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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, May 25, 2016


The Future of Aviation 

The aviation industry is growing rapidly and heading full speed into NextGen, where pilots will be responsible for aircraft separation, perform satellite based landing procedures, and taxi with moving maps. My prediction with the future of NextGen is that four crew aircraft will go to three crew members.  Three crews to two. Two crews to one. With the ultimate goal of no pilots in the flight deck. 

Will people fly without pilots? I remember when everyone said, "Nobody will ever fly over the ocean with only two engines!" Never say never. But... this is one of the reasons I am working on my PhD. To help provide experience, education, understanding and common sense into the safety of the industry. 

Check out what Cap'n Aux 
wrote for Airways magazine:

Be ready for Novel five
where the reality of this reality 
will scare the H*LL out of you. 

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene

Monday, May 23, 2016

Truth. Integrity. Justice.

"You're never wrong to do the right thing!"

For me, that right thing is aviation safety and impacting change. My one wish for aviation will help that goal. Your support is the much needed strength.

 Flight For Control

When truth is scarier than fiction, and fiction mirrors life... all we can do is hope that there is at least one advocate who is willing to take a stand for truth, integrity, and justice. 

The stakes are too high to not take action!

As far as safety is concerned, there are people willing to do the right thing despite potential retaliation. In the Flight For novels those people are Kathryn (FAA), Darby (Captain), and Jackie (Fight Attendant). 

The solution to safety depends on understanding that safety culture is the foundation of Safety Management Systems (SMS). SMS will improve safety from systemic perspective. But we must have people who are not afraid to do the right thing, no matter what the threats.... or safety culture will only be lip service. 

Support is Strength. 
You are the wind beneath my wings!

Fasten your seatbelt,
the "Flight For" series
is about to hit the next level!

Flight To Success, be the Captain of your Life
Life Stories of the Person behind the mission. 
Your support will be reading 
and leaving comments on Amazon. 
And following this site! 

Together, we can make a difference!
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Thursday, May 19, 2016

SMS: What is It?

Safety Management Systems 

Airline safety is not about addressing isolated events. Airline safety is about a systems processes that include humans, equipment, software, the environment and how they interact. 
A systems approach to safety will assist with mitigating risk of terrorism vulnerability, equipment failure, pilot error,  and the environment. A systems approach must be supported with a strong safety culture.

Excellent 5 minute Video 
to assist with SMS understanding

SMS practical Application

 Excellent 14 minute video 
to assist with SMS in practice 

SMS demands a strong Safety Culture... 

Flexible, Learning, Just, and Reporting

SMS must be more 
than lip service to work!

Airline Safety Depends Upon It! 

FAA 2018 mandate
will your airline comply?

Be Safe! Fly Safe! 
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Set up Your Day

Visualize Success...

"How I have chosen to face
my day - will be reflective
on how my day will go."
~ by Eleesha,
Author of - The Soul Whisperer

Be strong. Be confident. Be the Best you can Be! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gender Differences in Pilots

Male and Female...

Paul Payne at ABC news regurgitated a "study" from John Hopkins University evaluating pilots  and accidents.  Payne stated, "Hopkins scholars looked at crashes of civilian, noncommercial planes from 1983 to 1997 involving 144 female and 287 male pilots over 40 years of age."   

Based on the findings....

I have yet to read the actual report to see how the study was conducted and if it held any rigor, validity, and basically...  how it was conducted. Yet, let me share with you what Payne reported:

"Air crashes involving female pilots are mostly due to mishandling of the plane, while those with male pilots are more often due to flawed decision-making and inattention, a study found. 

Flying planes with known mechanical problems, running out of fuel and landing with the gear up were typically male problems, said the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health study released last week. 

Women's crashes were more often due to incorrect use of the rudder, poor response to a bounce or inability to recover from a stall, the study found. 

"Males trade accuracy for speed," said professor Susan Baker, the study's co-author. "They would rather do something faster even if they don't do it accurately. 

"Women tend to be more cautious and pay greater attention to details and rules." 

Complex Aircraft Operations...

In airline operations with highly automated aircraft, pilots no longer hand-fly they manage the system. Under normal law the Airbus doesn't stall. Pilots no longer trim the aircraft. We manage the operation. Yet, decision making is essential and will be more so in the future.

Thus, while this report was sent to me as a question to the ability of female pilots... I had to laugh. Because, the strengths and weaknesses in current and future operations favor the "reported" female strengths.

Men... Do Not Worry!

Men and women are equally competent, and can be trained in complex aircraft. If properly trained, with knowledge and understanding of the aircraft systems and automation functionality, the best situation awareness prevails, resulting in the best decision making. How can you make the best decision if you don't understand what the aircraft is doing? You can't. Training and understanding are  the keys. Not gender.

This study was old school. General aviation. Did it take into account experience level of the pilots? How were the pilots trained? Where were the pilots trained? Be careful when you read studies... they might be implying something that is not necessarily true.

In this case, it's a shame that this report disparages male pilot's decision making abilities. We love you guys! And we know that given the opportunity you can make great decisions too. :) 

Enjoy the Sky!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Pilot...

"I value and cherish the soul within, 
therefore, I walk as a free spirit
amongst humanity."
~ by Eleesha,

  And if you are a pilot... 
You Fly!  

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday's Fabulous Flyer is...

The Boeing 777


My New Plane!

I am coming back to the Boeing and this time on the B777! What does this mean besides flying very cool airplane? My 8th type-rating, a Los Angeles base, and really great bunk for fatigue mitigation. Not to mention some new cities to explore around the world. And, I love training! I'll know in a week when that should occur! Until then...
"Let your joy be expressed, 
in the manner of your own choosing - 
for it can only be given
from the heart."
~ by Eleesha,
Author of - The Soul Whisperer 
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene