In 1951 it was determined by the United States Air Force that the Sierra Nevada Mountains would be a great place for survival training. The USAF Survival School moved to the Stead Air Force Base on May 29, 1951. Now, 60 years later, the Aerobatic Company and Flight School, Inc returns survival training to the Reno Stead Airport. These programs are designed for general aviation pilots and their passengers.

On August 7, 1997, about 0800 Pacific Daylight time, a Piper PA-18 airplane, N123AB, sustained substantial damage when it impacted trees about 100 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada. The commercial pilot and single passenger were uninjured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was filed with a local hunting guide. The pilot stated that he made a low pass over a sand bar, and the airplane was upset during a turn by a wind gust, causing a wing to strike a tree. The pilot and passenger comfortably awaited a rescue effort that took 32 hours. The aforementioned accident was, of course, fictitious. But it could happen to you. Will you be prepared to survive a forced or emergency landing? Every pilot knows that flying requires preparation. The need for a thorough flight plan could not be greater than for a trip into mountainous terrain or remote areas like Nevada. The scarcity of roads and facilities, the rough terrain, and vast distances between communities demand forethought and planning. Emergency Survival Gear and the knowledge of how to use that gear is essential.

Tim Brill conducts Aviation Survival courses here in Nevada or at your location. Please contact him for a quote.

Course Outline:

The Survival Triangle


     Mental Elements


Initial Assessment:

  Cold Injuries

     Quick guide to Anatomy and Physiology
     Immersion Hypothermia
     Trench Foot and Immersion Foot
     Cold Diuresis
     Snow Blindness
     Carbon Monoxide
     Shock and Bleeding
     Wilderness Wound Management

Airway and Obstruction, Respiratory Arrest, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

CPR Considerations for Remote Environments

Food Sources



Clothing and Equipment

Hygiene and Animal Hazards

Shelter, Fire and Water

Aviation Survival Kits

Improvising plane parts for survival equipment

Weather Signs; 10 Rules of Survival; Questions.


Day 1 of 2 day Survival practical

Day 2 of 2 day Survival practical. We will return to civilization at 3:30pm for a shower and evening party at a local establishment of dubious repute.

Please contact Tim Brill for additional information.