• 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.


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Archive for the 'Announcements' Category

Thanks to all who responded to our call for support and attended the Board of Supervisors meeting this past Tuesday March 8, 2016 on the topic of noise generated by Surf Air flights approaching San Carlos Airport. Many supporters of the Airport spoke, including members of SCAPA, BASCA (Business Association of San Carlos Airport), and the San Carlos Flight Center. We extend our deepest appreciation to all of you, as well as to those who sent emails and called the Supervisors. They finally heard from our side. More than 40 friends spoke at the meeting and many more sent emails. I especially want to single out Hans Plesman of BASCA, Dan Dyer of San Carlos Flight Center, and Marian Harris of the Half Moon Bay Pilots Association who did an exceptional job of rallying support and turning out speakers. Thanks very much for your help.

Our side was well represented as was that of the opposition. Supporters of the Airport talked about educational opportunities, jobs, economic impact, SQL’s place in the nation’s Air Transportation System, and the freedom of flight that San Carlos Airport provides. Opponents discussed the impact that noise from Surf Air overflights has had on their health. Some people complained of constant noise from Surf Air. Their grievances have been aired at community meetings attended by many people in Atherton.

It’s obvious that their main issue is with Surf Air flying the GPS approach more than 20 times per day in Pilatus PC-12s with gear and flaps extended. The GPS approach ensures that the same households in Atherton, Menlo Park and North Fair Oaks hear that noise every day.

On Monday evening March 7th, after BASCA met with Surf Air representatives, SCAPA Director Rich Newman, former Chair of the San Mateo County Airport Land Use Committee and former Chair of the San Francisco International Airport Community Roundtable, together with SCAPA President Carol Ford, who is also AOPA’s Airport Support Network representative at SQL, and SCAPA Vice President Michael Baum, met with Surf Air. That meeting concluded with Surf Air saying they would consult with their CEO regarding a route change that would facilitate flying VFR up 101 in a quieter configuration. The implementation of this or a similar procedure still needs cooperation from the FAA, which we are facilitating.

The Board of Supervisors, at the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday, directed staff to proceed with a study of Airport operations and options for draconian procedures to penalize Surf Air, and at the same time, threaten the future of the Airport. The Supervisors commented on their duty to protect the health of the County’s residents and how that is being affected by Surf Air. Several of them said they are not in favor of increased fees, but they did say curfews and other time of flight restrictions would be considered. As we understand it, curfews would mean no takeoffs or landings between certain times such as 8PM to 6AM. Those restrictions would apply to all aircraft other than jets.

The timeline for the study includes a report back to the Board in April with a more refined list of penalties and restrictions. They are also planning community outreach meetings in May which we will all need to attend. They will be conducting a survey of affected residents and will develop an airport noise reduction webpage and are already encouraging the spiking of noise complaints. Staff will report findings to the Board in June, including recommendations for further action.

So, we are not out of the woods by any means. We are ever vigilant about this situation and will let you know the next time we need to show up en masse. We strongly believe that without an agreement between Surf Air and the FAA the long term existence of the Airport is in doubt.

Hang on. We will keep you informed over the next few months.

We look forward to working together with all sides to find an amicable solution

Thanks again for all your help.
Carol Ford, President


posted by Administrator3 Mar 15, 2016  06:03 PM
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The photos shown below were originally taken by Stephen Bell in April 1966 when he was a flight instructor at San Carlos. Steve was kind enough to send along high resolution scans of these incredible images that show the area around San Carlos Airport. Take a close look. You can see Cooley Field, an airstrip that was located near the spot occupied by Town Place Suites. You can also see Redwood Shores before it was developed as well as the old sewage treatment plant that some of our members remember fondly.

Huge kudos to Steve for contributing these photos. A few years ago he sent in a collage that is part of our SQL history page. The new images provide an improved picture of what it was like at SQL.

We’re always looking for historic photos and stories about San Carlos Airport. If you have something you’d like to contribute, please contact webmaster@sancarlosairport.org.

Click on any of the photos shown below to see higher resolution versions.

Note: the photo of the new terminal building was taken in 1968. The others were taken in 1966.







