Finish your ATP rating - Single or Multi Engine

Seneca landing

If you were one of the people who completed your ATP written test prior to the August 1, 2014 deadline then remember the written test results are only valid for 2 years. If you do have the written done and have the experience requirements met or nearly met we can help you. Alpine Flight Training can work with you to prepare for the ATP single engine or ATP multi-engine rating. We have recent experience preparing students for the ATP, and can successfully prepare you for the airline transport pilot checkride in either a single engine Piper Archer or a Multi-Engine Piper Seneca II.

The ATP training can be completed in a week, and generally involves 8-15 hours depending upon the students instrument and multi-engine currency. We conduct the training at Eagle County Regional Airport in Eagle, Colorado. Our school is located near the Colorado Ski Resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek. Call 970-401-5105 for more information.

EGE Fly-In 2015 - June 20

Saturday June 20th join us at the Vail Valley Jet Center for the Central Rockies best fly-in. $4.18 per gallon at Eagle Airport on Saturday June 20th! Come to the Eagle County Airport Fly-In hosted by the Vail Valley Jet Center!

Colorado Multi-Engine Training

Alpine Flight Training is happy to announce we've added to the advanced ratings we can provide.  With the addition of a Piper Seneca, we can now provide Multi-Engine Private and Commercial Ratings as well as Multi-Engine Instructor Ratings.  Alpine Flight Training now offers Multi-Engine training in a PA-34-200T Piper Seneca.  This new addition to our fleet offers 215HP(turbocharged) per side, known ice system, 6 passenger, speed brakes, Garmin WAAS System, HSI, counter-rotating props and a single engine ceiling over 13,400ft.

Mountain Flying Basics - Crosswind TO & Land

Statistically, the largest percentage of GA aircraft accidents are related lack of pilot proficiency in dealing with crosswinds resulting in loss of control during takeoff or landing. As the days get longer and warmer the snow begins to melt. This melting snow causes evaporative cooling that can create strong local winds at many mountain airports. In fact, it's not uncommon for winds aloft to be relatively mild and surrounding airports to be calm while Eagle, Aspen, or Leadville are 20 gusting to over 30. If you haven't practiced your crosswind technique in a while this is a perfect time of year to get with an instructor and sharpen those skills.

Get your Private Pilot's License Quickly and Efficiently

Alpine Flight Training provides a variety of accelerated training programs, probably our most popular is Private Pilot training. Over the years we have worked with may people who want to get through their Private Pilot Training and do it efficiently. With any private pilot training, the training is a combination of flying and study. On our 21 day private pilot program you'll need to plan to fly between 1-2 flights a day that will consume between 3-4 hours each day at the airport, you'll need to dedicate at least 4-6 hours per day to study (if you have the written already done that can streamline and reduce the amount of study). You'll need to pass an FAA 3rd class medical, you can do that here at the local doc's office or before you come to training.

What sets our private pilot training program apart from any other training organization in the US is the way we blend mountain training (an advanced topic for pilots) with the basics of learning to fly and getting a private pilots license. We teach everything a person would learn if they were at a small airport on the flatlands but also teach mountain flying skills. The result is a far more competent and knowledgeable Private Pilot.

Keep in mind, with ANY accelerated Private Pilot training program there is no guarantee you will accomplish in schedule or within the allotted hours and cost - this is because each person is different and motivation and aptitude play a role in success, additionally weather plays a role and can cause the training to be stretched out. However, Alpine Flight Training a very good track record getting most people finished within the timeframe and the cost.

With our accelerated program you receive top priority in our schedule to guarantee your training aircraft is available for your flights first and foremost. Secondly, any accelerated student will get top priority to the most qualified instructors available. Your training program will be overseen by an instructor with Master CFI and Gold Seal CFI credentials and nearly 20 year experience training Private Pilots in the Colorado Rockies.

Here's a link that explains the program in more detail.

For a free consultation to discuss this or other programs please call us at 970-401-5105

Mountain Flying Telluride

There are a couple iconic mountain airports in Colorado that are well worth the effort to visit.  As part of our mountain training we frequently visit these airports, among them  is Telluride.


Thin air, turbulence, and gusty winds can make any mountain airport challenging for takeoff and landing, but Telluride, Colorado is exceptionally demanding. At 9,070 feet above sea level, Telluride is the second highest airport, and the very highest commercial airport in the United States. The air is thinner than all but one other mountain airport, creating two problems. When an engine operates thinner air it puts out less power and the plane accelerates more slowly to takeoff speed. Compounding this problem, thin air provides less lifting force on the wing so you need a significantly higher takeoff speed than at sea level. Between these two problems, you can run out of runway before you reach takeoff speed, with obvious, dire consequences. For this reason, pilots must consult performance tables determining the required runway length before undertaking a flight.

