Before flying in the mountains the pilot must be mentally prepared to do so. It is quite unlike flying over the wide open spaces of the flat lands. Local weather can and will change very fast due to orographic effects. Pilots venturing here unprepared will get lost and sometimes never to be seen again. Maybe years later when some hiker finds the wreck and bones, if any. The story of Steve Fossett comes to mind here.
Winter time presents different challenges to all pilots, freezing temperatures present a whole new ball game. Thorough preparation is important and we present tips for the pilot, passengers and aircraft so that flying in these conditions can be enjoyed to the fullest.
Amidst High Peaks
With unimaginable views the rewards are tremendous when flying in the mountains. But the dangers are equally great for pilots flying unprepared into these areas. Proper training and preflight are necessary to assure a safe outcome of the flight.
This section can only touch on this subject, study this and get proper training from an experienced mountain instructor or pilot before venturing off into these unknown territories.
Low temperature present different challenges to pilots, and wind chill effects can be deadly should you need to land on a desolated airport without shelter.
Being prepared for flying in winter time is important for the pilot and passengers but also for the aircraft as batteries loose power in frigid conditions and oil becomes very thick.