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

Member News 

Welcome New Members


 Steven Bowman
Therese Chang
Dmytro Chornyl
Greer Chrisman
Dennis Dayton
Paul Jud Gardner
Arunav Kohli
Gino Miglio
Liron Petrushka
Andre Sequin
Jeff Whittle
Greg Wrenn
Daniel Zitter


Member Achievements


Anthony Bellanti

First Solo Flight

CFI Miguel Mundo


David Benkoski

First Solo Flight

CFI Thomas Daniel


Aaren Chan

Instrument Rating

CFI Brian Eliot


Kevin Gray

First Solo Flight 

CFI Jeff Reeder


Evan Isenstein-Brand

First Solo Flight 

CFI Randall Walliser


Michelle Karpishin

First Solo Flight 

CFI Reid Raisanen


Hassan Khan

Private Pilot

CF Thomas Daniel

Todd Murtha

First Solo Flight

CFI Nairman Farsaie


Peter Nork

First Solo Flight

CFI Kevin Hyberger


Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test.

Editors: Dan Dyer & Herb Patten

!SQL 08/001 SQL SVC ATIS OUT OF SERVICE 1508060630-1508060830


!SCK 07/007 ECA AIRSPACE PJE WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 3NM RADIUS OF ECA213010 (2.5NM NW 1Q4) SFC-13000FT 1507111845-1510310300


!RIU 08/025 C80 AD FUEL NOT AVBL 1508042320-1508072300EST


 1) When is ATIS not available at KSQL?

2) What is activity is warned about in the Stockton NOTAM?

3) What does "EST" mean in a NOTAM?


(answers are at the bottom)

SCFC Events and Safety Seminars

 August 5 (Wed) 7pm

Understanding Pressure and Density Altitude

Oxygen Awareness: Flying in the Flight Levels


CFI Round Table: Teaching Weather Services

Flying With Your Kids

Fly Like a Girl Meeting

Flying the SF Bay Tour

Part 134 1/2

Helicopter Aerodynamics


Candid Radio: 
Cross-Country Edition

Flight Center Night Out:

Approach Plate Lunch

Events & Trips
FOG Trinity Alps

FOG/LOFC Pancake Breakfast at Nut Tree

August 29 (Sat) 7pm
Full Moon Flyers 
at Harris Ranch

The Fleet


Robinson R22

N111AH - $295/hr


Robinson R44

N447S - $495/hr


N8010F  - $100/hr
N17293 - $100/hr
N24896 - $105/hr
N6427Q - $105/hr
N757UF - $105/hr


C172S - 6-pack

N458SP - $157/hr

N236SP - $157/hr

N21263 - $159/hr

N494SP - $157/hr

N907LP - $157/hr

C172S - G1000

N646DW - $172/hr

N63251  - $177/hr
N6198N - $177/hr

C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr

N1483L - $243/hr

Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr

Piper Warrior

N91338 - $115/hr


Piper Archer

N6848J - $150/hr

Piper Arrow

N200KR - $195/hr



N59WD - $135/hr


Super Decathlon

N66405 - $140/hr


Cessna 140

N1104D- $140/hr 



Beechcraft 76 Duchess

N83ER - $295/hr


Turbo Seneca II

N14GQ - $330/hr



Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr

Xwind 200 - $250/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) 8/5/15 at 11:30 PM PDT to 8/6/15 at 1:30 AM PDT.  (Time in NOTAM is Zulu time)


2) Parachute Jumping Exercise 2.5 NM NW of New Jerusalem airport.

3) The time is estimated.


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August 2015


Changing Access Codes

This month the gate access codes are changing for Flight Center parking and the entire airport.  These codes are changed periodically to ensure that access to secure ramp areas remains with pilots and airport personnel who need access.

Ask at the Front Desk for the new access codes.  Help us keep San Carlos safe by never giving out access codes to anyone, and never allowing entry to secure airport areas to people who aren't with your group.  When in doubt, contact the SQL Airport Office at  (650) 573-3700.


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Always Trying to Get Better

We love feedback, both good and bad.  Over the last three years, San Carlos Flight Center has evolved in many important ways by responding to member feedback.  If you've got an idea about how we can be a better flying club, we'd love to hear it. Email us, phone us, or just mention the idea to anyone at the Flight Center and we'll take it from there.

Last month, we added a fun and simple customer survey system created by the team at Happy or Not.  After your next visit to the Flight Center, please take a second and answer our customer survey of the month.  It's as easy as pressing a button, and it helps us track our overall performance.  And please share your ideas for changes and improvements.  With your help, we plan to stay the best flying club in the US.


PIC Talk: "Standby" and "Unable"

At some point, a student pilot goes through an important transition, from being a passive learner to taking full responsibility for safety of the flight.  New students may think at first that Air Traffic Controllers are in charge of pilots, but eventually they realize that ATC is there to help and service pilots.  Two words can be an important illustration of this relationship and every pilot should be comfortable using them.

"Standby" tells whoever you are talking to on the radio that you are attending to other high-priority tasks and will get back to them shortly. A controller who issues a taxi-back instruction while a pilot is busy handling a challenging touchdown roll and runway exit, should be told "Standby" while the pilot safely brings the landing to a close.  "Standby" can be a perfect way to give a task-saturated instrument pilot on an IFR approach, time to stay ahead of the aircraft instead of answering an ATC question about the next approach request.

"Unable" is the fastest, safest way to tell a controller that you choose not to accept an instruction that would impact the safety of the flight.  It's a perfect, authoritative way to reject an immediate takeoff clearance when you need more time, or to reject a vector that would take you into a cloud or other air traffic.  No explanation required.  As PIC, your determination of whether you are safely able or unable to accept an instruction is your own. 


