3 thoughts on “Your Guide To Staying Alive While Flying Low

  1. I suppose I flying low all the time. KLAR, Laramie Wyoming, is at an elevation of 7284 feet. If I flying at 5000 AGL, that puts my single engine Beech Sport at 12,284 MSL. It doesn’t perform very well at that altitude. Then crossing the Laramie Range to Cheyenne would put my over 13,000 feet. I have trouble breathing at that altitude myself. Here in the Rocky Mountain West we learn to fly “low” or don’t fly at all. Thanks for a great article. It is very true, “If you’re going to fly low,” said my first flight instructor, “you had better know how to do it right.” (Especially out here).

  2. Floatplane pilots become very proficient at flying at low altitude. Depending on the area there are usually lots of emergency landing areas available. We also quite often have an option of landing and waiting out bad weather which might force a VFR landplane lower than is safe. I tell my passengers that usually the only things flying at the same altitude as us is other floatplanes and helicopters. All the usual cautions about flying at low level still apply.

  3. As an aerial applicator over 95% of my time ends up being below 800’ AGL. Good article. The best advice is I know is keep your eyes outside the cockpit. Getting distracted with stuff in the cockpit at low level can be deadly in a hurry. Also, look your flight path all the way through and make sure you have an out, to make sure you don’t fly yourself into a corner.

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