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Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Mountain Flying BY THE AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Introduction On behalf of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation staff, thank you for your interest in, quite literally, expanding your horizons by learning the techniques of mountain flying. Operations in the rapidly changing weather conditions and the thin air of the high country differ significantly from normal flight operations.

Suggested Western Mountain Routes

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Suggested Western Mountain Routes COMPILED BY THE AOPA AVIATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT Northern, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 1 86 12,000 L 1/2L 13/14 Seattle V120 to Wenatchee 32 5,500 Wenatchee V120 to Ephrata 74 5,000 Ephrata V120 to Spokane 81 9,000 Mullan Pass V120 to Great Falls 172 13,000 Great Falls V120 to Lewistown 78 8,400 Total Distance 523 Route 2 Seattle V2-298 to Ellensburg 80 8,000 L 1/2L 13/14 Ellensburg V2 Moses Lake 48 7,000 Moses Lake V2-448 to Spokane 72 5,000 Spokane V2 to Mullan Pass 81 9,000 Mullan Pass V2 to Missoula 72 9,600 Missoula V2 to Helena 91 10,000 Helena V113 to Lewistown 100 10,200 Total Distance 544 Route 3 Seattle V4 to Yakima 93 10,000 L 1/2L 11/12 L 13/14 Yakima V4-298 to Pendleton 82 5,000 Pendleton V4 to Baker City 70 10,000 Baker City V4-444 to Boise 104 9,000 Boise V4-253-330 to Alkal Intersection 50 9,500 Alkal Intersection to V4 to Burley 70 9,500 Burley V4 to Malad City 67 9,400 Malad City V142 to Fort Bridger 103 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 New Castle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 1,009 Alternate Route from Rock Springs L 11/12 Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 65 10,000 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 71 10,000 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff 113 9,300 Total Distance 953 Midway, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 4 Sacramento V392-494 to Signa Intersection 69 11,000 L 3/4 L 9/10 L 11/12 Signa Intersection V200-392 to Mustang 47 11,500 Mustang V6 to Lovelock 61 10,000 Lovelock V32 to Battle Mountain 83 11,000 Battle Mountain V6 to Wells 96 11,000 Wells V6 to Lucin 53 10,300 Lucin V6 to Ogden 79 9,000 Ogden V6 to Fort Bridger 76 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 Newcastle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 934 Alternate Route from Rock Springs Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 65 10,000 L 11/12 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 71 10,000 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff 113 9,300 Total Distance 877 Route 5 Sacramento V392-494 to Signa Intersection 69 11,000 L 3/4L 7/8 L 9/10 L 11/12 Signa Intersection V200-392 to Mustang 47 11,500 Mustang V105-564 to Mina 96 11,500 Mina V564 to Coaldale 36 11,500 Coaldale V105 to Beatty 87 11,000 Beatty V105 to Las Vegas 100 12,000 Las Vegas V394 to Morman Mesa 59 7,500 Mormon Mesa V21 to Milford 113 10,000 Milford V21-235 to Delta 61 9,600 Delta V21-235 to Fairfield 64 10,300 Fairfield V21 to Salt Lake City 34 9,600 Salt Lake City V32 to Fort Bridger 77 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 Newcastle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 1,213 Alternate Route from Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 71 10,000 L 11/12 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 113 9,300 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff Total Distance 1,157 Southern, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 6 Hector V8-210 to Goffs 67 9,000 L 7/8 L 15/16 Goffs V210 to Peach Springs 85 9,000 Peach Springs V208-210 to Grand Canyon 71 10,000 Grand Canyon V208 to Tuba City 45 9,500 Tuba City V210 to Farmington 158 12,000 Farmington V368 to Alamosa 121 13,000 Alamosa V83-210 to Lamar 157 14,000 Total Distance 703 Route 7 Hector V12-442 to Needles 98 9,000 L 7/8 Needles V12 to Drake 99 10,000 Drake V12-264 to Winslow 86 10,500 Winslow V12 to Zuni 81 9,000 Zuni V12 to Albuquerque 115 11,000 Albuquerque V12 to Otto 43 12,000 Otto V12 to Anton Chico 44 10,000 Total Distance 566 Route 8 Paradise V388 to Palm Springs 56 9,500 L 3/4 L 5/6 L 7/8 Palm Springs V16-372 to Blythe 85 8,000 Blythe V16 to Buckeye 98 6,000 Buckeye V16 to Phoenix 43 5,000 Phoenix V190 to St. Johns 149 12,000 St.

ASF - Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Mountain Flying Resources High-Altitude Mountain Flying Accident Report Alaska Mountain Passes Colorado Mountain Passes Suggested Western Mountain Routes Northern, West to East Midway, West to East Southern, West to East Northern, East to West Midway, East to West Southern, East to West High-Altitude Mountain Flying High-altitude mountain flying has always been one of the more dangerous activities GA aircraft undertake each year. On average, 17 people die annually in GA accidents in the mountains of Colorado alone.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Mountain Flying in Turbulence Tickets to a Seahawks game in hand, myself and three others climbed into the Cessna 206 for a quick trip up to Seattle from our homes in central Oregon. The weather was locked into a typical pattern, southwesterly winds pushing wet clouds up against the Cascades and up into the colder air aloft, making the perfect conditions for some really spectacular icing.

Air Race Classic closes in on registration goal

Article | Mar 15, 2013

Entries for the 2013 Air Race Classic, the longest running all-women pilots transcontinental air race, are now at 80 percent and are expected to reach a goal of 55 teams before the April 1 deadline.

Glacier glory

Article | Feb 14, 2013

Pines flash by in the periphery as Chet Todd approaches Cabin Creek Landing's Runway 20. The tense approach demands full attention, pushing the majestic scenes from moments earlier--the snow-capped mountain peaks, valley fog layers, and frozen lakes of Montana's Glacier National Park--from the mind.