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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.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Aviation Extravaganza

February 23-24th
Puyallup WA

The one place to Win your 
Northwest B747-400 model!
Booth #124 

I hope to see you there!

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Making a Difference

By Taking a Stand!

Who says the little guy can't make a difference... 

"A Canadian musician from Halifax named Dave Carroll recently had difficulty with United Airlines. Dave spent over 9 months trying to get United to pay for damages caused by baggage handlers to his custom Taylor guitar. During his final exchange with the United A/L Customer Relations Manager, he stated that he was left with no choice other than to create a music video for YouTube exposing their lack of cooperation.

The Manager responded: "Good luck with that one, pal. ” So Dave posted a retaliatory video on YouTube. The video has since received over 18 million hits. United Airlines contacted the musician and attempted settlement in exchange for pulling the video. Naturally his response was, "Good luck with that one pal.“

Taylor Guitars sent the musician 2 new custom guitars in appreciation for the product recognition from the video that has led to a sharp increase in sales." (author unknown)

Enjoy The Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Retired Airline Pilots

Never Complain about Retirement

"We have a cockpit mock-up in our house. When I mention to my wife that I miss flying, by being retired, she puts me in the  mock-up around bed time for 8 hours.She has a chair in a closet, puts on the vacuum cleaner to simulate cockpit air noise, has a dim nite-lite to simulate cockpit lighting, serves luke-warm chicken with cold vegetables on a tray.

When I get sleepy and  attempt to doze off, she knocks twice loudly on the door to simulate the F/As entering the cockpit. Then after 6 hours she turns on a flood light directly in front of me to simulate the sun coming up when approaching 20 west. I then get a cup of coffee that has been in the coffeemaker all night. 

Finally she lets me out and I have to get in the back seat of her car while she runs morning errands to simulate the bus ride to the hotel. When we get home I tell her I am ready for bed and the bedroom door is locked for an hour to simulate the hotel rooms not being ready.

When I promise to never "complain" about being retired, I am allowed to enjoy my "layover" and go to bed. Oh, and one more thing, she talks to her friends loudly outside the bedroom door to simulate the hotel maids chattering in the hall in their native language. 

After two hours of sleep she calls the phone next to  the bed from her cell and says "this is crew scheduling, you are non-routine!!!, vee vill calla-you back vhen you have legal minimum rest." and "by the way the company has filed for bankruptcy today. Sleep tight honey." "

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Friday, February 15, 2019

Jolie Lucas

Friday's Fabulous Flyer

 Jolie Lucas
Aviation Superstar!

Jolie Lucas is a Mooney owner, licensed psychotherapist, and instrument rated pilot. She is the Founder of two grass-roots general aviation service groups: Mooney Ambassadors and the Friends of Oceano Airport. She is the Director and Executive Producer of the documentary: Boots on the Ground: the Men & Women who made Mooney©. 

Jolie is also the Vice President of 
the California Pilots Association

Jolie was the 2010 AOPA Joseph Crotti Award 
recipient for GA Advocacy

Jolie co-created Mooney Girls Mooney Girls 
and Right Seat Ready!© 
She is the creator of Pilot Plus One© 

Jolie can help anyone reach their life goals!

She is an aviation educator and writer. 
Jolie would love to hear from you! 
Twitter: Mooney4Me

Message and Invite
From Jolie:

I wanted to invite you all to my FREE WINGS event,
 Exiting the Hold: Reaching your Aviation Goals 

Thursday, February 21st 
6:00-9:00 p.m. 
ACI Jet Center, KSBP,
 San Luis Obispo, CA. 

"Much like flying an actual hold, there comes a time in every pilot’s career where an honest assessment of skill, safety, performance, desire, and goals needs to be made. Are you one of the many pilots that are stuck in the hold, unable to complete your aviation goals?

Jolie Lucas, discusses the six keys to exiting the holding pattern and reaching your goals. This fast paced, multi-media presentation explores human factors, brain science, and personality in decision-making, motivation, and follow-through. The seminar is sure to inspire you to exit the holding pattern and move forward in your aviation goals."

Free admission with RSVP: 

Refreshments. WINGS credit. Fly-In Fuel Discount.
Door prizes generously donated by:
ACI Jet: Tarmac Teddy and ACI Fuel gift card
ArtCraft Paint, Gift Basket
King Schools: Gift Certificate for any King Schools Course
Lightspeed : Lightspeed Zulu 3 Aviation Headset

Can’t make February 21st? 
Come see Jolie present 
Exiting the Hold at 
Sun n Fun in Lakeland Florida

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day

May You Find Love in your Heart! 

Happy Valentines Day!
Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Long Beach or Bust!

Laughter is the best medicine! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Flying Fatigued

Fatigue in the Workplace

Pilot fatigue is a challenge due to the nature of the business that creates an operational challenge. During my research I received many comments from pilots who wished I had presented fatigue questions on the survey, and that research will be forthcoming. However, I recently came across an article by Susan Sawatzky that is well worth the read.  

Susan explains how fatigue impacts performance, which will be no different if your workplace is at 34,000 on on the ground. An interesting read: 

"How Fatigue Affects Worker Safety Let’s begin by examining how fatigue fits into the world of OSH. Fatigue can create a significant hazard in many workplaces because of the way it affects a worker’s ability to safely perform job duties. Fatigue can impair workplace performance in four key areas. 

1) Alertness: To notice or react to changes in a work environment; to remain vigilant. 
2) Emotional stability: To remain emotionally calm and stable when dealing with critical situations. 3) Mental ability: To remember, think clearly, make decisions and communicate.
4) Physical ability: To perform with adequate reaction times and overall coordination. 

Short-term effects of fatigue can lead to significant safety hazards as the worker’s ability to safely and effectively perform work is impacted. Figure 1 presents examples of physical, mental and emotional effects of short-term fatigue. OSH professionals can use findings from occupational research on fatigue’s impacts to create a strong business case for the need to address"

This is a great article for employees everywhere!

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene