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Do I need renter’s insurance?

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If you fly aircraft that you do not own, the answer is an unequivocal “YES!” If you drive a car or own a house, you are required to carry insurance – this is for YOUR protection as much as it is for others’.  So why don’t most of us even think about insurance when we […]

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Learn to Fly: What it Looks Like – Aileron


Smart Flight Training’s goal is to take the mystery out of aviation for those who want to learn to fly by discussing flight training terms and showing pictures and video where we can. We hope that reading about, seeing, and watching aviation in action will help you learn to fly more efficiently – saving you […]

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My first “student”

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I have been flying for as long as I can remember. In fact, my first memory (fuzzy as it may be) is sitting on my dad’s lap while he let me “fly” the airplane when I was about 3 years old or so. I got my private pilot certificate in 1999, and graduated from Eastern […]

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What is a Power-Off Stall?

A power-off stall is a maneuver that simulates an accidental stall that might occur during an approach to land. If you are flying an airplane equipped with flaps &/or retractable landing gear, the plane will be in the landing configuration during this maneuver. A power-off stall might be practiced from straight-ahead flight or from banked […]

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Unmanned Aircraft in Your Airspace?

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In February, President Obama signed an aviation bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to make plans to integrate drones into American airspace. The president included this provision in the FAA’s funding bill.  Here is a link to an interview with John Villasenor, who has been writing about drones in Scientific American for a while now.  This […]

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