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AeroDynamic Mountain Flying

Flying in the mountains is different! Airfields are few and far between, your plane performs differently 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 and containing 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 amd your preferences, but typically may include 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.

Here is a description of a mountain checkout flight

Prerequisite: Private Pilot Certificate, No FAA written test, Medical: not required

Time: 5 hrs dual minimum required by AeroDynamic Aviation

Cost: Approximately $800 - $1000 in our airplanes, depending on which airplane we fly. We can also use your own airplane when we charge $60 per hour for our flight and ground training.

Gift Certificate available for Mountain Flight Training

Prices and rates are subject to change without notice. All training and rentals are subject to the terms and conditions in the Renters' Agreement.

Minimum 24 hrs cancellation notice required or you may be charged for the missed rental and instructor time.

Come and fly with us in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California. Our flight school facilities are located at Reid Hillview airport in San Jose (KRHV), at the south end of San Francisco Bay, and Salinas Municipal Airport in Salinas, a few miles east of Monterey. We offer ground and flight training for sport pilot, private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, CFI (certified flight instructor), tailwheel, acrobatics, and multi engine certificates and ratings.