San Carlos, CA

Presenters and Speakers

We hope that GA SPARK brings together the best people from schools and clubs around the country – people who have experience trying new ideas and who know what worked and didn’t work.  If you know someone who would be the right energy to lead a GA SPARK seminar or you want to offer to co-present on any topic, contact us at:

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Dan Dyer is owner and Chief Pilot of San Carlos Flight Center. At age 38, Dan came to aviation late in life.
Leaving behind a career in management consulting and software marketing, he started helicopter flight training in an attempt to be the helicopter pilot for the local TV news station.
He veered slightly from that path to find his true passion as a flight instructor and aviation event organizer. His favorite thing is seeing great ideas come to life.
Herb Patten is a CFI/AGI and aviation enthusiast. He was a founder of the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program and is now Executive Director of the Upwind Foundation.
Dave Kramer is a Private Pilot and Ground Instructor with a passion for long cross-country flights.
He is always looking for ways to improve his skills and volunteers as Program Coordinator for SCFC's Safety Seminar and Guest Speaker program.
Booking and delivering seminars keep his mind in the game. He enjoys the camaraderie of being part of a team that makes a difference at the flying club.
Kanani Johnson has been a part of the San Carlos Flight Center team for 2 years now.
She is always looking for new and creative ways to bring the pilot community together as the SCFC Event Coordinator. She loves being part of this aviation community and connecting people who share a passion for adventure!
Gordon Alvord owns Rainier Flight Service in Seattle, WA. He brings 10+ years’ experience owning and operating a flight school in addition to speaking as a FAASTeam Rep as an ADM/SRM expert.
Karen Arendt, FAASTeam Program Manager at the San Jose FSDO is a twenty-year employee of the FAA. Born in South Africa, she earned an Italian and International Parachute License in 1979, UK Royal Aero Club Bronze (solo equivalent) the same year, and US Private Pilot in Germany. She is type-rated in the Boeing 757/767 and holds a CFII ASMEL, CFIG. Arendt earned a BS in Professional Aeronautics from ERAU, and except the GRP, completed all coursework towards an MS in Aeronautical Science.
Mike Lloyd had to adjust recently from spending all his free time as a flight student to being just another recreational pilot. He went straight from VFR to IFR, and finished in late 2017; now he has to fill the void left in his calendar by volunteering at the San Carlos Flight Center, when not flying with his pilot (and life) partner Alyce down to Pismo Beach to get boiled crab.
After the 4th delayed Southwest flight in a row, Alyce Gershenson met Mike’s suggestion of learning to fly themselves to SoCal with an enthusiastic “Yes please!” Three years and a hundred landings later, she got her Private Pilot license in 2016 and is working on her Instrument rating. Alyce felt so welcomed and supported when she joined SCFC that she now volunteers to make sure new members get that same feeling when they join the community.