Date(s): Monday, March 22 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Professional Education Course (PEC)
Pilot, Safety, Student
Instructor: Thomas Kopitnik, TAG Aviation

Price by Jan. 29: $315 Member | $460 Nonmember
Price after Jan. 29: $435 Member | $645 Nonmember

This course will examine aspects of flight planning, fuel management, and weather risk assessment when planning a cross-country flight through mountainous terrain. We’ll discuss equipment, safety, and survival techniques using scenario-based training to provide attendees with practical real-life experience from lessons learned in negotiating some of the most dangerous terrain in the lower 48 US states. This course is NOT ABOUT landing on platforms, pads, and landing sites in mountainous terrain, and it is not about performance planning for high-altitude landings and hover work. The course IS ABOUT planning and safely completing a traverse of a significantly mountainous region for pilots who are not very experienced with this type of flying.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will have learned how to:

  • Consider mountainous route planning, fuel management, safety, and survival techniques
  • Understand weather assessments for single-pilot helicopter operations traversing mountainous terrain
  • Make informed decisions regarding cross-country flights through mountainous terrain
  • Plan for the safe accomplishment of flights

Instructor Bio

Thomas Kopitnik is the owner–operator of TAG Aviation, which offers corporate and air charter services with operations based in central Wyoming, Colorado, and the central coast of California. Thomas holds a commercial pilot rating and has extensive and current experience in single-pilot cross-country flying through the mountains of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana, and the Californian Sierra Nevadas. He also has personal experience in the planning and execution of cross-country helicopter flights through the most challenging terrain in the western US and Canada.

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