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ATP Flight School Adds King Schools Courses to Curriculum

King Schools Co- Founders John & Martha King, ATP President Justin Dennis and King Schools CEO Barry Knuttila celebrate the addition of King Schools aviation training courses to the ATP Airline Career Pilot Program (L-R John King, Martha King, Justin Dennis, Barry Knuttila)

December 8, 2017 San Diego, CA – ATP Flight School, the nation’s leader in providing the most efficient training path to a successful airline pilot career, has added King Schools online video courses as a key element in their Airline Career Pilot Program.

On sign-up, students will get a head-start with the King Schools Private Pilot Ground School and Test Prep Course. Then, when they start their flight training, they will be enrolled in the King Schools Private Pilot Practical Test Course, which provides HD video showing a model checkride with an FAA examiner using the new Airmen Certification Standards (ACS). And to provide a leg up in operating the Garmin 430, the standardized GPS platform in the ATP fleet, students will also receive the King Schools Garmin 430 Online Video Course.

The King Schools and ATP teams enjoy an all clear for takeoff moment at ATP’s Florida headquarters .

All three courses are integrated into ATP’s online student portal, where students go for handy access to resources needed during their training.

“We’ve gotten rave responses from our students about the King video courses,” said Justin Dennis, President of ATP. “We take students from zero time to an airline cockpit in about two years. To make that happen we have to be organized and efficient. The clear, simple and practical King courses will be key in helping us accomplish that. We are looking to expand our use of King online video courses in the future,” continued Dennis.

King Schools’ Co-Founder John King commented, “We have some fun with the teaching, and ATP’s students recognize and appreciate that. Also, the courses can be viewed online on any device and are compatible with the King Schools Companion App, which enables offline access with synched progress on iPhones and iPads. The students can take the King courses anywhere and study them anytime, which is exactly what ATP’s students need.”

“We are delighted to be part of ATP’s career pilot training program,” added Martha King, the other Co-Founder of King Schools. “As America’s largest flight school, with over 40 locations, ATP is the leading supplier of professionally trained pilots to the nation’s regional airlines.”

For more information about King Schools Products, go online to www.KingSchools.com

About King Schools
For over 40 years, students and pilots at all levels have enjoyed King Schools´ clear, simple and fun video courses. King Schools estimates that over 50% of the pilots flying in the U.S. today have learned with King. The company is also a leader in on-line pilot certification and avionics training for pilots of high-performance and turbine aircraft.

 

About ATP Flight School – Training Pilots Since 1984
ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program prepares pilots for airline careers from zero time to 1,500 hours, with CFI jobs and airline employment. Addressing the pilot shortage, airlines attract new pilots to the industry with ATP’s Tuition Reimbursement Program, where airlines sponsor a portion of pilots’ flight training loan repayment. ATP also provides type-rating and ATP CTP certification. ATP’s 300 aircraft fly over 211,000 hours annually to provide nearly 5,900 FAA pilot certificates each year. As America’s largest flight school, ATP is the leading supplier of professionally trained pilots to the nation’s regional airlines.

 

Martha King Honored by the  San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s Women In Leadership

The San Diego East County Chamber  of Commerce recently honored our Co Founder Martha King along with seven additional women at the 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon.  

The complete story as it appeared in East County Magazine is below:

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce recently honored eight women with 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL) awards. Now in its 15th year, the annual WILL event honors women for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business, Chamber officials said. The awards event was held at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley.

Photo: (from left to right): Marla Black, Junior Achievement of San Diego County; Wendy McKinney, American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Martha King, King Schools; Van Tran, Sharp Grossmont Hospital; Michelle Bergquist, Connected Women of Influence; Kristine Costa, Waste Management, Inc.; Barbara Ryan, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego; Bonnie Rush, Breast Imaging Specialists.

