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

Tom Anderson
Gunnar Asgeirsson
Tony Cano
Janet Chiang
Mary Elliff
Scott Frank
Akio Ohtake-Gordon
Sam Rosen
Colton Wellnitz

Member Achievements

Marco Leogrande
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Sid Basu

Robbie Allan
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Kevin Petrie

Pop Quiz:
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Beth Kirkpatrick

1. What would decrease the stability of an air mass?
a. Warming from below.
b. Cooling from below.
c. Decrease in water vapor.

2. Which type of clouds have the greatest turbulence?
a. Towering cumulus.
b. Cumulonimbus.
c. Nimbostratus.

3: What conditions are necessary for the formation of thunderstorms?
a. Moist air, lifting force, and unstable conditions.
b. High humidity, high temperature, and cumulus clouds.
c. Lifting force, high humidity, and overcast skies.
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Mar 6 (Wed) 7:00pm
From Student Pilot to Airline Captain: Stumbling into the Best Job in the World

Mar 9 (Sat) 12:00pm
Hayward Tower ATC

Mar 13 (Wed) 7:00pm
Private Pilot Checkride Stories

Mar 15 (Fri) 6:00pm
Upwind Wine & Cheese Party and Silent Auction

Mar 16 (Sat) 12:00pm
Understanding Pressure and Density Altitude

Mar 20 (Wed) 7:00pm
To Alternate or Not to Alternate: Regulations on IFR Alternate Airports

Mar 21 (Thur) 7:00pm
Special Ops Meeting

Mar 23 (Sat) 12:00pm
Challenge Yourself: Mastering Flight Fundamentals

Events & Trips
Mar 9 (Sat) 8:00am
FOG Breakfast CAF Modesto Hanger

Mar 20 (Wed) 7:00pm
Full Moon Flyers Dinner at Harris Ranch

Mar 29 - 31 (Fri - Sun)
Santa Maria Wine Tasting Weekend

The Fleet
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

  N236SP  - $163/hr
N410BS - $163/hr
N458SP - $163/hr 
N652SP - $163/hr
N21591 - $163/hr

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

N734WZ - $140/hr

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

Piper Archer
N6848J - $163/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $149/hr

Piper Saratoga
N349MA - $395/hr

Cessna Centurion 210
N210VV - $350/hr

Beechcraft Baron 
N169SP - $345/hr

BATD GNS-430W - $30/hr
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March 2019

Happy 7th Anniversary SCFC Members
SCFC turned 7 this month!  Congratulations to all who make our club special.  The new, upstart flying club in the Bay Area has grown up and now enters maturity as the place to be at San Carlos Airport.  Instead of a big event, we plan to celebrate our achievement every day for the next year.  

So remember, when you see another Flight Center member on the ramp or at airports around the country, be sure and tell them "Happy Anniversary!" And stop by the front desk for your 7th anniversary pin.

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The New Overnight Checkout!
Our member often make multi-day trips in our airplanes. This requires that the member get approval from the Chief Pilot prior to the flight so that the member can be briefed on the procedures for the multi-day or out-of-state flight. Now, members can be pre-approved  for repeated overnight flights. 

Interested? To do this, make an appointment with the Chief Pilot office so that we can review the key considerations and procedures that impact overnight flights. Your member profile will be updated with an overnight checkout and you are all set for any future overnight flights.

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Podcasting Live Across the Universe - SCFC Seminars
Last month, the SCFC Media Team took our Safety Seminar program a step farther. Audio recordings of our popular safety seminars and guest speakers can now be found on iTunes as a podcast. Listen to great information while exercising at the gym or stuck on a long commute. Selected past seminars will be added to the podcast, while new seminars will be added as time goes by. 

Not all presentations are planned to be on the podcast. To have access to all seminars in high-quality streaming video, go to the Members Only section of  sancarlosflight.com.

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IFR Ground School Begins March 14!
C onsidering getting your instrument rating? March 14 th  is the kick-off for Instrument Ground School. The twelve-week IFR Ground School is held on Thursday nights at 6:30pm.

