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    53% of pilots use the iPad in the cockpit Welcome to our community. Are you working on, or thinking about working on a new pilot certificate or rating? Or are you interested in increasing your proficiency or meeting training requirements? This community is for you. Here you can read John and Martha’s Blog, catch up with all of the news from King Schools and see our social media feeds in one convenient place. John and Martha’s insights will educate and elucidate but sometimes just provoke thoughtfulness. In all cases, we hope you find these blog entries interesting and valuable!

Latest Blog Posts

King Schools Releases New Drone Pilot Training Course

Drone Pilots Now Have a Quick and Convenient Way to Prepare for The FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Knowledge Test Press Release – January 12, 2016 San Diego CA Drone pilots who want to fly their drones for non-recreational purposes can quickly and conveniently pass their remote pilot test with the new King School’s online Drone…  [ Read More ]

The Great Debate – John King & Rod Machado on the ACS.

Aviation Expo – Palm Springs International Airport, California October 22, 2016 This past summer,  about the time the Airmen Certification Standards (ACS) were implemented, AOPA Pilot Magazine and Flying Magazine collaborated on a extraordinarily unique idea.  Both magazines simultaneously published in their July, 2016 issues the same article – Dogfight – The Great ACS Debate. The story featured…  [ Read More ]


Why Pilots Shouldn’t Always Try To Be Perfect Article appeared in Flying Magazine September, 2016 by John King  “We’re going to be in the Hudson.” It was Captain Sully Sullenberger announcing that they were going to deadstick U.S. Airways 1549 into the Hudson River. It is a story most of us are familiar with. After the loss…  [ Read More ]


King Schools

http://www.kingschools.com/?sco=WB&scu=FACEBK01 Born from a Passion for Flying King Schools, Inc. is the world´s leading producer of aviation training videos and computer software. It was first established in 1974, when John and Martha began flying throughout the country to teach ground school courses. A decade later, they began producing video courses in a spare room of their house. Today, King Schools has over 70 employees operating from an 18,000 sq. ft. complex, housing a dedicated video production and duplication facility. In the past 10 years we have delivered more than 2-1/2 million videos with over 4 million hours of video instruction, teaching up to one-half of the instrument students and over one-third of all pilots in the U.S. obtaining training. We are keenly aware of the importance of the work we do. During the time someone is learning to fly, flying is the most important thing in his or her life. We are privileged to play such a significant role in the lives of such committed individuals. We take pride in producing quality work for these special people.
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King Schools2017/02/22 @ 7:07
King Schools is proud to congratulate Rich Martindell, Vice President, Course Content & Experience, as the recipient of the coveted Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots".

Rich was a USAF fighter pilot and instructor in both the F-4 and F-15. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Meritorious Service Medals, 11 Air Medals, and three Combat Readiness Medals. Rich is the VP of Course Content and Experience for the King Schools, and is the Lead Representative of the FAA Safety Team in San Diego, having won the FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year Award in 2016.

We are honored to have Rich as part of the King Schools team!
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King Schools2017/02/04 @ 12:49
Our King Schools SUPER star --- Pamela Olson!!!

Pamela is a familiar face for anyone who has worked at or with King Schools. Recently, Pamela flew from her home in San Diego to Sugar Land,Texas to participate in the Snowdrop Ultra 55 Hour Race & Relay. The event goal is to run, walk or crawl as many laps as you can in the allotted time 55 hours!

Pamela put in over 100 miles! One of sharpest memories was running at night and seeing the portraits of the children who she was running for.

"A superstar? Well right you are! ... Well we all shine on."
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King Schools2017/02/02 @ 4:45
It's a sad day for General Aviation as officials say Santa Monica Airport will close in 2028.

Santa Monica City Council announced on Saturday it reached an agreement with the FAA and the Department of Justice to close Santa Monica Airport in 2028.

The agreement ends a longstanding legal battle and secures that the 227-acres of property will be returned to the residents of Santa Monica, according to a press release from city officials.

Key terms of the agreement include:

The airport will close Dec. 31, 2028.

The runway will be immediately reduced to 3,500 feet, substantially reducing jet traffic and commercial charters.

The U.S. government acknowledges that Santa Monica has the right to establish its own proprietary exclusive fixed based operation (FBO) services.

No environmental assessment is required to close the airport.

Aviation interests and the Federal Aviation Administration had opposed the city, stating the airport must stay open at least until 2023, if not in perpetuity, under federal agreements dating to the end of World War II, when the facility was used by the military. The airport will be replaced by a park.
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King Schools2017/01/27 @ 11:22
Happy Birthday Bessie - Bessie Coleman was the first African American female pilot. Born in Atlanta, TX, Bessie received her pilot's license in France. Shortly thereafter, she became a successful aviation show pilot in the United States. Her pioneering role was an inspiration to early aviatiors and to the African American community.
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King Schools2017/01/21 @ 7:05
Good news from our friends & partners. The Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) network is thriving and growing. The full story is at the link below.
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2017/02/22 @ 4:09
King Schools congratulates Rich Martindell, VP, Course Content & Experience, as the recipient of the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award! https://t.co/L7NXykAZZE FunFlying photo
2017/02/17 @ 2:32
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2017/02/10 @ 3:35
John & Martha @WomenInAviation come together on March 4th 2017. Meet this year's scholarships winners in Lake Buena Vista, Fl, #womenfly https://t.co/zPcKttvjhw FunFlying photo
2017/02/01 @ 4:14
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2017/02/01 @ 4:12
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