Mountain Flying

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Conquer the Rocky Mountains.

If you have never flown in the mountains, you do not know what you are missing. Our instructors fly in the mountains all the time and we would love to share the experience with you.

Visit us and we will talk about mountain weather, density altitude, aircraft loading, route selection, survival gear to carry, planning, communications, and we’ll get you to as many airports as your schedule allows. Our specialty is operating in and out of high altitude airports close to skiing, hiking and fishing. Mountain flight experience programs are tailored to your needs and wishes using your plane or one of ours. Our simulator will enhance the experience to demonstrate high density altitude operations, terrain avoidance using ODP’s and planning.

IA’s Mountain Training Options

Our mountain training course includes a ground discussion of topics specific to mountain flying, safety and survival techniques. The typical flight plan can include, but is not limited to, Buena Vista, Leadville (the highest airport in the continental US), Aspen, Steamboat Springs, and Eagle/Vail.

Typical Scenarios:

  • Obstacle departure procedures in the mountains
  • Challenging mountain instrument approaches
  • Equipment failures & emergencies
  • Mountain range crossings
  • Circle to land approaches

The adventure can be accomplished in one of our fleet aircraft or your own aircraft that meets some minimum mountain requirements. The training may also qualify for a flight review, instrument proficiency check, or part of Cirrus Transition Training.