Colorado Aviation Weather

Here's a pretty neat video about the mountain pass AWOS systems. We use these AWOS stations when we fly the Colorado Rockies. Knowing wind direction and velocity at the pass can help you to anticipate what side of the pass you'll receive and updraft or downdraft, and how severe. Visibility and ceiling information helps a pilot decide what the clearance through the pass is and whether it's a sane or insane idea to attempt to cross it.

If you want to learn more about aviation mountain weather and mountain flying, sign up for a one or two day mountain training seminar. Call 970-401-5105.

Colorado Multi-Engine Instructor

Alpine Flight Training provides accelerated training for all multi-engine ratings in Colorado.
* Multi-Engine Commercial or Private Add-On
* Multi-Engine Airline Transport Pilot
* Multi-Engine Instructor

Our primary multi-engine instructor is a 5000 hour ATP with extensive experience providing initial multi-engine training. We utilize a nicely equipped Piper Seneca II for our multi-engine Training.

Call 970-401-5105 for more information. We operate from Eagle County Regional Airport in Eagle, Colorado.

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.

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