• 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 September, 2017

This recent article from the AOPA blog (previously published by AOPA, used with permission) describes the three tiers of airport advocacy (local, state, and national) and shows the importance of SCAA’s role in this model.



Having just returned from Norman Oklahoma and the AOPA Regional Fly-In I was impressed to see the record attendance numbers at the two-day event. Over 7500 people and 500 airplanes came to enjoy the Friday educational seminars and the Saturday events. This year, AOPA broke the mold of the wildly successful regional fly-in by adding Friday seminars, which educate both the pilot, and non-pilot (as with Pilot Plus One/Right Seat Ready). In observing the event at Norman, I was reminded of the three-tiered model of airport advocacy. In action were local pilot groups, the eleventh annual Aviation Festival, the University of Oklahoma, state-level aviation associations, and of course nationally AOPA.

As pilots, we are all used to looking at Class B airspace as an upside-down wedding cake. We understand that the first level extends from the ground upward; a larger ring sits on top of that, and a still larger ring above that. I have long believed that in terms of airport advocacy we need to subscribe to a three-tiered model. Much like Class B, we have the central core being the boots on the ground, local level. Above that are the state level and finally the national level. Let’s take a closer look:

Tier 1 – Local Advocacy: Local wisdom is the best source of information at an airport. Who better understands current issues, history, and future needs better the pilots who are based there? What can you do locally?

Join your local airport organization.
Find out who your AOPA ASN volunteer is.
Attend Airport Land Use Meetings.
Host community events at your airport.
Form a business relationship with your City or County Planners.
Attend all City or County sponsored airport meetings.
Attend Airport meetings.
Look for chapters of state aviation organizations in your town/area/region.
Use media to the airport’s best interest [newspaper, radio, social media, TV].
Create a good working relationship with your airport manager.

Tier 2 – Statewide Organizations: Not every state has its own general aviation organization. But a quick Google search will tell you if your state does. Statewide airport advocacy organizations are important because they maintain statewide contacts, information, and strategies. Further, our statewide groups can also advise and assist the local airport groups when issues arise.

Tier 3 – National Organizations: Our national aviation organizations are a critical piece of the three-tiered airport defense strategy. Membership insures that each maintains its ability to support statewide or local airport/pilot organizations. If you do not belong to AOPA, EAA, NBAA, you should. Critical to interfacing with our congressional representatives, lobbying that national pilot organizations provide a large presence in Washington, DC. This voice serves to remind DC of the importance of general aviation to the nation’s transportation infrastructure.


As a resident of California, I get the pleasure of seeing the three-tiered model in full effect coming up October 13th and 14th at historic San Carlos Airport [KSQL]. The California Pilots Association in conjunction with the San Carlos Airport Association is presenting AirFest 2017. The two-day event sponsored by ACI Jet, features a Friday night wine and food reception with AOPA President, Mark Baker. Saturday’s workshops range from safety seminars and airport advocacy to disaster preparedness. All three levels of local state and national are working together to provide educational, social and advocacy. I would encourage everyone to think like an upside down wedding cake when it comes to advocating for GA and airports. Think globally and act locally. The more we promote general aviation the more we protect our airports.


Jolie Lucas
Jolie Lucas is a Mooney owner, licensed psychotherapist, private pilot, and Founder of two grass-roots general aviation service groups, Mooney Ambassadors and the Friends of Oceano Airport She is the 2010 AOPA Joseph Crotti Award recipient for GA Advocacy. Jolie is the Contributing Editor for AOPA Airport Support Network Newsletter. She the director and executive producer of the documentary: Boots on the Ground: the Men & Women who made Mooney©. She co-created Mooney Girls Mooney Girls and Right Seat Ready!© She is the creator of Pilot Plus One© Email: JolieLucas@charter.net Twitter: Mooney4Me

posted by Administrator3 Sep 18, 2017  02:09 PM
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from the Airport’s facebook page

This Airport Day, be sure to take an unforgettable ride on “Stanley” a New Standard biplane. Stanley is one of five New Standards flying in the world today. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a ride with Nostalgic Warbird & Biplane Rides! September 30th 10 AM to 3 PM!

posted by Administrator3 Sep 15, 2017  04:09 AM
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from the Airport’s facebook page

Several flight schools at the San Carlos Airport will have displays at this year’s Airport Day. JATO Aviation will display one of their Cirrus aircraft. JATO’s staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have. Airport Day is September 30th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Entry to the event is FREE! #SQLAirportDay2017



posted by Administrator3 Sep 13, 2017  10:09 PM
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from the Airport’s facebook page

Have you ever wanted to see what it was like to ride in a helicopter? Stop by the San Carlos Airport on the 30th of September and find out! Bay Aerial Helicopter Service will be offering helicopter rides at the event and are $55 per person. Rides are 7-10 minutes long. We hope to see you there!

posted by Administrator3 Sep 11, 2017  09:09 AM
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from the Airport’s facebook page

It’s not Airport Day until HueyVets – EMU, Inc make an appearance! EMU 309 and its dedicated volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and show your their beautifully restored UH-1H “Huey”. Stop by and see it on September 30th. Parking and entry are FREE!

posted by Administrator3 Sep 10, 2017  07:09 PM
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from the Airport’s facebook page:

Copper’s Dream Rescue, an Airport Day institution, is returning again this September 30th. The pictures below are of last year’s attendees/adoptees. Be sure to stop by between 10 AM and 3 PM and spend some time with some loving and deserving dogs. Parking and entry to the event is FREE. The love of a dog is unconditional! #SQLAirportDay2017

posted by Administrator3 Sep 09, 2017  11:09 AM
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from the Airport staff:

Airport Users:

Runway 30/12 at the San Carlos Airport will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM local time for pavement sweeping.

PLEASE NOTE – Dates and times of runway and airport closures are subject to change. These notices are only advisory in nature and there are times when it may be infeasible to provide such notices.

Pilots should verify all airport closure information by checking the latest FAA NOTAMS prior to flight.

Please contact the San Carlos Airport Office at (650) 573-3700 if you have any questions.

posted by Administrator3 Sep 05, 2017  03:09 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 of members (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.

This year, to help us better estimate the number of meals we need to prepare, we are asking folks to register in advance on the eventbrite system. All members should have received an invitation by email. If you are a member and haven’t received an invitation, contact webmaster@sancarlosairport.org.

posted by Administrator3 Sep 01, 2017  12:09 AM
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