Mission

  • 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.

Background

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

Noise Abatement Procedures

  • San Carlos Airport is surrounded by noise sensitive neighborhoods. All pilots are encouraged to follow the noise abatement procedures

Live View of San Carlos Airport (SQL)

San Carlos METAR

  • KSQL 220530Z AUTO 19005KT 10SM CLR 19/14 A3002 RMK AO2

    A METAR describes the current weather at an airport. Click here to learn how to read a METAR.


SQL Notams

  • Click here and enter KSQL in the Locations box to read the Notices to Airmen (Notams) about San Carlos Airport.

ASOS from Half Moon Bay Airport (HAF)

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Contact

  • Email: webmaster at sancarlosairport.org
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  • Our mailing address:
    San Carlos Airport Association
    P.O. Box 1183
    San Carlos, CA 94070
 

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Read about why April Gafford founded JATO Aviation in the June, 2017 issue of Cirrus Pilot Magazine.  Click here and goto page 38.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 20, 2017  12:08 AM
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James was a long time friend and founding member of the San Carlos Airport Association.  We note that services are scheduled August 23, 2017 11:00AM, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010 with interment to follow at Skylawn Memorial Park.

James G. B. DeMartini, Jr.

06/26/1928 – 08/14/2017 

James G. B. “Jim” DeMartini, Jr., Honored Serviceman, pilot, flight instructor, teacher, mentor, coach, beloved husband and father died peacefully on 08/14/2017. He is predeceased by his beloved wife and co-pilot in life of 66 years Mary C. DeMartini (2017). Jim was the son of James G.B. and Ethel DeMartini Sr, and the grandson of The Charcoal King of California, G.B. and Clorinda DeMartini, and maternal grandparents Leo and Mary Simi. 

Raised and educated in San Francisco, he was brilliant in all areas of academics and athletics and an esteemed natural leader at the San Rafael Military Academy (1941), St. Ignacius High school (1945), and USF where he soared to 2nd Lt. Commission prior to his 20th birthday. He was then bestowed the highest ranking non-WWII ROTC officer commission, Lt. Colonel. Leading the Army Coast Artillery Corps, Jim served his country in the Korean War 1949-1951. He earned BS, MS degrees from USF and attended USF Law School. 

Jim believed that education, and especially mentoring the young was critical to building a strong society and country. Over the rest of his lifetime of service to others, he accumulated numerous post graduate, lifetime teaching and administrative credentials, advanced pilot licenses and flight instructor awards.
Jim and the light of his life Mary married in 1950 and raised six children, first in San Francisco and then on the peninsula in Burlingame. Mary’s quick wit and military precision in running a household made her the perfect match for Jim as they flew through life together traveling, teaching, flying airplanes and providing a shining example of unmitigated love and devotion to each other, their children, and anyone who knew them. They simply were, “a fun couple.” 

Raising their children on the peninsula Jim coached youth baseball, managed real estate holdings, served on numerous public commissions, commanded the Sheriff’s Air Squadron, founded the San Carlos Pilot’s Association and served as Lector and Ecumenical Minister at St. Lukes Catholic Church in Foster City. His influence, care and compassion reached far into the communities in which he lived. 

Jim is survived by his six children James G.B. DeMartini III (Linda), Richard M. DeMartini (Jennifer), M. Pamela Jitloff (Alex), Frederick “Murph” DeMartini (Laurie), Patricia Mc Bride (Dr. J. Scott Mc Bride deceased), Marjorie Kinne (Remsen IV), nineteen grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

A Rosary to honor Jim will be hosted by Crosby N. Gray, 2 Park Road, Burlingame, CA, 94010 on Tuesday August 22, 7:00 PM.

Services are scheduled August 23, 2017 11:00AM, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010 with interment to follow at Skylawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Mary Nehls DeMartini Endowment are preferred. Notre Dame De Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 19, 2017  03:08 PM
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The Board of Directors is organizing our next barbecue on Sun. Oct. 15, 2017  from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on the back patio at the Hiller Museum. Be sure to save the date.

This year we are going to use a caterer. Nevertheless, there will undoubtedly be tasks that could use volunteer help. This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the Association. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Curt Nehring at cnehring@sbcglobal.net.

