Mission

  • Our mission is to promote and protect San Carlos Airport and its flight operations, and to enhance the safety and spirit of general aviation through participation in local community activities.

Background

  • The San Carlos Airport Association (SCAPA) has represented pilots and friends of the Airport since our founding in 1986.

Live View of San Carlos Airport (SQL)

San Carlos METAR

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    A METAR describes the current weather at an airport. Click here to learn how to read a METAR.


SQL Notams

  • Click here and enter KSQL in the Locations box to read the Notices to Airmen (Notams) about San Carlos Airport.

ASOS from Half Moon Bay Airport (HAF)

Chapter

Contact

  • Email: webmaster at sancarlosairport.org
  • Our mailing address:
    San Carlos Airport Association
    P.O. Box 1183
    San Carlos, CA 94070
 

Archive for the 'Announcements' Category

The San Carlos Airport Association is pleased to announce that our President, Ms. Carol Ford, was named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious AOPA Joseph P. Crotti Award for General Aviation Advocacy in California at the recent California Aviation Day on April 20, 2016 in Sacramento. The following photo shows Carol shortly after the presentation with (from left to right) Melissa King, Director, Office of Talent Development, Federal Aviation Administration, Carol Ford, John Pfeifer, formerly of the FAA and AOPA and now with Advocation, Inc. in Sacramento, and Charlene Fulton, Board Secretary of the California Pilots Association.


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AOPA’s Joseph P. Crotti Award for General Aviation Advocacy in California is named in honor of Joe Crotti. Mr. Crotti was a longtime Chief of the California Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. Subsequent to his retirement from DOT, he became AOPA’s first Western Regional Representative and was instrumental in the development of the Regional Representative program.

The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to general aviation advocacy in the state of California. It is awarded on an irregular basis but no more frequently than once per year. Recipient selection is by consensus of the Western Pacific Regional Manager and AOPA Government Affairs staff.

Former Recipients:

1994 William H. Walters
1995 Connie Eccles
1996 Senator Richard Mountjoy
1997 Susan J. Larson
1998 James H. Gates
1999 Richard G. Dyer
2000 John L. Pfeifer
2001 No award given
2002 No award given
2003 Tom Weil
2004 No award given
2005 Austin Wiswell
2006 No award given
2007 No award given
2008 Elliot Sanders
2009 No award given
2010 Jolie Lucas
2011 No award given
2012 Jay White
2013 No award given
2014 No award given
2015 Carol Ford

posted by Administrator3 Apr 30, 2016  05:04 PM
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Please note the following message from Airport Staff

Subject: parking lot construction paving project SQL

As part of finishing the Fuel Farm Relocation and Pump Station Rehabilitation Project, PG&E is required to perform work in the terminal building parking lot to connect their existing power to the Airport’s new transformers and equipment. In order to ensure the safety of the electricians performing this switchover, electrical power must be disconnected. While we have asked that this work occur after 5:00 PM to minimize the impact of this work, PG&E has indicated that they will not schedule night work unless it is of an emergency nature.

PG&E has scheduled this work for April 26th from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. There will be an additional shutdown on May 11th from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. During this time, there will be no electrical power on the east side of the San Carlos Airport. This includes the Terminal Building and hangars Charlie through Golf.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to finish this important project. If you have any questions, please contact the Airport Office at 650.573.3700.

Airport Staff

posted by Administrator3 Apr 21, 2016  02:04 PM
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Thanks to Chris St. Peter and the rest of the airports management team, we are happy to announce that live webcam views of San Carlos Airport (updated approximately every five mins.) are now available. Please check the time stamps on the images to verify they are current. You could get a more up-to-date image by refreshing your web browser.

posted by Administrator3 Apr 21, 2016  02:04 PM
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from our friends at the Hiller Aviation Museum


Biggest Little Air Show
Saturday May 7
10am-1pm

Join the festivities as the Biggest Little Air Show matches a thrilling aerobatic performance by airshow pilot Vicky Benzing and her full-sized 1940 Boeing Stearman along with demonstrations of exceptional radio controlled models.

San Carlos Airport will close to regular traffic from 10:30 am to noon to allow realistic jet- and propeller-powered model aircraft to roll down the runway and into the sky to take their part in a unique aerial extravaganza including aerobatic helicopters, drones, quadrotors and more!!

    The airport runway will be completely closed during Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:05 p.m.

We hope this brief closure will not be inconvenient and we want to make sure you have adequate advance notice.

Also, in compliance with FAA regulations, it is required that all hangars and tie-downs on the east side of the field be sterile of people during this mini-air air show. Effectively, this means that the Transient parking area and the hangars south of the airport Terminal Building (Hangars Charlie through Gulf), must be free of people between 10:30 am – 12:05 pm, for about 90-minutes. This is to ensure safety during the planned aerobatic Stearman and RC aircraft demonstrations.

