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

Member News 

Welcome New Members


Thomas Armbruster

William Bencze

Nigel Chanter

Sorin Cioban

Nicholas Davidson

Robert Forrest

John Lucero

Pamela McCarthy, CFI

Greg Melvin

Jonathan Millin

Steve Merlan

Mark Smith



Member Achievements


David Corbett

First Solo Flight

CFI Miguel Mundo


Benjamin Damm

Private Pilot

CFI Tucker Lambert


Josh Ellis

First Solo Flight

CFI Adam Kelly


David Kramer

Private Pilot

CFI Clark Harrell


Anna McKendry

First Solo Flight

CFI Nariman Farsaie


Mark Smith

Private Pilot

CFI Lisa Dyball


TFR Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test.


1) Is compliance with a TFR required by regulation or just advisable?


2) Why are TFRs created around wildfires?


3) True or False: While a pilot is receiving flight following services, the responsibility for TFR avoidance is the controller's.


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


Real World Decision-Making: When Others are Relying on You

Risk Awareness: Understanding Your Liability to Your Passengers

CFI Round-Table: The New SCFC Private Pilot Syllabus

The Pilot-Controller Partnership
(SCFC Members Only)

Aerodynamics 202 for Private Pilots

Destination: Las Vegas

Approach Plate Lunch:
Arc to Final

New Member Orientation

Investigating Aircraft Ownership: Flight Center Edition

Instrument Ground School Begins

Events & Trips

Full Moon Flyers
Dinner at Santa Rosa

Viva Las Vegas Weekend

The Fleet

Super Decathlon

N66405 - $140/hr



N59WD - $135/hr

C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr

N1483L - $243/hr 


C172S - G1000

N646DW - $172/hr  

N63251 - $177/hr

C172S - 6-pack

N458SP - $155/hr

N236SP - $155/hr

N21263 - $158/hr

N494SP - $155/hr

N907LP - $155/hr



N24896 - $102/hr 
N8010F - $100/hr 


Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr


Piper Warrior

N91338 - $115/hr


Piper Archer

N6848J - $135/hr


Piper Arrow

N200KR - $195/hr



N8332T - $285/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) Required by regulation

2) To provide a safe environment for the operation of firefighting aircraft.

3) False


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October 2014


IFR Ground School Starts October 30

Don't let the marine layer keep you grounded. Start on the path to earning your instrument rating with SCFC's Instrument Ground School. The course is taught by Brian Eliot, a CFII with a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.


What: SCFC's Instrument Ground School

When: Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, starting October 30

How long: 12 weeks. October 30, 2014 through February 5, 2015. (no classes 11/27, 12/25, or 1/1)

Cost: $280

For more info or to register: Call (650) 946-1700


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And Warrior Makes Three

Last month, we added a Piper Warrior to the fleet. The addition of Bay Flight 22 (N91338) rounds out the SCFC Piper family and gives low-wing pilots a variety of choices. From Warrior, to Archer, to Arrow, there's now a Piper airplane in the SCFC Fleet that will suit your next mission.


(P.S. Stay tuned for another exciting Piper family announcement)


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SCFC Flight Instructors Receive AOPA Honors

Congratulations to CFI Tucker Lambert who was one of the Top Ten Outstanding Flight Instructors in the 2014 AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards. Tucker accepted the award in person at the Federick, MD AOPA Fly-In event on Saturday, October 4th.

Four other SCFC instructors made the 2014 Honor Roll: Patti Andrews, Sue Ballew, Dan Dyer, and Kevin Hyberger.

These awards recognize CFIs who exemplify the best qualities in flight training. 3,600 people completed the poll. 1,500 flight instructors were evaluated. The instructors at San Carlos Flight Center are among the best in the world, and we celebrate their commitment and success. Thank you to all who cast votes in the poll.



Radio Readbacks - Just Enough and No More

It's easy for new pilots to get confused about how much to read back on the radio. Everything? Just the numbers? In a busy radio environment like SQL, the right answer is to read back only what's required by ATC and then the minimum extra information that ensures effective communication.