Admission to the BBQ is free for paid-up members. Guests (including spouses) will be $15 each.

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 19, 2017  12:08 AM
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Marshall S. Michaelian, DDS, age 71, died on August 3, 2017 near Sacramento, CA.  He was born in Monterey Park, CA on August 21, 1945 and was the son of the late Edith and John Michaelian.  Dr. Michaelian graduated from Alhambra High School in 1963, received his MCheE from University of Southern California in 1968 and worked for Chevron Research and Standard Oil until 1972.  Dr. Michaelian attended the University of California School of Dentistry, San Francisco, where he received his DDS degree in 1977. In 1979 he graduated from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University, where he earned his MsD degree in Endodontics.  He returned to California where he practiced in Daly City, San Mateo and Fresno, CA until his death.

Dr. Michaelian was passionate about living life to the fullest with his beloved wife and constant companion for 48 years, Judith Ann, of Meadow Vista, CA; he is also survived by his sons: Marshall; daughter in law, Francia; granddaughters, Sara, Emily and Ellie of Palo Alto, CA; Jason of San Mateo, CA; Daniel of San Jose, CA; his brothers: Melvyn (Sue) of Fallbrook, CA, Jim Michaelian (Mary) of Seal Beach, CA; mother-in-law: Georgia Wyma; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Jan Wyma; John and June; 8 nieces and nephews; and numerous close friends.

Committed to giving the best possible care to his patients and supporting his office staff, Dr. Michaelian gladly volunteered his time and services to many local people in Ethiopia, Armenia and beyond.  Another passion and joy in his life was flying his airplanes.  He volunteered for Angel Flight transporting patients to and from their homes, hospitals and camps for children with special needs.  He greatly enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, cycling and flying with his family and friends.  Marshall played a key role at the San Mateo campus of Menlo Church (Menlo Park) and delighted in serving amazing cups of espresso.  He was a committed Christian and devoted his life to Christ, following him as his example and the foundation of his life.

A memorial service will be held at Menlo Church, 970 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, CA on Friday, August 25th at 2:00, followed by a time of sharing memories and refreshments. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his memory to:

Project Mercy, Inc. (www.projectmercy.org); Angel Flight, Inc. (Dr. Michaelian Angel Memorial Fund) (www.angelflight.com); Samaritan House Clinic-Redwood City (www.samaritanhousesanmateo.org)

posted by Administrator3 Aug 15, 2017  05:08 PM
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From the San Mateo Daily Journal, August 14, 2017

Aspiring pilots get view from the top

San Carlos Flight Center creates community for aviation enthusiasts of all stripes

By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff Aug 14, 2017

Michelle Karpishin stands in front of a plane at the San Carlos Flight Center where she took part in the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program that helped her become a pilot at a young age.

Growing up with a network of planes crossing through the skies above the San Francisco International Airport, San Mateo resident Michelle Karpishin caught the bug for airplanes at an early age and hasn’t been able to shake it since.

Her curiosity led her through years of camp at San Carlos’ Hiller Aviation Museum, and eventually through the doors of the San Carlos Flight Center at 655 Skyway Road to take to the skies herself when she was a rising senior in high school. With more than 400 member pilots, many in training to fly small aircraft, the flight center based at the San Carlos Airport has offered pilots of a variety of backgrounds an opportunity to take to the skies since 2012.

Drawn by the view from above she’d seen as a passenger, Karpishin was driven to keep exploring the world below on her own terms, despite no prior experience with piloting planes.

“I wanted to be able to control where I went, what I saw and do it on my own,” she said.

Now a sophomore studying aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California, Karpishin has enjoyed seeing new waves of young pilots come through the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which has propelled her from a plane enthusiast to a solo pilot in just weeks two summers ago. Run by the center, where Karpishin has worked for the past two summers since she was a scholarship recipient, the program is designed to equip four high school students with the tools they need to obtain their pilot’s license, which allows them to fly planes without an instructor.

With eight hours of training five days a week, the four high school students selected to participate in the nine-week program spend a significant amount of time in a classroom learning to read weather patterns, understand airspace regulations and their way around the many pieces of equipment pilots use to navigate.

But even with all those facts to think about, when it comes down to taking the controls into her own hands, the view is still what stands out the most for Karpishin.

