January 18, 2009
Flight student Jim Martin, back, prepares to start the engine alongside instructor Joe Birkinbine on Friday morning at Steamboat Springs Airport.
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Paying special attention to weather that can be variable and extreme year-round is just one of the things instructor Joe Birkinbine teaches students in specialized courses on mountain flying. "The most challenging thing about flying in the Yampa Valley is weather," Birkinbine said. "This includes how difficult the weather is to forecast."