• 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.


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

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

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Archive for the 'Announcements' Category

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 mwray@smcgov.org.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Gretchen Kelly,
Airport Manager

posted by Administrator3 Feb 24, 2017  04:02 PM
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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.




posted by Administrator3 Feb 15, 2017  06:02 PM
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Mary Caroline Nehls DeMartini

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

posted by Administrator3 Jan 19, 2017  12:01 PM
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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.



posted by Administrator3 Dec 21, 2016  11:12 AM
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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.

Thank you.

posted by Administrator3 Dec 08, 2016  02:12 PM
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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.








posted by Administrator3 Oct 03, 2016  09:10 AM
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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 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 Sep 05, 2016  11:09 AM
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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

(650) 588-5116

www.chapelofthehighlands.com – See more at: legacydotcom

posted by Administrator3 Aug 12, 2016  05:08 PM
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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 russt1@sbcglobal.net

Please spread the word. We need all the help we can get!

Dean McCully dean@dmccully.com

posted by Administrator3 Jul 11, 2016  08:07 AM
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Stop by the San Carlos Airport for our 4th Annual Airport Day Sat. Oct. 22nd from 10AM to 3PM. ENTRY IS FREE!

The San Carlos Airport and our based businesses will host a day of hands-on activities designed to welcome people to the airport who may never have visited before. Learn about general aviation, see interesting airplanes up close, and more.

Airport Day will feature drone demonstrations, aircraft displays, helicopter rides, exhibitors and vendors, food trucks, and Young Eagles rides for children. The EAA Ford Tri-Motor will be offering rides at the Hiller Aviation Museum during the event. Check the following official web page for the event for the latest updates.

posted by Administrator3 Jul 06, 2016  11:07 PM
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from our friends at Freeway Airport in Maryland.

“Few creatures see the world from a bird’s-eye-view. Maybe that’s why so many people want to fly in helicopters and airplanes. And now… just about anyone can. It’s probably not what you’d call an ‘inexpensive’ hobby, but it costs less than you might think. Arash Arabasadi spent a day with folks from Freeway Airport both on the ground and in the clouds above Maryland.”

posted by Administrator3 Jun 18, 2016  05:06 PM
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Thanks to everyone who came to the joint membership meeting with SCAPA and the EAA Chapter, on Tuesday the June 14th, and a special thanks to Alan Eustace. Alan’s presentation was terrific and inspiring. It’s a privilege to meet the man who devised, designed, paid for and built this amazing achievement. New frontiers are out there. Flying is an achievement and adventure. What do you want to do with your pilots license?

President Carol Ford and Airport Manager Gretchen Kelly updated members on the status of the County’s response to persistent complaints of a small number of Atherton and North Fair Oaks residents about perceived noise from increased air taxi activity—specifically, Surf Air’s operations. SCAPA, Surf Air, the FAA, Rep. Jackie Speier’s office and other airport groups are working on a new VFR arrival route that, if approved, should divert more than 85% of Surf Air arrivals over the shoreline and away from Atherton. Trials are in progress, and we are optimistic that the new arrival route will be approved and operational within a few months.

In the meantime, the County is moving forward with studies of fees and restrictions on the airport. The studies are to be paid for in part out of airport funds generated from tenants. Some of the proposals to be studied would violate FAA grant assurances because they discriminate against specific operations and operators. The other study proposals could have a significant negative impact on all airport users. SCAPA has urged the Board of Supervisors to hold off on the studies until the new Surf Air arrival procedure can be approved and implemented.

Finally, the members approved amendments to the bylaws that increase flexibility and bring our operation up to date with current technology and communications.

posted by Administrator3 Jun 16, 2016  09:06 PM
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The San Carlos Airport Association extends our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Frederick A. Wolfe who passed away on June 3, 2016 at the age of 78.

