Mountain Flying for Airplane Pilots

All too often, trying to learn mountain flying in an airplane is an exercise in frustration:  the airplane itself, due to its relatively clumsy aerodynamic characteristics and the imponderable contribution of the engine, greatly masks the nature of the atmospheric flow around terrain obstacles and other features.

 

Flying in a properly-instrumented sailplane you are able to fully understand the influence of the terrain on the airflow around it, and without an engine the sailplane's air data sensors tell a much fuller story of the air's motions.

 

We'll teach you not only to survive in an inhospitable environment, but also how to use the energy of the atmosphere to enhance your airplane's own performance.  Climb out of high-density-altitude airports without sending your CHT's through the roof.  Get out of town quickly and efficiently.  Enjoy the confidence that comes only from knowing what the environment can offer the knowledgeable pilot.

 

Whether you choose to add a Glider rating to your existing certificate, or just want to become a safer, more accomplished mountain pilot, is up to you.  Either way, if you're going to fly in the mountains, you owe it to yourself--and to your passengers--to arm yourself with the training that gives you all of the advantages.