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Learning PPL in the Mountains \ High elevation

Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:42 pm

New poster, life long follower. I am a near finished PPL student in Colorado Springs. Figured I would ask what the Pros, and Cons are of learning at a higher elevation or near large mountains themselves are and can be down the aviation pathway.
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Re: Learning PPL in the Mountains \ High elevation

Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:30 pm

No cons at all. Probably worked out to your advantage. You probably have a better understanding, via actual experience, of density altitude and wind issues than others who learned "back East".
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Re: Learning PPL in the Mountains \ High elevation

Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:45 am

The important thing for a PPL is mostly clear weather. Doing your PPL in a place with lots of low viz just leads to lots of time on the ground.
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Re: Learning PPL in the Mountains \ High elevation

Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:49 am

I got my PPL in Las Vegas, and did a big portion of the check ride in Red Rock Canyon to the west of town.

You will probably have to deal with some turbulence (did mine I August, so lots of heat cycle turbulence), from the mountains, so keeping within the limits of a manuver took a lot of constant attention-which is great.

You'll have more experience with MSA's, and some great introduction to terrain and awareness, something you don't get in the flatter plains to the east.

It'll be fine! Good luck!
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