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ONLINE VIEWING ONLY Emergency Signaling ELTs and PLBs
You suddenly find yourself crash-landed in the middle of nowhere, do you know how to use an ELT or a PLB? Should you carry one?
Date and Time:
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, starting at 19:00 Pacific Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Herb Pattern
Brief Description:

Available for Online Viewing Only 

San Carlos Flight Center is temporarily moving its seminars from in-person attendance to online viewing due to the public health risk from the Coronovirus.   As a courtesy the center is making this streaming service free to the public at https://sancarlosflight.com/covid-19/seminars

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are becoming cheaper and more reliable.  Why would a pilot need a PLB if they already have an onboard ELT?  How would a PLB help a pilot in an emergency?  What is a PLB anyway?
In this seminar, Herb Patten, SCFC's Assistant Chief Pilot will explain the critical differences between PLBs and ELTs.  He will review the history of the emergence of the regulations on ELTs, review accident data that highlights the problems and challenges of the original ELT design, describe the enhancements offered in the new 406-MHz ELT and how they function, and provide an update on proposed regulations for ELT requirements.
Most pilots are aware of the onboard Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) in their personal or rented airplane.  Most know that the older models transmitted a distress signal on 121.5-MHz in the event of a hard landing.  But how many know what frequency the new models transmit on?  How does an ELT differ from a PLB?  Do you know the differences in who receives your distress signal and how quickly?
Don't miss this seminar if you want to be prepared in post-emergency landing situations, and how you can increase your chances of surviving through the use of ELT’s and PLB’s.


Herb Patten is the Assistant Chief Pilot at the San Carlos Flight Center, a CFI and an FAA certificated advanced and instrument ground instructor who teaches private pilot ground school at San Carlos Flight Center. He is a commercial pilot with an instrument rating, has over 1,500 hours and flown into at least 120 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.


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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, 3 remaining for online registration.
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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:
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Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
Master WINGS
1 Credit for Master Knowledge Topic 1
FAASTeam Project Information:
National Project:
Any other Airworthiness task not covered in the NPP
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