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John and Martha King Called “Distinguished” by NAA

John & Martha King, Co-Owners and Founders of King Schools with the National Aeronautic Association Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award.

December 19, 2018 San Diego CA – At the National Aeronautic Association Fall Awards Dinner on November 27, 2018, the NAA added 4 more individuals to the list of Distinguished Statesmen of Aviation.  The list includes Mark Burns, the President of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, William Garvey, the Editor-in-Chief of Business and Commercial Aviation magazine, and most unusually, the husband-and-wife team of John and Martha King, Co-Chairmen of King Schools.

According to the NAA, the purpose of the Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award is to honor outstanding living Americans who, by their efforts over an extended period of years, have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics, and have reflected credit upon America and themselves.  The Kings count themselves greatly honored to be included in this group for their decades of providing playful and fun video ground school instruction to generations of pilots.

“For those who know us well, the ‘Distinguished’ title is very questionable,” said John.

“The National Aeronautic Association is to be celebrated for having the courage to do the unconventional thing and select both members of our mom-and-pop team for this award.  We are just thrilled,” commented Martha

About King Schools
For over 40 years, students and pilots at all levels have enjoyed King Schools´ clear, simple and fun video courses. King Schools estimates that as much as 50% of the pilots flying in the U.S. today have taken one course or another from King. The company is also a leader in on-line pilot certification and avionics training for pilots of high-performance and turbine aircraft.

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  1. Gunther Rudolf Prager

    Dear Mrs King & Mr. King,
    As an absolute Falcon fan, I would like to know how much time a total education in your house takes to get an IFR instrument rating for a Falcon 10, including a PPL license? And how high will the costs be?
    Greetings to San Diego.
    Guenther Rudolf Prager
    A-2641 Schottwien 31/2, N.-OE, Austria, Europe. T +43 676 74 80 767,

    • Pilot One

      Gunther, thank you for taking the time to write to us. You should know that your question is really very complex. There are so many variables regarding the timeline and process to attaining your goal of earning a type rating for a Falcon 10. I suggest you take a look at our website. We give you information about certificates, ratings and career paths. The information from this page – is multiple pages deep and includes details about what you would need to do and how long it would take.

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