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Understanding Tire Wear

Tires wear out - with every touchdown, with every hard braking, with every tight turn.  Tires are a wear item, and we regularly replace them at periodic services.  Because we are a flight school and for other normal reasons, you'll find that the tires don't wear evenly.  There may be a section of the tire that is slightly flatter or more worn than the rest of the tire, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's time to replace the tire.

Tires are rubber overlaid onto a mesh of nylon cords.  Normal wear may thin the rubber layer, but it may yet provide hours of safe operation.  However, if you see exposed nylon cords, it's done and you should ground the plane until our maintenance staff can replace the tire. 


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Auto Parking in Tie-Down Areas

For multi-day flights, it may be possible to park your car in the aircraft tie-down spot.  Please note that while most pilots know the rules for aircraft in a ramp area, few know the rules for automobiles.  Drive slowly, avoid driving over chains and tie-down ropes, yield to all aircraft, and know how to park.
Vehicles parked in tie-down areas must be parked directly over the T, and not between Ts.  Failure to properly park your car may result in damage to your car or to neighboring aircraft.  Ask at the Flight Desk or call the airport office for more guidance.



Member Profile: Alex Strehlow

SCFC: How did you get into aviation?    

AS: I've been interested in aviation all my life. However, I was never really heavily involved until a few years ago when I began to build and fly model planes.


SCFC: Does aviation run in your family?

AS: Yes, both my dad and grandpa used to be pilots. My uncle still is a pilot and he was the first person to ever take me up in a small plane.


SCFC: What are your aviation goals?

AS: My main goal right now is to get my private pilot license. After that, I have a lot of options. Career-wise, I am deciding between attending an aviation maintenance program or studying Aeronautical Engineering.  


SCFC: What do you enjoy most about working on aircraft?

AS: I really enjoy learning about the different parts and their functions. I definitely learn something new everyday. Also, I just really enjoy devoting my time and effort into something I'm passionate about. 

SCFC: What do you find is most challenging about maintenance work?

AS: Getting grease and dirt off my hands and clothes. It doesn't come off. 


SCFC: What do you do when you're not working on aircraft at SCFC?

AS: I'm usually flying remote control model airplanes with my friends, and during the school year I play basketball. 

The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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Find Your Community

The best part of a flying club is the opportunity to meet other pilots.  Pilots share news, get tips on flight equipment, plan cool trips, and learn from each other triumphs and mistakes.  Have you found your pilot support group yet?                                       

SCFC Ground Instructor Herb Patten has been leading the Student and New Pilot Support Group for several years.  It's an informal group, open to any Bay Area pilots, that meets on

the first  Monday  of each month.   It's an especially great place for students working on their private certificate, and for new private pilots looking to stay engaged in aviation.  At each meeting, other members of the group share their recent flying accomplishments and talk about cool advances in flight gear, all in a casual setting of pizza and good times. You are welcome to join us at the next first  Monday  of the month.  

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Seeking Upwind Board Members for 2015-2016


This week is checkride week for the 2015 Upwind Summer Scholarship recipients.  As the summer draws to its close, so too does the annual cycle of the Upwind Foundation, the non-profit board that administers the Upwind scholarships.

Are you ready to take your support for general aviation to the next level? The Upwind Foundation board is looking for a few committed individuals to join us for the 2015-2016 program year.  Most board members serve in the traditional way, with participation at 8-12 board meetings per year, and acting in an advise and consent role.  A few board members serve in a more active way, with responsibility for execution of one activity or another.  All members help to support this very important program that makes a tremendous difference in the lives of younger pilots.


If interested, email us at upwindscholarship@gmail.com


FOG Trinity Alps Backpacking Trip

August 14-16

FOG will fly in to Trinity Center (O86) on Friday, August 14 for a three-day, two-night backpacking trek to the Caribou Lakes basin. After cruising past Mount Shasta and landing on a lakeside runway, FOG trekkers will hike to epic views over this remote alpine wilderness.


The trip will be led by FOG pilot Basil Newburn and will cover 15-18 miles over three days. Backpacking experience and an adventurous spirit are recommended. You may have done Yosemite and Tahoe - don't miss this opportunity to explore a new corner of California's wilderness beyond the reach of most car-bound Bay Area backpackers! 


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FOG/LOFC Pancake Breakfast at Nut Tree

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 9:30am

This month FOG is having breakfast instead of lunch. We are partnering with the Legends of Flight Collection, a non-profit vintage aircraft organization based in Vacaville for their monthly Pancake Breakfast.  FOG pilots will join the fun by flying to Nut Tree Airport (KVCB) in Vacaville. Try to arrive by  9:30am . They will have a variety of vintage aircraft on display, such as a P51, a Hawker SeaFury and many more. Admission and parking is free but bring $5 donation for the pancake breakfast.


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California Mountain Flying Trip

August 29 & 30 (Sat-Sun)

We have scheduled another of our popular 2-Day Mountain Training Trips though the Sierra Nevadas.

Learn about high elevation airport operations and how to  fly safely

over mountainous terrain,  experience some of California's highest and trickiest airports safely, see some amazing scenery, and stay overnight in South Lake Tahoe. We have a limited

number of spots available for this trip, so sign up now to join in. It's a great way to work toward your high-performance endorsement or your checkout for C182 aircraft, G1000 avionics, or mountain flying.  

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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.

Join the Best Flight School Team

Summer staffing is ending and San Carlos Flight Center is looking for the next group of excited, enthusiastic aviation professionals.  Part-time openings exist for front desk, flight line, accounting, maintenance, and marketing.  If you have a great customer service attitude and want to help us continue to create the best flight school in the country, please contact  anna@sancarlosflight.com , or stop by the office to talk with us in person.