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Airplane Checkouts Fit for a

King The Ultimate Experts’ Guide to Evaluating an Aircraft on the Ground and In the Air By James Wynbrandt Few thrills in aviation trump flying an aircraft type you don’t have in your logbook. But how do you approach an airplane you’ve never flown before? Can you learn anything about its handling from a walk around inspection? And what’s the best way to check out an unfamiliar airplane in the air? Perhaps no one has ever faced and answered those questions more times than John and Martha King. Founders of the eponymous pilot education empire, the Kings are the only couple (and Martha the only woman) ever to hold every category and class of FAA rating on their pilot and instructor certificates: fixed wing single and multi, land and sea, blimps, hot air balloons, rotorcraft, weight shift trikes, and more. When it comes to getting into different aircraft types, they are truly the Kings. m ay / J u n e 2 0 1 0

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