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The Centerline
The newsletter of San Carlos Flight Center
In This Issue

Member News 

Welcome New Members


Danny Choi

Danny Kao

Jose Martinez

Oscar Martinez

Jordan Naumann

Tanner Piety

Walter Ramseur


Member Achievements


Jeffrey Blcok

First Solo Flight

CFI John Otte


Josh Ellis

First Solo Flight

CFI Adam Kelly


Multi-Engine Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test.


1) What does the blue line indicate on a multi-engine airplane airspeed indicator?


2) What does the additional red line indicate on a multi-engine airplane airspeed indicator?


3) To add an AMEL rating onto a pilot certificate that already has ASEL, is an FAA Knowledge Test required?


(answers are at the bottom)
Safety Seminars
and SCFC Events


G1000: Databases and Cards

Tips for Understanding VORs

CFI Round-Table:
Teaching Multi-Engine

Airspace: The Final Frontier

Transition to Multi-Engine Aircraft

Atmospheric Stability: Understanding the Influence of Temperature on How Smooth the Ride Will Be

Fly/Ski/Fly: Perfecting the One-Day Ski Odyssey

Events & Trips

Full Moon Flyers
Year-End Holiday Party

FOG Lunch at Nut Tree

The Fleet


Robinson R22

N111AH - $295/hr


N24896 - $102/hr

N8010F - $100/hr


C172S - 6-pack

N458SP - $155/hr

N236SP - $155/hr

N21263 - $158/hr

N494SP - $155/hr

N907LP - $155/hr

C172S - G1000

N646DW - $172/hr

N63251 - $177/hr

C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr

N1483L - $243/hr

Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr

Piper Warrior

N91338 - $115/hr


Piper Archer

N6848J - $135/hr

Piper Arrow

N200KR - $195/hr

Super Decathlon

N66405 - $140/hr



N59WD - $135/hr



Turbo Seneca II

N14GQ - $330/hr



Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr

Xwind 200 - $235/session

ATD GNS-430W - $30/hr


 (member prices shown) 

Contact Us 

(650) 946-1700


Email Us 


655 Skyway Rd

Suite 215

San Carlos, CA 94070 


Pop Quiz Answers 

1) VYSE, single-engine best rate of climb


2) VMC, single-engine minimum controllable airspeed

3) No.


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November 2014


The Twins Have Arrived

We are excited to welcome two great additions to the SCFC family of aircraft - twin twins! After scouring the country in search of a multi-engine trainer, we found that plus an amazing cross country luxury plane as well.


The multi-engine trainer, a Beechcraft model 76 Duchess, is currently undergoing final preparations and will be on the flight line within a week. The Duchess is an ideal airplane for pilots transitioning to multi-engine flying, and will be the foundation of SCFC's multi-engine training program. 


The cool, fast, multi-engine trip plane, a Piper Turbo Seneca II, is on the line and ready for action. With 6 seats and oxygen, this beauty is built for longer trips with friends and gear.


Contact us today (650) 946-1700 to schedule a flight or to inquire about our multi-engine training program.



THAC While Taxiing

A good pilot checks everything on the aircraft prior to departure. For airplane instrument pilots, this includes a check of the bank and yaw indications while taxiing through turns. As my friend Herv� dubbed it, be sure to "THAC right" and "THAC left" on the way to the run up area.

"THAC" (rhymes with "hack") is the acronym for the four flight instruments to check while turning. T - Turn coordinator should indicate yaw into the turn, with ball to the outside of the turn; H - Headings on the heading indicator should increase when turning right, and decrease when turning left; A - Attitude indicator should remain wings level through the turn; and C - Compass should indicate known headings, and show bigger number turning right, smaller numbers turning left.

Be sure to allow gyros to spool up properly before the test and factor in any minor slope of the taxiway.

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Lights: What to Use and When?

So many switches. Picking the right exterior aircraft lighting can be confusing to new pilots. Here's a rundown of the requirements.

