Captain Laura Savino
Captain Laura Savino navigated the globe flying the B777, B767, B757, B737, A319/320, and as a flight engineer on the B747 and B727 for United Airlines. On her way to becoming an international airline pilot, she worked as an instrument flight instructor, charter pilot, freight pilot, aerial sightseeing tour pilot, and flew for Eastern Express and Pan Am Express. A published author and First Place winner in the 2020 Pennwriters Conference competition, Laura now writes about her unique journey to the airline cockpit at a time when less than 1% of pilots were female. Her dream is to inspire and motivate others to take risks to go after their own dreams and fly high at any age. Captain Savino has been a member of Smokehouse Pilots for months, and we are excited to have her share her amazing story with us! Thank you!
John and Martha King of King Schools
John and Martha King will be spending an evening with the Smokehouse Pilots Club on June 4th! The topic of conversation will be: How to Avoid Unwanted Adventure and Still Have Fun. I hope you can join us for this special event! John and Martha King´s use of technology and clear, simple, and fun teaching have made aviation knowledge more accessible to pilots throughout the world. After a dismal failure in a business for which they did not have a passion, John and Martha King decided to relax and indulge their love of flying for a while. In the early 1970s, they began teaching flying to mark time while looking for a "serious business." After teaching live seminars for over a decade they put their courses on video and began to revolutionize the flight training industry. Today their company, King Schools, Inc which started in a spare bedroom in the Kings´ house, operates out of a dedicated complex in San Diego, California that includes a video and software production facility. Over more than 40 years, King Schools has delivered many millions of courses to pilots in training. Through intimate video instruction, John and Martha King have taught more pilots than anyone in the history of aviation—for many years teaching more than half the pilots in the United States learning to fly. It's no surprise that pilots throughout the world know John and Martha and regard them as their personal aviation mentors. King Schools continues to transform pilot training by pioneering the development of multimedia training programs on many aviation subjects including ground-breaking programs on aviation risk management. Through the years, the Kings have retained their enthusiasm for flying. They fly their own Dassault Falcon 10 jet wherever they go, swapping captain and copilot duties on each leg. They have flown as pilots in every continent of the world except Antarctica, including a trip completely around the world via the length of Russia. John and Martha became the first and only husband and wife to both hold every category and class of FAA pilot and instructor certificates. In September of 1994 John and Martha became the first and only couple to both hold every category and class of FAA rating on their pilot and instructor certificates. Martha is the only woman to achieve this complete ratings sweep. They remain active in many categories, regularly flying everything from jets to piston airplanes and helicopters. They have enjoyed periodically serving as back-up pilots for the Fujifilm blimp. They have flown the blimp over such events as the Kentucky Derby, the Davis Cup, the Super Bowl, the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and the Experimental Aircraft Association convention at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Their airship adventures have been part of national television coverage on the Fox, ESPN, CBS, and USA networks. The Kings appear frequently on national TV as aviation experts. They also have starred in numerous video presentations on Microsoft´s Flight Simulator program providing instruction for the "Getting Started" Wizard and for numerous informational topics. Plus, they were featured on CNN's "Business Unusual." John and Martha have been champions for the cause of improving the risk management practices of general aviation pilots and they speak to thousands of pilots each year on aviation safety. They work with the FAA's National Aviation Safety Program in producing safety videos. They also volunteer their time to speak to college classes on starting a small business. For many years both John and Martha served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Air and Space Museum and of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. John is previous Chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation, and they are now both on the Honorary Board. Martha was formerly the Chair of the Chancellor´s Community Advisory Board of the University of California, San Diego
Behind the Buttons with Stasi Poulos of Mindstar Aviation
Many members have been asking how to set up their home simulators during the COVID19 pandemic. Stasi Poulos, President of Mindstar Aviation located in Leesburg Virginia (KJYO) will be sharing with us how to stay proficient with your home simulators, plus technical simulator setup and configuration that would be helpful to all the sim users out there! Mindstar is a software developer of simulations for aircraft systems and avionics used in professional flight simulators and home-use aviation training products. Mindstar Aviation software is used onboard certified professional flight simulators worldwide. Mindstar also specializes in cockpit-specific aircraft system simulations such as electrical systems, hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems, etc. Mindstar products are utilized in both the military and intelligence communities. Avionics products include the Garmin G1000, Rockwell-Collins Proline 21, Avidyne Entegra, and a variety of other avionics such as autopilots and GPS units. The simulated aircraft range from a simple single-engine piston trainer, up to King Air turboprops and Citation business jets.
Favorite Photos from the members of Smokehouse Pilots!
On March 19th, 2020, we asked the following question on Facebook. We had 100's of photos posted on the feed. Therefore, to keep these memories alive, we created a video of all the photos that were shared. Most, if not all of us pilots, constantly snap photos of our flying experiences. I’ve been keeping up with all of the photos that are shared in the group - and there are so many amazing pictures shared by all of you. Today, share your absolute favorite photo that YOU have snapped relating to aviation. 📸📷📸 - Do you have one? *All photos in this video are owned solely by the individual who captured the image. None of the photos in this video are owned by Smokehouse Pilots Club*