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Intruder Alert PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark van Wyk   
Saturday, 10 August 2013

On, Saturday, August 3, 2013, at about 1 p.m., a man was discovered trespassing on airport property and using the bathroom facilities.  The man -- who it turns out is mentally handicapped -- was riding a mountain bicycle, had the gate code, and had apparently been habitually trespassing onto the property to use the airport facilities.

The incident was reported to the Santa Clara County Sherriff's Office and the Santa Clara County Airport management. The man was later located and was talked to by a Santa Clara County Sheriff, and by Santa Clara County Airport Worker Patrick McGuinness. The man has been warned that if he is caught on the premises again, he will be arrested.

At this time, there is no reason to suspect that this man has engaged in any thefts or vandalism, but this incident reminds us all that as tenants we must be vigilant, and we must be careful not to share the gate codes.

Several months ago, two SCAPA members, Pat Greco and Frank Giancola, had their hangars broken into.  Pat's Corvette Stingray car was stolen (and thankfully recovered later), and Frank's tools were stolen. Security is a major concern at E16

Patrick McGuinnes told me that a fob system may replace the code system sometime in the future.  While that may be a hassle to some, that seems to be more secure than keypad codes.   Until then, please do not share gate codes, and please be on the lookout for suspicious activity or persons that obviously do not belong.

BE VIGILANT, FOLKS!

 
August 24th: Save The Date for SCAPA Summer BBQ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Saturday, 03 August 2013

This year’s summer BBQ party will kick off at 4:00 pm on August 24 at the Magnum hangar. Your hosts and grill masters will be Jim Peterson and Mike Brogley, and SCAPA will pick up the charges for burgers, hot dogs, sodas, water and cake. People who come are asked to bring a side dish such as appetizers, salad, fruit, or veggies and serving utensil. Also, if you’d like to drink something other than sodas and water, feel free to bring it along, and there will likely be some spare room in the ice chests. As usual, there will be a raffle, and folks who are at the airport but not SCAPA members will be welcome to attend the party and meal.

See You There!

 
Heads Up: Avgas Theft at Remote Airports PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Sunday, 14 July 2013

Reports are circulating that Avgas theft is on the rise - as SCAPA Board President Jim Petersen can attest! Jim had fuel siphoned from the tanks of his Piper in June at Prospect, Oregon, and he also reports that Avgas theft occurred (luckily not to his plane) while he was parked at Whidbey Island, Washington in July.

If you intend to leave your plane unattended, especially at a non-fenced remote airport, you might look into some sort of locking gas caps in order to avoid Jim's experience being stuck at a remote airport with no fuel services.

 
July 2013 SCAPA Meeting Topic: Electric Planes, (Trains) and Automobiles!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The next monthly SCAPA meeting is on Tuesday, July 9th 2013 at the Wings of History Museum. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner ($15 members, $20 non-members, Guests Welcome!) at 6, hold a business meeting at 6:45, and our speaker presentation kicks off at 7pm.

This month's presentation topic is Electric Planes, (Trains) and Automobiles!!

Modern Lithium-Ion batteries have advanced to a point where they can power a big luxury sedan like the Tesla S, which outperforms nearly all Porsches and BMWs. Soon we will see electric airplanes coming to an airport near us and we can expect a wide variety of new classes of aerial chariots to be made possible by electric propulsion.

SCAPA member Winfried Wilcke will cover electric motors, advanced battery technologies (Lithium-ion and far beyond, such as Lithium-air), examples of electric vehicles and electric airplanes, multi-copters and the CAFE challenge. Winfried will make his Tesla S available for show and tell after the talk.

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SCAPA volunteers help 2013 Wings of History E16 Open House Succeed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Friday, 31 May 2013

SCAPA members helped the Wings of History museum annual open house on May 18th to a roaring success. SCAPA volunteers helped with event setup and tri-tip grilling on Friday, staffed the full ramp safety crew all day Saturday, and contributed a pile of pilots to the Young Eagles effort run by the EAA chapters 62 and 110 teams. Wings of History has put out their summer 2013 Vintage Aviator newsletter covering this years open house.

More information and photos below the fold...

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June 2013 SCAPA Meeting topic: CAP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Sunday, 19 May 2013

The next monthly SCAPA meeting is on Tuesday, June 11th 2013 at the Wings of History Museum. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6, hold a business meeting at 6:45, and our speaker presentation kicks off at 7pm.

This month's presentation topic is The Civil Air Patrol, How Search and Rescue Works, and What It’s Like To Be A CAP Pilot from two members of CAP Squadron 80 based at Reid-Hillview Airport, CAP Major Coby Sena and CAP Major John Lewis.

Founded in 1941 just days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Civil Air Patrol started out protecting America's shores against enemy submarine attack. After the war, the volunteer organization's role changed to search and rescue. CAP still performs 95% of all inland search and rescue for missing aircraft, and over the years it has broadened its service role.

During all CAP missions, safety plays a major role. We will learn how CAP maintains a culture of safety, and what you, as pilots, can do to increase your own safety, both in everyday situations and in emergencies.

*** UPDATE Wings credit now available - click here to register at FAASafety.gov ***

Dinner is $15 for SCAPA members, $20 for non-members. For those who have not yet done so, you can also pay your 2013 annual SCAPA membership dues of $30 when you pay for dinner. If you're not sure if you've paid your 2013 dues - we have a list and will be happy to look you up!

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