Flying In The Mountains!
One of the joys of flying in Colorado is the opportunity to fly into some of the most majestic mountain areas. As most pilots are aware, this opportunity is not without danger and risk.
The Course Lecture:
Our Mountain Flying Course consists of a personal one on one two-hour ground session where you will learn the basics of how to fly in the rocky terrain. You will learn the fundamentals of Performance Considerations, Developing Go-No-Go Judgment Skills, Mountain Flight Planning and Developing Confidence for Mountain Flying. Cost is $45.00 an hour for the ground instruction. The cost of the five hour flight will be based on what plane is rented plus $45.00 hr for the instructor. We also highly recommend reading Mountain Flying by Sparky Imeson, which can be purchased Springs Aviation.
The Course Route:
Each student will schedule their 4-5 hour individual flight on the following route: Meadow Lake to Salida, Salida to Aspen via Haggermann Pass, Aspen to Glenwood Springs, and Glenwood Springs to Leadville. After receiving a certificate for landing at the highest airport in the U.S, you will then head back to Colorado Springs. All regular instructor and plane rental fees apply. See Rates on Line for more details.
Colorado is well-known for its annual 300 days of sunshine each year and outstanding flying weather. However, flying in Colorado’s mountains can often be challenging because of unpredictable and abrupt changes in weather.
With more than 50 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, and with more than a dozen public-use airports, flying in Colorado’s mountains can be an exhilarating experience. But, it can be hazardous for those who are unaware of unique weather related variables and the effects on aircraft performance at high altitudes. These risks can be minimized by understanding the conditions that can be encountered in mountainous regions, an awareness of the operational features of your destination airport, and the knowledge of the performance characteristics of your aircraft.
Pilots who are inexperienced or unfamiliar with flight into high-elevation airports should seriously consider attending a Mountain Flying Course.