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10/11/2017            Good News in Aviation Safety  /  Kostas Speridakos PAO 7:30pm
Great work is coming to light - angle of attack indicators, potential streamlining of certification standards in Part 23, ADS-B implementation, electric propulsion, and more - how can we as the general aviation community promote and benefit from these advancements?  How can we guard against complacency that may result from their use? Get up to speed on these trends with Kostas Speridakos, a CFI and aerospace engineer who teaches at West Valley Flying Club at PAO and SQL.  Kostas' experience outside of flying includes designing FAA flight tests and co-authoring safety cases for ADS-B implementation in air traffic control systems, conducting operational analysis of new Air Traffic Management (ATM) initiatives for private and public entities, and building practical bridges to connect young people with their dream careers in aviation. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=78655

04/12/2017   Full   Stratux Build Session  /  Matt Debski PAO 7:30pm
ADS-B In receivers offer free traffic and weather information provided by the FAA.  Commercial receivers are available for between $550 and $1200, but you can build your own for around $130 and an hour or two of work.  Join fellow WVFC members to assemble the Stratux ADS-B In receiver, compatible with ForeFlight, WingX, and other Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications. You can read more about building the Stratux Receiver in the 2017 Q1 WVFC newsletter and on the Stratux web site. Matt Debski is a part-time WVFC CFI and aircraft owner with a day job as a software engineer at Google.This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club.

04/10/2017           Ownership Seminar  /  Steve Blonstein PAO 7:00pm
oin Join Steve Blonstein, GM, (PAO Clubhouse) on Monday, April 10th, 7PM, for a 90 minute session on the opportunities and process to own an aircraft on the WVFC flight line. We'll discuss the reasons for ownership, the economics, and tax consequences of such a purchase. We'll also discuss specific aircraft that WVFC currently needs in order to meet current and expected future demand. 

04/10/2017           New Member Orientation  /  Steve Blonstein PAO 6:00pm
ADS-B Come join Steve Blonstein, General Manager for an introduction and orientation to West Valley Flying Club. There will be a short presentation giving an overview of club operations, followed by an open question and answer session. New members are strongly encouraged to attend to get the most of their membership at the club.

03/16/2017            Flying to Truckee - Airport Operations for GA Pilots  /  Hardy Bullock PAO 7:30pm
The Truckee Tahoe Airport District and West Valley Flying Club invite you to join us for an in-depth look at flying to one of the Bay Area’s top aviation destinations. Truckee Tahoe Airport is a popular place to stop on any pilots list, but can also be one of the most challenging. Hardy Bullock is the Director of Aviation and Community Services at the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and he will cover a range of topics that flying to Truckee involves.  His extensive local knowledge makes him an expert on arrivals and departures, obstacles, mixing jet traffic with glider traffic, and community awareness. Mountain flying topics specific to Truckee will also be covered, including hazards, weather, night operations, performance, and situational awareness. Local anecdotes and factual stories of accidents from NTSB reports will be reviewed, and additional resources and contact information will be provided for those that want to learn even more. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=72442

03/15/2017           In-Flight Weather Decision-Making  /  Alan Marcum SQL 7:30pm
Join us at West Valley Flying Club's San Carlos location for a seminar that will cover in-flight decisions we make about the weather. We usually focus on pre-flight weather briefings and deciding if we should launch or not. Based on real flight experiences, Alan will examine several different specific instances of making important decisions while flying in the weather. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=72347

02/08/2017           Flying to Mexico and Canada  /  Jerzy Orkiszewski PAO 7:30pm
Want to fly across the border? Not sure what to expect? West Valley Flying Club invites you to join us for a presentation by Jerzy Orkiszewski that will help you safely get across the border and back. He will cover topics specific to both the Canadian and Mexican borders, including flight planning, differences in airspace, eAPIS and Customs requirements, fuel availability, and ports of entry. In addition, Jerzy will discuss traveling along specific areas and routes, such as flying the Baja Peninsula and mainland Mexico. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=73453

12/14/2016           In-Flight Weather Decision-Making  /  Alan Marcum PAO 7:30pm
Join us on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:30PM in the West Valley Flying Club's Palo Alto Classroom for a presentation on in-flight weather decision-making. We usually focus on pre-flight weather briefings and deciding if we should launch of not. What about the in-flight decisions we make about the weather? How do we get information? What information is available? How can we use that information to improve flight safety and comfort? We’ll examine several different specific instances of making important decisions while flying in the weather, based on real flight experiences. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=72346

