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The following email was sent to all our members on 3/24/17.
As I’m sure you all know, the Airport is surrounded by noise sensitive communities. The Voluntary Noise Abatement Procedures (VNAP), established more than 20 years ago, have been responsible for a peaceful and friendly relationship with our neighbors. To ensure that this continues, I wanted to send you this reminder and encourage you to send a copy of this email to anyone who might not be familiar with the VNAP.
Thank you for your continued support of SCAPA. If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2017, please do so at our membership signup form. We need you now more than ever.
Carol Ford, President
San Carlos Airport Association
San Carlos Airport is surrounded by noise sensitive areas. By using your aircraft’s quietest departure techniques and following the guidelines and procedures below, we can reduce the noise impact on our neighbors. The San Carlos Airport Pilots Association has adopted a Good-Neighbor-Policy and requests that resident and visitor aircraft comply with the voluntary noise abatement procedures described below.
Please Use Common Sense and Be Considerate to Airport Neighbors
- Reduce power/RPM as soon as safe and practical.**
- Avoid flying over homes in extremely noise sensitive areas.
- Departing traffic use Runway 12, wind permitting.
- Please consider the noise impact of your pattern flying activities. If able, fly after 10 a.m. on weekend and holiday mornings.
- No touch-and-goes when the Tower is not in operation.
- IFR departures: Give consideration to your noise impact.
- Helicopter operations: Contact airport office for procedures.
Most aircraft noise is generated by propeller tip noise. This is especially true when propeller tip speeds approach supersonic speeds. Even a small deduction of 100 or 200 RPM can produce a significant decrease in noise levels.
In addition, we ask your cooperation in restricting operations to:
On Weekdays: No touch-and go, low-approach or full stop-taxi back operations on Weekdays during the period from two (2) hours after sunset of one day and 8:00 a.m. of the following day, Monday through Friday; and until 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Sunset times are averaged on monthly basis for the purposes of these restrictions.
No touch-and-go, low approach, or taxi back operations Monday – Friday after:
On Weekends and Holidays: No touch-and go, low-approach or full stop-taxi back operations before 9:30 a.m. nor after 6:00 p.m. on any Saturday, Sunday or Holiday.
The San Carlos Airport Pilots Association has adopted a Good-Neighbor-Policy. That policy includes the following voluntary restriction: Pattern Work (repetitive circuits) is discouraged from 2300 hours until 0700 hours, daily. The Pilots Association requests that resident aircraft and visitors comply with this voluntary restriction.
For more information, comments or suggestions, please contact:
San Carlos Airport
620 Airport Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 573-3700, FAX (650) 593-3762
Safety Always Supersedes Noise Abatement Procedures
PATTERN WORK (Runway 30)
Climb straight-out, parallel Highway 101. Fly your crosswind turn so that your ground track remains just northwest of the diamond-shaped waterway as depicted on the noise abatement map. (Do not overfly the diamond shaped waterway.) Delay your downwind turn until reaching 800 feet MSL and reducing power/RPM
PREFERRED DEPARTURES RUNWAY 30
Crosswind Departures: “Belmont Slough ” Departure. Climb straight-out, parallel to Highway 101. Fly your crosswind turn so that your ground track remains just northwest of the diamond-shaped waterway as depicted on the noise abatement map. (Do not overfly the diamond shaped waterway.) Fly out the Belmont Slough. Avoid overflying homes on either side of the Slough. Caution: Remain northwest of KNBR radio towers to avoid inbound traffic (Stay clear of SFO Class B airspace).
Downwind Departures Delay your downwind turn until reaching 800 feet MSL. Continue climbing at reduced power/RPM setting until past housing. Make a 45 degree left turn off the downwind at pilot’s discretion or continue downwind. (Contact Palo Alto Tower prior to entering PAO Class D airspace.)
Woodside Departures: Delay your downwind turn until reaching 800 feet MSL. Continue climbing at reduced power/RPM setting until past housing. Proceed downwind until the Salt Pile prior to initiating a right turn.
Upwind Departures: “Bay Meadows” Departure. Climb straight-out, parallel Highway 101, until abeam the race track (6 DME from SFO VOR) then turn to a southwesterly heading, remaining south of Highway 92. (Stay Clear of SFO Class B airspace).
PREFERRED DEPARTURES RUNWAY 12
Aircraft departing Runway 12: turn left 20 degrees to a heading of 100 degrees as soon as is safe and after passing the end of the runway.
