Flying in the Mountains
If you’ve never flown in the mountains, you don’t know what you’re missing. Our instructors fly in the mountains all the time and we’d love to share the experience with you.
Visit us and we’ll talk about mountain weather, density altitude, A/C loading, route selection, survival gear to carry, planning, communications, and we’ll get you to as many airports as your schedule allows. Our specialty is operation in and out of high altitude airports close to skiing, hiking and fishing.
Mountain flight experience programs are tailored to your needs and wishes using your plane or one of ours. Our simulator will enhance the experience to demonstrate high density altitude operations, terrain avoidance using ODP’s and planning.
IA’s Mountain Training Options
Our mountain training course includes a ground discussion of topics specific to mountain flying safety and survival techniques. Then we go out and fly!
- Obstacle departure procedures in the mountains
- Challenging mountain instrument approaches
- Equipment failures & emergencies
- Mountain range crossings
- Circle to land approaches
The typical flight plan can include stops in Buena Vista (KAEJ), Leadville (KLXV, the highest airport in the continental US), Aspen (KASE), Steamboat Springs (KSTS), and Eagle (KEGE, Vail).
The fun can be accomplished in one of our fleet aircraft or your own aircraft that meets some minimum mountain requirements. The training may also qualify for a flight review, instrument proficiency check, or part of a Cirrus Transition Training.
Feel free to call the Independence Aviation office for information on all we offer at our Colorado flight school locations.