Specialty Training

 

SPECIALIZED TRAINING TO ENHANCE YOUR FLYING EXPERIENCE

Glacier Air provides the very best in mountain flight training and our first priorities are safety and preparedness. Our certified flight instructors offer a wide variety of specialty flight training including emergency procedures and aerobatics. All our certified mountain flying training programs are recognized by Transport Canada. 

Located in the beautiful BC Coastal Mountain Range, Glacier Air offers exceptional Mountain Flying Training for licenced pilots,  taught by pilots who actually fly in the mountains every day. Whether in your plane or ours, we teach the skills and knowledge necessary to fly safely in mountainous regions.

 

Although Transport Canada does not offer a specific flight training program for Mountain Flying, any seasoned pilot will tell you to acquire basic training before heading out into the mountains. More accidents occur when inexperienced pilots venture outside their comfort zone and into conditions beyond their experience. Understanding winds, density altitude and rapidly changing weather are but a few of the outside factors to be consider when flying into and around those rugged peaks!

 

Whether you only have a few hours or a few days, Glacier Air is able to customize a mountain training program to suit your needs and skill level. A single flight can teach you the basics of mountain flying with emphasis on Pilot Decision Making and knowing when to go and when to stay on the ground. Multiple flights will push your comfort level to expand your limits, knowledge and skills while under the safe supervision of a well qualified instructor.

 

Basic Mountain Flying Course Example:

 

FLIGHT 1 – approximately 1 hr

  • Stalls: climbing turning
  • Spiral dive recoveries
  • Crossing ridges and flying valleys
  • Minimum radius turns

 

FLIGHT 2 – approximately 1 hr

  • Forced approach
  • Precautionary approach
  • Short and soft field techniques

 

FLIGHT 3 – approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hrs

  • Cross country – including grass and gravel air strips
  • Emergencies
  • Survival

 

Talk to our friendly instructors to customize a mountain training program that’s right for you!

Sample 5hr program

COSTS (C-172)

 5 hrs Dual – $1,050

3 hrs Ground School – $180

Pre flight briefings – $60

TOTAL: $1,290

COSTS (C-206)

 5 hrs Dual – $2,400

3 hrs Ground School – $180

Pre flight briefings – $60

TOTAL: $2,640

 COSTS (Your Aircraft)

 5 hrs Dual – $300

3 hrs Ground School – $180

Pre flight briefings – $60

TOTAL: $540

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All costs are based on Class 1 or Class 2 Flight Instructor.

QUESTIONS? Contact us to discuss your aviation goals and learn how we can help you achieve them!

Glacier Air is pleased to offer Tailwheel Training in our beautiful 180 hp Bellanca Super Decathlon 8KCAB aircraft.

 

The old saying goes, “Only tykes fly Trikes, but real pilots fly Tail Wheel!” Although it is not true, many old timer pilots will argue that common tricycle gear aircraft don’t require stick and rudder skills to fly. True, they are easier to ground handle, but once in the air most planes fly the same. So, why the need to take special tail wheel training?

 

Handling a tail wheel on the ground is simply different than a tricycle gear aircraft. Your forward visibility is reduced and you are more vulnerable to winds due to the nose high attitude of the aircraft while on the ground. Failure to properly handle a tail wheel aircraft while maneuvering on the ground can result in ground looping or cart wheeling the aircraft. So, why fly a tail dragger then? Tail wheel aircraft provide greater clearance between the propeller and the ground, making this configuration more desirable when operating on rough gravel, grass, ice or other landing surfaces. These aircraft also tend to have a shorter take off and landing roll and are more adaptable for the application of skis and/or floats, thus making tail wheel aircraft the configuration of choice for most bush pilots and remote air operators. In addition, many advanced composite aircraft and specialty use aircraft prefer the tail wheel configuration as they produce less drag therefore they can fly faster.

RATES

Dual Training – $315/hr

Solo Training – $285/hr

Pre flight briefings –$65/hr

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Costs are based on Class 3 or Class 4 Flight Instructor. Flights with Class 1 or 2 Flight Instructor will be charged at higher hourly rate.

QUESTIONS? Contact us to discuss your aviation goals and learn how we can help you achieve them!

Emergency Maneuvers, unusual attitudes, basic and advanced aerobatic flight in a tailwheel aircraft is the best way to improve your skills and make you a safer pilot… plus it’s FUN!

 

Glacier Air offers emergency maneuver and aerobatic training in our Cessna 172’s and our Bellanca Super Decathlon 8KCAB aircraft. Emergency maneuver training encompasses a vast array of movements and situations, all with the intent to prepare you as a pilot for the “what if” situation. Each course is custom tailored to meet the students experience level and designed to challenge the student and push their comfort level in a safe and controlled environment

 

EMT COURSE – Ground School/Briefings

The following is a list topics you should be knowledgeable in prior to participating in emergency maneuver training and basic aerobatics.

  • Theory of Flight – review of the important facts
  • Aircraft performance and structural limitations
  • Medical factors and human tolerances
  • Aircraft pre-flight inspection, including special considerations for aerobatics
  • Considerations for recovery from unplanned maneuvers
  • Flight safety considerations
  • Pilot decision-making concepts

 

EMT COURSE – Flight Training

EMT is designed to bring you to a high level of proficiency through a series of exercises whereby the student is able to explore the envelope and limitations of the aircraft in a safe and controlled environment. Flight training includes:

  • General flying skills
  • Steep turns and collision avoidance
  • Unusual attitude awareness, recognition and recovery – including spiral dive, stalls and spins
  • Emergency procedures – including control failures and engine failure
  • Basic Aerobatics including but not limited to Aileron Rolls, Stall Turns, Wing Over and Loops.

