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The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center
In This Issue
Member News 
Welcome New Members
Chandra Alexandre
Joslyn Austin
John Costa
Paul Foster
Richard Leute
Kat Roman
Melody Serre Howley
Russell Vallecillo
Arai White

Member Achievements

Dmitry Chornyi
First Solo
CFI Jeff Reeder

Herb Patten
Commerical License
CFI Brian Eliot

Arai White
First Solo
CFI Adam Kelly

1) Pilots are an elite breed.  What percentage of the US population has a pilot certificate?
a) 0.2%
b) 1.0%
c) 2.0%

2) What percentage of US pilots are women?
a) 1%
b) 6%
c) 13%

3) What percentage of US pilots fly only gliders or only helicopters?
a) 1%
b) 2%
c) 6%
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
January 6 (Wed) 7:00pm Ground School Refresher: Airspace

 January 13 (Wed) 7:00pm Transition to Tailwheel


Events & Trips

January 24 (Sun) 7:00pm 
Full Moon Flyers: Concord
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
N629AH - $160/hr
N494SP - $157/hr
N907LP  - $157/hr
N410BS - $160/hr

C172S - G1000
N646DW - $172/hr
N63251  - $177/hr
N6198N - $177/hr

C182 - G1000
N182BG - $238/hr
N1483L  - $243/hr

N9402T - $210/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- $125/hr  

Beechcraft 76 Duchess
N83ER - $295/hr
Turbo Seneca II
N14GQ - $330/hr
Xwind 200 - $250/session
ATD GNS-430W - $30/hr
Helicopter Sim - $110/hr
  (member prices shown) 

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Suite 215

San Carlos, CA 94070 


Pop Quiz Answers
1.  2/10ths of one percent of the US population are pilots.

2.  Women comprise just over 6% of US pilots.

3.   2.6% of US pilots fly only helicopters; 3.4% fly only gliders.
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January 2016

Where Will You Fly in 2016?
A new year often brings New Year's Resolutions, so what will be your pilot goals for 2016? A new aircraft type?  Better landings? Finally, making that trip to Portland? Flying into SFO? For half of us, there will be a Flight Review sometime this year, so it's time to think about how to double dip and use that time with an instructor to add on a new capability or endorsement.

If you are struggling to identify your 2016 plans, put safety first. Pick whatever aspect of flying you are least proficient in and plan to make a noticeable improvement this year. Or refresh your emergency training. There's so many ways to be a better pilot.  Pick something simple and get started.

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Aircraft Maintenance Just a Phone Call Away
Our maintenance team is growing, with new mechanics, new maintenance hangar bays, an expanded parts room, and now a new phone number, (650)946-1701.

If your aircraft needs service, call our direct line to speak with a maintenance service representative. It is a faster way to get the answer you need.

Of course, you can still call our main office number or email us photos of squawks at squawks@sancarlosflight.com
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Stunning New Avionics for Bay Flight 4
San Carlos Flight Center is beginning the process of making our fleet ADSB compliant, and we are taking the opportunity to upgrade features. Take a look at the newly reborn Skyhawk N236SP. T he upgraded, touchscreen, NAV/COM/GPS system gives the pilot enhanced traffic and terrain awareness. The system is equipped with ADS-B out and allows the pilot to connect their iPad via Bluetooth to the GTN-650 where a flight plan can be downloaded and presented on the Garmin flight display.
Respecting and Fearing Special VFR
On a VFR flight back to SQL, ATIS reports broken clouds at 900 and visibility 3 SM.  Tower tells you "The field is IFR.  State intentions".  What?  You have entered into the world of Special VFR, 91.157.

Special VFR is a request to operate, under specific conditions, in less than basic VFR weather minimums.  If you can safely approach and land at the airport while staying clear of clouds and maintaining 1 SM of visibility in the air and on the ground, Special VFR is an option to use.  It's an ATC clearance that is never offered, it must be asked for by the pilot.  That's why "State intentions".  At night, only instrument pilots can request and accept Special VFR clearances, due to the risk of inadvertently entering clouds.

Special VFR can be a safe way to approach and land at an airport you know well, when you can see clearly that safety can be maintained throughout the approach.  While Special VFR may also be used to depart a tower-controlled airspace, it's risky.  From the ground, it's nearly impossible to visualize sky conditions beyond the airspace surface area, so you may end up stuck in IMC conditions with no way to turn around.  Exercise extreme caution.

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Squawks Live!

In order to keep up with a growing fleet and maintenance department, Squawks Live has been added to the club office and website to help pilots identify maintenance issues. A monitor located next to the maintenance office shows the squawks for each aircraft, the scheduled inspection, and inspection type in a centralized location. Squawks Live can also be accessed online on the San Carlos Flight Center website under the Members Only section. Check it out today!  
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New Year, New Checklists
You will find new SCFC checklists in the Flight Center Skyhawks this month.  Give them a try.  The new checklists are easier to understand, better organized, and capture the best practices for operating San Carlos Flight Center Aircraft at our home airports.  This is Phase I of a Flight Center project to overhaul all aircraft training materials in 2016.  Onward and upward.

