Bristow Mountain Flying Trains More Than 100 Pilots
Bristow Academy Mountain Flying Training has taught more than 100 pilots the ins and outs of mountain flying since opening in May 2011. The operation is based in Carson City, Nev., offering pilots the opportunity to hone their skills in the challenging Lake Tahoe region. Pilots from all over the world have traveled to Carson City for the course, which is available in bilingual English/Spanish. The course spans 40 hours of classroom time and 18 hours of flying, including seven hours flying with night-vision goggles (NVGs). Core concepts covered in the course include, according to Bristow, “performance planning, weather, operational techniques, emergency procedures and NVGs.” Flight training is done in Bell 206s. “Since inception the chief interest has come from Latin America,” said Armando Martinez, Bristow’s military training program manager.