 

Although each program is customized to meet the individual students experience level, a typical program will include approximately 5 hours ground briefing and 5 hours flight training. Training will be conducted in both the C172 and the Super Decathlon aircraft.

 

For more information, please visit the Stall/Spin Awareness Guidance Notes on the Transport Canada website.

RATES

EMT C-172 Dual Training – $210/hr

EMT & Aerobatic 8KCAB Dual Training – $325/hr

EMT & Aerobatic Instructor Briefings – $65/hr

Your aircraft –$65/hr

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or CALL 1-800-265-0088

Costs are based on Class 3 or Class 4 Flight Instructor. Flights with Class 1 or 2 Flight Instructor will be charged at higher hourly rate.

QUESTIONS? Contact us to discuss your aviation goals and learn how we can help you achieve them!

Glacier Air offers professional one-on-one Aerobatic Flight Training. Our beautiful 180 hp Bellanca Super Decathlon 8KCAB is certified and approved for aerobatic flight training, including inverted flight for up to 2 minutes. Whether you simply want to experience a few loops and rolls so you can tell your friends you’ve done it, or if you want to launch a career in air show flying, this little plane is perfect for getting you started! Not only is aerobatic exciting and fun, it expands your knowledge and improves your overall flying skills, making you a safer, more proficient pilot!

 

Prerequisites

To qualify for Aerobatic Flight Training, you must:

  • be at least 17 years of age
  • hold a valid Canadian Private Pilot Licence (or higher)  and current Medical Certificate
  • be medically fit and prepared, both mentally and physically, to withstand unusual flight attitudes and G-forces
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency at ground handling, taxi, takeoff and landing tailwheel aeroplanes and operate constant speed, fuel injected aeroplanes

 

Ground School

Although no Transport Canada written examination is required, you will need to understand applicable theory of flight and flight rules governing aerobatic flight operations. The following represents a list of questions and topics you must be able to answer or be knowledgeable of before commencing aerobatic training:

  • Theory of Flight applicable to aerobatics
  • Aircraft structural limitations
  • Medical factors and human tolerances
  • Aerobatic pre-flight inspection
  • Considerations for recovery from unplanned maneuvers
  • Flight safety considerations
  • Regulations and airspace restrictions relating to aerobatic flight
  • Pilot decision-making concepts

 

Stage 1 Flight Training

The first stage provides a foundation for Aerobatic training. Aerobatic flight training is designed to bring you to a high level of proficiency through a series of exercises whereby each individual maneuver is flown to a competent level before you progress on to the next.

 

The following is the standard sequence of training:

  • General flying skills
  • Loops
  • Aileron Rolls
  • Stabilized Inverted and Inverted Recoveries
  • Aileron Rolls with a Push
  • Slow Rolls
  • Stall Turns/Hammerheads
  • Wing Over
  • Barrel Rolls
  • Flick/Snap Rolls

 

Stage 2 Flight Training

Perform combination maneuvers followed by aerobatic sequences up to the Standard Level/Sportsman Level Sequences.

 

Combination Maneuvers shall include:

  • Cubans (Half Cubans, Cuban Eights, Reverse Cubans)
  • Rolls Off the Top (Immelmanns)
  • Clover Leafs
  • Split S

 

Aerobatic Sequences

  • Standard Level/Sportsman Level Sequences

 

For more information, please visit the Aerobatic Instructor Ratings Requirements (Class 1 & 2) on the Transport Canada website.

RATES

8KCAB Intro Acro flight: $149

8KCAB Dual Acro Training: $325/hr

8KCAB Solo Training: $285/hr

Aerobatic Instructor: $65/hr

COURSE COSTS

 10 hrs Dual Training: $3,250

 15 hrs Ground School: $975

  5 hrs Briefings: $325

TOTAL: $4,550

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or CALL 1-800-265-0088

Each student will progress at a different rate, therefore the amount of hours it takes to become safe and proficient at aerobatics will vary.

QUESTIONS? Contact us to discuss your aviation goals and learn how we can help you achieve them!

Effective November 1, 2016
Costs and fees do not include applicable taxes. Due to global oil price fluctuations, rates are subject to change without notice. Payment for flight training is Pay-As-You-Go and due upon completion of each flight lesson. Payments can be made by Cash, Visa, MasterCard or Debit Card.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

TRAINING & LICENSING

Transport Canada’s Air Personnel Training and Licensing information portal.

 

SELECTING A FLYING SCHOOL

Transport Canada’s criteria for identifying the right pilot school.

 

CARs

Transport Canada’s Canadian Aviation Regulations.

 

TC AIM

Transport Canada’s Aeronautical Information Manual.

 

CIVIL AVIATION MEDICINE

Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Medicine web page for everything you need to know about medical exams.

 

MEDICAL STANDARDS

Transport Canada’s Medical Standards for Physical and Mental requirements.

 

FINDING A DOCTOR

Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Medical Examiners search engine.

 

AVIATION WEATHER

Nav Canada’s weather forecasts and observations in both alphanumeric and graphical weather data.

 

WEATHER MODELS

Computerized weather forecasts for the Pacific Northwest provided by the University of Washington.

 

SQUAMISH WEATHER

Current conditions including 7-day forecast and historical data provided by the Government of Canada.

 

SQUAMISH WEB CAM

NavCanada’s north and south webcam views of Squamish Airport.