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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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

What Were We Thinking?

Article appeared in Flying Magazine April, 2014 by Martha King – Whenever you are in a gathering of pilots, you are surrounded by remarkable people—people just like you. In the U.S. less than two-tenths of one percent have made the substantial personal commitment of time, effort, and stress required to learn to fly. In order…  [ 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 ]

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 ]