Honorees included: Michelle Bergquist, co-founder and CEO, Connected Women of Influence; Marla Black, president/CEO, Junior Achievement of San Diego County; Kristine Costa, public sector account executive, Waste Management, Inc.; Martha King, co-founder, King Schools; Wendy McKinney, chief development officer, American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Bonnie Rush, president, Breast Imaging Specialists; Barbara Ryan, vice president of government affairs, Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego; Van Tran, nursing supervisor, Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

Bergquist co-founded Connected Women of Influence in June 2008. Connected Women of Influence is a private, for-profit, invitation-only membership professional association for women who lead people, projects, teams and companies in business-to-busienss sectors. She also is a co-founder of SUE Talks (SUE is an acronym for Successful, Unstoppable, Empowering). She also is a founding partner of Women Lead Publishing, a book publisher, and Women Lead Magazine.

Black joined Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego County in September 2015 after a 35-year career in banking, financial services and sales management. To ensure students are ready for the “real-world,” JA provides financial literacy programs to 81,000 students annually by teaching them how to get a job, start a business and manage their money. The nonprofit is home to the popular McGrath Family JA Biz Town, a mini-city where fifth-grade students discover how to start and run a profitable business. With the support of 6,300 volunteers, a staff of 40 and an annual budget of $4 million, JA delivers relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school the knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s competitive global economy.

Costa has worked in the solid waste and recycling industry since 1999 and oversees municipal relations for Waste Management in East County. She is a board member with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, Santee Chamber of Commerce and Boys & Girls Clubs of East County. Since 2009, she has been actively involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving following the loss of her husband Eddy Costa to a drunk driver in 2008.

King co-founded King Schools, offering aviation instructional video and online courses, with her husband John King in 1975. With a folksy, humor-rich approach in their training videos, Martha is considered one of the most recognized experts in flight instruction. King Schools is credited with making aviation knowledge more accessible to pilots worldwide. It’s believed that nearly every pilot has taken a KING course at some time during their certification training and about half of each year’s crop of new private and instrument pilots in the U.S. have learned using King Schools’ educational materials.

McKinney joined the local American Red Cross chapter in May 2015. She works with external partners, corporations, individual donors, volunteers and others to raise funds that advance the organization’s mission, including disaster preparedness support, emergency relief efforts and services to members of the Armed Forces and their families. She has more than 25 years of marketing, sales and fundraising experience in both the financial services and nonprofit industries.

Rush founded Breast Imaging Specialists in 1998 after several years of working directly with patients using mammography for early detection. She consults in the implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) to advance quality in mammography. She is the author of “MQSA Made Easy,” a manual for mammography professionals. Rush has served on the local, state and national level with numerous organizations to aid in development of standards and to advance early detection for all women. Rush also was honored by the Chamber for her contributions in healthcare with the Michele Tarbet Healthcare Award, named in honor of the former CEO of Sharp Grossmont Hospital who passed away in July 2014.

Ryan, with six grown children and 17 grandchildren, has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego (RCH) since 1990. She is responsible for the management and coordination of the hospital’s activities and relationships with political, government and legislative bodies. She has been a public official since 1979, when she was first elected to the Santee School District board of education. She is currently serving her 10th term. She also has served on the executive committee of the San Diego School Boards Association, a nonprofit that offers training to school districts.

Tran has been a registered nurse for 13 years with extensive training in emergency and trauma nursing. She has volunteered on medical missions with the International Red Cross, United Nations, U.S. Navy and various nonprofits for the past 10 years. She has traveled to Haiti and Nepal after earthquakes in both nations. These experiences has led to her founding Venture to Heal Medical Missions, a nonprofit that organizes medical professionals and laypersons to medical missions in third-world countries.

This year’s WILL event sponsors included Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, Barona Resort & Casino, Jasmine Creek Florist, Kaiser Permanente, Postal Annex Plus, San Diego Gas & Electric, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Sycuan Casino, The East County Herald and Waste Management, Inc. The parking sponsor was Wade, Howard & Associates, CPAs, LLP.

