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

Trae Boyd
Jon Chu
Wyatt Cote
James Franke
Andrew Ferris
Nathan Flores
Gary Fusari
Charlie Gates
Eduard Gorina De Travy
Steven Henry
Russ Irwin
Rami Kandah
Rok Krulec
Joyce Lee
Scott Lord
Christian Martine
Riley Nash
William Pitt
Ralph Riddle
Stephen Schick
Brett Sharenow
Patrick Sheehy
Jonathan Smith
Fred Stevens-Smith
Pilar Wolfsteller
Evgeny Zaytsev

Member Achievements

John Carroll
Solo Flight
CFI Kumar Gopal

Herb Patten
CFI Checkride
CFI Brian Eliot

Reinhardt Quelle
Private Pilot Checkride
CFI Jeff Reeder

Robbie Allan
Solo Flight
CFI Jeff Reeder

Paul Duffy
Private PIlot Checkride
CFI Jason Miller

Pop Quiz
A fun monthly
knowledge test.
Beth Kirkpatrick

1. True or False: Being the PIC of a Cessna 182 requires a high performance aircraft endorsement.

2. True or False: The BATD Simulator at SCFC can be used for credit hours towards an Instrument Rating, or to maintain currency of an Instrument Rating.

3: What additional control is commonly found on C182 aircraft?
a. canards, for balance
b. spoilers, for fuel efficiency
c. cowl flaps, for engine cooling
(answers are at the bottom)
SCFC Events and Safety Seminars
Feb 7 (Wed) 7:00pm
May 172 May Help
Me Survive

 Feb 8 (Thur)  7:00pm 
SCFC Special Ops
Monthly Meeting

Feb 10 (Sat)  10:00am
Radio Communication Workshop

Feb 17 (Sat) 12:00pm
The Best Kept Secret in Aviation

Feb 21 (Wed) 7:00pm
Getting Your
Instrument Rating

Feb 23 (Fri) 2:00pm
Auburn: Fly/Golf/Fly

Feb 24 (Sat) 12:00pm
Operations out of Alameda Naval Air
Station, Beale Air Force Base & More

Feb 28 (Wed) 7:00pm
Bravo Transitions and SQL/HAF Safety Operating Procedures

Mar 1 (Thur) 7:00pm
Full Moon Flyers at Monterey

Mar 3 (Sat) 11:00am
G1000 GPS Workshop

Mar 7 (Wed) 7:00pm
Mountain Flying
Events & Trips

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

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

Piper Arrow
N200KR- $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

N59WD - $135/hr

Piper Warrior
N91338 - $125/hr

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

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

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655 Skyway Rd
Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070 
Pop Quiz Answers
1. true
2. true
3. c

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February 2018

Meet Your New Bay: Bay Flight 43

SCFC is excited to expand its fleet of Cessna 182 aircraft and welcome N182EE! These high-performance aircraft make it easier than ever to grab a bag and take a nice long weekend. With the weather warming up it is the perfect time to take a 182 on that trip to Southern California, or get your mountain checkout with ease. This addition opens up availability with our 182s, bringin the total aircraft count to 4. Call (650) 946-1700 or email info@sancarlosflight.com to find out how to get checked out today!

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BATD Simulator Ready for Prime Time

Our BATD (FAA lingo for Basic Aviation Training Device) GNS430W simulator has been upgraded! With faster computer
hardware, new navigation databases, and the ability to be configured to represent most of the aircraft in our fleet, o ur BATD is an inexpensive way of logging creditable  instrument time. Working on an instrument rating? Per 61.65(h), the BATD GNS430W can be used to credit up to ten hours towards an instrument rating. Need to keep your instrument rating current? The BATD can be used for that too (per 61.57(c))!

For February and March, we are offering two free simulator hours to each member pilot. If you've been waiting for the right time to start work on your IFR rating, wait no more. For more information, contact info@sancarlosflight.com or get in touch with your favorite instrument instructor!

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Documenting Oil Requests from Rabbit Fuel Services

SCFC airplane oil doors specify when to add a quart and the correct oil type. Write down the amount of oil you request on the same sheet we provide for writing down tach and hobbs. This will help us track oil consumption. As a reminder, please do not request oil as an extra quart to have in the equipment box unless you are going on a long flight.

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Just the Right Amount of Fuel
A lot of SCFC planes are on an "auto-fill" system with the fuel service, but we do request some help from our pilots as well. Fueling is a sensitive issue. A lot of pilots are taught that there is never too much fuel, but occasionally, too much fuel in the plane means a pilot will not be able to fly. This problem can occur when a pilot requests to fill the plane up completely and spends a half hour in the pattern. Out of courtesy to the next pilot, please be mindful to only fill up what you need for your trip and a little extra as a buffer in case something unexpected happens.

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50 vs 100 Hour Inspections

What is the difference between a 50 and 100 hour inspection? The purpose of conducting 50 hour inspections is a proactive maintenance check on an engine's performance as well as an oil change. 50 hours are not mandated by the FAA so it is okay when the inspection is done earlier or later than 50 hours. A 100 hour inspection is more substantial and usually follows specific instructions from the aircraft's manufacturer. A number of AD's require compliance every 100 hours, so these are completed as well.

