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Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the word, to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to earth, only after receiving the communion of the infinite.
~ Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra


The Mountain Flying Check flight allows a pilot to gain experience and knowledge when flying in and around mountainous terrain. This is an invaluable lesson for pilots wishing to experience the interior of British Columbia’s landscape.

Training Overview

The Mountain Check flight will take the student through two legs of training. The first leg will be an "over the top" leg which will assist the pilot in learning to recognize landmarks from high altitude in order to maintain a pre-planned track. This leg will also help the pilot to recognize possible weather-related hazards related to mountain flying.

The second leg will be a low-level flight. The goal during this leg is to become familiar with techniques used to increase visibility within narrow and winding terrain. Other lessons will include minimum radius turns in boxed canyons and low-level navigation.

The Mountain Flying Check Ride will include the following items:

  1. Preparatory Ground School
    • Approx 1.5 Hrs
    • Will take place at least one day prior to the flight
  2. Pre-Flight Briefing / Preparation
    • Approx .51 Hr
    • Will take place the day of the flight
  3. Mountain Flying Check Flight
    • Approx 2.5 Hrs Flight Time



As this flight is intended to enhance the private pilot’s understanding and skills in mountainous terrain, it is expected that the candidate will have attained a minimum of a Private Pilot Licence.

Items required for the flight will be:

  • Current VNC and VTA
  • Current CFS
  • Means of communication
  • Adequate survival gear & clothing (bold items mandatory):
    • Warm Clothing
    • Extra Socks
    • Adequate Winter Type Shoes
    • Multi Tool
    • Twine
    • Tarp
    • Pen-Knife
    • Compass
    • Non-perishable Food
    • Water
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Flashlight
    • Matches or Lighter