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Archive for the 'Announcements' Category

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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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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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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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.

Thank you.

Scott Kathey
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
Phone: 831-647-4251
Website: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/

posted by Administrator3 Jul 26, 2012  07:07 PM
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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.

posted by Administrator3 Jun 18, 2012  08:06 PM
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