Media reports and stories

Rich Martindell, VP at King Schools Awarded a 2016 General Aviation Award

FAA’s 50 plus year tradition recognizes aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation San Diego – Richard Martindell, King School’s VP of Course Content and Experience has been named FAA 2016 Safety Team Representative of the Year. Every year for more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration…  [ Read More ]

Identifying and Managing Risks in Aviation

Dear Fellow Pilots, As pilots we all know in our hearts that flying can be a risky activity. But sadly, identifying and managing the risks associated with flying is not intuitive. For most pilots, recognizing and mitigating flying risks is something we have to learn. Until now there has been little motivation for flight instructors…  [ 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 ]

Gain The Knowledge to be PIC—And Ace Your Test

You deserve the best preparation possible for your flying journey. Our goal is that you will both ace your test and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to become a competent PIC (Pilot In Command). That’s why we agonize over every word and teaching technique in our video lessons. We want to ensure that we…  [ Read More ]

Enjoy Flying for a Lifetime!

Flying is deeply rewarding and fun. One pilot we know says that she finds flying fun because, “it makes me feel competent”. But if you do not stay proficient, that feeling of fun and competence can turn into one of anxiety and frustration. So the first advice we give new pilots is to keep flying….  [ Read More ]

Getting the Most from Your New iPad in the Cockpit

If you have a new iPad, and are a pilot, one thing is almost certain—you’re going to start using your iPad in the cockpit. The challenge is to make sure your iPad is indeed a help, not a distraction. The first step is to decide which aviation apps you like, and install them on your…  [ Read More ]

Why Our New Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) is Different

Flying self-selects fabulous people. But the sad fact is that many of these very special people and their passengers come to grief because they inadvertently assume risks that they don’t fully understand. This is why we have come to so be deeply saddened by the lost opportunity represented by Flight Instructor Refresher Courses that cover…  [ Read More ]

The Threat to Our Airport

Our local airport (MYF) is under threat—not by the neighbors, not by criminals, but by the very operators of our airport.  They are well intentioned.  We have had “incidents”.  These incidents aren’t security hazards; they are taxiway and runway incursions.  Not one has resulted in a risk of collision with an aircraft.  These “incidents” get…  [ Read More ]

Teaching Aviation Citizenship

(We originally wrote this article for the National Association of Flight Instructors) As instructors we have many responsibilities—creating pilots who are great risk managers and truly prepared to be pilot-in-command would be high on the list.  It would seem that teaching good aviation citizenship would come way down this list.  But in my view, teaching…  [ Read More ]