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May 2013 SCAPA Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Saturday, 27 April 2013

The next monthly SCAPA meeting is on Tuesday, May 14th 2013 at the Wings of History Museum. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6, hold a business meeting at 6:45, and our speaker presentation kicks off at 7pm.

This month's presentation topic is Spectacular Soaring presented by Harry Fox, President of Bay Area Soaring Associates, and Charlie Hayes, CFI-G and chief instructor at Hollister Soaring Center.

The Southern Alps of New Zealand present some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet, with glacier-capped peaks only 15 miles from the Tasman Sea, temperate rain forests on the windward side of the South Island and semi-arid grasslands on the leeward side. The Southern Alps are also a spectacular place to fly sailplanes, offering motor-less flights stretching hundreds of miles over and among those same glacier-capped peaks. When the wind blows hard, mountain wave sets up and soaring flights to 20,000 foot altitude and beyond are common.

This presentation is based on one pilot's experience at GlideOmarama.com, a mountain-soaring school in Omarama, New Zealand. We'll see videos of glider flights to Milford Sound and Mount Cook, 3-D flight traces showing the paths of the flights, and details on how glider pilots use thermal, wave and ridge lift to fly long distances at high altitudes.

**UPDATE** This program has been approved by the FAA for WINGS program credit - you can preregister here!

Dinner is $15 for SCAPA members, $20 for non-members. For those who have not yet done so, you can also pay your 2013 annual SCAPA membership dues of $30 when you pay for dinner.

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E16 RNAV Approach Changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bette Gardner   
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Effective March 7, 2013, a number of changes take effect for the RNAV Rwy 32 instrument approach at E16. With the local altimeter setting, the Minimum Decent Altitude is lowered to 1200 ft. The procedure is not authorized at night. The Obstacle Departure Procedure now describes how to depart from either runway to join V485. And there are other minor changes, so check the updated publications.
 
April 2013 SCAPA Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Saturday, 23 March 2013

The next monthly SCAPA meeting is on Tuesday, April 9th 2013 at the Wings of History Museum. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6, hold a business meeting at 6:45, and our speaker presentation kicks off at 7pm.

This month's presentation topic is Is it Legal? Safe? Smart? Reducing Pilot Error & Improving Aeronautical Decision Making presented by CFII Michael Phillips.

85% of aviation accidents are caused by pilot error, according to 20 years of NTSB data. This program will examine elements of Aeronautical Decision Making and Single-Pilot Resource Management with a focus on managing risk and breaking the accident chain.  Michael will use scenarios to pose situations that can lead to incidents and accidents, inviting participants to share practical approaches to decision making - Think “hanger talk,” guided and aimed at improving our thinking and our actions each time we fly.

Dinner is $15 for SCAPA members, $20 for non-members. For those who have not yet done so, you can also pay your 2013 annual SCAPA membership dues of $30 when you pay for dinner.

This seminar has been approved for FAA WINGS credit - you can sign up for credit at the FAA WINGS site.

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FAA Tower Closures Include SNS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Friday, 22 March 2013

The FAA has detailed their plans to close a number of contract control towers as part of their sequestration implementation plan. The list includes eleven California airports, locally impacting the tower at Salinas Muni (SNS). Surrounding states will see four airports closed in Arizona, zero airports closed in Nevada, and four airports closed in Oregon.

The FAA web site has the FAA announcement on their closure plan and the complete list of airports where towers are to be closed. A partial list of California, Arizona and Oregon airports where towers will be closed is included below.

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E16 WIFI Also Now Working PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Petersen   
Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Many of you may have noticed that the county Wi-Fi is now working and with higher speed in the last few weeks after being down for over 5 months. Also, the AWOS METAR reporting is now accurate and up to date for ceiling and visibility. Many thanks to our fellow member Bob Brentnall, owner of SVI internet service, and his crew for fixing the problem. Also, another round of thanks to Eric Peterson, assistant director of SC airports for helping along with Bob and myself for getting this fixed. The county Wi-Fi is available from the county hangars down to the south edge of the southern tie down area.

 
E16 METARS Are Back! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013

As of February 25th at 10:15AM local time, AWOS weather reports for South County Airport are once again available as METARS on the internet and DUATS. Your SCAPA Board has been investigating this issue for some time, and SCAPA President Jim Petersen in particular has delivered yeoman service, engaging directly with both Santa Clara County Airport management team members and the management and technical folks at the local internet provider. Once Jim got all the right people communicating, they were able to diagnose the problems and get everything fixed.

Thanks Jim!

 
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