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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, September 18, 2018

Aviation Safety News

From Major Dave Montgomery

Pilot. Author. Search and Rescue Expert. 
Type rated: C-130, B727, B707, C-212, GIII and G-IV

We met Dave Montgomery on this blog five years ago when I shared his book. He is an amazing writer and his words could save lives. If you haven't read Blue Water Ditching, I recommend it.  But Dave has not stopped there. He is a prolific writer who is interested in practical safety. What that means is he is sharing information that could help pilots when that unexpected happens. 
Dave has just had an article release in AIN:

The Magic Switch That So Many Pilots 
Know So Little About

Reprinted from AIN:

"For six years I surveyed pilots to see what they knew about search and rescue…the results were not good. I asked more than 300 pilots a simple questions and only two gave me the answer I was looking for. The training shortfall involves a small "magic switch" in every cockpit that pilots never touch and most pilots do not know much about.

My primary flight instruction was in the late 1970s, and training regarding emergency locator transmitter (ELT) use has changed very little in 40-plus years. The early 121.5/243 MHz system was riddled with problems. Some installations had battery issues. Wreckage could block or funnel the signal in a direction that would confuse location pointers and rescue forces. Sometimes the antenna would be separated from the transmitter. Some transmitters were so damaged they could not emit any signal. History is full of downed or lost aircraft that were never found. Pilots learned to mistrust the ELT system..."

To read more, click here 
to go to the article!

Now... I'm off to Paris. 
Just enjoyed a layover in Seattle. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Embry- Riddle and the Museum of Flight

Friday's Fabulous Flyers 

Graduating Class of 2018
Seattle September 8, 2018


Soaring like the Eagles that they are! 

Have an Incredible Weekend!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fly Girls Tonight!

You are Invited to Join

Keith O'Brien 
in Seattle tonight!

Lake Forest Park
at 7pm Tonight!

Keith O'Brien

"My name is Keith O'Brien and I'm a journalist and bestselling author. Come out tonight in Seattle—or other destinations down the line—to learn all about my new book FLY GIRLS: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History. 

It is the forgotten story of women fighting for the right to fly and race planes in the 1920s and '30s—and then ultimately beating the men at their own game in the most celebrated air race of them all in 1936." 

People Magazine called it 

USA Today called it 
"exhilarating and heartbreaking." 

It is now a New York Times Bestseller list! 
Check out the FLY GIRLS website
to learn more, or watch the 
FLY GIRLS video trailer here

"O’Brien’s prose reverberates with fiery crashes, then stings with the tragedy of lives lost in the cockpit and sometimes, equally heartbreaking, on the ground.” —New York Times Book Review

“Keith O’Brien has brought these women—mostly long-hidden and forgotten—back into the light where they belong. And he’s done it with grace, sensitivity and a cinematic eye for detail that makes Fly Girls both exhilarating and heartbreaking.” —USA Today

"Riveting."—People Magazine

“Mr. O’Brien, a former reporter for the Boston Globe working in the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, has recovered fascinating chapter not just in feminism and aviation but in 20th-century American history.” — Wall Street Journal 

I'm going to try to make it...
I hope to see you there!

17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101
Lake Forest Park WA 98155

Enjoy the journey!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Girls Fly!

Thanks To Pilots & Ground Support... 

Sharing the Love of Aviation

Sunday we flew 99 Girls 
at The Seattle Museum of Flight
At Boeing Field!

This event would not be possible without the hard work of Stacy and Megumi organizing and coordinating and participating on the day of the event. These ladies worked  all day, with non-stop action, seeing to it that each young lady registered could take a flight. 

Megumi, Stacy, and Christy


A huge thanks to my friend Christy for working non-stop all day on the ramp. The logistics of loading the girls onto the planes, keeping track of dispatch and managing the gate... she was awesome! 

Thanks to Dan who joins us each year, supporting the crew and sharing the love of aviation on behalf of Embry-Riddle, and who kept everyone organized on the other side of the gate. 

Dan Hammes

Thanks to Jim for giving up his round-ball game to help on the ramp. Next year he'll be flying too! 

Jim Riley 

Then we have to thank the pilots! 

An Amazing group, who gave 
their time and shared their love of aviation!

Linda Chism

John Clift

Karl Seuring

 Adam Hester

Jason Watt

Peter Morton

 Steve Taylor

Richard Edgerton

Josh Weinstein

David Chuljian

We had a little fun for the kiddos who were too little to fly. But they were awesome! 

