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SCAPA Holiday Party -- Dec. 9, 2017 at Morgan Hill House! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Petersen   
Thursday, 14 September 2017
SCAPA members, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 Holiday Party! The date: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017!

Once again, the party will be held at the beautiful, classical Villa Mira Monte (also known as Morgan Hill House), located at 17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA.

You don't want to miss this party. It's always a great time. Watch for more details, and sign up on the South County Pilots page at www.meetup.com.

"Sailing for Pilots" -- Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bette Gardner   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017
Join us! Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at the Wings of History Museum.

Many of us have probably had the thought: I can fly a plane…how hard can it be to sail a boat? How much of what I know and do as a pilot is transferable to sailing?

These and other questions will be explored this evening as our speaker presents these essentials:

SCAPA, Magnum Annual Summer BBQ Party PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Petersen   
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Come and join us on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. at the Magnum Aviation hangar at San Martin Airport for a SCAPA and Magnum Aviation joint summer BBQ.

We will provide gourmet burgers and polish hot dog BBQ, beans, sodas, water and a cake for dessert.

Please bring side dishes such as salads/veggies or an appetizer.

Please respond to www.meetup.com event HERE with the number in your party and what side dish you will be bringing or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

We will have a raffle with great pilot oriented prizes, including a free skydive offered by San Jose Skydiving Center!

We hope to see you there!

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.

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