Date(s): March 5 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Transit Flying through Mountainous Terrain

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

Price by Jan. 29: $380 Member | $555 Nonmember
Price after Jan. 29: $530 Member | $775 Nonmember

This course will focus on specific technical and safety challenges to executing a safe transit flight through hazardous mountain terrain. Considerations will be discussed for fuel planning, route of flight through mountains, survival equipment, weather planning, and other concerns where a safe precautionary or emergency landing site is unavailable. This course does not address performance planning at high altitudes or planning mountainous landings. Rather, it focuses on safely negotiating a cross-country flight through mountains.

Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of the course, participants will:

  • Be able to plan a route of flight that is as safe as possible through mountainous terrain
  • Be able to plan fuel usage through mountainous terrain with limited fuel availability
  • Understand basic survival concepts and equipment needed for emergencies in mountain flying
  • Understand weather planning for a cross-country flight through mountainous terrain.

Instructor Bio

The owner–operator of TAG Aviation, Thomas Kopitnik holds a commercial pilot rating. He has extensive and current experience in single-pilot cross-country flying through the mountains of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana, and the California Sierra Nevada and personal experience in the planning and execution of cross-country helicopter flying through the most challenging terrain in the western United States.

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