Flying Tips & Techniques

The following information is written by a knowledgeable and experienced backcountry pilot, and is not a substitute for actual instruction, and therefore should be considered only entertainment and possibly a talking point with your own certified flight instructor.

STOL Tips – Part 1 – The Approach

We believe that Flat wing approaches are best technique to use for short landings.  Regardless of weight or plane, this type of approach prevents the airplane from getting behind the power curve.  This allows for a greater margin of error in the event that a problem is encountered.  This can be mechanical issues, sink, rise, turbulence, and any others not mentioned.  While some operators prefer to operate behind the curve, we feel we can get the same results with greater precision, consistency, and safety.

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STOL Tips – Part 2 – The Takeoff

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STOL Tips – Part 3 – The Landing

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Operational Limits

We believe in having strict personal guidelines and limits on where to go and in what conditions.  Everyone will have different personal limitations…


When operating out of remote placed, we ensure all of our equipment, including the aircraft, are maintained to the finest of standards.  Because of the remoteness and stress of this type of flying, we do not defer any maintenance.  Simply speaking, you cannot leave anything to chance in this type of flying.

Survival Equipment

We fly with the survival equipment on board at all times.  Here is a short list of the essentials for us:

  • Spidertracks
  • Survival vest with a PLB, satellite phone, handheld aviation radio, and first aid kit.  This is worn during any remote area operations and all off airport landings.
  • Survival bag with the essentials for several days in the wilderness.