“It’s a really big deal,” she said, of the first time flying a plane. “The view is what gets me every time.”

Karpishin said exploring the Bay Area from above since she received her pilot’s license at the end of the program has been one of the thrills of testing her experience with planes. Short trips to Half Moon Bay Airport, just 16 minutes away from the San Carlos Airport, and the Palo Alto Airport have changed her perspective on the region’s geography.

Sharing the experience of learning how to fly with other students similarly in search of hard-to-find aerial views has been one of the best discoveries for Karpishin as she’s explored the airport community.

“Being with three other kids doing the scholarship, we work together so much … we really developed a bond,” she said.

Though she’s been able to apply the teamwork skills she’s learned from her peers to schoolwork, swapping stories about take-offs and landings with the friends she met through the scholarship program has opened her eyes to the congenial nature of the community of pilots gathered at the San Carlos Airport by the center.

“It’s definitely very welcoming,” she said, of the pilots she’s met through barbecues and safety seminars the center hosts. “You can ask anyone questions, they’re happy to help.”

Dan Dyer, the center’s owner and founder, said creating opportunities for pilots to share stories serves the dual purpose of fostering community and increasing safety in the air. With 13 years of experience as a flight instructor, Dyer has found having pilots with a wide array of backgrounds and experiences has helped the collective knowledge of the community grow.

“Flying is a very solitary profession,” he said. “It’s a lot of individual responsibility. But on the ground, all those individuals just want to tell stories.”

Dyer said getting young pilots exposure to flight lessons early on, when students can learn quickly and build on their experience, like Karpishin did through the scholarship program, also enhances the safety of the community.

Through a marketing project Karpishin worked on for the center this summer, she got a chance to speak with the women in aviation gathered around the San Carlos Airport. With the song “A Piece of Sky” as the backdrop for a video she created featuring scenes of Bay Area women in aviation, the video illustrates the experience of women who have pursued their dreams to fly despite being underrepresented in the field. Karpishin was encouraged by the response she received from the some 50 women she contacted, saying many were eager to participate.

“You don’t always talk to that many women, so this kind of brought them together,” she said. “I got to see how excited they were to share that experience with other people through the video.”

Visit youtube.com/watch?v=r51ahIP0_yw&feature=youtu.be to see Karpishin’s “It All Began — A Celebration of Women in Aviation” video.

Visit the San Carlos Flight Center at 655 Skyway Road, Suite 215 or visit sancarlosflight.com for more information.

anna@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

posted by Administrator3 Aug 14, 2017  05:08 PM
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Check out this recent FAA video about runway incursion prevention at Hayward: Hayward runway safety vignette

It will be useful the next time you land there and the information will be useful at all airports.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 13, 2017  11:08 PM
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Stop by the San Carlos Airport on Sat. Sept. 30th from 10AM to 4PM for our 5th Annual Airport Day. ENTRY IS FREE!

The Airport along with our based businesses and organizations has planned a day of hands-on activities designed to welcome our local community to the airport. Visitors will learn about general aviation, its many benefits to the local area and of course, have great time!

Airport Day will feature aircraft displays, helicopter rides, drone demonstrations, interactive and educational exhibits, local vendors, food trucks and Young Eagle rides for children. Please contact the Airport office at 650-573-3700 if you are willing to display your aircraft and/or volunteer at San Carlos Airport Day. We will need lots of help to make this event a big success again this year! Thank you in advance for your participation.

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posted by Administrator3 Aug 08, 2017  09:08 AM
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from the Airport Manager


Airport Businesses, Associations & Users,

In June, the County Board of Supervisors approved the San Carlos Airport (SQL) to enter into an agreement with Hughes Aerospace to research, analyze and develop additional instrument approach/departure procedures for SQL that support the current noise abatement procedures. To begin their initial research, Hughes will be conducting obstruction survey analysis work on-site in August.

In order to complete necessary survey work, Runway 30/12 at the San Carlos Airport will be closed

Sunday, August 13th from 8:00 PM until midnight (local time).

Please check NOTAMs prior to flight.

