Autumn Scenery Safety (Later Session)

Topic: Mitigating some additional hazards of autumn flying and sightseeing.
On Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 20:00 Pacific Daylight Time (21:00 MDT, 22:00 CDT, 23:00 EDT, 17:00 HST, 19:00 AKDT, 20:00 Arizona, 03:00 GMT)

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Autumn offers unique opportunities to view some spectacular autumn scenery or just some general sightseeing. We can be safer if we are aware of some additional hazards and take steps to mitigate the risks. This live webinar will address some of those hazards and provide practical risk mitigation strategies. Long-time professional pilot and flight instructor Gene Benson will provide a lively presentation with a Q&A session at the end. Like all events in the series, attendance is valid toward the Avemco Safety Rewards Program.

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IMC Club Meeting ( ONLINE ONLY ) Lincoln EAA 1541

Topic: IMC Topics Are Taken From Real Life Events and Discussed to Aid the Decision Making Process for Pilots.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 19:00 Pacific Daylight Time


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This is an audience participation event. After a brief Audio/Video presentation we ask “What Would You Do”? Everyone is encouraged to join in the discussion. Videos depicting actual flights that encountered challenges are chosen from a library provided by EAA . Pilots of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Click the link below for more information and to register TODAY.

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Understanding VFR Charts with Judy Phelps

Topic: A Comprehensive Review of VFR Charts.
On Thursday, October 1, 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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Judy Phelps will conduct a comprehensive review of VFR charts. This class is an excellent review for all pilots and especially useful for student pilots.

Registration: Please preregister for this webinar at If you want WINGS credit, please register with the email address you use for the WINGS program.

Our Zoom webinar membership limits the number of attendees we can accommodate at the webinar. In order to make sure you have a virtual seat at the webinar, we recommend you preregister early and check in for the webinar at least 10 minutes in advance.

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Ground School Refresher Aircraft Engines and Systems

Topic: Do you know all the systems in your aircraft? Join us for a refresher or to master your skills.
On Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time (13:00 MDT, 14:00 CDT, 15:00 EDT, 09:00 HST, 11:00 AKDT, 12:00 Arizona, 19:00 GMT)

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Are you a master of the systems in your aircraft? Do you understand the fine differences between the ignition system vs. the electrical system? When was the last time you refreshed your knowledge of engine principles or the the induction system? If it has been a while or you just need a refresher, this is the place to be.

San Carlos Flight Center invites CFI Daniel Sanchez Ruiz to talk about aircraft engines and some of the other systems used on most small general aviation aircraft. The material will be presented at the level of student pilots training for a private certificate. If you’re not a natural mechanic, these aircraft systems can seem daunting, but Daniel will give you a good foundation on which to learn.

We encourage all of you to invest in your knowledge and abilities, and refocus your attention to become the best pilot you can be. Join us for this seminar, and we bet you won’t be disappointed.

Daniel Sanchez Ruiz is a flight instructor at San Carlos Flight Center. He began his aviation career with maintenance training in Caracas, Venezuela, but quickly moved into flying as a pilot. After moving to the United States seven years ago, he attained his Commercial certificate, instrument rating, and eventually CFI. He came to SCFC after working at SFO as a ramp agent, and has trained at Tradewinds Aviation in San Jose.

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Online chapter meeting Wednesday 16th at 19:00

Our monthly chapter Zoom meeting will begin at 7 pm this coming Wednesday, Sept 16th.

Our program will be on the RQ-4 Global Hawk, given by Lt. Col. Chris Steuer, Director of Operations for Beale AFB’s 13th Reconnaissance Squadron.

To join the meeting, click this link at 7 pm on Wednesday, click here:

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NOTAM FDC 0/1665

A NOTAM has been published that will affect flight in the area during President Trump’s planned visit.


On the MC CLELLAN VOR/DME (MCC) 081 degree radial at 0.2 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

10:15 AM PDT until 2:00 PM PDT Monday, September 14, 2020

On the MC CLELLAN VOR/DME (MCC) 081 degree radial at 0.2 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

10:15 AM PDT until 2:00 PM PDT Monday, September 14, 2020

Affected Public Use Airports
KMCC Mc Clellan Airfield
L36 Rio Linda Airport
KMHR Sacramento Mather Airport
KSMF Sacramento International Airport
KSAC Sacramento Executive Airport
KLHM Lincoln Regional/Karl Harder Field
KRIU Rancho Murieta Airport
O61 Cameron Park Airport
KEDU University Airport F72 Franklin Field
KDWA Yolo County Airport
O41 Watts-Woodland Airport
KAUN Auburn Municipal Airport
KMYV Yuba County Airport
1O3 Lodi Airport
O52 Sutter County Airport
E36 Georgetown Airport

Additional Notes:

No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM (except as described).

Except as specified below and/or unless authorized by ATC in consultation with the air traffic security coordinator via the domestic events network (DEN):

A. All aircraft operations within the 10 NMR area(s) listed above, known as the inner core(s), are prohibited except for: Approved law enforcement, military aircraft directly supporting the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the office of the President of the United States, approved air ambulance flights, and regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all-cargo carriers operating under one of the following TSA-Approved standard security programs/procedures: aircraft operator standard security program (AOSSP), full all-cargo aircraft operator standard security program (FACAOSSP), model security program (MSP), twelve five standard security program (TFSSP) all cargo, or all-cargo international security procedure (ACISP) and are arriving into and/or departing from 14 cfr part 139 airports. All emergency/life-saving flight (medical/law enforcement/firefighting) operations must coordinate with ATC prior to their departure at 916-366-4019 to avoid potential delays.