11/16/2016           San Carlos Operations - Meet the Tower Manager   /  Dylan Krassensky SQL 7:30pm
Join us at West Valley Flying Club's San Carlos location for a seminar that will cover SQL operations, including taxi procedures, IFR clearance procedures, and airspace issues that are unique to SQL due to its proximity to SFO. After the presentation there will be a Q&A/open forum. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=71195

11/09/2016           A History of the Flight Simulator   /  Carl Suttle PAO 7:30pm
Join us at West Valley Flying Club's Palo Alto classroom for a presentation on the history of the Flight Simulator. Along with a history of the flight simulator, this presentation will describe the types of simulators now available, their capability, how they work, and their strengths and limitations. Additionally, it will discuss the type of training that can be accomplished and what time can be logged. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=71196

10/19/2016           An Introduction o ADS-B for Pilots and Aircraft Owners  /  Jerzy Orkiszewski SQL 7:30pm
Join us at West Valley Flying Club's San Carlos location for a technical and practical look into ADS-B. Some of the topics that will be covered are the history of transponders, various types of transponders, the transponder message structure and more! This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=70779 

10/12/2016           Palo Alto Flight Operations - A Forum with the Tower Manager /  Brian Fisher PAO 7:30pm
Join us at West Valley Flying Club's Palo Alto classroom for a presentation and Q&A session with the Control Tower Manager at Palo Alto Airport on October 12 at 7:30 in the West Valley Flying Club conference room. There will be a safety presentation about air and ground operations within the PAO class D airspace, followed by an open forum for pilots to ask questions and learn more about ATC operations in the area. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=70672

09/21/2016           Flight Planning and Execution of a Trip Across the USA  /  Alan Marcum SQL 7:30pm
Join us at West Valley Flying Club's San Carlos classroom for a seminar entitled "A Trip Across the USA". Ever thought about flying across the country and back? Join us for a discussion of the planning and execution of a flight from the Peninsula to Texas, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Truckee, and back to the Bay Area. Alan Marcum logged nearly 37 hours and 3 IMC approaches, and burned over 440 gallons of 100LL during this trip. Safety topics will focus on things that affect long cross country trips including weather/diversions, fuel planning, fatigue, and operating at unfamiliar airports. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=70849

09/14/2016           High Altitude Flying  /  Alan Marcum PAO 7:30pm
Join us at West Valley Flying Club's Palo Alto classroom for a seminar on High Altitude Flying. How high should you fly? Well, how high is up? Join us for a discussion of flying high. We'll cover information appropriate for any altitude you consider "high", with information on engine performance, the atmosphere, physiology, oxygen use, and emergencies, focusing on flight above 10,000' and into the flight levels. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=70848

07/22/2015           Flying the Airbus A380  /  Fritz Klaiber PAO 7:00pm
Join West Valley Flying Club member Fritz Klaiber a Lufthansa Captain flying a A380 on an international flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco. Capt. Klaiber will cover discuss the interfaces between the aircraft systems and how it communicate with the crew (PFD) and between the crew and the aircraft (FCU, CDU). Statistics show inadequate decision making and committing an error or inaction are the top-rated causal factors in approach and landing accidents (FSF 1998-1999). This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=63337

05/27/2015           NavigatingNOAA Regulated National Marine Sanctuary Areas  /  Mai Maheigan PAO 7:00pm
Two California marine sanctuaries have recently more been expanded – and these sanctuaries contain national marine sanctuary overflight regulation zones that affect how low pilots may fly in certain areas.  A map of these protected areas will be discussed and overlaid on VFR sectional charts. Learn how to stay legal and safe while navigating NOAA Regulated National Marine Sanctuary Designated Areas. Facts and statistics about bird strikes and tips to avoid this hazard will also be presented. There will also be an overview of the variety of seabirds and other marine wildlife, which are protected in our local national marine sanctuaries-Cordell Banks, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey Bay. A brief history and biology of signature seabird species such as murres, puffins, guillemots, and cormorants will be presented. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=61979

