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Archive for January, 2010

Month Archive: January, 2010

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Choosing a Flight School

Friday, January 8th, 2010

In 2008 AOPA named Jason Schappert as the number one collegiate flight instructor of the year, and he recently made a blog post with an accompanying YouTube video that goes in to some of the details for those attempting to choose a flight school. I checked out the video and thought it might be useful for some of the current or future Santa Cruz Flying Club students.

To answer a few questions for the newcomers to aviation you might have after watching this video, I just wanted to point out that Santa Cruz Flying Club is a Part 61 school. What this means for you is it is a less expensive and less rigid program than the 141 programs such as you would experience at an aviation college. The training is based on your own skill level, and your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) will tailor each lesson to exactly what you need most for that flight instead of following a rigid syllabus.

To get answers to any of the other questions he Jason brings up in that video I invite you to take a look around our website, give us a call at 831-722-4580, or the best option would be to just set up an appointment with one of our flight instructors and bring a list of your questions.

Half Moon Bay for Lunch with Friends

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

One of my favorite local destinations is still Half Moon Bay, KHAF. On Sunday after church my wife and I were planning on having lunch with another couple, and I proposed Half Moon Bay as an option. The other guy was a pilot but not current, and the girls liked the idea, so we headed to the airport. The girls and my infant daughter were going to drive up, so they dropped us off and departed.

Dan Dawson & Aaron Abell

We started preflighting my Cessna 150, N88808, hopped in, and were disappointed to find a dead battery. No fear, that’s the benefit of being checked out in multiple aircraft at the airport! We put the 150 away and switched to a C172, within a few minutes we were airborn! The nice thing about the 172 in this case is it was faster, so even after our delay of preflighting two aircraft, we still beat the girls by about 10 minutes.

Below is an image I didn’t photograph, but I found it on Flickr and was licensed via Creative Commons so I thought I might share it here to give you an idea of the airport environment. That is the Half Moon Bay airport in the foreground. The restaurant is just off the South end of the field by the boats inside the harbor. Upper left of the image is San Francisco International, and the San Carlos Airport is on the right side, with Palo Alto Airport just a bit further South. Oakland International is directly across the bay from SFO.

Creative Commons Licensed image from Flickr by: mrwilloby / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

My favorite restaurant up there is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, they’ve got excellent food, plus indoor and outdoor dining. We didn’t take the dogs this time, but if you eat outdoors, dogs are welcome. We had a great meal, walked the girls out to the parking area so they could see the plane, then departed back for Watsonville.

This time, since there were no delays in switching aircraft, even though we flew down along the coast, we still beat them by probably an hour, and got to see a great sunset starting along the way 🙂 Here’s a picture of my wife Ellen and I, along with our daughter Daria.

Dan & Ellen with the Cessna 172

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