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

Joshua Andaya
Lidor Avigad
Jeff Barrett
Robert Cowherd
Adrien Hsieh
Robert Krzykawski
Cyrus Shen
Carlos Tirado
Kristine Zeigler

Member Achievements

Scott Lord
Solo Flight
CFI Stephen Heesacker

Thomas Pelletier
Solo Flight
CFI Drew Shevelow

Aaron Fox
Solo Flight
CFI Sid Basu

Steven Steffen
Solo Flight
CFI Kevin Petrie

Nathan Flores
Solo Flight
CFI Patti Andrews

Josephine Pham-Gia
Solo Flight
CFI Sid Basu

John Lindstrom
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Kumar Gopal

Nick Williams
Solo Flight
CFI Drew Shevelow

Cole Ettingoff
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Stephen Heesacker
Pop Quiz: BAY FLIGHT Edition
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Beth Kirkpatrick

1. To calculate PST, we adjust UTC time by:
a. Adding 6 hours
b. Subtracting 8 hours
c. Subtracting 7 hours

2. True or False: A layer of frost can reduce lift by up to 30% and increase drag by up to 40%.

3: In severe turbulence, a Pilot should:
a. Slow to maneuvering speed 
b. Focus on flight attitude; allow changes to airspeed & altitude 
c. Disconnect autopilot
d. All of the above

(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Nov 7 (Wed) 7:00pm
Flying in No Mans Sky

Nov 10 (Sat) 12:00pm
Turbulence - All Shook Up

Nov 14 (Wed) 7:00pm
What Every Pilot Needs to Know About Operating Turbo Aircraft

Nov 17 (Sat) 12:00pm
Astronaut Cognition

Nov 28 (Wed) 7:00pm
Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast

Events & Trips
Nov 9 (Fri) 12:00pm
Petaluma 29er Diner

Nov 15-18 (Thurs - Sun)
Disneyland Weekend

The Fleet
C182 - G1000
N1483L - $238/hr
N123TZ - $228/hr

N182EE - $205/hr
N9894E - $195/hr

C172S - G1000
N63251 - $180/hr
N6198N - $180/hr
N646DW - $172/hr

C172S - 6-pack
N410BS - $163/hr
N236SP - $163/hr
N458SP - $163/hr 
N652SP - $163/hr
N106RA - $163/hr

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

N734WZ - $140/hr

Piper Archer
N6848J - $160/hr

Super Decathlon
N66405 - $140/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $125/hr

N714SW- $122/hr
N111RK - $115/hr
N5369H - $110/hr

BATD GNS-430W - $30/hr
 (member prices shown) 
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(650) 946-1700

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Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070 
Pop Quiz Answers
1. c
2. True
3. d

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November 2018

Best in the West!
We are sure you have heard the news by
now, but if not, San Carlos Flight Center won Best Flight School in the West at the AOPA Summit in October.

SCFC is an amazing community of pilot who come together and contribute energy and fun to aviation. Together, we are the Flight Center. So congratulations to all of us, we are all the best in the west!

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XW Simulator is Back
Yes, that's right the legendary SCFC Crosswind simulator is back in service. San Carlos airport is famous for the crosswinds that sometimes plague pilots, but not those that have trained using the simulator. One training session is the equivalent of scores of landings, without all those hours in the traffic pattern. This training is a MUST for pilots that operate out of airports with challenging crosswinds, like San Carlos. Book a session now by contacting the Front Desk at  650-946-1700 .

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Community Innovation: METAR Board in SCFC Lobby
After seeing a similar project on the /r/flying subreddit, SCFC community member Kyle Harmon decided to create a real time weather board, gifting a version of it for the SCFC lobby. Using microcontrollers, Kyle built a wifi enabled light board that connects to the internet every 5 minutes, downloading and parsing the weather data for every airport in the area directly from the aviationweather.gov API and updating the LED colors. For those of you interested in the technical details, Kyle documented the development process and code on his blog.

The controller has been designed so that there is no back-end server to maintain. However, should the API be updated in a way that breaks the system, he will make the necessary modifications to keep it up and running. 