Thank you,

Gretchen

 

Gretchen Kelly

San Mateo County Airports Manager

Half Moon Bay Airport & San Carlos Airport

posted by Administrator3 Jul 27, 2017  10:07 PM
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San Carlos Airport Association President Carol Ford is quoted in the following article about the Surf Air problem at San Carlos Airport that appeared in the July 24, 2017 edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal . She points out that SCAA is pleased that the county is focusing on the origin of the controversy, rather than punishing other pilots and commercial operators who have lived in harmony with the community for many years.


Surf Air tests interstate travel with federal agency
County officials contest airline expansion, requests review of airline’s economic status
By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff, Jul 24, 2017

As efforts to mitigate the noise coming in and out of the San Carlos Airport proceed, San Mateo County is contesting a newly-formed relationship between Surf Air and its operator, Encompass Aviation, that may make what officials call an unauthorized expansion of flights in and out of the small aircraft, general aviation airport possible.

On July 6, the county filed a letter opposing a June application Encompass Aviation — which the letter states became an operator for Surf Air flights in April — submitted with the Department of Transportation requesting authority to act as a commuter air carrier.

The letter details reasons why Surf Air, as the primary actor in providing flights to its customers after its April change in legal structure, must obtain its own economic authority to operate flights and is using Encompass’ application to fly planes across state lines as an inappropriate proxy for its own operations.

An excerpt from the letter asserts “Surf Air’s entire legal structure seems designed to circumvent direct regulation by [the Department of Transportation], and Encompass is seeking economic authority from [the Department of Transportation] only to facilitate Surf Air’s plan.”

The small-aircraft, members-only airline has drawn the ire of some residents in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The residents have attributed increased noise emanating from the general aviation airport where pilots of small aircraft have historically trained and stored their aircraft to Surf Air, which began routing flights in and out of the San Carlos Airport in 2013.

Measures to stem the effects of Surf Air flights have ramped up in recent years. Among the measures are a cross-jurisdictional working group, including the Federal Aviation Administration, elected officials, San Carlos airport staff and Surf Air representatives responsible for designing a six-month trial from July to January of a flight route directing Surf Air flights in and out of the San Carlos Airport over the Bay instead of Peninsula neighborhoods. The FAA, which is responsible for approving new flight patterns, is in the process of conducting an environmental review of what was called the Bayside Visual Approach.

More recent efforts to identify and mitigate sounds coming from the airport include a federal noise study launched earlier this year and funding San Mateo County supervisors dedicated in June toward an additional communications specialist to ensure pilots understand noise abatement procedures and improving the system used to track flights coming in and out of the airport.

At a May community meeting in Redwood City, county officials told residents some Surf Air pilots have received FAA approval to use the Bayside Visual Approach on days with good weather, but the county has yet to receive a federal update on whether the flight path can be made permanent. They also said recent measures to mitigate the noise had come out of renewed conversations between the county, the San Carlos Airport Association, which represents many pilots using the airport, and Surf Air.

Peter Kirsch, an attorney hired to represent the county in the matter, confirmed the noise mitigation efforts were independent of the letter the county filed against Encompass Aviation’s June request to operate as a commuter air carrier. Though the legal document he helped draft acknowledged Surf Air’s unconventional business model, it asserts the model does not exempt the airline from needing economic authority to provide interstate flight services.

“There’s a lot about Surf Air that is not common,” said Kirsch.

The legal document compares Surf Air’s business and operation model before it formed a relationship with Encompass as an operator of its flights, when it said Surf Air was a “wholly intrastate operator” and “not an ‘air carrier’ as defined by federal law,” meaning the airline was not required to obtain economic authority from the Department of Transportation to operate. The letter also mentions the airline’s June announcement to expand service to Texas through an acquisition of a similarly structured company called Rise and a recent addition of flight offerings to Las Vegas as evidence Surf Air’s operations have crossed state lines, which would require the membership airline to obtain economic authority or exemption from it.

It also states aspects of the company’s relationship with Encompass, such as evidence the company has control over the operator’s schedule as well as the fact the company collects fares from customers as Surf Air and distributes the operator’s share of the profits in a separate transaction, establish the company is a principal in its operations whose authority to operate cannot be granted through its operator.

Surf Air spokeswoman Angela Vargo said in an email the airline is not commenting on the county’s request at this time. Carol Ford, president of the San Carlos Airport Association, said in an email that the county’s request is properly placing the focus on Surf Air’s operations.

