Russell Smith

by Russell Smith on December 29, 2020

SAFE #: S0003207

Hometown: Minden NV, United States

Home Airport: KMEV

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Education: BS Pharmacy, MPA, Public Administration

Pilot Certificates: CFI, CFII, AGI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 100 series, Cessna 206, PA 24, PA 28

Educational Specialty: Redbird (on field), Flight Reviews, High Density Altitude operations

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My father took us to the airport as children

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since 1974 when I started doing Civil Air Patrol Cadet Orientation flights

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Meeting wonderful people

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Dealing with people who do not want to change or improve their skills.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I was getting fuel at the FBO in Davenport Iowa in 2000 when another pilot came in to pay for fuel. It turned out he had his first flight in an airplane with me in 1976 in Alpena Michigan as a CAP cadet. He was taking a journey to log a flight that was on the west side of the Mississippi River. He was working with the FAAST team in Michigan.

Why did you join SAFE?: It seems to fit my model of making flying FUN, EDUCATIONAL, INTERESTING, and SAFE.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: More inclusion of simulator training in flight school curriculums. We can do some training in simulators that cannot be replicated in flight because its to dangerous.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Give credit toward a flight review and wings for sim training.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Member of CAP since 1973. CAP orientation pilot, mission pilot and check pilot examiner. EAA member.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Rod Machado, Chuck Yeager, Ernest Gann

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