Our tailwheel flight training dives deep into the art of bush flying. Guided by Alaskan traditions and techniques, we focus on the essential knowledge and skills required to safely land on natural features such as gravel bars, beaches, glaciers, and tundra. Emphasis is on a fly-by-feel, eyes-outside approach that teaches pilots how to rely on their observations, instincts, and experience. We use instructional tools such as slow-motion video, spot landing practice, natural feature assessment, and short sessions for focused learning.
Surrounded by rugged mountains and glacier-fed rivers, our location in the North Cascades is an ideal training environment for aviators seeking a wilder experience. We believe that our specialized approach will improve pilot proficiency, expand backcountry access opportunities, and lower the risks associated with forced landings, off-airport operations, and pioneering.
What You’ll Learn
You’ll develop the skills and precision necessary to safely operate in demanding off-airport environments. The goal is to increase knowledge and improve consistency through individualized instruction, direct experience, and post-flight analysis. Course sessions focus on incremental training and methods of practice that will help advance your off-airport skills and build confidence.