“We are pleased that the county is focusing on the origin of the controversy, rather than punishing other pilots and commercial operators who have lived in harmony with the community for many years,” she said.

Ford said the San Carlos Airport has a long history of commercial charter air service without complaints from the community, and though Surf Air was initially slow to respond to community concerns, recent conversations with the airline and its efforts to redirect planes from routes passing over neighborhoods seemed to indicate a more promising direction for the cross-agency efforts to mitigate noise and traffic at the airport.

An update on a federal study of the noise related to the San Carlos Airport will be given at a public information workshop Aug. 2 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road.

posted by Administrator3 Jul 25, 2017  09:07 AM
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From our friends at Alliance for Aviation Across America


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posted by Administrator3 Jul 24, 2017  05:07 PM
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Encroaching development is an ongoing issue at San Carlos Airport. The following letter was submitted to the Redwood City Council in advance of their meeting July 24, 2017 about the Harbor View Project.


July 24, 2017

The Honorable John D. Seybert and the City Council
City of Redwood City
1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
Via email: council@redwoodcity.org

Re: Agenda Item 8B: Request by Jay Paul Company to Initiate a General Plan
Amendment for the Harbor View Project

Dear Mayor Seybert and Council Members,
The San Carlos Airport Association (SCAA) promotes the safety and sustainability of the San Carlos Airport (“Airport” or “KSQL”), its flight operations, and provides advocacy and community engagement to advance this mission. SCAA is a material stakeholder regarding the above-referenced Agenda Item 8B.

The Harbor View Project (“Project”) is situated abeam (about 0.1 nm) from the centerline of the Airport’s highly utilized instrument final approaches, and within ~1.5 nm of the runway. Additionally, VFR (Visual Flight Rules) arrival and departures frequently overfly the Project site.


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Project Area (red arrow) & Flight Path (Maroon Line)

The Project’s plan for seven-story structure(s) may create a new obstacle proximate to the approach corridor. And, given that this proposal is to initiate a General Plan Amendment, a review by the Airport Land Use Commission/Committee will be required.

Even more concerning, with the huge housing demand the Project will generate, it will be easier for Cargill to “sell” a major local housing project on the salt ponds to a community that is desperate for housing. Harbor View, therefore, represents a beach head that we must defend to stave-off continued high-density residential development on the Bay which will adversely impact both the community and Airport. And, Redwood City is fully appraised of the noise (and associated complaints) caused by Surf Air’s intensive use of the instrument approaches and has been on notice for years of the impacts on residents of residential developments on the Bay side of Highway 101.

Consequently, SCAA emphatically urges the City Council to carefully consider the need being created for residential development underlying the pathways to and from this busy municipal airport. These matters have been the subject of many policy disputes between our Association and the City, in which we have urged extreme caution in placing residents near the Airport. Finally, the City Council should require the developer to execute an avigation easement in favor of the County of San Mateo as proprietor of the San Carlos Airport.

Respectfully submitted,
Carol Ford
President, SCAA

posted by Administrator3 Jul 24, 2017  04:07 PM
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The San Carlos Airport Association commends San Mateo County’s recent filing of an opposition to the application of Encompass Aviation to obtain authority from the Department of Transportation to operate as a commuter air carrier at San Carlos Airport and elsewhere.

We applaud this first step in what we hope are many challenges to Surf Air’s and Encompass Aviation’s operations at San Carlos Airport. Further, we commend the County for attacking the true source of the recent public relations problems at San Carlos Airport – Surf Air. The County’s opposition to the application is a constructive step. In contrast, the expenditures on a new employee and cameras are boondoggles that will not provide relief from Surf Air’s nuisance.

We hope that the County’s effort is successful. We believe that counsel made very effective arguments in favor of the County’s position.

The following statement about the County’s opposition to Surf Air’s application was issued to the San Mateo Daily Journal on July 21, 2017:

This is the position of San Carlos Airport Association:

This [opposition to the application of Encompass Aviation] properly places the focus on Surf Air’s operations. The fact that flights originate from out of state does not matter. An increase in flights, however, could cause more congestion and cause the Control Tower to divert traffic over San Carlos and Belmont as they did recently for a time, contrary to our longstanding voluntary noise abatement procedures. We are pleased that the County is focusing on the origin of the controversy, rather than punishing other pilots and commercial operators who have lived in harmony with the community for many years.

