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

Omar Ahmady
Angelica Araya
Mark Gin
Justin Jacobs
Augusto Marietti
Frank Moldenhauer
Neal Mueller
Kevin Quigley
Miranda Schmidt

Member Achievements

Michael Batshon
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Jeff Zhang
Solo Flight
CFI Claudio Basile

Damiano Patron
Solo Flight
 CFI Stephen Heesacker

Christian Kungler
Fixed-wing add-on Checkride
CFI  Mari Baratto

Audrey Allexandre
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Patti Andrews

Pop Quiz:
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Beth Kirkpatrick

1. When parking planes after flight, you may place your hands on the:
a. Inner third of the prop
b. Outer third of the prop
c. The spinner (cone in center of prop)

2. True or False: You should never push on the spinner.

3: True or False: You can radar displays on a G1000 to tactically navigate around thunderstorms.
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Jan 2 (Wed) 7:00pm
Cross-Country Planning

Jan 5 (Sat) 12:00pm
On Board Radar

Jan 9 (Wed) 7:00pm
Air Taxi - What You Can & Cannot Do with Charters

Jan 12 (Sat) 12:00pm
A Deeper Look at Airworthiness

Jan 16 (Wed) 7:00pm
Piper Saratoga Systems

Jan 19 (Thur) 7:00pm
Spin & Stall in the ICON A5

Jan 24 (Thur) 7:00pm
Special Ops Meeting

Events & Trips
Jan 18-20 (Fri - Sun)
FlyOutGroup Las Vegas

Jan 21 (Mon)
Full Moon Flyers to Napa

The Fleet
Piper Saratoga
N349MA - $395/hr

Cessna Centurion 210
N210VV - $350/hr

C182 - G1000
N1483L - $238/hr
N123TZ - $228/hr

N182EE - $234/hr
N9894E - $190/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
N21591 - $163/hr

N996RA - $154/hr
N2370F - $154/hr

N734WZ - $140/hr

Piper Archer
N6848J - $163/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $149/hr

N111RK - $119/hr
N5369H - $114/hr

BATD GNS-430W - $30/hr
 (member prices shown) 
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Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070 
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January 2019

Office Closed for Staff Training: Jan 28 - 30
The office will be closed January 28th - 30th for our SCFC Staff Training Retreat.   

If you would like to fly on a day the office is closed, please make your reservation before 4pm on the 27th and the front desk will ensure your keybook is placed in the lockbox.

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Time to get Turbo!
The SCFC fleet of turbocharged airplanes are online and the checkout process is ready for you! What are you waiting for?
If you are looking to upgrade your ride for 2019, it is time to checkout either the  Piper Saratoga  or the  Cessna Centurion 210 . These aircraft enjoy higher service ceilings, faster cruising true airspeed and a larger payload.
Ready to start? Your next steps are:
  1. Review the seminar, "What Every Pilot
    Needs to Know About Operating Turbo Aircraft" in the Seminar Video Archive
  2. Review the POH for the aircraft, found in the Aircraft Checkout Docs & POHs
  3. Contact the Front Desk  650-946-1700 or  info@sancarlosflight.com to get a checkout CFI assigned
  4. Work with the assigned CFI to complete the ground and flight portion of the checkout.
Make 2019 your year of the Turbo!

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Private Pilot Ground School Winter Session Begins
If you missed our fall session, now is the perfect time to jump in the left seat and take off. Private Pilot Ground School starts this week (Sunday January 6 and Tuesday January 8 )!

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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Bringing the Newsletter to Our Community
Every month the special ops team puts together a list of topics we hope are not only educational and beneficial for out community, but also fun to read. Starting in 2019, we want to hear more from our community to ensure we are putting out content that is relevant to you. Send us your thoughts, comments, or article ideas to newsletter@sancarlosflight.com . We promise to read every comment and do our best to make adjustments as necessary. 

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Show Your Passengers Our New Passenger Safety Video
Check out the new passenger safety video at  sancarlosflight.com. If you plan to have a friend or family member join you for a flight, you may want to brief them on some of the things they'll be experiencing for the first time. The short video talks about safety on the ramp, how to use headsets and seatbelts, and when passengers should try to remain quiet during flight. If your passenger has not yet experienced the view of the SF Bay Area from the window of a small, general aviation aircraft, you'll definitely want to share this video with them.

Our New Member Videos are a quick way for new SCFC pilots to learn how we operate. In short segments recorded by the SCFC Special Ops team, you'll get helpful and interesting information, conveyed in a fun way. We add new videos all the time, so take a look. If you have a great idea for a member video, join us at our next Special Ops team meeting.

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On Board Radar Safety Seminar
Jan 5 (Wed), 7:00pm
Not many of us have on-board radar, but if we did, would we know how to use it and what information it can provide?  On-board radar can give us a wealth of tactical information, but it can also fool us if we do not know what we are looking at or what the immediate weather in front of us can mask further down the line.
If you fly with radar, or want to learn more about the advantages of radar, or just hear about a few weather traps that can happen when flying around storms, join Tom McGrath, a TBM pilot who has flown all over the Western Hemisphere and Europe, and has gathered a plethora of knowledge and experience.

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.  To reserve your seat, sign up at faasafety.gov .

