Not to mention the skills involved, often just getting permission to land on that ‘sweet spot’ in the backcountry can be a challenge. At Backcountry Aviation, we are avid supporters of the work of the Recreation Aviation Foundation and the Colorado Recreation Aviation Committee. We believe that the best advocacy for recreation aviation is founded on the SURE principle;
Safety – safety should be the number one responsibility of ANY individual that goes into the backcountry. We takes safety very seriously. Inherent risk is increased in any type of advanced flying. Mountain flying and off airport operations certainly fall under this category. We strive to mitigate this risk by proactively teaching and stressing safety.
Understanding – understand the land you use. It is very important to know your rights and understand the rights of the land you are using. We have reached out to land owners (both government and private) to promote our efforts and recommend all backcountry pilots do the same.
Responsibility – Be a responsible user of the backcountry. Small things like packing out what you pack in are ways the keep the backcountry beautiful. The best source for information on responsible recreation is treatlightly.org.
Educate – Educate others on proper backcountry usage so that all have the opportunity to enjoy it.