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Whats up at Palo Alto Tower Operations
Palo Alto has recently undergone a major overhaul of their taxiways and operations. What can you learn to be a safer pilot?
Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, starting at 19:00 Pacific Standard Time Download Calendar File
Brian Fisher
Brief Description:

Palo Alto Airport is the busiest GA airport in the Bay Area. Palo Alto is unique with new taxiways, complicated airspace, and forever changing conditions. Along with any airport, Palo Alto brings its own sets of challenges and we want local pilots to be aware of what has changed.

San Carlos Flight Center invites Brian Fisher the PAO Tower Manager to talk about Palo Alto’s new airport layout, runway safety, and the new procedures. Palo Alto just underwent a major overhaul of almost all their taxiways, and it can be extremely confusing for some pilots. In this seminar, Brian will talk about how you as pilots can safely operate at Palo Alto Airport, what ATC expects of pilots, and how to stay vigilant while flying in and out of Palo Alto. Brian will also answer questions that pilots might have about airport operations, procedures, or airspace.

With Palo Alto ever so increasing in popularity, we encourage all Bay Area Pilots to attend this seminar. Know what to expect on your next flight to PAO and don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Brian Fisher is an experienced Air Traffic Controller for over 30 years, and Tower Manager at Palo Alto Airport for the past 8 years. Brian has a surplus of experience controlling at numerous challenging and busy airports such as SQL, SJC, and SFO. Brian is a member of the San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT),  and San Francisco Disaster Animal Response Team (DART). Brian has also graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy, is a HAM technician, and enjoys speaking with fellow pilots on how to become safer and efficient in dense airspace.


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

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.

Fly-in Seminar?:
40 seats at the facility, 22 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Sponsoring Division:
Contact Information:
Brandan Dadoun
Phone: 650-483-0715
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation thought safety, community, and adventure.  AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2018 as the best flight school in the West.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminar and guest speaker programs.  Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early.  SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home, or recorded at a later date.  Contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access.

For more information about this and any of our weekly seminars, please visit http://sancarlosflight.com/activities-and-events.


Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
FAASTeam Project Information:
National Project:
Any other Operations task not covered in the NPP
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