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

Soham Aggarwal
Kathryn Bonham
Chris Bonneau
Ameer Buksh
Samuel Denis-Haayen
Darren Holness
Mark Kelley
Jonathan Lenhardt
Simon Li
Jefferson Luce
Richard McClerkin
Mikhail Mikhaylov
Thiago Quiterio
Porter Schmidt
Amy Walker
JR Refuerzo
Derek Schaible

Member Achievements

Barry Schnitt
First Solo Flight
CFI Reed Coté

Bradan Dadoun
First Solo Flight
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Dave Kramer
AMEL Rating
CFI Brian Elliot
Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Editor:  Dan Dyer

1. Where should you turn left when flying a Hillsdale Departure from RWY 30?
a) after the 92/101 intersection
b) after passing Hillsdale Road exit from 101
c) upon reaching 1,000 feet AGL

2. Why is the Oracle Departure the most demanding for pilot accuracy?
a) Class B surface area just to the left of the slough
b) Noise sensitive areas just to the right of the slough
c) All of the above

3. Coyote Hills Departure is like a standard right downwind departure except: 
a) the crosswind turn is delayed until past the diamond-shaped waterway.
b) it is flown at 800'.
c) it doesn't require radio communication.

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

Feb 5 (Wed) 7:00 pm
My 172 May Help Me Survive

Feb 8 (Sat) 12:00 pm
Journey To Oshkosh: Flying Yourself To The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration

Feb 10 (Mon) 7:00 pm
IMC Club

Feb 12 (Wed) 7:00 pm
Gaining Confidence in Your Flight Training: The Use of Home Flight Simulators

Feb 15 (Sat) 12:00 pm
Hazards of Frost and Icing

Feb 19 (Wed) 12:00 pm
The Roles of a FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors

Feb 22 (Sat) 12:00 pm
Reaching For The Sky, How I Became an Airline Pilot

Feb 26 (Wed) 7:00 pm
Palo Alto Tower Operations

Feb 29 (Sat) 12:00 pm
IFR Approach Plates
Events & Trips

Feb 22 (Sat) 11 pm Sacramento Historic River Cruise

Apr 28 (Tue) 9 am TUCSON "Boneyard" - AMARG Tour

Jul 1-5 (Wed-Sun) Exploring the Great Basin and Continental Divide

Jul 20 - 26 (Sat-Sun 9 days) AirVenture Oshkosh 2020
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
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. a

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February 2020

SCFC Launches New App and Website
San Carlos Flight Center released a new website that is mobile friendly last week which promises to make it easier to access important aircraft and event information.  The new platform brings you one-touch away from our Seminar Video Archive and live streamed safety events.  It's also easier now to find aircraft POH's and files used in our Private Pilot syllabus.

Go to www.sancarlosflight.com on either your desktop computer or mobile phone to see the new site.  Active members with iPhones can follow the steps to create an app ICON for the home screen by watching this How To video.  link.

The new website is a living piece of art. Please forward any edits and praise to the website team by clicking the Website Feedback link at the top of the screen.

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 Private  Pilot 2020 Syllabus Improves Pilot Training
Culminating a year of work, SCFC's structured Private Pilot syllabus is getting a facelift in 2020.  We periodically revise our syllabus to incorporate feedback from students and instructors, and to improve the overall quality of training.  If you're working toward your Private Pilot certificate, talk with your instructor about changing to the new 2020 syllabus.

In addition to minor sequencing changes that make training easier, the new syllabus features symbols to estimate the time required to complete the homework,  and instructor and aircraft time for each lesson.   

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Going Green with Rechargeable Headset Batteries
Flight Centers' blue just got a little bit greener.  We've invested in a set of rechargeable batteries for members using headsets that require batteries.

If you use AA or AAA batteries in your noise-cancellation headset, you probably discard dozens of batteries a year.  Next time, take a pair of SCFC rechargeable headset batteries.  When they die, swap them for a fresh pair, while recharging the dead ones for the next great adventure.

Don't Let Your Skills Slip Away
Piloting is a skill that deteriorates without use which is one of the reasons the FAA has currency requirements. Many pilots establish personal minimums that are more stringent, but SCFC also has currency minimums. 

Let's review what they are. Student pilots must have flown with their CFI in the last 30 days. Private pilots or higher must have flown within the last 90 days to be eligible to fly SCFC airplanes without an instructor. For high performance airplanes (182, turbo and twin engine) the currency requirements is every 60 days. What if you are out of currency? Just simply make a reservation and includes one of the SCFC instructors. While you're at it, choose to work on improving a specific skill, such as fundamentals, rudder coordination, or inflight maneuvers.

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Limit Your Financial Risk with Renters Insurance
A big part of being a good pilot is learning to recognize and avoid risk.  Aircraft owners and flying clubs have insurance policies to cover when damage occurs to planes in the air and on the ground, with the renting pilot absorbing the cost of the deductible.  That unexpected wingtip damage while rounding the corner of the hangars could cost you up to $2,500, regardless of who is at fault.

