• 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

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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SCAPA is pleased to announce that our annual meeting will be held at 7PM on Tuesday June 14, 2016 at the Hiller Museum.

The program will feature a presentation by Allan Eustace, who leapt to Earth from the edge of the stratosphere wearing only a spacesuit, shattering skydiving records and potentially revolutionizing the commercial space industry. Allan is a former TED speaker whose video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.

We will also have our regular updates from the San Carlos Airport Manager. And, we will be electing our new slate of Board members.

posted by Administrator3 May 05, 2016  08:05 PM
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The San Carlos Airport Association is pleased to announce that our President, Ms. Carol Ford, was named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious AOPA Joseph P. Crotti Award for General Aviation Advocacy in California at the recent California Aviation Day on April 20, 2016 in Sacramento. The following photo shows Carol shortly after the presentation with (from left to right) Melissa King, Director, Office of Talent Development, Federal Aviation Administration, Carol Ford, John Pfeifer, formerly of the FAA and AOPA and now with Advocation, Inc. in Sacramento, and Charlene Fulton, Board Secretary of the California Pilots Association.

John P,Char F CF Melissa FAA IMG_1724

AOPA’s Joseph P. Crotti Award for General Aviation Advocacy in California is named in honor of Joe Crotti. Mr. Crotti was a longtime Chief of the California Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. Subsequent to his retirement from DOT, he became AOPA’s first Western Regional Representative and was instrumental in the development of the Regional Representative program.

The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to general aviation advocacy in the state of California. It is awarded on an irregular basis but no more frequently than once per year. Recipient selection is by consensus of the Western Pacific Regional Manager and AOPA Government Affairs staff.

Former Recipients:

1994 William H. Walters
1995 Connie Eccles
1996 Senator Richard Mountjoy
1997 Susan J. Larson
1998 James H. Gates
1999 Richard G. Dyer
2000 John L. Pfeifer
2001 No award given
2002 No award given
2003 Tom Weil
2004 No award given
2005 Austin Wiswell
2006 No award given
2007 No award given
2008 Elliot Sanders
2009 No award given
2010 Jolie Lucas
2011 No award given
2012 Jay White
2013 No award given
2014 No award given
2015 Carol Ford

posted by Administrator3 Apr 30, 2016  05:04 PM
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Please note the following message from Airport Staff

Subject: parking lot construction paving project SQL

As part of finishing the Fuel Farm Relocation and Pump Station Rehabilitation Project, PG&E is required to perform work in the terminal building parking lot to connect their existing power to the Airport’s new transformers and equipment. In order to ensure the safety of the electricians performing this switchover, electrical power must be disconnected. While we have asked that this work occur after 5:00 PM to minimize the impact of this work, PG&E has indicated that they will not schedule night work unless it is of an emergency nature.

PG&E has scheduled this work for April 26th from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. There will be an additional shutdown on May 11th from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. During this time, there will be no electrical power on the east side of the San Carlos Airport. This includes the Terminal Building and hangars Charlie through Golf.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to finish this important project. If you have any questions, please contact the Airport Office at 650.573.3700.

Airport Staff

posted by Administrator3 Apr 21, 2016  02:04 PM
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Thanks to Chris St. Peter and the rest of the airports management team, we are happy to announce that live webcam views of San Carlos Airport (updated approximately every five mins.) are now available. Please check the time stamps on the images to verify they are current. You could get a more up-to-date image by refreshing your web browser.

posted by Administrator3 Apr 21, 2016  02:04 PM
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from our friends at the Hiller Aviation Museum

Biggest Little Air Show
Saturday May 7

Join the festivities as the Biggest Little Air Show matches a thrilling aerobatic performance by airshow pilot Vicky Benzing and her full-sized 1940 Boeing Stearman along with demonstrations of exceptional radio controlled models.

San Carlos Airport will close to regular traffic from 10:30 am to noon to allow realistic jet- and propeller-powered model aircraft to roll down the runway and into the sky to take their part in a unique aerial extravaganza including aerobatic helicopters, drones, quadrotors and more!!

    The airport runway will be completely closed during Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:05 p.m.

We hope this brief closure will not be inconvenient and we want to make sure you have adequate advance notice.

Also, in compliance with FAA regulations, it is required that all hangars and tie-downs on the east side of the field be sterile of people during this mini-air air show. Effectively, this means that the Transient parking area and the hangars south of the airport Terminal Building (Hangars Charlie through Gulf), must be free of people between 10:30 am – 12:05 pm, for about 90-minutes. This is to ensure safety during the planned aerobatic Stearman and RC aircraft demonstrations.

We want to express how highly appreciative we are of your accommodation of this brief runway closure and “sterile” hangar zone. Without your cooperation, and the assistance and cooperation of San Carlos Airport, this wonderful aviation event which will capture the imaginations and interest of about 2,000 of our neighbors, especially kids, would not be possible.


posted by Administrator3 Apr 07, 2016  07:04 PM
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The annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Event will be held at Half Moon Bay Airport on Sunday April 24, 2016. HAF will be closed from 11:00 to 11:30 AM and 1:00 to 2:00 PM for aircraft flybys.

A temporary air traffic control tower will be in place to coordinate the high volume of air traffic and rides. Airport management requests that you call ahead or check NOTAMs for the temporary ground and tower frequencies.

posted by Administrator3 Apr 03, 2016  12:04 PM
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San Mateo County Airports will be re-striping the runway at the San Carlos 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.

Ø San Carlos Airport -Tuesday & Wednesday April 12th and 13th from 0800-1800 local

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

posted by Administrator3 Mar 25, 2016  09:03 AM
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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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