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Into the wild - local pilots brave elements at Winter Surivial Clinic

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Jan 12 2013 08:06:13 PM MST
Into the wild - local pilots brave elements at Winter Surivial Clinic
MARION, Mont. -

New and experienced pilots are currently braving the elements in Marion. That's because they're at a 3-day Winter Survival Clinic, put on by the Montana Department of Transportation's Aeronautic Division.

The clinic is aimed at teaching pilots how to make food, shelter, and fire in case of an emergency landing in an unfamiliar location, while awaiting help from search and rescue crews.

One student pilot tells NBC Montana this clinic is necessary for Montana airmen, as weather conditions are constantly changing across the state.

"You want to cover the basic necessities," said Michael Avallone. "Getting a fire started so if you're not dressed to the occasion you can try to maintain some sort of body warmth. And using your natural environment to help you instead of hurt you."

For more on MDT's Aeronautic Division and their clinics, visit their website.