Other sponsors included Foothills Christian Church, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Grossmont Healthcare District, Oak Tree Escrows, Inc., The Coldwell Banker West Foundation, Toward Maximum Independence, Inc., AT&T, California Bank & Trust – La Mesa, Mail Management Group, Inc., RCP Block & Brick, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Toyota of El Cajon and XL Staffing Service & Excell Security, Inc.

The keynote speaker was entrepreneur Jenny Amaraneni, co-founder and CEO of SOLO Eyewear, a company that creates ecologically friendly sunglasses made from recycled materials. The company said 10 percent of its profits are used to fund eye exams, eyeglasses and cataract surgery for people in need around the world. To date, more than 13,000 people have had their vision restored through her efforts. Event emcee was Lee Ann Kim, founder of the Pacific Arts Movement.

Polishing Off The Rust

Managing My Return to the Cockpit

Article appeared in Flying Magazine September, 2017 by John King

Happiness can be found in the left seat. John & Martha celebrate John’s return to the cockpit and the joy of flying.

“Making power…airspeed alive…eighty knots…vee one…rotate…positive rate.”

Martha, as pilot-monitoring, was making the call-outs for my first takeoff in our old Falcon 10 in over a year.  And the takeoff wasn’t pretty.

When it’s lightly loaded, the Falcon 10 takes off like a scalded cat.  Early Lear and Falcon 10 pilots used to tape a $100 bill to the cockpit floor between the two pilots, and tell passengers in back they could have the $100 if they could get to it before the airplane got to 10,000 feet.  The money was safe.

“Speed check.  You need to pitch up more.  We’re getting too fast to raise the gear.”

The initial target pitch-up on rotation for takeoff for this swept-wing jet is 16 degrees.  That pitch attitude is designed to give the best angle of climb speed in the event of an engine failure.  But if you don’t lose an engine, you need to keep bringing the pitch up to about 25 degrees or your speed will get out of hand.  I had paused too long before pitching on up.  It was clear that I was already behind this high-performance jet.

“You need to pitch back down some. You overshot.  We’re getting too nose-high.”

I was also over-controlling, and missing my target pitch attitudes.  In the Falcon 10 a little bit of over-controlling goes a long way.

“Speed check.  Now you’re getting too fast.  We haven’t gotten the flaps and slats up yet.  Pitch back up—aim for 25 degrees again.”

John is Pilot in Command during a recent takeoff at Addison Airport, KADS which is near Dallas, Texas.

I was certainly keeping Martha busy.  She has a great ability to manage high workloads in-flight, but in this case she certainly needed it.  With attentive monitoring and timely direction, she soon got both me and the airplane under control.

I was delighted to have my FAA medical certificate back and be flying again, but I was shocked at how much proficiency I had lost in just a little over a year.  After all, I had flown that airplane regularly for 15 years.  The return was a humiliating performance.

I was in the same position as thousands of rusty pilots who now have the opportunity to return to flying as a result of BasicMed.  I was especially fortunate to have an instructor who is knowledgeable and current in the airplane, and dedicated to getting me flying again.  Finding just such an instructor would be a good strategy for any pilot returning to the cockpit.

The good news is that the rustiness doesn’t last forever.  It didn’t take long for Martha’s thoughtful coaching to get me back into shape.  She had a great plan and executed it perfectly.  First, she had arranged for me to do recurrent simulator training at FlightSafety along with her and her other co-pilots in the middle of my hiatus.

Then when I was first back in a pilot seat in the airplane, she arranged for one of her other qualified co-pilots, Barry Knuttila, to sit right behind us in a jump-seat to monitor for errors and distraction.  Barry, in addition to being CEO of King Schools, is type-rated in the Falcon and frequently serves as a pilot in it.

In a two-pilot operation the second pilot is supposed to be backing up the captain’s situational awareness and checking for errors.  In this case Barry filled that role while Martha was watching over and instructing me.

