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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Dinner Meeting and Program -- "Increasing Flight Safety by Becoming a CFI" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bette Gardner   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
--Approved by FAASafety for WINGS credit--

If you have wondered about the training, the time and financial commitment to become a flight instructor, then join Mike Shiflett from CFI Bootcamp for a presentation on becoming a CFI.

Gaining your flight instructor certificate Is an opportunity to become part of a group of aviation leaders that are responsible for ensuring flight safety in everything we do. Instructors solo student pilots, recommend pilots for practical tests, provide training and endorsements to fly high performance, complex, tailwheel airplanes and much more.

Becoming a flight instructor is seen by many as the ultimate achievement in aviation knowledge. You learn the material so well because you have to teach it. This improves your own knowledge and, of course, your own flight safety.

Mike will also provide some educational and entertaining checkride stories from the 11 years he was a Designated Pilot Examiner in the San Jose FSDO.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Dinner Meeting and Program -- "Flying Seaplanes" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bette Gardner   
Friday, 12 May 2017
-- Approved by FAASafety for WINGS credit--

This presentation may inspire you to get a seaplane rating!

This evening we will learn about unique considerations for safely operating seaplanes, such as handling seaplanes in the water, choosing landing areas, using wind speed and direction information, how float planes make approaches and landings, and what it takes to earn a rating.

About our speaker: Gordon Mills, SES CFI, and his wife Sandy co-own and operate Alpine Aviation in Grass Valley, California. The company offers training, maintenance, charters and FBO services.

An FAASafety representative, Gordon has 12,000 hours of flight time with 6,000 hours of instruction. In addition to his SES CFI rating, he has his CFII, commercial, multi-engine and ATP ratings and he is a certified A&P. During the past 15 years Gordon and his staff have been flying and maintaining a wide variety of aircraft. He has a Lake LA-4-200 or Lake Buccaneer for seaplane training and operations.

High-Flying Aviation Students Awarded 2017 $1200 Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark van Wyk   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Two Gilroy aviation students and an aviation student from San Jose each received a $1200 scholarship sponsored by the the South County Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA), a non-profit San Martin organization dedicated to preserving the San Martin Airport.

Emmett Marshal Jackson and Noel Perez, both of Gilroy, and Michelle Tripp of San Jose were selected to receive the scholarships.

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.


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 Mark van Wyk   
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Join fellow SCAPA pilots for fun 2017 fly-outs. If you are a SCAPA member, be sure to sign up on the "South County Pilots" group on www.meetup.com for more information!

SCAPA Fly-Out to Gustine Airport (3O1) to "Gustine Airport Fly-In", 09/23/17

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Gustine Airport

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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