• Canyons of the Southwest

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    Breathtaking scenery, extreme weather conditions, Moab, Grand Canyon, desert environment

     

  • Itinerary

    Fly normal category airplanes in remote environments an into unimproved fields.

     

    You will learn to safely fly canyons, operate in high density altitudes, establish safe contingency planning, and basic survival skills.

     

    Journey around the desert and canyonlands of the Southwest.

    Day 1

    Arrive

    Meet at the North Las Vegas airport for our briefing and departure. Tour the Grand Canyon / airstrip, set up basecamp.

    Day 2

    Explore

    Fly the canyons, desert and canyon airstrip takeoffs & landings.

    Day 3

    Wrap up, Certificates

    Morning lectures - desert landing survival, PLBs, search and rescue, return to departing field.

  • “I came back a better pilot than I left, without question. I signed up for the trip to learn about flying in a new environment, to gain the skills and familiarity to safely operate in high terrain at high density altitude. I got what I expected, but quite a bit more. Flying all day for three straight days, working with excellent, experienced instructors; my attitude toward flying grew and matured. I came back more capable and more confident.”

     

    Thomas Byrne

  • A Truly Unique Experience

    The purpose of these clinics is to teach an understanding of desert meteorology, high altitude operations, desert, and survival preparedness.

     

    We believe that by immersing you in the environment and surrounding you with decades of experience, you will learn as much as absolutely possible about the art and science of flying in the mountains safely. We believe an emphasis on survival planning is an important factor of your education if you plan to fly in mountainous terrain.


    The course fee includes sessions by some of the world's top lecturers on the following topics:

    • High density altitude operations
    • Desert physiology
    • Desert meteorology
    • Flying canyons
    • Unimproved field operations
    • ELTs, PLBs, and other tracking devices
    • What's important in a desert survival kit
    • Post crash survival
    • Harvesting the airplane
  • “The Mountain Flying course put on by Jason and the team at The Finer Points is something every pilot should check out if he/she is serious about raising the level of their flying ability. I left the course with a newfound confidence in handling high altitude airstrips, mountain passes, weather phenomena, survival skills and the real life experience of taking off on a short strip under high density altitude conditions. Most importantly though, the course is FUN. As aviators we can’t ask for much more than than flying in a challenging and fun environment. That’s exactly what this course is all about.”

     

    Cuyler B

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