The instrument rating is a challenging one but also very rewarding. Having the flexibility to be able to fly on those non-VFR days can make the difference on whether you are able to depart on your planned cross country trip. Get a solid foundation for your instrument rating with the IFR Ground School. The class covers the aeronautical subjects included in the FAA Instrument Airplane knowledge test as well as the knowledge areas in the ACS for the Instrument Airplane Rating. 

Upon completion of the course, you will receive an endorsement
to take the FAA knowledge Test. More details can be found on  sancarlosflight.com.

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T he SCFC Squawk Process
SCFC is committed to maintaining our airplanes in excellent condition. Our members are a key part of the process as you are the eyes and ears of the club. It is important to record any discrepancies you see before your flight. Some key things to remember when making a squawk is provide details about what and when you observed a discrepancy. If you can, take a picture to include with the squawk. 

For more details such as what happens when you complete a squawk form or where to find a list of existing squawks, checkout the squawk member video at  sancarlosflight.com or on our YouTube channel .

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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SCFC Pin of the Month - Seminar Presenter
SCFC has created a number of achievement pins to encourage safe pilot skills, community involvement, and adventure travel. The latest Community achievement pin at SCFC is "Safety Seminar Presenter" and honors those members who have presented at a safety seminar, or acted as host/interviewer for a guest speaker. Your contribution of time and energy is what makes our community great.

Have you got a flight experience to share with the club? Have you researched some current topic in aviation and want to co-present with a CFI at an upcoming FAA Safety Seminar? If so, contact us at chiefpilot@sancarlosflight.com with your topic and you could join the growing ranks for pilot members giving back to their club and earn yourself this Community achievement pin.

Member Profile: Oliver Coolidge
SCFC: How long have you been flying?
OC:  I soloed in 1969, and worked for a small charter FBO and flight school in Orange County, then moved up to Continental Airlines. In 1983, I moved to FedEx and stayed most of my career, flying over 14,000 flight hours before retiring.  

SCFC: Being retired must mean you have nothing to do, right? 
OC:  I keep pretty busy. I'm President of local EAA Chapter 20, and a board member of both the Hiller Aviation Museum and the Upwind Foundation. I have two airplanes that I try to fly occasionally, and two daughters (both married) and one grandchild that is 2 and certainly a future pilot.

SCFC: How did you get your nickname as the airport bum?
OC: "Airport bum" has been a term that has been around aviation forever, and if the shoe fits wear it.

SCFC: What is one of your bucket list items for this year?
OC:  Oshkosh 2019. It's got to be at least my 12th time attending. The Cessna 195 community and Bonanza community both have gatherings that are a lot of fun, including the mass fly-in on Saturday before the show begins. I flew in with the group once, over 120 Bonanzas all together.

SCFC: How did you get involved with Young Eagles and Upwind?
I have known about Young Eagles for a long time through EAA, and started flying it, and then got drafted to be president of EAA Chapter 20 at San Carlos. I first encountered the Upwind Foundation by attending the Wine and Cheese party a few years back, and then was asked to be on the Board. I like being on boards. I think every group needs someone on the board who applauds the good ideas. Everyone can't be the guy who brings the good ideas.

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Upwind Wine & Cheese Event
Mar 15 (Fri), 6:00pm
Upwind i nvites you to a fundraising Wine and Cheese Party on  Friday, March 15th at 6:00 pm. All are welcome. Wine pours at 6:00 pm. Silent auction ends a t  7:15 pm. As  a special treat we  will meet the Upwind Class of 2019. Join us to celebrate with the winners and their families.

Be prepared to bid hard to win great auction items such as:
  • Training time with your favorite CFI
  • 4-day Russian River vacation rental 
  • Disneyland adventure for two
  • Lifetime membership to SCFC
  • Fantastic bottles of wine
  • Unique flight experiences (Beautiful Stearman, Cessna 195)
  • Aviation items (ForeFlight subscriptions, headsets, iPad)
  • and much more!
Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP!

