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Mountain/Canyon Flying... It's as easy as "One, Two, Three!"
Know Yourself,  Know The Airplane, Know The Environment

 

Know Yourself - "ONE"
Your general experience
Total hours and type of flying time
Types of aircraft flown
total time in make & model of aircraft
Quality time in make & model of aircraft
YOUR ATTITUDE!!
 

Know The Airplane - "TWO"
The three most important things:
     Slow Flight, Slow Flight...
SLOW FLIGHT!!
... while straight and level and in turns
... while clean and dirty (flaps / gear)
... while climbing and descending
Know your aircraft performance
     Takeoff, climb, cruise, and landing

     Fuel consumption and range
     Weight and balance limits
     And most importantly: 
          Effects of Density altitude
Know The Environment - "THREE"
Know the geography and major landmarks
     (peaks and drainages) of the area in which
     you are flying
Navigation by pilotage along suitable routes

Be familiar with local mountain weather
     General Circulation Patterns
     Diurnal Effects
     Local Canyon Windflow Patterns
Know specific details of airstrips you are using
     Approach and departure routes
       Lighting conditions
    
This is a whole new world of flying, and the techniques may be entirely different than what you learned in basic flight training

You are going to be MUCH closer to the rocks and trees than you may ever have imagined, but don't panic. It's a technique honed by practice

NEVER BECOME COMPLACENT

 

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