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When TLAR Beats Perfection

Why Pilots Shouldn’t Always Try To Be Perfect Article appeared in Flying Magazine September, 2016 by John King  “We’re going to be in the Hudson.” It was Captain Sully Sullenberger announcing that they were going to deadstick U.S. Airways 1549 into the Hudson River. It is a story most of us are familiar with. After the loss…  [ Read More ]

Pilot Fatigue and the Unspoken Goal

The most important part of being pilot in command Article appeared in Flying Magazine July, 2016 by Martha King – The view out the windscreen from 38,000 feet wasn’t really scary, but it was fatiguing. Nexrad confirmed what we were seeing. After our fuel stop in Wichita, Kansas, we would have to pick our way around air-mass…  [ Read More ]

Loss of Control

When You Ask for Too Much Article appeared in Flying Magazine April, 2016 by Martha King – It was the slightest of rumbles.  Both John and I felt it.  John, who was at the controls, eased the control yoke forward slightly and the rumble stopped.  We landed safely and taxied into the ramp.  We had a plane…  [ Read More ]

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 ]