We want to express how highly appreciative we are of your accommodation of this brief runway closure and “sterile” hangar zone. Without your cooperation, and the assistance and cooperation of San Carlos Airport, this wonderful aviation event which will capture the imaginations and interest of about 2,000 of our neighbors, especially kids, would not be possible.


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posted by Administrator3 Apr 07, 2016  07:04 PM
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The annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Event will be held at Half Moon Bay Airport on Sunday April 24, 2016. HAF will be closed from 11:00 to 11:30 AM and 1:00 to 2:00 PM for aircraft flybys.

A temporary air traffic control tower will be in place to coordinate the high volume of air traffic and rides. Airport management requests that you call ahead or check NOTAMs for the temporary ground and tower frequencies.

posted by Administrator3 Apr 03, 2016  12:04 PM
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San Mateo County Airports will be re-striping the runway at the San Carlos Airport. The contractor has agreed to perform the work during the following dates and times. During the below dates and times, the runway will be closed to all aircraft operations.

Ø San Carlos Airport -Tuesday & Wednesday April 12th and 13th from 0800-1800 local

Please remember that weather, temperature and contractor availability may change or modify these dates and times and will keep you informed of any changes. If you have any questions or concerns about these important safety improvements, please contact the airport office at 650-573-3700.

Airport Operations

Marty D. Wray
Manager of Operations
San Mateo County Airports
620 Airport Way, Suite 10
San Carlos CA. 94070

posted by Administrator3 Mar 25, 2016  09:03 AM
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Thanks to all who responded to our call for support and attended the Board of Supervisors meeting this past Tuesday March 8, 2016 on the topic of noise generated by Surf Air flights approaching San Carlos Airport. Many supporters of the Airport spoke, including members of SCAPA, BASCA (Business Association of San Carlos Airport), and the San Carlos Flight Center. We extend our deepest appreciation to all of you, as well as to those who sent emails and called the Supervisors. They finally heard from our side. More than 40 friends spoke at the meeting and many more sent emails. I especially want to single out Hans Plesman of BASCA, Dan Dyer of San Carlos Flight Center, and Marian Harris of the Half Moon Bay Pilots Association who did an exceptional job of rallying support and turning out speakers. Thanks very much for your help.

Our side was well represented as was that of the opposition. Supporters of the Airport talked about educational opportunities, jobs, economic impact, SQL’s place in the nation’s Air Transportation System, and the freedom of flight that San Carlos Airport provides. Opponents discussed the impact that noise from Surf Air overflights has had on their health. Some people complained of constant noise from Surf Air. Their grievances have been aired at community meetings attended by many people in Atherton.

It’s obvious that their main issue is with Surf Air flying the GPS approach more than 20 times per day in Pilatus PC-12s with gear and flaps extended. The GPS approach ensures that the same households in Atherton, Menlo Park and North Fair Oaks hear that noise every day.

On Monday evening March 7th, after BASCA met with Surf Air representatives, SCAPA Director Rich Newman, former Chair of the San Mateo County Airport Land Use Committee and former Chair of the San Francisco International Airport Community Roundtable, together with SCAPA President Carol Ford, who is also AOPA’s Airport Support Network representative at SQL, and SCAPA Vice President Michael Baum, met with Surf Air. That meeting concluded with Surf Air saying they would consult with their CEO regarding a route change that would facilitate flying VFR up 101 in a quieter configuration. The implementation of this or a similar procedure still needs cooperation from the FAA, which we are facilitating.

The Board of Supervisors, at the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday, directed staff to proceed with a study of Airport operations and options for draconian procedures to penalize Surf Air, and at the same time, threaten the future of the Airport. The Supervisors commented on their duty to protect the health of the County’s residents and how that is being affected by Surf Air. Several of them said they are not in favor of increased fees, but they did say curfews and other time of flight restrictions would be considered. As we understand it, curfews would mean no takeoffs or landings between certain times such as 8PM to 6AM. Those restrictions would apply to all aircraft other than jets.

The timeline for the study includes a report back to the Board in April with a more refined list of penalties and restrictions. They are also planning community outreach meetings in May which we will all need to attend. They will be conducting a survey of affected residents and will develop an airport noise reduction webpage and are already encouraging the spiking of noise complaints. Staff will report findings to the Board in June, including recommendations for further action.

So, we are not out of the woods by any means. We are ever vigilant about this situation and will let you know the next time we need to show up en masse. We strongly believe that without an agreement between Surf Air and the FAA the long term existence of the Airport is in doubt.

Hang on. We will keep you informed over the next few months.

