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It Takes an Aviation Village

Why Aviation Community Matters Article appeared in Flying Magazine July, 2017 by Martha King – It was scary.  We were more than a mile from the short runway and we were skimming the treetops in the Chinese-made Socata Trinidad look-alike.  We were so low we couldn’t even see the runway.  It took me a little…  [ 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 ]

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 ]