This title explains the unique difficulties and dangers of mountain flying in small aircraft and how appropriate and precise training in this specialized category can increase safety, proficiency and success in mountain flying operations. Organized by phases of flight - preflight preparation, takeoff, climb, departure, enroute terrain encounters (downdrafts, weather, icing, etc.) navigation, engine management, descent, arrival, and landings, the author combines statistics, techniques, and examples of actions (right and wrong) that real pilots have taken in actual flight scenarios.Following are the key features: outlines the nature of flight in the mountains; mountain flight accident statistics and causes; and, cites training that offsets mountain flying mistakes. Altitude impact is big factor in mountain flight. This book details effects on aircraft and on pilots. Hypothermia, dehydration, fatigue related to mountain flying are examined. Cold weather operations and precautions are outlined. It also features mountain winds strategies - including reverse-direction anomalous winds. Take-off conditions from airport mountains are reviewed.
Mountain-specific strategies and techniques differing from 'flat-land' flying are described. It includes search-and-rescue operations procedures.
Packed with dozens of lifesaving illustrations!
HIGH ALTITUDE, LOW RISK!
Piloting aircraft above mountainous regions demands more than a thirst for adventure. It also requires a keen understanding of the unique challenges involved in mountain flying — for the safety and pleasure of everyone involved.
That’s why if you’re a pilot, a flight instructor, or are learning to fly, Flying the Mountains is the one-stop, practical resource you need to stay safe while soaring at extreme altitudes. Written with insight by a noted high-elevation flight instructor and pilot, Flying the Mountains:
* Outlines the nature of mountain flying
* Relays mountain flight accident statistics and causes
* Details effects of altitude on aircraft and pilots
* Examines in-flight ailments related to mountain flying
* Reviews take-off conditions from mountain airports
* And much, much more!
Logically organized by phases of flight — from preflight preparation to landings — Flying the Mountains delivers a potent combination of statistics, techniques, and examples of actions (correct and incorrect) used in actual flight scenarios.