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Jason Schappert is A Certified Flight Instructor author of 4 aviation flight training titles and the creator of the best selling Online Ground School at

A pilot since 16 years of age Jason has the experience and qualifications to help you with any aspect of your flight training. Visit his blog at for help with all facets of flight training. About Jason Schappert

Overcoming Stalls

January 15th, 2010

Practicing stalls can either be a walk in the park for students or for some fears arise at the mention of the word. The fact of the matter is we must learn to practice stalls so we can practice recoveries not getting into a stall!

First off what is a stall?

Many new pilots first think of a stall as something to do with the engine. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we perform stalls in the airplane we're creating an "aerodynamic stall" In other words: The smooth air that was flowing over our wing generating lift has now been disturbed thus creating a sudden loss of lift and cause the airplane to temporally fall a few feet. Read More >>

Learn to Fly in 2010!

January 8th, 2010

Maybe you set it as your new years resolution or perhaps it's been a childhood dream waiting to be fulfilled. Now is the time to get into gear with the flying scene!

Try the Let's Go Flying Flight School Search. Choose a flight school and be excited to work hard! Flying is one of those things that you get out what you put in and then some.

Here at AOPA you have all the resources at your fingertips to get started and get heading in the right direction. Be sure to take full advantage of it.

Learning to fly in 2010 now that's a resolution!

Best of luck in 2010! Remember a good pilot is always learning!

Choosing a Flight School

December 9th, 2009

How to choose a flight school seems to be a popular question among upcoming student pilots.

More specifically questions like: What's the difference between Part 61 and Part 141? or How much does learning to fly cost?

When choosing your flight school it's important to know what to look for and have the proper questions ready to be asked and answered. Be sure to ask about ground school, look at their training aircraft, ask about cost, and take a tour.

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Sharing Aviation

October 29th, 2009

Share Aviation

Sharing aviation with someone, now that's a rewarding experience! I recently had the opportunity to design and lead an after school aviation program for middle school age kids appropriately called "The Future Pilot Flight Academy."

I've always had a huge passion for aviation and try to be an ambassador wherever I go. Seeing a group of kids at this age get so excited about flying and what happens "behind the scenes" to make each flight a success was powerful to experience.

You don't have to create programs to enjoy sharing your talents and fervor with everyone. They're programs already out there. The Young Eagles is a prime example, in-fact my first flight was thanks to a Young Eagles pilot.

As an instructor I get to share my passion with a student, watch them grow, and become a positive light to show others the joy of aviation, it's a wonderful cycle.

You don't even have to be a pilot to take your loved ones flying. I take up many of my students family members on a regular basis. You'd be surprised at how carefully the airplane is preflighted and how delicately they fly it when they have family on board. "Now only if you flew that way everyday!" I usually say to them. Read More >>