Mountain flying ~ opens up new opportunities for the general aviation pilot for unique and interesting destinations, plus a view of spectacular scenery. However, mountain flying, even more so than flight in the flatlands, is very unforgiving of poor training and planning.
There is a narrow window of safety that an untrained pilot can easily stray out of without the experience and knowledge gained from a recognized training program and a mountain checkout by a qualified mountain flight instructor.
All training will be conducted at Lucerne Valley dry lakes, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Airport located approx. 40-50nm north-east of Chino Airport.
The dry lakes in Lucerne Valley are used to develope your cross-wind component for Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear airports. Dry lakes allow landings and takeoffs from any direction into the wind.
Lake Arrowhead Airport is a privately owned dirt (D.G.) 3,200′ runway at 4,750’msl with mountains in all quadrants. The runway is also used one-way, land to the east and depart to the west. Cross-wind component can exceed 20 kts in the afternoons (see video below). Density altitude can easily reach 8,000′. The identifier is 2NC8.
Big Bear Airport is a county owned paved 5,850′ runway at 6,750’msl with mountains in all quadrants. Density altitude can easily reach 10,000′.
The identifier is L35.