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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 ]

My Odyssey Through The FAA Medical Certification Maze

John King recounts the story of how he fought the FAA to regain his medical certificate — and prevailed. Article appeared on the Flying Magazine website – March 9, 2017 by John King “You gave us all quite a scare last night.”  I gradually became aware that I was in a hospital and Martha was explaining…  [ Read More ]

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 ]