Mountain flying isn’t without risk. Narrow and sloping runways, one-way airports, density altitudes in excess of 10,000 feet and unpredictable and abrupt changes in weather will test any pilot’s decision-making abilities and skills.
Statistics show that pilots without the training and skills needed for safe flight over mountainous terrain often get themselves into situations which are beyond their capabilities. The risks of mountain flying are minimized when a pilot fully understands the conditions commonly encountered in mountainous regions, specific challenges of destination airports, and the performance characteristics of their aircraft. All Western Air pilots wishing to fly in the mountains need a mountain flying checkout. Any pilot with their own aircraft is highly encouraged to do the same. This checkout can be accomplished all through one-on-one instruction or by taking the Mountain Flying Ground School Course in combination with a one-on-one mountain flight session. At Western Air Flight Academy, pilots have the opportunity to train with Colorado’s most experienced and qualified flight instructors that fly daily in the Rocky Mountains.
This will consist of 3 hours of ground training, where Pilots will learn the basics of how to fly in mountainous terrain. Students are taught the fundamentals of performance considerations, developing go-no-go judgment skills, mountain flight planning, and developing confidence for mountain flying.
Each student will have the chance to fly an individually customized mountain flight route. Common destinations include Buena Vista, Leadville, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, and Granby. There are many other options; the sky is the limit on where you can go.
Both the ground course and flight will incorporate the following topics:
|Aircraft Rental ($150/hour estimate)||4||$600|
* These prices are just an estimate. Actual costs will vary on an individual basis depending on different learning styles and the proficiency and preparation of the pilot, as well as, the type of aircraft and length of flight.