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The SCAPA Board of Directors is organizing our next barbecue on Sun. Sept. 29th, 2013 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 Sept. 28th
– setup 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.

In case you haven’t attended a barbecue before, you can see the wrap-up from last year by clicking here.

posted by Administrator3 Sep 12, 2013  07:09 PM
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The California Pilots Association will be holding its annual meeting in beautiful San Luis Obispo on October 18-19, 2013. BBQs, a Friday evening dance, and great speakers are just some of the activities. The keynote speaker will be famed aviation educator and humorist Rod Machado.

Click here for all of the details and to register.

posted by Administrator3 Sep 02, 2013  09:09 PM
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The San Carlos Airport Day is only a month away. The event is supported by San Carlos County Airport leadership.

The details:

When: Saturday, June 22nd 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Where: The center of the open house will be in the transient parking area adjacent to the terminal building.

Why: The goal of the event is to engage the community to learn about the airport and have a fun day. The airport open house will be free to the public.

What: The event will feature:

· Airport and community organization booths
· Static displays of aircraft
· Airplane rides, e.g. EAA Young Eagles, Helicopter rides
· Entertainment for families and kids
· Gourmet food trucks
· Airport operations information booth

Note: The airport will not be closed for this event.

How can you help?

We are looking for volunteers to help the day of the event. We will need volunteers to help with setup, assisting with logistics, monitoring the static display area, parking control, and tear down.

Please contact Herb Patten (hpatten@pacbell.net) if you are able to help.

posted by Administrator3 May 24, 2013  07:05 PM
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Annual General Membership Meeting

Wed. May 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Hiller Museum

Please join us at the next SCAPA General Membership Meeting on Wed. May 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Hiller Museum. We are very pleased to announce that Marilyn Dash, Owner and Racer for Ruby Red Racing will be our featured speaker. After many years as a successful Sales and Marketing Consultant, she was drawn to the skies. Earning her Private Pilot License in 1999, she quickly moved through the ranks, flying in IAC Contests by 2001. In 2003, she attended Pylon Racing School and has competed in the National Air Races at Reno ever since. She is also a Columnist and Editor for Inflight-USA magazine.

The Airports Manager will update us on issues at the airport and we will deal with several business items including the election of Board members.

posted by Administrator3 May 05, 2013  09:05 PM
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
April 22, 2013

Dear Aviation Community Member,
When Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries were designated (1981 and 1992, respectively), a federal regulation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was implemented to protect seabird colonies and marine mammal rookeries from aircraft disturbance. These regulations prohibit motorized flights below 1,000 feet AGL within specific zones of the sanctuaries; however the overflight prohibition zones were not depicted on aeronautical charts prior to 2012.

After extensive discussions between NOAA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, NOAA agreed in 2010 to change the wording of the regulations to clarify that the 1,000‐foot delineation is an altitude disturbance threshold for federally protected marine mammals and seabirds – not an FAA airspace restriction. In other words, flying below 1,000 feet AGL in any sanctuary overflight prohibition zone triggers a natural resource violation – not a flight rule violation.

In response to NOAA’s regulatory changes (finalized in February 2012), the FAA updated the Los Angeles and San Francisco sectional and terminal area charts to advise pilots of NOAA’s regulations and to accurately display sanctuary overflight prohibition zones along the coast. Now that the aeronautical charts accurately reflect NOAA’s regulations, pilots will be held more accountable for complying with NOAA’s federal overflight regulations. Below are examples of the language depicted on the updated aeronautical charts.

NOAA has created a web page on the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ web site that describes the changes to several west coast sectional and terminal area charts. For a description of chart changes and the reasons behind them, go to http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/flight/welcome.html.

The following resources are also available on‐line or upon request:

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about central California overflight regulations, go to http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/flight/faqs.html

For a large‐scale map of the central California overflight prohibition zones, go to


For sanctuary regulatory descriptions of central California’s overflight prohibition zones, go to http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/pdf/77FR3919_Overflighfinalrule.pdf

If you have any further questions about the regulation or chart changes, or if you would like a presentation to your group about this topic, we invite you to contact us at California.Seabirds@noaa.gov.

Paul Michel, Superintendent
Maria Brown, Superintendent

posted by Administrator3 Apr 23, 2013  10:04 PM
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posted by Administrator3 Apr 14, 2013  09:04 PM
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The following article was featured in the Nov. 2012 edition of the Cessna Pilots Association (CPA) Magazine. Several members of SCAPA are also members of CPA and highly recommend others consider joining. They’re a fabulous organization with a fantastic set of online forums that are useful to Cessna pilots and other folks interested in general aviation.

This article is reprinted with permission of the Cessna Pilots Association www.cessna.org.

