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Seeing Flying with Fresh Eyes

The Experience Is Everything Article appeared in Flying Magazine September, 2018 by John King There was a lot of blood in the water as we flew over the bowhead whale being harvested for the sustenance of the native Iñupiat community of Barrow, Alaska. It was a thought-provoking and broadening experience of the type we found we were…  [ Read More ]

OUR DEEPLY PERSONAL FAA TOUCHPOINT

ON THE PATH TO FAA MEDICAL CERTIFICATION REFORM Article appeared in Flying Magazine July, 2018 by Martha King When John came to in the hospital a number of years ago after a lapse of consciousness, you will appreciate that the very first concern he expressed was for his aviation medical certificate.  Perhaps the most significant and…  [ Read More ]

LET’S QUIT TALKING ABOUT SAFETY

Article appeared in Flying Magazine January 2018 by John King “There can be no compromise with safety.” “Safety is our number one priority.” You hear these kinds of quotes all the time from well-meaning people—very often people like the Secretary of Transportation or the Administrator of the FAA. The assertions are meant to be comforting, and…  [ Read More ]

THE GREATEST AIRPORT PARTY EVER

DOWN HOME AVIATION AT ITS BEST IN THE AMERICAN HEARTLAND Article appeared in Flying Magazine November 2017 by Martha King This normally non-towered airport was probably the busiest it had ever been. The airport needed to land an airplane about every minute and a half to accommodate the arrivals in the time available between sunrise and…  [ Read More ]

Polishing Off The Rust

Managing My Return to the Cockpit Article appeared in Flying Magazine September, 2017 by John King “Making power…airspeed alive…eighty knots…vee one…rotate…positive rate.” Martha, as pilot-monitoring, was making the call-outs for my first takeoff in our old Falcon 10 in over a year.  And the takeoff wasn’t pretty. When it’s lightly loaded, the Falcon 10 takes off…  [ Read More ]

Flying Jets—What’s the Big Deal?

You Don’t Have to be “Superpilot” Article appeared in Flying Magazine January, 2017 by John King “John, AFA.”  My hands were shaking.  I was sweating.  I was clearly intimidated by being in the left seat of this Lear 24.  I had no idea what “AFA” meant.  My questioning look at my instructor prompted his explanation.  “Another friggin’…  [ Read More ]