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"We are the protagonists of our stories called life, and there is no limit to how high we can fly."

Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Private Pilot Ground school!

You want to be a Pilot?

It starts with 

Chris Palmer's course is unique. Seriously, no-one else in the industry does what he can do. He conducts a LIVE, Online streaming video course. You show up like it’s a classroom. There’s a chat box where you communicate with Chris and the rest of the class.  This is on line school like no other!

Show up!
Log in! 
It's that simple. 

This means you get to ask questions as they go along, make sure you’re on the right track, and have a real partner as an instructor to make sure you get the required ground training done right. 

Class starts March 18th. 

You will be meeting every weekday for 2 weeks, for a total of 10 class periods. Class will start at 4PM Alaska, 8PM Eastern. Each class will last about 2-3 hours. 

If you miss a class, no worries. You can get the archived recordings immediately following class. (Hey, you can even jump in part way through).  Your course remains accessible for 1 year, with plenty of time to take it again, or watch the archived class. 

You don’t get to access amazing areas like this, cruise across the country on your own two wings, or 
get a $100 hamburger (airplane gas + rental + burger) without actually having a license.  

Flying is the ultimate freedom. 

"I can’t wait to be your instructor, have you on board, and help you enjoy this initial part of the journey. Shoot me any questions you have, and he will be more than happy to help!" Chris 

Throttle On! 

Chris Palmer
Chief Instructor

Monday, March 11, 2019

Why Airplanes Crash?

They don't have to! 

The aviation industry was touting the number of years without a crash. Now we've had three in 5 months. But what about the thousands of ASAP reports or FOQA data identifying errors and close calls? What are we doing to solve the problem? Altas Air should not be forgotten because they were flying freight. We are still waiting for learn why their loss of control. Boeing 767's don't fall out of the sky on their own. While there is much speculation, and planes are being grounded...

"If we blame the pilot, then nothing will change." 
"If we blame the airplane, then nothing will change."

Who should we blame?
What is the underlying cause of airline crashes?

I believe we have a problem with pilot training worldwide,
and the data supports this analysis.

While we are still waiting to learn why the pilots lost control, pilots should be trained to manage flight when a system breaks. The office of the inspector identified pilots have difficulty with manual flight and understanding. The FAA created a safety alert requesting pilots to fly. History shows that crashes occur because of lack of understanding. Training impacts the level of understanding. Pilot performance is being impacted by pilot training. My research identified how a negative safety culture worldwide is impacting pilot performance. 

Safety Culture is impacting pilot training. Training is leaving pilots short on understanding. Training is removing pilots willingness to manually fly. Why doesn't the industry look to where the problems originate... how we are training pilots.

Safety Culture is essential to support 
Safety Management Systems, 
but that extends to pilot training!  

For those who would like to read the entire dissertation you can find it at Petitt Aviation Research. But I turned my dissertation into a book to present the information in a more readable fashion. After you read this book, you decide why the planes are crashing! We know the problem... now let's fix it! 


Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Normalization of Deviance


Thousands of pilots worldwide participated in taking the survey to assist with my doctoral research. Hundreds of people helped to share the message. Research is complete! Dissertation is complete! Defense complete! 
Now we need change to take place!

Results identified 
There is an underlying reason for pilot error:
Safety Culture and Training Practices. 

I turned my dissertation into a book. 
Normalization of Deviance

The way to make change is with knowledge:

Order your copy now!
The only way to make change will be 
with a thousand downloads. 


For those who would like to read the entire dissertation you can find it here: Petitt Aviation Research

Thank you for your continued support. 
Aviation Safety Depends upon it! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Normalization of Deviance the Book

Available Now!  

ETA February 2019

I'm turning my dissertation into a book to share this research with real people, and to thank the thousands of pilots who participated in this research for their effort. Nobody reads dissertations, but I hope you will all read this book based upon the research. 

Why Normalization of Deviance? 

Simply put, this term may best explain why an organization's culture and associated behavioral norms can violate FAA requirements and encourage pilots to perform in a manner contrary to written policy. This term may explain how operators can know that pilots have insufficient knowledge, lack understanding, and are losing manual flight skills, yet training methodologies continue to be deficient in skill development, and fail to improve training processes to increase understanding.

Furthermore, normalization of deviance could also identify why individuals within an organization have the ability to retaliate when employees follow the FAA mandate of see something say something. While it's hard to imagine anyone retaliating against someone offering suggestions for safety, researchers have identified that the retaliating employees do not recognize their behavior as deviant because the behavior has become a normal occurrence within the organization. 

Thus the term normalization of deviance. 

This deviant behavior has also been attributed to pilots not following standard operating procedures, which subsequently become the norm. However, the results of this research have identified the deviant behavior may be in the hands of the organization and identified as a poor safety culture.


Order your copy now!
The only way to make change will be 
with a thousand downloads. 

For those who would like to read the entire dissertation you can find it here: Petitt Aviation Research

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Aviation Humor!

