flying ~ opens up new opportunities for the general aviation pilot
for unique and interesting destinations, plus a view of spectacular scenery. However, mountain flying, even more so than flight
in the flatlands, is very unforgiving of poor training and planning.
There is a narrow window of safety that an untrained pilot can easily stray
out of without the experience and knowledge gained from a recognized training program and a mountain checkout by a qualified
mountain flight instructor.
training will be conducted at Lucerne Valley dry lakes, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Airport located approx. 40-50nm north-east
of Chino Airport.
The dry lakes in Lucerne Valley are used to develope
your cross-wind component for Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear airports. Dry lakes allow landings and takeoffs from any direction
into the wind.
Lake Arrowhead Airport is a privately owned dirt
(D.G.) 3,200' runway at 4,750'msl with mountains in all quadrants. The runway is also used one-way, land to the
east and depart to the west. Cross-wind component can exceed 20 kts in the afternoons (see video below). Density altitude
can easily reach 8,000'. The identifier is 2NC8.
Big Bear Airport is a county owned paved 5,850' runway at 6,750'msl with
mountains in all quadrants. Density altitude can easily reach 10,000'. The identifier is L35.
The following items are offered during the course
which take approx. 6-7 hrs. to complete
(3hrs. flying and 3hrs. of ground school)
Weather Requirements/Ceiling Requirements
Winds/Winds Aloft Reports
IFR and Night Mountain Flights
High and Low Pressure Patterns
Winds Through Passes
Effects on the Airplane
Effects on Performance
Takeoff/Climb/Descent/Approach and Landing
Ridge and Pass Crossing
Survival Equipment/Survival After Landing
Deteriorating Weather Enroute
This course is offered at $495
(Includes: Aircraft, flight instruction, ground school & lunch in the mountains).