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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 27, 2014

Human Factors and Investigations

Workshop in Partnership with NIBRT

Updated with recent case studies based upon our Project and Regulatory Compliance work around the world, this two-day workshop will provide attendees interactive sessions with professionally oriented activities, to ensure the understanding of the concepts and methods of Human Error Reduction and Investigations required in the regulated industry.

This course is directed to the industry professionals that desire to gain practical knowledge and obtain information to build a strong foundation for identifying Human Errors and implement Human Error Reduction Methods. The course is also aimed at training the participants in the tools that can be used to manage Investigations.

Hosted by Pharma Bio Serv with Key Speakers, Victor Sanchez, President of Europe Operations and Magaly Aham, Vice President of Compliance and US Operations.

Date: September 22nd & 23rd, 2014
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Venue: Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.

To Register please contact: Dr Fiona Gilchrist , Tel. +353 21 4619034 (Office) +353 834434913 (Mobile)

Or email Tel. +353 21 4619034 (Office) / +353 86795 2010 (Mobile)

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend as I will be in Hong Kong on a layover. If there was anyway, I would love to be here. Hopefully you can go and report back! For detailed information checkout

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Inspiration grows....

With the power of momentum! 

Life has been a whirlwind and I've spent more time on the road than when I was a commuter. But living in base and working for an airline has afforded me the ability to fly around the country, which has made life possible.

August 11-16th I spent at Daytona beach for the first week of my Ph.D. program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an inspiring group of people. I have to admit that I am humbled to be among this group of talented individuals. Proud more like.

My mission, to create an aviation environment where we never have another accident, began with my one wish for aviation. Well, it began with the idea to write aviation thrillers and invite the world into the side of aviation that should only belong in books. But my plan was to create change for the better.

How do we create change? 

It begins with education and critical thinking, then becomes reality with communication. Connections and having the opportunity to share ideas with a diverse group of people from cross-cultures of life and operations expands potential and success ten-fold.

Prior to my arrival in Florida, I planned on finishing my degree with the five year plan. 4 years for academics and one year for the dissertation. However, after becoming submersed in the environment for a week, I had a profound thought... "Aviation changes daily!" I cannot delay my studies. Our aviation would will be different in five years and I want to be part of that change. 

I have decided to go full time... 2 classes per quarter and a year for my dissertation. Yes... KP is on the three year plan. Will I be able to keep up the pace? You bet! I will figure out how. One of my friends said, "I'll see you in three years." Hopefully it won't be that bad.

Okay... if I can handle my first two courses, Statistics and Human Factors, with my work schedule and family events I have booked for the next three months, I will be fine. Besides, I can do anything for three years. :)

Success is achieved with the added momentum 
that urgency creates

Also... I've got a great support team going into the program. Together we can create the change needed to do the impossible. But doing the impossible requires change. Something in my life will have to give to make this happen. I will be posting that soon. Your advice is always welcome!

To the greatest success of our fellow cohorts!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO  Karlene 

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Daniel Shulte

For the Love of Flight!

Daniel Shulte

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!

When young people experience the gift of flight and take it upon themselves to share their passion, the butterfly effect is put in motion. Age is no match for passion, as 18-year-old Daniel decided to take aviation to the next level and share his love with the world.

When I asked Daniel why he started flying, he said...

"The reason I started flying is simple: I've always loved it. For as long as I can remember, I've had a passion for flying. When I finally became old enough to start training (around 15 years old), I took an intro flight and BOOM... I had the aviator's bug. Loved it and couldn't stop."

"Somewhere along the way, I also developed a passion for filming and photography. So now I want to bring aviation to all those who haven't experienced it, but through film. It's definitely going to be a tough project, but I know I can make it happen."

"I want to share all of this with people because:
  • If you aren't part of the aviation world already, the only things you know are probably things you learned from the movie "Top Gun".... no one really knows much about REAL aviation and what it's like to fly.
  • I want to bring the younger generation into aviation and get them involved; even the aging pilot population wants to see the youth become more interested! I know that so many kids would love to fly, but don't know where to start. This film would explain all they need to know. And ...
  • I want to bring a good reputation to aviation. With all the awful accidents happening lately, it's easy for people to start thinking that flying isn't safe anymore. I want to show them how amazing it is, and how safe it is. 

.... So yup, that's just about it! I've already put over $1200 of my own money into equipment for making this film. I want it to be a cinematic beauty. Not just a regular, old, boring documentary. I'm putting my heart into this and hoping I can get some support along the way."

Daniel has been approved for a kickstarter project and when I first looked, he had less than $600 of donations. As of Wednesday he had $6,601.

He is less than $3000 from reaching his goal. So... for all you in the love of aviation, and want to support this young man keep aviation alive... click: For The Love Of Flight!

Daniel is in my friend's young explorer group. My friend, Robin, is a 747 pilot for my company and she could not be more proud of Daniel, and I know why. Click play on the video above right to see a preview of what and why he is creating this film. You can also see the video on his kickstarter page by selecting the link to the For the Love of Flight. It's amazing! And you can see Robin too! :)

If you love Aviation
and want to make a difference
it's time to Take Action!

I donated $250! If the movie doesn't get made for some reason, I get my money back. But when it is made... I will get my name on a For The Love Of Flight! poster as an Executive Director. How cool is that?! I encourage you to join me on the project!

Only 7 days from today and counting!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FAR 117 Reality

"I'm so @#!*ing tired since FAR117!" 

I am the most avid commuter there is for someone based at home. I travel the airways (in the flightdeck) to see grandchildren, for FAA testing, school, Oshkosh and many other other aviation events. I have talked to many commuter pilots and the conversation is always the same...FAR117 has had an opposite effect.

