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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

RUNWAY 30 VFR-to-IFR DEPARTURE GUIDANCE

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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VOLUNTEERS – GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME

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.

WHY VOLUNTEER?

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.

VOLUNTEERS ENJOY:

* 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

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO VOLUNTEER CONTACT:

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
alex-esguerra.artistwebsites.com



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

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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Please enjoy the following photo of the Space Shuttle Endeavor as it flew over San Carlos Tower on Sept. 21, 2012 while on the way to its final resting place at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

posted by Administrator3 Sep 30, 2012  08:09 AM
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Space to Land and Land to Space
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides
Announced as Keynote Speaker

CalPilots’ 2012 Annual Meeting happens October 19-21 at world-famous Mojave Air and Space Port…and it’s an event you do not want to miss.

This event isn’t just an event – it is an outstanding weekend of many events for those who love aircraft and spacecraft.

This is an historic opportunity brought to you and your friends by the California Pilots Association.

This is an opportunity for you to meet and map the nascent but maturing civilian space industry – at the most concentrated center of such ventures in the world, our own Mojave Air and Space Port!

This is an opportunity to encounter the forward thinking, the sometimes wobbly but courageously entrepreneurial leading edges of aviation, with the quiet or not so quiet heroes of today – the current Glen Curtisses, the current Howard Hugheses, the current Christopher Crafts, even a few of the current Neil Armstrongs of the world – who live and work and are achieving on the edge of human knowledge …right now…today…our aviation and spacecraft history is being made in Mojave.

Help spread the word! Send this message to your friends. And come join us! Whether you are a CalPilots member or not, our Mojave annual meeting will be a unique and memorable experience – a truly enjoyable weekend for all pilots and aviation or space buffs.

Click here or go to www.calpilots.org to register and get all of the details. See what you’re in for below! And bring your friends!

“MEET US IN MOJAVE!” and you’ll hear from the real “Next Generation” of space pioneers in cutting-edge ventures such as:

XCOR Aerospace, builders of the commercial reusable Lynx spacecraft www.xcor.com

Orbital Sciences: a tour of “Stargazer” L-1011/100 Pegasus launch vehicle www.orbital.com

Firestar Technologies: advanced maneuvering rockets and power systems www.firestar-tech.com

Keynote Speaker George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic www.virgingalactic.com

National Test Pilot School – the only civilian test pilot school in the world www.ntps.edu

General Atomics on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in civilian airspace www.ga.com

Perlan Project to fly a glider to record-challenging near-space 90,000 foot MSL perlanproject.org

Mojave Museum’s own Plane Crazy Saturday fly-in and static displays www.mojavemuseum.org

Additionally, discounted sailplane flights in high-performance gliders with instructors from Southern California Soaring Academy will be available for pilots and would-be pilots! Reserve your spot for these flights now!

CalPilots has made special arrangements for local lodging at the Mariah Country Inn and Suites. We recommend you come in Friday and stay through Sunday; but you can fly-in early and fly-out late Saturday after the banquet, if you prefer. All of the details, including registration, are available at this link.

Space is limited – so register today both with CalPilots …and at the Mariah Hotel for Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll have a “Meet and Greet” at the Mariah Friday evening and events through Sunday morning! Join us for the whole weekend, if you can!

posted by Administrator3 Sep 27, 2012  10:09 PM
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The SCAPA Board of Directors is organizing our next barbecue on Sun. Sept. 30th 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. 29th
– 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 18, 2012  08:09 PM
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TEMPORARY RUNWAY CLOSURE FOR CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY AT THE SAN CARLOS AIRPORT

The San Carlos Airport runway and taxiways will be temporarily closed to all flight operations for construction work associated with South Bayside System Authority’s (SBSA) new sewer line.

The airport will be closed during the period shown below:

• Tuesday, September 11th from 10:00 PM until 7:00 AM Wednesday, September 12th

PLEASE NOTE – The dates and times of these runway closures listed above are subject to change due to weather or other issues. Additional closures may occur as SBSA continues to construct their sewer line. Dates and times of any future closures will be provided as soon as that information becomes available. Please contact the San Carlos Airport Office at (650) 573-3700 if you have any questions. Pilots should verify all airport closure information by obtaining officially disseminated FAA NOTAMs prior to flight.

posted by Administrator3 Sep 05, 2012  02:09 PM
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The FAA is scheduled to flight check the VASIs on Friday Aug. 10th. We can expect multiple passes at various altitudes, perhaps by their Learjet, at unexpected times.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 09, 2012  04:08 PM
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