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Flight Training

Masters Series

A good pilot knows his or her limitations. A great pilot knows that learning never ceases. At Performance Flight we believe pilots should continually broaden their knowledge base and set new goals to achieve the highest level of proficiency.

For this reason, we’ve created the Master Pilot Program. Through this program, you’ll challenge yourself with specific courses such as Mountain Flying, High Wind Operations, International Flight Operations, Short and Narrow Field Operations, Flying the Hudson River Corridor, and Summer/Winter Flying.

Want to be the best of the best? Sign up to attain the designation of Performance Flight Master Pilot. It isn’t easy to come by, but it’s worth it. Your experience will pave the way for a new level of confidence.

Mountain Flying

Mountain flying opens up new opportunities for the general aviation pilot providing for unique and interesting destinations and views of spectacular scenery. However, mountain flying, even more so than flights in the flatlands, is very unforgiving of poor training and planning. There’s a narrow window of safety that an untrained pilot can easily stray from without the experience and knowledge gained from a mountain flying training program.

Any mountainous area can present its challenges, not just the tallest peaks of the Rockies. This course, through ground school and flight instruction, will cover the information needed to make informed decisions as to when and how to attempt mountain flying whether it be in the mountains of New England, down the Appalachians, or a flight into or through the Rockies or Sierra Nevada. As with all of our pilot courses, scenario based training is used to create proper aeronautical decision making along with risk assessment and management.

Performance Flight’s Mountain Course will take you through 14 modules covering a full day of ground school and flight instruction with our Standardized Instructors. The flight portion will involve flying a Cirrus SR20 or SR22 aircraft to and from an airport located in a nearby mountainous region. You’ll move through topics such as density altitude, aircraft performance, route planning, terrain awareness, canyon flying, and physiological factors. Flight scenarios will deal with high-density altitude takeoffs and high airport elevation landings along with an en route flight over higher terrain.

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International Flight Operations

The thought of flying to Canada, The Bahamas, or Mexico has been on your mind for a while but since you’ve never flown internationally before, the trip there and back seems daunting. The Performance Flight Master Pilot Course on International Operations will show you that conducting these types of international flights doesn’t involve much more planning than a regular domestic cross-country flight.

When flying internationally, the biggest change in recent years is the requirement for pilots to provide more detailed information on the aircraft and passengers departing and entering the U.S. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol created eAPIS (Electronic Advanced Passenger Information System). We’ll guide you through the process of establishing an eAPIS account and show you how easy it is to use.

Our International Operations Course will take you through six modules, culminating in an international flight of your choice. We cover both VFR and IFR procedures, and you can choose to train in a Cirrus SR20 or SR22 aircraft. You’ll move through topics involving the required documents and items that must be with the pilot, passengers, and the aircraft. Canada, Mexico, and The Bahamas have subtle difference as to procedures and requirements. You’ll learn how to prepare for travel to each destination.  We’ll also teach you how to properly plan and execute an international flight plan for leaving and entering the U.S. Scenario based training will allow you to develop proper judgment, decision making, and risk management skills.

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Short Field Operations

With over 5,000 airports in the United States, many have short runways requiring different procedures for takeoff and landing. In this course you’ll learn how to master those runways, gain access to short fields, and expand your flying opportunities.

You’ll review performance data for the aircraft and enhance your understanding at a deeper level. With a stronger knowledge of topics such as density altitude you’ll be able to confidently and accurately determine the minimum runway length for takeoff and landing.

In flight you’ll hone your skills on airspeed control and practice landing exactly where you want the wheels to touch down. As your skills improve you’ll tackle shorter and shorter runways, helping you understand your own personal limitations. You’ll also learn how to operate on very narrow runways including procedures for dealing with the unexpected.

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Hudson River Corridor

The New York City Hudson River Corridor is one of the most exciting places to fly. Offering breathtaking views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty is enough to attract pilots, but it’s also a very effective route to navigate through the New York airspace.

Beyond the FAA requirements for flying this route, we’ll review each of the procedures in detail including aircraft equipment requirements, visual reporting points, communication techniques, and the special protocols that exist uniquely for the Hudson Corridor.

You’ll then hit the skies and fly the Corridor with a professional pilot. During the flight you’ll practice your new skills and develop the confidence to fly the Corridor alone.

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High Altitude Operations

The ability to fly at higher altitudes can give you a smoother ride, clearance over weather or mountains, and catch the fastest tailwinds getting you to your destination in record time.

In this course you’ll learn about physiologic considerations such as hypoxia and use of oxygen and it’s application at higher altitudes. Using a pulse oximeter you’ll gain an appreciation for how your own body reacts to different altitudes and how you respond to decreased oxygen.

This course is required prior to using oxygen in our fleet of SR22 Turbos.

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