Alpine Flight TrainingKEGE
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Have you ever wanted to venture into the mountains with an airplane, but worried that you may not be ready for the challenge? Consider getting some mountain training and accomplish your mountain checkout with our team of professional mountain flight instructors.

Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Alpine Flight Training provides a unique opportunity to fly learn Colorado mountain flying and rent aircraft located in the central Rockies.

Alpine Flight Training have been providing mountain flight training to all levels of fixed wing general aviation pilots for nearly 2 decades. We pride ourselves on providing what we believe to be the very best “graduate level” mountain flight training for general aviation pilots. We have often received comments from pilots as to how revolutionary and eye-opening their mountain training seminar was with our instructors.

• One headset with aircraft rental, additional $5/hr.
• Pilot shop in FBO Lobby
• Onsite dining during peak season


CFI Rate: $85.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $85.00/hr

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Operator Procedures

Fueling Aircraft

Fuel can be ordered through the Vail Valley Jet Center (970-524-7700) , which is the only FBO on the field.

Access to Aircraft

During business hours: We meet all clients in the Lobby of the Vail Valley Jet Center. If you have a reservation, a staff member will meet you to verify credentials and provide aircraft keys. If you will be early or late of you reservation, call 970-401-5105 upon your arrival and our on-duty staff will meet you.

After business hours: We meet all clients at airport gate 4 of the Vail Valley Jet Center. The rest is the same as above.

Returning the Aircraft

Upon landing please call 970-401-5105, our on-duty staff will either meet you at the plane post flight or inform you where to leave keys.

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere

If fuel is purchased elsewhere it will be reimbursed at the current field self serve rate. You must provide us the printed receipt from the FBO where you purchased fuel. No receipt, no reimbursement, no exceptions.

Mechanical Problems at Another Airport

Contact us immediately for further instructions, please try (970) 401-5105, if no answer leave message and try (970) 401-4104. All repair expenses must be approved prior to beginning repairs.

Securing Aircraft

At time of pickup of aircraft, our staff will tell you current positioning of aircraft and what location to return the aircraft to.

Caution areas where hangar rash is most likely

Pilots are not permitted to move aircraft on the ramp or in or near hangars. The staff at the Vail Valley Jet Center will do any required ground movements. At time of pickup of aircraft, our staff will tell you current positioning of aircraft and what location to return the aircraft to.

What fuel load to expect and how to change it

Unless prior arrangements were made, the DA-20 is generally staged with between ¾ and full tank. The Archer is generally fueled to the tabs (17/side, 34 total). In the event fuel is below the desired level you may order fuel from the Vail Valley Jet Center, if fuel is in excess of your desired level then you’ll just need to cancel your flight, there are no arrangements for defueling the aircraft.

Local Airspace Considerations

Standard Departure Procedures

Runway 25 used most frequently, high terrain in all directions. If departing to the north you may want to request a left 270 on departure to give yourself time to climb over the airport. If departing to the east, recommend a left downwind departure, be prepared to stay south of the extended centerline. Departing southwest is the best alternative as the terrain to the southwest is lowest and there is a good safe zone to maneuver in.

NOT RECOMMENDED: Off runway 25, a straight out, right downwind departure, and right turnouts will place you near hazardous terrain.

Best Way to Get Flight Following

Request flight following directly from Denver Center leaving 10,000 feet on 128.65 in the vicinity of Eagle. Tower is not able to provide flight following, and flight following is generally not available below 10K due to limited radar coverage.

Typical TFR considerations

Nearby airport Aspen (ASE) occasionally has TFR activity for VIPs. Other TFR activity is generally forest fire related. Check with Denver Flight Service prior to flight.

Preferred IFR "gates" ATC wants you to file to

Not Applicable – Due to departure climb gradient, MEA altitudes and missed approach climb gradients IFR flight operations on an IFR flight plan in the mountainous areas near not feasible in our rental aircraft. The DA-20 is not approved for IFR, the Piper Archer is approved for IFR however the performance makes IFR in the mountains not feasible due to height of MEA and the limited performance of the Archer. Both aircraft are equipped for IFR training/practice and such operations are somewhat feasible if you adapt the approach and fly in VFR conditions.

