Sierra AviationKSAF
5 reviews

Northern New Mexico features some spectacular scenery and historical features that take on a whole new perspective when viewed from the air. If you’re not familiar with flying at high density altitudes or around mountainous terrain, Sierra Aviation will get you the knowledge and experience you need to tackle these environments safely. And you should see our spectacular sunsets!

-WiFi available
-We have loaner headsets if you need them.

CFI Rate: $50.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $50.00/hr


Operator Procedures

Returning the Aircraft

During business hours: Return to Sierra Aviation LLC and hand us the book and keys

After business hours: If you return the airplane after hours or when no one is available at Sierra Aviation LLC, take the airplane book and key to Landmark Aviation and leave them with their reception folks. If you plan to get back after their closing time (9:00 pm local), you'll need to make arrangements ahead of time!

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere

Present the receipts; we’ll credit you for the fuel/oil at the lesser of your payment or our fuel rate.

Mechanical Problems at Another Airport

Contact Sierra Aviation LLC – 505 474 0774

Securing Aircraft

Return the airplane to Sierra Aviation LLC and tie it down securely; Santa Fe can get some fierce winds. The airplane has a towbar so please use it

Caution areas where hangar rash is most likely

Watch the light poles on the ramp.

What fuel load to expect and how to change it

Contact Sierra Aviation LLC – 505 474 0774. We typically won’t top off the long range tanks unless requested because of the impact on weight and balance.

Local Airspace Considerations

Standard Departure Procedures

There’s higher terrain within a couple of miles in almost every direction and really high terrain within 10 to 20 miles. It’s great scenery in the daytime, but if you’re flying after dark or in the rare poor visibility, know exactly where you are at all times!

Best Way to Get Flight Following

When you leave Santa Fe tower frequency, contact Albuquerque Center on 132.8 MHz

Typical TFR considerations

From April through July, expect TFRs for forest fires in the area.

Local Airfield Operations

Taxiing to the runways

Santa Fe has a complex layout with several taxiways crossing runways so please review airport diagrams

Traffic pattern altitudes

1000 agl (7300 msl)

Special cautions for flying the pattern

Wide mix of aircraft, from military jet trainers to airliners to numerous helicopters

Local Flight Planning Tips

Noise sensitive areas

Anywhere there are houses.

Local Hazards

-Migratory wildfowl in the spring and fall

-Occasional dogs and coyotes on taxiways and runways.

Nearby special use airspace

R5101 covers Los Alamos National Laboratory - 15 miles northwest

Wilderness areas and national monuments throughout the area.

Unique weather challenges/microclimates

Frequent dust devils spring and summer. Expect strong gusty winds year-round; they’re almost guaranteed in the spring.

Optical Illusions

Distances may be hard to judge due to normally superb visibility. Most runways in the area have upslope/downslope which can lead to misjudged approach paths.

April 26, 2014, 7:01 p.m.

Sierra Aviation is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews.
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Operator Info

87A Aviation Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87507
505 474 0774
Sierra Aviation

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