In addition to being behind the airplane and the over-controlling on the first takeoff, as I continued to fly I displayed other signs of rust, some of which took me right back to my student pilot days.  For instance, with the infinitely adjustable pilot’s seats and pedals in the Falcon I couldn’t seem to find the “perfect” seat position for landing.  I hadn‘t had that anxious feeling since my very first solo flights.

Before we got in the air, Martha reviewed our cockpit flows and our standard operating procedures (SOPs) with me.  It was invaluable help, but I still found I was occasionally forgetting to follow some of our SOPS when they would have made things a lot easier—most notably failing to set up the flight director before taking the runway instead of fumbling with it in the air.

After giving me a half-dozen or so legs to build proficiency in the pilot-flying seat, Martha moved me over to the co-pilot seat, which is actually the busier position in our airplane.  That’s where my rust showed up the most.  Once again I tended to forget SOPs that would have made things easier—like forgetting to set the departure control frequency in standby when putting the tower frequency in the primary position.

It was in the right seat that my loss of muscle memory became the most obvious.  In our operation the co-pilot does most of the cockpit flow checks, moves the switches, and follows up with checklists.  Previously my hands went to the proper switches without my having to think about it.  Now I was having to search for them.

The place where the need to think through each step slowed me down the most, and put the most pressure on me, was in the operation of the avionics.  When ATC gave us revised clearances, I would often find myself fumbling around and having have to ask Martha how to do something I could have done without thinking about before.  I was thrilled when I got that skill back again.

In most cases my lack of proficiency wasn’t risky.  It was just inefficient.  For instance, in planning every flight we fill out a Takeoff and Landing Data card.  We call it a TOLD card.  We write down the conditions for the takeoff and landing—weight, temperature and pressure altitude.  Then we show the speeds to fly and the takeoff and landing distances required compared to the runway available.  When I returned, Martha went through the card with me and reminded me of the shortcuts for filling it out.  Even with Martha’s tutoring, for a while it took me longer.

There is one piloting benefit from my enforced absence from the cockpit.  During the hiatus, I rode around as a passenger and observed the flying of other pilots.  As a result my flying is now smoother and my landings are better—in fact I’ve had a long string of really great landings—at least up ‘til now.

It is a great thrill to be sharing the cockpit with Martha again.  We have always gotten deep satisfaction from being a well-functioning crew, but we are especially enjoying it now.  It is as if we are dancing a graceful and meaningful ballet together.  After a lot of hard work on both our parts, Martha reports I am now flying at the level I was before I involuntarily left the cockpit.

Finally, it will be no surprise to anybody that, like all pilots returning to the cockpit after a forced layoff, I am getting greatly renewed joy out of every aspect of my flying.  Every minute is just delicious.

 

John and Martha King Oppose Air Traffic Control Privatization

With Congress back in session, the general aviation community must continue to express its opposition to H.R. 2997 and its air traffic control (ATC) privatization plan.

“We have flown all over the world, and without question, the U.S. has the safest and most efficient ATC system, but handing it over to an airline dominated board puts that all in jeopardy.” John and Martha King Co-Owners, King Schools

Under a privatized ATC system, Congress will not be able to protect general aviation (GA) access, and these are a few ways access could be reduced:

  • The private corporation could restrict GA access to airports, especially those with airline service or located in congested airspace.
  • The private corporation could close towers or reduce their hours of operation.
  • The private corporation could create approach/departure procedures that favor commercial airlines and restrict GA access.

The GA community has built strong representation in Congress which gives us a powerful voice on ATC related issues. This will end if privatization occurs, our only recourse will be to go before an airline dominated private board or hire lawyers.
Your member of Congress is elected to represent constituents and not airline dominated interest groups. Now is the time to Contact Congress and oppose H.R. 2997.

 

Go to www.atcnotforsale.com to contact your elected representatives.