Checkout our mountain training programs.

Mountain Flight Training and Mountain Checkout for OpenAirplane

Alpine Flight Training becomes first Colorado operator, and the first to offer the OpenAirplane Mountain Checkout.  With the OpenAirplane network you can more easily get access to aircraft through their unique Universal Pilot Checkout process.

Alpine Flight Training now offers UPC checkout with Mountain Flying Endorsement for the OpenAirplane program.

Call our office at 970-401-5105 for more information.

OpenAirplane Press Release:

Mountain Flying Adventures in Colorado

Flight Adventures

Over the years we have conducted hundreds of different flights, and along the way we have gathered feedback from our students. This list below is a summary of what we believe a collection of the very best flight experiences the Colorado Rockies has to offer. We have something for you even if you’re just here for the day and looking for something quick to allow you to experience flying in the mountains.  We offer all levels of Mountain Flight Training, these are just some cool things we've done in the past.

Colorado Extreme Airports

On this day adventure you’ll visit some of Colorado’s most extreme airports and incredible terrain.  Generally the scenario begins with a trip through McClure Pass to Telluride, North America’s second highest field located deep in a box canyon.  After Telluride the next stop is North Fork Valley for a landing on a curved runway located atop a mesa.  The third stop is generally Glenwood Springs, voted North America’s most challenging airport.  After Glenwood Springs, if you still have not had enough then you can choose to fly to Aspen, which is voted North America’s second most challenging airport, or cross Haggerman Pass at over 13,000 feet and then land a Leadville, North America’s highest field where the runway is 9927 feet elevation, or go to both.

Full Moon Night over the Rockies

Flying under a full moon through the Rockies can be a surreal experience.  We’ll teach you some strategies that will keep you safe when flying through mountains at night.  In this session we’ll generally take 2-3 hours and will visit 1-2 other airports depending upon time of year and conditions.  This flight is especially fun in the winter when snow cover allows for extremely well lighted terrain at night.

Passes, Passes and more Passes

This 3/4 day adventure focuses on terrain flying and pass crossing.  From Eagle, we depart southwest over Cottonwood Pass, cross McClure Pass, Kebler Pass, Monarch Pass or Marshall Pass and then return through either Hagerman Pass or Tennessee Pass.   If you’re looking for something even longer with some radical terrain we can omit Tennessee Pass and instead fly Freemont Pass to Vail Pass before returning from the east.  Along the route there are also numerous opportunities for landings at challenging airports.

Bragging Rights

If you don’t have much time and you’re looking for a quick and fun mountain flying experience try this route out.  We depart Eagle to the east, and fly Tennessee Pass to Leadville, where we’ll land at North America’s highest airfield.  After Leadville we cross Hagerman pass (weather permitting) and head for Glenwood Springs, known as North America’s most challenging airport before returning to Eagle.  In one flight you’ve flown to the highest and then the most challenging airports in North America!

North Loop Intro to Mountain Flying

If you’re just getting your feet wet with mountain flying, our North route will give you a great opportunity to learn the basics as you circumnavigate the epic Flattop Wilderness.  This route takes you North through mountain valleys to Steamboat Springs, then west along the northern edge of the Flattops to Craig.  After Craig you head south towards Meeker where you can apply some new decision making skills and mountain flying considerations.  After Meeker you’ll get some scenario challenges as you approach Rifle and on into Glenwood Springs before returning to Eagle.  This route features terrain flying, route selection, valley flying, maneuvering in canyons, landings at several mountain airports.

Build Your Own Route

Mix and match the above, set your own goals and build a route to get you there.  You have a route you want to fly?  We’ll help you make it happen.

Private Pilot Ground School - January 2014 @ Eagle Airport

Upcoming Event

Saturday & Sunday, Jan 11th & 12th, 2014
Vail Valley Jet Center

On the weekend of January 11th and January 12th there will be an accelerated private pilot test prep ground school at the Vail Valley Jet Center.  The class is two days long, 8 hours each day, and is designed to help a student overcome a major hurdle of pilot training - the preparation for the written test.  The information on the private pilot test prep will be presented in lively and interactive way by a team of instructors.  The class will be limited to 10 participants.  You will receive the endorsement to take the written test after attending the class.  The class runs 8AM to 5PM both days, lunch will be provided, books and materials are included the cost is $299.  To signup or for questions contact Loren French at 970-401-5105.