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A Deeper Look at Airworthiness Safety Seminar
Jan 12 (Sat), 12:00pm
Do you remember hearing the term "airworthy" during your Private Pilot training or your last checkride? How well did you understand the concept? How sure are you that the plane you're flying is airworthy, and who decides? After flying for several years PPL James Sloan decided to buy an airplane, and  was driven to learn a great deal more about this nuanced topic than he had not previously understood. In this seminar, James will share a deeper look at airworthiness for those who are considering ownership or those interested in expanding their knowledge beyond the basics. This is highly recommended for all as you can never know too much about this important topic.
This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.  To reserve your seat, sign up at faasafety.gov .

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Member Profile: Jeff Zhang
SCFC: What got you interested in learning to fly airplanes? Did you know other pilots when you were young?
JZ:  I enjoyed collecting model aircraft when I was a child and I have always been interested in everything related to airplanes. When I was young, I wished that to be a pilot so that I could explore the sky.

SCFC: Congratulations on your first solo!  What do you remember most about that first solo flight?  How did it feel? What was surprising?
JZ:  I got a lot of training to land the airplane for runway 30, however, on my first solo day, runway 12 was in use. I followed the checklist, did what I was taught in training and finished three smooth landings. It was a great experience. A little surprise was the airplane was lighter without the instructor, and I could feel more of the ground effect.

SCFC: What do you plan to do with your pilot license?  Will flying be a career? Are there airports you know you want to fly to?
JZ:  I would like to learn more about flying and to become a CFI in the future to help people learn fly easily and safely. I'm interested in flying with my friends to South Lake Tahoe (KTVL) for skiing during the winter.

SCFC: When you are not being a pilot at SCFC, what other activities do you enjoy?
JZ: I enjoy a lot of outdoor activities, including hiking around the bay area and skiing at Lake Tahoe. During the summer time, I like to kayak and go fishing with my friends.

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Donate to Upwind and Win!
We're kicking off the fundraising effort for the Upwind class of 2019 with some healthy team competition. The team that raises the most donations will win the use of a Cessna 172 or 182 (dry) for 3 days! It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to participate.

1. Create a team:  A "team" can be made up of yourself alone or as many people as you'd like to recruit (and with whom you will share
the prize)
2. Register your team:  e-mail your team name and a list of team members to team@upwindscholarship.com.
3.  Donate:  Donate yourself and ask your friends to donate. Donating is easy with the Upwind   online donations form, simply have your donors select your team name when they make a donation.
Visit the Upwind website for all the details.

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FlyOutGroup Goes to Vegas
Jan 18-20 (Fri - Sun)
Many of us love getting away to Las Vegas for the weekend. Have you ever flown there yourself? Join FOG for a great weekend getaway.

We will depart Friday morning and meet up to cross the Sierras as a group for safety and camaraderie. Early departure helps ensure we make the crossing before afternoon thunderstorms build. Sometimes we aim for McCarran for the Class B landing thrill, but often we choose Henderson for ease of access and lower ramp/fuel fees.

Spend your weekend any way you desire. Go see a Cirque du Soleil show. Indulge in those famous all-you-can-eat buffets. Take in some shopping. Or drive to Lake Powell and rent a boat for a day on the water.

Sunday morning we can sleep in late and ease our way to th e airport fora leisurely flight home.  Reserve your favorite airplane and sign up online !

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Full Moon Flyers to Napa
Jan 21 (Mon), 7:00pm
Join us Monday night, January 21st at 7:00pm as we enjoy dinner at The Runway at Napa County Airport (KAPC).

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.

Please sign up so we can get an accurate headcount and keep you in the loop with updates. Ridesharing is encouraged, so be sure to list any open seats, or contact someone you'd like to ride along with. 

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Save the Dates for Adventure in 2019
It may only be January but 2019 is already shaping up to be full of adventure for pilots ready to take flight. Already on the calendar are the following events:

Mar 29-31: Santa Maria Wine Tasting. This annual favorite is great for husbands, wives, and other right-seaters. After an easy flight to KSMX, taxi up to your hotel for a weekend of relaxed food, wine, and fun.

June 21-22: AOPA Fly-In Livermore!  In celebration of its eightieth anniversary, AOPA will host  three grand, two-day fly-ins  for the 2019 season. Special events are being planned to include a Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) Invitational Competition to showcase the skills and aircraft of backcountry flying and an engaging Friday night aviator's party.
Jun 26-30: 5-day Trip to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Join the FlyOutGroup on their annual mountain flying trip, this year to Yosemite National Park. Pilots wishing to get their high performance and mountain flying endorsement can do both on this 5-day trip, and those looking to conquer new airports can add Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) to their list. Stay tuned for reservation details. 
Oct 26: BAY FLIGHT 2019. Fresh off the success of the first annual BAY FLIGHT conference, the Special Ops team is already putting together the plans for a bigger and better conference in 2019, this year headlined by Jason Miller of the Finer Points of Flying. We'll bring back some of the more popular presenters and add new topics. Look for the new display aircraft! Ticket information and updates will follow soon!

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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.

The Special Ops Team is in Search of Artists!
Are you a pilot with a secret side hobby as an artist? Are you great at designing logos, T-shirts, flyers, and other fun projects for friends and family? If so, the Special Ops team needs you. If you're interested in joining the Special Ops team and lending us your design talents, please ask at the Front Desk or contact Dan Dyer at  dan@sancarlosflight.com . 2019 brings a bunch of new fun projects for shirts, and other collectible SCFC gear.