One of the pilots I met along the way recently wrote sharing his story.

"I have been working as an first officer for almost 8 years. I was able to credit 90 hours or more every month for 5 years without any need for energy supplements. Then after FAR 117 was implemented, I have had to work more days, and found myself feeling more tired due to the changes in our work schedule. My seniority has only gotten better during this year, but my schedule has gotten worse.  

The new work rules have forced us to work longer days for less pay, and that in turn forces me to spend even more long days at work than I had in the past. None of this is due to some greedy corporation trying to squeeze me for more labor.  It's all because a bunch of politicians jumped in an made laws concerning a subject that they couldn't possibly understand.  I now find myself struggling to spend time with my family, and I keep a bottle of energy mix in my flight bag to help me through the long days and odd hours at work" 

An International pilot told me he was flying a short flight, 6 hours and 39 minutes from the East Coast to Europe. This would actually only need a single crew, but they were dispatched with three pilots. He wanted to take first break, as he did not sleep well in the hotel. It was 8 pm and he could have fallen to sleep for a good nap, and been in the seat with ample time to be refreshed for landing. However, due to FAR 117, he could not be in the seat for more than 2 hours prior to landing. 

Sometimes decisions are made in error. When they are, we need to fix them. Does anyone know how to change an FAR?

How has FAR117 been treating you?

Enjoy the Journey...If you can stay awake for it!
XO Karlene

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Karly Janette Harbert,

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!


Can I tell you how many times I've seen Karly across the country? This time was at Oshkosh and I said, "You were at the Western Washington Aviation trade show!" And that she was.

Karly travels with Spencer aircraft and is the best sales person anyone could want. And... dressed like a pilot too. But she really is a pilot. Karly is 22 years old, and born in my home town of Seattle Washington. 

She graduated from Sumner High School in 2010 and attended Clover Park Technical College in the Professional Pilot Program to earn an Associates degree. After finishing her degree she received her  commercial license with an Instrument rating. 

Karly is currently working towards her multi-engine rating while attending Purdue University. She's majoring in Aviation Technology with a minor in Aviation Safety, and this lady is headed places.

After she completes her Bachelor's degree at Purdue, she is joining the Air Force with plans to become a C-17 pilot. An amazing young lady that is as sweet, fun, and beautiful in person as she is in these photos.

Enjoy the Journey!
Oh...and those books she's holding... if you haven't read them, it's time.

XO Karlene

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Live From New York...

The Naked Cowboy! 

You know him from New York, but did you know he's all about the blue oysters? The Naked Cowboy is "dedicated to the restoration and preservation of living food resources in their natural habitat." 

You can find more information at:

Behind the tighty whities
he also supports:

Have you read them? Have you left a comment yet?
Do so, and you will be entered in the contest!
Click HERE to learn more.

Enjoy the Journey...
XO Karlene

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Freight Dogs Unite.

A friend sent me these little words of wisdom about Freight Dogs. An oldie... but goodie! 

You know you are an old freight dog when:

  • Your airplane was getting old when you were born.
  • You have not done a daylight landing in the past six months.
  • ATC advises you of smoother air at a different altitude, and you don’t give a shit.
  • When you taxi up to an FBO they roll out the red carpet, but quickly take it back when they recognize you.
  • You call the hotel van to pick you up and they don’t understand where you are on the airport.
  • Your company call sign is "Oil Can".
  • The lady at the FBO locks up the popcorn machine because you plan on "making a meal of it".
  • Your airplane has more than eight faded logos on it.
  • You wear the same shirt for a week, and no one complains.
  • Center mispronounces your call sign more than three times in one flight.
  • Your Director of Operations mysteriously changes your max. take off weight during the holiday season.
  • Every FBO makes you park out of sight of their building.
  • You have ever walked barefoot through the FBO, ........because you just woke up.
  • You mark every ramp with engine oil.
  • Everything you own is in you flight bag and suitcase.
  • All the other pilots wait for you to "test the squall line" first.
  • All the other airlines hold to see if you get in.
  • You request the visual approach with 300’ overcast and ½ SM vis.
  • You make no attempt to deviate around weather.
  • You don't bother to check the weather because you're going anyways.
  • You have an emotional reunion with your newly assigned Beech 99 because you used to fuel it 25 years earlier when it only had 18,000 cycles on it and the windows weren't painted over.
  • You've slept more nights at Willow Run than in the house you grew up in. (or on the plane)
  • Upper management thinks a derelict fuel truck for you to sleep in is a "crew domicile".
  • You hope to someday make it to the big time... Atlas Cargo. (Or NWA) 
  • You carry your own personal step ladder in the back of the aircraft.
  • You've changed tires, starter generators, and ADI's but you're neither an A&P or an avionics tech.
  • You have a secret Mexican family in Del Rio, Texas.
  • The tip tanks also serve as an alarm clock when they run dry.
  • You become VERY proficient at nightime aileron rolls to stay awake.
  • You lose your radios and the approach controller says, "Hey, Mailbag 216, wake up! I know you're sleepin' up there!"
  • On a clear night you consider it normal to make a low pass or two to clear the ground fog and deer off the runway at Presque Isle.
  • You fly with a Captain who has both dead-sticked a DC-3 at night to a safe landing and had to declare an emergency because his copilot tried to pee out an old antennae hole on a Convair 240 and was nearly emasculated. 

When I was flying with Evergreen I was told that I was not a real freight dog until I ate food off the trays in the hallway as we arrived at 0300.  But the reality is, flying freight out of Alaska was the best job there was...until this one.

Enjoy the Journey...
XO Karlene

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!