March 7 (Wed) 7:00pm Mountain Flying

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Flying in the mountains can be some of the most amazingly beautiful and satisfying flying you may ever accomplish. But it comes with increased risk, and, thereby increased responsibility. Every day, GA pilots who fly in the mountains safely calculate and plan for such risks, and you can too.


On Saturday & Sunday, March 17 - 18, FOG will be doing another 2-Day Mountain Training Trip through the Sierra Nevada's.

Spring weather brings cool temperatures, clear skies and smooth air. It can also occasionally bring the threat of snow and ice, which are good things to learn to respect during trips to airports at higher elevations.

Join CFI Brian Eliot for an overview of elements of mountain flying. We'll look at how terrain and mountain weather patterns affect one another and what that means to pilots of small aircraft. We will discuss how to calculate density and what it means for landing and departing at high-altitude mountain airports. And no mountain flying discussion is complete without emergency preparedness and survival gear.

This seminar also serves as a pre-trip briefing for the above FOG 2-Day Mountain Training Trip through the Sierra Nevada's. This session is also open to non-participating pilots who wish to obtain the ground instruction related to a mountain checkout. Please note that this is a 2 hour seminar

Brian Eliot is San Carlos Flight Center’s resident expert for IFR training and Garmin G1000 avionics. He has been flying since 1995 and received all his training in the Bay Area. Brian previously worked as a broadcast engineer, a software developer, and taught computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He regularly presents at San Carlos Flight Center safety seminars and has a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or

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