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FLY OZ Intro to Backcountry Flying #3

Learn some of the basics of backcountry flying in our two day course!

  • Ended
  • 2,100 US dollars
  • KVBT Bentonville Airport

Service Description

When we hear the term “backcountry flying”, we usually think of places like Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and a few others - certainly Northwest Arkansas is rarely on the short list. However, more and more folks are discovering the great backcountry flying and recreational opportunities right here in the center of the country. Arkansas consists of nineteen million acres of forest covering close to sixty percent of the state, so no matter where you are in Arkansas, it only takes a few minutes to get out of town and away from it all. Thus our title, “the natural state”, is well deserved. Our backcountry programs are based out of the Bentonville airport (KVBT) located in the northwestern corner of the state. From here we have access to over fifty airstrips within an hour's flight - some of them just a few minutes away. At FLY OZ, we believe that there is a lot more to backcountry flying than just taking off and landing short. It involves a completely different pilot mindset which encompasses things like survival, stewardship, planning, and assessment to name a few. Our goal is to provide a well rounded introduction to the backcountry flying environment. We do this with a combination of ground and flight training utilizing your aircraft or ours. Our three day program begins with a full morning of small group ground discussion focused around developing your backcountry mindset. The first flight with one of our highly experienced instructors, will be to assess the performance of the aircraft we are flying and get a feel for the various gaits of flight. The second flight involves assessing and polishing our STOL skills through work on spot landings, and soft and short field work. Finally, in our last flight we move on to explore some of the nearby airstrips and put the skills we have developed to use. Each evening will be spent in a hotel (not included) in beautiful Bentonville which offers a host of nightlife and recreational opportunities outside nearly every doorstep. Mountain biking, world class museums, restaurants, walking and hiking trails are all easily accessible. We look forward to seeing you in the Ozarks! Not quite ready to sign up yet? Check out our Backcountry Flying Video series found at the "Videos" link at the top of this screen.

Cancelation Policy

Our cancellation policy is full refund up to two weeks prior to class, 75% refund up to one week before, 50% refund after that.

Contact Details

  • 2205 SW I Street, Bentonville, AR 72712

    (479) 553-9690

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