Trade Winds AviationKRHV
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Reid-Hillview airport, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, offers easy access to and from the high tech industry. Add a pleasant, spectacular sightseeing event by air to your Business trip by contacting Trade Winds Aviation any day in the week. California is a vacation destination; why not visit some of the popular sightseeing destinations by plane. It is as easy as making a reservation with Trade Winds Aviation. We offer transportation to and from your hotel, advance notice requested

Operating Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm

• Aircraft Rental
• Flight Training; Part 61 and Part 141
• Redbird SD Flight Simulator
• Aircraft Maintenance
• Aircraft Sales
• Aircraft Management
• Free Wi-Fi, Flight planning computer
• Social Events including:

Monthly Pancake Breakfast – 1st Saturday

WINGS Safety Seminars – 2nd Thursday

BBQ – 3rd Friday

• Loaner Headset available
(standard headsets free, premium BOSE headsets $20 / flight)
• Rental car (Enterprise) w/ pickup at FBO after hours

CFI Rate: $110.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $110.00/hr
Misc. Items Sales Tax: 8.75%

Local Procedures Briefing
Trade Winds Aviation
Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County - KRHV

Operator Procedures                                               

Rental Requirements

The reservation request shall be received no less than 48 hours prior to the desired checkout or rental time.

The pilot shall have a minimum of 150 hours of total flight experience time for all reservations. 

The pilot shall have completed a minimum of three (3) approaches within the proceeding 90 days for an instrument flight. 

The Operator shall be provided access to all information about the pilot including, but not limited to: Government issued ID, Pilot Certificate, Medical Certificate, Renter’s Insurance Declaration, Universal Pilot Checkout (UPC) form, associated logbook endorsements, and logbook entries showing relevant currency (e.g. VFR day, VFR night, Instrument) 

Prior to dispatching an aircraft key, an Operator’s Flight Instructor will interview the pilot at their expense. The interview shall cover as a minimum: flight planning, ramp procedures, area familiarization, weight and balance calculations, and passenger list and contact information. 


Operator Procedures                                               

Fueling Aircraft

Fueling of aircraft at Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) is done exclusively by the Operator’s designated fueler; Ascent (122.850 or 408-483-4860)

Access to Aircraft

During  normal business hours, aircraft are dispatched at the front desk.

After business hours, aircraft are dispatched by special arrangement only. Contact the Operator during business hours to make the necessary arrangements.

Business hours:

Summer: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Winter: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


Returning the Aircraft
During normal business hours aircraft are returned to their designated tie-down spot and the aircraft’s keybook is returned to the Operator’s front desk.

Arrangements shall be made ahead of time with the Operator if you anticipate returning the aircraft outside of business hours.

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere
If fuel or oil is purchased while away from Reid-Hillview airport (RHV), save the receipts (including the aircraft’s tail number) and turn them in when you return the aircraft. You will be credit for the amount purchased up to the published fuel and oil allowance on the day the aircraft is dispatched.

Mechanical Problems at Another Airport

During normal business hours, contact the Operator’s office. After business hours contact the emergency number found in the aircraft’s keybook before beginning any repair work. 

Securing the Aircraft Post-Flight
Carefully push the aircraft back into its designated tie-down spot. The nose of the aircraft needs to be behind the yellow line. Never attempt to pull through a tie-down spot under power. The pilot is responsible for properly securing the aircraft per the appropriate procedure in the Operator approved checklist. Pay particular attention that the Master switch is off, Control Locks are installed, aircraft is properly tie-down, and all doors are locked.

Caution Areas, Where Hanger Rash is Most Likely
When moving aircraft into and out of tie-down spots, please pay close attention to wingtip clearance. Powering an aircraft into and out of a tie-down spot is prohibited.

What Fuel Load to Expect, and How to Change It
All aircraft are dispatched with fuel to the tabs (35 gal. for Cessna 172) unless otherwise requested.

