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Colorado Mountain Training Trip San Carlos Flight Center

Unforgettable 5-Day Colorado Mountain Training Trip

June 26 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

Join the Armada of 182s for an Unforgettable 5-Day Colorado Mountain Training Trip!

Each year, an armada of 182s takes off from the Bay Area, bound for an exhilarating mountain flying adventure. This year, we’re heading back to Colorado for an incredible journey through the Rocky Mountains, promising stunning vistas, exciting flight challenges, and plenty of fun on the ground. Whether you’re looking to refine your flying skills or simply enjoy the thrill of flying through some of North America’s most spectacular landscapes, this adventure has something for everyone.

Day One: Bryce Canyon National Park

Our first destination is the breathtaking Bryce Canyon. We’ll depart early to ensure we have ample time to explore this remarkable National Park. Known for its unique geological formations called hoodoos, Bryce Canyon offers incredible hiking trails, panoramic views, and endless opportunities for photography. It’s the perfect way to start our adventure, combining the thrill of flying with the wonder of one of nature’s masterpieces.

Day Two: Into the Heart of the Rockies

From Bryce Canyon, we’ll journey deep into the Rockies, with Eagle, Colorado as our home base for the next two nights. Nestled among some of the best mountain passes, Eagle is an ideal location for honing your mountain flying skills. Just 40 nautical miles northwest lies the famous Leadville Airport, North America’s highest airport at an elevation of 9,927 feet. Flying here is a bucket-list experience, offering both challenging conditions and breathtaking scenery.

Days Three and Four: Exploring Eagle and Beyond

During our stay in Eagle, you’ll have the chance to explore the local area, enjoy the charming town, and take part in advanced flight training. This portion of the trip is designed to help you master advanced avionics, get an airplane-specific checkout, and earn your high-performance endorsement. With a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) on board each plane, you’ll receive personalized instruction and plenty of hands-on experience.

Day Five: Overflying the Grand Canyon to Sedona

On our final day, we’ll embark on an unforgettable flight over the Grand Canyon, en route to Sedona. This leg of the journey promises some of the most awe-inspiring aerial views you’ll ever see, as we soar over one of the world’s natural wonders. We’ll conclude our adventure in Sedona, known for its stunning red rock formations and vibrant arts community. It’s the perfect place to unwind and reflect on the incredible experiences of the past few days.

The Ultimate Flying Experience

This trip is more than just a flight; it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the art and science of mountain flying. With two pilots per CFI and aircraft, the daily rate is halved, making this an affordable way to gain invaluable experience. Each plane will have one CFI and two pilots on board, ensuring that everyone gets ample flying time and personalized instruction.

Ground-Based Fun

While flying is the main focus, there’s plenty of ground-based fun to be had as well. From exploring National Parks and quaint mountain towns to enjoying local cuisine and bonding with fellow pilots, this adventure is designed to be a comprehensive and enjoyable experience.

Don’t Miss Out!

Whether you’re an experienced pilot looking to master mountain flying or a newcomer eager to explore new horizons, this Rocky Mountain flying adventure promises to be unforgettable. Join us for a journey filled with challenging flights, stunning scenery, and camaraderie among fellow aviation enthusiasts.

Pack your bags, prepare your aircraft, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. The Rocky Mountains are calling, and we can’t wait to share this incredible experience with you!

The trip is billed by SCFC at aircraft Hobbs time and instructor daily rate. The costs below is per person and assumes 2 people sharing airplane and CFI costs.
CFI: 2.5 daily rates @ $800/day = $2,000
Airplane: 12 Hobbs hours @ $274/hr = $3,288
Lodging: 4 nights @ $165/night = $660
Rental car: 2 nights @ $150/night = $300
Estimated total cost: $6,248(excludes food, incidentals, ride-share at destinations without rental cars, etc.)

About San Carlos Flight Center

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2023 as a Distinguished Flight School for the third year in a row.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Our seminars are free to watch when attended in person at our facility in San Carlos but live streaming and viewing recorded seminars are exclusively available to members. Click here or contact an SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web library of over 500 recorded safety seminars and live-streamed content.

Seminars are held in person at SCFC, attendance is free and open to all. Web Members will still be able to access our seminars online, both live and recorded. Interested in watching more of our presentations? View our growing library of over 500 recorded safety seminars available to view in our Members Only Seminar Library.


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San Carlos Flight Center
795 Skyway Rd Suite A
San Carlos, 94070 United States
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