• 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.


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

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    P.O. Box 1183
    San Carlos, CA 94070

Archive for the 'Announcements' Category

from our friends at Lake Tahoe Airport:

Effective October 15, 2015 the CTAF for TVL will change to 122.7

Please post and pass this along.

Sherry Miller, Airport Director
Lake Tahoe Airport
City of South Tahoe

posted by Administrator3 Oct 05, 2015  10:10 PM
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Volunteers Needed
Palo Alto Airport Day
Sun. Sept. 27, 2015 10AM to 4PM

SCAPA members have an opportunity to volunteer at Palo Alto’s Airport Day Sun. Sept. 27, 2015 from 10 am to 4pm.


They especially need help with traffic control and the crowd line.

Call 650.329.2687 if you can help at all.

Carol Ford

posted by Administrator3 Sep 26, 2015  07:09 PM
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We are very happy to report that SCAPA member Pat Groves will receive the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on Sept. 30, 2015.

The FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have maintained safe flight operations for 50 or more years. To date there are fewer than 3,300 pilots who have ever achieved this recognition. A couple of notable honorees are Bob Hoover and Clay Lacy.

M. D. P. “Pat” Groves first soloed at Houston Beechcraft at Houston International Airport in 1965 and continued flying actively as he moved to Annapolis and later Northern California. He has had a varied career, initially in the tech sector, transitioning to professional pilot at age 49. At that time, he started teaching at San Jose State’s Aviation Department, eventually being elected chair. Today, Pat is an active professional pilot flying for a select group of clients through his company Groves Pilot Service. He flies a variety of aircraft for clients including Citations and Hawkers and owns a Beechcraft Baron and a Diamond Star.

In one of his recommendation letters, Mr. R. W. Mark wrote “If ever a person were worthy of receiving a Master Pilot Award, it would be Pat.” This sentiment is echoed by anyone who has ever had the privilege of flying with Pat as student, colleague, or passenger.

The crew is ready

FAA Master Pilot Pat Groves and his wife Kathy Groves, also a professional pilot. Photo was taken at KSUN in Hailey, Idaho.

posted by Administrator3 Sep 16, 2015  11:09 AM
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Salinas Air Show Sat. 9/26 to Sun. 9/27/2015, including F22, CF18, T33, B25, P51, C5M, and much much more: http://salinasairshow.com

posted by Administrator3 Sep 14, 2015  09:09 PM
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The SCAPA Board of Directors is organizing our next barbecue on Sun. Oct. 18th, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Be sure to save the date.

Like all our activities, we depend on volunteers to make them happen. We need people to help with the following:
– food preparation on Sat. evening Oct. 17th
– setup on Sunday starting at 10AM
– cleanup starting at 2PM

This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the Association. If you can help with any of these tasks, please contact Curt Nehring at cnehring@sbcglobal.net.

Admission to the BBQ is free for paid-up members. Guests (including spouses) are $10 each. The menu this year includes salmon, steak, chicken, shrimp skewers, baked beans, green salad, potato salad, and dessert.

We also hope to have several aircraft on display. This is always a very popular event but it does take some advance planning. If you have an aircraft that you’d like to display, please send an email to webmaster@sancarlosairport.org.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 31, 2015  05:08 PM
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Stop by the San Carlos Airport for our 3rd Annual Airport Day, Sat. June 27, 2015, from 10AM to 3PM.


ENTRY IS FREE! Enjoy aircraft displays, exhibitors and vendors, an aviation theme scavenger hunt, food, ice cream, helicopter rides and free airplane rides for children.

The San Carlos Airport and our based businesses have planned a day of hands-on activities designed to welcome people to the airport who may never have visited before. Take a tour of the airport, learn about general aviation, see interesting airplanes up close, and more.

posted by Administrator3 May 08, 2015  07:05 PM
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June 20-21, 2015


posted by Administrator3 May 07, 2015  04:05 PM
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See this link for the May 2015 newsletter from the Half Moon Bay Pilots Association.

posted by Administrator3 May 05, 2015  05:05 PM
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SCAPA is pleased to announce an additional speaker for our April 30 7pm Annual Meeting at the Hiller Museum. Scott Malta, manager of Castle Airport (formerly Casle AFB) will be giving a very entertaining view of what it is like to try to move a former SAC base into 21st century General Aviation (complete with drone strikes!)

