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Minutes from E16 Quarterly Users’ Meeting - Dec. 7, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Marshall   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
In attendance: County: Eric Peterson (Director of County Airports), E16 Users: Paul Marshall (SCAPA Director, SCAPA DART Co-Chair, CalPilots DART Program Manager), Andy Simmons (San Jose Sky Diving Owner), Dan Petroff (Wings of History President, SCAPA member), Walt Gyger (Tradewinds Aviation President and KRHV CAAPSO President), Gene Kindred (SCAPA Director and Wings of History), Mark van Wyk (SCAPA Director and Treasurer), Gary Robinson (Owner Magnum Aviation, SCAPA Member), Stan Faulwetter (SCAPA Member, 111th Aerial Photography Squadron), Steve Lamb(SCAPA Member, Magnum Aviation General Manager), Rod Pharis (SCAPA Director, DART Co-Chair), Jerry Bennett (SCAPA member, former Director of County Airports), Rick Nelson (SCAPA Member).

Paul Marshall called the meeting to order, summarized ongoing action with the Airport Enterprise Fund Business Plan Update and took notes. Eric Peterson provided an update on County airports affairs and took questions.

E16 Runway Work update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Friday, 27 October 2017
The following is the latest announcement from Airports Director Eric Peterson. This one is dated 11/02/17.

Good news everybody. We are now scheduled for runway paving work at San Martin Airport this coming Tuesday November 7th. Expect the runway to be closed for that entire day while the contractor perform much needed paving repairs. As in the past however, please understand that we are at the mercy of the weather, and this date, like the others, is subject to change.

If you would like to make arrangements to temporarily move your airplane to Reid-Hillview, contact Pam Svrdlin at 408-918-7700 x27707 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it You are always welcome to contact me too.

Eric Peterson, Director County Airports, x27722

SCAPA is back! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Monday, 23 October 2017

Since you are reading this, you already know the SCAPA website is back!

Thanks to SCAPA Member Bob Brentnall's crack technical team at hosting provider South Valley Internet, we are back up and running.

Airport News: Potholes Fixed; San Martin Lions Donate to DART PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark van Wyk   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Potholes Fixed, Thanks to Frank Giancola

The horrific potholes at the north gate entrance to E16 have been finally FIXED, thanks to Airport Maintenance Worker Don Murphy, and especially thanks to SCAPA Super Man Frank Giancola, who once again has donated his superior construction expertise to help make San Martin Airport a better place.


San Martin Lions Donate to DART

The Lions Club of San Martin showed its support for the local community and disaster preparedness when the club donated funds to the South County Airport Pilots Association Disaster Airlift Response Team (SCAPA DART), a local charity dedicated to philanthropy.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Dinner Meeting -- "Water Water Everywhere: What If I Have To Ditch?" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bette Gardner   
Monday, 09 October 2017
--Approved by FAASafety for WINGS credit--

It's almost unimaginable that I'm sinking, but the rush of water into the cockpit is indisputable. In seconds, it boils up over my waist, and the surface slants at a crazy angle as the fuselage rolls. If the jarring impact wasn't disorienting enough, the shock of the cold water completes the job. I suck in my last breath of air, take stock of the situation, and fight down the swell of fright that rises up from my gut.


Frightening? It should be, but we can prepare. Like the rest of our flying, training for the unexpected minimizes the emotion and enhances our survival. The key to a successful outcome is knowing what to expect and what to do.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Dinner Meeting -- "I’ll Never Forget That Flight!" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bette Gardner   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
SCAPA DINNER, MEETING AND PRESENTATION This evening we will hear from several SCAPA members who will share the story of a memorable flight.

Speakers will include:

• Frank Giancola on a flight over Cuba in the right seat of a 727.

• Gene Kindred on a gear-up landing in his Mooney.

• Mike Parks on a 747 engine failure on takeoff and the investigation that followed.

• Maybe one more!

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