Mountain Checkout

Enjoy the beautiful and scenic views of the mountains from the air by learning all the knowledge and skills needed to safely fly into some of California’s highest and trickiest airports and master the mountainous terrain.




  • Ground Instruction (2-3 hours)
  • Flight Training
    • Mountain: 4-6 Hours
    • Low-Mountain: 2-4 Hours
  • Student Pilots may perform a Mountain Checkout
  • Mountain checkouts may be performed in Cessna 172, Cessna 182, and other high performance aircraft


Checkout Process

  • Review ground training
  • Flying mountain passes
  • Takeoffs and landings at high elevations
  • Flying with supplemental oxygen
  • Emergency procedures


Disclaimer: All checkouts are based on pilot competency. It begins with instructor training and continues until pilot reaches safe competency in the aircraft. Checkout times and duration vary widely pilot to pilot.