Southbound and Westbound: “Woodside” departure. Continue outbound on a heading of 100 degrees until past the Salt Pile prior to initiating a right turn. (Contact Palo Alto Tower prior to entering PAO Class D airspace.)Departures and Pattern Traffic: Begin your left crosswind turn as soon as traffic permits.
(Use low noise setting inbound)
From North/Northwest (Runway 30): Make entry via the Steinberger Slough (southeast of KNBR radio towers). Caution: Traffic departing via Belmont Slough (3/4 mile northwest of radio towers).
From Southwest Through Northwest (Runway 30): Remain at least 1000 feet AGL. Make entry overhead the airport northeast bound. Cross overhead mid-field at or above 1200 feet MSL (Remain Below SFO Class B airspace). Caution: Traffic Pattern at 800 feet.
Straight-In Entry (Runway 30): Remain at or above 1000 feet MSL until passing Kaiser Hospital (Remain Below SFO Class B airspace).
Avoid aerobatic-style short approaches over the homes and buildings north of the airport.
Safety Always Supersedes Noise Abatement Procedures
AOPA FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS
In an effort to support outstanding student pilots, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation and the You Can Fly High School Aviation Initiative will award scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, in 2017.
High School Flight Training Scholarships Program
Twenty teens will get closer to their dream of earning their wings thanks to AOPA’s You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship program. AOPA will award $100,000 in flight training scholarships to 20 current high school students who are truly passionate about pursuing a pilot’s certificate. The winners will each receive $5,000 toward flight training.
AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarships
The AOPA Foundation supports passionate aviators and will award various scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, in 2017. The minimum age to apply for the AOPA Foundation scholarships is 16 and there is no maximum age. Applicants must hold a student pilot certificate to apply for these scholarships.
Applications open March 1, 2017!
Click here to learn more.
The flight training activities at San Carlos Airport are an important part of solving the severe nationwide pilot shortage. Read more about the problem in this article by Alan Karp in the March 8, 2017 edition of Air Transport World.
SkyWest CEO warns pilot shortage could lead to big service cuts
Mar 08, 2017
SkyWest Inc. president and CEO Chip Childs warned the US Congress of a “growing pilot shortage” that could become significantly more pronounced over the next three years, leading to the grounding of large numbers of aircraft in US regional airlines’ fleets.
Testifying March 8 at a House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, Childs said Utah-based SkyWest—the parent of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines and the US’s largest regional airline operator—has been able to maintain adequate pilot hiring levels so far. But he said smaller regional airlines are having increasing difficulty finding qualified pilots and the shortage will likely soon begin to seriously affect SkyWest.
“All of us [in the US regional airline industry] see a very significant pilot shortage,” he said. “We’re deeply concerned about the statistics as we move forward over the next three years. There are a lot of retirements at the majors and we simply don’t have the backfill.”
Childs said US major airlines, which primarily hire flight deck crew from US regionals, are expected to hire 18,000 pilots in the next three years, nearly the size of the current regional airline pilot workforce. He warned that the shortfall in pilots could ultimately lead to the parking of as much as two-thirds of the US regional airline fleet in operation today.
That would create a big loss in service to smaller US markets, Childs warned, noting, “We are the only source of [air] travel at 60% of the airports that we serve.”
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has cast the problem as largely one of compensation levels for pilots, but Childs said there has been a “tremendous move and shift [to higher] compensation in the last few years” for pilots at US regional airlines.
FAA’s Congressionally mandated rule requiring pilots to accumulate 1,500 flight hr. before becoming a first officer at a Part 121 US airline has been blamed for escalating the cost of becoming an airline pilot, but Childs did not press Congress to change the law that led to the rule as US regional airlines have in the past. In what may signal a change in lobbying strategy for US regional airlines, Childs instead pushed for Congress to provide guidance to FAA to allow for more “alternate pathways” to meeting the 1,500-hr. requirement within existing law.
Childs said prospective pilots need financial assistance. “We need some loan programs for pilots,” he told lawmakers.
Also testifying at the same hearing, Alaska Airlines president and CEO Brad Tilden said, “I just want to support Chip Childs on the pilot training … Student loans [for pilots] guaranteed by the federal government … would be beneficial.”
Asked by a House member about expanding service to rural areas in the US, Childs said, “The reality is if there are not enough pilots … [and] you’re trying to get new service—that is not going to happen unless we resolve this.”
Aaron Karp email@example.com
Click here to read the story by Barbara Wood of the Almanac: “Carol Ford, the president of the San Carlos Airport Association, made up of pilots and businesses that use the airport, said association members have several reasons to oppose a draft airport curfew ordinance recently proposed by San Mateo County.
