. 


The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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Right Seat Workshop on Saturday, September 6

SCFC regularly holds Right Seat Workshops that are intended to demystify flight for people that fly often as passengers with other pilots. The more you can understand about what is going on in the cockpit, the more enjoyable the flight will be, and the greater your ability to impact the safety of the flight.


Join Dan Dyer for an introduction to radio communication and air traffic control from the perspective of non-pilots. The workshop includes group breakout sessions and exercises designed to help you become more familiar with radio procedures and terms. The workshop runs 11:00am to 1:00pm and the cost is $60 for right-seaters sponsored by SCFC members, or $80 for non-members. Participants are encouraged to stay for the SCFC Monthly BBQ immediately following the workshop.


Click here for complete details, including how to sign up. 



Poker Run

Saturday, August 23

What is a poker run? It's a fun game of poker that pilots play by flying to different airports, collecting cards, and assembling their best hand. We meet up at the end to turn in our best hands over an ice cream social. Bring a friend or two, play a couple of hands, and put a different spin on your Saturday flight.


Click here for complete details, including how to sign up. Game on!


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Edwards Air Force Base Tour

Friday, September 26

SCFC and the Bay Area FlyOutGroup (FOG) present a private group tour of Edwards Air Force Base. The day's activities include a visit to the Air Force Flight Test Museum, a tour of the 2nd largest Air Force base (including the flight line), and a safety briefing of Restricted Area R-2508, composed of bombing ranges, supersonic corridors, radar intercept areas, and refueling areas.


Click here for complete details, including how to sign up. Participation is limited.


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We keep our online calendar updated, so bookmark this page: Better yet, follow the instructions at the top of the page to add this calendar to your iPhone.

Try Something New


SCFC is offering one free month of membership to pilots who are members of another flight school or club at San Carlos or Palo Alto Airport. Try us out for one month and experience the difference.


Stop by San Carlos Flight Center today. See our facilities, meet our staff and instructors, and inspect the aircraft. Click here for membership information. We look forward to welcoming you to the SCFC Community.


Offer good for Renting Membership and expires September 30, 2014.