SCFC uses Flight Schedule Pro v4 to track upcoming inspections. When  an inspection is due within the next  15 hours, the aircraft becomes  flagged yellow on the schedule. When an inspection expires, the aircraft is flagged red. 

This may concern pilots who have upcoming flights, especially checkrides. When a 50 hour becomes overdue, don't worry! We know your flight/checkride is important and will ensure your plane is ready to fly.

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Member Profile: Erik Elfving

SCFC: When did you realize you wanted to be a pilot?
EE: April 2015. I always had an interest but the rest of my family was deathly afraid of planes. I decided to take the plunge when a student of mine mentioned that he was interested in getting his license too.

SCFC: How has learning to fly helped you outside of aviation?
EE:  It has definitely helped my awareness in driving and in recognizing my current mental health status. It has also helped make some elements of my interpersonal communications more concise.

SCFC: What adventures do you see for yourself in the future?
EE:  I'd lke to do ski trips where I fly myself and avoid the traffic. I want to try different aircraft, both bigger and smaller than the C172s I fly, and of course IFR training as well.

SCFC: What experiences do you treasure most from your training
so far?
EE:  My favorite memory is from IFR training in actual IMC.  We lost radios, had to trouble shoot it, and then had a very gusty landing akin to a roller coaster.  Believe it or not, it made me want to take IFR training!

SCFC: What are your interests outside of aviation?
EE:  I paint and do/teach ceramics. I climb. I love to read and watch movies or go to concerts. I like to travel (Asia and Europe mostly), and I enjoy skiing and other winter sports events although I am awful at them.

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FOG Lunch: Charles M. Schulz Airport
Friday February 9, 12:00pm

This month we fly to beautiful Santa Rosa and land at the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS). Sky Lounge Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is our destination for lunch this month. You can't beat the view as you approach and land. After lunch, we'll be heading over to the Pacific Coast Air Museum to take a walk through aviation history. Bring a friend or family member and show them what makes flying your favorite hobby. Make sure to sign up  online or email  kanani@sancarlosflight.com .

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Upwind Scholarship Program Applications Due February 23!

The Upwind Foundation, now in its sixth year of awarding flight training scholarships to Bay Area young people, has released, has released the 2018 scholarship applications and program dates. Upwind aims to provide flight and ground training for high school students, preparing them to obtain their Private Pilot certificate during the summer between their junior and senior year.

Applications are now being accepted. To learn more about the 2018 program, visit the Upwind Scholarship Program Website. Application submissions are due by 5:00pm on Friday,February 23, 2018, and can be downloaded here.

Donations supporting the Upwind Foundation are gratefully accepted. 

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2-Day California Mountain Flying
March 17 - 18 (Sat - Sun)
Spring weather brings cool temperatures, clear skies and smooth air. It can also occasionally bring the threat of snow and ice, which are good things to learn to respect during trips to airports at higher elevations. If you are interested in signing up for some fun and educational mountain flying now is the time to do it! We are looking forward to flying in and around the beautiful spring mountain scenery. The deadline to sign up is March 2nd! Two pilots, one CFI in each C182. We depart Saturday morning crisscrossing the Sierras exploring Mammoth, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe and other airports, with an overnight stay in Tahoe, before more mountain flying and the trip home on Sunday

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FlyOutGroup Santa Maria Wine Tasting Weekend
April 6 - 8 (Fri - Sun)
It is that time of year again! Time to
head south to Santa 
Maria and taste some of the best wines California has to offer. On March 25th we will embark on our annual journey, visiting the Costa Del Oro winery and other fine vineyards while enjoying the company of our fellow FOG members.  

This is a perfect trip for pilots to introduce their spouses to flying. The short flight combined with the beautiful scenery and fantastic wine makes it a great way to introduce those close to you to your favorite hobby. Reservations have just opened, but space is very limited. Sign up now or risk missing out on the most popular FOG trip of the year!

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Countdown to 5-Day Colorado Mountain Trip
June 27 - July 1 (Wed - Sun)

The countdown to June's FOG Colorado trip has begun and this trip has it all! Five days and four nights of challenging, spectacular, exhilarating flying adventure combined with a mountain retreat. Safety in numbers as you practice mountain flying in the Wasatch and Rocky Mountain ranges with a CFI on board and in the company of several other planes. And incredible photo opportunities as you fly stunning mountain passes, traverse the majestic Grand Canyon, and even stop in to Death Valley. We launch early in the morning on Wednesday, June 27 and return late Sunday, July 1.

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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.

Beat the traffic, enjoy FAA Safety Seminars from the comfort of your home, and still get Wings Credit!

Did you know, as a SCFC member, you can stream our live & our archived safety seminars and still get wings credit?  And as a SCFC Web Member for $20 per month, your fellow pilots living elsewhere can do the same?  Sure beats driving in heavy traffic on a week night after work, or from the central valley, to attend.  Spread the word to your fellow pilots so they too can enjoy this benefit.

Have an idea for a Safety Seminar or know someone who could share their knowledge to help their fellow pilots?  Contact  dave@sancarlosflight.com with your suggestions. 

SCFC is committed to having the safest pilots in California, and everything can be an opportunity to learn.