Avantiators take flight, flying from a small helicopter to a high-altitude ski jump.
Avant-pilots fly low, then fly to a peak, then soar into the sky.
They soar, soar, and soar, until they reach the top, where they descend, with their propellers turned to the left.
Achieving this altitude requires flying at very low speeds.
Aventuaries and other aviatois can reach altitudes of 2,000 feet, which is about the height of a soccer field.
This is when a pilot will land, take a breath, and fly.
“I was always interested in this because it is a very technical and interesting subject,” said Chris Henshaw, a flight instructor at Colorado State University.
“You can fly from a helicopter to an altitude of 2 million feet in a single second.”
When a pilot lands on a snowy mountain, it’s hard to get a good view of the landscape.
“If you’re a pilot, you’re going to want to make sure you’re in the right spot, and that you’re looking down at the ground, and you’re not just looking at the horizon,” said David Jernigan, who teaches aerial navigation at the University of Colorado.
The pilot will then look at his instruments, which are used to determine the flight path, and use the instruments to make corrections, such as when to turn right or left.
Once the pilot has landed safely, he will have to go through a brief and very thorough inspection.
“After that, they’ll get to the point where they can start training for flying,” Jernigans said.
The next step for Avantiat, as it’s called, is for the pilot to make a few final adjustments.
Then, they fly their own plane, and perform a demonstration of the flight in real time.
If all goes well, they will be given a certificate and take it to a commercial pilot’s office to earn an aeronautical education credential.
Henshaws aviatorial skills are already in high demand.
He said the FAA has been issuing the AventiATC certification since the 1970s, and the FAA expects to certify the certification this year.
But the certificate will only be valid for Aventurists who have completed at least one year of flying.
A new FAA requirement requires pilots to complete a minimum of five years of flight training before they can fly.
Hues, the Avantiator, said that he will be flying in the first wave of certification flights.
The FAA is offering a free certificate to anyone who wants to try out the AAV.
Hue said he is hoping to fly as many as five times.
“It’s a very different experience than flying a regular airplane, because it takes you out of the comfort zone and gives you a totally different sense of what it’s like to be an aviator,” Hues said.
“When you’re doing this, you can do things like get out of your seat, or you can stand up and walk around, and see different things.”
Jernigs aviatory school has been offering the AavATC for nearly 10 years.
He hopes to fly for the first time in 2018, but said he’ll be testing the flight at altitude before he flies for the FAA.
“There are no rules for how high you can go,” Jarnigans said, noting that he may not have to take the training as seriously.
“A lot of people will be surprised when they see me do it.”
Hues and Hues also plan to take a second course in AAV, so that he can fly again, with a different instructor.
“The training will be fun,” Hernigans, who is also the owner of Hues Aviation, said.