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TSA Seeks GA’s Assistance in Security Surrounding Inauguration

From our friends at NBAA. Click here for original story. Jan. 14, 2021 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has appealed to the general aviation community to support federal and local law enforcement agencies as they prepare for the presidential...

Flight Training Scholarships

Growing the Pilot Population Through the AOPA Flight Training Scholarship Program Take advantage of AOPA’s scholarship program—over $1 million in awards—or pass along this information to someone you know is passionate about learning to fly or wants to earn an advanced...

Hangars at Hayward

San Carlos Airport has a multi-year waiting list for hangar rentals. For those folks waiting for hangars, there are several other airports in the Bay area that have space available. We provide the following information as a service to anyone waiting for a place to...

Urgent: by 12/23 Comment on Proposed Closure of Stovepipe Wells Airport

Managers of Death Valley National Park in California are seeking public input regarding future use of the park’s Stovepipe Wells Village. One of the park’s proposals is to change the Stovepipe Wells airstrip into a dedicated night sky viewing area due to the...

Annual Meeting – Thurs. 12/3/20 at 6:30 PM

Lessons Learned Flying in New Zealand and San Carlos Airport Association Annual General Membership Meeting -- Thurs. Dec. 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM PT Join us for a fun and informative look at lessons learned flying in New Zealand and taking a NZ Commercial Checkride. Learn...

9/12/20 9AM to 5PM Calpilots Annual Meeting

Register for California Zooming, this year’s first-ever, must-be-there-in-cyberspace aviation event in California. It’s for pilots, features free admission, and is sponsored by CalPilots in participation with CalDART. The all-day event includes webinars on aviation,...

Webinar 6PM Wed. 8/26/20 on Sonic Boom Research

Dear Friends, Kostas Speridakos, a CFII and Seminar Coordinator at West Valley Flying Club passed on the following information about a webinar that will be presented this Wed. Aug. 26, 2020 at 6PM by PAO pilot and NASA Ames research Don Durston on NASA's supersonics...

Skyway Center Development Approved

The following is from the July 9, 2020 edition of The Daily Journal. The development of a new office space and two commercial aircraft hangars located in San Carlos is closer to construction following the Planning Commission’s approval of the plans, Monday...

Status of VASIs

The VASIs have been out of service for  days. The KSQL VASIs have been out of service (OTS) since Jan. 11, 2019. Their replacement has experienced extensive delays; no definitive date has been set for...

Sky Kitchen is Open for Takeout

We are happy to report that San Carlos Airport's beloved restaurant, The Sky Kitchen, is open for takeout. According to the following post on Nextdoor, they will bring your order to your car. But be sure to call 650-595-0464 first before going to the airport. An...

FAA on Relief for Certain Persons and Operations during CVID-19 Outbreak

The following is an excerpt from the FAA on "Relief for Certain Persons and Operations during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) Outbreak." For the complete document click here. SUMMARY: This Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) provides regulatory...

San Mateo County Strong

The San Carlos Airport Association strongly encourages everyone to consider supporting San Mateo County Strong, an organization established in wake of the Covid-19 crisis to support Individuals and Families, small local businesses, and non-profits. For more...

FAA COVID-19 Relief For Certificate Holders

This document from the FAA (click here) addresses the following issues.  Please click the link to get the latest version. COVID-19 Temporary Policy Deviation Memos Certificate Holder’s Requesting Relief (COVID-19) – AQP Deviation to FAA Order 8900.1 for 14 CFR...

Proficiency Flights are Allowed

We are pleased to announce that Airport Management informed us proficiency flights are considered “essential services.” Thus, pilots may, for this purpose, fly solo. Rabbit Aviation is open for fuel service.

SQL Airport Manager and DART President Honored by National Aeronautic Association

We extend our warmest congratulations to San Carlos' own Gretchen Kelly, Airports Division Manager for the County of San Mateo, and Paul Marshall, President of the California Disaster Airlift Response Team, who were presented Certificates of Merit from the National...

Disaster Airlift Response Team at San Carlos Airport

The San Carlos Airport Association is pleased to announce that we are working with the Half Moon Bay Pilots Association on becoming part of the San Mateo County Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) and a supporter of the California Disaster Airlift Response Team...

A Flying Career that Began at San Carlos Airport

Editor's introduction: Steve Olsen learned to fly at San Carlos Airport (SQL) in 1966 and was a certified flight instructor at West Bay Aviation at SQL for over four years (Aug. 15, 1967 to Dec. 31, 1971), accumulating 3959 hours before moving on to a career in the...

Sat. 10/26/19: Pilots Needed for Earthquake Disaster Exercise at HAF

The California Disaster Airlift Response Team (CalDART) will conduct a Bay Area Catastrophic Earthquake Airlift Exercise next Sat. Oct. 26th from 9AM to 3PM at Half Moon Bay Airport. They are looking for volunteer pilots who would like to participate. You can either...

Bob Lane’s Emergencies (c. 1969)

Editor's introduction: Bob Lane was a highly skilled pilot and instructor who operated the West Bay Aviation flight school at San Carlos Airport in the 1960's and early 1970's. Steve Olsen is a pilot and certified flight instructor who was mentored by Bob and went on...

Texas BBQ at Hiller Sun. 10/13/19, 11:30AM to 1:30PM

The Board of Directors is organizing our next barbecue on Sun. Oct. 13, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on the back patio at the Hiller Museum. Be sure to save the date. We are pleased to announce that Frank's Texas BBQ will cater the event.  The menu includes: Mesquite...