John King

Double Trouble at Denver

Article appeared in Flying Magazine May, 2015 by John King – After just over two years of flying our Comanche, we “needed” a second engine, and more knobs, levers, switches and gauges. In short, we “needed” a Twin Comanche. But we couldn’t afford one. That’s why the “bargain” Twin Comanche in Trade-A-Plane caught our eye….  [ Read More ]

Learning to Fly Like a Girl

Article appeared in Flying Magazine March, 2015 by John King – It was a growing cumulus cloud, cauliflower-shaped with distinct edges. Our IFR route was taking us right through it. “You’re not going to fly through that are you? That’s a thunderstorm,” said Martha, clearly alarmed. “Well, yeah. But that’s not a thunderstorm. It’s not…  [ Read More ]

Do Pilots Deliberately Take Off And Fly In Weather They Know Will Kill Them?

Article appeared in Flying Magazine November, 2014 by John King – It was a lousy day for a VFR trip. Not unusual in coastal Southern California in the spring. We get stratus clouds that come in from the ocean and create low ceilings that last for days. On this particular day we needed to get…  [ Read More ]

Loss of Control—Our Greatest Nemesis

Article appeared in Flying Magazine September, 2014 by John King – It was a setup for loss of control. Martha and I were brand-new VFR-only pilots and, while returning from California to Indiana, had decided to scud–run through Tennessee to hurry our way home. The ceilings had pressed us down below the tops of tall…  [ Read More ]

The New Way Pilots Will Learn To Fly

Article appeared in Flying Magazine May , 2014 by John King – Flying is a risky activity. Many pilots would like to think otherwise, but this basic truth is being officially acknowledged by the FAA. They have recruited groups of highly qualified instructors, examiners, and course designers to collaborate to design an improved pilot evaluation…  [ Read More ]

Until We Had Our Accident

Article appeared in Flying Magazine January, 2014 by John King – Every pilot intuitively knows that flying is an intense mixture of uncommon rewards offset with exposure to risk. After all, while airplanes provide some of the greatest pleasures in our lifetimes, they do have to reach a lethal speed just to get airborne, and…  [ Read More ]