Bush Flight Training

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.

Training Levels








Level 1

Objectives

Establish a base-line of proficiency and aircraft performance at an airport environment, before flying and maneuvering low-level on the river.

Level 2

Objectives

Continue developing fundamental skills and knowledge through practice in an airport environment. Learn low-level river flying and gravel bar assessment through dual flight training in the participant’s airplane.

Level 3

Objectives

Continue developing skills and learning new techniques through real-world practice in the off-airport environment. Solo gravel bar landings, video recording of landing(s) and takeoff(s). Flight of two.

Level 4

Objectives

Fly Alaska. Special course options available on request.

Syllabus Provided

Documents sent after
registration.

Start at Level 1

Start learning to “think” like a bush pilot.

We film you

Review slow-motion footage of your landings and other demonstration videos.

Practice

Repeat any level for additional instruction.

Registration

Prior to registering, please contact us to schedule a training date.

If you’d prefer to email us a completed PDF registration form, instead of using the online form below, click here for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.

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