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March 2nd, FOG visit to ORBIS at Moffett Field
This is a life-changing MD-10 accredited teaching hospital that travels around the world carrying the most advanced gear available to perform eye surgeries and teach others the skills to do the same. This enormous airplane does it all - carries the hospital itself, creates hospital-grade oxygen on demand, purifies water, and uses its own Jet A fuel to power generators tucked into the hold. 

This large-cargo-jet-turned-eye-hospital (donated by FEDEx) is the most visible presence of Orbis International, a global force bent on stamping out diseases of the eye that otherwise leave the most vulnerable without hope.  The plane travels around the world with a volunteer crew complete with FedEx pilots, maintenance technicians, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, IT specialists, accountants, and just about any other discipline you'd find in a hospital in a major city. 

And now FOG is privileged to say, we've been on this extraordinary aircraft.

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FlyOutGroup Breakfast: Modesto
Mar 9 (Sat), 8:00am
NEW THIS YEAR, a social breakfast flight. Up early, watch the sun rise and fly in still air as smooth as glass to meet up for a relaxing breakfast. 

We can't think of a better way start your Saturday! This month we fly to Modesto for breakfast and fuel at the CAF Hangar at Modesto (KMOD). Eggs, pancakes, sausage or bacon are served with all the support dishes everyone is  used to...beans, fruit, juice and coffee. Still just $6!

Doors open at 8 am. Just tell the tower controller, you are here for "the breakfast." And while you eat, you can have your plane fueled. 

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Full Moon Flyers: Harris Ranch
Mar 20 (Wed), 7:00pm
This month we will hold the Full Moon Flyer Flight on Wednesday March 20th (the full moon night) and meet at Harris Ranch (3O8) at 7 pm. This is an awesome flight with tons of learning opportunities, as well as good food. Even better, there is a 10% discount if you show your pilot's certificate to your server. The airstrip is narrow so use those rudders!

Reserve your favorite airplane and  sign up online !

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FlyOutGroup Santa Maria Wine Tasting Weekend
Mar 29-31 (Fri - Sun)
A FOG Favorite! Come enjoy a relaxing visit to the Santa Ynez wine country. We love this trip for lots of reasons - the flight is beautiful no matter which route you choose, we enjoy great wines and great food together, and where else can you request to taxi your airplane directly to the hotel?
We will stay at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria, on the field at KSMX.  Book your hotel at a discounted rate of $100 a night by calling 805-928-8000 or at   www.radisson.com/santamariaca and use the promo code FLYOUT.

We have planned outings including live music Friday night, and rental vans to transport us to wine tastings with lunch pre-arranged at our first stop. For more details, visit the event page. Call us at (650) 946-1700 to book your spot!

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Countdown to 5-Day Yellowstone Mountain Trip
June 26 - 30 (Wed - Sun)
The countdown to June's FOG Yellowstone trip has begun and this trip has it all! Five days and four nights of challenging, spectacular, exhilarating flying adventure combined with a mountain backdrop. Safety in numbers as you practice mountain flying in the Rocky Mountains with a CFI on board and in the company of several other planes. Experience incredible photo opportunities as you fly stunning mountain passes, take in the beauty of Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, and cruise the majestic Columbia River on the way to the final stop in Portland. We launch early in the morning on Wednesday, June 26 and return late Sunday, June 30.

There is room for 10 pilots and it's already filling up. You can register for this event online at sancarlosflight.com and call the SCFC front desk to put down your deposit.

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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.

Build Your Business Skills on the Team at SCFC

Our flying club is a great place to learn new flight skills, but did you know it's also a great place to get a business education? Our staff members learn new skills in multiple aspects of business, and ready themselves for the next step along their career path. If you'd like to spend a couple of years learning the Flight Center approach to business, we have an open position for part-time front desk and office assistant. Bring your passion to the most dynamic work environment in the SF Bay Area. Send an email to  chiefpilot@sancarlosflight.com  for more information.