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Teens learn how to fly in Arizona

December 10, 2010, 09:00 am

Some high school students in Arizona are getting a head start on their aviation careers. A program at East Valley Institute of Technology allows teens to take college-level courses and fly, reports the Deseret News.

It's not all fun and games, 17-year-old James Clark told the paper. He noted how much time and effort is required for coursework in weather and aerodynamics.

The efforts pay off, though, allowing one to literally go on "auto-pilot" when it's time to fly.

"You've just got to stay calm and not let the nerves get to you," Clark told the paper. "Once you start the engine, the training takes over and you forget to be nervous. Once you take off, you get far, far away from the ground and it doesn't seem realistic."

Not matter how much training a person gets, it's important to consider pilot life insurance. Even an experienced aircraft operator can meet treacherous conditions when flying.

Taking advantage of all technological tools will also help keep a pilot safe. A number of GPS units, for example, are available to help reduce confusion. 

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