• 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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Archive for August, 2017

Read about why April Gafford founded JATO Aviation in the June, 2017 issue of Cirrus Pilot Magazine.  Click here and goto page 38.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 20, 2017  12:08 AM
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James was a long time friend and founding member of the San Carlos Airport Association.  We note that services are scheduled August 23, 2017 11:00AM, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010 with interment to follow at Skylawn Memorial Park.

James G. B. DeMartini, Jr.

06/26/1928 – 08/14/2017 

James G. B. “Jim” DeMartini, Jr., Honored Serviceman, pilot, flight instructor, teacher, mentor, coach, beloved husband and father died peacefully on 08/14/2017. He is predeceased by his beloved wife and co-pilot in life of 66 years Mary C. DeMartini (2017). Jim was the son of James G.B. and Ethel DeMartini Sr, and the grandson of The Charcoal King of California, G.B. and Clorinda DeMartini, and maternal grandparents Leo and Mary Simi. 

Raised and educated in San Francisco, he was brilliant in all areas of academics and athletics and an esteemed natural leader at the San Rafael Military Academy (1941), St. Ignacius High school (1945), and USF where he soared to 2nd Lt. Commission prior to his 20th birthday. He was then bestowed the highest ranking non-WWII ROTC officer commission, Lt. Colonel. Leading the Army Coast Artillery Corps, Jim served his country in the Korean War 1949-1951. He earned BS, MS degrees from USF and attended USF Law School. 

Jim believed that education, and especially mentoring the young was critical to building a strong society and country. Over the rest of his lifetime of service to others, he accumulated numerous post graduate, lifetime teaching and administrative credentials, advanced pilot licenses and flight instructor awards.
Jim and the light of his life Mary married in 1950 and raised six children, first in San Francisco and then on the peninsula in Burlingame. Mary’s quick wit and military precision in running a household made her the perfect match for Jim as they flew through life together traveling, teaching, flying airplanes and providing a shining example of unmitigated love and devotion to each other, their children, and anyone who knew them. They simply were, “a fun couple.” 

Raising their children on the peninsula Jim coached youth baseball, managed real estate holdings, served on numerous public commissions, commanded the Sheriff’s Air Squadron, founded the San Carlos Pilot’s Association and served as Lector and Ecumenical Minister at St. Lukes Catholic Church in Foster City. His influence, care and compassion reached far into the communities in which he lived. 

Jim is survived by his six children James G.B. DeMartini III (Linda), Richard M. DeMartini (Jennifer), M. Pamela Jitloff (Alex), Frederick “Murph” DeMartini (Laurie), Patricia Mc Bride (Dr. J. Scott Mc Bride deceased), Marjorie Kinne (Remsen IV), nineteen grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

A Rosary to honor Jim will be hosted by Crosby N. Gray, 2 Park Road, Burlingame, CA, 94010 on Tuesday August 22, 7:00 PM.

Services are scheduled August 23, 2017 11:00AM, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010 with interment to follow at Skylawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Mary Nehls DeMartini Endowment are preferred. Notre Dame De Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 19, 2017  03:08 PM
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The Board of Directors is organizing our next barbecue on Sun. Oct. 15, 2017  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 Aug 19, 2017  12:08 AM
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Marshall S. Michaelian, DDS, age 71, died on August 3, 2017 near Sacramento, CA.  He was born in Monterey Park, CA on August 21, 1945 and was the son of the late Edith and John Michaelian.  Dr. Michaelian graduated from Alhambra High School in 1963, received his MCheE from University of Southern California in 1968 and worked for Chevron Research and Standard Oil until 1972.  Dr. Michaelian attended the University of California School of Dentistry, San Francisco, where he received his DDS degree in 1977. In 1979 he graduated from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University, where he earned his MsD degree in Endodontics.  He returned to California where he practiced in Daly City, San Mateo and Fresno, CA until his death.

Dr. Michaelian was passionate about living life to the fullest with his beloved wife and constant companion for 48 years, Judith Ann, of Meadow Vista, CA; he is also survived by his sons: Marshall; daughter in law, Francia; granddaughters, Sara, Emily and Ellie of Palo Alto, CA; Jason of San Mateo, CA; Daniel of San Jose, CA; his brothers: Melvyn (Sue) of Fallbrook, CA, Jim Michaelian (Mary) of Seal Beach, CA; mother-in-law: Georgia Wyma; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Jan Wyma; John and June; 8 nieces and nephews; and numerous close friends.

Committed to giving the best possible care to his patients and supporting his office staff, Dr. Michaelian gladly volunteered his time and services to many local people in Ethiopia, Armenia and beyond.  Another passion and joy in his life was flying his airplanes.  He volunteered for Angel Flight transporting patients to and from their homes, hospitals and camps for children with special needs.  He greatly enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, cycling and flying with his family and friends.  Marshall played a key role at the San Mateo campus of Menlo Church (Menlo Park) and delighted in serving amazing cups of espresso.  He was a committed Christian and devoted his life to Christ, following him as his example and the foundation of his life.