We look forward to working together with all sides to find an amicable solution

Thanks again for all your help.
Sincerely,
Carol Ford, President

president@sancarlosairport.org

posted by Administrator3 Mar 15, 2016  06:03 PM
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The photos shown below were originally taken by Stephen Bell in April 1966 when he was a flight instructor at San Carlos. Steve was kind enough to send along high resolution scans of these incredible images that show the area around San Carlos Airport. Take a close look. You can see Cooley Field, an airstrip that was located near the spot occupied by Town Place Suites. You can also see Redwood Shores before it was developed as well as the old sewage treatment plant that some of our members remember fondly.

Huge kudos to Steve for contributing these photos. A few years ago he sent in a collage that is part of our SQL history page. The new images provide an improved picture of what it was like at SQL.

We’re always looking for historic photos and stories about San Carlos Airport. If you have something you’d like to contribute, please contact webmaster@sancarlosairport.org.

Click on any of the photos shown below to see higher resolution versions.

Note: the photo of the new terminal building was taken in 1968. The others were taken in 1966.

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posted by Administrator3 Mar 15, 2016  06:03 PM
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San Mateo County Airports will be restriping the runway Half Moon Bay Airport. The contractor has agreed to perform the work during the following dates and times. During the below dates and times, the runway will be closed to all aircraft operations.

Half Moon Bay Airport runway closure – Wednesday & Thursday – March 23rd & 24th, 2016 beginning at 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Please remember that weather, temperature and contractor availability may change or modify these dates and times and will keep you informed of any changes. If you have any questions or concerns about these important safety improvements, please contact the airport office at 650-573-3700.

Airport Operations

Marty D. Wray
Manager of Operations
San Mateo County Airports
620 Airport Way, Suite 10
San Carlos CA. 94070
ph# 650-573-3700

posted by Administrator3 Mar 15, 2016  05:03 PM
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The California State Aviation Day event at the capitol in Sacramento is quickly approaching. Last year several members commented on our ePilot story that you would like to have known about Aviation Day ahead of time. We heard you.

This year California State Aviation Day is being held on April 20 from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the north steps of the capitol building. You won’t be able to miss the big tent. For a full agenda please ‘click here.’

Come say hello to the AOPA staff as well as the other exhibitors. There will be several legislators passing through, feel free to shake their hands and have a friendly conversation to share your experience as a pilot in California.

Mark your calendars!

April 20, 11:00am – 2:00pm
North Steps of the State Capitol

I look forward to seeing you there.

Blue Skies,

Jared Esselman

Director of State Government Affairs

Jared.Esselman@aopa.org

posted by Administrator3 Mar 15, 2016  05:03 PM
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Please note the following message from the Manager of Operations

Subject: parking lot construction paving project SQL

Beginning Thursday 02-18-2016 at 0730am, parking lots Alpha, Tango and Mike (shown in the attached image) will be under construction and closed through Thursday the 25th of this month for paving. Vehicle gate access and pedestrian gate access will from time to time be limited (one at a time) and alternate routes may need to be utilized by tenants to access hangars and tie downs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create while we upgrade some of the parking facilities at San Carlos Airport. Please call or contact the airport office with any questions or concerns you may have.

Marty D. Wray
Manager of Operations
San Mateo County Airports
620 Airport Way, Suite 10
San Carlos CA. 94070
ph# 650-573-3700

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posted by Administrator3 Feb 18, 2016  11:02 AM
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KSQL tenants and businesses are invited to the Airport’s Appreciation Event on Fri. Dec. 11, 2015 from 4pm to 7pm in the San Carlos Airport Mary Griffin Ramseur Terminal Building.

posted by Administrator3 Dec 05, 2015  05:12 PM
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Please join SCAPA in welcoming Marty Wray as the Airport’s new Manager of Operations.  He worked here previously in 2010-2011 and returns with a great deal of experience in construction management, airfield management, airfield maintenance, and airport event management.  Please stop by the Airport office and introduce yourself to Marty when you have a chance.

posted by Administrator3 Dec 05, 2015  04:12 PM
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California Pilots Association Presents
A Capital Idea!
Gathering California’s General Aviation Community for a day of Education and Entertainment
Plus, exhibits, presentations, and FAA Safety Team “Wings” Seminar!
Sat. Oct. 24, 2015
KSAC Executive Jet Center
10AM to 4PM
registration ($10) can be done in advance at www.calpilots.org

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posted by Administrator3 Oct 19, 2015  04:10 PM
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Volunteers Needed for
4th Annual Aero Design Challenge
Sat. Oct. 24, 2015 at Hiller Museum

Work with middle school students to design, prototype, test and pitch a propeller design. Expertise in aerodynamics is not required; just an enthusiasm for aviation, science, and engineering. Two-and-a-half hours of your time on Oct. 24, 2015 can inspire a student to pursue engineering and the sciences.

Available shifts:
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

If you want to volunteer, contact Lindsay Lutman at the Hiller Museum, lindsay@hiller.org, 650-654-0200 x215

posted by Administrator3 Oct 18, 2015  06:10 PM
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