One Day Backcountry Flying Introduction $1999

This training session generally lasts 5-6 hours with 4 hours of flight time.  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. This training session is designed to give a pilot a taste of backcountry flying. Most pilots will require 2-3 day to become proficient at minimum, this will introduce the concepts of evaluating off field landing surfaces and environments.

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 Colorado or Utah backcountry BLM and privately owned air strips. Airstrips are chosen by the instructor based on current conditions in the area.

The specific strips will depend upon conditions and pilot skill but the list generally includes Marble Colorado, Hubbard Colorado, and Delores Point Colorado. Towards the end of the day 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 or prior mountain flying experience.