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Flying the Mountains A Training Manual for Flying Single-Engine Aircraft

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ISBN-10: 0071410538

ISBN-13: 9780071410533

Edition: 2003

Authors: Fletcher Fairchild Anderson

List price: $41.00
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This training guide diminishes the dangers and doubles the thrill--and safety--of flying single-engine aircraft at high altitudes in mountainous regions. Logically organized by phases of flight--from preflight preparation to landings--the author combines statistics, techniques, and examples of actions (correct and incorrect) that real pilots have taken in actual flight scenarios. * Details training that offsets mountain flying mistakes * Describes the effects of altitude on pilots and aircraft * Outlines cold weather operations and precautions * Includes search and rescue operation procedures * Reviews take-off conditions from airport mountains
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Book details

List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 2/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Mountain flying is different
Mountain flying can be done safely
The statistics of mountain flight
Causes of mountain flight accidents
Flatland pilots are at greatest risk
Hence this book
Effects of altitude
Some aircraft performance charts
Effects of altitude on aircraft engines
Density altitude
Fuel mixture management
Engine cooling
Effect of altitude on aerodynamics
Effect of altitude on aircraft performance
Speeds to fly change with altitude
More airplane is better
One more time
Effects of altitude on pilots
Susceptibility to hypoxia
Dangers of hypoxia
Avoiding hypoxia
Supplemental oxygen
Pressurized cabin
Oxygen systems
Constant-flow oxygen
Diluter demand oxygen
Cumulative effects
Cold-weather operations
Above freezing
From freezing to 20[degree]F
Temperatures below 20[degree]F
Temperatures below 0[degree]F
Temperatures lower than -30[degree]F
Reminder about hypothermia
Cold-weather accident precautions
Mountain weather
Global weather
Weather predictions and current information sources
The Internet
The Weather Channel
Airport weather computers
Flight service
En route weather information
All the above information was incorrect!
Observe the weather
Reading mountain weather
Observing weather
Cloud Types
Cumulus-form clouds
Where cumulus clouds form
Other concerns with cumulus clouds
Cumulus cloud types
Typical cloud heights
Cumuluslike mountain cloud types
Stratiform clouds
Temperature inversion layers
Lenticular clouds
Cloud caps (or Foehn walls in Europe)
Pileus clouds
Mountain wave
Conditions favoring wave formation
Wave dimensions
Flying in wave conditions
Nacreous clouds
Kelvin-Helmholtz wavelets
Small-scale mountain winds
Katabatic/anabatic winds
Temperature inversions
Ridge lift/rotor
Anomalous reverse-direction winds
Reverse-direction convective wind
Reverse-direction deflected winds
Reverse-direction pressure drainage winds
Microbursts and gust fronts over ridges and passes
Summary of anomalous reverse-flow winds over passes
Mountain Flying Strategy
Flying the mountain environment
Time of day
Time of year
Think behind
Takeoff technique
Density altitude
Uphill/downhill takeoffs
Soft field (grass, dirt, snow)
Go/no go
Take off twice
En route
Route planning
En route flight techniques
Narrow valleys
Climbing a narrow valley
Climb speed
Clear the pass at the head of the valley?
Canyon turns
Unlikely methods for canyon turns
Half lazy eights
Hammerhead stall turns
All canyon turns
Flying up a canyon in poor visibility
Keep your back door open!
Crossing a pass
Bad visibility at a pass
Crossing a ridge or mountain range
Altitude needed to cross a pass
A day I guessed wrong
Too late to turn back?
Traffic at mountain passes
Instrument flight in the mountains
Minimum en route altitudes
Published departure climbs
Missed-approach procedures
Approach procedures
Minimum descent altitudes
Mountain icing
Mountain wave icing
Single-engine IFR in the mountains
An IFR strategy to avoid
Specific mountain weather concerns
Flight above the clouds
VFR on top unlikely in summer
Flight above low stratus clouds
Avoid flight above building cumulus clouds
Flight under the clouds
Cloud suck
Why pilots find themselves in trouble beneath the clouds
Conditions for scud-running
Beware of artificial obstructions!
How to scud-run
Saving yourself when scud-running traps you
Fly toward low terrain
Fly in low circles
Precautionary landings
Walking out
Fly around inclement weather
Night flight over the mountains
Fly on another day
Almost home
Engine management
Avoiding shock cooling
Avoiding overcooling
Speed control
Carburetor icing
Descent planning
Descent into a valley
Predicting areas of turbulence
Descending through lift
Planning an approach for conditions of reduced visibility
Finding the airport
Avoiding turbulence on final approach
Going around
Landing speed
Speed control on final approach
Uphill/downhill runways
Downhill landings
Short field landings
Rough field/soft field landings
Off-field landings
Only in the mountains
Unconventional operations
Flight close to terrain
Search and rescue, aerial photography, game spotting
Search and rescue
Descend canyons
Bridges, wires, and arches
Trim for climb
Look ahead
Avoid heroics
Soaring flight
Ridge lift
Thermal lift
More advanced mountain flying
Graduated exposure
Advanced mountain flight instructions
Further reading
My first solo flight