Martha King

A Sporting Chance

Up Close and Personal with the Military Article appeared in Flying Magazine February, 2016 by Martha King – “You just flew through a Military Training Route.” The controller was agitated. Since whatever had happened had happened, and we were already within 10 miles of Thermal’s non-towered airport, John told the controller we were leaving his…  [ Read More ]

Why Some Pilots Are Bad Risk Managers

When Goals Get in the Way of Smart Decision-Making Article appeared in Flying Magazine December, 2015 by Martha King – “You can’t teach judgment.” “…I’m afraid no amount of ’risk management’ training is going to change your attitude.” These comments were in response to John’s May column “Double Trouble at Denver.” John had revealed our…  [ Read More ]

Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?

Article appeared in Flying Magazine October, 2015 by Martha King – My thumb was already in motion towards the mic button to declare an emergency when the Anchorage Center controller’s voice sounded in my headset. “N4577L, cleared for the ILS DME Runway 11 approach at Ketchikan.” It was January in Southeastern Alaska. John and I…  [ Read More ]

Flying the Aircraft You’re In

Article appeared in Flying Magazine February, 2015 by Martha King – “Calm winds, clear skies, bright sunshine. It’s a wonderful day to fly.” The Flight Service Station specialist was delighted to be giving such a favorable weather report. “No,” I thought to myself. “It’s a lousy day to fly.” This surprising thought illustrates that there…  [ Read More ]

Are Pilots Losing Stick and Rudder Skills Because of Cockpit Automation?

Article appeared in Flying Magazine August, 2014 by Martha King – “Don’t do that. Don’t ever do that,” my instructor said. I was confused. I wasn’t even sure I understood what his complaint was. But when I did, I realized the issue lay at the very heart of the debate about how to deal with…  [ Read More ]