Weather and News from San Carlos Airport

No Fuel’n Around

We've all been there.  All of a sudden the fuel gauge is the most important instrument in the plane.  Our eyes start fixating on it every few minutes trying to find comfort in a remaining fuel supply that is now in question.  Then comes that anxious feeling in the pit...

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The Missing Link

"I really don't like the idea of you taking this plane to Tahoe," said the owner of the FBO who had just checked me out in the school's Cherokee 140. I gave him reassurances that I was a very safe and competent pilot and, in fact, I had even flown in and out of the...

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The Final Turn

All summer long it seemed that no matter which direction I headed, there was a permanent headwind attached to the front of the plane. If this kept up I was going to trade my airspeed indicator in for a calendar. Finally, the winds agreed to partner up with me on a...

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Lessons Learned

Crossing the majestic Sierras on one of my rare weekend pleasure flights, thoughts of work started to creep in. Though all was serene in this perfect sky, I couldn't help, but wonder how many of my fellow aviators would experience a less than an enjoyable ending to...

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Ice Ain’t Nice

I consider ice accumulation equivalent to an aircraft being on fire. You have to take immediate action or the consequences will be disastrous. Some pilots rely on the belief that there will be plenty of forewarning before things get serious. Perhaps, but it depends on...

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Gearing Up for Trouble

One of my early claims involved a pilot who was flying his recently purchased Beech Bonanza and could not get the landing gear to extend. He conscientiously tried everything he could think of to extend the gear, but finally resigned himself to the fact that he was...

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