05/06/2015           NavigatingNOAA Regulated National Marine Sanctuary Areas  /  Mai Maheigan SQL 7:00pm
Two California marine sanctuaries have recently more been expanded – and these sanctuaries contain national marine sanctuary overflight regulation zones that affect how low pilots may fly in certain areas.  A map of these protected areas will be discussed and overlaid on VFR sectional charts. Learn how to stay legal and safe while navigating NOAA Regulated National Marine Sanctuary Designated Areas. Facts and statistics about bird strikes and tips to avoid this hazard will also be presented. There will also be an overview of the variety of seabirds and other marine wildlife, which are protected in our local national marine sanctuaries-Cordell Banks, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey Bay. A brief history and biology of signature seabird species such as murres, puffins, guillemots, and cormorants will be presented. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=61978

04/22/2015           Tower Operations at KPAO  /  Brian Fisher  PAO 7:00pm
Join us for a presentation and Q&A session with Brian Fisher, Tower Manager at KPAO.  He'll provide an overview of tower operations at Palo Alto Airport, go over standard procedures, and conclude with plenty of time for attendees to get their questions answered. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=61386

03/25/2015           What's in Your Flight Bag?  /  Steve Blonstein PAO 7:00pm
Ever wondered whether you have the “right stuff” in your flight bag?  There is a real trade-off between not having appropriate gear, and so much stuff in your flight bag that it weighs as much as another passenger.   We will go through a flight bag and discuss the need and usefulness of items needed for safety, convenience, and comfort. Steve Blonstein, West Valley Flying Club CFI, and club member for the past 23 years, will host a lively discussion on how best to pack and find items in your flight bag.  Steve has spent the last two decades perfecting his own flight bag “strategy” and will share his experiences in doing so. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=61385

03/21/2015           Virtual National Aviation Safety Stand Down  /  AOPA Webinar PAO 8:30am
A safety stand down is an event at which pilots gather to learn new information, refresh already learned information, and to engage in discussion with safety experts and fellow pilots. This live webinar format event is presented by the Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation, Inc. and features three main live presentations from experts in their fields. A live discussion will take place following each presentation and attendees will be able to ask questions and make comments. This webcast will be hosted for live viewing and discussion courtesy of West Valley Flying Club. The event will last approximately four hours and will feature popular, experienced presenters. Attendees will be eligible to receive all three WINGs Knowledge Credits at the Basic Level. More information on the content of the event can be found at https://advocates4safety.org/vsd/vsd_032115.html

03/18/2015           Understanding Autopilots  /  Jerzy Orkiszewski SQL 7:00pm
Join us at WVFC San Carlos on March 18 at this new time for a Safety Seminar on Autopilots.  The seminar will feature an introduction to the design of the autopilot systems - flight director and actuators and various functions including IFR procedures such as holds. Also, the presenter will stress limitations and hazards, such as loss of signal (GPS, VOR) and autopilot induced stall, with real life examples of autopilot ALT hold performance in strong updrafts and downdrafts. This seminar is directed at both VFR and IFR pilots having any level of experience with cockpit automation. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club and qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=60815

03/11/2015           Practical Tips for Flying IFR with Modern GPSs  /  Max Trescott PAO 7:30pm
When do you load versus activate? When do you switch the CDI needle from GPS to the ILS or VOR? What’s the difference between LPV, LNAV, LNAV+V, LP and the other minimums you can now use when flying a GPS approach? Max Trescott specializes in teaching how to use modern GPSs and has authored two books on the subject. He'll offer some general IFR tips, discuss common issues encountered when using a GPS and offer tips on using autopilots and glass panel-equipped aircraft for IFR flight. He'll also discuss WAAS and the various types of minimums available when flying a WAAS-based approach.  This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club. This event qualified for WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit: http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=60082

02/25/2015            Night Flying Safety - What Your CFI Didn't Teach You  /  Max Trescott PAO 07:30pm
Flying at night can be fun, but pilots should know the pitfalls and plan accordingly. The risks at night are different and higher, but they can be quantified and mitigated by cautious pilots who are well versed in night flying safety techniques. Learn ways to fly safely at night and avoid some of the pitfalls that continue to claim even experienced pilots in avoidable night flying accidents. We hope you can join us for this informative seminar.  This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club. Max Trescott is a full time flight instructor. He started flying at age 15 and finished his pilot certificate in college. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Psychology, and a MBA. He spent 25 years working in sales and marketing for Hewlett-Packard. Ten years ago he left HP and he now devotes full time to teaching flying, writing, consulting and giving speeches and seminars. He’s written two books, including Max Trescott’s G1000 Glass Cockpit Handbook, now in its fifth edition.  He holds an ATP certificate for all four airplane categories. He was recently type-rated in the Phenom 100 and Eclipse jets and is a FAA Gold Seal CFI. He specializes in teaching in Cirrus Aircraft and in all G1000-equipped airplanes. In 2008, he was named the National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year. This event qualifies for WINGS credit. To register for this event, please visit http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=60083

