Training Description

All flight instruction courses include academics with state of the art Powerpoint presentations.  The courses are designed to be demanding, but not overwhelming.  Each participant is evaluated prior to all courses, and after their completion.  An honest evaluation is provided addressing the potential for an individual's future in the natural resource aviation arena.  Courses can be administered on an individual and case-by-case basis with a special emphasis on "Training the Trainer, " usually the Chief Pilot.

Courses available are:
     • Advanced Rotary-Wing Mountain Flying
     • Vertical Reference Longline
     • Initial Attack Fire Fighting (for Pilots)

Personalized syllabus flight training on a request basis

Pure academic courses are available consisting of Aircraft Performance Planning, Incident Command System, Wildland Fire Behavior, Aviation Wildland Firefighting tactics, Risk Management and Assessment, Helibase and Helispot Managemenet & Operations.

Courses are designed as an exportable training package utilizing your aircraft.  Or if desired, training will be conducted in a Bell model 206 series aircraft provided by Montana Aero Services of Missoula, Montana.  See photo at left.

The surrounding photos depict typical mountain scenes to be encountered during training, and a helicopter in action during a Vertical Reference longline exercise.


When conducting transition training
from one model to another, or refresher training in the same model, safety is the primary goal.  The pilot is taught safety during normal flight procedures as well as when practicing the proper procedures to take care of training malfunctions and emergencies that may be encountered during the  training flight.

Normal flight maneuvers are required to be made to the standards required in the FAA Practical Test Standards guides.  The pilot is required to handle in-flight malfunctions and emergencies in accordance with flight manual procedures.  In single engine aircraft the pilot is responsible for handling the situation without reference to the flight manual.  In two pilot aircraft, if the malfunction/emergency can be initiated so as to allow time, the pilot in command can call for the co-pilot to refer to the flight manual for the proper procedure

When training in single engine aircraft,
engine failure is simulated by rolling the throttle to idle.  The pilot is required to complete an autorotation to the ground without use of the engine.  This procedure is practiced until the pilot is capable of landing the aircraft to the prescribed landing area to the skill level required by the instructor.

A touchdown autorotation is not conducted to the ground in twin engine models unless the aircraft is approved for a touchdown autorotation.  Single engine procedures to a landing are taught following a simulated engine failure or fire.

During transition and refresher training, normal maneuvers are taught & reviewed.  Malfunctions & emergency procedures are also taught, practiced and reviewed.


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Superior Performance Aviation
18655 Sorrel Springs Lane
Frenchtown, MT 59834
Contact Tim Pfahler
Phone: (406) 544-9457
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