Flying in the mountains is unique and challenging! Airfields are few and far between, airplane performance changes drastically at higher altitudes, the air flow is disturbed by the terrain contours, and it can be dangerous for the unprepared pilot. However, with proper knowledge and training, flying in the mountains can be as safe as anywhere, and very rewarding.
Right on the doorstep of the San Francisco Bay Area are the Sierras, the highest mountains in the continental US. They contain many airports over a mile high.
Our Mountain Flying program involves ground instruction, followed by a full day’s flying to several airports, at successively greater elevations. Airports will vary depending on conditions and your preferences, but typically may include Mammoth, Blue Canyon, Truckee, Reno, and South Lake Tahoe.
Learn how to handle high-elevation airports, how to read mountain winds, and how to fly the Sierras safely for some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Prerequisite: Student or Private Pilot Certificate
Time: Approximately 5 hrs dual
Cost: Approximately $1000-1200 in one of our airplanes, depending on which airplane we fly. We can also use your own airplane; instructor rate varies between $50-69 per hour for flight and ground training.
Gift Certificate available for Mountain Flight Training. We offer Mountain Flying courses from Reid-Hillview (KRHV), Salinas (KSNS) and Monterey (KMRY).
Prices and rates are subject to change without notice. All training and rentals are subject to the terms and conditions in the Renter’s Agreement. Minimum 24 hours’ notice required for cancellation or you may be charged for the rental time.
C ome fly with us in the beautiful San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas of California. Our flight school facilities are located at Reid Hillview airport in San Jose (KRHV), at the south end of San Francisco Bay, Salinas Municipal Airport (KSNS), and Monterey Regional Airport (KMRY). We offer ground and flight training for sport pilot, private pilot, instrument rating, commercial pilot, multi-engine, ATP, CFI, tailwheel, aerobatics, and mountain flying.