Mountain Flying

Topic: Flying in the mountains brings its own sets of challenges, and every pilot who flies within them needs to be well educated.
On Saturday, May 8, 2021 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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Flying in the mountains can be some of the most amazingly beautiful and satisfying flying you may ever accomplish. But it comes with increased risk, and thereby increased responsibility. Every day, GA pilots who fly in the mountains safely calculate and plan for such risks, and you can too.

Spring weather brings cool temperatures, clear skies and smooth air. It can also occasionally bring the threat of snow and ice, which are good things to learn to respect during trips to airports at higher elevations. Join CFI Brian Eliot for an overview of elements of mountain flying. We’ll look at how terrain and mountain weather patterns affect one another and what that means to pilots of small aircraft. We will discuss how to calculate density and what it means for landing and departing at high-altitude mountain airports. And no mountain flying discussion is complete without emergency preparedness and survival gear.

This seminar is intended to meet the ground training requirement for an SCFC Mountain Checkout, and is required for all pilots participating in the FlyOutGroup 5-day Mountain Flying trip in early July.

If you are planning a trip to the mountains anytime soon, or just want to learn more about mountain flying; don’t miss out on this seminar.

Brian Eliot is San Carlos Flight Center’s resident expert for IFR training and Garmin G1000 avionics. He has been flying since 1995 and received all his training in the Bay Area. Brian previously worked as a broadcast engineer, a software developer, and taught computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He regularly presents at San Carlos Flight Center safety seminars and has a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.

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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, May 5, 2021 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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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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April chapter meeting this Wednesday

Our monthly chapter meeting for April will be this coming Wednesday, April 21st.

“Hangar chat” will begin at 6:40 pm and the meeting itself will start at 7:00 pm.

Our program will be given by chapter member Rob Burmeister on two key aircraft systems, the pitot-static system and the altimeter, with the whimsical title of “A walk through time with Pitot and Kollsman”. Rob’s presentation will be both technology and history, with “special emphasis placed on the two men I’ve heard of for twenty years but never knew…”

To join this online Zoom Meeting, click here on Wednesday evening, 4/21.

Meeting ID: 813 8527 4923
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NAFI – ABCs of FAA Enforcement Actions

Topic: Learn About FAA Incident And Accident Responses And Programs Designed To Enhance Safety In The National Airspace System
On Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 19:00 Central Daylight Time (17:00 PDT, 18:00 MDT, 20:00 EDT, 14:00 HST, 16:00 AKDT, 17:00 Arizona, 00:00 GMT)

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This presentation will cover the FAA’s response to aviation incidents, accidents, and occurrences (pilot deviations), the pilot’s rights and obligations in this process, and how these programs are designed to create a safer environment for all.

Pilots will learn about;

  • Proper and Timely Response to the FAA, Pilots Rights and Obligations
  • NASA Reporting System designed to “lessen the likelihood of aviation accidents”
  • FAA’s Compliance Program that “stresses a collaborative problem-solving approach”
  • Remedial Training “to gain future compliance with FAA regulations through training, thereby enhancing safety in the National Airspace System (NAS)”
  • “Brasher Notification” and more

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Lincoln Display Day, Saturday 17th

The monthly Display Day is on Saturday April 17th at KLHM. The weather is going to be great. A high of 85 degrees and winds to 8mph. No excuses there.

An ongoing request is that everyone consider helping with this program by signing the work party roster and volunteering to help on a Saturday or two throughout the year. It’s actually fun and easy to do, so don’t be shy, give it a try!

Managed by Gary Patburg and Bob Butera

Unique IFR Approaches

Topic: While we are used to certain approaches around our local vicinity – how often do you investigate unique approaches elsewhere?
On Wednesday, April 21, 2021 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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Instrument pilots develop familiarity with instrument approaches based on a review of the approaches they typically fly. There is a lot of similarity among the information contained in the majority of approach procedures. Every now and then, you come across an approach that may make you stop and wonder what the notation means. Can there be a glide slope on an LDA? What are some of the more challenging holds that you might find?

San Carlos Flight Center invites Herb Patten, CFII, to share a select set of approach plates for their unique procedures. He will cover how to identify unique approach procedure notations and sift through the clutter to identify the vital differences.

While you may not actually fly one of these approaches, getting a broader exposure to some of them will make you a more informed instrument pilot. We will use examples of approaches from around the country. Join us to be a more prepared, and knowledgeable instrument rated pilot.

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.

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IMC club this coming Wednesday, April 7th

Our online April IMC club meeting will be from 7 to 8 pm this coming Wednesday. The special topic will be “A Technical Look at the ILS”, by CFII Scott Thompson, and we will have a What Would You Do? scenario involving an ILS (of course!)

FAA Wings credit for this event is available by clicking here, and all pilots are invited to attend.

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VIP Movement Notification – Oakland, CA

Notice Number: NOTC1756

Notice: Expect VIP movement April 5, 2021 in the vicinity of Oakland, CA. 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.

Adventures in Crosswinds

Topic: Think you have mastered crosswind landings? Think again. Join us for this great, interactive refresher on mastering this skill.
On Saturday, April 17, 2021 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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Do you remember as a student pilot fearing crosswind landings? Perhaps at some level you still do. Did you find yourself avoiding great airport destinations because of hesitancy around even mild crosswinds? Were you taught to believe that landing in a crosswind is a different harder technique than a “normal” landing?

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, Dyer 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 with the same confidence you have with every landing. 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 the founder of the San Carlos Flight Center, and has built the motto of Safety, Community, and Adventure for over 8 years. Dan was an instructor for 15 years, accumulated 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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