10-Day Rocky Mountain Instrument Training Vacation

Our accelerated instrument flight training vacation is a great option in your quest to gain both proficiency and a strong feeling of confidence while learning IFR mountain techniques. During your training, you will fly from Colorado to several western Rocky Mountain states, with stops at the challenging airports of Aspen and Telluride.

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17-Day Rocky Mountain Private Pilot Training Vacation

Learning to fly in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is one of the best ways to get your Private Pilot License. On this once-in-a-lifetime 17-day training/vacation, you will experience the beauty of the great American wilderness. We fly in several western states and then back to Colorado. As with all our adventure flights, you can bring along a guest or your spouse.

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14-Day Alaska IFR Cirrus SR22 Adventure

Our Alaska IFR flight training course is the "Ultimate" training adventure in a Cirrus SR22. On this once-in-a-lifetime 14-day training/vacation, you will experience the beauty of the last American frontiers. We fly north from Colorado and then return via the West Coast. You can bring along a guest or your spouse.

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15-Day Multi & IFR Tecnam P2006 Adventure

After many requests, we’ve created the Multi-Instrument Flight Training Adventure. With this adventure, you’ll train for your multi-engine and instrument rating while flying the Rocky Mountains in a Tecnam P2006.

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LATEST NEWS: Our family is moving to Leadville Colorado. Russell Aviation for the past 12 years has been based in Buena Vista and the Arkansas Valley of Colorado and have become one of the longest running high altitude and mountain flight training companies in the USA. We have been using the Leadville Airport for years and will be offering a new "Master Aviator" course in the next few weeks that will be using the Leadville Airport.

For over 14 years, Mickey Russell has been providing accelerated private pilot and instrument flight training adventures. With Russell Aviation accelerated flight training adventures/vacations, you will not have all the headaches caused by making the arrangements yourself: planning overnight stops, deciding where to stay and what experiences are worth your time. Years of flight training, planning and travels have given our founder the knowledge necessary to create some of the ultimate flight training vacation for you. Our flight trainings not only meet every pilot’s flying dreams, but they also provide the pilot, their family and friends with time in beautiful Colorado and the ability to fly to remote and unique destinations in the Lower 48, Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean.

We use modern technically advanced aircraft such as the Garmin G1000 equipped Diamond Star DA40, Cessna 172, Cessna 182RG, and the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 for our accelerated flight training adventures. We also have a Beech Duchess, Tecnam P2006 and Piper Seneca for the multi training.

You can also get your Private Pilot License in as little as 17 days or your Instrument Rating in as little as 10 days with our cross-country flight training adventure. For the IFR adventure, we focus on Single Pilot IFR Operations so you are prepared to venture into instrument conditions upon completion of our IFR adventure. Our flight training adventures may include a flight to Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, Idaho and Montana back country, where flight students learn important techniques as they train in “real world” cross-country and IMC weather conditions. Training stops may include: Santa Fe and Taos, Lake Powell, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Jackson Hole, Heber City/Sundance, Telluride, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Leadville and other exciting stops.


Chris and Mickey over the Grand Canyon

This is an educational aeronautical adventure/vacation with a Certified Flight Instructor. Before we leave on our adventure, you will spend a few days in Colorado learning more about the aircraft you have selected for your training and preparing for your cross-country adventure. It’s critical to both your safety and your enjoyment of the rest of the adventure that you feel competent in the aircraft that you are flying from the first days of your aviation enrichment adventure. All courses will include training in the art and science of mountain flying, with flights in the Rocky Mountains.

The US military has continuously utilized accelerated flight training for our military pilots. As years of experience by the military and Russell Aviation have proven, full-time intense training leads to a greater level of skills, proficiency and confidence necessary to operate safely as a well-trained pilot at lower costs.

Enjoy your training with your spouse or guest at no additional charge.

Or get a 10% discount and 70% more training if you and a friend train together.
Russell Aviation - Accelerated Instrument Flight Training Vacation

Who knew that accelerated Private Pilot and Instrument flight training could be so enjoyable?

With Russell Aviation's flight training adventures, you will have an exciting time flying in mountainous terrain with one of the best mountain flight instructors in the country. The flying is trickier, but the views of the Rocky Mountains are magnificent, and the stops along the way are spectacular. You will have a fun time seeing some of the most beautiful views in the United States during our cross-county aviation adventure, which can include Alaska.

A true accelerated flight training adventure to remember for a lifetime!