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

Rebecca Erb
Victor Fateh
Larry Horiye
Simon Iacob
Bruce Johnson
Jordan Ludwig
Jesus Mendez
Joe Mendoza
Michel Scyboz
Fidel Sosa
Daniel Stellini
Eric Zheng

Member Achievements

Doug Guastaferro 
Private Pilot checkride
CFI Mari Barrato

Mari May Baratto
Commercial Multiengine checkride
CFI Brian Eliot

Austin Manes
First solo flight
CFI Bryce Pfeiffer

David Agranovich
Instrument checkride
CFI Patti Andrews

Jay Holley
Private Pilot checkride
CFI Daniel Ruiz

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Editor:  Dan Dyer

1. When does Special Ops meet? 
a) Once a year
b) 3rd Thursday of the month
c) February 29th

2. What role does SCFC Special Ops perform?
a) Nightly check for unlocked airplanes
b) Innovators to keep SCFC the best
c) Greeters on weekends

3. Who can volunteer to participate in Special Ops?
a) Only private pilots
b) Anyone
c) Only Instructors
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
  Jan 8 (Wed) 7:00pm
Jan 11 (Sat) 12:00pm
Procedures and Zones: Two Very Different Workings of the Pilot Brain

Jan 13 (Mon) 7:00pm
IMC Club
Terminal Building Conference Room

Jan 15 (Wed) 7:00pm
Jan 18 (Sat) 12:00pm
Jan 22 (Wed) 7:00pm
Jan 25 (Sat) 12:00pm
Events & Trips

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) 
Contact Us 
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January 2020

Office Closed for Staff Training: Jan 27 - 29
The office will be closed January 27th - 29th 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 26th and the front desk will ensure your keybook is placed in the lockbox.

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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 started this week (Sunday January 5 and Tuesday January 7)!

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.
IMC Club: Scenario-based Learning for IFR Pilots

At 7:00 pm on Monday January 13th, join Assistant Chief Pilot Brian Eliot for the first IMC Club Meeting of 2020.  Meet in the conference room in the Airport Terminal Building.
IMC Club's purpose is to promote instrument flying, proficiency, and safety.  Pilots meet to share information, provide recognition, foster communications, promote safety, and build proficiency in instrument flying.

Each month, we will review a brief video d epicting an  actual flight and discuss the challenges encountered.  Participants will be asked, "What would you do?".   Everyone is encouraged to join in the discussion.  Pilots of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

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ADS-B - Flight IDs should match your callsign
2020 is here and the SCFC fleet is equipped with ADS-B capability. Details of the type of equipment in each airplane can be found in the "Meet the Fleet" pages.

One important detail to be aware of is that each SCFC airplane is configured to broadcast a specific Flight ID.  Most of the SCFC fleet is configured to broadcast the Bay Flight call sign, e.g., BYF17 for Bay Flight 17.  Some of the airplanes may not yet have updated to do this and are configured to broadcast the airplane tail number.  If you are flying under a flight plan, e.g., IFR, then the aircraft identificaiton as listed in the flight plan must match the ADS-B Flight ID. If it doesn't, a Call Sign Mismatch (CSMM) may occur which could lead to a delay in your flight.

Some of the ADS-B devices in our fleet allow the Flight ID to be changed by the pilot.  In this case, you can check the Flight ID and set it to the appropriate value for your flight.

Member Profile: David Agranovich
SCFC:  When did you first decide you were going to become a pilot?
DA:  I decided to become a pilot after my first flight with my father.  Later, when I moved to California, my wife convinced me to pursue my dream.  I did a discovery flight and I was hooked.

SCFC:  You recently achieved your Instrument Rating. Why did you pursue an instrument rating?
DA:   Many of my trips were scuttled by an early-morning marine layer. After reading the book "The Killing Zone", the wisdom of obtaining an instrument rating was even clearer.  I wanted to become a more proficient pilot, understand the ATC system, and have the option of continuing a trip in the event of intermittent weather. 

SCFC:  How did doing your instrument training in G1000 affect the process?
DA:  I learned to fly in a steam gauge 152 and my CFII recommended transitioning to glass for my instrument rating.  I'm happy I did - learning modern avionics systems made me better at SRM and automation management, and the significant improvement in situational awareness (in-flight WX displays, terrain, etc.) was a huge benefit for instrument training.

SCFC:   What great trip do you plane to fly in 2020?  Who will go with you?
DA:  I'm planning a trip to San Diego, with the first part (SF-LA) solo as my long commercial solo XC.  I'll be picking up my wife and a friend in LA and then we'll be exploring the Pacific Coast Highway from the air the whole way down and back to San Francisco!

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Order of San Carlos Welcomes New Members

The secret pilot honor society, the Order of San Carlos, met last month to induct new members.  The catered ceremony was held at the Hiller Museum, in the back conference room.  This meeting was special, as the Order members were joined for the member oaths by the members of EAA Chapter 20, who were in the building for their holiday party.

The Order of San Carlos is open to anyone who has achieved a Private Pilot certificate and celebrates the privileges and responsibilities that all pilots share. For more information, email order@sancarlosflight.com.

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SCFC's "Special Ops" Board is Now Accepting New Members

For years, San Carlos Flight Center has been the most active and exciting place for pilots in the SF Bay Area.  This energy comes from the contributions of pilots who volunteer on our "Special Ops" team.  The group, which began as a way to coordinate volunteers, has now grown and acts as the advisory management team to run the Flight Center.  All major decisions and strategic planning go through Special Ops board.

If you believe in the Flight Center's mission, and want to keep it running smoothly for years to come, we encourage you to ask about joining the Special Ops board.  We generally invite in members with a lot of experience and flight time with the club, but are open to anyone enthusiastic about keeping SCFC the best in the bay.  If you'd like to get more information, email Dan at dan@sancarlosflight.com.

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2020 Upwind Scholarship Application Available

Each year, the pilots of San Carlos Airport come together in support of the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, a 9-week summer flight training program sponsored by the Upwind Foundation.  High school students in their junior year are encouraged to download the application from the Upwind website www.upwindscholarship.com.

Applicants will complete essays and a video that convey their interest in aviation, their ability to succeed in the program, and discuss the different the scholarship program will make in their journey to become a pilot.   For more information, go to the Upwind website, or plan to attend the Upwind Scholarship Open Hours to be held on Saturday, February 1st at 3:00 PM at San Carlos Flight Center.

FOG Full-Moon Flyers to Nut Tree - Jan 10 (Fr) 7 pm
The FlyOutGroup's monthly full-moon dinner flight will be at Nut Tree Airport (KVCB) in Vacaville. We'll meet in the airport parking area at 7:00 PM and take a short walk to Fuji Sushi Buffet.

Full-Moon Flyers is a way to enjoy the beauty and peace of night flying, while still having some ambient light on the ground from the full moon. These dinner flights are a great event for bringing family and friends, as it's almost as much fun on the ground as in the air.

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FOG - Jan 11 (Sat) 9 am Modesto Breakfast and Coffee Club
Join FOG for breakfast Saturday, January 11th at the Modesto airport.  It is a great way to start the weekend with a short flight to KMOD where the controllers are always friendly.  The breakfast is hosted by the Central California Valley Squadron.  For details and to sign up, go to the FOG event page located 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.

Start your 2020 reaching for the skies!

New Years brings New Year's resolutions.  If you or someone you know has been dreaming about becoming a pilot, there's no better time to start flight training.

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