An International Traveler
by W. D. Lewis

N182WD has quite the pedigree as an international traveler. It left the factory as YV-1665P on January 4, 1979 according to the original Weight & Balance Data Sheet and was exported to Venezuela. Next it was sold to a company in Tarzana, CA and re-imported into the United States in December of 1994. The owner in Tarzana then sold it and exported it to South Africa in August of 1995, where it became ZS-NVZ. Then it was sold to a company in Kansas in September of 1998 and re-imported again to the United States in August of 1999, again as N1665P, and sold to a company in New Mexico. Over the next couple of years it got a new interior and paint job as well as a factory overhauled engine. In November of 2002 it was sold to a gentleman in San Angelo, Texas. He had a Garmin 430 and an S-Tec 55x with altitude preselect installed. And so starts my story.

I’d been looking for a TR182 with good avionics and an autopilot for a year or so. I had been following Trade a Plane just seeing what went by. I was looking for a good deal to come along. (Of course it’s disappointing to see what the prices turned into after I bought it, but heartening to see some firming and even some appreciation in values.) I’m based at San Carlos, CA and all my flights are East over the Rockies or down through Palmdale and Arizona. I really needed a turbo with oxygen built-in for high altitude. I saw the TR182 as a T210 Lite that would really fit the bill. Since usually it would only be my wife and I traveling, I wanted a good useful load to drag whatever along with us. I really didn’t need all the plane that is a 210, but wanted something that would bring the legs up and fly high. The plane was in Sinton, TX. I was ferrying a Citabria from the factory near Milwaukee, Wisconsin back to the Bay Area in early spring. I took the southern route and stopped along the way to catch up with friends as well as to check out the plane.

It’s not surprising the logbooks were on the short side. While the plane had made it around the planet, not a lot of paperwork has followed it. It has very spotty records at best until it made its final return to the United States in August of 1999 which began a trail of detailed logs.

The previous owner, who I purchased it from, had landed gear up in it. After it was repaired he really didn’t want to fly it anymore. The shop that fixed it in Sinton then put it up for sale. It fit the bill with a Garmin 430 and an S-Tec 55-X with altitude preselect installed. The paint job and the interior were still in good shape. The engine only had a few hundred hours on the Lycoming factory overhaul and obviously a brand new prop. The rest of the panel wasn’t anything to brag about with a Cessna intercom and an old ARC Nav/Com.

I called John Frank and asked him if he could recommend someone in Texas to do a pre-buy and he told me to call John Efinger in Fort Worth. After doing some research on John, I found that he was very active on the CPA Forums as well as a respected rigger. All he works on are legacy Cessnas. I called John and we came to terms on a pre-buy. My plan was if the pre-buy went well to have John rig it while it was there.

The plane arrived at John’s hanger at Hicks Field, (T67). While it just had an annual, I had John do a whole new annual. It was a good idea. The “annual” it came with wasn’t John’s or my idea of an annual. As he went through the plane, one thing led to another. It did have a good engine and a solid airframe, but it also had some “bugs”. I was a reasonably good deal, especially considering it had a Garmin 430 and an S-Tec 55-X autopilot in it, so I bought it.

I realized the plane would be a fixture in John’s hanger for awhile so, I might as well do the “fix up” that I’d planned on doing later. The original ARC radio went along with the indicator and the audio panel. I added a Garmin SL-30 Nav/Com, Garmin GMA-347 Audio Panel, King HSI, (this was before Aspen) and had the Garmin 430 upgraded to WAAS. John went through the plane from spinner to stinger and really put it into great shape. Before any of the avionics were installed, John removed all the items that were to be replaced and totally went through the panel wiring. He did a wonderful job. It’s a thing of beauty. There isn’t a single wire that isn’t accounted for and all grounds are correctly terminated. No funky butt splices in this plane!

John recommended that I have an engine analyzer, (particularly since it was turbocharged), and installed a JPI EDM-800 with fuel flow and all the other whistles and bells. I later upgraded it to an EDM-830 and I really love it. It makes engine and fuel management a real treat. I also put on a flap gap kit and installed Rosen visors. Before it left John’s hanger I had procured registration number N182WD.

I also have a Garmin 396 with XM Weather as well as an iPad with WingX with synthetic vision. I tend to fly long legs at 16 or 17 thousand feet at around 65% power. Keeping the hottest cylinder at or under 380 degrees, I average 160 knots, TAS burning between 11 and 12 gallons an hour depending on the season. That’s better than book, so it makes me happy! The S-Tec 55x has GPS Steering and with the altitude preselect makes long trips easy. The autopilot with the WAAS GPS, HSI, iPad with geo-referenced approach plates and the 396 with Nexrad really makes it a great IFR platform.

