For a Florida based pilot the idea of mountain flying seems like something far off. I've traveled north and flown over some of what I "thought" was higher terrain. Yet have never really experienced the Rockies or seen a true "mountain pass"
Well that has all changed. I was able to take the concepts I've always heard about: Mountain Waves, how to approach a pass, etc... and apply them to flying.
Yet not in any turbo charged pressurized airplane. This was all done in my little Cessna 150! It took early morning flights and all 100hp to make this trip possible.
If you have never done any mountain flying I highly suggest you do the needed extensive research before your flight some of these things include.
Know Your Route Inside and Out
It's important to have your route planned out properly, frequencies lined up, and a back up plan in order. Keep in mind that weather may be different in a mountain pass as compared to the airport you're heading to.
Always Have A Way Out
This is crucial, you can't afford to be "trapped" in the mountains, you must ALWAYS have a way out. Remember that airports are hard to come by in some regions. Best put as "have a backup plan for your back up plan.
Timing is Key
Mountain flying tends to be an early morning event. This is because the temperatures are lower allowing for lower density altitude and in most cases the winds have yet to pick up reducing the risk of mountain waves and extreme turbulence. In addition to heavy downdrafts and updrafts.
Would you like to learn more about flying in the mountains or other flight training topics? Then you can visit Jason's website at http://m0a.com