John King

NOTAMS Are Garbage

Nobody Pays Any Attention To Them Article appeared in Flying Magazine February, 2019 by John King “That’s what NOTAMS are.  They are just a bunch of garbage that nobody pays any attention to.”  It would be a dramatic statement regardless of who said it.  But this was Robert Sumwalt, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board…  [ Read More ]

PUSHING TIN

ATC:  OUR UNSUNG HEROES Article appeared in Flying Magazine May, 2018 by John King The eight of us had flown into Borrego Springs for lunch.  As Martha and I helped the folks from Australia back into the airplane and gave them our pre-flight briefing for the return trip, I explained, “We are about to challenge the…  [ Read More ]

LET’S QUIT TALKING ABOUT SAFETY

Article appeared in Flying Magazine January 2018 by John King “There can be no compromise with safety.” “Safety is our number one priority.” You hear these kinds of quotes all the time from well-meaning people—very often people like the Secretary of Transportation or the Administrator of the FAA. The assertions are meant to be comforting, and…  [ Read More ]

Polishing Off The Rust

Managing My Return to the Cockpit Article appeared in Flying Magazine September, 2017 by John King “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…  [ Read More ]

Flying Jets—What’s the Big Deal?

You Don’t Have to be “Superpilot” Article appeared in Flying Magazine January, 2017 by John King “John, AFA.”  My hands were shaking.  I was sweating.  I was clearly intimidated by being in the left seat of this Lear 24.  I had no idea what “AFA” meant.  My questioning look at my instructor prompted his explanation.  “Another friggin’…  [ Read More ]