Keynote AddressRod Machado is on a mission to keep the FUN in learning to fly. With degrees in Psychology and Aviation Science, an ATP and all fixed wing flight instructor ratings, his 10,000 hours of flying were earned the hard way - one flight instructor hour at a time. Rod has taught thousands of safety seminars in all fifty states, Canada & Europe. He co-wrote and co-anchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying and was AOPA’s National Flight Instructor Spokesperson for 15 years. Rod Machado has been teaching and speaking to pilots since 1973. He simplifies the complex, making bland topics interesting and educating with humor. He started flying at age 16, is a rated ATP with all fixed wing Flight Instructor ratings and is the CFI voice on Microsoft's Flight Simulator. Check out his many online eLearning courses at
Bay Area Accident AnalysisA review recent NTSB investigations around the Bay Area, including what we learned from the accident and how pilots can take steps to avoid finding themselves in a similar situation.Michael Huhn is an Air Safety Investigator with the Western Pacific Office of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Bay Area LandmarksLocals who fly here everyday may know most of the Bay Area aviation landmarks, but newcomers may have trouble matching the chart to the view out the window. The presentation will help connect the dots for important SF Bay Area landmarks.Dave Kramer is a Commercial Pilot and Advanced Ground Instructor with a passion for long cross-country flights and makes frequent trips to the Los Angeles basin. He is also Program Coordinator for San Carlos Flight Center's Safety Seminar and Guest Speaker program.
Standard Procedures for SafetyOver the last 30 years the commercial operators in aviation have successfully reduced their fatal accident rate by nearly 90%. A large part of how they achieve this success is by analyzing accidents and standardizing pilot behavior in such as a way as to avoid repeating them. In this talk, Jason will provide insight into how this is done and discuss analogous patterns for the General Aviation Pilot. These standard procedures can have a similar impact on GA safety and the safety of your own flying.Jason Miller is a 2x FAA award-winning flight instructor. He teaches for AOPA's Air Safety Institute and is passionate about sharing his 20+ years of flying experience with others. He is the host of The Finer Points Aviation Podcast and YouTube Channel and a contributing author to Flying magazine.
Worst 7 Radio MistakesRadios are a shared resource, with every pilot on frequency hearing everyone else's good, bad, and ugly transmissions. After 30 years of flying throughout the western US, Canada, and Alaska, Bennett Taber has developed a keen ear for quality radio and will share with us the things that grate on the ears of other pilots and air traffic controllers. Learn the seven things you can do on frequency to make every other pilot listening to you cringe.Ben Taber serves as a training captain, check airman, and chief pilot for Dreamline Aviation and is a regular speaker with San Carlos Flight Center’s Safety Seminar program.
What's New in ForeFlightAre you having a hard time keeping up with ForeFlight releases? Do you feel like you are missing out on app capabilities? You won’t want to miss this presentation that covers key features from the last few releases, including intelligent alerting, Jeppesen integration, performance planning, and more.Ryan McBride is Lead Product Designer at ForeFlight. He received his Private Pilot license from The University of North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Media & Communication Technology from Michigan State University. Ryan is passionate about building tools that make aviation safer, more affordable, and more enjoyable.
Advances in Unleaded FuelUnleaded fuel coming to aviation, and has been coming to aviation for decades. Find about the recent changes and how soon we can expect to use unleaded and/or bio fuels in our general aviation aircraft.Dan DeMeo is a lifelong aviation aficionado, with experience in professional motorsports, entertainment production, as well as being an instrument rated private pilot and aircraft owner. Dan has flown out of San Carlos airport since 1995 and has operated Rabbit Aviation since 2003, and actively tracks the transition to unleaded fuel.
California Weather and the Bay AreaCalifornia affords pilots the experience of flying in many microclimates including coasts, great plains, mountains, and deserts. The California pilot has the luxury of experiencing all types of weather nature has to offer. This seminar is a rare opportunity to connect with California aviation meteorologists, learn about California weather and ask any questions you always wanted to ask.Ashley Helmetag is a former National Weather Service meteorologist with Oakland Center Weather Service Unit at Oakland ARTCC. She has degrees in Aviation Meteorology and Air Traffic Control, is a licensed skydiver, and is working to finish her private pilot airplane certificate. Ashley resides in the East Bay with her husband and now works in patient advocacy and outreach at Get Better, Inc.
Rihaan Gangat is a National Weather Service meteorologist at the Oakland Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) at Oakland ARTCC providing weather support and consultation to FAA supervisors, air traffic managers, and controllers. The previous 7 years in the Northeast allowed Rihaan to gain experience and warn on life-threatening floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and snow for the general public. He now continues his weather forecasting career to provide valuable weather information to the aviation industry. Rihaan holds a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science from SUNY Albany.
