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June 2015 Meeting: Aviation Weather with NWS Meteorologist Ashley Helmetag PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Join us for the June monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, June 9th 2015. 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 our speaker presentation kicks off at 7:00pm. Our topic this month is:

Aviation Weather in the Bay Area with Ashley Helmetag of the NWS Oakland Center Weather Service Unit

Weather is a constant challenge for VFR and IFR pilots, often causing schedule or route changes, passenger discomfort and potentially serious safety hazards.  Ashley Helmetag from the NWS Oakland Center Weather Service Unit joins us this month to discuss types of weather common in our area, their causes and seasonality, how to best forecast weather from official weather sources and how to predict weather. Join us to learn how PIREPS directly relate to (and sometimes aid) official weather forecasts and advisories. 

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May 2015 Meeting: Aerial Photography & Drones PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Thursday, 30 April 2015

Join us for the May monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, May 12th 2015. 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 our speaker presentation kicks off at 7:00pm. Our topic this month is:

Aerial Photography & Drones with Pat Belanger of The 111th Aerial Photography Squadron and the Professional Aerial Photographers Association, International (PAPA)

Now that drones have become the latest craze for techies, someone had to decide what they could be used for. Aerial photography and video seemed like a cool use, especially since the GoPro has gotten such a big response, and they marry up well. As a result there is now an over abundance of new "aerial photographers" operating remote controlled air vehicles in the public airspace. SCAPA Member and Master Aerial Photographer Pat Belanger will talk about how unmanned aerial vehicles have impacted his aerial photography business, and also cover what he has been doing for the past 21 years in aerial photography without the use of drones.

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DART Mobilization Exercise Saturday April 25th 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) Exercise April 25th at E16

The South County Airport Pilots Association Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) stands ready to provide volunteer emergency airlift services to aid local communities’ disaster response after a cataclysmic event which impairs regional surface transportation. This year’s mobilization exercise will occur April 25th, 2015, at the south ramp of South County Airport, 13030 Murphy Avenue, San Martin, CA. Over 70 people from SCAPA and local emergency management agencies such as the Gilroy Office of Emergency Services, Morgan Hill Office of Emergency Services, Morgan Hill and Gilroy CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) are scheduled to participate either at the airport itself or from their home base of operation.

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Return of the E16 Airport Cameras! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The E16 Airport Cameras have been upgraded and the links to the left of the home page are back online! Thanks to SCAPA member Bob Brentnall and his expert South Valley Internet team, and SCAPA President Jim Petersen for his work high up on that ladder, for getting the new cameras installed and connected!

The images update once a minute, so you can click on either of the "E16 Camera" links on the left menu to access current shots from the the northward- or southeastward-pointing web cams now!

 
April 14th 2014 Meeting: The Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye with Ed Ferner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Join us for the March monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, April 14th 2015. 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 our speaker presentation kicks off at 7:00pm. Our topic this month is:

The Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye with Ed Ferner, retired A&P & CFI and Wings of History Museum volunteer

Northrop Grumman's E-2 Hawkeye is an American all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft. This twin-turboprop aircraft was designed and developed during the late 1950s and early 1960s by the Grumman Aircraft Company for the United States Navy, and Wings of History volunteer Ed Ferner will speak about the airplane in general, the Hawkeye's mission and capabilities, and its continuing development and improvement.

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March 15th 2015 Meeting: SOPs for GA with Marjorie Bachman, U.S. Naval Aviator, ATP, MEI and CFII PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Join us for the March monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, March 10th 2015. 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 our speaker presentation kicks off at 7:00pm. Our topic this month is:

Standard Operating Procedures with Marjorie Bachman, U.S. Navy Pilot/ATP and Flight Instructor

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) are a means of standardizing flight operations. They set out in writing the operations and procedures that govern all aspects of flight, beginning with the pre-flight inspection, and ending with the post-flight tie down. The focus of SOPs is on how flight crew conduct an entire flight. Learn how General Aviation pilots can and should develop SOP's for all situations of flight.

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