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Look up FAR 61.51(e)and (f)2. The ONLY way for Joy to log safety pilot time is as SIC. (Because he's a required pilot by regulation, but not PIC.)
[This message has been edited by Miles Tugeau (edited 07-01-2001).]
Brian, I gather from your post that you have no mountain flying training or experience. If that is true then you really should not attempt this flight until you get some training. You don't mention what kind of equipment you'll be flying. Single Engine? Turbo? Are you instrument rated? De-ice equipment? Perhaps it would help you to know how another pilot would approach this flight, namely me. (I'm a professional pilot with over 15 years experience flying in the mountains of the western US.)
First, my pax would know well ahead of time the STRONG possibility that we will not make it into 7V1. Our alternates would be Montrose to the west and Colorado Springs to the east. Are the travel dates flexible? Can we leave a couple of days earlier if the weather looks really good? Later? Same for the return trip. I don't' have the appraoch charts in front of me, but I would guess that the minimums are above basic VFR minimums. The weather will have to be a 2000 ft. ceiling and 3 miles vis or we're probably going somewhere else. Keep in mind that the weather can change VERY quickly up there. (Do you have any experience landing/taxiing on snow/ice? Do you know how your aircraft will perform in a go-around at 8,000 ft.?)
Where will you be coming from? If you don't have the range to land at 7V1 with a couple hours of fuel left you'll need to stop for fuel. "Flatland" fuel requirements don't work in the mountains. There's an excellent chance you'll have to head to your alternate, maybe even your second alternate. You need to give yourself lots of options and be ready to use them. Ceiling and visibility aren't your only concerns. Wind could very easily send you to a distant alternate, and beat you up on the way.
You'll notice I haven't mentioned anything about actual Mountain Flying techniques. That's for your instructor. Once you're properly trained, this could be the most challenging ,yet most satisfying and beautiful flying you'll ever do. But it must be approached conservatively, and with great caution. Good luck and happy flying!
[This message has been edited by Miles Tugeau (edited 10-10-2000).]