Advanced Airmanship Secrets

High Altitude Operations

Almost the entire Western United States is mountainous. If you like to ski, camp, fish, or just enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the West, you're going to be taking off from airports with high density altitudes.

To put things into perspective, I took off from Las Vegas' McCarran International when the temperature on the runway was 135F. The field elevation was 2,030 MSL but the density altitude was over 7,000 ft.