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The Great Debate – John King & Rod Machado on the ACS.

Aviation Expo – Palm Springs International Airport, California October 22, 2016 This past summer,  about the time the Airmen Certification Standards (ACS) were implemented, AOPA Pilot Magazine and Flying Magazine collaborated on a extraordinarily unique idea.  Both magazines simultaneously published in their July, 2016 issues the same article – Dogfight – The Great ACS Debate. The story featured…  [ Read More ]

New ACS Instrument Practical Test Checkride Course Launched  

Course is the 2nd ACS offering from King Schools   September 6, 2016 San Diego, CA – Pilots, Flight Instructors and Examiners will benefit from the new King Schools Instrument Practical Test (Oral Exam & Flight Test).  The course shows a model instrument rating checkride based on the Airmen Certification Standards (ACS).  The new HD…  [ Read More ]

Identifying and Managing Risks in Aviation

Dear Fellow Pilots, As pilots we all know in our hearts that flying can be a risky activity. But sadly, identifying and managing the risks associated with flying is not intuitive. For most pilots, recognizing and mitigating flying risks is something we have to learn. Until now there has been little motivation for flight instructors…  [ Read More ]

What flying and gaming have in common—and what they don’t

If you are mentoring potential pilots, or considering doing so, you might want to think about the concept of making aviation “sticky”. The gaming industry has figured out how to keep people engaged for long periods of time, getting personal satisfaction and fun from games. As a pilot you know that flying is deeply rewarding…  [ Read More ]

Mentoring in Aviation

You likely remember someone in your life whose time and dedication to mentoring made the difference in helping you reach a goal. For a learning pilot, the value of a good advisor is enormous. Martha and I have benefited from the attention of mentors through the years, and have also received immeasurable rewards through mentoring…  [ Read More ]

Gain The Knowledge to be PIC—And Ace Your Test

You deserve the best preparation possible for your flying journey. Our goal is that you will both ace your test and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to become a competent PIC (Pilot In Command). That’s why we agonize over every word and teaching technique in our video lessons. We want to ensure that we…  [ Read More ]

Enjoy Flying for a Lifetime!

Flying is deeply rewarding and fun. One pilot we know says that she finds flying fun because, “it makes me feel competent”. But if you do not stay proficient, that feeling of fun and competence can turn into one of anxiety and frustration. So the first advice we give new pilots is to keep flying….  [ Read More ]

Getting the Most from Your New iPad in the Cockpit

If you have a new iPad, and are a pilot, one thing is almost certain—you’re going to start using your iPad in the cockpit. The challenge is to make sure your iPad is indeed a help, not a distraction. The first step is to decide which aviation apps you like, and install them on your…  [ Read More ]

Why Our New Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) is Different

Flying self-selects fabulous people. But the sad fact is that many of these very special people and their passengers come to grief because they inadvertently assume risks that they don’t fully understand. This is why we have come to so be deeply saddened by the lost opportunity represented by Flight Instructor Refresher Courses that cover…  [ Read More ]