November 11 (Wed) 7:00pm Mountain Flying

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

Join the CFIs of San Carlos Flight Center 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 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.

This seminar also serves as a pre-trip briefing for the 2-Day California Mountain Flying trip, November 21-22, being organized by San Carlos Flight Center. We will use the routing of that trip to highlight the talk, but this session is open to non-participating pilots who wish to obtain the ground instruction related to a mountain checkout.

Joel Slater was born into an aviation family and took his first airplane ride at 2 weeks of age. He quickly developed a passion for airplanes and flight. While attending UCLA he occupied his spare time studying aviation ground topics and spent summers developing teaching skills as both a swim and sailing instructor. After graduating he pursued his dream of obtaining his pilot license and continues to advance his credentials.  As an Eagle Scout, he spent much of his time in the mountains on various backpacking trips and understands flying in the mountains, as well as survival in them. 

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit, click here to register.

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