She said the proposed ordinance, which would restrict the hours and numbers of flights into and out of the airport, may not be legal and punishes those who have “peacefully co-existed” with the airport’s neighbors for decades.
On March 3, the county released a draft of the ordinance saying it is an effort “to address community concerns regarding San Carlos Airport noise.”
Those concerns began after Surf Air, a startup airline whose passengers pay a monthly fee for unlimited flights, started using the San Carlos Airport in June 2013. Noise complaints about the airline’s turboprop planes have increased as the number of flights increased.
The county’s proposal would limit the hours and numbers of “noisy aircraft” rated at 74.5 decibels or louder that could land or take off from the airport.
The list of noisy aircraft includes the Pilatus PC-12s flown by Surf Air, but also 65 other planes.
The noisy aircraft would be banned from using the airport from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. During the hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., each operator of a noisy aircraft (such as Surf Air, a charter company, a flight school or a private individual) would be allowed only one takeoff and one landing in each time period.
As written, the restrictions would eliminate 81 flights a week from Surf Air’s current schedule.
Certain exceptions would apply, including for those working on certifications.
Ms. Ford said her group is “shocked by the proposed ordinance” and questions its legality. The airport association and others opposed to the curfew have pointed to a recent federal appeals court ruling against a curfew imposed at an airport in East Hampton, New York.
San Mateo County’s proposal, however, seems to be designed to avoid the problems the East Hampton curfew has faced by exempting certain classes of aircraft, such as jets and helicopters, which are strictly regulated by federal law.
The ordinance exempts what are labeled “Stage 2, 3 and 4″ aircraft. Federal regulations govern those classes of aircraft and prohibit more stringent local regulations.
Mike Callagy, San Mateo County’s assistant county manager, said the proposed curfew “is much more narrowly tailored to aircraft causing disturbances” than the South Hampton regulations.
Ms. Ford said that many at the airport hope an alternative route Surf Air used during a six-month trial period will be approved for permanent use by the Federal Aviation Administration. The route sent Surf Air over the Bay instead of the Peninsula for more than 60 percent of its flights during the trial.
But county officials say it could take 18 months, or longer, for the FAA to decide about the route. The route had drawn complaints from residents of Sunnyvale who said it increased the number of planes flying over their homes, but San Mateo County officials say most of those complaints were from people who did not live under the new flight path.
The Bay route also did not address noise complaints from those who live under Surf Air’s departure routes, including residents of San Carlos, Redwood Shores and North Fair Oaks.
The Bay route removed Surf Air’s planes from flying over “the handful of residents who have been complaining” much of the time, Ms. Ford said.
“If the Supervisors really believe that this very substantial improvement (of the Bay route) is still not enough to satisfy the individuals who are driving this issue, then the supervisors should be drafting an ordinance that does what they already admit they intend to do: target Surf Air,” she said in an email, acknowledging that such an ordinance would not be valid.
Ms. Ford said Surf Air is “the target of this ordinance” but the proposed regulations punish “airport users who have peacefully coexisted with the community for many years.”
She also suggested that a prerequisite to any changes is the completion of a recently started county noise study.
“The San Carlos Airport Association has always strived to be a good neighbor to our friends in the surrounding communities,” Ms. Ford said. “For almost 20 years we’ve peacefully coexisted, and as we heard at recent meetings of the Board of Supervisors, our neighbors have been friendly toward us.”
Ms. Ford suggested that the supervisors devote their energy and taxpayer funds to “engage the flying community to work together for alternate solutions.”
The county said the proposed ordinance and other possible ways to lessen noise complaints will probably be considered by the Board of Supervisors in July.
In the meantime, the county will meet with local residents and airport users as well as public officials from the affected communities to discuss the proposed curfew.
The pdf for the article is here.
Avweb points out that San Mateo County’s proposed curfew is “thinly veiled attempt to target Surf Air’s Pc-12.” (click here for avweb coverage)
To all friends of San Carlos Airport:
We have just been informed that in response to noise complaints directed at Surf Air from Atherton and other communities, the County is proposing to implement a curfew that will effectively close San Carlos Airport to all but a small number of aircraft types from 9PM to 6AM every day of the week. Only one landing and one takeoff will be allowed per aircraft from 6AM to 9AM and 6PM to 9PM.
The SCAPA Board of Directors has been following the Surf Air problem closely and trying to work with County officials on your behalf since we first alerted you last year. The curfew was a surprise to us and is completely unacceptable.
We are currently pursuing various responses to the proposed curfew and will be in touch soon about follow-up measures. We think it will come before the Board of Supervisors in April. We’ll let you know about that meeting as soon as it’s scheduled.