We gifted 54 books...
to all those future lady pilots!

To Find the Photos
Go to my Facebook Page by clicking: 

Enjoy the Journey!
OX Karlene 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Aviation Video Production

Friday's Fabulous Flyer! 

Ben Lovegrove

Ben learned to fly back in the 1980s and earned his pilots license in 1991.  In 2015 he became involved in unmanned aviation too.  So now he creates marketing videos for aviation businesses both manned and unmanned aircraft. 

If you need help with an aviation video, check out his business homepage at, or take a look at his work on his YouTube channel.

Ben has a variety of clients to include flying schools, airline training companies, and airship designers. A typical testimonial:

 "I reached out to Ben to create a short YouTube commercial for our flight school, and I’m very happy with my decision. The result has exceeded our expectations. The job was done on a high level and in a very short amount of time. Ben is a professional, and it's a pleasure doing business with him."

Alexander Souponetsky, 
Chief Operating Officer, 
Legacy Aviation, Philadelphia.

I just returned from Sydney and I'm busy finishing my dissertation. Tomorrow is ERAU graduation in Seattle, and while I won't be graduating with them... I will be speaking. And Sunday if our First Time Flyers event where we will be giving girls free flights to share our love of flight! We have a busy weekend ahead. While today's Friday Flyer is short but sweet, we'll be seeing another post soon about Ben Lovegrove and some great opportunities. 

Have a Great Weekend!
Enjoy the Journey~ 
XO Karlene 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Deaf Plane Guy

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!

Sohaib Khan 

My name is Sohaib Khan, I am 22 years old and currently studying BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance (first year) at the University of Derby. Growing up in a hearing family as a Deaf person means that I have effective communication skills and can communicate with both hearing and deaf people using both British and International Sign Language and speech (through a BSL interpreter). I am an outgoing, strong, confident and positive individual with a love for aviation. 

I have my own YouTube Channel 
with over 1,400 subscribers. Link: 

I also have Instagram and Twitter accounts (@deafplaneguy). Both of those social media feeds have plenty of news and photos of aviation. 

From my childhood, I have been absolutely passionate about all forms of aviation. Around 5 years ago, I attempted to begin a career within the aviation industry. My first flight experience was PIA (Pakistan International Airline) Boeing B747-300 from Manchester UK to Islamabad Pakistan in 2000. However, following an application onto the Cabin Crew Training (Level 2) programme at Leeds City College, I was unfortunately rejected for health and safety reasons. However, I visited pilot school in Leeds Bradford airport to gain more information for training to become a pilot and, again for the same reasons was not successful. 

Despite my disappointment in not becoming a pilot, I wanted to share my passion with other people. My first video was a review on the flight I went on by Monarch Airlines Airbus A321 from Birmingham (BHX) to Sharm El Sheikh (SSH) in February 2015. Following this video, I was delighted to get feedback from other plane-spotters and I learnt a lot on how to improve my following videos. 

After I post each flight review on my YouTube channel, I always update my followers on Instagram and Twitter so they can then view my new video blogs. Continued exposure to flight review videos will make your company more attractive for plane-spotters and also for deaf people who will learn about the good customer services they will receive. 

Because I am passionate about aviation, I believe I could contribute with doing flight reviews and showing others how they can enjoy the experience of flying with your company. This would be an amazing career for which I would work very hard in. 

In my research, I have found other travel bloggers on YouTube channel, are not always accessible which means deaf and hard of hearing people cannot watch them. 

When creating the flight review videos, I will use international sign language and it will be captioned so that any deaf or hearing people can watch and enjoy them. Using International Sign Language would mean that deaf people from all over the world can watch and understand my videos, regardless of which language they use. This will allow deaf people access to be able to partake in traveling across the world through watching my flight review videos. The bonus of this would highlight companies to increase their awareness in the issues deaf people face when flying with them. This will flight companies to be able to improve their services so that deaf people can enjoy their flights. One way of doing this is by teaching cabin crews basic sign language, to break down barriers when they communicate with deaf people. When it is easier for staff and deaf passengers to communicate, there will be less stress and confusion. 

According to the World Health Organization, “Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss (1), and 34 million of these are children.” And “It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss.” 

