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

Julia Baghai 
Jasper Eisenberg
Douglas Fisher
Bob Johnston
Ruslan Kurdyumov
Vanessa Kuroda
Norm Kutchuk
Denis Nikitin
Elspeth Ong
Michael Orozco
Dan Pritchett
Louis Reingold
Abdul Saidi
Mark Seneca
Chris Van Arsdale
Mary Ann Van Dam

Member Achievements

James Sloan
Instrument Checkride
CFI Kevin Petrie

Jason Zhou
Solo Flight
CFI Kevin Petrie

Alessandro Franco
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Drew Shevelow

Trae Boyd
Instrument Checkride
CFI Brian Eliot

Pop Quiz: BAY FLIGHT Edition
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Beth Kirkpatrick

1. The BAY FLIGHT 2018 conference will be the place to be Saturday, October 27th.
a. True
b. False 

2. Attendees of BAY FLIGHT 2018 will be able to review recorded video of ALL sessions.
a. True
b. False

3: What acclaimed Aviation Celebrity will be in person at BAY FLIGHT 2018?
a. Howard Donner
b. Jason Miller
c. Rod Machado
d. All of the above

4: How many Air Traffic Controllers have agreed to participate in the Pilot/Controller panel discussion?
a. 2
b. 4
c. 6
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Oct 3 (Wed) 7:00pm
FLAG - Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

Oct 6 (Sat) 10:00am
World of Weather According to Dave

Oct 10 (Wed) 7:00pm
G1000 Idiosyncrasies

Oct 13 (Sat) 12:00pm
Radio Communication Workshop

Oct 17 (Wed) 7:00pm
Flying Cross Country from Lincoln, Nebraska to SQL

Night Flying

Oct 27 (Sat) 8:00am
Events & Trips
Oct 13 (Sat) 12:00pm
Lunch & Renaissance Faire

Oct 24 (Wed) 7:00pm
Full Moon Flyers:
Los Banos

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) 
Contact Us 
Front Desk
(650) 946-1700

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655 Skyway Rd
Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070 
Pop Quiz Answers
1. a
2. a
3. d
4. c

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October 2018

BAY FLIGHT 2018: Final Conference Schedule
October is here and so is the countdown to the SF Bay Area's first ever Pilot Conference. In just under four weeks, Bay Area pilots will gather for a full day of news, education, and fun at Seaport Conference Center. San Carlos Flight Center is hosting the event to bring the Bay Area together in a celebration of general aviation, and has included a number of interesting topics and speakers.

The event is nearing full capacity for its inaugural year, so sign-up soon if you are interested. The event includes lunch, three simultaneous tracks of safety seminars, a keynote address by Rod Machado, and a panel of local Bay Area air traffic controllers. All of the seminars will be recorded for attendees so you can see everything from every track. After the event, stay and mingle with your friends at the post-BAY FLIGHT afternoon cocktail reception. Save your spot at  www.BayFlight18.com!

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Private Pilot Ground School Is Back!
If you missed our summer session, now is the perfect time to jump in the left seat and take off. Private Pilot Ground School starts this week (Sunday September 30 and Tuesday October 2)!

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 at  (650) 946-1700 to confirm your seat in the class that will get your aviation dreams off the  ground.

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Airport Update from The Manager
The Airport is constructing 14 new standard hangars on the Bravo (Windsock) ramp. The new hangars will be approximately 1,000 square feet with sliding 40.5' wide doors. We expect to complete construction and fill the new hangars in March 2019. 

The Airport will be holding a lottery for existing standard hangar tenants that are interested in moving into a new hangar. In addition, we will be holding a "hangar naming contest" to solicit help naming the two new hangar rows. Stay tuned for the timing of both contests...

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Bird Strike - What to Do?
A great seminar was given on Bird Strikes by Dave Kramer recently (as a SCFC member you can watch the archive here). 

If you happen to have the unfortunate circumstance of having a bird strike at San Carlos or Half Moon Bay airport, the airport management is requesting we complete a Bird Strike Form and collect a sample from the remains of the bird. The information will be used to prepare a Bird Strike Report. The Bird Strike Kit can be obtained from the SCFC Front Desk.
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Finger Tight is Just Right
Pilots check the oil quality and quantity using the oil dipstick. After checking the oil, it is important to remember to avoid over-tightening the dipstick. It should be snug,  finger - tight. What does finger-tight mean? It means twisting the dip stick with just your thumb and forefinger until you feel resistance. Certainly don't twist with any force.

Getting the "tightness" right is important because it actually increases when the engine heats up. If the dipstick starts
out over-
tight , it causes excessive wear to the O-ring seal - and it may
be nearly impossible for the next pilot to remove the dipstick to check the oil level. Additionally, loosening overly 
tight  dipsticks can impart stress on the dipstick tube which can lead to cracks where the dipstick tube attaches to the engine. So remember,  finger - tight  is Just Right! If you have questions about how to properly tighten the dipstick, please ask a CFI.

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Don't Idle Too Long
All of our aircraft engines are air-cooled, that means they need a stream of fresh air blowing over the cylinders to remove accumulated heat. For that reason, an airplane engine is really meant for flying.  Idling on the ground, with insufficient airflow over the engine block can lead to excessive engine temperatures.

Do your part to protect the health of the engine, by preparing charts and flight logs before starting the engine. A short taxi to the runup area followed by a full engine and systems test can be done without excessive delay. If your flight will involve lengthy programming of a GPS unit, consider loading in only enough waypoints to get you clear of the high-traffic areas. There will be time enroute to enter the remainder of your flight plan. Do you part to get cooling airflow streaming over your engine as soon as you can.

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Fly Like A Girl Presents: 
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in WWII
October 3 (Wed) 7:00pm
In 1942, as the country reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, trained male pilots were in short supply. Qualified pilots were needed to fight the war. The Army also was desperate for pilots to deliver newly built trainer aircraft to the flight schools in the South. Twenty-eight experienced civilian women pilots volunteered to take those ferrying jobs. They formed the country's first female squadron late summer 1942. Between November 1942 and December 1944, 1,074 more women were trained. WASP flew every aircraft in the Army's arsenal. In addition to ferrying, they towed gunnery targets, transported equipment and non-flying personnel, and flight-tested aircraft that had been repaired before the men were allowed to fly them again. For over two years, the WASP went on to perform a wide variety of aviation-related jobs and to serve at more than 120 bases around the country.
Jean Harman will be talking about her experiences getting into and participating in WASP as well as the opportunities and experiences available to women during WWII. She is a WWII veteran since she was a part of WASP. She got her pilot's license at the age of 18 and enlisted not long after. As a part of WASP,  she flew North American AT-6's to transport them to different locations.

Pre-registration is encouraged for this event. This seminar will be held in Suite 101, downstairs from SCFC.

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Upwind Scholarship Program: We Want YOU!

Upwind has begun planning for next year's program to ensure it will be a big success. While it may seem early to start planning for next year, there are a number of tasks that need to be completed in the next several weeks and months. Two areas of emphasis for next year are to improve our outreach to women candidates and to formalize our fundraising activities. To that end, we have created five committees and are looking for volunteers to help with outreach, communication, selection, fundraising or program development. Contact  Herb Patten  to volunteer. Please support Upwind in building the next generation of pilots!

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Calling All Flight Schools and Flying Clubs!
GA SPARK is an initiative started by the Flight Center to improve sharing of ideas among flight schools and flying clubs.  We've had a lot of success in energizing general aviation, and we want to share the lessons we've learned with others.  As a followup to the GA SPARK conference in August, we will be hosting webinars to allow more schools and clubs to get access to these ideas.

The next SPARK webinar is Tuesday, October 16th at 2:00pm PDT (5:00pm EDT) and the topic is "Differentiating Your School/Club Through Safety Seminars".  We will discuss the process we use at San Carlos Flight Center to run our successful guest speaker and safety seminar program.  If you'd like to learn from our successes and failures and make your flight school or club more exciting, join us for this webinar.   Email info@ga-spark.org for details on how to attend.  Be sure to tell us what flight school or flying club you represent.  All are welcome.

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FOG Lunch: The Northern California Renaissance Faire! October 13 (Sat), 12
Huzzah! FOG is heading to the  Northern California Renaissance Faire Join us as we celebrate with the Queen and her court as they don their finery for a Royal Masque. 

Wear your favorite mask or have  one painted on and join the revels! Come enjoy a turkey leg, complete against your fellow pilots in axe throwing and cheer for victory as we watch the joust! I tell ye truth, this is one FOG trip thou doesn't want to miss.
FOG invites all pilots and friends of pilots to the lunch flight with a regal twist. Just a short Uber away from the intersecting runways at Hollister Municipal Airport (KCVH), Casa de Fruta turns in the Ren Faire each year! 

Be sure to sign up for the event and let us know if you have space in your plane for any passengers!

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Full Moon Flyers: Los Banos
October 24 (Wed), 7:00pm
Join the Full Moon Flyout Group as they head to Los Banos Airport and the Black Bear Diner for this month's Full Moon Flyout.

Each month, several FOG pilots take part in the Full Moon Flyers dinner flight. Some are out of night currency, so they fly alone or bring along a CFI. Some are night current and bring along a friend. Some are student pilots with their CFI, fulfilling the night cross country requirement in a more fun and social way. So come along and join us for a social group dinner, followed by a beautifully moonlit flight back home.

Be sure to  sign up for the event and let us know if you have space in your plane for any passengers!

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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.

Transition to Turbo: 1st Hour CFI Time Free! 
San Carlos Flight Center is excited to be taking delivery of not one, but two turbo charged aircraft in October. We know that taking the leap to a Turbo Aircraft is no small commitment and we want to encourage our members to take the first step to understand the differences between flying a standard engine and a turbo engine. Throughout the month of October, your first hour of CFI time for your Turbo transition training is on us. 

Signing up is as easy as calling the front desk!