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For more than a century, pilots have been intrigued by the challenges of flight in the highest mountains and the deepest canyons on every continent. Mountain, Canyon, and Backcountry Flying allows pilots to get off the beaten path and enjoy the outdoors. It opens up a whole new world of recreation, including airplane camping, hiking, fishing, and staying at guest lodges or bush camps in areas without roads or easy access by land or water.

Flying in these enticing environments often entails operations over relatively inaccessible terrain in a challenging and sometimes unforgiving environment. This necessitates the proper mindset, discipline, and procedures to operate efficiently and safely. Operating over mountains, navigating through canyons, taking off and landing on unimproved, high-altitude airstrips in confined areas, and maximizing airplane performance requires specialized skills. The authors and guest writers share information and tips gleaned from more than 150 years and 100,000 hours of collective experience as professional mountain and backcountry pilots and flight instructors.

Recreational pilots to mountain flying instructors will find this book useful, and college and university professors can use the text to supplement their classroom instruction. Fundamental concepts include preparing for and conducting mountain and canyon flights, airport operations, situational awareness, aircraft performance, risk management, and emergency operations. Analysis of accident scenarios, accounts from the authors’ own experiences, and contributions from seasoned backcountry pilots and instructors expand on material detailed in the text. Each chapter includes exercises to help the reader understand and apply the information to their own flying, and beautiful color illustrations will inspire pilots to seek out these awe-inspiring destinations.


  • Authors: Amy L. Hoover and R. K. "Dick" Williams
  • ISBN: 978-1-61954-741-4
  • Dimensions: 7-1/4" x 9"
  • Page Count: 392 pages
  • Illustrations: Full-color photographs and illustrations
  • Weight: 1.0 lb
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Honestly? It wasnt as fantastic as I expected. I heard about it at AOPA safety seminar in Greenville, SC in March 2019, just before publish date, and ordered a copy. It arrived last week and I have read it cover to cover. Some parts are extremely useful and will benefit all pilots, as advertised, but it seems that too often, the discussion on a topic ended up with a hand-waving well, it will be variable, turbulence and high density altitude and a difficult approach or departure, … summary. I dont have a hard list of specific examples but that is my gut-feeling impression after reading the whole thing. I guess I was expecting more. More detail, more specific advice, something not sure what. It is a bit academic, but if targeted for curricula, that is probably to be expected. It is good, and up to date, and I appreciate the authors time to put this together.

May 2, 2019


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