Anti-collision lights, like beacons and strobes, should be on any time the aircraft is in operation, unless the pilot determines that safety suggests they would be better off. The best example is bright strobes flashing in the run up area next to another aircraft at night. Navigation lights must be on after sunset and may be lit during the daytime, although most are not bright enough to be seen during the daytime and it's better to save the bulb life. Taxi and landing light use is entirely at your discretion, and can both aid you in seeing obstructions outside the aircraft and aid other pilots in seeing you from afar. AIM guidance encourages landing light use at altitudes below 10,000' MSL, especially within 10 miles of any airport for increased visibility. The AIM also suggests use of all exterior lighting when crossing a runway. When lining up in position on a runway, all lights should be illuminated except the landing light, which is then turned on upon receipt of the takeoff clearance or once the takeoff roll has begun. 



Member Profile - Rebecca Joseph

SCFC: What drew you to aviation?

RJ: The prospect of a four-year scholarship from the Army. My step father taught me to drive on a standard transmission and (with the help of piano lessons as a child), I turned out to have pretty good hand/eye/foot coordination. He recommended I look toward helicopters in the Army...and I never looked back. As soon as I got to flight school, I fell in love with the drum beat of the rotor system.


SCFC: Why helicopters?

RJ: Because they're awesome! Because the Army has more helicopters than planes. Because I LOVE the challenge of controlling a gyro and knowing that everything must be balanced in order for it to fly. I have also never tired of watching a rotor system spin up as the engine starts. I also love the diversity that rotary wing missions offer. You can do so much!


SCFC: What's the coolest thing about flying helicopters?

RJ: Being able to land anywhere...almost. I am so impressed by the aerodynamics that cooperate to make this machine fly, and autorotations are my favorite thing to talk about to people who assume helicopters just fall out of the sky when they lose power. And truly, I love the sound of a heavy helicopter approaching from the distance. Besides that, the maneuverability and flexibility of the helicopter keeps you on your toes and requires full engagement, which makes flying a really fulfilling activity for me.


SCFC: What are your goals for flying?
RJ: I'd like to begin using my Instructor Certificate to teach others how to fly while I'm pursuing my CFII and ATP licenses.


SCFC: And when you're not flying?

RJ: I cook, play piano, practice yoga, hang out with friends and my boyfriend, and walk our dog. I also love to do anything outside, like camping, hiking, and water sports. I'm also trying to become more participant in the Whirly Girls, an international female helicopter pilot association.

The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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Happy Birthday from SCFC

You know we love a good celebration! If you treat yourself to a flight during the week of your birthday, we'll make it extra special by adding on our gift to you - a custom T-shirt. 


Wrap Up 2014 with FlyOutGroup (FOG)

2014 has been an amazing year of FOG adventures. Over 100 pilots participated in the monthly Full Moon Flyers dinner flights, many of them multiple times. And dozens more pilots took part in longer trips, like the Santa Maria Wine Tasting Weekend, California mountain flying weekends, whitewater rafting adventure, Yellowstone Mountain Flying Trip, July 4th Columbia Camping Trip, and Edwards Air Force Base Tour.


We hope you can join us for the last FOG gatherings of 2014. We will celebrate the fun we had together in 2014 and gather ideas for 2015.



December 5 (Fri) 7:00pm 
Full Moon Flyers Year-End Holiday Party

To close out the year, we are hoping to have a really HUGE special Full Moon Flyers event for December. Start planning now. We'll plan for a special custom catered event and hope to make it a reunion of everyone who has joined us for 2014 full-moon flight. 

December 14 (Sun) 12:00pm
FlyOut Lunch to Nut Tree

FOG lunches are ideal for bringing along non-pilot friends. It's a relatively short flight to somewhere just far enough away to feel like a nice getaway. Invite your friends and family to participate in this fun pilot tradition.



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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.

Online Access to SCFC Seminars


San Carlos Flight Center offers a dynamic range of safety seminars and educational events nearly every Wednesday evening and Saturday noon. Flight Center members are able to stream these events live from home and avoid rush hour traffic. If you're considering Community Membership at the Flight Center, give us a call and we'll activate a trial week of Live Web Streaming. Watch the next seminar from home in your pajamas with a bowl of popcorn. Community Membership also gives you access to Members Only events like our ATC guest speaker series, and our upcoming Sim Flying the Bay Tour.


Call (650) 946-1700 today to activate your one-week free trial.