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NOTAMS and the Bay Area
Don’t get caught with your flaps down
Date and Time:
Saturday, July 15, 2017, starting at 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Herb Patten
Brief Description:

Basic airspace is complicated enough, and that’s even with the chart open and in front of you.  Beware of airspace changes that pop up and that don’t appear on a VFR chart.  We’re talking about Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).


NOTAMs carry information of a timely or transitory nature that may not yet have made it into the Chart Supplement or onto a VFR chart.  This means airspace and the regulations controlling it has changed, and you are now bound to comply with the new rules, without any textual or graphical description yet appearing in a printed chart or other document.  It’s critical that pilots know how to access this time-sensitive information and check it before every flight.


In this presentation, SCFC Instructor Herb Patten will overview the NOTAM system and discuss the various official sources for pilots to find current regulatory and advisory changes to the airspace system and the navigational aids available to pilots.  He will discuss the most common types of NOTAMs, the TFRs most common to the San Francisco Bay Area, and the reasons the TFRs are put in place.

It’s important for all pilots to understand - failure to know about a NOTAM or TFR does not mean that you can’t have your certificate revoked for busting one.  Ignorance is no protection.  All pilots should attend this very special discussion.


Herb Patten is an FAA certificated advanced and instrument ground instructor who teaches private pilot ground school at San Carlos Flight Center. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating, has over 800 hours and flown into 111 different California airports. He is co-founder of the Bay Area Student and New Pilot Support Group, and a board member of the Upwind Foundation, famous for its Upwind Summer Scholarship Program. In 2015, Herb was named a Master Instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

San Carlos Flight Center is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our evening safety seminar programs. Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early through the FAA event notification system at FAASAFETY.GOV. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home. Contact your SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 to confirm secure online access to any particular seminar.

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Location of Seminar:
San Carlos Flight Center
655 Skyway Rd,
Suite 215
San Carlos, CA 94070
Directions to Venue:

Directions to Room: Pilots who fly in should park in transient parking on the opposite side of the field and expect to walk about 10 minutes (.5 mile) to the Flight Center. Suite 215 is upstairs in the northwest corner. On occasion, rides may be prearranged through San Carlos Aviation and Supply.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
40 seats at the facility, 24 remaining for online registration.
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Contact Information:
David Kramer
Phone: 408 981-6424
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San Carlos Flight Center was voted Best Flight School in the US in the 2013 AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards. We are committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our evening safety seminar programs. For more information about this and any of our weekly seminars, please visit http://sancarlosflight.com/activities-and-events.

Equal Access Information:
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Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
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