Flying Ridges and Mountain Passes – good training and prep cuts risks – California – ATC

Flying this close to jagged rocks is intimidating to say the least…
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Mountain Flying Training with Jason Miller was awesome!
This is an other of many episodes that I am happy to share from the 2015 workshop!

Reminder that for this series I was a student pilot and a filmmaker – I was not acting as Pilot in Command.
Part of the story is our struggle to make a fairly epic production; it was hard, and it was part of the deal. Failing to get the live iPad feed for what I considered to be the most important part of the flight was a blow. I wanted to explain why we went from live video of the iPad for all the other episodes in this series (and the first half of this episode) to having only still screen grabs for the Buck Eye Pass adventure.


Birth of a HUGE Wild Fire:

Landing at 8,500 ft Density Altitude:

Survival after Forced Landing:

Search and Rescue friendly Flight Plans + PLBs:

Hypoxia Symptoms and Avoidance

Take Off at 8,000 ft Density Altitude

(and MORE coming, so keep an eye on the channel)

If you’ve ever considered doing a mountain check out, I HIGHLY recommend giving Jason a shout!

Published since 2005 The Finer Points is Aviation’s original flight training podcast. Over 25 hours of audio with expert CFI Jason Miller delivered in short bits of flying wisdom that are both charming and informative.

And thanks to Stu Walker for the river footage captured in the Indian Himalayas.
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I am a “weekend warrior” private pilot, I fly for fun with no intentions of going commercial. I have had my PPL for over 15 years, but still consider each flight a learning experience – I generally take detailed notes after each flight to remind myself what went well or what I could do to improve…. Having the GoPro cameras to record flights like this is invaluable. I find these self analysis videos very helpful in my constant quest to improve, and am happy to share. Feedback is invited; however, please keep it positive.

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