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Aviation Education Leaders Shared Ideas at King School’s Inaugural Envision Flight Edu-Con


Brian Hough, Envision Flight creator points to the future of aviation mechanics training during his keynote address on that topic

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2023, San Diego CA

Aviation leaders from flight schools and aeronautical universities converged in San Diego late September for the inaugural Envision Flight Edu-Con symposium.

Designated Pilot Examiner Mary Schu joins John & Martha King during the book signing session at Envision Flight in San Diego.

The event provided a unique platform for aviation educators and professionals nationwide to exchange ideas, share experiences, and delve into the world of aviation teaching and training. Brian Hough, King School’s Senior VP of Business Development and Sales, and the driving force behind the event, expressed his passion for its mission: “Our vision for this event was to create a unique program that not only offered exceptional educational opportunities for our flight school and university customers, but also connected vendors with an outstanding customer base.”

The event also served as the launching pad for a year-long celebration of King Schools’ 50-year anniversary.

Bob Hepp and Michael Crudden joined John & Martha King as presenters at the first Envision Flight Edu Con in San Diego CA.

Presenters at the symposium brought their best ideas to help flight schools improve their operations. Brian Hough presented an innovative and timely opportunity for flight schools to use King Schools’ Cleared for Aviation Mechanics Part 147 curriculum, to extend their business and profitably solve the massive aviation mechanic shortage. The lively discussions that followed demonstrated the event’s success in fostering meaningful exchanges among attendees.

“Set against the backdrop of San Diego’s picturesque September and coupled with the MCAS Miramar’s annual airshow, Envision Flight Edu-Con left an indelible mark on all attendees,” Brian Hough remarked. “This is just the beginning. Envision Flight Edu-Con will be a gathering point for aviation educators for years to come!” Brian concluded. Next year’s event has been scheduled for October 10-11, 2024.

Envision Flight Edu-Con took place at the Coast Air Center at Montgomery Field (KMYF). It was an exclusive gathering, welcoming representatives from flight schools, college, and university aviation departments. Distinguished speakers included King Schools Co-Chairmen John and Martha King, King Schools CEO Barry Knuttila, FAA Designated Pilot Examiners Mary Schu, veteran aviation educator Brian Hough, Vice President of Marketing at Redbird Flight Training Josh Harnagel, FAA Washington DC FSDO Manager Michael Crudden, President of 1 Step Prep, Joseph Munoz, and successful flight school owners David and Nayda Cattin. A comprehensive list of presenters and vendors is available on the Envision Flight Edu-Con website at

For those who missed this landmark event or wish to revisit the insights shared, videos of individual presentations can be found on YouTube here.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

John M. Dowd
King Schools
3840 Calle Fortunada • San Diego, CA 92123
Toll-Free (800) 854-1001
Worldwide (858)-541-2200


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