It Takes an Aviation Village

Why Aviation Community Matters

Article appeared in Flying Magazine July, 2017 by Martha King –

The Eclipse Jet Owners and Pilots Association (EJOPA), founded in 2006 when the first Eclipse Jet was delivered, represents 65% of the Eclipse Jets ever built.  At their 2016 annual convention at Coeur d’Alene, ID there were 140 attendees.

It was scary.  We were more than a mile from the short runway and we were skimming the treetops in the Chinese-made Socata Trinidad look-alike.  We were so low we couldn’t even see the runway.  It took me a little while to figure out what was going on.  This was the pilot’s idea of how to make a short-field approach.  His concept was to get down low and drag it in.

A pilot’s first inclination on a short-field approach is often to drag it in like this.  But the recommended method of making a steeper, stabilized approach to a short field helps dissipate speed in the flare and actually results in a shorter landing.  Plus, it has many other advantages.  But it is counter-intuitive.

So why didn’t this pilot know better?  Well, the pilot was at a disadvantage.  There is a complete lack of an aviation community around this remote private airport on Hainan Island in China.

In China, except in the airlines, pilots and instructors are scarce.  So there’s no general aviation community—there is no “aviation village” to pass along and reinforce good technique.  In such a vacuum, there is a tendency for pilots to “go feral” and invent their own unusual and interesting techniques.

The same thing can happen in the U.S. when a pilot learns to fly in a remote area.  Back when John and I were teaching ground schools in Alaska, we would often have pilots come in from the bush to take our classes.  Frequently, the only instruction they had received previously was a few takeoffs and landings at the remote strip from the non-instructor who sold them the airplane.

Eventually they would decide to fly into Fairbanks or Anchorage—and that would get them into trouble.  Consequently, they would be required to take our classes as part of an accelerated program to get safe and legal.  In the process they would not only learn from the classes, but also gain a lot from swapping stories with other pilots.  They began to realize how much they didn’t know.

Very early in aviation there was already a sense of togetherness.  Learning pilots spent every spare moment around the airport and assembled in the evenings for the mandatory ground schools, where they learned to draw wind triangles on sectional charts.  The result was an aviation community with caring connections and shared interests that would last these pilots for the rest of their lives.

This started an enduring tradition in aviation of sharing knowledge and looking out for each other.  When John and I started learning to fly jets Harry Metz, a friend of ours who operated jets, observed the tradition and went way out of his way to mentor us.  Decades later we still go to him for knowledge.

But there is reason to believe that this tradition may be at risk.  People who use airplanes for travel spend far less time at the airport.  The very nature of flying general aviation airplanes is private, independent travel.  People go to the airport and get in their airplane, and go off on their own, barely talking to anyone.

Plus, with the advent of the Internet, live classrooms are often supplanted by online courses, and relationships that might have developed at the airport are more likely to take place via social media if at all.  One problem of social media is that you don’t have the same cues to establish the element of trust that you have when you are face-to-face.  It is easy to become the focus of someone who wants to impress, but in reality has no idea what they are talking about.  Rather than a place to establish a caring relationship, it can be a place to be especially careful about vetting any advice.

This is particularly true since the nature of the advice that is most helpful has evolved.  In the earlier days of flying, planes didn’t fly so far and fast.  Pilots came to grief mostly from lack of knowledge or skill.  In the more than one hundred years we have been flying, we have gradually begun to fly further and faster.  With more change occurring in a given flight, risk management has become a much greater concern.

Risk management is a tougher subject.  It is easy to offend, or be offended, on the subject.  Advice is best given in person, and with sensitivity.  Still, as mentors we need to have the courage to care and have the tough conversations with kindness.  On the receiving end we need to appreciate that the mentor has our interest at heart, and to accept, even welcome, those conversations when they are directed to us.

Since trustworthy aviation community doesn’t come as easy as it used to, we now have to work harder at it.  The FAA has seen this need and has organized live seminars through the WINGS program that have taught many thousands of pilots.