Checklists are important tools to help pilots not miss anything important.  They are also great training aids for student pilots getting accustomed to a new aircraft type.  Take a copy of the new checklist home with you so that you can study it and see how we've improved the flow for your next flight.
Member Profile:
Alyce Gershenson and Dr. Mike
SCFC: When did you know you wanted to fly? Did you decide individually or as a couple?
After one too many delayed Southwest flights to Southern California, Mike turned to me and said "Why don't we learn to do this ourselves?" That was all the encouragement I needed, since as a high school student I had considered following family members into the military, but was put off by the ban on women flying jets at the time. (I did not want to just make coffee for the boys!)
SCFC: What does flying offer you both that is different from the rest of your lives?
We're both workaholics in the computer industry. Flying is very different - it is one of the only times we completely stop thinking about work, since being distracted in the cockpit can kill you! 
SCFC: What are your hobbies outside of flying?
I have taken classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute and continue working to improve my sourdough bread; Mike enjoys wine, hi-fi, and seeking out museums we will eventually be able to fly to.
SCFC:   What are your aviation goals?
Our Missionis to fly to Southern California to visit our 5 year old nephew and family. This means working towards private pilot licenses, high performance endorsements, and IFR training as soon as we can. We have friends in Tucson and Seattle that we would  love to visit, but only when we can safely cover those sorts of distances. One bucket list item is to fly out to "dark sky" territory in Flagstaff or eastern Arizona for some amateur astronomy.
SCFC:  How do you enjoy aviation as a couple?
Having someone to talk to about aviation is great. We are progressing at about the same rate, so we can quiz each other on Knowledge Test material. We look forward to being each others' safety pilot - once we have our basic licenses, we will want lessons in landing safely from the right seat. It is a shared adventure!
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YAW Announces 2016 Program Details
Attention young aviation enthusiasts! The Young Aviators Weekend program (YAW) is starting up again after a short holiday break. YAW is a club for high school students with an interest in aviation and exposes them to various aspects of the industry including control tower tours, guest speakers and air shows.

YAW meets every other Sunday afternoon, usually from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. (Note: Special time Sunday, January 10th for an all-day field trip to Castle Air Museum.

Encourage the future pilots at your high school to join us for this great, fun way to learn about aviation. 
Fly-out to Castle Air Museum (With YAW)
Step into the cockpit and back in time at Castle Air Museum. For this month's FlyOutGroup lunch is to Castle Airport (KMER). Castle Air Museum, located on the field of Castle Airport in Atwater, also has wartime memorabilia including aircraft engines, military uniforms, historic photos, and personal military artifacts from the past century. There is a B-176 Flying Fortress, a SR-71A Blackbird, and many more impressive aircraft.
We have invited YAW, The Flight Center's youth aviation club, to join FlyOutGroup for this awesome trip. The kids of YAW are not quite ready to be PIC yet, so we are encouraging FOG members to take them "under their wing" and give them any open seats you might have available for the flight.  
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Are You Up to the Challenge of L.A. Airspace? 
So you think you're a Class Bravo master? Do you think you can take on Los Angeles airspace? Well it's time to find out! Join SCFC and our FlyOutGroup when we take on class Bravo airspace in the 3-Day LA Airspace Challenge. On February 19th, we will embark on our weekend adventure that will take us through various challenging transitions, testing your skills as a pilot. On Saturday we will explore the surrounding airspace and airports including Santa Monica, John Wayne (Orange County), Long Beach, and Burbank. On Sunday we will leisurely make our way back to the bay area. This is the time to see if you have what it takes to survive LA Airspace!

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Chart Your Adventure Flying for Next Year
In 2015, over 200 California pilots took part in a FlyOutGroup event.  The search for adventure in 2016 is on.  FOG is always looking for ways for pilots to share in the wonder of flying.  We've started planning for SFO, a landing contest, overnights through LA airspace, and two more chances to see the Pacific Northwest.  As well as our usual popular trips: wine tasting, whitewater rafting, and to air museums throughout the state.

Where do you want to go?  What new adventures do you want to try?  What new places do you want to explore?  Share your favorite on-field restaurant or your favorite runway nestled in a sleepy mountain valley.  Help shape the adventure in 2016 and make exciting new memories in 2016.  Share your ideas on the next FlyOutGroup trip, or emails us your suggestions today at  flyoutgroup@gmail.org .

We keep our  online calendar updated, so bookmark this p age: 
 http://www.sancarlosflight.com/activities/calendar. Better yet, follow the instructions at the top of the page to add this calendar to your iPhone.

$500 in Flight Time as Finder's Fee

Do you know someone with the skill and ability to join the Flight Center?  We are scaling up to do amazing things in 2016 and we need new minds to join our team of problem solvers.  How serious are we about finding quality people?  If you find us someone worth hiring, we'll give you $500 credit toward Flight Center aircraft rental and training.  That's some cool time in the air, just for bringing us together.  You don't want to pass this up.

The full and part-time (PT) positions in Staff Buildup 2016 include: Mechanic (A&P), Mechanic (IA), Mx Coordinator, Marketing (PT), Event Planner, CFI (airplane) x 2, CFI (helicopter), Front Desk (PT), Flight Line (PT), Bookkeeper, and Accountant.  Email your friend's resume and cover letter to dan@sancarlosflight.com to ensure your name gets associated with our next new hire and to claim your reward.