Pilots take extra precaution when flying over Idaho backcountry

Pilots take extra precaution when flying over Idaho backcountry »Play Video
This April 15, 2009 photo shows the view from Ray Arnold's Cessna 185 airplane during a flight to deliver mail and other supplies to the remote Idaho backcountry on the only backcountry air mail route left in the lower 48 states. Arnold delivers mail to nearly two dozen ranches on a stretch of land larger than Indiana. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - While flying into the Idaho backcountry is very different from flying over it, local pilots say there are always steps that need to be taken to help ensure survival if something goes wrong.

William Foote, who is the Director of Ponderosa Aero Club in Boise, said weather is one of the biggest factors for danger this time of year. That's why they stress being patient.

"The best way to get there is hurry up and wait," said Foote. "We want to wait for weather that is going to be suitable for the trip."

Foote says having survival gear is a must because if someone survives a landing or crash they need to be able to survive until help arrives.

While there is always risk in flying Foote said there are ways to minimize risk. One way is having a flight plan that goes near major population centers or roadways. He said that minimizes time over the mountains and gives you a better chance of finding a landing spot.