B. For operations within the airspace between the 10 NMR and 30 NMR area listed above, known as the outer ring(s): All aircraft operating within the outer ring(s) listed above are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields, and workload permitting, ATC may authorize transit operations. Aircraft may not loiter. All aircraft must be on an active IFR or filed VFR flight plan with a discrete code assigned by an Air Traffic Control (ATC) facility. Aircraft must be squawking the discrete code prior to departure and at all times while in the TFR and must remain in two-way radio communications with ATC.

C. The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, seaplane operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing operations, maintenance test flights, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and utility and pipeline survey operations.

D. UAS operators who do not comply with applicable airspace restrictions are warned that pursuant to 10 U.S.C. section 130I and 6 U.S.C. section 124N, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Justice (DOJ) may take security action that results in the interference, disruption, seizure, damaging, or destruction of unmanned aircraft deemed to pose a credible safety or security threat to protected personnel, facilities, or assets.

E. FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes to this TFR prior to operations within this region.

F. The System Operations Support Center (SOSC), is the point of contact and coordination facility for any questions regarding this NOTAM and are available daily from 0700-2300 EDT, phone 202-267-8276

Hayward Tower Operations

Topic: Hayward Airport is a difficult airport for pilots and controllers. It’s crucial that we learn how to operate there safely.
On Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time (13:00 MDT, 14:00 CDT, 15:00 EDT, 09:00 HST, 11:00 AKDT, 12:00 Arizona, 19:00 GMT)

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The Bay Area has one of the most dense, and complex airspaces in the United States. Pilots need to be competent to fly in these high density environments for the safety of themselves, their passengers, and other pilots around them. Hayward Airport, located beneath the San Francisco Class Bravo, and the Oakland Class Charlie, has challenges for both pilots and controllers. It’s crucial that pilots understand and comply with ATC instructions while flying at Hayward.

San Carlos Flight Center invites Michael Osburn, an Air Traffic Controller at Hayward Executive Tower to discuss how pilots can better understand local procedures and ATC instructions. Michael will provide a big picture view of air traffic in the Bay Area, what ATC see’s of pilots and airplanes on their radar, then narrowing down to how that flow affects Hayward and their daily operations. After, Michael will delve into Hayward Noise Abatement Procedures, and its relevance to different airspaces, while also keeping emphasis on the importance of pilot understanding of ATC instructions. He will also relay how failure to understand ATC instructions can result in incorrect readbacks, runway incursions, and even larger incidents.

With Michael being an Air Traffic Controller for over 17 years, he has gained his fair share of experiences dealing with pilots from all different ratings and backgrounds. He will share many resources with the audience, and will be open to any questions about Hayward Operations or ATC Interaction in general.

If you want to learn more about how you can become a safer, and more efficient pilot, you won’t want to miss this seminar.

Michael Osburn is a veteran Air Traffic Controller for over 17 years. He has controlling experience at TRACONs such as Point Mugu and Whidbey Island, has provided ATC services overseas for the United States Navy, and currently works as an ATC at Hayward Executive Airport. He has always been an advocate for pilot safety, and enjoys presenting to the pilot community.

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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 Tuesday, September 29, 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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Ten Secret Sights on the California Coast only Pilots can See and How to Fly them like a Pro

Topic: Fly a coastal tour through the eyes of a geologist and NOAA research pilot
On Thursday, September 24, 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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Due to popular demand, we’re back! Don’t miss out on your last chance to see the seminar one pilot called “one of the best I have seen in my 17 years of flying in the Bay Area.”

California pilots are treated to the jaw-dropping beauty of the coast on a regular basis, but we bet you’ve never seen it like this. Join a former NOAA research pilot and a PhD Geologist for a new kind of coastal tour to unlock ten secret sights you can only see from the sky.

We’ll spice up your coastal flying with an aerial tour of history and wildlife spanning all the way from Shelter Cove to the Channel Islands. Learn where to spot whales and sharks, how to fly along the San Andreas fault, and hear wild stories of flying for science. We’ll cover all this while teaching you easy-to-follow tips and tricks to keep you safe and protect our ocean treasures.

All pilots are invited to attend this truly unique and fun opportunity. A brief overview of the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program will be offered at the webinar opening.

CDR Matthew Pickett, NOAA (Ret) served twenty years providing operational support for research missions aboard ships, small boats, aircraft, and SCUBA diving, and rose to become Chief of the Remote Sensing Division Flight Branch. He flew a DeHavilland Twin Otter and Cessna Citation on far-flung missions including Arctic polar bear surveys, high-altitude mapping, and fisheries enforcement.

After retiring from active flying, CDR Pickett served as the Operations Manager for the NOAA Collaborative Center for Unmanned Technologies and in 2016 co-founded the nonprofit Oceans Unmanned with the mission to facilitate the use of unmanned technologies for environmental research and monitoring.

Wendy Kordesch is the Outreach Specialist at the Seabird Protection Network, and builds partnerships with pilots to help wildlife thrive on our coasts. She holds a PhD in Ocean Science and has presented to dozens of pilots, flying clubs and organizations across the Bay Area, as well as the US Coast Guard.

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VIP Notice – Reno, Nevada

Notice Number: NOTC1359

Notice: Expect VIP movement September 12, 2020 in the vicinity of Reno, Nevada. Pilots can expect temporary airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement.

The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs OFTEN for temporary airspace restrictions prior to operations within this region.

Specific instructions and restrictions are available at once the NOTAM has been issued.

*Depicted TFR data may not be a complete listing. Pilots should not use the information on this website for flight planning purposes. For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF [Call: 1-800-WX-BRIEF] .