A memorial service will be held at Menlo Church, 970 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, CA on Friday, August 25th at 2:00, followed by a time of sharing memories and refreshments. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his memory to:

Project Mercy, Inc. (www.projectmercy.org); Angel Flight, Inc. (Dr. Michaelian Angel Memorial Fund) (www.angelflight.com); Samaritan House Clinic-Redwood City (www.samaritanhousesanmateo.org)

posted by Administrator3 Aug 15, 2017  05:08 PM
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From the San Mateo Daily Journal, August 14, 2017

Aspiring pilots get view from the top

San Carlos Flight Center creates community for aviation enthusiasts of all stripes

By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff Aug 14, 2017

Michelle Karpishin stands in front of a plane at the San Carlos Flight Center where she took part in the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program that helped her become a pilot at a young age.

Growing up with a network of planes crossing through the skies above the San Francisco International Airport, San Mateo resident Michelle Karpishin caught the bug for airplanes at an early age and hasn’t been able to shake it since.

Her curiosity led her through years of camp at San Carlos’ Hiller Aviation Museum, and eventually through the doors of the San Carlos Flight Center at 655 Skyway Road to take to the skies herself when she was a rising senior in high school. With more than 400 member pilots, many in training to fly small aircraft, the flight center based at the San Carlos Airport has offered pilots of a variety of backgrounds an opportunity to take to the skies since 2012.

Drawn by the view from above she’d seen as a passenger, Karpishin was driven to keep exploring the world below on her own terms, despite no prior experience with piloting planes.

“I wanted to be able to control where I went, what I saw and do it on my own,” she said.

Now a sophomore studying aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California, Karpishin has enjoyed seeing new waves of young pilots come through the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which has propelled her from a plane enthusiast to a solo pilot in just weeks two summers ago. Run by the center, where Karpishin has worked for the past two summers since she was a scholarship recipient, the program is designed to equip four high school students with the tools they need to obtain their pilot’s license, which allows them to fly planes without an instructor.

With eight hours of training five days a week, the four high school students selected to participate in the nine-week program spend a significant amount of time in a classroom learning to read weather patterns, understand airspace regulations and their way around the many pieces of equipment pilots use to navigate.

But even with all those facts to think about, when it comes down to taking the controls into her own hands, the view is still what stands out the most for Karpishin.

“It’s a really big deal,” she said, of the first time flying a plane. “The view is what gets me every time.”

Karpishin said exploring the Bay Area from above since she received her pilot’s license at the end of the program has been one of the thrills of testing her experience with planes. Short trips to Half Moon Bay Airport, just 16 minutes away from the San Carlos Airport, and the Palo Alto Airport have changed her perspective on the region’s geography.

Sharing the experience of learning how to fly with other students similarly in search of hard-to-find aerial views has been one of the best discoveries for Karpishin as she’s explored the airport community.

“Being with three other kids doing the scholarship, we work together so much … we really developed a bond,” she said.

Though she’s been able to apply the teamwork skills she’s learned from her peers to schoolwork, swapping stories about take-offs and landings with the friends she met through the scholarship program has opened her eyes to the congenial nature of the community of pilots gathered at the San Carlos Airport by the center.

“It’s definitely very welcoming,” she said, of the pilots she’s met through barbecues and safety seminars the center hosts. “You can ask anyone questions, they’re happy to help.”

Dan Dyer, the center’s owner and founder, said creating opportunities for pilots to share stories serves the dual purpose of fostering community and increasing safety in the air. With 13 years of experience as a flight instructor, Dyer has found having pilots with a wide array of backgrounds and experiences has helped the collective knowledge of the community grow.

“Flying is a very solitary profession,” he said. “It’s a lot of individual responsibility. But on the ground, all those individuals just want to tell stories.”

Dyer said getting young pilots exposure to flight lessons early on, when students can learn quickly and build on their experience, like Karpishin did through the scholarship program, also enhances the safety of the community.

Through a marketing project Karpishin worked on for the center this summer, she got a chance to speak with the women in aviation gathered around the San Carlos Airport. With the song “A Piece of Sky” as the backdrop for a video she created featuring scenes of Bay Area women in aviation, the video illustrates the experience of women who have pursued their dreams to fly despite being underrepresented in the field. Karpishin was encouraged by the response she received from the some 50 women she contacted, saying many were eager to participate.

“You don’t always talk to that many women, so this kind of brought them together,” she said. “I got to see how excited they were to share that experience with other people through the video.”

Visit youtube.com/watch?v=r51ahIP0_yw&feature=youtu.be to see Karpishin’s “It All Began — A Celebration of Women in Aviation” video.

Visit the San Carlos Flight Center at 655 Skyway Road, Suite 215 or visit sancarlosflight.com for more information.


(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

posted by Administrator3 Aug 14, 2017  05:08 PM
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Check out this recent FAA video about runway incursion prevention at Hayward: Hayward runway safety vignette

It will be useful the next time you land there and the information will be useful at all airports.

posted by Administrator3 Aug 13, 2017  11:08 PM
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Stop by the San Carlos Airport on Sat. Sept. 30th from 10AM to 4PM for our 5th Annual Airport Day. ENTRY IS FREE!

The Airport along with our based businesses and organizations has planned a day of hands-on activities designed to welcome our local community to the airport. Visitors will learn about general aviation, its many benefits to the local area and of course, have great time!

Airport Day will feature aircraft displays, helicopter rides, drone demonstrations, interactive and educational exhibits, local vendors, food trucks and Young Eagle rides for children. Please contact the Airport office at 650-573-3700 if you are willing to display your aircraft and/or volunteer at San Carlos Airport Day. We will need lots of help to make this event a big success again this year! Thank you in advance for your participation.


posted by Administrator3 Aug 08, 2017  09:08 AM
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