June 20 (Wed) 7pm Mountain Flying & Flying the Rockies Prep

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Flying in the mountains can be some of the most amazingly beautiful and satisfying flying you may ever accomplish. But it comes with increased risk, and, thereby increased responsibility. Every day, GA pilots who fly in the mountains safely calculate and plan for such risks, and you can too.



Summer weather brings warm temperatures, thermal turbulence, air mass thunderstorms and hazy friction layers.  Understanding density altitudes and mountain winds as well as structural demands on the aircraft with mountain gusts is paramount if one is going to fly over mountainous terrain.

Join CFI Brian Eliot for an overview of elements of mountain flying. We'll look at how terrain and mountain weather patterns affect one another and what that means to pilots of small aircraft. We will discuss how to calculate density altitudes  and what it means for landing and departing at high-altitude mountain airports. And no mountain flying discussion is complete without emergency preparedness and survival gear.

On June 27 - July 1 (Wed-Sun), the Fly Out Group (FOG) will be doing its 5-Day Colorado Mountain Flying when this year they take the northern route through Utah, landing at the Class B KSLC for an overnight stay then journey into the heart of the Rockies for a two-night stay at Glenwood Springs. Expect Salida, one of the the best mountain passes and Leadville Airport, North America’s highest airport at 9927’. Returning, they will fly over the Grand Canyon en route to Las Vegas.

This seminar also serves as a pre-trip briefing for the above FOG 5-Day Mountain Trip through the Rockies. This session is also open to non-participating pilots who wish to obtain the ground instruction related to a mountain checkout. Please note that this is a 2 hour seminar

Brian Eliot is San Carlos Flight Center’s resident expert for IFR training and Garmin G1000 avionics. He has been flying since 1995 and received all his training in the Bay Area. Brian previously worked as a broadcast engineer, a software developer, and taught computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He regularly presents at San Carlos Flight Center safety seminars and has a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.

San Carlos Flight Center is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our evening safety seminar programs. Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early through the FAA event notification system at FAASAFETY.GOV. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home. Contact your SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 to confirm secure online access to any particular seminar.  SCFC has created BAY FLIGHT 2018, an aviation conference for SF Bay Area pilots interested in staying current about the latest topics in aviation, learning new skills and techniques, and hearing from leaders in the field and will be held on Oct 27, 2018 (www.bayflight18.com).