Even if you can pay $2,500 without blinking, you still should consider getting a Renters Insurance policy.  Most policies protect you from both the cost of repairs, but also from the cost of defending yourself if a case goes to court.  Peace of mind for about $150 a year.  To find out more about Renters Insurance, go to AOPA.org, or stop by Zanette Aviation Insurance next door to the flying club.
Member Profile: Brandan Dadoun
SCFC:  You just soloed what was the best part of the flight?
BD:  I really enjoyed the takeoff, remembering how far I have come since my first lessons. When the wheels left the ground on my first solo takeoff, I felt a huge sense of freedom. It was just me and the open sky. 

SCFC:   What do you like about the Flight Center? 
BD:   I have experience with flight training from other flight schools and San Carlos Flight Center stood out among them all. Flight Centers' sense of safety and community is the key difference between all others.

SCFC:   Why did you start flight training?
BD:   My first flight in a small plane was a Young Eagles flight when I was 9. I was hooked on flying; or as many say "I got bit by the aviation bug". I hope to continue flying, building hours, and pursuing a career as a corporate pilot.

SCFC:   What would you tell others that are just starting their aviation adventure?
BD:   I would recommend taking ground school first and covering all the necessary prerequisite information before you start really getting into flight training. For all young teenage pilots out there, I would highly recommend getting your foot through the door early enough so you can fully understand what's involved in becoming a pilot. If you want to excel in flying, be serious about learning, take time to study the material, and lastly collaborate and meet new pilots that will teach you new things.

SCFC:  Who would you take on your first trip?  
BD:   As soon as I pass my checkride, I am looking forward to taking my parents up first, as they supported me throughout this whole journey, and I could never have done it without them. After my parents, I hope to bring all of you for a ride one day, see you in the skies!

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2020 Upwind Fundraising Prize - 15 Training Hours in a Baron 
The Upwind Foundation has announced fundraising prizes to support this year's Upwind Summer Scholarship Program.  Upwind supporters can form teams (or act as an individual) to raise money.  The team that raises the most donations by  March 13th, 2020 will win ten hours (air Hobbs) in the SCFC twin engine Baron and ten hours of MEI time. The team that raises the second highest amount will will five hours in the Baron and five hours of MEI time.  These are huge prizes.

To compete, email  team@upwindscholarship.com to register as a team, then start adding up your donations.  Cash, checks, or online donations count at face value.  Donations of goods or services to the Upwind Auction  on March 13 will count at the value of the winning bid.  The prize must be redeemed by  December 31st, 2020, and use of the plane must comply with the SCFC member regulations.

Spread the word about Upwind Scholarship.  Tell your friends, make a video, add it to your Facebook or Instagram, enlist your whole community to help you reach your goal. It's a great cause, and can get you some awesome multi-engine time!

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Helping Young Adults Start Their Aviation Adventure
Each year, the pilots of San Carlos Airport come together in support of the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program.  During the month of February and March fundraising for Upwind is taking place.  The goal For 2020 is $45,000. We hope you will join us in supporting this great program. Without the generous donations from members like you the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program wouldn't exist.
FOG Flies to Los Angeles 
On January 25, 2020 FOG flew down to LA's Jack Northrop Hawthorne Airport next to the LA International Airport. On the flight there FOG encountered some haze and fog. The first flight flew an instrument approach everyone else was able to fly in visually.

The group went out for lunch, visited SpaceX's rocket booster, and with the added bonus of being able to see the Hyper loop prototype. By the end of the day all FOG members enjoyed the trip

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FOG Full Moon Flyers - Sacramento International (KSMF) Feb 8 (Sat) 7:00 pm
Feb 8th is the full-moon and this time we are flying out to Sacramento International for a "Pizza Party" at the Capital Jet Center.  Join your fellow full moon flyers as we arrive at this Class C airport and land on one of their 8,500 foot runways.  On final, take in all the spectacular approach and runway lighting offered by this major airport. Taxi to the Capital Jet Center and enjoy dinner before planning your trip back home.

FOG full-moon flyers is a great way for pilots to stay nigh current while meeting and sharing a meal with other pilots.  If you are not night current, fly alone or bring along a CFI. If you are night current, bring along a friend or another pilot. So come along and join us for a social group dinner, followed by a beautifully moonlit flight back home.

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Eat Lunch With the Modesto CAF Squadron 22 (Sat) 12:00 pm
Looking for a new lunch destination? Join FOG for lunch at the Modesto airport at noon on Saturday, February 22nd. The lunch is hosted by the CAF Central Valley Squadron.  Lunch with fellow aviators in a hangar at Modesto Airport.  This lunch is so popular, practically the whole town comes.  Look for the table with the "FOG" sign to join your fellow FOG pilots.  While you eat, you can have your airplane fueled with reasonably priced fuel.  For more details or to sign up, check here.

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Join FOG to view from the air a rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Port.  This activity is a first for FOG so we are continuing to work out the logistics for this event.  For details about the SpaceX launch, check the status here.  To sign up and keep up-to-date on the FOG event, go here.

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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.

Make your birthday even more special

Another lap around the sun merits another lap around the traffic pattern, or around the bay.  If you fly anytime during the week of your birthday, be sure to left the club staff know to add our Birthday Pin to your collection.