Along with Scott, we will still also be hearing from Michael Mainiero on aerial photography, including exhibiting the results of many local photo missions flown from San Carlos.

We will also have our regular updates from the San Carlos Airport Manager and the Tower. And, we will be electing our new slate of Board members.

posted by Administrator3 Feb 07, 2015  02:02 PM
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SQL Tenants:

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold a safety meeting, with tenants, Air Traffic management, airport organizations and Airport Staff on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:00pm in an effort to improve surface safety at the San Carlos Airport. The meeting will be held at the Hiller Aviation Museum conference room.

The purpose of this Runway Safety meeting is to unite those of us that are actively involved in the movement of aircraft, vehicles and equipment on the airport taxiways and runway. Due to the high number of Vehicle and Pedestrian Deviations, and Pilot Deviations at SQL in the last two years, we believe that your participation is vitally important and your input is welcomed. Participants will be asked to help develop recommendations and solutions to enhance surface safety at SQL.

If you have questions or need more information, please let me know. I can be reached at (650) 573-3700 or gkelly@smcgov.org.

Thank you,
Gretchen Kelly
Airports Division Manager
San Mateo County Airports
620 Airport Way, Suite 10
San Carlos, CA 94070

posted by Administrator3 Jan 29, 2015  06:01 PM
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Dear Pilots Association,

Please join us for a celebration of life for George Auld this Saturday, January 3rd, 2015.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Andreini Hangar
154 California Street

Nancy, Kellie and Perry would love to have you come and share stories and memories of their beloved father and husband, George.

Thank you,
Eddie Andreini

HMB Building Materials
119 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

posted by Administrator3 Dec 30, 2014  05:12 PM
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About Lake in the Sky Air Show


This year’s show which will include exciting aerobatic performances by several top performers including Bill Cornick, Jon Melby, Spencer Suderman, and Carl Liepold!

Steve Stavrakakis will be the airshow announcer! In the 90’s Steve earned worldwide notoriety and the nickname “Wild Thing” with his European Extreme style of flying learned while training with the Czech National Aerobatic Team.

Welcome Jodi Lewis as this years Air Boss!

Additionally, there will be sky divers, kids’ activities, War Birds, police dog K9 demonstration, helicopters, food court, beer and wine garden, fire trucks, fly-bys, tons of aerial performers, and much more!

Young Eagles flights are scheduled for Sunday,
September 21st with sign up for the flights on the day of the Air Show, Saturday, September 20th.

Gates open to the public on Saturday, September 20th at 8 am.
Tickets are $10/adults, $5/kids, and youth 5-years-old and younger are FREE.

1901 Airport Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

posted by Administrator3 Sep 18, 2014  09:09 AM
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Carl Turner was a CFI hired in 1968 by Bob Lane at West Bay Aviation at San Carlos Airport.

Carl is trying to contact Doug Bergwall, Glen Simmons, OJ Gude, Joe Eke, Neil Mahall and any other CFI’s from around that time. Gladys was the scheduler and receptionist.

Carl writes “I went away to college in 1969 and graduated with a BS in Math in 1971 and came back to work there. I moved away in 1974 and lost contact with the crew. I understood Bob passed away in the mid ’70’s but I never knew from what nor when it happened. I would appreciate it if you could fill me in on that. I just turned 70 last week, and I was a kid of 24 when I went to work for Bob. I loved that man–he was one of the kindest and most proficient pilots I ever had the fortune to know.”

If you happen to know any of the folks Carl mentions, he’d appreciate hearing from you. He can be contacted at cedmundturner90@yahoo.com

Some photos from that era:

posted by Administrator3 Aug 18, 2014  09:08 PM
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2014 annual meeting poster BR SA2

posted by Administrator3 Aug 13, 2014  09:08 PM
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San Carlos Airport Day 2014

The San Carlos Airport is inviting the local community to attend San Carlos Airport Day on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 10am until 3pm.

This free event will feature aircraft displays, exhibitors and vendors, an aviation theme scavenger hunt, BBQ lunch, ice cream, helicopter rides and free airplane rides for children.

The San Carlos Airport and our based businesses have planned a day of hands-on activities designed to welcome people to the airport who may never have visited before. Take a tour of the airport, learn about general aviation, see interesting airplanes up close, and more.

What: San Carlos Airport Day 2014

When: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10am-3pm

Where: San Carlos Airport, 620 Airport Way, San Carlos, CA 94070

posted by Administrator3 May 29, 2014  08:05 AM
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