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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - Dinner Meeting & Program: Mountain Flying to Truckee & South Lake Tahoe
Written by Bette Gardner   
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Join us for this monthly meeting of the South County Airport Pilots Association. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6:00 pm ($15 members, $20 non-members), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45 pm, and begin our speaker presentation at 7:00 pm. Guests are welcome!

Mountain Flying to Truckee & South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a great destination, but pilots must be aware of terrain and weather effects in the mountainous terrain and unique factors when flying in and out of Truckee or South Lake Tahoe.

Our speaker will discuss considerations for flying in the mountains, including winds and weather, night operations, icing, density altitude and aeromedical factors. He will also focus on unique factors to consider when flying in and out of Truckee airport (KTRK) inlcuding non-towered airport operations, route planning, sharing the airspace with gliders, downdrafts to watch for, and detailed arrival and departure planning information. We will also be briefed about flying in and out of South Lake Tahoe (KTVL) airport.

This seminar is recommended anyone planning a flight to KTRK or KTVL, and it will be an excellent briefing for pilots who plan to join us on April 22 for a SCAPA fly-out to Truckee.

About our speaker:

Hardy Bullock is Director of Aviation and Community Services at the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. His responsibilities include safety, security, and efficiency of the airport as well as enhancement of the airport’s benefit and reduction of its annoyance to the community.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Dinner Meeting - "EAA and the Young Eagle Program"
Written by Bette Gardner   
Monday, 20 February 2017
Join us for this monthly meeting of the South County Airport Pilots Association Tuesday, March 14, 2017. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6:00 pm ($15 members, $20 non-members), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45 pm, and begin the speaker presentation at 7:00 pm. Guests are welcome!

Wings of History Museum, 12777 Murphy Ave., (Across the street from the airport), San Martin, CA.

EAA and the Young Eagle Program

Ever hear of the EAA? Young Eagles? Join us to learn about the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Young Eagle program. Learn why there is a place in EAA for anyone interested in aviation and how our local EAA chapter manages to safely fly hundreds of Young Eagles every year.

Our speaker will tell us about EAA, its history and local chapter activities. He will spend most of his presentation informing us about the Young Eagle program, which gives children ages 8 to 17 an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation airplane while educating them about aviation. We will learn about pilot requirements and safety practices when flying Young Eagles, including process flow, crowd safety, taxi procedures on the ramp and safe practices for conducting the demo flights.

About our speaker:

Jeff West is the Young Eagles Co-Coordinator and past board member for EAA Chapter 62. He is also a private pilot with just over 300 hours flight time.

He began his flight training in 1991 at Amelia Reid Aviation while still a junior in high school – then had to abandon flying for a while – but was able to return to the sky in 2005 and earn his license in 2006.

SCAPA DART Newsletter
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017

SCAPA's Disaster Airlift Response Team (SCAPA DART) had a flurry of end-of-year news, including FEMA Community Preparedness Certificates for the DART program, and recognition by the Santa Clara County Emergency Manager's Association for Paul Marshall for his efforts to build up general aviation disaster airlift capabilities. DART programs patterned on the SCAPA DART model are spreading across the state of California, with nine on the way so far. And there's a work day scheduled for the DART hangar on Sunday afternoon, January 15th (Hangar J10, on the last row of county hangars facing the county tie down ramp) where you can drop by between 1pm and 5pm and help out. You can read all about this and more in the latest SCAPA DART Newsletter.

New Maintenance Reporting Web Form for E16 (or RHV)
Written by Mike Brogley   
Friday, 12 August 2016
The Santa Clara County Airports Department has a new web form for requesting airport maintenance or reporting issues at E16 or RHV - just click on this link, fill out and submit the web form, and the issue you've reported will be automatically transmitted into the Airports Department staff's work queue. Airports head honcho Eric Peterson says using this form will make it easier for the Airports team to track issues and make sure they get resolved.
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