• 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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  • 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 May, 2017

The San Carlos Airport Association is very pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached among San Mateo County, Surf Air (flights now being operated by Encompass Aviation, LLC), and the San Carlos Airport Association that will redirect Surf Air flights conducted in VFR conditions away from noise sensitive areas. As a result, the proposed curfew ordinance will be withdrawn from consideration.

The agreement and the process by which it was reached are described in a Joint Statement (linked here) by the San Carlos Airport Association and Encompass Aviation, LLC.

We believe this will eliminate most of the overflights that annoyed some residents and that are the subject of the meeting on Thursday May 18th at 6PM at the FATCO (formerly First America Title Company) Building, 555 Marshall St, Redwood City.

Nevertheless, we want all friends of the Airport to attend this meeting in support of the agreement. Please make your presence known to Carol Ford or Hans Plesman who will be near the entrance as you arrive.

These negotiations have stretched on for over two years and were going nowhere until new management at Surf Air finally got serious about fixing the problem they created. A breakthrough occurred in the last week after SCAA arranged and participated in meetings between County officials and Surf Air that led to the agreement.

Rich Newman, SCAA Director and former Chair of the San Francisco Airport/Community Rountable and Carol Ford, SCAA President and AOPA Airport Support Network representative, are responsible for making this happen. The entire airport community owes them a huge debt of gratitude because without their efforts, the curfew ordinance would have been enacted.

Credit must also be given to Mr. Charlie Caviris, the new Chief Pilot for Encompass, whose attitude and dedication to resolving this issue was the catalyst to a resolution. This is an entirely new approach to operations and community relations. Ms. Elaine Jumes, who managed public relations for Surf Air (and now for Encompass) was instrumental in this process and has been helpful to us all along.

This is a tremendous relief for us but we still need to strictly follow the Voluntary Noise Abatement Procedures and not fly left traffic or make right 270 departures off 30. These techniques have provided over 20 years of peaceful coexistence with our neighbors and we want that to continue.

Thank you for your continued support of the San Carlos Airport Association. If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2017, please do so at our membership signup form. We need you now more than ever.

posted by Administrator3 May 18, 2017  01:05 PM
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The FAA Chart Supplement for KSQL now lists a telephone number for clearance delivery (directly from Norcal) when the tower is closed. The April 27, 2017 edition of the Chart Supplement is linked to our Airport Facts page.

posted by Administrator3 May 13, 2017  12:05 PM
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Dear Members,
The following is from the Manager of Operations.
Dear SQL and HAF tenants, users and businesses,


The San Carlos Airport’s runway will be closed on, Monday May 22nd, from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM for runway maintenance.

Be advised that sweeping operations will be underway at SQL in both movement and non-movement areas from Monday May 22nd from 0800am-1600pm

The Half Moon Bay Airport’s runway will be closed on, Friday May 26th, from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM for runway maintenance.

Be advised that sweeping operations will be underway at HAF in both movement and non-movement areas from Friday May 26th from 0800am-1600pm

If you have any questions please contact the airport at 650-573-3700

Marty D. Wray
Manager of Operations
San Mateo County Airports
620 Airport Way, Suite 10
San Carlos CA. 94070

posted by Administrator3 May 11, 2017  08:05 AM
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Jean Kaye Tinsley
March 24, 1927 – April 25, 2017

Jean Kaye Tinsley passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. She was a major influence to many women in the field of aviation. Jean was born in San Francisco and graduated from Lowell High school. She earned an A.B. at the Language University of Santa Barbara and a M.A. in Philology.

Jean was a pioneer woman in the field of aviation achieving many firsts for her Gender. She was a private pilot owning her own aircraft. She was Whirly Girl #118; when female helicopter pilots were few. She was the first female in the world to earn a rating in constant speed prop gyroplane and also was the first female in the world to fly the XV-15 tiltrotor aircraft. She also spent many decades as a judge, overseeing Helicopter competitions around the world. Jean was an active member of many aviation organizations, and sitting on the boards of Whirly Girls, Helicopter Club of America and the 99’s.

Jean married Dr. Clarence Tinsley, now deceased. Three children preceded her in death. Survived by 3 children: Margaret Mulchay, William Tinsley (Joy) & Martha Minot; 12 grandchildren; 8 great- grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

There will be no funeral services as per Jean’s wishes. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Jean’s memory to The Whirly Girls Scholarship or the Bay City Chapter of the 99’s.

See more at: sfgate obituary

Almanac article (2005)

National Aeronautic Association Award (1996)

posted by Administrator3 May 02, 2017  09:05 AM
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