Maintenance has been minimal. I attribute that to all the work John put into it before I ever left his hanger and to good annuals. One of my very favorite trips each year is to fly back to Texas for an owner assisted annual. Not only have these annuals kept me from being stranded, but I’ve received a great education on the workings of my plane.

I’ve averaged over 200 hours a year in it since I bought it. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been across the country in it. I’ve taken it to Oshkosh and Sun N Fun at least three times. My wife and I flew it to Little Cayman over-flying Cuba to go scuba diving. The only time
we take commercial anymore is for the annual Christmas trek back to Michigan.

The air to air photo session was a lot of fun. I’ve never flown formation before. I was able to enlist some experienced friends from the airport to make it happen. The photo plane, a Beech A-36 was flown by its owner, Jamey Courtney. Right seat in N182WD, (and taking most of the responsibility to remain two separate planes), was Greg Blanck. He has an A-36 as well and has had a lot of experience flying formation with Jamey. Jamey had removed both of the rear doors from his planeto give an incredible view for the photographer, Lisa Frey, while she was strapped in the rear seat next to the door. Lisa shot all the air to air pictures for this article and I was absolutely thrilled when I saw them. The three of them made a wonderful team and I was, well, pretty much along for the ride. And a great ride it was!

I’ve been very happy with N182WD. It’s a nice solid airframe with a really comfortable interior and hard IFR avionics. Now, like any aircraft owner, if I could only squeeze out a few more knots…

Photographer Lisa Frey shot all the air to air pictures for this article

posted by Administrator3 Feb 10, 2013  09:02 PM
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We are happy to pass on the news that Ms. Gretchen Kelly has been appointed Airports Manager for San Mateo County. Gretchen recently rejoined the staff of San Carlos Airport after service in the San Francisco office of the FAA.

On behalf of all our members, I would like extend our congratulations and best wishes to Gretchen for success in her new position. We are looking forward to continuing the productive relationship SCAPA has had with her predecessor and will do whatever we can to help her succeed.

Please feel free to stop by the office the next time you’re at the airport and say hello and congratulations to Gretchen.

With best wishes for the New Year,
Carol Ford, President
San Carlos Airport Association

posted by Administrator3 Jan 28, 2013  11:01 PM
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Printed copies of the KSQL IFR Departure Guidance document are now available in the Airport office.

San Carlos Airport


Click here for 8.5×11 format.

Click here for 5.5×7.5 Jepp format.

posted by Administrator3 Dec 07, 2012  09:12 AM
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Dr. Mike Paull, former SCAPA President, is the author of Flight of Betrayal, a mystery novel about a pilot from San Carlos who crashes in Baja. Please note that even though this is a fictional story, it is set in San Carlos and the airport and Sky Kitchen are referred to quite a bit.

Flight of Betrayal is a 285 page mystery novel which introduces a new and refreshing protagonist. This is a really fun 50 second video made for Flight of Betrayal. Click and take a peek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2-Agv1iazY

Brett Raven is an unlikely detective. He is a dentist and a private pilot who proves to be smart, resourceful, and courageous as he uses his dental forensic skills and aviation knowledge, to decipher the clues of a mysterious plane crash that killed his airplane co-owner in Baja, Mexico. He uncovers crime, deception, and betrayal, as he untangles a web surrounding what was initially labeled an “accident attributed to pilot error.” Brett discovers information leading him to believe his partner was involved in the trafficking of black market human organs from Mexico to the U.S. He also uncovers clues, which indicate the crash was not an accident. Although Brett solves the mystery surrounding the crash, he confronts both moral and ethical dilemmas with which he struggles to resolve.

Flight of Betrayal will be available in paperback and will be on sale at the Airport Shop at San Carlos Airport as well as amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and applestore.com.

posted by Administrator3 Nov 11, 2012  07:11 PM
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The mission of the volunteer services at the Hiller Aviation Museum is to foster knowledge about the history of aviation and the future of flight. Hiller Aviation Museum volunteers share the rich history of aviation through exhibits spanning the last century of flight and offering a window into the next 100 years.

By combining knowledge from the past with the inspiration and vision of the future, Hiller Aviation Museum volunteers provide the community with an unique opportunity to understand what early aviation designers expected to achieve, what they accomplished and the contributions these visionaries made to the science of aviation.


Hiller Aviation Museum volunteer services is an integral part of the museum’s success.

By sharing your experience, excitement and enthusiasm about aviation you will make a positive impact upon the community. Volunteers staff our gallery, restoration shop and library.


* Providing a valuable community service

* Inspiring young people and the general public about the science of aviation

* Developing a high level of aviation knowledge and expertise

* Access to historical information and exhibits

* An opportunity to develop new skills

* An opportunity to make new friends

* Knowing your contribution is making a real difference in our community


Rick Smith – Volunteer coordinator Email: rick@hiller.org

Phone: (650) 654-0200 ext.219

posted by Administrator3 Nov 07, 2012  08:11 PM
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SCAPA is pleased to help publicize the following aviation-related event.

