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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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Using Your Brain to Learn:

Strategies for Success 

Dr. Mary Niemczyk was one of the presenters at the NTAS last week. What a fabulously dynamic woman! Mary called her model the 4 A's of learning. I think she should call it Mary's Model. 


The problem is that many people don't know how to learn, because nobody taught them. Far too many new pilots are failing out of training at the legacy carriers when they shouldn't. The first step is to learn how learn. While I haven't read her book yet, I did just order it. I'll keep you posted! 

Also, if you want to learn how to study for your checkride, read Flight For Sanity. Within my novels I like to teach something. In this novel, you get to join Darby in her captain upgrade training while she teaches her first officer how to study to pass his simulator checkride, at an airline that provides no guidance on how to study. Nothing is perfect, but you can do your best to be the best you can be! 

Learn how to 
Prepare for that Checkride! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Professionalism and Flying

Refocus on Professionalism 

"Flight Instructors have 
the most influence on 
the development of professionalism"
Dr. Ken Byrnes 

Last week I was spent at NTAS 2017. The National Transportation Aviation Symposium was held in Daytona Beach at ERAU, where professionals came together to Enhance aviation. This year was focused on the pilot shortage. 

The pilot shortage is real. 
So is the concern
for professionalism!

The concern is that the next generation of available pilots who are  also millennials  are carrying their stereotype into the job. The stories shared were amazing, and somewhat appalling. Could these behavioral issues be true? 

Attitude is everything when you fly. 

Professionalism is essential for the safety of the flight and the future of your jobs! Research says this develops at the instructor level

To all the flight instructors who provide a positive foundation for our future generation our pilots, we thank you! 

For all the future pilots who want to have a job flying airplanes, do not let the industry have another reason to remove the pilot and replace us with automation. 

The Aviation Industry needs 
Professional Pilots! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eastern Airlines Kitchen Radio

Happy Solar Eclipse! 

After the Eclipse Excitement, 
Join the Eastern Airlines Folks
For a Future of Aviation Discussion!

EAL Radio Show

Monday, August 21, 2017

“Aging Airline Infrastructure…
The Need Is Now?”

"The EAL Radio Show has another great topic “Aging Airline Infrastructure…The Need Is Now?” for Episode 331 that airs Monday evening, August 21, 2017.

CEOs of major U.S. airlines met with President Trump in February with this ongoing topic. A portion of that recent discussion was focused on aging airport infrastructure, the air traffic control system and what the airlines say is unfair foreign competition. Airline pilots and flight attendants are on the same side as their bosses when it comes to foreign competition, and their message should sound familiar to President Trump who said, and I quote, "Airlines have been voicing complaints for a long time about the taxes their passengers pay and infrastructure falling behind, you know, but today's meeting is a little unprecedented. They'll actually have a new President's ear who's made some comments that he's willing to think big." Infrastructure is falling behind…what will the future bring?

We look forward to your joining us with your questions and comments on this vital topic in the airline industry. 

Please call in at 213-816-1611 
at 7:00 P. M. ET

As we depart the gate, 
or listen in by clicking below to take you 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Seattle Captain Job Available

Challenger 604 Captain

Gama Aviation
BFI, Washington, USA
Position Type: Permanent

"We have immediate opportunities 
for a Challenger 604 Captain 
based in Seattle, WA."  

This is a Part 91/135 position that will require the successful candidate to work as a team in a crew environment based in Seattle, WA. The successful candidate will be safety oriented and possess strong leadership skills. 

Job Requirements:

ATP with multi-engine land
Challenger experience
CL-604 Type Rating
Part 91/135 experience
Customer Service oriented

Minimum PIC Flight Time Requirements:
5,000 Total
2,500 PIC
2,500 Multi Engine
1,500 Multi Engine PIC
250 Instrument
2,000 Turbine
300 Time in type (desired) 

If you meet the requirements I will connect you to the pilot who is looking for her permanent flying partner. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fridays Fabulous Flyers

Are Building Their Wings! 

Be Strong and Courageous! 
But remember to take care of yourself 
during the process. 

Stress is a killer. 

Yesterday I was notified that
a kind gentle soul, fighting against a grave injustice, 
passed away from an aneurysm due to stress.
She was a single Mom, 
survived by her 9-year-old son. 

Prayers for the Family

Strong people (pilots included) are not exempt from the impact of stress. We think we can handle anything. But the internal impact of stress can harm anyone on the inside, and we might not even realize what's happening. 

Changes in sleeping patterns, excessive consumption... food, alcohol, etc. Sleeping too much? Sleeping not at all? If there is a shift or change in your normal pattern, reach out for assistance. 

Strong people can ask for help! 

Things you can do for yourself. Cardio exercise, Yoga, Meditate, Walk, Breathe deep, Drink lots of water, Listen to calm music. Know that you are loved, and know that whatever the challenge is in your life today, will make you stronger tomorrow.  But you have to take care of yourself during the chaos. 

If you know anyone that feels they are at the bottom, and in a battle feeling they have done all they can,  then perhaps you could share the following song: Just Be Held. The world is not falling apart, it is falling into place.

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Solving the Pilot Shortage &

Assisting Pilots Achieve their Dreams! 

Dr. Michael Wiggins

"If an airline can buy an oil refinery, why can't they create a bank to loan money for pilots, where they can be on a payback schedule based upon their wages?" Dr. Wiggins

Many ideas were flying about the NTAS conference this week regarding the pilot shortage. But there was no better idea as how to help pilots reach their dreams, while solving this pilot shortage problem, than Dr. Wiggins presented.

Now wouldn't this be a great idea!

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Netjets in Europe

Falcon Crew