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

Member News 

Welcome New Members


Katie Antypas

Claudio Basile, CFI

George Belden

Valerie Block

Kieran Buckley

Judy Buller

Declan Cummings

Richard Doyle

Ivan Gallo

Michael Goldsby

Myles Grant

Santosh Gudla (staff)

Scott Harris (staff)

Hassan Khan

Julie Korsmeyer

Tucker Lambert, CFI

Jhani Matson

Lorenz Menendez

Mark Palatucci

Tanner Piety

Rob Scheifer

William Schram

David Thompson

Victoria Tucker

AJ Weidhaas

Mark Young


Member Achievements


Tommy Auberg

First Solo Flight
CFI Kevin Hyberger
Tanner Piety
Commercial Pilot
CFI Tucker Lambert
Michel Vidal-Naquet

Passed FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test

CFI Kevin Hyberger

Safety Seminars
and SCFC Events


CFI Round-Table: Transitioning Flight Responsibility and Unusual Attitude Recovery

Transition to Tailwheel

Building Your Own Airplane

Flight Center Night Out

IFR Round-Table: Phases of the Appoach

Right Seat Workshop: Flight Instruments and Controls

Post-Crash Survival Workshop

New Member Orientation

Events & Trips

Full Moon Flyers

Women Pilots Flyout to Oroville

FlyOut Lunch to Watsonville

Whitewater Rafting

Yellowstone Mountain Flying Adventure

Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test

1) What designator do you list when filing a flight plan for a flight in Bay Flight 8?

2) How do you say the call sign "Bay Flight 11" on the radio?


3) Where are you allowed to use the Bay Flight new call signs? 


(answers are at the bottom)

The Fleet

Super Decathlon

N66405 - $140/hr



N59WD - $135/hr

C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr

N1483L - $243/hr 


C172S - G1000

N646DW - $172/hr  

N1004E - $172/hr
N63251 - $177/hr

C172S - 6-pack

N458SP - $155/hr

N236SP - $155/hr

N21263 - $158/hr



N5210H - $125/hr



N24896 - $102/hr 
N8010F - $100/hr 


Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr



N200KR - $195/hr



Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr

Xwind 200 - $240/session

ATD GNS-430W - $30/hr    


 (member prices shown) 


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Contact Us 

(650) 946-1700


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655 Skyway Rd

Suite 215

San Carlos, CA 94070 


Pop Quiz Answers 

1) BYF08


2) Bay Flight Eleven
(strangely enough, call signs use the group form for numbers, so it's "eleven" and not "one one")


3) Anywhere, including all US and international air traffic control.


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April 2014


Introducing Bay Flight

You may have heard a new call sign on the radio. "Bay Flight" is the official radio call sign of San Carlos Flight Center. Each of our airplanes has been assigned a Bay Flight number, which can be used in place of the tail number. So now when you contact ground, tower, or en route air traffic control, you have the option of using the Bay Flight call sign (e.g., Bay Flight 13) in place of the tail number (e.g., N21263.) When filing a VFR or IFR flight plan, simply use BYF13 in place of N21263. ATC is still getting used to the new addition, so you may occasionally be asked by ATC, "I'm not familiar with that call sign - what is your designator?" The answer to that is BYF or Bravo Yankee Foxtrot.


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Congratulations to Upwind Scholarship Winners

SCFC and the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program are pleased to announce the 2014 scholarship winners: Julie Korsmeyer and Stephen Schick, both of San Mateo, CA. Julie and Stephen have been awarded a complete primary flight training program. They began ground school last week and will start flight training once the academic school year is completed.


Julie Korsmeyer is a junior at Hillsdale High School. Her interest in aviation began as a young child, with visits to the NASA Ames Research Center and Moffett field with her father. "Being selected for this scholarship is absolutely amazing. It will provide many new opportunities for me and allow me to pursue one of my longtime goals."


Stephen Schick is a junior at Aragon High School. His first flight experience launched his passion for aviation. Since then, Stephen has been working toward learning to fly. "After years of anticipation, I'm finally going to become a pilot. I can honestly tell you that I have never been so excited in my entire life."



Oil Temperature Awareness

Oil is as critical to an engine as fuel. Know the required oil levels for your plane and check the level before and after each flight. Watch engine oil temperatures during flight and contact Flight Center staff with any questions or concerns. Take care of your engine, so your engine will take care of you.