Local Airspace Considerations                        

Standard Departure Procedures

Listen to Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) ATIS (125.200) to determine which runway is being used. When RHV Tower is in operation (generally 07:00 to 22:00 local), contact RHV Ground Control (121.650) to request taxi clearance. Be prepared to give Ground Control your departure request.

If you are departing towards the northeast through the south execute a normal departure climb. Remain outside of San Jose International’s (SJC) Class ‘C’ airspace, which is within 1 nm west and north of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV), and avoid noise sensitive areas.

If you are departing towards the southwest through the north, you are going to encounter San Jose International airport’s (SJC) Class 'C' airspace. You shall establish radio contact with SJC Tower (124.000) for permission to go in those directions. The easiest way to facilitate this is to inform RHV Ground Control (121.650) of your intentions and they will provide you with a squawk code. RHV Tower will pass you off to SJC Tower at the appropriate time.

Best Way to Get Flight Following
Before intial taxi inform Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) Ground Control (121.650) of your intentions and they will provide you with a squawk code and departure frequency.

Local Reporting Points
When flying into Reid-Hillview airport (RHV), Calaveras Reservoir and Embassy Suites are reporting points 5 nm to the north and UTC is the reporting point 10 nm to the southeast.

Typical TFR Considerations
There are several sports stadiums with 30 nm of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV).

  • Levi Stadium is 8 nm west northwest of RHV
  • Stanford Stadium is 17 nm west northwest 
  • Oakland Athletics Ballpark/Oakland Coliseum is 31 nm north northwest  
  • Candlestick Park is 35 nm northwest 
  • AT&T Park is 38 nm northwest

Each of these facilities will have a temporary TFR in effect one hour before the scheduled time of the event until one hour after the end of the event. During that time all aircraft operations are prohibited at and below 3,000 feet AGL within a three nautical mile radius of the stadium.

In 2014 a new 49er’s Stadium will open 8 nm west northwest of RHV.  

Nearby Sports Team Schedules

  • NCAA – Stanford Cardinals @ Stanford Stadium
  • MLB – Oakland Athletics @ Oakland Coliseum
  • NFL – Oakland Raiders @ Oakland Coliseum
  • NFL – San Francisco 49er's @ Candlestick Park
  • MLB – San Francisco Giants @ AT&T Park

Preferred VFR "gates" ATC wants you to DEPART TO
Midfield San Jose International airport (SJC) when departing to the northwest.

Preferred VFR "gates" ATC wants you to ARRIVE FROM
See Local Reporting Points above. Plan on arriving via these landmarks to be treated like a local.

Preferred IFR "gates" ATC wants you to DEPART TO
San Jose VOR (SJC)

Local Airfield Operations                                       

Taxiway / Runway Incursion Hotspots
There are two runway incursion hotspots at Reid-Hillview airport (RHV). The first hotspot is located at the intersection of taxiways Y and D. The second hotspot is located at the intersection of taxiways Y and Z, and the run-up area at runway 31R.

Taxi to the Runway

Prior to taxiing the aircraft a though preflight inspection shall be performed using an Operator approved type specific aircraft checklist.

If the pilot finds anything wrong with the aircraft during the preflight inspection it is their responsibility to report the issue to the Operator prior to departure.

Hand tow the aircraft out of its tie-down spot prior to starting the engine.

Listen to Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) ATIS (125.200) to determine which runway is being used. When Tower is in operation, (generally 07:00 to 22:00 local) contact Ground Control (121.650) to request taxi clearance.

When taxiing the aircraft near structures or other aircraft a speed of no faster than a slow walk shall be maintained.

Run Up Area
Run-up areas are located near the ends of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) Runways 13L and 31R.

Before You Call Ready For Takeoff
Before calling Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) Tower to request take off clearance complete preflight check in designated run-up area and taxi close to the runway “hold bars."

Noise Abatement Procedures

Upon departure Reid-Hillview airport (RHV), climb to 500 feet AGL before making any turns.
When departing from runway 31R make a 30 degree turn to a heading 340 degrees when save to avoid overflying a school.
Be a good neighbor. Fly safe and quietly.
Pattern Altitude
Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) traffic pattern altitude is 1,135 feet MSL (1,000 feet AGL.)