Some modern-day airplane manufacturers have recognized the value of community and have strongly supported it.  As a result, the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) was formed two years after the first Cirrus was delivered, and about 40% of Cirrus pilots are members.  COPA has taken active leadership in community-building and safety training.  The 2014 Cirrus fatal accident rate is one-eighth of what it was in 2003, and is about half the overall GA fatal accident rate for personal and business flying.

Pilots can usually find many benefits in the communal learning experience.

The Eclipse Jet Owners and Pilots Association (EJOPA), founded in 2006 when the first Eclipse Jet was delivered, represents 65% of the Eclipse Jets ever built.  At their 2016 annual convention at Coeur d’Alene, ID there were 140 attendees.  They represented 47 aircraft—nearly 20% of the fleet—who came from 17 states plus England and Australia. They were intently focused on learning more about how to maintain and fly their Eclipse Jets better, and managing the risks of flight—in spite of the lure of the beautiful lake right out the windows.  Of course they had fun evening programs, with lots of hangar-flying and stories, but seminar attendance stayed high and attentive for the whole convention.

The bottom line is there has only been one fatal Eclipse Jet accident.  It was in South Africa, and may have been due to pilot incapacitation.

Participating in the aviation community does not necessarily involve seminars.  It could be going to Sun ’n Fun, AirVenture, or AOPA fly-ins. The point is to just get together with other folks with shared interests.  It is inevitable we will talk about important aviation things that will make a difference.

The American Bonanza Society recently held a Beechcraft Instructor Crosstalk in which John and I participated.  In one session all 50 instructors took turns expressing our concerns as instructors.  John and I got more out of listening to the other instructors than anything we had done for years.

Over time we have come to learn that regarding improving risk management, “It takes an aviation village.”

 

Cessna Pilot Centers Get a Part 141 Approvable Flight Instructor Course & Technology Upgrades

Press Release July 27, 2017 AirVenture – Oshkosh, WI

The CTA Companion App lets flight instructors record customer training offline and update their records with automatic synching.

Pilots learning to fly at Textron Aviation authorized Cessna Pilot Centers are experiencing a new era of flight instruction with the now-paperless Cessna Pilot Center Training System developed by King Schools. “These learning pilots are enjoying the unparalleled accessibility provided by this web-based, study-anywhere program that can be loaded onto their iPads for offline study no matter how remote the location,” says John King, Co-Chairman of King Schools.

Instructors can bring the course tracking application right into the cockpit on their iPads. A new app provides up-to-date student progress, lesson plans and tracking tools. Instructors can update the learning pilot’s records, and even provide an FAA-compliant e-signature on their iPad app without ever having to leave the cockpit. The records are automatically synced with web servers the next time the iPad is connected to the Internet.

The Cessna Pilot Center Training System consists of an entire suite of Part 141 approvable courses from Private all the way through the just-released Certified Flight Instructor course. “With the addition of the new CFI course, CPCs can offer a consistent, high-quality training experience for their customers from zero experience all the way to being able to earn money and build time as a Flight Instructor,” commented Martha King, the other Co-Chairman of King Schools.

The Cessna Pilot Center Training System has evolved over a period of 20 years. In addition to the new iPad apps with offline capability, upgrades to the web applications include the utilization of HTML5, which allows pilots and instructors to use their favorite web browser on any device including PCs, Macs, or mobile devices.

Doug May, vice president of Piston Aircraft at Textron Aviation stated, “Both instructors and pilots will benefit greatly from this enhanced CFI course given its ability to track students electronically for Part 141 compliance.”

AOPA Members Get Discount on King Schools Drone Courses    

 

Press Release July 27, 2017 AirVenture – Oshkosh, WI

AOPA and King Schools have reached a marketing agreement. Pictured here L – R Martha King, Kat Swain, John King review the new branded AOPA area on KingSchools.com

Drone pilot courses are now less expensive—if you’re an AOPA member. As of today, AOPA members qualify for an exclusive discount on the King Schools Drone Pilot License Test Prep Course.