From Action on Hearing Loss website shows, “There are 11 million people with hearing loss across the UK, that's around one in six of us,” “By 2035, we estimate there'll be around 15.6 million people with hearing loss across the UK - that's one in five.” and “An estimated 900,000 people in the UK have severe or profound hearing loss.” 

For this project I am trying to secure some funding from flight companies to help with ticket costs. I am happy to use economy class seat during the flights. The fund will be very useful to help my future work with your company and spread more viewers to demand more the more you get the better economic. During the flight review videos, it will include your company brand watermark on any corner of video with my deaf plane guy logo too. However, I have Patreon profile link: this is very helpful to support on flight ticket cost. 

If you want to reach out to 
Sohaib Khan 
And help him with his adventure...  (Best communication option) 
Twitter: @deafplaneguy 
Instagram: @deafplaneguy 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Automation Challenges

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!

Framepool and Right Smith

A Pilot interested in Performance and Safety...

A pilot sent me a message and was curious what we all thought. I'm on the way to Paris, so will write my response sometime this weekend. But... here are some things to think about concerning missed approaches.

WSJ Go Around research at SFO:

"Shortly after the SFO Asiana accident, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal which looked at Go Arounds at the SFO airport. The article compared Go Around statistics across domestic and foreign carriers inbound to SFO during the studied period, which included a period of time when SFO ILS 28L & 28R Glideslope were OTS.

Shortly after the WSJ article a Flight Safety Group member Cathy Pok-Poy (formerly with the Civil Aviation Authority of Papau New Guinea) and I each reached out to the WSJ reporters, who offered insight as to how they derived the data and tabulated the results.

ATC Tracon data for 341,000 flights inbound to KSFO during a 12 month period were filtered using an algorithm written to identify 'flights' which met specified criteria.

A total of 991 Go Arounds were identified by the algorithm.

Prior to the Glideslope Outage:
  • Foreign Carriers executed Go Arounds at a rate of 3.7 per 1,000 approaches
  • Domestic Carriers executed Go Arounds at a rate of 2.7 per 1,000 approaches

During the Glideslope Outage:

  • Foreign Carriers executed Go Arounds at a rate of 11.1 per 1,000 approaches
  • Domestic Carriers executed Go Arounds at a rate of 4.3 per 1,000 approaches

It is unclear whether this reinforces the premise 'Pilots of foreign carriers are more reliant on automation' or the premise 'Pilots of domestic carriers are more reluctant to execute a Go Around.'

Botched Go Arounds:

There have been several cases of botched Go Arounds which were executed from a high-energy state and resulted in flap overspeeds or worse.

I have learned that Airbus has developed a 'Soft Go Around' designed to be utilized in such a high energy situation. You may have been exposed to this prior to switching to the 777.

I have also learned that UPS, for it's Airbus fleet, has developed a 'Discontinued Approach' procedure, which is included in every Approach Briefing.

I am interested to learn whether other carriers have implemented similar such standardized procedure for high energy Go Arounds.

Could a Challenge & Response Checklist be the answer? 
 Is this a universal Human Factors challenge?

Going around from a "non-practiced" point in space creates stress and confusion....and perhaps fear in the mind of the pilot who needs to execute this very maneuver from this unfamiliar position. Could this be another reason why PF's are hesitant to execute a Go Around?

Earlier this year, after my (first) Recurrent, I may have communicated to you the difficulty I experienced performing a high energy Go Around in the Sim.

As you know, commanding a Go Around from this high energy state is quite complex and demanding, especially given the already high-workload Approach phase of flight. The usual triggers (triggering the standard flows and callouts) are absent and one is relying on one's own (and the PMs) memory to complete time critical and essential tasks outside of (the well-practiced) sequence.

Could it be that this type of Go Around might warrant the development of a Challenge & Response checklist? I am told the US Air Force has a different philosophy regarding what gets memorized in a flow, what gets 'read and done,' and what gets 'challenged & responded to.' I have been unable to get any concrete examples of how a Go Around is be executed in the C-17 or C-5.

What are the issues with the Go-Around?

  1. PF reluctance to Go Around (despite rationale/conditions supporting a Go Around)?
  2. A lack of training/practice performing high energy Go Arounds higher/faster than DH/DA/DDA and Vref+?
  3. The question as to whether a Go Around under non-normal conditions might be so unpracticed and complex as to justify the development of a challenge and response checklist to ensure items are performed and so done in the correct sequence?"
Your Thoughts are Appreciated!!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene