King Schools, Inc.

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King Schools, Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryPilot Training Videos and Software
FoundedSan Diego, California (1973)
FoundersJohn King
Martha King
HeadquartersSan Diego, California, U.S.
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleJohn King, Founder
Martha King, Founder
David Jackson, President & CEO
Employees70 (May 2010)[1]
WebsiteKingSchools.com
 
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King Schools, Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryPilot Training Videos and Software
FoundedSan Diego, California (1973)
FoundersJohn King
Martha King
HeadquartersSan Diego, California, U.S.
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleJohn King, Founder
Martha King, Founder
David Jackson, President & CEO
Employees70 (May 2010)[1]
WebsiteKingSchools.com

King Schools, Inc. is an American computer software company headquartered in San Diego, California, USA. The company has historically focused on the creation of Computer Based Training (CBT) or E-learning, to assist individuals in obtaining their Pilot certification in the United States. Over the years, the company has expanded its training courses to cover the various pilot certificates, ratings and educational requirements, along with several aeronautical elective studies. More recently, it has begun offering some of these courses in Web-based training (WBT) format.

King Schools was founded in 1975, by John King and Martha King, husband and wife. 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 into their own curriculum. Eventually, demand for their videos by individuals learning to fly led to the development of courses that could be used for self-paced study.[2]

As of May 2010, King Schools has over 70 employees and operates exclusively from an 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) facility near Montgomery Field.[3] 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.

John and Martha King are two of the most recognized experts in flight instruction[4][5][6] 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. The company claims that more than half of all pilots in the United States have studied using one of their courses. Of the courses they offer, the Private Pilot Knowledge Test Course is likely the most used, supporting FAA Part 61 ground schools. Among the approximately 90 other courses offered, topics covered include Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, International Operations and risk management. King Schools also produces the Cessna-branded courses used by Cessna Pilot Centers, which are Part 141 ground schools.[7]

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The controversy regarding flying risks[edit]

In March 2001, Flying Magazine published an interview with John King titled "John King's Crusade to Change Aviation's Culture."[9] In the article, John openly charged the General Aviation industry with mischaracterizing that light aircraft could be considered safe. He argued that General Aviation pilots were insufficiently trained to recognize and address flight hazards. King Schools later joined efforts with Avemco Insurance to produce a training video to do this.[10] In 2003, this led to the first in a series of training videos marketed by King Schools as a "Practical Risk Management" course.[11]

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