John and Martha King operate King Schools from their 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) complex in San Diego, USA (near near Montgomery Field). Course development, production, customer service and shipping all occur at this location. Course videos are filmed either in the in-house digital studio or at nearby Montgomery Field. They have a hand in training over 50% of all the pilots in the USA at some point during their flight training.
Their 75-strong workforce manufacture over 90 sophisticated and interactive courses on DVD (CBT – Computer Based Training) with most of them available online as e-learning courses. John and Martha also produced flight training videos for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2000. They also support Cessna’s Flight Training.
King Schools was founded in 1975. As Certificated Flight Instructors, the Kings first began as a traveling ground school, offering two-day courses in various cities. A little more than a decade later, they began producing training videos that other flight instructors could incorporate their own curriculum. Eventually, demand for their videos by individuals learning to fly lead to the development of courses that could be used for self-paced study.
John and Martha King are two of the most recognised experts in flight instruction and King Schools is best known for its effective use of a folksy, humor-rich approach in their training videos characteristic of the King’s presentation style.
John King is an advocate for all areas of safety in general aviation. He talks to us about a number of issues with our discussion focused on risk management.
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00:00:00 – Introduction
00:00:39 – John King Introduction
John talks to us about:
00:01:07 – History of King Schools, who they are, course they offer and what they do
00:01:42 – Aviation Safety in the United States
00:15:10 – John introduces us to his ‘solution’ & risk management
00:16:30 – What is risk management?
00:18:50 – The ‘PAVE’ checklist
00:19:23 – Andy Thorley recap & what we do as GA instructors?
00:21:07 – External pressures (and goal orientated behaviour)
00:24:38 – John & Martha’s experience. Every category & class (managing those risks)
00:28:24 – Airliner environment versus general aviation
00:31:01 – Non technical checklists – including PAVE. How should they be used? Prelfight the flight.
00:35:55 – Decision making skills and models. Logical & emotional errors/decisions.
00:39:25 – CARE attentions scan
00:42:34 – Airline versus GA risk management model
00:43:00 – Does having passengers increase the fatality rate? Solo risks.
00:47:26 – Flight City advert
00:47:58 – Podcasters’ Emporium Emporium
00:48:25 – Cessna 210 Mayday call & his post flight phone call
00:49:18 – General aviation resources to manage risk
00:50:32 – Karlene & Goal orientated behavior and pilot personality (egos)
00:52:23 – King Schools risk management DVD’s
00:53:08 – Reluctant passengers
00:55:43 – Spouses or friends (John & Martha). The challenges & solution!
00:59:54 – August 28 incident. John’s held at gunpoint!!
01:27:28 – King School contat details & blog
01:07:55 – Farewell
01:08:23 – Post chat. Marty & Ken.
01:15:36 – What’s coming up on Flight Podcast?
01:15:55 – Dick Rutan. 7-minute promo.
01:23:23 – FP contact details. Competition details. Farewell.
01:25:42 – Disclaimer
01:25:56 – Bloopers
01:28:22 – End
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Next week: Dick Rutan?
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