Kala Artist Project Space presents:
Lift, Weight, Thrust, Drag
A photography exhibit by Mr. Alexis M. Esguerra

Everyone is invited to a memorable opening Friday 30 November 2012 from 6-8pm, at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702. (510) 841-7000

Light refreshments will be served. Photographs will be available for purchase.

artist contact info: jetatrainer@yahoo.com
(707) 342-8422

posted by Administrator3 Oct 29, 2012  09:10 PM
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Aero Club Dinner

Ron Blake @CalPilots asked SCAPA to pass the word about this event.

The Aero Club of Northern California’s Crystal Eagle Awards dinner is taking place on Friday, November 9th at the Hiller Aviation Museum. This year they are honoring Captain Julie Clark, famed aerobatic performer and former airline captain. Sandra Clifford, and her Aero Club team have been working incredibly hard to make this is a fantastic evening. We’re very much looking forward to it and hope you can join.

The ticket for the Aero Club event is $75, which includes full viewing of the museum, dinner, drinks and the award ceremony.

Details here:

What: Aero Club of Northern California Crystal Eagle Awards Dinner honoring Julie Clark (Sandra Clifford, is President of this organization)
When: Friday, November 9th @ 6:30pm
Where: Hiller Aviation Museum at the San Carlos Airport
Tickets: $60 members & $75 non-members; http://www.aeroclubnorcal.org/CrystalEagle_Next.html

posted by Administrator3 Oct 26, 2012  12:10 PM
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San Carlos Airport has a multi-year waiting list for hangar rentals. For those folks waiting for hangars, there are several other airports in the Bay area that have space available. We provide the following information as a service to anyone waiting for a place to store their aircraft at San Carlos. If you have any updates for this list, please send email to webmaster@sancarlosairport.org.


Hayward Hangars is developing an airplane hangar project at HWD. The first building, which houses 18 42′ (wide) x 34′ (deep) box units, is now available for occupancy. The second building, with six 50′ (wide) x 40′ (deep) and six 50′ x 50′ box units, should be ready early 2014. Their website (www.haywardhangars.com) includes an artist’s rendering and a site map. All units will have electric bi-fold doors, Wi-Fi, and T5 or T8 lighting. There will be ample private parking and two lavatories for the exclusive use of tenants. They have a few promotional offers for tenants.

Contact information:

Jim Altschul
Hayward Hangars, LLC
(888) 617 0300

posted by Administrator3 Oct 13, 2012  08:10 PM
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A great time was had by all who attended this year’s barbecue at the Hiller on Sun. Sept. 30, 2012.

Nearly 100 meals were served. The food was fantastic and included ribeye steak, salmon, chicken, shrimp, baked beans, potato and green salads, cold drinks and dessert.

If you couldn’t make it this time, plan on attending next year. You’re sure to enjoy yourself.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a plaque to Casey Giddens, in honor of his service as Air Traffic Manager and who first started on the ATC staff at KSQL in 1996. Casey is moving on to a new assignment in Arizona. We wish him the best and hope he enjoys the weather and the new challenges in his career. We appreciate everything he has done to keep all of us safe at San Carlos Airport.

Congratulations to Curt Nehring who coordinated the event and thanks to everyone who lent a hand, including the folks who displayed their aircraft and the crew who prepared the food, as well as everyone else who helped out, including the setup team and the cleanup group. Volunteers included Herb Patten (food prep. and during the event), Cass Wilson, John Rohrer, Joe Lascola, Bob O’Sullivan, and Bill Warner.

We are especially grateful to Jeff Bass, Willie Turner, Lanie Agulay and Adam Villa at the Hiller Museum.

We’d like to thank our chefs, Frank Alaimo, Ken Steiner and Bruce Wallace. They made our day. Also, thanks to Tim Foley for lending his large gas BBQ grill that made it possible.

We’d also like to thank Jerry Grainger who coordinated the aircraft display this year. He spent many hours laboriously contacting folks.

Several friends from EAA Chapter 20 at San Carlos Airport helped getting planes in and out of the display area: Irwin Abrams and Roland Chenoweth.

Aircraft exhibitors included:

1976 Cessna 177B Cardinal – Bob Leuten
1952 Cessna 195 – Bruce Norris
1946 Globe Swift – Bill O’Connell
Christen Eagle – Butch Pfeifer
Rans Coyote 2 – (LSA) – Roland Chenowith
1954 Cessna 195 – Oliver Coolidge
Kit fox – Bruce Estes
RV 6 A – Mike Cunneen

Thanks again and see you all next year!

thanks to Herb Pattern for the photos

posted by Administrator3 Sep 30, 2012  05:09 PM
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