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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: email@example.com
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Hayward Hangars, LLC
(888) 617 0300
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
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.
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.
“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!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you haven’t attended a barbecue before, you can see the wrap-up from last year by clicking here.
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.
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.
To the General Aviation Community,
Click here: MBNMS Pilot Outreach Letter_Jul2012 for a 1-page letter (PDF format) from the superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary that highlights some current and upcoming changes that the FAA is making to the Los Angeles and San Francisco sectional and terminal area charts. The charts will display new notices about flight operations in coastal areas that may be relevant to your activities.
If you wish to verify the authenticity of this email message, feel free to contact me using the information below.
Federal Regulatory Coordinator
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
99 Pacific Street, Bldg 455A
Monterey, California 93940
Synopsis: Flyabout tells the autobiographical story of Monika Petrillo’s journey piloting a small single-engine airplane around the continent of Australia. Her father, a pilot with limited experience himself, is riding shotgun. As the only woman pilot in a group of eleven people, Monika sets out to experience the true freedom of flight above one of the most untouched places on earth. The idea of the Walkabout, a spiritual journey Aborigines have valued for thousands of years, further inspires her to seek an elusive spiritual experience herself. However, a tight schedule, mechanical failures, sudden loss of visibility and unpredictable crosswinds keep her both too busy and too uptight. But what impacts her most is the unexpected conflict that arises between her father and herself.
Director: Monika Petrillo | Producer: Monika Petrillo
Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2006 | Story Teller’s Country: U.S.
Tags: Australia, Oceania, Relationships, Culture, Harmony, Disharmony
If you like the movie and would like to help Monika, log in to the movie’s web site and add your rating.
Runway and Taxiway Closures
The San Carlos Airport will be temporarily closed to all flight operations during the dates and times shown below as a result of the Vertical Challenge Helicopter Event:
NO FLIGHT OPERATIONS
Friday, June 15th from 3pm until 4pm
Friday, June 15th from 8pm until 8:50pm
Saturday, June 16th from 10am until 4pm
Sunday, June 17th from 9am until 10am
The FAA will be restricting all access to the entire east side hangar areas including Bravo, Hotel, Sierra, Twin & Transient tiedown aprons during the runway closure periods during all air show activities.
Please contact the Hiller Museum or Airport Office for more information. Dates and times are subject to change. Pilots should obtain official FAA NOTAM’s prior to flight.
Attendance is limited to the first 200 people to RSVP. Please reserve your seat by clicking here and filling out the form.
What: Learn about the future of AVGAS
Where: Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA
When: Friday, June 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Special Guest: Lars Hjelmberg, Founder and CEO of Hjelmco Oil
Supporters: Hiller Aviation Museum, Rabbit Aviation Services, Business Association of San Carlos Airport, and the FAA Safety Team (FAAst Team)
The fuel currently used in piston-powered aircraft, 100LL (low lead) AvGas, is the last leaded fuel in production. For years, environmental protection agencies worldwide have been working with refiners and other regulatory agencies to develop an un-leaded replacement for 100LL.
100LL AvGas is a federally regulated fuel product that must meet very specific ASTM standards to comply with airframe and engine manufacturer specifications. The fuel is special, requiring special handling which most refiners and distributors refuse to deal with and as a result, there are very few AvGas manufactures. 100LL AvGas is also used across a very wide spectrum of aircraft/engine types – from low-powered to high-performance aircraft that operate at high altitudes under very demanding conditions. Therefore, the development of a replacement unleaded fuel has been problematic from a technical perspective.
Tetraethyl-lead (TEL) used in 100LL AvGas acts as an octane booster to prevent engine detonation and pre-ignition. It also provides improved heat transfer for valve seats and piston rings. Due to the relatively small demand for AvGas, the TEL used in the AvGas has a very limited production.
There has been a lot of news recently about unleaded alternatives to 100LL, including a UL 91, which is being pushed by Lycoming Engines and TOTAL in Europe (see this news story – http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2012/120419lycoming-eu-bless-ul-91.html), 94UL, which is being pushed by Continental, a new 100UL being developed by a startup called Swift Fuel, and G100UL being developed by GAMI.
Additionally, recent national publications like Bloomberg have highlighted the potential health risks of leaded aviation gasoline. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&refer=&sid=aCfotEYJYr3Y
Lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft and leaded aviation gasoline are Federally-regulated. EPA received a petition to determine whether lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft endanger human health and the environment. The EPA is currently conducting a national-scale analysis of the local impact of lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft. It’s time to understand what the alternatives are to 100LL and where we are in the certification process.
In 1979, a Swedish company called Hjelmco Oil, founded by Lars Hjelmberg, developed an unleaded 80/87 grade AVGAS. In 1991, the company developed a 91/96 grade unleaded AVGAS, which is very close to 100 octane. Continental, Lycoming, Rotax, and radial engine manufacturer Kalisz have all cleared the Hjelmco AVGAS 91/96 UL for use in many of their engines. The fuel has been widely used throughout Sweden for decades and millions of flight hours, including by the Swedish Air Force, and is the preferred fuel for general aviation there.
We are honored to have Lars Hjelmberg join us on June 29th at 10:00 AM at the Hiller Aviation Museum for a town hall seminar about the development of unleaded aviation fuel and to conduct a comprehensive question and answer session. This is an event you won’t want to miss if you are interested in the future of aviation gasoline.
Refreshments will be provided.
During the Presidential TFR on May 24, 2012, Acting Airports Manager Jim Wadleigh and staff organized a Foreign Object Debris walk at San Carlos Airport. SCAPA thanks all participants including Hans Plesman from San Carlos Aviation and Supply who provided four dozen Krispy Kreme donuts.
thanks to Chris St. Peter for the photos
Message from the KSQL Air Traffic Manager
While the airport community eagerly awaits the annual return of Hiller Aviation Museum’s Vertical Challenge, many people are behind the scenes are preparing the environment for the most efficient transition from operational-airport to show-ready and back again with minimal disruption to the regular users of the airport. One specific item comes to mind as a potential problem, so I’ve decided to bring it to your attention and ask for your help.
On the evening of Friday, June 15, the event’s festivities kick off with a “Twilight Show”, scheduled from 8:00 until 8:50pm which poses one specific challenge for the Tower; resuming control of the airfield at the conclusion of the air show, then terminating Control Tower Operations by 9:00pm. For the sake of orderly operations, I would ask everyone to consider their specific need for services during this period (i.e. IFR or VFR flight following, etc.) and understand the workload involved; ten minutes is short and this time compresses greatly with numerous simultaneous requests. If you must depart IFR or if you must have the Tower coordinate your VFR flight following, please consider departing earlier in the day; with few alternatives, this is the best solution to ensure a safe and orderly airport environment. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Casey B. Giddens
Air Traffic Manager