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John and Martha Lose 50 lbs! Just one catch…

53% of pilots use the iPad in the cockpitRecently, AOPA conducted a survey in which 53% of respondents indicated that they used an iPad in the cockpit.  Folks, this is a staggering number when you consider that the first iPad was sold less than two years ago.  For the first 90 years of aviation, change came quite slowly to the cockpit, but what we have seen in the last 10 years has revolutionized almost every aspect of flying … and it’s accelerating.

We lost 50 pounds in only two months.  We have gone from carrying that much weight in paper to the airport to only two iPads.  That’s better than Jenny Craig, but when you consider just how much smarter these devices are than paper, you quickly understand the unbelievable adoption rate among pilots.  From flight planning and weather briefing all the way through departure procedures, charting and approach plates, these little 1.5 pound devices do it all.  But the work doesn’t stop at the chocks.  Once we arrive, they serve up email, hotel reservations, driving directions, books, and music, just to scratch the surface.  In a very short time it has become hard to imagine flying anywhere without the iPad.

Now, when you put a tablet computer together with online training you really hit the jackpot—training on your schedule, where ever you are, on an easy-to-handle, lightweight device.  Wow!  You can even sign up at this moment for an online course, and be taking it just moments later.  We have come a long way, but believe that the future will provide even newer ways to train.  You can count on KING to be there with products you can trust to help you reach your aviation goals.  To learn about taking KING courses on your iPad or other tablets, see page on using mobile devices.

By the way, the only problem with losing all that weight the way we did is that it only works in the cockpit!  We still need to keep up our exercise!

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KING Courses On Your iPad!

iSWiFTER on iPad for KING online pilot courses

The obvious, sheer pleasure so many pilots get from their iPads gave Martha and me iPad envy. We finally got one of our own, and found innumerable uses for it in the cockpit. But by far the biggest news is that the folks at King Schools showed us how you can take KING courses on it by introducing us to an application called iSWiFTER.

iSWiFTER is an iPad application that was originally developed to enable running Flash-based games on the iPad, but it also works for viewing any website that (like ours) is implemented using Flash. While not perfect, iSWiFTER allows quick and easy access to King Schools’ online training courses, including video playback and taking interactive questions.

At a price of only $2.99 per month a $4.99 ONE TIME FEE (that’s two four dollars and ninety-nine cents, folks!) to get out of “demo mode” and be able to run your KING courses on it, it’s a great value too.  While, as we said, the iSWiFTER solution is not perfect, we are delighted with the flexibility this provides to fellow iPad owners, and we pledge to continue our quest to seek better solutions in the future.

By the way, we have fallen in love with the iPad. It is light-weight, fast, readable in sunlight, and provides a user-interface that is intuitive to learn. We are intrigued with the idea of a single device that pilots can use to train, brief flights and access in-flight information.

All things considered, we believe that the iPad provides a wonderful way to consume aviation information. If you use an iPad or other tablet, you will find that King Schools is there, making our courses available for you. You can count on us to continue working to ensure our training is available wherever you are, and on whatever device you find useful.

Now if our second unit would just arrive—so we can quit fighting over this one.

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