Thank you for your continued support of SCAPA. In the meantime, if you haven’t renewed your membership for 2017, please do so at our membership signup form. We need you now more than ever.
from the Airport Manager:
In order to reduce Foreign-Object-Debris (FOD) and maintain the condition of our pavement, we have scheduled sweeping of the San Carlos Airport and Half Moon Bay next week. Please see the Runway closure schedule below:
San Carlos Airport Runway 12/30 will be closed on Monday, February 27th from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM local for sweeping
Half Moon Bay Airport Runway 12/30 will be closed on Friday, March 3rd from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM local for sweeping
These dates and times are subject to change. Check NOTAMs prior to flight.
We will also be sweeping the taxiways, taxilanes and transient ramps. The Airports will remain open during sweeping operations, except as noted above.
The Airport has contracted with County sweepers to conduct quarterly sweeping of both Airports.
If you have any questions, please contact Marty Wray, Manager of Operations, at 650.573.3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The following is a copy of a letter from Congresswoman Jackie Speier to the Vice President of Air Traffic Organization at the FAA in Washington, D.C. in reference to recently instituted Westerly departures from SQL.
The SCAPA Board of Directors have been battling against the use of these procedures since they first came to our attention several months ago. The Serco tower manager decided to use them on his own initiative despite the fact that they have not been used since the airport was established in 1948 and are specifically disallowed in the Voluntary Noise Abatement Procedures. Thankfully, Congresswoman Speier worked with us and with the help of FAA management put a stop to this unnecessary and disruptive practice. She also raises the issue of replacing Serco controllers with FAA staff. We applaud her efforts and deeply appreciate everything she has been doing to ensure that San Carlos Airport remains a kind and considerate neighbor to our friends in the surrounding community.
Please note that despite numerous requests and entreaties from airport management and from SCAPA, the tower refused to stop using left traffic and early southbound turns, which set afire complaints from our San Carlos neighbors who had never before complained. The tower ultimately doubled-down and claimed that the FAA had endorsed usage of these patterns. Only when it became apparent that the tower would not comply with airport management’s strong and repeated requests did it become necessary to escalate to the FAA and Congresswoman Speier.
Mary Caroline Nehls DeMartini beloved wife of 66 years to James G.B. De Martini, Jr. died peacefully in her sleep 01/10/2017. She was the daughter of the late Captain and Mrs. Frederick E. Nehls, and the granddaughter of Carnegie Silver Medal Winner Captain George Henry Zeh. She was born and raised in Ancon, Panama and came to the United States in 1947 to attend Notre Dame High School, followed by the College of Notre Dame, Belmont. She was a favorite of her school and retained close loving relationships with her classmates and the Sisters of Notre Dame for the rest of her life. Her wit, generosity and kindness were hallmark characteristics. She was a long standing benefactor to Notre Dame de Namur’s Alumni Association.
Mary’s knight in shining armor and co-pilot in life was her best friend and husband Jim. They managed to raise a large family, travel the world, and learn to fly planes together laughing and loving through an entire lifetime. Mary is survived by Jim and their six children James G.B De Martini III (Linda), Richard M. De Martini (Jennifer), Mary Pamela Jitloff (Alex), Frederick “Murph” De Martini (Laurie), Patricia Mc Bride (Dr. Joseph Scott Mc Bride, deceased), Marjorie Ann Kinne (Remson IV). Mary’s six children blessed her with nineteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, all of whom brought a sparkle to her eye and gave her tremendous joy over the years.
Mary will be fondly missed as a community activist. She founded and chaired many organizations over the years donating countless hours to El Camino House Organization, American Women’s Volunteer Organization, Peninsula Hospital Auxillary Association and Pals for Palsy.
A Rosary to honor Mary will be hosted by Crosby N. Gray, 2 Park Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 on Friday January 20th, 7:30 PM.
Services are scheduled Saturday January 21, 2017 11:30AM, Cunningham Memorial Chapel. Notre Dame De Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002.
Private cremation to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Mary Nehls DeMartini Endowment are preferred. Notre Dame De Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2017 – See more at: click here
from our friends at CalPilots:
Great Lakes Airlines is looking for California-based pilots.
Meet with them Wed. Jan. 18, 2017, 1PM to 6PM, at Stockton Metro Airport, 5000 South Airport Way, Stockton, CA.
Areas of focus: Part 121 flying Embraer 120 Brasilia.