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E is for Emotion
As pilots, we use the IMSAFE checklist to preflight themselves and 
ensure they are free of illness, medication, stress, alcohol, fatigue, and 
emotion. E is definitely for Emotion (although it's often mistaken for 
eating, which factors into fatigue.)
Pilots need to be calm and free of emotion to ensure that safe flight is maintained. Don't fly on days that you are experiencing powerful feelings of sadness, disappointment, anger, or even euphoria as it can affect your decision making.

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Right Seat Workshop on April 26

Join us for an introduction to Flight Instruments and Controls from the perspective of non-pilots. The workshop includes group breakout sessions and exercises designed to help you become more familiar with all those knobs and dials. 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. SCFC regularly holds Right Seat Workshops that are intended to demystify flight for people that fly often as passengers with other pilots. 
The workshop runs 10:00am to 1:00pm and the cost is $80 for right-seaters sponsored by SCFC members, or $100 for non-members, and lunch is included. Contact the front desk to sign up (650) 946-1700.

Member Profile - Julie Korsmeyer

Julie Korsmeyer is one of two high school students selected for this year's Upwind Scholarship. In its second year, this unique scholarship transforms passionate high school students into pilots over a single summer. Julie is currently attending ground school at SCFC while finishing her junior year at Hillsdale High School. She will begin flight training this summer. Let's all give Julie a warm welcome as she begins her aviation journey!


SCFC: What inspired you to become a pilot?

JK: I was inspired by watching air shows and traveling a lot when I was younger. I thought the ability to be in the air was incredible.


SCFC: Why do you think it's important to learn to fly at a young age?

JK: It can provide so many new opportunities for a young person that is unsure of what they want to do in the future. I also think that young people should pursue their interest in flight in order to gain more experience in aviation throughout their life.


SCFC: What do your friends and family think about your learning to fly?

JK: My friends and family are all very supportive, and they're almost as excited about this opportunity as I am. Many have expressed an interest in being a passenger while I fly.


SCFC: What are some of your other passions?

JK: I love to read (typically fantasy and science fiction), and to study different cultures and laboratory sciences. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places with friends and family.


SCFCWhat makes you most excited about learning to fly? 

JK: I'm really thrilled to learn all aspects of flying, but I'm most excited for the chance to be in the air and experience a change in perspective.

The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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San Carlos Airport Day

The 2nd annual San Carlos Airport Day celebration will happen on Saturday, May 31 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Bring friends and family for this great, free event. There will be aircraft on display, activities for kids of all ages, entertainment, and EAA Young Eagles will be offering free airplane rides for kids.


Volunteers needed! SCFC will be at Airport Day providing great activities. We could use a few people to help out for a couple of hours. Please contact to join the fun. Let us know if you're free in the morning or afternoon.



Upcoming FlyOutGroup (FOG) Trips 

We are planning some great adventures for you in 2014. Regardless of where you fly, consider joining us for these great trips. 


Whitewater Rafting

May 10 (Sat)

Something for the adventure junkies! Take your favorite adventure (flying, of course) and add it to another great adventure (whitewater rafting) and you get one truly awesome day.


Fly into Placerville airport (KPVF) where our river guides will be waiting for us. They will shuttle us over to the Lower South Fork American River (Gorge Section), with 15 miles of class II-III rapids. No prior rafting experience is necessary. Student pilots are welcome! Just contact us to get a ride with another pilot or a CFI.


More info...


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For this year's summer mountain flying adventure, we will take the northern route through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming - a true mountain playground for pilots! As with all FOG mountain flying adventures, we will be taking all C182s with 1 CFI and 2 pilots on board. The trip is a great opportunity to complete your C182 or G1000 avionics checkout, or earn your high performance endorsement. It promises to be an unforgettable flying adventure with plenty of room for ground-based fun as well.



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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.

Airplane Ownership through Partnership


The last three airplanes added the SCFC fleet were purchased by SCFC members or groups of members who formed partnerships to buy the planes they wanted. It's a way for pilots to expand their involvement in aviation, and another exciting form of Community that is developing around the Flight Center.


We have members now who are looking for partners to buy aircraft. If you are interested in joining together with other Flight Center Members to buy an airplane to lease back to the club, we can help. Contact Dan Dyer at