IMC club this coming Wednesday, Sept. 2

Our online IMC club meeting will be held from 7 to 8 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd. The special topic for this month will be how to fly with a partial panel in IMC conditions. There will also be a partial panel ‘What Would You Do?’ scenario.

FAA Wings credit for this program is available by registering here.

In order to join the Zoom meeting, click on this link at 7 pm that day:

The flying techniques that will be demonstrated this month are valuable for both IFR and VFR pilots, and all are invited to participate.

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Ground School Refresher Beyond Simple Airspace

Topic: There is a lot more to airspace around airports, join us, and find out how to be an airspace guru.
On Wednesday, September 9, 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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Think you know everything about airspace? It might surprise you to learn there is much more to it then simple alphabet airspace (A, B, C, D, E and G). With many different types of airspaces and restrictions, it could be tough for a pilot to stay proficient within these knowledge areas.

San Carlos Flight Center invites Chief Pilot and CFI Herb Patten to guide us through an exploration of unusual airspace, seeking how to remain compliant with regulations in spite of confusing chartered airspace. Together we will discover the unusual and different airspace defined in 14 CFR part 93 special air traffic rules. We will investigate unique special military areas and tools to check their status. Herb will elucidate the differences between VFR corridors and VFR flyways. Finally, the discussion wouldn’t be complete without exploring class Echo surface areas and a nod to history with a review of airspace classified as TRSA.

Pilots of all backgrounds and ability levels are welcome to attend and participate in this interactive review and exploration of airspace.

Herb Patten is the Chief Pilot at the San Carlos Flight Center, a CFI and an FAA certificated advanced and instrument ground instructor who teaches private pilot ground school at San Carlos Flight Center. He is a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, has flown over 1,500 hours into at least 120 different California airports. He is the current chairman of the Upwind Foundation, famous for its Upwind Summer Scholarship Program. In 2015, Herb was named a Master Instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors.

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

Winter Flying

Topic: Flying in the wintertime brings its own set of unique challenges. What might a pilot need to know in advance?
On Saturday, September 5, 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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For pilots that learn to fly in states like California, Arizona, or Florida, flying on days when weather is below freezing may never occur. While this might not be a topic you expect to experience, you may one day fly a winter cross country to somewhere like Colorado or Montana to make the most of the improved performance that comes with cold weather.

San Carlos Flight Center invites CFI Lukasz Zoromski to share his experiences with winter flying in Wisconsin, his home state. In this seminar, he will discuss pre-flight planning and procedures that you may need to perform during the winter, such as careful consideration of the freezing level and how to properly remove frost and ice from your aircraft. He will also go over how to keep you and your passengers safe and comfortable in the cockpit during flight, and how to respond to potential in-flight emergencies related to icing. Finally, he will discuss the additional steps that must be taken after your flight to ensure that your airplane is ready to go for the next winter flight.

If you are looking to be more prepared on your next winter flight, don’t miss out on this seminar.

Lukasz Zoromski has always been interested in aviation. Ever since going to Oshkosh Airventure as a kid, he got hooked on airplanes. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he decided to make a career change away from a desk job and began flying with a goal to become a flight instructor. Now that he has achieved that goal, he strives to help new pilots achieve the same goals in a safe and fun way. New to the Bay Area, he is looking forward to flying in a new environment and meeting new people.

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

GPS Interference Testing – Travis AFB, CA

Notice Number: NOTC1311

FLIGHT ADVISORY – GPS Interference Testing


(TRAV130) 20-01 (Revision 1)

25 – 27 August 2020

Travis AFB, CA

Centered at 381612N1215604W the SAC223021

The entire flight advisory may be accessed and downloaded at the following address:

Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area.

NOTAMs will be published at least 24 hours in advance of any GPS tests.

ADS-B Everything You Wanted to Know

Topic: All Things ADS-B
On Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 18:00 Pacific Daylight Time (19:00 MDT, 20:00 CDT, 21:00 EDT, 15:00 HST, 17:00 AKDT, 18:00 Arizona, 01:00 GMT)

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The current modification status of the General Aviation fleet.? The technical challenges to the installation ADS-B system?. What aircraft owners need to ensure when choosing a shop and…?

What can happen when things do not go as planned.

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

IMC Club Meeting ( ONLINE ONLY )

Topic: IMC Topics Are Taken From Real Life Events and Discussed to Aid the Decision Making Process for Pilots.
On Wednesday, September 2, 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.

