students can access their materials online delivered through
pilots hear the names John and Martha, they are most likely taken back
to their examination days. The famous aviation couple revolutionized the
way pilots learn and are regarded by pilots as their personal aviation
mentors through their training company, King Schools. They have spent
numerous hours, via videotape, with pilots throughout the world. Now,
they are communicating in the virtual world.
Schools is making it possible for aviation students to access their
study materials online delivered through full-screen video combined with
the convenience and flexibility of the web with their King
Schools Online Private Pilot Test Course.
This well-known, award-winning test course is now on the web, and the
instrument flight rules (IFR) test will be in the next 30 days. The
private pilot and instrument checkride courses will be up soon, and the
other exams will follow.
was slow picking up on going to the Internet because I was so used to
dial-up," John said. "When high-speed Internet and Google came
out, I went ‘whoa,’ this could work. If we didn’t get on the
Internet, we’d be left behind."
In the past students
would have to carry around discs or a laptop if they wanted to work on
the courses. "They can now access their courses in a hotel,
airplane, beach, or motor home," explains John. "The great
value in the virtual courses is that the student can do
segment if they have a 30-minute break in between classes, meetings, or
can also keep track of what they are doing no matter where they are.
Before, the tracking would be on the computer they were on. Now it is
accessible wherever there is Internet. Students can see how they did on
the questions and how far along they are. With a click of the button
they can get a report card that details how they are doing. Students can
also click on a word, and it will find all the FAA questions that have
that word in it.
also changes its exam questions four times per year. King Schools will
be able to update the questions almost immediately, and students will
also get an e-mail that tells them that questions have changed. This
virtual system also has its benefits for King Schools. They won’t have
to throw out all the DVDs and CDs it has left when the questions change
or there are updates.
feel that it’s a much more powerful way to take the exams. "Our
course was designed for computers. Your can take questions by category.
It’s a much more organized way of doing it," says Kenneth Kaplan,
senior vice president of marketing and sales at King Schools.
put huge efforts into the interface of the program. "It took a
while for us to be happy with the quality and capabilities of it [online
courses]," Martha explained. "We wanted the same experience as
if the user bought the DVDs and installed them on their computer."
AirVenture visitors that
want to find out more about King Schools Online can go to Booth 1132 in
Exhibit Hangar A or to www.KingSchools.com.