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Master CFI Emeritus Art Hayssen's
Mountain Flying Adventures

Learn from the professionals who know and use the techniques...that just could save your life.

About Our Flyouts


Our Flyouts consists of 2 or more aircraft making a group flight to a cross country destination, and flying a second leg to an airport where we have lunch before returning to home base. 

We do our best to match up pilots and participants with aircraft. You may also 'bring a friend' with you. Many pilots like to bring their spouse or buddy. For the route, we gather at 6pm the evening before to check the weather outlook and do flight planning for the route. This year we will meet on Zoom.

We come together at 8am the next day to get an update on the weather and hopefully depart no later than 9am. Aircraft will depart on a schedule which will allow for arrival at the first destination airport at the same approximate time.

Slower aircraft depart first, the fastest last. Aircraft departing at other than KSTS will be in contact will the fly out Coordinator to time departure. All aircraft will monitor 122.75Mhz (air-to-air) to report position and any significant activity along the route. More details about the flights will be covered at the Mountain Flying Seminar and pre-planning session.

Our Mountain Flying Seminar gives you the ground instruction you need to practice safe mountain flying. 

The flyout is the "hands on" portion where pilots and participants get together to network and 'put the petal to the metal' to put to use mountain flying skills!

You must have taken or take a ground training course from Art to be qualified to join a fly out as the Pilot-in-Command.

You may want to join us just for the classroom part of the training program. Most find the flyout the highlight of the training.

We encourage you to come join us (and bring a friend too!) for the memorable adventure!

Fly Out Schedule

We have planned Flyout destinations and dates listed below. If weather or other factors don’t allow a Flyout to the destination for a particular date, we will substitute one of the other Fly Out loops on that day.

May 21st: Yosemite - Mammoth Lakes & South Lake Tahoe & Return

June 4th: Truckee & South Lake Tahoe

June 18th: Pine Mountain Lake & Auburn (with overflight of Lake Tahoe)

July 9th: Ruth, Kneeland & Shelter Cove

July 23rd: Dinsmore (D63), Hyampom (H47), Hoopa (O21)

August 20th: Nervino (O02), Gansner (2O1) & Rodgers (O05)

Sept. 10th: McBeth (S51) & Kneeland (O19)

Sept. 24th: Lake Almanor (O05) & Truckee (KTRK)

Oct. 8th: Make-up Date for any canceled flights

Note:   Plan to arrive at KSTS by 7:30am or be available by phone, unless otherwise requested.



Art Hayssen, 5-time NAFI Master Instructor, FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, ATP and active Flight Instructor since 1980. With over 10,000 hours of flight instruction given, Art’s instructor certificate includes airplane single and multi-engine land and sea, and instrument ratings. Art has conducted classes for the Civil Air Patrols Mountain Flying course and has flown extensively throughout the most rugged and remote regions of the Western US, Canada, Alaska and Southern Africa.

Dad & Nance's flight to Lake Sonoma & Healdsburg_ Windsor (Highschool, Junk yard) on first

May 21st Flyout Adventure:
Sonoma County - Yosemite - Mammoth Lakes & South Lake Tahoe

$89 per plane (includes pilot and all passengers).

​Our first proposed flight of the year to Mammoth-Yosemite & South Lake Tahoe airports will take us over the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River & Tuolumne Meadows, through Tioga Pass, past Mono Lake to Mammoth-Yosemite Airport.

Our second leg will follow US Hwy 395 on the East side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Lake Tahoe where we will stop for lunch at the Flight Deck Restaurant overlooking the runway and surrounding area.


This flyout is the perennial favorite among flyout pilots. The mountain landscapes of the Sierra Nevada were the highlight of the trip! Snow-capped peaks and still frozen lakes at the higher elevations contrasted with the forested landscape of Yosemite below and the dramatically different terrain of the high desert East of Tioga Pass.

Last year's flyout to Pine Mountain Lake and Auburn was completed under near perfect atmospheric conditions. The 14 pilots and passengers gathered at the Auburn Wings Grill for lunch before returning home across the ‘Big Valley.’


​Skies were remarkably clear on our return lag considering the numerous wildfires throughout Northern California.


The Route:


see pictures from our flyouts

We Hope You Can Join Us for 
Our Next Exciting Adventure!

Register Now. Space Is Limited.

To Register Email Art,
or call 707-321-2040.


Full refunds are given if flyout is postponed due to weather conditions or may be applied to a future flyout.

“Art’s presentation was a real 'eye-opener' on preflight planning required and overcoming some of the difficulties of flying approaches in the mountains.” - Joan Bacci, Guerneville, CA


"This ol' geezer remembers the best instructor on the west coast - Art! I can't express enough your father's copious wisdom Instrument ground school! Best learning experiences EVER! Real instruction! And passionate of the profession - teaching! I'd recommend Art to anyone interesting in flying .  . .  and flying SAFE!!"  - Phil Danskin, Sonoma



Any Questions?

Feel free to 
Email Art,
or call 707-321-2040.

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