Rick Canepa is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey office. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College, Vermont, in 1993. Rick has additional forecasting experience with the National Weather Service offices in Helena (closed in late 1995) and Billings Montana in the middle to late 1990s. His interests include meteorology, climatology, the outdoors, hiking, drums, and rhythm guitar. Rick and his wife have two shelter adopted dogs.
SFO Class B Airspace Changes On August 16, 2018, the FAA announced radical changes to the Class B airspace surrounded SFO. In some areas, Class B was released to Class E. In other areas, the Class B annexed neighboring airspaces. Herb Patten will help Bay Area pilots understand the changes and learn how to cope without the "upside-down wedding cake."Herb Patten is a flight instructor and aviation enthusiast training out of San Carlos. He's known for the Bay Area's most complete and effective Private Pilot ground school. He is Chairman of the Upwind Foundation, a local aviation scholarship for high school students.
Engine-Out IFRSynthetic vision has been a game changer for increasing the possibility of survival in some IFR emergency scenarios. In this presentation, Eliot discusses how to take your emergency response skills to the next level.Eliot Floersch is an experienced flight instructor with a specialty in Cirrus Aircraft and emergency procedures. His training videos can be viewed at
Post-Crash SurvivalThis seminar will discuss what happens when you have to unexpectedly spend the night out- what works, what to carry, and how to get found. Donner will discuss how to better your chances of surviving in a wilderness situation from the perspective of an experienced Flight Instructor and doctor.Howard Donner is a CFI and is currently the director of Adventure Training for The Finer Points of Flying. Donner served for 5 years as a medical operations consultant for NASA, where he was involved in the design of the Shuttle and International Space Station medical systems. Donner was the physician on the first American ascent of Kanchenjunga, the worlds third highest peak.
Bay Tour RadioThis follow-on to SCFC's popular seminar "Flying the Bay Tour" will include a focus on the radio calls to Oakland and San Francisco Tower and NorCal Approach. We will include examples of what to say, what not to say, and how to take control of your flight. If you're looking to fly the SF Bay Tour, but are uncomfortable with the radio calls, join us for some clarification.Dan Dyer is owner and Chief Pilot at San Carlos Flight Center and is committed to promoting general aviation in the SF Bay Area.
Emergence of Electric AirplanesTechnology continues to advance forward for electric aviation. These aircraft are starting to prove themselves to be a reliable platform for some flight missions, including flight training. Electric airplanes cut lead and other emissions, and reduce noise - two critical ways to reduce the environmental footprint of aviation. Join us to hear about some of the latest advances in electric aviation.Cory Combs is the CTO & Co-Founder of Ampaire, a CA startup aimed at providing the world with affordable, quiet, and environmentally conscious electric aircraft. He holds the patent for Ampaire's aircraft design and has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Joseph Oldham is one of the founders of the Sustainable Aviation Project, a joint effort by the cities of Reedley and Mendota to build a network of charging stations, hangars, and flight training in electric aircraft to California’s central valley. He is director of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center for CALSTART and lives in Fresno, CA, with his wife Donna and two adult children.
George Bye is CEO of Bye Aerospace the makes of the Sun Flyer, intended to be the world’s first certified electric aircraft. He strives to innovate and bring new approaches and technologies in aviation.
ATC Panel: Tips for Improving Pilot/Controller CoordinationSafety in the skies depends on a good working relationship between pilots and controllers. Access to the nation's busiest airports and airspaces requires careful coordination, and it is critical that both sides understand what the other needs and wants. This panel discussion will provide tips to help us work together better. We have gathered a team of controllers from various facilities around the Bay Area with diverse backgrounds, so you can be sure that someone will be able to answer your specific questions.Stacey Maye began her air traffic career in the US Air Force before hiring into the FAA. She retired from SoCal TRACON in the Los Angeles Arrival Specialty and now is Tower Manager at San Carlos Airport.
Michael Osburn works the control tower at Hayward Executive Airport. He has 15 years experience specializing in TRACON and Control Tower Operation both domestically and in Iraq. He previously worked for the US Navy, Marine Corps, and the DOD before moving to the FAA.
Clint Lemmon is an Air Traffic Controller at Palo Alto Airport, one of the busiest GA airports in the country.
Roanna McCoy is an Air Traffic Controller at NorCal TRACON, which manages approach and departure traffic for the Bay Area all the way south to Monterey, north to Sacramento, and east to Reno. NorCal is one of the busiest ATC facilities in the country.
Wayne Duren will represent Oakland ARTCC. Oakland Center controls aircraft over Northern California and the Pacific Ocean.