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Mountain Canyon Backcountry Flying with Lori MacNichol
Flying the Idaho Backcountry and Fundamentals of Aircraft Control in Slow Flight
Date and Time:
Saturday, April 4, 2020, starting at 09:30 Pacific Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Lori MacNichol
Brief Description:

Backcountry Pilots spend a lot of time in slow flight. This course will go into details of maneuvering during slow flight in your aircraft while preventing loss of control.  Famed backcountry backcountry pilot Lori MacNichol will illustrate how to fly safely in the backcountry

There is a fee for this class.  Preregister at least 24 hours in advance at http://www.vc99sclasses.com where you can find detailed information about the classes, instructors and fees.

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Location of Seminar:
Department of Airports at KCMA
555 Airport Way

Camarillo, CA 93010
Directions to Venue:

Driving:  Exit 101 Freeway at Los Posas, head south on Los Posas. Turn right at traffic light at Pleasant Valley.  Turn right at traffic light at Airport Way. Dept of Airport Building is last building on the left where Airport Way dead ends at Durley.  Flying: A three minute walk from the walk-through gate adjacent to Channel Island Aviation.  Walk out to Durley, turn left on Durley.  The Dept of Airports Building is on your right at the intersection of Durley & Airport Way.

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Carolyn Brown or Susan Liebeler
Phone: 805-312-9299
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Mountain Canyon Backcountry Flying with Lori MacNichol

A VC99's Pilot Proficiency Class

Saturday, Apr 4   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


This course consists of two parts:

  1. "Flying the Idaho Backcountry: Easy as 1,2,3”

This digital presentation supported by video will travel throughout the Idaho backcountry, visit various backcountry ranches and whet your appetite for a flight seeing tour of your own. Famed backcountry pilot/instructor Lori MacNichol will illustrate how to fly safely in the backcountry with emphasis on:

  • Knowing yourself;
  • Knowing your aircraft;
  • Knowing your environment. 

2.          Fundamentals of Aircraft Control in Slow Flight”

Backcountry pilots spend a lot of time in “slow flight.”   This course will go into details of maneuvering during slow flight in your aircraft while preventing loss of control, and emphasize how to:

  • Learn the airplane’s cues while in the slow flight configuration;
  • Smoothly manage coordinated flight;  
  • Recognize the progressive signals that a stall may be imminent.

Instructor: Lori MacNichol, ATP, CFI CFII, MEI. She is a FAASTeam Representative in the Boise FSDO and a member of SAFE (Society of Aviation and Flight Educators).  Lori learned to fly in McCall, Idaho in 1982 because she wanted to get into the most remote fishing spots in the Idaho backcountry. Through her love of fishing, she developed a lasting love of flying and accumulated as much aviation knowledge as possible.

The private pilot license led to commercial and flight instructor ratings and Lori carefully began keeping notes on the essential piloting skills and peculiarities of backcountry flying. While expanding her piloting experiences working as an air taxi pilot, she absorbed invaluable insight into the mountains and canyons from the old-timers in the area. Along the way she added multiengine and seaplane ratings and is now qualified as an airline transport pilot. Lori also discovered her true calling in aviation, as an instructor and teacher.

Lori is the founder and owner of McCall Mountain/Canyon Flying Seminars, a flight school located in McCall, ID. This school provides an educational introduction to the special type of airmanship skills and knowledge needed to operate safely in the unique environment of the mountain and canyons of backcountry.

Lori conducts aviation safety seminars for general aviation pilots and many advanced specialty groups such as US Air Force Special Operations Services, US Border Patrol, US Forest Service, and National Transportation Safety Board.

She is currently involved in the preservation of the Wilderness Airstrips across the nation and has been invited to speak in Washington, D.C. during Congressional hearings, giving testimony in favor of preserving backcountry airstrips.She has had the opportunity to work with Idaho Public Television’s “Outdoor Idaho” filming and has been hosted on segments of “Back Country Pilots” and the History Channel Series “Modern Marvels” titled “Runways.”

Striving to foster the love of aviation and share the beauty of air travel in the mountain wilderness, Lori continues to travel and speak at seminars and conventions across the United States and Canada, radiating her enthusiasm for flying and teaching. She considers herself blessed to be able to spend every day doing what she loves best, teaching Mountain/Canyon Flying!

This program is one of a series in the Ventura County 99s 20th Annual Pilot Proficiency Classes, an annual series of approximately 20-25  seminars and programs from February to May. There is a fee for all classes except the February 19th "Reflections of a Test Pilot" with Tom Morgenfeld. Please go to our registration web site at http://www.vc99sclasses.com  and click on the class schedule tab for fee information which appears at the end of the class title.   The FAA does not permit us to include fee information here.  The web site also provides additional information about each class and the instructors.

Some classes fill to capacity quickly. Please register for the seminar at least 24 hours in advance to ensure we have seats for everyone at  http://www.vc99sclasses.com.  We cannot guarantee a seat  to people who do not register in advance.  If seats are available, we will gladly accept payments and registration from walk-ins at the door. 

Unless otherwise indicated on the registration web site http://www.vc99sclasses.com, all classes meet in the upstairs meeting room of the Department of Airports, 555 Airport Way, Camarillo, CA 93010, on the field at KCMA.  There is no wireless network available to attendees in the classroom.  If you want Internet access during a class, you will need to use your own data plan or bring or activate a hotspot. 



Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
½ Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 1
½ Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
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