Preferred IFR "gates" ATC wants you to file from

Not Applicable – Due to departure climb gradient, MEA altitudes and missed approach climb gradients IFR flight operations on an IFR flight plan in the mountainous areas near not feasible in our rental aircraft. The DA-20 is not approved for IFR, the Piper Archer is approved for IFR however the performance makes IFR in the mountains not feasible due to height of MEA and the limited performance of the Archer. Both aircraft are equipped for IFR training/practice and such operations are somewhat feasible if you adapt the approach and fly in VFR conditions.

Local Airfield Operations

Taxiway/runway incursion hotspots

A3 / B3

Run up area

There is no run-up area, complete run-up on east end of ramp, then call for taxi with ATIS letter. Usually come out A2 then Taxiway A to full length 25.

Noise Abatement Procedures

Avoid overflying town of Gypsum located to west and north west, upon takeoff from runway.

Pattern Altitude

7500 FT

Preferred Pattern Entries

Runway 25 usually in use, arriving from south or west will generally make left downwind to 25, if arriving from north or west it will be right downwind to 25.

Special Cautions for Flying the Pattern

Hot air balloons are frequently seen in the morning on left downwind to 25. Frequent large aircraft landing and departing (B757, B737), know your wake turbulence strategies, it’s OK to ask for a couple 360’s on the downwind to wait for the wake turbulence to dissipate.

Airport Restrictions

VFR operations are restricted on certain days due to IFR volume.

Runway Slope

Slight downhill to the West

Runway Surface

Excellent condition. In winter be prepared for thin patchy ice and poor breaking action (especially early morning). If such conditions exist plan to land at beginning of runway and maximize use of aerodynamic braking to slow yourself on this 9000ft runway before attempting to turn off or apply brakes and you’ll have no problem.

Local Flight Planning Tips

Noise Sensitive Areas

Town of Gypsum, located west and north west of the airport. When departing runway 25, recommend left turn to southwest, left turn to depart to east via left downwind, or left turn 270 to depart to north.

Local Hazards

High terrain in all directions. Springtime brings radical surface winds (25-45kts, usually from about 200 degrees) by 10AM daily due to snow melt – fly early. Summertime brings thunderstorms and microburst activity – fly early. When local surface winds or winds aloft are high low level wind shear are common.

Obstructions

High terrain all around

Nearby special use airspace

Aspen Class D located to the south.

Air Carrier Arrival Paths to be avoided

All approaches come from the east. Avoid the extended centerline to runway 25 for a distance of 25 miles.

Best airports to visit in the area

KRIL, KSBS, KGJT, KMTJ, 7V2, KAEJ are nearby and relatively straight forward. KLXV is the highest airport in North America, we recommend an instructor accompany to LXV for first timers due to the extremely poor performance and the required strategy to takeoff and land safely. – In the local area there is also KGWS (Glenwood Springs) and KASE (Aspen). Both airports have local notices/rules that pilots are not permitted to land unless they have been to the airport before with an instructor at least once before.

We cannot emphasize enough the hazards at KLXV, KASE, and KGWS. Each summer we watch as several people who thought they knew what they were doing hurt/kill themselves or others while attempting to land and depart these airports.

Best sites to see from the air

Glenwood canyon and the flat tops located west and north west. Ski areas of Vail and Beaver Creek to the east.

Unique weather challenges/microclimates

Springtime brings radical surface winds (25-45kts, usually from about 200 degrees) by 10AM daily due to snow melt – fly early. Summertime brings thunderstorms and microburst activity – fly early. When local surface winds or winds aloft are high, low level wind shear are common.

Local Terrain Considerations

High terrain in all directions. There is a large flat “safe zone” to the southwest of the field that re recommend departing towards to provide an area to climb out. If you plan to circle there notify tower of intentions, IFR traffic also departs to southwest.

Local Laws not listed on the chart

In the local area there is also KGWS (Glenwood Springs) and KASE (Aspen). Both airports have local notices/rules that pilots are not permitted to land unless they have been to the airport before with an instructor at least once before.

Density Altitude Considerations

Density altitude is a huge consideration, You will want to thoroughly plan your flight and take into account a route through valleys to allow you to climb above terrain with options to circle.

Other

Keep performance in mind, recommend operating below gross to improve performance, recommend flying early in spring, summer, fall to avoid high density altitude.

Sept. 9, 2013, 8:31 p.m.


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KEGE
EAGLE COUNTY RGNL AIRPORT
Vail Valley Jet Center – Hangar 1, 871 Cooley Mesa Road
Gypsum, CO, 81637
970-401-5105
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