Urgent Message to All Members and Pilots Using San Carlos Airport
Do not fly left traffic for 30 or make overhead departures to the south and west of 101. Follow the established Bay Meadows, Woodside and Belmont Slough voluntary noise abatement procedures! http://www.sancarlosairport.org/noise-abatement-procedures
Over the past few months, the Airport has begun receiving noise complaints from our neighbors in San Carlos and Belmont who have not complained for 25 years. Last Thursday, SCAPA confirmed that the tower now instructs some aircraft to use left traffic and issues other instructions that have aircraft flying at lower altitudes over San Carlos and Belmont. This was done without informing Airport management or consulting with SCAPA. These changes essentially negate the long-standing voluntary noise abatement procedures that have been responsible for our peaceful coexistence with our neighbors.
The timing could not be worse. With an onslaught of complaints about Surf Air, the County supervisors and even our Congressional representatives are paying close attention to the airport. Studies—paid for in part by our Airport Enterprise Fund—are currently underway about how the County might restrict operations.
San Carlos airport has functioned without a left-hand traffic pattern for its entire existence (since 1952). Changing this successful practice now threatens to create a whole new constituency who are hostile to the airport. Please do your part to ensure that this does not happen.
Say “No” to left traffic and overhead departures.
A great time was had by all who attended this year’s barbecue at the Hiller on Sun. Sept. 25, 2016. The food was fantastic and included tri-tips, chicken, baked beans, cornbread, salad, cold drinks and dessert. If you couldn’t make it this time, plan on attending next year. You’re sure to enjoy yourself.
Thanks to the Hiller Museum for allowing us to use their back patio and ramp display area, and to the Hiller Museum staff for their assistance. Thanks to all the Bay Area weather forecasters who brought us a nice afternoon for our event.
Thanks to Curt Nehring for organizing the event. Jerry Grainger and Michael Baum patiently took attendance at the door. Carol Ford brought brownies for dessert. Kelly and Terry Cross arranged for the food and drinks. Debbie Dewey and Jon Hull assisted Curt in coordinating aircraft ground movement. The Airport office and tower arranged short-term closures of taxiway Juliet so that planes could be safely brought in and out of he Hiller’s display ramp.
Tom Bria brought his V-tail Bonanza, Bob Leuten showed his Decathalon, including a brand new GTX345 ADS-B transponder. Bill O’Connell showed his Swift. Adam Jones showed his Bellanca CruiseMaster.
Finally, thanks to all the SCAPA members who joined us to make this an enjoyable event!
Tom Bria kindly provided the following pictures of the event. If you didn’t make it this time, please plan to join next year.
The SCAPA Board of Directors is organizing our next barbecue on Sun. Sept. 25, 2016 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Griffin Ramseur
Resident of Millbrae
Late of Millbrae and San Mateo County resident for 49 years. Entered into rest in Millbrae on August 10, 2016 surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of Walter F. Ramseur for 25 years and the late Donald F. Griffin for 30 years. Loving mother of John Griffin of San Mateo, Mary Griffin Eid (Jeffrey) of Danville and Zachary Griffin (Peggy) of Oakland. Loving grandmother of Francis, Jo and Grant Griffin, Griffin Eid, Elizabeth Eid Owen (Rodney), Harrison Eid and Mercy Nakibuuka Eid. Loving stepmother of Gail Griffin Sredanovic of Menlo Park, Shari Ramseur and Steve Ramseur of Oregon.
A native of Yuba City, California. Age 84 years.
Kindergarten teacher at Frederick Burke School, SF and Skyline School, South SF. Served in elected public office 26 years, first on Millbrae City Council and then San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Past President Association of Bay Area Governments, past Chair Metropolitan Transportation Commission, past member SF Airport Round Table, past President Nickerson Family Association, Chatam, MA. Founding Board Member, Hiller Aviation Museum, Board Member, SF Airport Museum. Member Millbrae Lions Club and Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Celebration of Life Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 10 am, First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, 1500 Easton Drive, Burlingame. In lieu of flowers, donations welcomed to Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo, www.sanmateo4cs.org, or Hiller Aviation Museum, www.hiller.org.
Chapel of the Highlands, Millbrae
www.chapelofthehighlands.com – See more at: legacydotcom
Attention pilots: our friends at Reid Hillview are in a bit of a pickle.
The EAA62 Young Eagles rally set for Sat. July 16 at RHV already has about 136 young people signed up on the website to fly.
That’s the good news!
The bad news…. several pilots have had to cancel for a variety of reasons. So Russ Todd tells me that he only has two pilots committed to fly.
Can you fly?
If you can help, please contact Russ ASAP….
Russell Todd email@example.com
Please spread the word. We need all the help we can get!
Dean McCully firstname.lastname@example.org