King Schools Co-Founder John King commented, “AOPA’s recent creation of a Drone Pilot Membership welcomes people who fly, or desire to fly, drones. Many will be hoping to acquire a Remote Pilot Certificate and this discount will make it easier for them to reach that goal.” Co-Founder Martha King continued, “We want to help those pilots with courses that not only get them past their FAA Part 107 test, but also teach smart and safe operations. Of course, we make sure that they have fun along the way!”

AOPA Senior Director of UAS Programs Kathleen ‘Kat’ Swain said, “We are happy to add another great benefit for our members. I’ve taken quite a few King Schools courses and have always found them to be informative, fun and easy to understand. Adding their Part 107 drone pilot course is another step in expanding options for AOPA members to receive high quality training and test preparation at a nice discount.”

AOPA members can purchase the King Schools Drone Pilot License Test Prep Course for $108 (retail $129) through the members section of the AOPA website.

About AOPA

Since 1939, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., Wichita, Kan., and seven regions across the United States. AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media. To learn more, visit AOPA.org.

Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Members Receive Discount on King Drone Test Prep Course  

Press Release July 27, 2017, San Diego & Frederick, MD

King Schools is partnering with ALEA to offer discounts on the Drone Pilot License Test Prep Course. KING is currently developing drone training video courses for law enforcement organizations.

The law enforcement community is rapidly adopting drones and faces the challenge of bringing sworn officers with no aviation background up to speed quickly, according to Daniel Schwarzbach, Executive Director of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). “Passing the Part 107 test and becoming an FAA Certified Remote Pilot is usually the first step, but officers need help to acquire the necessary knowledge quickly, and often in their spare time,” said Schwarzbach.

As a result of a collaboration between ALEA and King Schools, ALEA members have a solution to this need. ALEA Executive Director/CEO Daniel Schwarzbach explained, “The King Drone Pilot License Test Prep Course, with its efficient and fun teaching style, fits the bill and we are thrilled to be able to offer their course to our members at an exclusive discount.”

John King, Co-Founder of King Schools, said “Drone operations are rapidly becoming an indispensable tool for law enforcement organizations. In addition to offering discounts to ALEA members, we are working with law enforcement departments to create additional courses offering specific operational training for officers flying drones.” Co-Founder Martha King added, “ALEA is the perfect partner as we look toward helping law enforcement adopt drones and manage the risks associated with flying them. Their established experience and knowledge in helping law enforcement manage airborne resources is invaluable.”

ALEA members can purchase the King Schools Drone Pilot License Test Prep Course for $109 (retail $129) through the members section of the ALEA website.

The law enforcement community is rapidly adopting drones and faces the challenge of bringing sworn officers with no aviation background up to speed quickly, according to Daniel Schwarzbach, Executive Director of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). “Passing the Part 107 test and becoming an FAA Certified Remote Pilot is usually the first step, but officers need help to acquire the necessary knowledge quickly, and often in their spare time,” said Schwarzbach.

About ALEA

The Airborne Law Enforcement Association was founded in 1968. Through training, networking, advocacy and educational programs ALEA promotes, develops, prepares, disseminates and evaluates information with respect to the safe utilization of aircraft as a public safety tool. ALEA educates members of the organization and the public about airborne law enforcement techniques, equipment, and philosophy in support of public safety missions. To learn more, please visit alea.org.

Gary Buzel joins King Schools as Vice President of Video Production.

Press Release – July 27, 2017 AirVenture – Oshkosh, WI

Gary Buzel, the newly appointed King Schools Vice President of Video Production, pictured here with one of his two Emmy Awards.