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posted by Administrator3 Mar 15, 2016  06:03 PM
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San Mateo County Airports will be restriping the runway Half Moon Bay Airport. The contractor has agreed to perform the work during the following dates and times. During the below dates and times, the runway will be closed to all aircraft operations.

Half Moon Bay Airport runway closure – Wednesday & Thursday – March 23rd & 24th, 2016 beginning at 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Please remember that weather, temperature and contractor availability may change or modify these dates and times and will keep you informed of any changes. If you have any questions or concerns about these important safety improvements, please contact the airport office at 650-573-3700.

Airport Operations

Marty D. Wray
Manager of Operations
San Mateo County Airports
620 Airport Way, Suite 10
San Carlos CA. 94070
ph# 650-573-3700

posted by Administrator3 Mar 15, 2016  05:03 PM
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The California State Aviation Day event at the capitol in Sacramento is quickly approaching. Last year several members commented on our ePilot story that you would like to have known about Aviation Day ahead of time. We heard you.

This year California State Aviation Day is being held on April 20 from 11:00am to 2:00pm on the north steps of the capitol building. You won’t be able to miss the big tent. For a full agenda please ‘click here.’

Come say hello to the AOPA staff as well as the other exhibitors. There will be several legislators passing through, feel free to shake their hands and have a friendly conversation to share your experience as a pilot in California.

Mark your calendars!

April 20, 11:00am – 2:00pm
North Steps of the State Capitol

I look forward to seeing you there.

Blue Skies,

Jared Esselman

Director of State Government Affairs


posted by Administrator3 Mar 15, 2016  05:03 PM
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Please note the following message from the Manager of Operations

Subject: parking lot construction paving project SQL

Beginning Thursday 02-18-2016 at 0730am, parking lots Alpha, Tango and Mike (shown in the attached image) will be under construction and closed through Thursday the 25th of this month for paving. Vehicle gate access and pedestrian gate access will from time to time be limited (one at a time) and alternate routes may need to be utilized by tenants to access hangars and tie downs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may create while we upgrade some of the parking facilities at San Carlos Airport. Please call or contact the airport office with any questions or concerns you may have.

Marty D. Wray
Manager of Operations
San Mateo County Airports
620 Airport Way, Suite 10
San Carlos CA. 94070
ph# 650-573-3700

hangar ID paving for tenants

posted by Administrator3 Feb 18, 2016  11:02 AM
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KSQL tenants and businesses are invited to the Airport’s Appreciation Event on Fri. Dec. 11, 2015 from 4pm to 7pm in the San Carlos Airport Mary Griffin Ramseur Terminal Building.

posted by Administrator3 Dec 05, 2015  05:12 PM
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Please join SCAPA in welcoming Marty Wray as the Airport’s new Manager of Operations.  He worked here previously in 2010-2011 and returns with a great deal of experience in construction management, airfield management, airfield maintenance, and airport event management.  Please stop by the Airport office and introduce yourself to Marty when you have a chance.

posted by Administrator3 Dec 05, 2015  04:12 PM
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California Pilots Association Presents
A Capital Idea!
Gathering California’s General Aviation Community for a day of Education and Entertainment
Plus, exhibits, presentations, and FAA Safety Team “Wings” Seminar!
Sat. Oct. 24, 2015
KSAC Executive Jet Center
10AM to 4PM
registration ($10) can be done in advance at www.calpilots.org

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posted by Administrator3 Oct 19, 2015  04:10 PM
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Volunteers Needed for
4th Annual Aero Design Challenge
Sat. Oct. 24, 2015 at Hiller Museum

Work with middle school students to design, prototype, test and pitch a propeller design. Expertise in aerodynamics is not required; just an enthusiasm for aviation, science, and engineering. Two-and-a-half hours of your time on Oct. 24, 2015 can inspire a student to pursue engineering and the sciences.

Available shifts:
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

If you want to volunteer, contact Lindsay Lutman at the Hiller Museum, lindsay@hiller.org, 650-654-0200 x215

posted by Administrator3 Oct 18, 2015  06:10 PM
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A great time was had by all who attended this year’s barbecue at the Hiller on Sun. Oct. 18, 2015. Nearly 80 meals were served. The food was fantastic and included 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.

Thanks to the Hiller Museum for allowing us to use their back patio and ramp display area, and to Adam Villa for all his assistance. Thanks to all the Bay Area weather forecasters who brought us a nice afternoon for our event, despite a few showers the day before.

Thanks to Kelly Hoffman for organizing the setup and cleanup crews. Thanks to Jon Hull and others whose names I didn’t catch, and to Cass Wilson for extra efforts on cleanup. Thanks to Jerry Grainger and Cass Wilson for patiently taking attendance at the door.

Jon Hull, Carolyn Chaney, and Curt Nehring prepared foods for grilling Saturday night; Don Sharp, Ken Steiner, Bruce Wallace, and Chris Zanette cooked our efforts to perfection on Sunday. The Sky Kitchen provided green salad and their famous potato salad. Curt Nehring brought baked beans. Carol Ford brought brownies for dessert, and Karen Morss donated lemonade from her Lemon Ladies Orchard.

Mike Mainiero arranged for our display aircraft. Tom Bria brought his V-tail Bonanza, Oliver Coolidge his Cessna 195, Tom Nolan his Glasair Sportsman, and Bill O’Connell his Swift. Joining Scott from Airport Operations, EAA20 members Mike Cunneen, Tom Nolan, Bob Davis, and I marshaled the aircraft safely to and from Hiller’s display ramp area.

Finally, thanks to all the SCAPA members who joined us to make this an enjoyable event!






Aircraft on display are shown below.





Thanks again and see you all next year!

posted by Administrator3 Oct 18, 2015  05:10 PM
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from our friends at Lake Tahoe Airport:

Effective October 15, 2015 the CTAF for TVL will change to 122.7

Please post and pass this along.

Sherry Miller, Airport Director
Lake Tahoe Airport
City of South Tahoe

posted by Administrator3 Oct 05, 2015  10:10 PM
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Volunteers Needed
Palo Alto Airport Day
Sun. Sept. 27, 2015 10AM to 4PM

SCAPA members have an opportunity to volunteer at Palo Alto’s Airport Day Sun. Sept. 27, 2015 from 10 am to 4pm.


They especially need help with traffic control and the crowd line.

Call 650.329.2687 if you can help at all.

Carol Ford

posted by Administrator3 Sep 26, 2015  07:09 PM
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We are very happy to report that SCAPA member Pat Groves will receive the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on Sept. 30, 2015.

The FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have maintained safe flight operations for 50 or more years. To date there are fewer than 3,300 pilots who have ever achieved this recognition. A couple of notable honorees are Bob Hoover and Clay Lacy.

M. D. P. “Pat” Groves first soloed at Houston Beechcraft at Houston International Airport in 1965 and continued flying actively as he moved to Annapolis and later Northern California. He has had a varied career, initially in the tech sector, transitioning to professional pilot at age 49. At that time, he started teaching at San Jose State’s Aviation Department, eventually being elected chair. Today, Pat is an active professional pilot flying for a select group of clients through his company Groves Pilot Service. He flies a variety of aircraft for clients including Citations and Hawkers and owns a Beechcraft Baron and a Diamond Star.

In one of his recommendation letters, Mr. R. W. Mark wrote “If ever a person were worthy of receiving a Master Pilot Award, it would be Pat.” This sentiment is echoed by anyone who has ever had the privilege of flying with Pat as student, colleague, or passenger.

The crew is ready

FAA Master Pilot Pat Groves and his wife Kathy Groves, also a professional pilot. Photo was taken at KSUN in Hailey, Idaho.

posted by Administrator3 Sep 16, 2015  11:09 AM
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Salinas Air Show Sat. 9/26 to Sun. 9/27/2015, including F22, CF18, T33, B25, P51, C5M, and much much more: http://salinasairshow.com

posted by Administrator3 Sep 14, 2015  09:09 PM
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The SCAPA Board of Directors is organizing our next barbecue on Sun. Oct. 18th, 2015 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 Oct. 17th
– setup on Sunday 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.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 31, 2015  05:08 PM
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