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Continental Divide GPS Companion : Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico

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Flagstaff, Arizona
Fantasy Fighters
Still Flying
Back To Basics
Hangar Flying
Legal Perspective
Professor A.K. Cydent
ELT Options
The $100 Hamburger
Aviation, WW II Style
News From AZ
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SW Aviator Magazine
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Killer Ridge
by Professor "A.K. Cydent"

During the holiday season, many pilots take their aircraft on vacations throughout the Southwest to visit family and friends or take long awaited vacations to strap some wood on their feet and slide down a big hill.

For many, this trip takes them directly over the vicinity of the Continenatal Divide. The majority of aircraft accidents in this vicinity occur during the winter months, especially around the holidays. The primary reason for this seems to fall back to the same old things– “get ther itis,” accompanied by lack of preparation.

When planning for a trip along or across the Continental Divide during the winter months, remember to plan ahead for survival:

• Know the existing and forecast weather along the route of flight and at your destination
• Know the elevation of mountaious terrain that you’ll be flying over and around
• Know your aircraft’s performance at altitude, and allow for icing
• Make sure to have oxygen on board and be prepared for high altitude flight
• Know how to check for ice build-up and take the proper precautions.

Don’t become a a victim of the “Killer Ridge.” Be aware, be prepared and be smart.

“Professor A.K. Cydent” is an ex-FAA Investigator and Army Rotorcraft Instructor.

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