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 requestedOperating Hours:
• 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
Local Procedures Briefing
Trade Winds Aviation
Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County - KRHV
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.
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.
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).
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
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
May 20, 2013, 5:42 p.m.
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