SML Aviation

SML Aviation


04R is all decked out looking beautiful with her new decals and N numbers!! ❤
New merchandise at the airport
Had an amazing training session with Will! Thanks buddy!
My dad was a pilot back in the 1940s. A black man living in Roanoke was not very acceptable, but he and his father operated a service for awhile.
We enjoyed our visit at SML airport today! Van enjoyed trying out the excellent simulator you have! Thank you for letting us post our Wanted poster.
Please share and tag, to spread the word. My husband is trying to build a flight simulator, and we're ready to start shopping around for the fuselage! Thank you! — with Van Vangyver.

SML Aviation is THE place to get your pilot's wings! Our professional instructors specialize in the Art of Flight Instructing so you can become the best pilot in your craft. Come experience the difference for yourself at SML Aviation.

SML Aviation has a long and diverse lineage in aviation. A history who's roots reach back to the early days of aviation, the airlines and beyond. SML Aviation employs a team of professional flight instructors who are highly trained, experienced, and committed to providing the best training available in general aviation. Learning to fly from SML Airport is a unique and rewarding experience, there simply isn't another like it. Stick and Rudder skills are taught and mastered from day one, all from a facility that welcomes friends and family. Flying the way it was meant to be! Our training center provides training from sport pilot through commercial and advanced pilot ratings. We provide pilots the opportunity to learn within a structured academic environment and receive a quality aviation education.

Mission: Providing Excellence In The Art Of Flight Training is more than just a slogan, it's our way of doing business with each and every student.

Huge Congratulations to Jake Barber who passed his CFI checkride today! His hard work has finally paid off and he is ready to start teaching! Congrats Jake on a job well-done! #flysmlaviation #certifiedflightinstructor

Join me in congratulating aviations newest Private Pilot! Will had a first-time pass on his checkride this past Saturday, May 30. Congratulations William on a job well-done! #flysmlaviation #smlaviation #privatepilot #cessna172 #textronaviation #aopa

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We are pleased to announce that N6004R is back in service after undergoing some renovations. This beautiful bird is itching to get back in the air! Come experience flying with us at SML Aviation. Click our link in our bio to get to know us! #cessna172 #textronaviation #smlairport #airplanes #newpaintjob @ Smith Mountain Lake Airport

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04R is all decked out looking beautiful with her new decals and N numbers!! ❤

Now until June 19th, we are running a special on tailwheel training! Take the challenge to up your stick and rudder skills as we get back into warm flying weather!

Congratulations to our most recent checkride success. Josh earned his Commercial Single-Engine Add-on. Josh, job well-done! #commercialpilot #commercialpilottraining #aviation_lovers #livingthedream

Whether you’re over Smith Mountain Lake at 1,500ft or 15,000ft, it is always one of the most beautiful places to fly!

Base coat ✅ 🔜 Decals! All of the parts have been painted so she is finally out of the shop for now. We are awaiting the decals to come so soon she will be ready to show off her colors! Can’t wait to reveal the finished product! #aviation #airplane #cessna172 #sml @ Smith Mountain Lake Airport

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these trying times, and look forward to this passing!

We have a great opportunity for those who might want to help someone begin their dream of becoming a pilot. We are seeking sponsors to provide aid to a solo student in need! These students will be completing an intensive one week course to go from zero to SOLO! This will be a worthwhile investment as it will propel a student toward becoming the next generation of pilots. PLUS, you get a 30 minute tour flight for TWO! If you would like help a student achieve this goal, please call us at (540) 904-1107 or email at [email protected].

[03/26/20]   Hello all,

I am the owner of SML Aviation. I retire from Southwest Airlines in eight weeks. Below is what I posted on the LAX based Southwest Airlines Pilot WhatsApp group tonight. Before reading....please allow me to say this.

Our team at SML AVIATION is my pride and joy. You all know how I feel about each of you. Your passion for always doing the right thing mirrors what Southwest Airlines is all about. I cannot wait to spend more time with all of you. We all make sacrifices in life. True friends are hard to find....especially ones that share a passion of old school aviation!

I suspect ALL of us have gone through personal challenging times that have crushed our body, our hearts and our souls.

When it happens to our family....our SWA FAMILY through unimaginable events, the results remain predictable. WE WILL COME OUT and REMAIN ON TOP. We share our love and compassion for all......with a determined do the right thing..... for the benefit of ALL. Our parents, Herb and Colleen taught us well.

Yes, we are different. I for one am very proud of that fact. I retire in 8 weeks. It’s been a hell of a ride. I remain eternally grateful that we are ALL part of the best airline on planet earth.

This too shall pass....and the family will prosper.


Jason Grieff

Surprise visitor of the day! Not everyday you get to see this beautiful bird come in. Always a good time for our students and staff to take a look at one of the nicer jets the aviation industry has to offer. @pilatusaircraftltd —What’s your favorite plane to spot?
#airplane#aviation#pilatus#pilatuspc12#turboprop#w91 @ Smith Mountain Lake Airport

Update: One of our Skyhawks is getting a renovation! Fresh, white base coat and newly done interior for this bird! She’s looking good and itching to get back in the air. More updates to come! Visit our website in our bio to get more info! @ Smith Mountain Lake Airport

[03/23/20]   We are on Instagram! Please follow our account (@smlaviation) to stay up-to-date of any accomplishments, events, or notices.

GREAT NEWS!! We are thrilled to announce that we are offering a 2020 Summer Solo Camp!

Are you wanting to find a new challenge to conquer? Or maybe you are thinking of exploring the awesome world of aviation? This is the opportunity for YOU! Check out the most effective way to invest in starting your freedom to fly! This course will get you from zero to flying an airplane SOLO in 1 WEEK!

Reserve your spot TODAY by calling (540) 904-1107 or email us at [email protected].

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New merchandise at the airport

Congratulations to our newest private pilot, Emily Alley!

We are excited for our new instruction whiteboard! Plenty big and plenty of room to gather round.

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Our brand new “quiet” propeller for the seaplane

Our Wipaire 3000A's have arrived. We are excited to be on the path to a new Seaplane!

[01/06/20]   Congratulations to Jacob Hannell on getting his Private Pilot Certificate!!

Congrats to Jake Barber! He’s our latest Commercial SE Land Add our state of the art painted workhorse C-172. Nice job!

[12/20/19]   Don't forget us during your holiday shopping! Gift certificates are great way to share the love of flying and see SML from a new perspective. Call us today for more information.

[12/08/19]   Congratulations to John Fedrigo on passing his instrument check ride! Way to go John!

Our latest and greatest solo. Congrats Ann!

Shape Shifter

Here’s a link for what’s to come at Smith Mountain Lake Airport. This was filmed in The Champlain Islands of northern Vermont.

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Seaplane Season is almost here

The time change starts next weekend, and that means that we get an extra hour of flying each day! Interested in flying with us after work or school? Send us a message!

The warm weather is coming! Its time to check off that bucket list item and get your seaplane rating! Message us for details!

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