How government SNAFU detained Kings at gunpoint and in handcuffs

If you find yourself in a situation similar to that of John and Martha King, with police officers pointing guns at you as you exit your aircraft, just follow their instructions. That is the advice of John King after he and his wife, Martha, were held at gunpoint for about a half-hour Aug. 28 when they landed at Santa Barbara, California.

With the apparent incompetence of some of the government agencies demonstrated by the ordeal of the Kings, this could happen to you.

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Prepare for Hurricane Earl

Pilots along the Eastern coast of the U.S. should prepare for Hurricane Earl, a Category 4 storm that experts say has a 25% chance of landfall by the end of this week, according to report at, which notes:

“The affect of Earl on general aviation could be significant, especially with what appears to be the next system, Fiona, following almost directly in his footsteps. Current models, even though disagreeing an an exact location for landfall, if any, all have Earl sweeping up along the east coast, effecting virtually every state from Florida through Maine and into Nova Scotia, Canada.”

Runway Cafe opens at GMU

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The Runway Cafe is now ready for take off at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. ‘The cafe officially opens Sept. 1, according to Joe Frasher, airport director. “A short quiet opening has been taking place for the last couple of weeks, just so all systems could be checked,” he added.

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Protect your medical

As every pilot knows, two licenses are required to fly: A pilot certificate and a medical certificate. Ensuring that medical certification is valid and will be renewed is of paramount concern to all pilots, but the process is much murkier and risk-laden than the straightforward, clearly defined requirements for obtaining pilot certificates, according to officials with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), which recently held a webinar on the subject. Find out more here.