2 Day Backcountry Training – $3800
This two day backcountry training session takes place over 2 full days. This training is completed in a Cessna 182 configured specifically for backcountry operations. The majority of the training is practical with only approximately one hour spent in the classroom and additional ground school time spent during the evening at the end of the first day.
This training includes picnic lunches both days at backcountry airstrips. Depending upon weather and the student preference the overnight may be arranged at a hotel in the Moab area, however to get the most of the training most students choose to camp at a backcountry airstrip. All camping equipment and meals are provided for the overnight.
If you’ve never taken one of our backcountry classes, we begin this training with familiarization of the aircraft and a review of basic soft and short field technique. Our first stops will be at established airports with gravel, dirt and grass runways. Once the general technique and handling of the aircraft is established we will fly a route visiting a number of back country BLM and privately owned air strips. The specific strips will depend upon conditions and pilot skill but the list generally includes Marble, Hubbard, and Delores Point. Towards the end of the first day the route will take us to eastern Utah and we will terminate day 1 in the Moab area. Day 2 will visit a number of Utah strips before traveling back into Colorado.
For students that have completed the 1 day backcountry intro we will review the basic principles and then move directly to experiencing the most exciting airstrips Colorado and eastern Utah have to offer. We normally begin and end this training in Eagle, Colorado; however we can pickup students at any airport on the western slope of Colorado or in eastern Utah.
Depending upon performance and pilot skill there may be landing opportunities at unimproved sites (jeep trails, etc) At each landing we will be instructing the pilot on how to evaluate the landing environment and crest a safe strategy for making the landing. Enroute between landing points we will teach mountain flying principles throughout the course.
Prerequisites: Prior to taking this class we recommend a 1 day mountain flying intro class.