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Our goal is that no plane ever goes missing. But if the worst happens, here are some things that will make it easier for emergency crews to find the plane faster:

File a flight plan – a flight plan will tell searchers where you were heading and your intended route. This information can be critical during a search. 

Flight Plan (pdf 28 kb)
FAA Flight Planning Information

Use flight following – talking to air traffic control (ATC) during your flight can pay dividends if you go missing. ATC would have radar information and details about when they last spoke to you, where you were heading, and if you had reported any in-flight troubles.

Make sure you have an operational emergency locator transmitter – the key word here is “operational.” Check it out every so often to make sure it’s working. ELTs transmit distress signals in emergencies and help search crews find your location. ELTs are required in most U.S. registered civil aircraft. 


Consider investing in a new 406 ELT – several years ago, a more advanced model of the ELT (406 mhz) was developed. This version will cost around $550 per unit, but has an 80 percent chance of activating upon impact. And it will tell searchers your tail number and exact location. This could mean the difference between hours and minutes when it comes to searches.

More 406 ELT information - NOAA


Aviation Associations: 

Washington Pilots Association Information (pdf 96 kb)

Mountain Flying Resources:

McCall ID – Mountain and Canyon Flying

Eagle CO - Alpine Flight Training  

Boulder CO – Specialty Flight Training  

Mountain Flying Safety in Idaho (pdf 91 kb)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Useful Links:

Washington State Policy Guidelines for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (pdf 184 kb)


FAA UAS Information

FAA Frequently Asked Questions

FAA Model Aircraft Operations Guidelines 

FAA Civil Operations

Know Before you Fly Guidance

NTSB Safety Alerts:

Fueling Matters

Fueling Mistakes

Additional Resources:

Airport Restaurant List 2018 (327 kb)

Disclaimer: These resources and links are for information only. WSDOT does not endorse any particular web site, Mountain Flying School or Resource.