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GO BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK—EXPLORE THE CHALLENGES AND MINIMIZE THE RISKS WITH THIS MOUNTAIN FLYING SAFETY SPOTLIGHT

Mountain flying can be an exhilarating experience. It also demands special skills. Factors that increase risk even in flatland flying, like density altitude, night, weather, and wind, can turn a normal mountain flight into a dangerous trip.

This safety spotlight introduces pilots to the challenges of mountain flying and offers ways to minimize the associated risks. Mountain flying is best learned through flight training from an experienced mountain flying instructor and hands-on practice.

You’ll review:

  • Basics of mountain flying
  • Flight planning for the mountains
  • Density altitude and how it affects performance
  • Maneuvers unique to mountain flying
  • Weather considerations
  • Human elements of mountain flying