|Alaskan Instrument Adventure|
14-Day Colorado to Alaska Accelerated Instrument Training Adventure
Get your Instrument Rating in 14 days, while flying to Alaska and back to Colorado. This course is designed to take the current Private Pilot who has logged at least 30 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which at least 10 hours must be in an airplane, to an instrument-rated pilot in 14 days.
Typical Itinerary for the Alaska IFR Flight Adventure
Day 2 - Your first full day will be spent getting to know the aircraft by flying in the Denver area. You'll practice landings and approaches until you become familiar with the aircraft.
Day 3 and 4 - You will be doing local training in Colorado, this will include instrument approaches into mountain airports.
Day 5 - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS! Following a morning briefing, the adventure begins! We start out slowly in the relaxed ATC environment of the Rocky Mountain region as we head north and land in Greeley, Colorado, for brunch. After departing, you will focus on the basics of mountain flying and crew resource management. We will continue northwest to beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where we'll end the day.
Day 6 - We enter the "western" world, practicing approaches and learning backcountry flying skills in Wyoming and Montana. We continue on to Canada and call it a day.
Day 7 - It's on to the Alaskan coast! Plan to have lunch in Prince George, British Columbia. After lunch, we continue to the coast of Alaska with stops in Wrangell and Petersburg, Alaska. There's always something to learn in this environment, with its low stratus clouds and hazy approaches. We end the day in Juneau, Alaska, even though we have several hours of extra sunlight to enjoy the sights.
Day 8 - If all has gone as planned, we will depart Juneau for one of our longest days of flying. This day is normally devoted to practicing partial panel skills and emergency skills. We'll have lunch in Valdez, Alaska, the terminus of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. We end this long day in picturesque Valdez for the night. (If we only have one student - then we only go as far as Juneau).
Day 9 - We start our journey back to the lower 48 with a lunch stop in either Gustavus or Juneau, Alaska. Then it is on to Petersburg for our final night in Alaska.
Day 10 - We leave Petersburg for our flight back to Canada. You will have a chance to enjoy some of the scenery, but most likely you will be in actual instrument conditions during this portion, if you haven't already during your adventure. Our lunch stop is Bella Bella, Canada, and our destination for today is a small costal town in Canada.
Day 11 - This morning we will be leaving Canada and going through customs back in the United States. We will spend part of the day practicing emergencies and partial panel as we end the day in Oregon.
Day 12 - Today you will learn more about backcountry flying. We will stop for lunch in Idaho and finish the day in the famous Colorado mountain town of Aspen.
Day 13 - After we depart Aspen, we head to Buena Vista, Colorado, for an extended lunch. We finish the day back in Denver, Colorado.
Day 14 - CHECK RIDE This is the moment of truth, where you prove that the last few days were more than a vacation, they were a worthwhile training experience.
Once you pass your check ride, you will have expanded the flying privileges of your Private Pilot license to include flying in weather conditions that are below the minimums required for flight under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Many pilots say that the training they receive during their instrument training course makes them an all-around better pilot. And many insurance companies are now giving discounts to pilots with a Instrument Rating.
The Alaskan IFR Training Adventure Tour cost of $7,950 includes all ground and flight instruction fees, charts, maps, overflight & navigation fees. The Course Fee also does not include: aircraft, fuel, lodging for student or instructor, car rentals, taxis, tips, or any meals. Student(s) are responsible for instructors lodging during the trip. Should remedial instruction be necessary to meet test standards following the trip, that instruction is available at additional cost of $595 per day.
This sheet is intended for informational purposes only and reflects estimated costs of all aspects of this training course. Your actual time to completion may vary. All prices subject to change without notice.
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
A $2,000 deposit is required with the application; an additional $5,950 is due 45 days before training date. The deposit is fully refundable less a $525 cancellation fee, up to thirty (30) days prior to your stated arrival date. Should you cancel less than 45 days from your scheduled training date, Russell Aviation will not refund any payments made, unless trainee schedules a new training date and pays a $595 rescheduling fee. Russell Aviation accepts payments for deposit and payments in, certified funds, check or cash for remaining amounts. If Russell Aviation has to cancel your Alaska-Instrument Adventure for any reason, all payments will be refunded in full, including the initial deposit.