Eastern Airlines Kitchen Talk Radio

Aviation humor... 
there is always time to smile!

"A group of aircraft maintenance instructors were asked by the CEO to join him on a flight. After they all took their seats, they were informed that their students built the plane. All of the instructors jumped out of their seats and ran toward the exit, except one.

The CEO walked down the aisle and asked him why he remained. The man said, “If it was made by my students, I am confident it will not even start.”

Tonight's show is  all about Airline/Aviation Humor and it will include several controller/pilot communications, which always brings real-live humor, unrehearsed. Join the show and share your funny stories! 

Episode 405
March 4, 2019
7 pm EST

Call in: 

at 7:00 P. M. EDT 

or listen in by clicking the hyperlink:

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Weaponization of Mental Health

In the Aviation Industry 

Coming Soon! 

The unspoken truth of how airlines remove pilots for reporting safety, calling in fatigued, using too much sick leave, or suggesting improvements for safer operations... As it turns out calling a pilot crazy is more effective than firing them. If a pilot is terminated unjustly, they have legal rights to return. However, if they are deemed unfit to fly, they have no rights. 

It doesn't matter if these pilots never lose their medical certificates. If the airline pays a doctor to create a diagnosis, then the airline will not allow the pilot to return to flight status. Some will get jobs at other airlines at half the pay and at the bottom of the seniority list. Others spend every penny fighting for justice. Some are forced into an alcohol rehab program, whether they are an alcoholic or not. 

One would ask why anyone would do such a thing? That is the million dollar question. The answer could be simple as, a sociopath in power. 

This book, however, is on the medical side of this retaliation of how doctors are paid for creating a false diagnoses to remove an airline pilot. Many months ago I posted a passage from a medical report created by one of these doctors. Clearly extortion is written all over this page. 

This doctor tells the pilot that if he contacts an attorney, files a complaint with the medical board, rescinds the releases he initially signed, or continues to allude to legal action that he would be found mentally unfit. However, if he drops legal action there might be a chance of a favorable diagnosis. 

I also learned that the doctor who wrote the above report for one pilot, received close to $74,000 for a mental health examination of another. To put that in perspective, the average evaluation is closer to $3,300. This doctor went as far to tell pilot on Christmas Eve they would never fly again, despite notifying the company two months earlier.  He has destroyed numerous lives over the course of his career. Sadly he is not alone, as there are other doctors just like him. 

Can we stop these doctors?

Sometimes good news does prevail. After numerous calls to the medical board, and a half a dozen reports on the same doctor, a lengthy investigation prevailed. There was enough information identifying this doctor to have unethical behavior to send the investigatory report to the "controller."

The controller held this report for 9 months due to workload, but when he evaluated it, he too saw a problem and sent the doctor to the disciplinary board. Last week, the disciplinary board agreed with previous recommendations, and they sent him to the medical prosecution board. This next phase will take another two months, but the system is working.

While this will not get the lives back that this doctor has taken, it will prevent him from harming anyone again. The next question is, if a doctor loses his license and prosecuted for taking money with intent to do harm and fraud, what will they do with the organizations that paid these doctors for his false diagnoses? As this doctor, and others are officially prosecuted, I will post their names. If anyone has been harmed by one of them, these pilots may have recourse to open up their case to be revisited. 

For those who have been subjected to a mental health evaluation for reporting safety, calling in fatigued, or being forced to fly unfit, you have rights under the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, known as an Air 21, the whistle blower law. Please know that forcing someone into a mental health evaluation is considered an "adverse action" in the eyes of the law. If you need help, contact Lee Seham to learn the laws of protection, as you only have 90 days. 

Stand by... this story is not over, and the book is in underway. 

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday Motivation

Be Grateful for the Opportunity! 

Last weekend I was at the Northwest Aviation Conference selling books. But more than selling books, this is a time to meet and talk with aviation enthusiasts of all kinds. Sharing the love of aviation. Connecting with others. Sharing experiences. 

I have always been one to believe that we can do anything if we work hard enough, want it badly enough. Others may tell us no, but we can have the power to accomplish our dreams. Until I met Ruslan. 

Ruslan was at the conference because of his love of aviation. He wanted to be a commercial pilot more than anything. I was then asked by his friend to please tell this delightful young man why he could not be a commercial pilot. 

Ruslan is deaf. He cannot speak. I explained to him the many reasons we had to talk on the radio to be a commercial aviator. This was all translated by sign language by one of his friends. It broke my heart to meet someone with such passion, and I had to destroy his his dream. I gifted him a copy of Flight To Success. I know Ruslan can find another dream. 

Then the second day I met another young man with three awesome kids....

He too wanted to be a pilot and went as far to get his pilots license, and then learned he was colorblind and could not fly commercially. 

The moral of these stories is a reminder to be grateful for all the gifts we have, even those we take for granted, such as our eyesight and hearing. And for whatever fate befalls you and changes your course in life, find a new course. 

Life is short. Be grateful for every moment, and remember to live it to the fullest! 

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene