This morning demonstrated the power of the Rockies to generate their own weather when a northwest wind blowing over the Continental Divide formed into lenticular and very rough rotor. Look at the observation at Berthoud Pass, and then watch the video of the area to get an idea of what it all actually looks like.
Nothing like flying over the Fraser Valley and seeing the Rockies from the proper perspective! https://youtu.be/jHeeNlWHtEQ
Today was the kind of day you approach the mountains with an abundance of caution. Winds aloft were all over the place, with sheer zones along our route from Granby to Leadville. It was quite turbulent between 10,500-11,500, but smoothed our above 12,000. Flying over Freemont Pass gives you a good idea of a VERY … Continue reading Video|Approaching Fremont Pass North Of Leadville, CO
So, you really want to fly with us, but you’re 20 minutes from the airport with no transportation... what to do? We’ll pick you up and give you a ride! If you don’t have a rental car, and really want to go flying, just let us know, and we’ll be happy to give you a … Continue reading Need a Ride?
The thermometer is plummeting and the snow is falling. Does that mean it’s time to park the airplane in the hangar and say goodbye until the robins return next spring? No! It doesn’t! What many people don’t realize is that winter offers some of the best flying of the year. Glassy smooth air, visibility that … Continue reading Winter Flying? Why Howdy!
Rabbit Ears Pass is East of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It is a broad and relatively low pass, at 9,573 feet above sea level, with US Highway 40 running across it. Unlike many passes that may be crossed at a 45-degree angle due to their narrow ridge nature, Rabbit Ears must be flown using the road … Continue reading Video: Rabbit Ears Pass
I took the Rans up with winds gusting to 20 knots, and it handled like a champ. This was a day when the winds over the pass were gusting over 70 knots. You wouldn’t want to fly over the Continental Divide on a day like this, but down low in the valley, the winds were … Continue reading Video: Rans over Granby
Flying to Aspen (KASE) from Granby (KGNB) was an awesome experience. Even in the Rans, traveling at only 74 knots over the ground, we still made the trip in a little under an hour and a half. A free shuttle runs on the highway just outside the airport perimeter, and we were able to hike … Continue reading Flying to Aspen — Hiking the Maroon Bells