Martha King

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 ]

Your Pilot Passenger—Friend or Foe?

Article appeared in Flying Magazine October, 2014 by Martha King – “Did you do something to my nav radios?” John was clearly confused, and I didn’t know why. But John had just realized that steady needles didn’t necessarily mean he was flying well. The flag for the glideslope confirmed his suspicion. We were flying an…  [ 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 ]