Pacific Coast Flyers (KCRQ)KCRQ
12 reviews

Pacific Coast Flyers is the premiere flying club in San Diego County, operating out of multiple airports in the San Diego area. It is our mission to provide a safe positive flying experience as well as excellent value for our members.

With a large and diverse fleet of well-equipped aircraft we provide a superior rental experience.

• Free Wifi
• Vending
• Access to Instruction

CFI Rate: $65.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $65.00/hr


Operator Procedures

Fueling Aircraft

Contact Western Flight FBO for fuel during business hours, after hours use self-serve pump at the end of taxiway N

Access to Aircraft

During business hours: Contact PCF to gain access to keys and paperwork. TSA regulations require pilots be escorted to and from aircraft by club or airport personnel.

After business hours: TSA regulations require pilots be escorted to and from aircraft by club or airport personnel, contact PCF for instructions and restrictions on after-hours access.

Returning the Aircraft

During business hours: Return dispatch paperwork and keys as instructed by PCF staff.

After business hours: TSA regulations require pilots be escorted to and from aircraft by club or airport personnel, contact PCF for instructions and restrictions on after-hours access.

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere

Fuel purchased away from Western Flight FBO will be reimbursed up to a maximum rate as posted in dispatch documentation. Fuel only reimbursed with an itemized receipt.

Mechanical Problems at Another Airport

Notify PCF immediately at 877-723-5937, or through number listed with the dispatch paperwork. PCF will determine course of action on a case by case basis. Renter responsible for all flight time to return aircraft to home base after repairs.

Securing Aircraft

Caution areas where hangar rash is most likely

Inner taxiway south of ALPHA is very narrow, use caution.

What fuel load to expect and how to change it

Full to tabs or full tanks. No offloading of fuel available.

Local Airspace Considerations

Standard Departure Procedures

  • Alpha North: Fly heading 250 to the coast then right turn to the North
  • Alpha South: Fly heading 250 to the coast then left turn to the South
  • Other Departures: Notify tower of departure direction (N,S,E,W) when requesting takeoff clearance

Best Way to Get Flight Following

Contact SoCal Departure after takeoff on 127.3

Typical TFR considerations

Disneyland TFR located approx. 52NM NW of KCRQ

Local Airfield Operations

Taxiway/runway incursion hotspots

Palomar is a very busy airport with lots of hot spots. Pay STRICT attention to ATIS and all ATC instructions

Run up area

Palomar airport has many large jet aircraft. Be mindful and aware at all times.

What does the tower want you to do before you call ready for takeoff?

Notify tower of departure intentions when requesting takeoff clearance.

Noise abatement procedures

Fly heading 250, no turns below 1000’ AGL

Traffic pattern altitudes

1500’ MSL Small Aircraft 2000’ MSL Large Aircraft

Special cautions for flying the pattern

Airport is right traffic unless advised by tower.

Runway Slope

Runway slopes up to the west. If you land runway 6 you’ll land going downhill.

Local Flight Planning Tips

Noise sensitive areas

All populated residential areas are noise sensitive.

Local Hazards

Lots of military traffic up and down the coast at low altitude 1-2NM offshore not on radio. The airspace in the vicinity is very complicated and can be very congested.


Power plant smokestack 3nm to NW of field

Nearby special use airspace

Lots of military and restricted airspace in the vicinity. Orientation briefing is required of all pilots.

Local terrain considerations

Mountains within 50NM of field

Best airports to visit in the area

KAVX – Catalina Island KLGB – Long Beach KCMA – Camarillo L35 – Big Bear City KSBA – Santa Barbara L08 – Borrego Springs

Best sights to see nearby from the air

San Diego downtown, Catalina Island, Pacific Coast

Unique weather challenges/microclimates

Marine layer can quickly produce IFR LIFR conditions.

Restrictions which apply to any nearby national parks

Pilots must remain clear of all restricted and military airspace.

Nearby Stadiums

Qualcomm Stadium Petco Park


Operations permitted only at public US airports listed on current sectional charts.

Specific checkout from PCF required for operations at the following airports:

  • KAVX – Catalina Airport – Avalon, CA
  • L08 – Borrego Valley Airport – Borrego Springs, CA
  • L18 – Fallbrook Municipal Airport – Fallbrook, CA
  • Any airport with less than 2500’ available runway

Mountain Flying checkout required for any airport with a pressure altitude of 5000’ or greater.

Deposit required for overnight rentals, minimum hour requirements for multi-day rentals.

June 21, 2014, 9:39 p.m.

Pacific Coast Flyers (KCRQ) is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews.
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Operator Info

2210 Palomar Airport Road
Carlsbad, CA 92008
877 723 5937
Pacific Coast Flyers (KCRQ)

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