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.

FLY-RITE Preflight Weather Risk Assessment Webinars August 17-31 2020 Webinar Event Announcement

Topic: We will cover preflight weather risk assessment and the unexpected tool for spotting thunderstorms.
On Monday, August 31, 2020 at 22:00 Pacific Daylight Time (23:00 MDT, 00:00 CDT, 01:00 EDT, 19:00 HST, 21:00 AKDT, 22:00 Arizona, 05:00 GMT)

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Below are the webinar announcements and dates for all three our webinars for the month of August 2020:

Intro to Weather Briefings

Aviation Weather Hazards: Identify and Avoid

Best Tips Tricks and Sites for Self Briefing

Please click on the event title below to view the details and register for the events you would like to attend.

Weather is the most lethal of all major causes of aviation accidents.” Former FAA Administrator

Intro to Weather Briefings

Weather is the most lethal of all major causes of aviation accidents.

In this 90 minute webinar, Delia will show you how to meet the FAA briefing requirements while ALSO developing skills that will allow you to make better decisions regarding flight.

  • Learn the 6 elements you MUST CHECK in any brief
  • How to significantly reduce the mountain of needless data
  • How to use (and the value of) the new graphical forecast for aviation
  • When severe weather doesn’t qualify as an adverse condition

Plus we’ll walk through a standard weather brief, followed by Q&A

Dates offered for this month:
Friday, 21 August 2020 – Intro to Weather Briefings 8:00 AM PDT/11:00 AM EDT
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 – Intro to Weather Briefings 3:00 PM PDT/6:00 PM EDT
Sunday, 30 August 2020 – Intro to Weather Briefings 9:00 AM PDT/12:00 PM EDT

Aviation Weather Hazards: Identify and Avoid

In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn methods to do just that. Assess the potential hazards and how to avoid them.

  • The top resource for assessing potential turbulence or mountain wave.
  • Tools that most pilots rely on—that are not reliable (and what to use instead)
  • How to determine if thunderstorms will be a factor
  • Recognizing turbulence or LLWS even when it’s not forecast.
  • Identifying mountain weather hazards in areas with few reporting points.

Dates offered for this month:
Monday, 24 August 2020 – Aviation Weather Hazards: Identify and Avoid 4:30 PM PDT/7:30 PM EDT
Monday, 31 August 2020 – Aviation Weather Hazards: Identify and Avoid 3:30 PM PDT/6:30 PM EDT

Best Tips Tricks and Sites for Self Briefing

In this 60 minute webinar, aviation weather expert Delia will discuss the great new tools to identify potentially hazardous weather.

  • The three MUST-USE sites for an accurate briefing
  • A great new feature of 1800wxbrief you may not know about
  • The GFA – Graphical Forecast for aviation
  • Using my Weather Risk Assessment chart

Dates offered for this month:
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 – Best Tips Tricks and Sites for Self Briefing 3:30 PM PDT/6:30 PM EDT
Tuesday, 25 August 2020 – Best Tips Tricks and Sites for Self Briefing 4:00 PM PDT/7:00 PM EDT
Friday, 28 August 2020 – Best Tips Tricks and Sites for Self Briefing 4:30 PM PDT/7:30 PM EDT

We look forward to seeing you in these webinars. Fly Safe!

To view further details and registration information for this webinar, click here.

Chapter meeting this coming Wednesday 8/19 at 19:00

Mark your calendar for this week’s online chapter meeting, that will begin at 19:00 Wednesday 8/19/2020.

Our program is entitled “COVID: An Airline Pilot’s Perspective” given by chapter member John Tate.

John has the distinction of being our only chapter member who flies international routes as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilot for United Airlines. John was regularly flying routes to China and other East Asia and South Pacific destinations when the virus first appeared, and will present an insider’s look at how international travel and the economics of the airline industry are being changed by the pandemic. John will also offer a future view of how the post-pandemic world is likely to be different. He will also give a pilot’s perspective on what it is like to fly the 787 Dreamliner.

Here is the link to join at 7 pm on Wednesday:

Time: Aug 19, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Fuel at KLHM

The existing fuel pumps are down and will not be repaired.

The new pumps are ready to go but there are inspection issues, so they are not yet available.

Richard will fuel aircraft from the truck at the self-serve price during the week.

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