Pilots should read back those parts of ATC clearances and instructions containing altitude assignments, vectors, and runway assignments. Beyond that, radio frequencies, altimeter settings, and other numbers are usually read back to confirm you've heard them right. If you're unsure about what gets read back or not, ask your favorite CFI, go on an ATC tower visit, or attend one of the Flight Center's radio communication workshops.


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Oil Caps: Finger Tight is Just Right

After checking oil, the oil cap should be thread gently back onto the oil filler neck. It's important not to torque this cap down too tightly. Heat expansion of the various metals can cause the cap to jam, which then creates stress on the filler neck attachment when the next pilot attempts to open it. The oil sump is not a pressurized part of the oil system, so finger tight is all you need.



Member Profile - Gurnish Anand

SCFC: What inspired you to learn to fly?

GA: My first job out of college was with a bank. They owned a Cessna 182S and flew their loan officers to coastal towns for appraisals. I got to fly once with them and totally fell in love with GA flying. It took me a few years to make that first step toward getting my PPL. 


SCFC: What are your aviation goals?

GA: Mostly to fly for fun but I also want to work on making this my career at some point.


SCFC: How does it feel to be an airplane owner? (N494SP)

GA: Proud! I plan on (hopefully) buying a few more once I understand the intricacies around maintenance, management, and operating it as a business.


SCFC: Where are your favorite places to fly with friends?

GA: Monterey and Harris Ranch. Add food to the mix and it's a recipe for a good lunch or dinner, whether it's a decent burger at the Monterey airport, a lavish steak dinner in Harris Ranch, or seafood at the Stillwater Bar & Grill.


SCFC: What is your most memorable trip?

GA: My first trip to Las Vegas with two other friends. I flew nonstop to Henderson, and it was my longest flight both in terms of distance and time. We got picked up by a limo on the ramp and taken to our hotel on the strip. It felt like a 5-star treatment! Also the idea of flying back without a set departure time was great.


SCFC: What do you do when you're not flying?

GA: I own/run a medical company and work as an IT consultant staring at website/database performance issues all day long.


The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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SCFC Maintenance - Not Just for Flight Center Planes

SCFC has become the center of activity for many members of the flying community at San Carlos Airport, including a number of people who own their own planes and don't need to rent from a school. We're excited to deepen the community relationship by opening our maintenance hangar doors to friends of the Flight Center, for SQL aircraft that need on-field service.


The SCFC Maintenance Team offers top-notch service at reasonable prices. Give us a call today to discuss your maintenance needs at (650) 946-1700.



Preparing for Winter Flying

Cooler days are coming, and that means some great winter flying possibilities. What new winter adventures await you this year? Consider scheduling your mountain checkout to take advantage of denser air. Or start preparing for an awesome one-day ski odyssey with the FlyOutGroup. Join us for a two-day CA Mountain Training weekend, or turn cloudy skies into an advantage by staring off on instrument training (new IFR Ground School starts on October 30).


The holidays come quickly upon us so get started planning your own winter adventure early. Contact the Flight Center at (650) 946-1700 for tips and other ideas.


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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. Fall weather often provides a clear, smooth crossing over the Sierras, without the intense summer heat on The Strip.


Join us for a pre-trip planning session on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm when we present Destination: Las Vegas.


Click here for more details, including how to join the fun.


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Edward's AFB Trip Recap

Last month, 36 FlyOutGroup (FOG) members made the trip to Mojave Airport as part of FOG's 2014 tour of Edward's Air Force Base. Temperatures were great, the shuttle bus went almost exactly according to plan, and the pilots were treated to rare sightings of some of the military's fastest and most modern aviation technology. It was a great trip. The group size was limited and we are already planning a return visit in 2015. Thanks to everyone who helped one FOG plane recover from a blown tire.


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Way to

Aircraft partnerships are a great way to get your feet wet in aircraft
ownership without taking on the full risk, or the full investment. Several of
the SCFC aircraft are owned by member partnerships and we continue to
form new member groups to keep our flight line expanding. If you're
interested in joining your fellow SCFC members in aircraft ownership,
contact us at (650) 946-1700. The best partners are people you've already
met through the Flight Center, and share a common interest. 

Want to know more about being an Owner? Join us on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00pm for Investigating Aircraft Ownership: Flight Center Edition.