Special Cautions for Flying the Pattern
Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) Runways 31R and 13R are right traffic.
RHV Runway 31R is the calm wind runway when the Tower is closed.
Be aware of San Jose International airport’s (SJC) Class ‘C’ boundary southwest through north of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV).
Eastridge Shopping Center is located approximately ¼ of a mile from the approach end of Runways 31L and 31R. Maintain a safe altitude while passing over the structure and until it is safe to land.
Airport Restrictions
After landing, pilots shall completely clear runways by taxiing across the “hold bars”. Remain on Tower frequency (119.800) until instructed to switch to Ground Control frequency (121.650).
Touch and go landings are prohibited when the Tower is closed.

Local Flight Planning Tips                                     

Noise Sensitive Areas
Avoid overflying the school located north of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) Runway 31R. When departing Runway 31R make a 30 degree right turn to a heading of 340 degrees, at the airport boundary.

Local Hazards
Birds are often found on and in vicinity of Reid-Hillview airport.
Always listen to Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)  ATIS (125.200) for information about temporary hazards. 

How To Easily Identify Boundaries of Overlying or Nearby Airspace
When departing Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) Runways 31R or 31L, San Jose International airport’s (SJC) Class 'C' airspace begins directly ahead at the freeway. (I-680)  
If you are making a downwind departure off of Runway 31L, you have a fairly narrow space between RHV and SJC Class 'C' airspace. The freeway (I-101) is the boundary. Do not cross that freeway without permission to enter SJC’s airspace.
Air Carrier Arrival Paths to be Avoided
When departing to the north and crossing Livermore airport (LVK) remain at or below 4500 feet MSL to avoid jet traffic heading to Oakland International airport (OAK).

Unique Weather Challenges / Microclimates
There is seasonal morning fog on and in the vicinity of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV). The fog typically burns off by 11:00 AM local time.

Local Terrain Considerations
There is raising terrain northeast through southeast of the Reid-Hillview airport (RHV).

Best Airports to Visit Area
There are many wonderful destinations within a short distance to Reid-Hillview airport (RHV). Here are a few suggestions:
  • Columbia (O22) – 79 nm east northeast of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV). The town of Columbia is within walking distance and is a California State Park that features artifacts from the Gold Rush era. 
  • Half Moon Bay (HAF) – 32 nm west of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV). The town of Half Moon Bay is located along the Pacific Coast. There are a number of good restaurants nearby. The commercial fishing harbor sells fresh fish off the boats.
  • Harris Ranch (3O8) – 100 nm southeast of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV). The Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant is located within walking distance from the runway. The restaurant features fabulous locally raised beef.
  • Mariposa (MPI) – 86 nm east of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV). Airport is a short bus or car ride to Yosemite National Park.
  • Napa (APC) – 52 nm north northwest of Reid-Hillview airport (RHV). The wine country is a short drive from the airport.  

Best Sites to See From the Air
  • Flying a “Bay Tour” is a very enjoyable experience. The flight will take you northwest  and then north over Moffett Airfield, Stanford University, San Francisco International airport, San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and then back down the east side of the bay.

    The easiest way to facilitate this is to inform Reid-Hillview airport (RHV) Ground Control (121.650) of your intentions and they will provide you with a squawk code and departure frequency. RHV Tower will pass you off to San Jose International airport (SJC) Tower (124.000) and then to Norcal Approach (135.650) at the appropriate time. Check with one of our flight instructors for further details.
Restrictions That May Apply to Any National Parks
Areas along the Pacific Coast are designated special protection zones Pilots are requested to maintain minimum altitudes over such areas. Consult the current San Francisco Sectional for location of zones and their respective altitude restrictions. 

May 20, 2013, 5:42 p.m.

Trade Winds Aviation is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 32 reviews.
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2505 Cunningham Ave.
San Jose, CA 95148
Trade Winds Aviation
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