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. Some of the stops we use are Aspen and Telluride.

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18-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 18-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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For over 15 years, Mickey Russell has been providing accelerated private pilot and instrument flight training adventures in the Colorado Rockies. With Russell Aviation accelerated IFR and Private Pilot flight training adventures/vacations, you will avoid the headaches caused by making the arrangements yourself. We help with 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 ultimate flight training vacations. Our flight training not only meet every pilot’s flying dreams, but they also provide the pilot, their family and friends with time in beautiful Colorado. We can also plan flights to remote and unique destinations deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. We are quite different than any other flight training company in the USA, because we blend mountain training with your flight training program. The results is a safe and competent pilot.

We use either modern aircraft such as the Garmin G1000-equipped Cessna 172 and Cessna 182. We have found over time that aircraft with the G1000 are harder for new pilots to learn in. So we also provide state-of-the-art "Legacy" aircraft like the Cessna 152 with a 125hp engine and the 180hp Cessna 172 which was developed for mountain flying or the Piper Archer.

You can also get your Private Pilot License in as little as 18 days or your Instrument Rating in as little as 10 days with our cross-country flight training adventures. 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 the Montana back-country, where you'll learn important techniques as you train in “real world” cross-country and IMC weather conditions. Training stops may also 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 adventure. All courses will include training in the art and science of mountain flying, with flights in the high alpine Rocky Mountains, and yes we can provide oxygen if needed.

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 a lower cost.

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 flight training could be so fun?

With Russell Aviation's flight training adventures, you will have an exciting time flying in high alpine 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. 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. We are The mountain flying academy of choice and teach beyond what you will usually get at other flight schools and aviation colleges.

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