Adventures in Crosswinds

Topic: Afraid of landing in crosswinds? Don’t be afraid any longer and treat them like a normal landing. Learn the tricks of the trade.
On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 19:00 Pacific Daylight Time

San Carlos Flight Center
655 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070

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Do you remember in your training when you feared the crosswind landing? Perhaps at some level you still do. Did you find yourself preferring to land at Haward instead of San Carlos? Do you feel there are normal landings and crosswind landings?

Dan Dyer and San Carlos Flight Center, the only flight school on the west coast with a crosswind simulator, is committed to training pilots competence in all landings. In this seminar, Dan Dyer, said by some to be the west coast crosswind expert, will take you step by step through all phases of landings with and without crosswinds, so that you approach every landing the same way. With a bit of practice you will land as easy as stopping your car at a stoplight. It’s part of the flight, no big deal, in fact it will become the best and most fun part of the flight.

Imagine approaching a landing as just a landing even to the point you do not have to think too much about the crosswinds. In fact you now even enjoy the challenge of a crosswind. Don’t miss out on this seminar to be a better pilot.

Dan Dyer is a flight instructor and Chief Pilot of San Carlos Flight Center. He has been instructing for 15 years, has over 4,000 flight hours, and is the Bay Area’s local expert in crosswind landing instruction. He is known for finding simple and innovative ways to explain complex topics and regularly speaks on advanced ground school topics. Find out more about Dan at or contact him at

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Normalization of Deviation

Topic: How human factors makes us accept shortcuts that we later perceive as normal until disaster strikes.
On Monday, April 20, 2020 at 19:00 Pacific Daylight Time (20:00 MDT, 21:00 CDT, 22:00 EDT, 16:00 HST, 18:00 AKDT, 19:00 Arizona, 02:00 GMT)

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Murphy’s law is wrong. What can go wrong usually doesn’t and the outcome is favorable. The problem is that this causes us to conclude that our actions must had been correct, since the outcome was good. This rationalization is the beginning of the process where a new normal is established that accepts shortcuts to safety and standard operating practices.

This webinar will discuss famous examples of this happening, how human factors and external pressures combine to, in time, create a new norm. We will discuss how common pilot thinking is a contributing factor. Finally, we will present some countermeasures.

Normalization of deviation is a large factor in mishaps so expect an eye-opening discussion where you can reflect on your own habits and practices.

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Weather Risk Assessment-Weather Briefings 3

Topic: Gain confidence in know if any of the six hazards have a reasonable risk of affecting your flight.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 15:00 Pacific Daylight Time (16:00 MDT, 17:00 CDT, 18:00 EDT, 12:00 HST, 14:00 AKDT, 15:00 Arizona, 22:00 GMT)

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In this 90 minute webinar (plus Q&A) Delia will demonstrate her method to clarify and add certainty to often conflicting weather information.
• Learn the top tools to identify each of the six hazards
• The tool most pilots rely on—that is actually the LEAST reliable tool (and what to use instead)
• How to identify “invisible” hazards.
• Recognizing LLWS even when it’s not forecast.
This is our level 3 class for more experienced pilots, however, it can also benefit low time pilots.

Note: When you register you will receive emails from Easy Webinar or Fly-Rite. You can easily opt out anytime. Look for the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email.

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[GL0599918] Free Webinar – Datalink Weather – How to Use ADS-B and SiriusXM in the Cockpit –

Topic: Join Air Facts editor John Zimmerman for an in-depth look at ADS-B, SiriusXM, and how to use them in flight.
On Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (11:00 PDT, 12:00 MDT, 13:00 CDT, 08:00 HST, 10:00 AKDT, 11:00 Arizona, 18:00 GMT)

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Datalink weather has the potential to make your flying safer and more comfortable – but only if you know how to use it properly. Join Air Facts editor John Zimmerman for an in-depth look at ADS-B, SiriusXM, and how to use them in flight. The webinar includes over an hour of practical tips for pilots of all levels.

Topics covered will include:

Five essential rules for weather flying
Why datalink weather is always delayed
What’s the difference between ADS-B and SiriusXM?
How to choose a portable receiver – Stratus, Sentry, and Garmin
Avoiding IFR conditions, thunderstorms, and in-flight icing
Five real world scenarios that show these principles in action

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Auburn Aviation Association online meeting Wednesday 1st

Respecting the shelter in place order, President Randy Leys invites the aviation community to join Auburn online for a virtual AAA General Membership monthly meeting. This will take place tomorrow, Wednesday April 1st at 19:00.

Joining the meeting is easy!

  • Go to
  • Click on “Join A Meeting” in the top right corner of the page and follow the instructions for downloading Zoom
  • Use meeting number 754-109-4279

Here’s a video if you want to preview how to join a Zoom meeting.

Here are written instructions if you prefer.

Online IMC club this coming Wednesday

We will be having our first online IMC club meeting via Webex, from 7 to 8 pm this coming Wednesday, April 1. (No fooling!) Our special topic will be “All About GPS approaches” and we will also have a newly released “What Would You Do?” problem solving scenario for group discussion.

Those of you who have already registered at the FAA Wings site as participants will have received an invitation email with the link to join the meeting.

In order to recognize you for the group discussion, and also to give you FAA Wings credit for attending, we are asking all attendees to register via the FAA Wings site prior to the meeting.
To do that, click here.

Scroll down, click the Register button at the bottom of the screen, and enter your name and email. We will be checking the registrant list with the FAA daily, and will have an online invitation sent to you.

This should be a fun and an interesting and educational experiment for our chapter. All are invited.

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Our online programs are taking shape

The chapter Board of Directors met via their first online teleconference this week, and approved plans to translate as much of our chapter meetings, educational programs and member interactions to telecommunications as possible.

Our first event that will begin the experiment will be the upcoming IMC Club meeting, scheduled for April 1, 2020 from 7 to 8 pm. You may have received recently an email from the FAA FAST system about the previously scheduled face to face meeting of the IMC Club. If interested you can go ahead and register online for Wings credit since the FAA has approved our transitioning this educational activity to an online format. There will be no meeting at the EAA hangar that evening, only the online session.

We are in the process of setting up a Webex service that will enable joining the event via an iPad, laptop or desktop web browser, and also calling in via a landline or cell phone. We will be sending out a web link and dial-in instructions as the date approaches, and look forward to our usual lively interaction and interactive scenario-based problem solving. As always, all are invited to participate, whether instrument rated or not.

We look forward to seeing as many of your smiling faces online as possible for upcoming chapter events.

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March 21 Display Day Cancelled

The LRAA Display Day gathering has been cancelled due to the coronavirus threat. For pilots looking for their signoffs, the plan is to try and make this up some time in the near future with a special day, possibly in conjunction with the annual meeting to be held in May of this year.

COVID-19 cancelling events

Our chapter board of directors has been closely following the increasing concern about the COVID-19 virus as it impacts the local area. A decision has been made to cancel or reschedule all chapter events for next 30 days. Specifically:

Saturday, March 14: Lunch and Aviation News You Can Use – Cancelled
Wednesday, March 18: Member Meeting – Cancelled
Saturday, March 28: Airport Fun Day – To Be Rescheduled
Saturday, April 4: Pancakes and a Movie – Cancelled

As I am sure you all understand, there is no good reason to push ahead with optional social gatherings right now.

We will update as conditions change. Stay healthy.

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