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April 8th 2014 Meeting: ELT's and PLB's PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Sunday, 23 March 2014

Join us for the monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, April 8th 2014. 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:

ELT's and PLB's

Presented by Herb Patten

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are becoming cheaper and more reliable. Why would a pilot need a PLB if they already have an onboard ELT? How would a PLB help a pilot in an emergency? What is a PLB anyway?

Note: FAA WINGS credit has been approved for this event! Pre-register now for credit on the FAASTeam events web site.

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March 11th 2014 Meeting: Coping with Disaster: A Place for Disaster Airlift Teams PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Join us for the monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, March 11th 2014. 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:

Coping with Disaster: A Place for Disaster Airlift Teams

Presented by Colin TannerCity of Gilroy Community Emergency Response Team

Colin Tanner will explore the need for local Disaster Airlift Response Teams in emergency and disaster response. He will show how he is working with SCAPA’s DART to meet this need for our local community, centered on South County Airport.

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February 11th 2014 Meeting: Meet the Mechanic: Magnum Aviation and WoH Open House SCAPA Ramp Ops PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Join us for the monthly gathering of the South County Airport Pilots Association on Tuesday, February 11th 2014. We gather at 5:30 pm, will be serving dinner at 6:20 pm ($15 members, $20 non-members, Guests Welcome!), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45 pm, and our speaker presentation kicks off at 7:15pm.

Meet the Mechanic: Magnum Aviation
presented by Lupe Gonzalez, Director of Maintenance,
and Martin Irwin, General Manager

Meet the men who are driving maintenance at Magnum Aviation, Lupe Gonzalez, Director of Maintenance, and Martin Irwin, General Manager. They’ll describe in what direction they are taking the maintenance operation and how you can benefit from it. You’ll get a chance to ask them any maintenance questions you have about their operation or your plane.

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Presentation for Flying Aerobatics available for download PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Thursday, 16 January 2014

The slides from Tuesday's outstanding presentation by airshow performer and aerobatic competitor Vicky Benzing are available from the SCAPA website here as a 12Mb pdf file.

Many thanks to Vicky for sharing with us her insights into the amazing world of flying upside down, sideways and straight up and down, both for competitions and for airshows.

 
January 14th 2014 Meeting Topic: Flying Aerobatics with Vicky Benzing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Join us for our next monthly SCAPA meeting on Tuesday, January 14th 2014 at the Wings of History Museum. We gather at 5:30 pm, serve dinner at 6 ($15 members, $20 non-members, Guests Welcome!), hold a brief business meeting at 6:45, and our speaker presentation kicks off at 7pm.

January's topic is: Flying Aerobatics

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly upside down? Does executing a Lomcevak really give you a headache? Even if you prefer your flying to remain straight and level, find out how learning aerobatics can enhance the safety of your everyday flights by giving you a deeper understanding of your airplane's full flight envelope, leaving you much better prepared to safely recover from emergency upsets. Aerobatics are the ultimate Unusual Attitude!

19 DEC 2013 UPDATE: FAA WINGS credit has been approved for this event! Pre-register now for credit on the FAASTeam events web site.

Airshow performer and aerobatic competitor Vicky Benzing will share
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Disaster Airlift Response Team Completes Training Exercise at San Martin’s South County Airport PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Brogley   
Monday, 02 December 2013

Early Saturday morning, November 9, 2013, twenty one DART volunteers came together at the South County Airport in San Martin to conduct a live training exercise, training and practicing to support simulated emergency airlift operations. After receiving text messages alerting them to report to the South County Airport, DART volunteers set up a secure operating area, received simulated “emergency supplies”, weighed and assembled loads, moved loads to eight volunteer private aircraft – seven light propeller planes and one light helicopter. Pilots then fired up their engines and successfully completed nine simulated supply missions by noon, accomplishing the day’s goals:

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