Flight simulator training – Mountain flying

Mountain flying

For a period of some 20 years, I had the privilege of flying in some of the most fantastic and wonderful terrain in the United States - the Rocky Mountains and Wasatch Front.  Indeed, I also flew in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. I learned to fly just north of San Jose, California at an airport that no longer exists, Fremont Airport, in the city of that name, in 1975. My first mountain landing was also at an airport that is no longer, Santa Cruz Airport in that city on the California coast.

Sectional charts are a good first place to study before a flight.
Sectional charts are a good first place to study before a flight. Michael Townsend

I also flew to Lake Tahoe and other airports in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that border California and Nevada. From 1977 to 1997 I flew out of two airports in Utah: Provo and Spanish Fork. I obtained my instrument, commercial, ATP, CFI, CFII, CFMEI at Provo Airport. In 1984, I was a new instructor at Provo, working for a Piper dealership and thus was able to fly a variety of Piper aircraft. By 1985, I was flying Part 135 in single-engine aircraft and 1987 multi-engine aircraft.

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