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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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oshkosh 2014 Live!

Good Morning Aviation World! 

Today is the start of EAAs airshow


"We are a community of pilots and aviation enthusiasts who promote and support recreational flying. Our mission is simple: to grow participation in aviation by sharing The Spirit of Aviation."

MONDAY: 7/28
I will spend my day walking, talking, and interviewing as many people as I can. I will watch the most amazing airshows, and see incredible airplanes. Tonight I will meet Kenny Loggins (with thousands of others) at a concert in the woods. Danger Zone... can you feel it?

TUESDAY:  7/29

Talking, walking, interviews, airshows, shopping, photo ops and more. Then I plan on being at  OSHBASH 2014.  I donated some books for door prizes. Come see if you can get lucky. This is a place social media friends will come together to say hello. I hope to see you there!

Join me at OSHBASH 2014
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30
We'll be in the press tent, 
Click on OSHBASH 
to learn details!


I will be returning to Seattle as I have a flight to Paris on Thursday, the start of a 6-day trip.  But two days of fun will be well worth the effort! 

and check the schedule of events
for the remainder of the week.


EAA: Share the love of Aviation! 

Enjoy the Journey~
XO Karlene

Friday, July 25, 2014

Aeroplane Geeks World Wide!

"There's an aeroplane geek in us all"

"That was the title of an email sent to me by a friend. Attached was a photo taken from the window seat of an aircraft. It was sent because my friend appreciated my interest in aerospace. I never tire of watching aeroplanes or anything about them.

I am not a pilot, (well not a fully qualified one) but I do love aviation. But what is it that brings people together when the topic is flying? People that may not have much in common are suddenly bonded together with their interest in aeroplanes (and rockets I might a). Well, I think it’s that amazing feeling of being in the air, of flying like a bird, soaring and watching this world from above. It can be almost a spiritual experience for some.

 Pieter Johnson

Strapped in to a modern airliner is not dissimilar to sitting in a bus. It's a metal tube and is often filled with people who do not know each other and whose sole aim is to get from one place to another. What bonds us is when the wheels leave the earth and whether it's 10 feet or 30,000 feet, the view out of the window and our own perspective on the world changes.

We see it differently. We see planet earth and our impact upon it. For some this awe inspiring view brings strength through goals and achievements such as wanting to a pilot and do this more often. For most of us though, it allows us to continue to be amazed that the tube we are sitting in is actually suspended in the air, racing along at 500mph.

I indulge my interest through work on my aviation and aerospace podcasts. Since 2010 I have had the privilege of meeting many people in the aerospace and aviation industries. This makes me a very fortunate individual. My first 'big interview' was with Karelen Pettit. In the 45 minutes we talked, I discovered what an amazing career she had manifested; and learned of the stories and experiences along the way.

If you ever get the chance to listen to Karlene then do so, she is both an ambassador for the industry as well as a darn good story teller. I also learned much from that discussion apart from her being a lovely person of course. It dawned on me that the mysticism around the sector is something created by me to admire those I thought had something I could never achieve. Karlene helped me see that her journey is one we could all take if we chose to. If we want to achieve something in the sector, then go out and do it.

Four years later I have interviewed over 150 people in the industry. From astronauts, pilots, engineers and leaders, to those who have survived the pain and distress of disaster. Author Earl Moorhouse a survivor of the first Boeing 747 crash, remains still one of the greatest interviews I have been lucky enough to deliver. What an amazing man.

"My programme is called: Xtended"
Its an audio programme you download from our website (or through iTunes). Produced out of the UK, we bring international aviation and aerospace news, stories and debate to the listener. We love our Top 10 lists as they get great debates going. Its hard work but enjoyable and gives me my aviation fix. We hope you can get some of your through the show. If you like hearing great interviews and aviation discussion, give us a try, I do not think you will be disappointed. It's free, what else could you ask for.

Remember there's an aeroplane geek in us all. Let us help you to enjoy your journey through the skies, wherever it's taking you."

Pieter Johnson
Presenter and Producer

Pieter also sent me a couple links where you can listen to our interviews. He's an amazing man and fun to chat with. You have to admit the second link has a pretty catchy title.

In addition, he added a link to an interview with Earl Moorhouse, the survivor of the first B747 crash.
Teamwork and Flight 540  You won't want to miss this one. 

Enjoy the journey!!
XO Karlene

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PED in the Flight Deck!

Last Month I wrote an article about a new FAR: PEDs in the Flight Deck Prohibited! This post created quiet a discussion. Then I received an interesting email from a friend working for an international airline.

His captain was looking up a system on his iPad, as they were having a curious indication and wanted to verify and review their systems knowledge. They were enroute over the ocean, keeping an eye or two on the instruments, and the captain whipped out his ipad and looked up the system. 

The first officer enlightened him of this new FAR. He told him his iPad was illegal because it was distracting and the FAA created a regulation prohibiting it.

The captain was incredulous. "How could the manual be safer than the iPad?" he asked. "Okay," he said. "I certainly don't want to violate a regulation."

He put his iPad away and brought out the manual.

My friend sent me the photos. 

What's more distracting...
You decide. 

If you have not read Flight For Safety yet, it's time.

My novels are part of the plan to help and industry keep our passengers safe and provide great jobs for future pilots. Please join me on the journey and remember to leave a comment for Flight For Control and Flight For Safety (the sequel), on Amazon in order for a chance to win a NWA 747-400 model!

Stay proficient. Fly safe. 
Create a jobs we can all be proud of. 
We're all in this together.  

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

There I Wuz

Cap'n Aux just released his new book, There I Wuz.