In addition to working on an inset for the LA area for his personal map, Kyle is also contemplating creating a nautical version of the map that interprets buoy data off the coast of Cape Cod for a friend. 

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November Brings Holidays and Holiday Hours
The office will be closed:
Monday, November 12th
Thursday, November 22nd
Friday, November 23rd.

If you would like to fly on a day the office is closed, please make your reservation before 2pm the day before closures so that the front desk can ensure your keybook is placed in the lockbox.

Additionally, there will be no safety seminars on Wednesday, November 21st or Sunday, November 24th, but make sure to check out the activities and events page for all our upcoming events!

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Tips from the Tower
Lately, our friends in the tower have noticed some inconsistencies in the radio techniques used by pilots flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport. To ensure efficient communication, please remember that your radio calls should be as complete and succinct as possible. While these are just a few tips on how to improve your radio communication techniques, you can also review the Radio Communication seminar led by Dan Dyer and Herb Patten on October 13.
  • Listen before you speak: When you call ground or the tower, be sure to listen to the frequency for a moment before you speak to ensure you are not talking over another pilot. Remember, at San Carlos the Controller is frequently covering both Tower & Ground frequencies, so if you can, listen to both prior to transmission.
  • Keep your first call short: Once you have a silent break to transmit, the tower requests that you provide only your call sign and wait to be acknowledged before going through your entire request. 
  • Ground Clearance: Here at San Carlos the clearance limit, the farthest point you are cleared to go, is typically the runup area of the assigned runway. Be sure to read back your instructions as stated by the controller. If you read back "Cleared, Runway 30" but are cleared to the runup, ATC is required to repeat instructions until they obtain a correct readback.
  • Pattern Instructions: Be sure to include any traffic mentioned by the controller. If your read back does not include traffic, ATC is required to restate your traffic to verify you have it in sight before they can issue your landing clearance. Remember, until you hear the word "CLEARED" in your instruction, you do not have clearance to land!
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Don't Push the Spinner
Our aircraft's powerplants are strong, and move the airplane through the air with great force. But the spinner, the pointed, cone shaped structure attached to the propeller - is not! Don't touch or push on the spinner, ever. Fashioned out of thin aluminum, the spinner exists only to guide oncoming air into the engine air intakes for cooling. Although it is attached to the propeller, it does not have anywhere near the physical strength of the heavy aluminum propeller. 

If you, your passengers, or anyone pushes back on the spinner, it can tear and cause small cracks. Tears and small cracks may not seem like a problem, but at full RPM can cause the spinner to tear itself loose, imbalancing the propeller and endangering your life. So remember - never push on the spinner!

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Clear the Runway, Clear the Exit
It is important to clear the runway as soon as practicable after landing. This not only frees up the runway for other aircraft but it also moves you to a safer location. Here at San Carlos we have very constrained taxiways, so not only should you clear the runway but make sure you clear the exit. After clearing the runway, turn onto the parallel taxiway and move far enough away from the exit to allow room if another aircraft needs to exit. Remember, clear the runway and clear the exit!

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Member Profile: Josephine Pham-Gia
SCFC: When did you realize you wanted to be a pilot? 
JPG:  I think it's the people that we encounter in life that sometimes have the most profound effect on our decisions to embark on something new. Working in the aviation industry has exposed me to the joys of flying and enabled me to meet a wide array of people from all walks of life, but it wasn't until I was asked the simple question of whether I had ever thought about learning how to fly from a now retired pilot that my curiosity was jumpstarted. His inquiry seemed genuine, which left a mark on me. Shorty after, I began research on what it entails to become a pilot and different flight schools in the Bay Area. 

SCFC: How has the process of learning to fly helped you outside of aviation? Do you see a connection to learning how to fly an airplane to other things in your life?
JPG:  Learning the basic ropes of flying poses its own challenges, especially when you can only do it intermittently due to other obligations in life. It's a process that requires a lot of patience and diligence. You see your skills morph from being coarse and unrefined to holding more fine-tuned capabilities. It doesn't happen overnight but it makes you aware of the rewards that continuous practice can yield. Leaning to fly has helped me understand that pilots must know how to simultaneously use automatization and art when completing tasks. CFI Sid Basu has been a tremendous mentor throughout this journey. 

SCFC: What are your aviation goals?
JPG:  I feel lucky to have a flexible work schedule, allowing me to put in the necessary time to further my skills. My goal is to be able to enjoy the freedoms that flying in this country has to offer and to enjoy the process of each day as it comes. In the future I want to be an inspiration to others and look forward to spending time with friends and family in the air.

SCFC: What are your interests outside of aviation? 
JPG:  If I am not spending time at the airport then I enjoy dedicating my time to travel, either in the U.S. or in a foreign country. Experiencing different cultures and their cuisines have always been on my to-do list. It never seems to get old. I can also be just as content staying at home, indulging in a good read or going through the photos that I enjoy taking while on the road.  

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Meet the CFI: Mari  Baratto
SCFC is excited to welcome our newest CFI - Mari Baratto. Mari started her flying career back in her home country of Brazil. After she obtained her ANAC Commercial License and a B.S. in Aeronautical Science, Mari came to the U.S. to pursue a professional career. Passionate about sharing the joy of flying, Mari focuses on a safe and positive learning environment.

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Brings Bay Area Pilots Together
BAY FLIGHT 2018 conference was a phenomenal success with over 130 pilots, students, and presenters in attendance. This first-ever event showcased depth of talent in the SF Bay Area general aviation community. Pilots in attendance were excited to meet each other, attend safety presentations by Bay Area luminaries, and learn new skills and procedures to increase the safety of flight.

Rod Machado roused the crowd with a Kickoff Presentation on the importance of adhering to a personal moral code for making flight decisions. Conference attendees were then free to choose between three simultaneous tracks of compelling safety seminars. Noted SF Bay Area flight instructors Eliot Floersch, Howard Donner, and Jason Miller gave seminars along with representatives from the emerging electric airplane industry. During the break between morning and afternoon seminars, pilots had time to make new acquaintances and share stories over lunch, enjoying the beautiful weather and views of the Redwood City marina. After lunch, seminars continued with speakers from ForeFlight, the National Weather Service, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The program was capped off with a once-in-a-lifetime panel of local controllers from Bay Area, including Oakland Center, NorCal Approach and local towers. Controllers and pilots unanimously agreed that having a forum like this will improve the communication between pilots and controllers and enhance aviation safety in the Bay Area.

Video recordings of ALL the seminars will be made available to attendees so they can watch the seminars that they could not attend.  More information on conference video recordings can be found at  www.bayflight18.com.

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FOG Lunch: Petaluma
November 9 (Fri) - 12:00pm
This month we head up the coast to Petaluma Municipal Airport (O69) for lunch at the popular Two Niner Diner. It's a perfect opportunity for logging a cross country flight, or for stopping at airports along the way to practice approaches or performance take-offs and landings.

Bring along friends and family members to this great diner, and show them what fun you have with your favorite hobby. Students and CFIs - FOG lunches make a great cross country destination!

We are encouraging everyone to take along a student pilot, to share the fun. Please sign up so we can get an accurate headcount. Pilots - please list any open seats in your plane. Students - please sign up, then contact those with open seats to ride along.

FOG Weekend: Disneyland!
November 15 - 18 (Thurs - Sun)
Join your FOG friends for a fun and magic-filled weekend. Call in sick to the office and take the kids out of school - we're going to Disneyland! 

Fly into Fullerton (KFUL) or John Wayne (KSNA), and stay at the Clementine Hotel and Suites Anaheim, or your choice of local hotels. Usually FOG pilots will arrange to meet as a group for a lunch or dinner in the parks. Feel free to join us or spend the whole day with your family/friends and Mickey. 

Please sign-up to give us an accurate headcount. Any questions, contact us at flyoutgroup@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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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.

Fall Membership Drive!
Now through November 30th

It's time to FALL in love with flying! Do you have a friend who has been thinking about flying but needs the extra push? Well now's the time to commit and get up in the air with these fantastic fall deals!

New Members
$0 activation fee
and first month free
SCFC Members
Save 10% when you pre-pay 
12 months member dues

Drop by the office or give us a call at  650-946-1700  to start saving today!