The Adventure of a Lifetime Awaits You.

for experienced pilots or curious beginners

Live Your Backcountry Dreams

The rewards of backcountry flying are immense. Imagine flying over river canyons, mountains and deserts, then landing to hike, camp or take in the view.  Our training is syllabus based, but  personalized for the experiences you seek. We'll cover density altitude and performance concerns, localized weather, and how to better know an aircraft's full operating envelope. Then, with you at the controls, we'll take flight to develop and refine the skills you need to safely navigate to, analyze, land and depart from the airstrips or LZs that meet your personal aspirations.

An Ideal Backcountry Trainer

Our turbo-charged Kitfox SLSA aircraft is a perfect backcountry training platform. Sitting side-by-side, you share the same sight picture as your instructor. Skills and confidence develop more quickly as landmarks and instructions are easily shared. Bubble glass doors provide unrestricted vision and a Garmin EFIS keeps you situationally aware. Overall, you'd be hard pressed to find an aircraft more suited to our mission or more fun to fly.

IDAHO! June thru September

Considered by most to be the Mecca of backcountry flying, our base in Cascade, Idaho offers the quickest possible access to Idaho's legendary backcountry airstrips. The environment here includes big, rugged  mountains and deep river valleys. Dozen's of airstrips are available that provide everything from beautiful manicured grass to confined, no-go-around approaches demanding expert stick and rudder skills. See our Idaho Map for more.

NEVADA! October thru May

Wild Northern Nevada is another unique backcountry training environment. Served from our base at the Reno-Stead Airport, we easily reach undeveloped, "secret spots" amongst the lake beds, mountains and valleys of this Basin and Range environment. This area is the home of the famed High Sierra Fly-In, and is rapidly gaining recognition as a place to develop advanced skills in places where it seems no one has been before. Nevada Map.

Choose Either a Personalized Training Program or a Comprehensive Discovery Flight Experience

  • Custom-tailored programs work best for those with specific training goals. They are designed for clients looking to gain the confidence and skills necessary to make their future backcountry adventures safe and enjoyable. This is the best option for those wanting to focus on specific skills or airstrip environments. Together, we create a general training outline prior to arrival, and then proceed with ground and flight training over two or more days.
  • Discovery Flights are another option. Make no mistake, this is hands-on flight training as well, but structured into fixed-rate packages designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the knowledge and various skills necessary for safe backcountry operations. Discovery Flights provide a great overview and often serve as the first step in a clients continuing education. Scroll down this page to explore our Discovery Flight options.

Space is Limited. Contact Us to Learn More and Get Started Today.

Our backcountry training is in high demand and requires an early commitment. This is especially true during the high demand months of June and July. Therefore, if interested, please contact us as soon as possible.  Include a brief summary of your flight experience, if any, and let us know which dates interest you for either personalized instruction or a Discovery Flight experience.


Discovery Flights: In-Depth Training Options at a Fixed Rate


Idaho Backcountry Discovery 6.5 - $949

Prepare yourself for the ultimate day of flying in Idaho's incredible backcountry. Experienced pilots will be delighted as they deeply explore a realm of flight known by few. Aspiring pilots will be thrilled and motivated to continue onward. This is a big day. You'll fly through rugged mountains and over beautiful river canyons. Several famous backcountry airstrips will be approached, evaluated and landed. This package allows plenty of time to stretch your legs and enjoy your lunch at some remote mountain airstrip. Approximate hours: 6.5 total, 4 in flight. Available June-July. Video option available.

Idaho Backcountry Discovery 5.0 - $749

A great immersive view of backcountry flying. This is a good option for experienced pilots wanting a comprehensive introduction to the backcountry with flight to and from many of Idaho's world-renowned backcountry strips. This package allows time to stretch your legs, enjoy the mountain air and snack. Approximate hours: 5 total, 3 in flight. Available June-July. Video option available.

Nevada Discovery 2.5 - $399

This Discovery Flight, offered from our Reno, NV base, provides a good introduction to our aircraft, our instructors and the beauty of the area. Two paths are available - one which includes flight over beautiful Lake Tahoe, and a second that introduces off-airport options in Northern Nevada. Approximate hours: 2.5 total, 1.5 in flight. Available October-May. Video option available.

Space is Limited. Contact Us to Learn More and Get Started Today.

Our backcountry training is in high demand and requires an early commitment. This is especially true during the high demand months of June and July. Therefore, if interested, please contact us as soon as possible.  Include a brief summary of your flight experience, if any, and let us know which dates interest you for either personalized instruction or a Discovery Flight experience.

We adhere to and support the Code of Conduct outlined by the Recreational Aviation Foundation. We fervently hope to make you an advocate as well and will donate 1% of the proceeds from any backcountry training you book to the RAF.