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Published on Mar 4, 2020
Flying over mountains can offer beautiful scenery and views you just can’t get from the ground. Whether it’s the Rockies, the Appalachians, or the Alps, mountain flying is often an unforgettable experience. However, keep in mind that mountain flying also involves more risks than flying over the flatlands.
Tip #1: Accept only 10+ VIS Tip #2: Ceiling greater than Ridges + 2,000’ Tip #3: Check Winds Aloft Forecast Tip #4: Wind less than 25 Knots Tip #5: Beware of Mountain Waves Tip #6: Downdrafts greater than 1,000 fpm Tip #7: Rotors = Wind Sheer Tip #8: High Density Altitude = Poor Performance Tip #9: 3% Less Power per 1,000’ above SL Tip #10: Higher TAS = Longer Takeoff & Landing Rolls