This is a compilation of stories from his blog, articles he wrote for various aviation magazines, and writings from additional great aviation authors. This is a fun read, filled with lots of adventure. These are stories of the brave, the fearless, and sometimes the scared shitless.

And how much fun would it be to meet the author? Well, you can! You are invited to the book release party of There I Wuz at Aviation Universe with Cap'n Aux. 

Eric says, "I will be doing a short talk, book reading and signing, with a Q&A session, and just general chumming around with whomever shows up." 

Saturday July 26th
12 Noon. 


13 W. Main St., Shop #6
Bensenville, IL  60106
Phone: 630-350-7913
Toll Free: 855-252-8864


When I asked Eric why he wrote this book, he said, 

"From the age of 5, I’ve always had two passions: flying and writing. While the aviation career isn’t for everybody, it always makes for a good story. Life is an adventure, and life in the sky, exponentially so. I feel blessed to have lived more adventures than most, and that’s why I started my blog, Adventures of Cap’n Aux (—to share those stories.

There I Wuz! Adventures From 3 Decades in the Sky is a collection of the best of them, as well as others shared in various magazines such as Airways, Plane & Pilot, and

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing—and living—it!"

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Success Begins With a Dream

Add a little Avgas and lots of courage and look what you get.

Congratulations Matt!!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Monday, July 21, 2014

MH17 Shot Down...

Taking Aviation Security to a New Level...

Hundreds of emails (and one text) have come through asking me my take on MH17. My take is I'm heartbroken, and pushed back ten paces.

In the post, If I had One Wish for Aviation... I told the world that I planned to make sure another accident would never happen again. But as I observe our changing industry with technology moving full speed forward, combined with human performance,  proficiencies (or lack of), and abilities, in this ever changing world,  I'm beginning to wonder if my wish was an unrealistic dream.

There will always be accidents when technology changes. Looking back at the aviation industry, any time technology introduced a major change accidents occurred. Then we adapted and learned how to deal with the new world. 

With Next Gen building force, and sitting on the horizon, a huge change is about to come again, and with it more challenges. Human factors in our engineering world look at the probability of what might happen first, then they look at the improbable. I have yet to see an airline deal with the improbable in training. They don't take the time or spend the money.

How can we deal with the unexpected if we don't have qualitative data to prove why we must spend the added dollars? Could being proactive mean not flying through war zones? I'm not sure if anyone would drive through a known gang area while a turf war was is process. Why would any airline fly over an area when a war is underway? 

They obviously did not believe in the improbability of being shot down. Besides it's much cheaper to fly direct rather than a circuitous route for safety. Many airlines detoured. Why not Malaysia?

Money will always trump anything. 

This incident hits a new level of emotion for me, as this shooting was the epitome of taking control out of our hands. We think we have control over safety, but do we?  We think we can make a difference, but can we? We do our best, and yet there will be people that will make gross negligent errors, act stupidly, and have complete disregard for human life. 

I have to ask, is this any different than TWA800? Frightening (or ironic) that these two events happened on the same day 18 years apart. Many think the center fuel tank blew up on TWA800, others believe it was a missile. I tend to believe the fuel tank blew up when a missile hit it. We may never know, but we do know that the results were the same. Friends and family members are dead. Just as the results of MH17, loved ones are gone.

Where do we go from here?

We wake up and breathe. We eat, exercise and go through our daily functions. We find something to smile about. We find gratitude for what we have. We adopt the attitude that we can create change for the positive and despite the chaos of the world. We will not adopt an attitude of hatred. Bad things are going to happen in life. They are not acceptable. But if we allow those events change who we are, we have allowed someone else to control our lives. 

I believe we should live in honor of those we lost. Do our best to prevent tragedy in the future. My mission to press forward is still intact, despite the naivete. If I make a dent and stop one event, then I do believe my life was a success. Together we can make a difference.

This weekend I celebrated a grandson's third birthday. We went to Planes Fire and Rescue. One of the lines spoken was this, "You can give up now. But you will never know how many lives you could have saved." So often we ask...

What's the point?

The first time I posed this question I was five years old. I was in the back seat of my mother's car. I couldn't figure out how she knew which way to drive. Those signs meant nothing. My great grandfather had just died. I had no idea what death meant. But I remember vividly wondering why I had to go to kindergarten to learn how to cut and paste when I was going to die anyway. 

These thoughts pass by often. I wonder why I'm doing all I do. I wonder why any of us do what we do. What's the point? 
The point is... this is your life. You can choose to live with joy and happiness, or chose to live hating the world in fear. The choice is really yours. It's mine, too.

How do I feel about MH17? The same way I feel about TWA800, and MH370, the many school shootings, my neighbor having a stroke, and my friend losing her mother, and another losing her husband... it sucks! 
All we can do is go on. Enjoy the moments we have. We never know how long they will last. But if you're reading this, you have today. Make a difference in your world and find the good.

What are your feelings about this incident?

Enjoy the Journey...
XO Karlene

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Find Laughter Today...

With Planes Fire and Rescue! 

OPENING Day is Today! 

I loved this movie and you will too. And I suspect the  kids will love it more than Dusty's first adventure, which was awesome! 

It's a shame that Dusty's opening day is the day after an airliner was shot out of the sky. But perhaps the timing is a blessing in disguise. To remind us that bad things are going to happen, but there is still laughter and joy in the world. That we can find it. We must find it. 

Join me today in doing something fun and celebrate the love of aviation, the passion of flight, the heroes in the world, and remember to laugh. It won't undo what has happened, but it will make the pain a little less, if just for an hour or so. 

Life is a gift. 
Enjoy it for all it's worth.   

Choose to be happy no matter what. 
Live each moment with passion.