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

Member News 

Welcome New Members


Don Blanchard

Howie Bruno

Mark Centoni

Aaren Chan

Carl Chatfield

Sandy Dondici

Leonardo Faye

Farhad Kashani

Kat Marquez-Baird

Ben Maser

David Murray

Mario Salinas

Adhiraj Somani

Andres Stahle

Tom Werner

John Woll


Member Achievements

Sorin Cioban

First Solo Flight

CFI Adam Kelly


Jeff Hermansen

Instrument Pilot

CFI Kevin Hyberger


Dave Kramer

Instrument Pilot

CFIs Brian Eliot
and Clark Harrell


Michael Mainiero

Commercial Pilot

CFI Pamela McCarthy


Tyler Olson

First Solo Flight

CFI Kevin Hyberger


Joel Slater

Commercial Pilot

CFI Miguel Mundo


Russ Smathers

Private Pilot

CFI Justin Phillipson


Randall Walliser

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI Darryl Kalthof


Pop Quiz

A fun monthly knowledge test.

Imagine a normal approach to the runway on a normal day.  Your approach includes: a normal power setting, a normal airspeed, normal flap extensions, and the choice of when to turn base. As a thought experiment, determine how you would modify your choice about where to turn base in the following situations, if all other factors remained unchanged.

1) Where would you turn base on a day with no wind, or even a slight tailwind?

2) Where would you turn base if flaps were stuck full out?

3) Where would you turn base if your engine were unreliable or only developing partial power?

4) Where would you turn base at an airport with a higher than standard traffic pattern? 


(answers are at the bottom)

Safety Seminars
and SCFC Events


Destination Strange, Part 2: Flying in the Old World

Reporting Points in the Bay Area

Monthly BBQ

YAW: Young Aviators Weekend Program

Student and New PIlot Support Group

Electricity for Pilots

Flying the SF Bay Tour

CFI Round-Table: Teaching Tailwheel

Off Airport Helicopter Landings

Approach Plate Lunch

Practical Risk Management

Flying to Alaska

Considering an Instrument Rating?

Events & Trips
Full Moon Flyers to Willows-Glenn

FOG Lunch in Petaluma

Five Museums in Five Days

2015 FOG Colorado Trip

The Fleet


Robinson R22

N111AH - $295/hr


Robinson R44

N447S - $495/hr


N8010F  - $100/hr
N24896 - $102/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
N6198N - $177/hr

C182 - G1000

N182BG - $238/hr

N1483L - $243/hr

Cirrus SR20

N353CA - $255/hr

Piper Warrior

N91338 - $115/hr


Piper Archer

N6848J - $150/hr

Piper Arrow

N200KR - $195/hr

Super Decathlon

N66405 - $140/hr



N59WD - $135/hr



Beechcraft 76 Duchess

N83ER - $295/hr


Turbo Seneca II

N14GQ - $330/hr



Multi-Screened G1000 - $75/hr

Xwind 200 - $250/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) Turn base farther from the airport due to the faster than normal ground speed and shallower approach angle on final.

2) Turn base tighter to the runway because your descent angle will be steeper than normal.

3) Turn base closer to the runway to reduce the need for power.  If possible, make an unpowered glide to the runway.

4) Turn base farther out.  You'll need more time and glide distance to lose the extra altitude.


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April 2015


New Member Benefit: Runway Cameras

Many of us sit a home planning flights, wondering what the airport microclimate is like. Wouldn't it be nice to have an airport web cam?


Wonder no more! SCFC has installed two runway cams for your benefit, one facing each end of the runway. SCFC Renting and Community Members may now view these runway cams 24 hours a day on the Members Only portion of the SCFC website at http://sancarlosflight.com/runway-cams.


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Ground School Starts Next Week

Our popular Private Pilot Ground School starts up again this week. It's offered Sundays at 10:00am and Tuesdays at 6:30pm, runs for 12 weeks, and gives you all the knowledge and preparation you need to pass the FAA Knowledge test. The classes are taught concurrently so students are welcome to attend either day. Instructor Herb Patten offers extra help and bonus class sessions to make SCFC students fully prepared and confident.


To sign up, contact the front desk at (650) 946-1700 today.

Praise and Respect for the Starter Motor

Starter motors convert stored electrical energy into enough motive force to turn a cold engine. This is a tremendous conversion of energy and generates a lot of heat. Overuse, or repeated starts without allowing adequate cooling can shorten the life of the starter.


When starting your engine, make an appropriate priming decision and allow any added fuel time to vaporize. Engage the starter until the engine starts, but use care not to run the starter for more than 5-10 seconds. If the attempt fails, wait at least 30 seconds (or the time specified in your aircraft POH) before trying again to allow the starter to cool. If after a few attempts, the engine has not started, shutdown the aircraft and seek assistance from a mechanic or a CFI.


As GA pilots, we should be grateful that electric starter motors were invented, helping us stay alive with all ten fingers. As a sign of respect, be sure to understand how not to damage this essential safety device.