02/18/2015               Michigan to California in a Cessna 162 Skycatcher  /  Wes Irish  SQL 7:30pm
In May of 2014 the speaker was tasked with delivering a Cessna 162 Skycatcher LSA from Michigan (near Toledo, Ohio) to Palo Alto, California for the new owner. The VFR-only Skycatcher performed flawlessly, but the 2500 NM journey was not without its challenges. Multiple weather systems brought clouds, low visibility, thunderstorms, high winds, and even tornadoes along the route. In this talk we'll discuss flight planning, weather briefings, in-flight weather information, En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS), and working with ATC. We'll talk about alternates and, in general, how to plan for the unexpected. The talk includes photos, chart, and actual radar tracks to illustrate various aspects of the trip. This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club. Wes Irish is an instrument rated commercial pilot, CFI, and ground instructor and has been flying for almost 20 years. He is also a Traffic Watch pilot, regularly flying reporters around the SF Bay Area to report on traffic and news as it happens. Wes instructs at West Valley Flying Club, at both the PAO and SQL locations, and is currently accepting new students. To register for this event, please visit

http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=60394

02/11/2015               Lesson Learned from Recent Accidents and Incidents in PAO  /  Mike May  PAO 7:30pm
Join us for a presentation and discussion that focuses on recent accidents and incidents in club aircraft and what we can all learn from them. From a Cessna 172SP getting rear-ended on the ground by another airplane to a minor airspace infraction and everything in between, we will look at the circumstances surrounding the events, what could have been done differently, and what we can all learn from them. We will also discuss how the WVFC Safety Office handles these types of events, how we take a proactive approach to safety, and how we assist members when a mishap results in an FAA investigation. To register for this event, please visit http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=60151

01/28/2015            Flight Levels without Pressurization  /  Alan Marcum  PAO 7:30pm
How high is up? No, this isn't a review of altimetry, but a discussion of flying high—into the lower flight levels, FL180-FL250—in an unpressurized piston airplane. (Along the way, we might touch on pressurization, too.) What's it like way up there? Is it really above the weather? Is it horribly cold in the cockpit? What's it take to breathe up there? What about hypoxia? We'll discuss these, and more, including emergency considerations. This event is sponseored by West Valley Flying Club. Alan Marcum, PPASEL (Instrument), has been flying for over thirty years, from Cambridge, U.K. to Lihue, Hawai'i, in airplanes from a Tiger Moth and a Waco to a Malibu and a Mooney. He bases his Mooney at Palo Alto, where he learned to fly. Alan is a computer scientist by profession. To register for this event, please visit http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=59693

01/21/2015            Flight Levels without Pressurization  /  Alan Marcum  SQL 7:30pm
How high is up? No, this isn't a review of altimetry, but a discussion of flying high—into the lower flight levels, FL180-FL250—in an unpressurized piston airplane. (Along the way, we might touch on pressurization, too.) What's it like way up there? Is it really above the weather? Is it horribly cold in the cockpit? What's it take to breathe up there? What about hypoxia? We'll discuss these, and more, including emergency considerations. This event is sponseored by West Valley Flying Club. Alan Marcum, PPASEL (Instrument), has been flying for over thirty years, from Cambridge, U.K. to Lihue, Hawai'i, in airplanes from a Tiger Moth and a Waco to a Malibu and a Mooney. He bases his Mooney at Palo Alto, where he learned to fly. Alan is a computer scientist by profession. To register for this event, please visit http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=59692

01/14/2015
            
Avoiding Runway Incursions  /  Bob Swafford   PAO 7:30pm
Join West Valley Flying
on Wednesday evening, January 14, 2015 at 7:30pm in the classroom at West Valley Flying Club for a presentation and discussion on runway incursions.  A video on the topic will be followed by a group discussion and informative quiz on airport markings and diagrams.
This event is sponsored by West Valley Flying Club. Bob Swafford is a WVFC CFI with prior experience as an Air Traffic Controller (DFW), Freight Pilot, and Systems Instructor at American Airlines. To register for this event, please visit http://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=59552
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