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June 2016 Meeting: Lighthawk Volunteer Flying for Conservation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Monday, 16 May 2016

Join us for the June meeting of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6:00 pm ($15 members, $20 non-members, Guests Welcome!), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45 pm, and begin our speaker presentation at 7:00pm. Our topic this month is:

LightHawk: Volunteer Pilots Flying for Conservation with Greg Bedinger

Come learn about this network of skilled volunteer pilots who help to accelerate conservation of our natural resources through the powerful perspective of flight.

LightHawk is a nonprofit organization with more than 250 volunteer pilots contributing their time, experience and aircraft in support of conservation programs across much of the US and nearby areas in Mexico and Canada.

Working with conservation groups, LightHawk arranges flights that foster dialogue and promote informed decision-making among people involved or influential in conservation causes and initiatives.

Our speaker will present an informative slide show highlighting LightHawk missions in California and other regions. We will learn what it takes to become a LightHawk volunteer pilot, and we will have an opportunity to ask questions and meet LightHawk staff.

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May 2016 meeting: Medical Certification for Pilots, with Tiffany Davies, MD, AME PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Join us for the May meeting of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6:00 pm ($15 members, $20 non-members, Guests Welcome!), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45 pm, and begin our speaker presentation at 7:00pm. The meeting has been approved for WINGS credit by the FAA! Our topic this month is:

Medical Certification for pilots with Tiffany Davies, MD, AME

Pilots must meet medical standards based on the piloting privileges that they wish to excercise. Sport pilots can use their driver’s license as their medical certificate, but private pilots must regularly get a flight physical from an AME, (Aviation Medical Examiner), for the medical certification necessary to operate as Pilot in Command.

Requirements may be changing with legislation now under consideration in Congress…but not yet!  And regardless of potential changes, every pilot must consider his/her fitness for flight.

Our speaker is an AME with diverse experience and an interest in keeping pilots healthy. She will present information about FAA requirements and changes now under consideration in Congress, and she will advise us about common medical problems that may affect our fitness for flight.

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New Windsock! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Monday, 11 April 2016

 

Members will have noticed that the windsock at the south end of the E16 ruway has finally been replaced.

Your SCAPA board and the Santa Clara County Airports team worked hard to leverage the expertise of our membership to find a solution to the replacement issues, and together we succeeded.

 

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Garlic Fly In Saturday, July 30th, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark van Wyk   
Monday, 11 April 2016
Announcing the Great Gilroy Garlic Fly In, July 30th 2016 at E16!
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April 12, 2016 Meeting: Skydiving at E16 - Safe Practices for Pilots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Thursday, 10 March 2016

Join us for the April meeting of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6:00 pm ($15 members, $20 non-members, Guests Welcome!), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45 pm, and begin our speaker presentation at 7:00pm. Our topic this month is:

Skydiving at E16: Safe Practices for Pilots with Andy Simmons, owner of San Jose Skydiving Center.

Skydiving has come to San Martin airport (E16)!

Authorized by both the FAA and the County of Santa Clara, an operator, San Jose Skydiving Center, opened for business in February. Come to this presentation to learn about the operations and safe practices for sharing the airspace. 

Our speaker is SCAPA member Andy Simmons, owner and operator of the new San Jose Skydiving Center at E16. Andy will share practical information about the jump zone, the flight area, radio calls, and traffic avoidance including the role of the NorCal TRACON. He will also briefly cover the history of skydiving and speak about operations at the Center: the pilots, instructors, jumpers and the equipment they use.

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March Meeting: Mount Umunhum & the History of Almaden Air Force Station PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Tuesday, 01 March 2016

Join us for the March monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016. We gather at 5:30 pm, will be serving dinner at 6:00 pm ($15 members, $20 non-members, Guests Welcome!), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45 pm, and begin our speaker presentation at 7:00pm. Our topic this month is:

Mount Umunhum & the History of Almaden Air Force Station with Basim Jaber

Come learn about the fascinating history of Almaden Air Force Station on Mount Umunhum in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The radar station was in operation during the Cold War, between 1958 and 1980, when it was part of the nationwide SAGE computer network. (A computer network in the 1960s? Yes!)

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