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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 -- Dinner Meeting and Program: "Risk Management in Everyday Flight" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bette Gardner   
Monday, 24 April 2017
We focus this evening on managing the risk of flying.

Implementing a risk management process into our everyday flying is an important aspect of increasing flight safety. The risk management process includes identifying hazards, evaluating the associated risk, and then finding ways to mitigate the risks. Join us as we look at some practical ways we, as pilots, can apply these principles in our flying, with an emphasis on pre-flight planning. You will have the opportunity to practice with sample scenarios.

About our speaker: SCAPA member Coby Sena is a full-time CFI with a strong interest in safety and risk management. When not instructing, Coby is active in Civil Air Patrol as an instructor pilot, Safety Officer, and Standards and Evaluation Officer.

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Guests are always welcome!

Wings of History Museum

12777 Murphy Ave

(Across the street from the airport)

San Martin, CA

 
2017 SCAPA Fly-Out Schedule! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kent Mazzia   
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Join fellow SCAPA pilots for fun 2017 fly-outs. The fly-outs are hosted by SCAPA Board member Ken Mazia. If you are a SCAPA member, be sure to sign up on the "South County Pilots" group on www.meetup.com for more information!

May 2017 Fly Out - Modesto (KMOD) - Depart E16 at 11AM

Saturday, May 13, 2017 11:00 AM

Join other SCAPA pilots and aircraft for a flyout to KMOD to visit the Commemorative Air Force hangars and have a great $5.00 lunch put on by the commemoration. Hangars are open for touring at 10AM if you want to go early.

June 2017 Fly Out - Columbia (022) Father's Day Fly In - CAMPING

Friday, June 16, 2017 6:00 PM to Sunday, June 18, 2017, 11:00 AM

Join other SCAPA pilots and aircraft for an overnight or two camping trip to Columbia. Suggest arriving Friday evening or Saturday. Plenty of room at the campground or pitch your tent under your wing! Lots of things to do around the area. You can also just fly in-fly out on Saturday.

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SCAPA Announces Three $1,200 Scholarships for 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark van Wyk   
Monday, 27 March 2017
UPDATE: Eligibility rules have been updated to now include students residing in Monterey County in addition to Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and San Benito County -- all in California.

The South County Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA) will award three $1200 Scholarships to students of aviation. All Applications must be received by May 2, 2017.

The scholarship winners will be announced on or before May 8, 2017.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - Dinner Meeting & Program: Mountain Flying to Truckee & South Lake Tahoe PDF Print E-mail
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.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Dinner Meeting - "EAA and the Young Eagle Program" PDF Print E-mail
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.

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February 13th, 2017 MONDAY meeting: Switching to ICAO Flight Plan Filing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Friday, 13 January 2017

*** UPDATE: Brian Eliot has made his excellent and very informative presentation available to SCAPA members: Download his slides here. ***


-- NOTAM: To avoid Valentines Day, the February 2017 monthly meeting is on Monday Feb. 13th 2017 --

Join us for our SPECIAL MONDAY FEBRUARY 13th 2017 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 this speaker presentation at 7:00 pm. Guests are welcome!

Switching to ICAO Flight Plan Filing: New form required starting January 2017, with CFII Brian Eliot
 

The FAA has announced mandatory transition to the International (ICAO) Flight Plan Form 7233-4 that will occur in January 2017.  The new ICAO Flight Plan form was already required to obtain certain types of in-flight ATC services and routing. It now must be used for all IFR and VFR flight planning, replacing the domestic flight plan form we have used for decades.
Join flight instructor Brian Eliot for a seminar that provides crucial understanding of how to complete the many new data fields in Form 7233-4. He will describe the background leading up to the change and what sorts of pilot services are based on information provided in the flight plan.  He will also present typical airplane avionics configurations and how to translate those to the navigation and surveillance profiles encoded in the flight plan form, and will briefly review what automation the flight planning service providers are making available to pilots to assist  them through this transition.
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