After over 30 years of producing video courses teaching pilots, King Schools has added a new resource that will help continue their video legacy. Gary Buzel has joined King Schools’ executive team as Vice President of Video Production. Barry Knuttila, CEO of King Schools, commented, “Gary’s unique and eclectic experience in fields including aviation, broadcasting and law enforcement have prepared him for his role imagining and managing the creation of King Schools aviation training videos.”

Martha King, Co-Founder of King Schools, explained, “Gary has been a TV reporter, jet captain, flight instructor, flight school chief pilot, police officer and commercial drone pilot. Gary is a subject matter expert in just about every area of aviation that King Schools covers. His comfort and experience in front of the camera, behind the camera and in the edit bay make him uniquely qualified for his role in making our aviation video training smart, safe and fun.”

Co-Founder John King added, “Many King Schools videos are shot outdoors, in cockpits, and air-to-air. Being able handle this dynamic video production environment is a necessity for the King Schools video department. Gary, as a television reporter, would often single-handedly create a news segment. He would set up the camera, get in front of it to do a report, bring the footage back to the studio and edit the material for broadcast. That kind of versatility is a tremendous asset for us.”

Gary earned his Private Pilot certificate in his late teens. He became a CFI in the early 2000’s, teaching primary students in C172’s and PA28’s when not on duty in his full-time job as a police officer. Gary said, “It is a bit surreal filming and directing John and Martha King. All throughout my career I have been using King Schools videos for my certificates and ratings. To be on the team that produces their videos is similar to the feeling an athlete must have when they join a team that includes their heroes and role models.”

In 2014, Gary was the first TV journalist in southern California to obtain from the FAA a certificate of authorization (COA) to fly a sUAS/drone for live TV news broadcasts. His TV career netted two Emmy awards, and two San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. Prior to his career in TV, Gary was a police officer in Connecticut, working in law enforcement for over 11 years.

Gary has also captained Citation jets under Part 135, flying for a charter company and air ambulance service. Gary has nearly 3400 hours total time, and holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with airplane single/multi-engine land and single engine seaplane ratings, and CFI, CFII, and MEI.  “In addition to being close to a renaissance man for King Schools, Gary is a lot of fun. We are confident he will strongly support our core value of keeping our courses fun,” said John King.

CFIs Can Vie for a Scholarship Valued at $18,000 from NAFI and King Schools

Press Release – July 27, 2017 AirVenture – Oshkosh, WI

Terry Carbonell, the 2016 winner of the NAFI King Schools Scholarship has recently started using her scholarship for a multi-engine instructor rating.

A fortunate CFI will be awarded the second NAFI/King Schools Scholarship for Certificated Flight Instructors. The scholarship, which is to help flight instructors further their education and training, is valued at $18,000, including access to the entire King Schools library of courses for life. The application form is now available online at the King Schools website.

The 2017 winner was Terry Carbonell of Tavernier Florida, who explained, “I have been a die-hard King Schools student since early in my flight training and I look forward to my next journey toward attaining a multi-engine instructor rating.”

King Schools and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) share a deep appreciation of CFIs. King Schools Co-Founders John & Martha King, in a statement said, “NAFI and King Schools understand that flight instructors are the key to creating pilots that are truly ready to be pilot in command. Our organizations are passionate about preparing CFIs for that awesome responsibility and this scholarship will help the winner advance both their CFI ratings and knowledge.” NAFI Chairman Robert Meder added, “Working with King Schools has led to many benefits for our members, including product discounts and access to free courses. We are thrilled to also give our members the opportunity to receive this scholarship. The future winner will be very happy.”

To apply for the scholarship – kingschools.com/nafinet/king-schools-nafi-scholarship-information.asp

The NAFI/King Schools Scholarship includes $5,000 in cash for the attainment of advanced instructor ratings plus free lifetime access to the entire King Schools course library, including FIRCs. The 2017 scholarship application opened up on July 27, 2017 and the deadline is January 3, 2018. The scholarship will be awarded at the Sun ‘N Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, FL, April 2018.