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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, November 30, 2015

Leaving the World

Better Than We Found It
"We are the guardians of generations 
that will follow in our footsteps
- let us ensure that we are fit to lead them."

~ by Eleesha,
Author of The Soul Whisperer
I am often asked why I'm going to school to get a PhD., writing, flying, and working so hard.  What will I do with my education? What are my goals? While I have a mission to fulfill with my one wish for aviation, and why I am writing thrillers, and wrote the motivation book, etc... There is definitely something more pushing me forward.  I believe we should...
Leave the world better than we found it. 
When my friend Eleesha sent me a daily inspiration about being the guardian of the next generation, I smiled and said, 
"ah... this is it!"

We are the Guardians of Generations to Come.

Finals complete! I'm back on reserve for a week starting Wednesday, and today my office is being organized and ready for then quarter of school! I'm also compiling my notes to help change the world. And Darby, Kathryn, Jackie, and Linda are all in Flight For Survival, and we are up to chapter 30!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Friday, November 27, 2015

Aviation Evolution....

Evolution of the Cockpit

1903 Wright Flyer

Spirit of St. Louis

Douglas M-2

Bellanca C.F.

Fokker D.VII

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VII

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F-8

Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a

Bell X-1

Boeing B-29

Grumman G-21

De Havilland DH 106 Comet

General Dynamics 
F-16 Fighting Falcon

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

Douglas DC-7

Sud Aviation Caravelle


Boeing 747-8

Boeing 787

Airbus A320

Airbus A380
History Question... 
when and why did the cockpit 
change to the flight deck? 
Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Today and Always!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Today I will be dining with two or three hundred of my favorite people, passengers,  on my way to Amsterdam. Yes, passengers are my favorite people, as they make our thanksgiving day feasts possible, and without them, there would be no reason to fly across the ocean. Passengers are all of our families and friends, they are our readers, doctors, scientists, artists... they are you!  And while I will be missing my family on this day of thanks, I am grateful they are happy, healthy, safe, and have each other to celebrate with. 

I am also thankful that I am finished with finals for this quarter of school! (almost. Two final edits remain). The studies have been challenging, but eye opening. With further resolve to give back to my passengers on a mission for continued improvement, and to create an opportunity for the future generation of pilots. My classes this quarter took me one step closer to each goal!

Creation: I am so thankful Darby and I will be spending the month of December together in hope of bringing Flight For Survival to you by the first of the year!  And, my middle daughter illustrated my first children's book: I am Awesome! coming soon too!
For now...

Time to Fly!

Enjoy the Journey!! And a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Suddenly I Could Fly!

Come From Away

The most amazing gift you could give, 
or receive, 
this holiday season!

Last week I had the great opportunity to attend opening night of Come From Away at the Seattle Repertory Theater with the lady pilots of ISA+21. While dinner at the space needle was delicious, and the ladies were great company...

The Best Part of the Night 
was the show

September 11, 2001 is day that will be etched in every pilots' memory forever. But the flight crews who diverted to Gander have a story all their own. But not anymore. This story belongs to everyone now.
The people of Gander found room in their hearts and homes for the plane people who landed at their little rock in the Sea. The good people of Gander will find a way into your heart too, once you take the opportunity to see most fabulous musical this holiday season, Come From Away. 
The Story: 
When 38 planes landed at Gander, and 7000 "plane people" found their way into the town. It's hard to imagine that many people dropping in from nowhere. Nobody in the town slept for five days, as they cooked and cared for their guests. Lives were changed forever. Lifelong friendships made, soulmates connected and people learned the power of compassion and gratitude. 

As the Islanders said, 
"We did nothing that you wouldn't do."  
The message of the season... 
What would you do to help someone in need? 
The Play: 
This is a musical like none other. Written and choreographed by the talent couple, David and Irene.  I was amazed at how they pulled this off. I cannot tell you how many stories were wrapped into 90 minutes of fun, laughter, and yes... tears.  
David and Irene spent a month in Gander, living in the homes of the towns people, and interviewing them. They both attended an event at the Seattle Museum of Flight over the weekend, and when David said, "We had 5 hours of content, and we hadn't got them off the plane yet," spoke volumes.  But they pulled the stories together into one show. 
How they did this, I'm still not sure. 

David Hein and Irene Sankoff 

I wish I could find the words to explain the power of this show, how heartfelt this stories are, and how incredibly well David and Irene pulled it all together, into one inspiring show. I'm blaming my lack of brainpower due to finals week.  However, I will tell you that I loved it so much, that I am going again, and taking my mom and sister with me on December 8th. This is something that must be shared!

Enjoy this song from the musical
Me and the Sky 
You must see this in person! 
And the inspiring pilot this play was written about... 

The show runs only runs through 
December 13th at the
Seattle Repertory Theater

I hope you can make it!!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Sunday, November 22, 2015

FINALS Week...

FALL 2015! 

Finals are due November 29th, but I have been racing the clock to finish everything early before I fly. I've been on reserve for five days, and they have not used me yet ...  but my day is coming. So for now, enjoy this video. Yes, I do get some fun emails! And this is one of them. Enjoy... It's awesome!! 

Ever Been to Teterboro?  

 You just gotta love pilots!

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Come From Away

The most amazing play I have ever seen!

And check out the lady pilots who flew in for opening night. 


Space Needle for Dinner, 
and then the show!  

September 11, 2001.  38 planes landed in Gander. Turning the town of 9000 to 16,000.  These kind people took care of the "plane people".  
Love. Laughter. Compassion. 

Irene Sankoff one of the authors!

Just when these amazing actors had you close to tears, they made you laugh, and pulled you back up.  Tears or not, the smile never left my face the entire play.  This was the story of the amazing people of Gander, and the guests they had visiting for five days, with humor, fun, laughter, and was nothing short of heartwarming. 

And then the music was incredible! 

If you have the chance, I would put this play on the top of your priority list!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Become a Leader!

Realizing Leadership Development 

with Irene Becker 
"Leadership today is not about learning to lead better, it is about learning to think, communicate, collaborate, and lead differently..."
Mark your calendar and join my friend Irene Becker as she presents the webinar: Three Competencies That Make the Leader. I just registered! And I have finals and a couple pilots staying with me for a few days to attend the Come From Away play the night of this event.  If I can make time, you can too!
Leadership belongs everywhere. If you learn just one thing then the hour will have been a success!

Host: Laurie Wilhelm, Editor of Realizing Leadership magazine
Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 1:00 pm EST (duration: 50 minutes)
Cost: $36* per person

Enjoy the journey and I hope to see you at the webinar!
XO Karlene