According to the obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 12, 2016, a memorial service is pending.

posted by Administrator3 Jun 12, 2016  07:06 PM
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FAA Offers Incentive to General Aviation Aircraft Owners to Equip Aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) 

FAA Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date: June 6, 2016

Contact: Tammy Jones, Paul Takemoto or Alison Duquette

Phone: 202-267-3438 

Rebate will help bring NextGen safety technology to airplanes now

WASHINGTON – Today on a national press call, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced a $500 rebate incentive for General Aviation (GA) aircraft owners who equip their aircraft with required avionics technology. Accelerating compliance is critical to ensuring that pilots, manufacturers, and retail facilities have adequate time and capacity to equip aircraft in a timely and efficient manner, ahead of a 2020 regulatory deadline.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a foundational element of the FAA’s NextGen program, which consists of a suite of technologies that are modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system. ADS-B transforms aircraft surveillance using satellite-based positioning.

“This announcement signals our commitment to NextGen, which has played an important role in ensuring that our airspace is safe and efficient for the American people,” said Secretary Foxx. “We are focused on achieving its full potential, and by working with our General Aviation community, I’m confident we can successfully integrate aircraft and technology into the national airspace system.”

The rebates will be available this fall, and the FAA will announce the specific date soon. In the meantime, the FAA has published information regarding the goals and structure of the program, and is encouraging aircraft owners to look at the available equipment on the market and to schedule an installation appointment with a qualified installer starting in the fall of 2016. Aircraft owners will only qualify for the rebate if the installation is scheduled after the FAA begins offering the rebates.

The FAA published a final rule in May 2010 mandating that aircraft flying in certain controlled airspace be equipped with ADS-B by Jan. 1, 2020. That airspace is generally the same busy airspace where transponders are required. Aircraft that fly only in uncontrolled airspace where no transponders are required, and aircraft without electrical systems, such as balloons and gliders, are exempt from the mandate.

“We’re calling on all aircraft owners who plan to fly in busy airspace to equip with ADS-B before the deadline,” said Administrator Huerta. “Owners who wait too long to equip may not be able to get an installation appointment before the deadline. This limited-time rebate provides an incentive for early retrofitting, and will help draw attention for the urgent need for owners to comply so that they can continue to fly their aircraft in 2020.”

The $500 rebate will help offset an owner’s cost to equip U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with avionics that comply with FAA technical standard orders and meet the rule requirements. The FAA is not offering rebates for software upgrades for aircraft already equipped, for new aircraft, or for aircraft for which the FAA already has paid or committed to upgrade. The FAA will be able to distribute 20,000 rebates – one rebate per aircraft owner. The FAA is encouraging owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft to apply as soon as the program is launched this fall because the rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one year, or until all 20,000 rebates are claimed, whichever comes first. The FAA estimates that as many as 160,000 aircraft need to be equipped by the deadline. 

“ADS-B provides the General Aviation community with increased safety, efficiency, and situational awareness,” said Whitaker. “We’re getting closer to the 2020 deadline, and we need 100 percent equipage in the required airspace to realize the full benefits of this NextGen technology.”

General aviation and air taxi aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out enjoy more efficient spacing and optimal routing in some non-radar environments, including busy airspace in the Gulf of Mexico, mountainous regions of Colorado, and some areas in Alaska. ADS-B improves life-saving search-and-rescue with accurate and timely last-reported positions. General aviation pilots may also benefit from air traffic control services outside radar coverage.

The FAA is continuing to work with stakeholders such as the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and others to inform and educate the aviation community about the ADS-B requirements. 

More information about equipping
and the rebate program is available on the FAA website.

posted by Administrator3 Jun 06, 2016  01:06 PM
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Please enjoy another photo from our friend Steve Bell who is now living in Florida. This one shows Steve and his mom (visiting from Southern CA) at West Bay Aviation (c. 1966) that was on the West side of the field near the present location of the Hiller Museum.


You can see the Piombo Construction Company shed in the background that was on the site of today’s Samtrans South Base Maintenance and Operations Facility. (In case you wanted to know why the parking area behind the terminal is called “Piombo,” now you know.)


Over the past few years Steve has sent us many interesting photos of San Carlos Airport and the local area in the mid 1960s, including this recent set of high resolution images. Steve would like to hear from old friends in the SQL community. He can be reached at s8b at earthlink dot net.

If you have any photos of San Carlos Airport that you’d like to contribute to our collection, please send them to webmaster@sancarlosairport.org.

posted by Administrator3 May 30, 2016  09:05 PM
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