Level 1 Backcountry Flying Instruction

Requirements for Level 1 Backcountry Course

  • 150 Hours minimum if you have a high performance endorsement
  • 200 Hours minimum without a high performance endorsement
  • Recent proficiency based on log book hours
  • Pilots expected to prescreen the airstrips mentioned in the schedule
  • If using own aircraft plane needs to be vetted for backcountry operations (need to bring log books
  • Pilot needs current medical exam

Package Options

Package 1 (1 Pilot using Cessna 182)
$5,000.00

  • 2 Days of backcountry flying instruction total of 6 hours (Cessna 182)
  • Pre and post flight briefings
  • Backcountry first aid and survival ground school, survival kit for plane
  • 3 night stay at the Snooze n Fly Farm
  • 2 lunches provided
  • Amazing aviation swag

Package 2 (2 Pilots using Cessna 182)
$5,500.00

  • Shared backcountry flying instruction, 2 pilots, 3 hours of flying each, when not flying you sit in the backseat and learn from observation (Cessna 182)
  • Pre and post flight briefings
  • Backcountry first aid and survival ground school, survival kit for plane
  • 3 night stay at the Snooze n Fly Farm
  • 2 lunches provided
  • Amazing aviation swag

Package 3 (1 Pilot using their own capable plane suitable for rugged backcountry landings)
$3,400.00

  • 2 Days of backcountry flying instruction total of 6 hours
  • Pre and post flight briefings
  • Backcountry first aid and survival ground school, survival kit for plane
  • 3 night stay at the Snooze n Fly Farm
  • 2 lunches provided
  • Amazing aviation swag

Also Available

Additional Advanced Backcountry Flying Instruction Into More Difficult Airstrips With No Go Around Option

  • Qualification for this additional 3 hours of flying instruction will be determined by the instructor based on the previous days of flying
  • Pre and post flight briefings

Evening Scenic Flight Tours Available-Inquire upon arrival

  • Fly over beautiful Flathead lake, Bob Marshall Wilderness, and Mission Mountains

Backcountry Tailwheel Training for Rated Pilots Available

  • Citabria
  • Tailwheel endorsement needed to use for course
  • See website flyfosteraviation.com for separate tailwheel training

About Your CFIs

ABOUT AARON FOSTER

A bit about your CFI: Aaron Foster was born in McCall and grew up exploring and learning the Idaho backcountry. After studying at the University of Idaho, a career in fish and wildlife biology again had him flying around various parts of the Idaho backcountry, from studying Bighorn sheep in the Frank Church Wilderness, to conducting big game counts and mule deer capture projects in Hells Canyon.

Now, as a full time CFI Aaron enjoys sharing his passion for aviation (particularly Tailwheels:) and the backcountry of Idaho and Montana from his home base in Missoula, Montana.

ABOUT ART DYKSTRA

A bit about your CFI: Art Dykstra has 20+ years of mountain flying out of KMSO with 12,000 hours. He is ATP CFI-MEII, ASEL, ASES, AMEL, ROTOR-HELI, Tailwheel endorsed. He is type rated CE500, CE510S, CL30, DA10, DC3, LRJET.

His backcountry experience includes:

  • 5 years low level animal surveys for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks in 160hp Super Cub
  • 10 years 135 charter for outfitters at remote airstrips in Montana/Idaho in C182, C206
  • 7 years Mountain Pilot Search Instructor for State of Montana, search and rescue
  • 10 years as FAA check airman and line pilot, flying firefighting Smokejumpers in Montana/Idaho in Twin Otter

Art has a passion for instructing advanced pilots how to fly into remote backcountry strips in Idaho. He has been involved in many flying projects over the years, his most recent being one of the lead pilots taking Miss Montana, a DC-3, back to Normandy.