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Airspeed on Final: Energy to Be Managed

A pilot's goal on final should be a stable airspeed all the way down to the runway. But what airspeed? Most POHs include a normal approach speed for pilots to use as a starting point. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.


If there are gusts or turbulence, your approach speed should be slightly higher - add half the gust factor to your normal approach speed. If there is a strong crosswind component, you should also increase final approach speed to give increased rudder authority and have more energy to overcome the drag created by the sideslip in the flare.


In some emergency or unusual situations, such as when landing on a very short runway or in a forced landing off airport, most POHs specify a slower speed of about 1.3 VS0. Landing with little airspeed means having little energy to dissipate, so a shorter flare and ground roll. Use caution: a slower than normal approach is only for unusual or emergency situations, and adds greater risk to the landing. A normal landing should have a normal stable approach speed. 



Member Profile: Terri Mead

SCFC: What inspired you to learn to fly?

TM: My dad flew fixed wing out of KHWD when I was a kid and one day at an airshow, I got to go up in a helicopter. I said to myself, "One day I will fly one of these." I dreamed of it for years and only told my husband. He got tired of hearing me say it and gave me a discovery flight for my 28th birthday hoping I would shut up. That was 7 years ago and he regrets the gift daily.


SCFC: Do your friends and family like to go flying with you?

TM: My daughter Rachel is my best passenger and co-pilot although I love sharing flight with anyone who is interested and excited. My husband Zeke and my son Adam couldn't care less about flying. I think they are weird.


SCFC: Tell us about a favorite flying trip or memory.

TM: Any time I got to fly with my dad as a kid I loved it. My mom never knew that he would practice stalls with me in his Cessna 152 or that he let me fly. I loved flying to Calistoga for ice cream cones or to the Nut Tree for lunch.


SCFC: What are your aviation goals?

TM: To finish my commercial rating. I recently passed the oral with flying colors but failed the practical doing confined spaces so once I get a few more practice flights in, I plan to ace the remaining maneuvers. For me, it's all about becoming a better and safer pilot.


SCFC: What are you most proud of when it comes to aviation?

TM: I once heard that 5% of the population flies, 5% of those are helicopter pilots, and 5% of those are women which amounts to about 5000 female helicopter pilots in the world. I am exceptionally proud to be one of them.


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

TM: I consult with life sciences companies on IT strategy, IT compliance, and IT project management. I enjoy spending time with my husband Zeke and children (Adam 14 and Rachel 10), and our pit bull Violet. In my spare time I play tennis, travel, enjoy gourmet cooking, drinking good wine, and sipping cocktails with our friends.  


The Member Profile is a regular newsletter feature,  

designed to help SCFC members get to know one another.


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Fly Like a Girl

The women of SCFC have formed a new program aimed at inspiring and supporting women pilots. Fly Like a Girl connects current and aspiring women pilots in an informal monthly forum. Please join us on Thursday, April 16 at 7:00pm for our next meeting. We will share with you the ideas we've come up with so far, form of a quick focus group to share new ideas and plan upcoming meetings. Our first events will be a combination of social activities, flying opportunities, and airport improvement projects. Join us if you are proud to Fly Like a Girl. 


April 22-26 (Wed-Sun)

5 Museums in 5 Days

Aviation history enthusiasts, unite! The Pacific Northwest is home to so many great aviation museums, so the Bay Area FlyOutGroup (FOG) has put together a long weekend trip to visit some favorites. In five days, we will fly up the coast to Seattle and back, visiting five great aviation museums and seeing some spectacular aerial vistas. Grab a plane (and a CFI if needed) and join us. There is also potential for some actual IMC, making this a great opportunity for IFR training or currency.


Click here for more information.


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July 1-5 (Wed-Sun) 

2015 FOG Colorado Trip

More details are now available for this year's Colorado FOG trip, and it's going to be great fun! In this year's new route, we depart the Bay Area bound for Salt Lake City, landing at this GA-friendly Class B airport. After a night downtown, we fly to the heart of the Rockies for two nights in Salida, Colorado. Mornings are spent flying stunning mountain passes, with afternoons and evenings spent exploring this laid-back mountain town. Day four we head west bound for Vegas, baby! (Bonus: Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Sin City.) Day five we make the journey home, with an optional overflight of the Grand Canyon. Prepare to be challenged and amazed on this perennial FOG favorite.


Click here for more information.

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We keep our  online calendar updated, so bookmark this p age: 
 http://www.sancarlosflight.com/activities/calendar. Better yet, follow the instructions at the top of the page to add this calendar to your iPhone.
Get Ready for Summer Flying with a Flight Review

Complete a flight review or new member checkout in the month of April, and receive one hour of CFI time as a bonus. Review those skills, reset your pilot currency, or get checked out to fly aircraft in the best flight school in the country.


Call today to schedule your flight review or checkout (650) 946-1700. Mention code word "APRILCFI" for your one hour CFI credit.