San Carlos Airport has a long history of commercial charter air service, with no complaints. Surf Air started something new, and was, at best, slow to respond to community concerns. That said, Surf Air has come to the table during negotiations arranged by our Association, with significant changes in flight paths to remove them from overhead neighborhoods to a great extent. The County’s most recent action does not attack the business model. That would require change in FAA regulations, which allow scheduled airline service of 9 passengers or less into reliever airports.

posted by Administrator3 Jul 22, 2017  04:07 PM
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The San Carlos Airport Association is happy to pass along an announcement of the new fire truck at San Carlos Airport (in service starting April, 2017). The following message from Chris St. Peter, Assistant Airport Manager, summarizes background for our new truck, shown below in photos from the manufacturer’s web site.

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Our old Airport One for San Carlos and Half Moon Bay came online in mid-2002. 15 years is a long time for a fire truck. In fact, the FAA only expects airports to maintain grant-funded equipment for 10 years. We were starting to run into issues with finding spare parts and more often than not, we were finding that we needed to take it out of service for non-scheduled repairs.

Prior to ordering a replacement, Operations staff sat down and discussed what they liked about the existing truck and what they would like to see in the new vehicle. New technology has been introduced since the original Airport One was built and we wanted to make sure it was added to the new truck.

It’s also important to remember that Airport One really is an all purpose vehicle. We use if for many things. Everything from responding to aircraft incidents, haz-mat response to towing trailers.

Some of the new features include:

*An Elkhart Sidewinder EXM Bumper Monitor – This allows staff to deploy water/AFFF (foam) while remaining inside the cab via a joystick-like control.

*A high capacity inverter for in-field use of power tools.

*An air compressor for inflating tires and other equipment

*LED scene lighting

*Larger cab for storage

*LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS

We’ll be looking to replace Half Moon Bay’s truck this Fiscal Year. Additionally, we will likely take the two best parts of both old Airport Ones (the body of San Carlos truck and the bed/storage boxes of Half Moon Bay) and combine them into one truck so we have a backup truck for when one of the new trucks goes in for scheduled maintenance.

posted by Administrator3 Jul 10, 2017  05:07 PM
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CalPilots is going to launch its first ever CalPilots EXPO in Paso Robles (KPRB) on October 13-14, 2017.

They will have a Wine & Food Reception on Friday, October 13 from 5-8pm. Mark Baker, President of AOPA will be there and conduct a townhall-like meeting and meet with everyone. The CalPilots Board Members will also be there.

On Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast, followed by a State of GA in California by CalPilots President Corl Leach. The CalPilots Annual meeting will follow.

Fresh Cheesesteak lunch put on by Sutter County (O52) at noon, followed by an FAA Wings seminar by Brian Schiff on General Aviation Safety.

After that there will be 4 seminars; 2 for pilots and 2 for passengers. The Pilot seminars will include 1) Basic Med, and 2) Support You Local Airport. The Passenger seminars will be 1) A Flying Companion/Pinch Hitter, and 2) Fun Places to fly in the west.

There will be an Exhibit area and an Aircraft Static display area as well. Want to camp by your airplane, you can do that also.

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posted by Administrator3 Jul 09, 2017  08:07 PM
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From the Alliance for Aviation Across America:

I write with a critical update. The big commercial airlines and private interests are lobbying hard for a bill introduced in Congress, by Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), which takes away Congressional authority over our air traffic control system and turns it over to a board of private stakeholders.

The ”AIRR Act,” or H.R. 2997, would hand over this vital infrastructure to private stakeholders, resulting in more endless taxes and fees on consumers, and emboldening the airlines to further cut off access to rural communities. That is why business leaders, rural and agricultural groups, Mayors across the country and the majority of Americans all oppose air traffic control privatization. But this is a critical time, Congress will consider this legislation in the coming weeks.

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With your help, we can ensure that Congressional oversight of our air traffic control system remains in place, and prevent this big, corporate giveaway to the airlines and other private interests.

Thank you.
Selena Shilad
Executive Director
Alliance for Aviation Across America
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posted by Administrator3 Jul 02, 2017  10:07 PM
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