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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.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Research Complete

Thank you!

I can not begin to express the gratitude for all of you who assisted in taking my survey, sharing with your friends, and providing your support. I hope that you know your participation will make a difference in the future safety of our industry. I will be defending this Friday, January 11th, in Daytona Beach, and would love for you to join me. Without out you... this would not be possible! 

You're invited to my defense:

If you can make it to Daytona Beach,
I would love to see you in person!
But, if not, you can still watch live
by selecting the link below.

Ph.D. in Aviation Candidate
Dissertation Defense Announcement

Karlene Petitt, Ph.D. in Aviation candidate, will present her dissertation:


On Friday, January 11, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. EST, in SIM room 204, on the Daytona Beach campus. The committee is chaired by Dr. David A. Esser, Professor of Aeronautical Science. The presentation is open to the public and will be broadcast via EagleVision link:  JOIN LIVE BY CLICKING HERE

Nothing is impossible if don't give up! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Friday, January 4, 2019

Marian Hartley

Friday's Fabulous Flyer! 

Marian Hartley 
will be missed by all!

Marian Hartley, long-time member of the Greater Seattle 99s flew to New Horizons December 9, 2018. After a rough couple of years with health challenges, falls, broken bones, in and out of the hospital and rehab, she passed in complete peace with her entire family at her bedside. 

The photos throughout this post were sent by members from her many activities, and attendance at conferences around the world. A few snapshots of a life lived well. 

January 1, 2019 would have been Marian's 83rd birthday, and by months end, she would have been a 30-year member of the 99s. If I had joined my 99 chapter when I began flying, I would have known her for thirty years myself. But I came many years late to the the 99s, and think I've made only 4 meetings due to my schedule. Meetings or not, the Seattle 99's and Marian's love of aviation have inspired me to give back to our community, and to know the essence of aviation passion. The women in the Seattle Chapter are amazing, and Marian Hartley will be remembered by all.  

Marian, Andrea, Theresa

Marian (with Theresa, and Andrea above) continually gave the gift of aviation to everyone she met. When I encourage young aviators to join the 99's, the reason is because of the ladies in the 99-Seattle chapter and all they give back to the world of aviation. Marian was the heart of this chapter, and her passion will carry on because of all who have known her. 

Andrea says, "All who knew Marian know what a sweet and kind person she was, always willing to share an encouraging word, especially to new aviators. She attended most chapter meetings until this past year."

At our chapter meeting in Issaquah last month, Andrea passed around a large get well card for everyone to sign. They took that card to Marian a week later. I do believe they made her day, as the Seattle 99's gave her a bit of joy during her recovery. Theresa said, "That was a good day for her. Then at our chapter Christmas party, Andrea called her on FaceTime and passed the phone around for us all to wish her well. It was great to see her happy face. A week later, she was gone."

Marian had been a 99 since January 24, 1989 and in many ways was the heart and soul of the Greater Seattle Chapter. She served in a number of chapter offices and several positions including Chapter Chair, Secretary, News Reporter, and for the longest time as our Chapter Newsletter Editor. She was always ready to pitch in, staffing booths, air-marking, serving on committees at Northwest Section. She was such a sweet and kind person, always willing to share an encouraging word, especially to new aviators.

Marian and her late husband, Dan, owned a Cherokee 6 and enjoyed flying to the many activities in their community of 99s, EAA, Young Eagles, Angel Flight and the Arlington Fly-in. As aviation enthusiasts, they held a particular interest in promoting education in aviation, especially for the next generation. Dan was very involved in the founding of Raisbeck Aviation High School which has named a scholarship in his memory. Marian further supported the students in aviation by encouraging 99s to attend their annual fundraiser held at the Museum of Flight.

As well as aviation, Marian served for years as a MOPS leader (Mothers of Preschoolers), Sunday School Teacher, Campfire Girls troop leader and PTA member. She will continue to be an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.

Andrea shared this from Marian's daughter the day she passed:

"Hi Andrea, Mom entered the house of the Lord just after 6:30. She passed in complete peace with her entire family there, and we are imagining the joyous reunion with my dad, so many family and friends, and best of all that she is with our blessed Savior!" Mary

Messages From Marian's 99 sisters and brothers

"Dear Sister 99's,  I'm late to add my thoughts but not because I didn't love Marian. When I walked up to the 99s booth in Puyallup in 2006 I had just soloed and was so proud to walk up and ask to be a member. That was a magical moment. I still remember her lovely face as she presented me with my blue Pendelton blazer on the spot. I miss her a lot and hope she is happy and comfortable. I will be there when her funeral is announced."  Marty 

New Zealand for the 99s
International Conference in 2005

"Thank you for keeping me posted about everything happening up in Seattle, Theresa. I'm in tears, I loved Marian so much." Christine 

"I am saddened to hear of Marian's passing. It was a memorable experience to be in touch with her at the Christmas party. Thank you so much for getting us together one more time." Elise

“Marion was always a caring, gracious lady and a huge supporter of our 99 Chapter. My most fond memory of Marion is our New Zealand International Meeting.” Bobbi

"Thank you for keeping us informed. It’s been a joy knowing Marian. I’m grateful for her faith and example. It good to know she was surrounded by loved ones as she flew peacefully West to heaven. When it’s our turn to leave this earthly life, there will undoubtedly be many reunions not only with family members who have preceded us but with our Ninety-Nine friends like Nancy and Marian. It will be a great reunion to see her and so many we love." Gin

"Thank you for keeping us all aware of Marian’s very sad passing. She was such a special and gracious friend to all of us. She will be missed but I am sure she is in a much better place. I feel very fortunate for having known her and Dan and hope they are again enjoying each other’s company." Helen

"I am so sorry to hear the news. Marian was such a vibrant and giving member of the chapter for so many years. How sad to hear of her passing. She will be truly missed. " Kristina 

The Big Island of Hawaii in 2010 
99s International Conference

"Thank you for letting us all know. Marian will surely be missed! Both Marian and Dan were so generous to us when we moved out here to the Northwest. They offered their home to Dennis for the first few weeks until he could find housing. They had never met us – just knew I was a 99."  Eva

"I am so saddened to hear of Marian’s passing. She was always so supportive of me. I will miss her greatly."  Susan

"I’m so sorry to hear this news! Marian was a big part of my 99s experience!" Nichole '

“Yes, praise the Lord for His love and for Marian loving him. I am sure Dan has the airplane fired up and ready to go for her heavenly arrival. Love from all the 99s” Andrea

“I am so sorry to hear about Marian. She was a fun lady, full of life and spunk! She will be missed.” Nikki

One of Marian's greatest gifts was sharing the love of aviation and helping other pilots to follow their dreams. She and Dan also donated to the Mission Aviation Fellowship.

The Seattle Chapter has set up donations for Marian and her husband, Dan, to be donated to the Forest of Friendship: "A living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. The Forest was a gift to America on her 200th birthday in 1976 from the City of Atchison, Kansas (the birthplace of Amelia Earhart); The Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots), and the Kansas State University, Kansas Forest Service."

If you would like to donate in honor of Marian, please send donations to the Seattle Chapter Treasurer:

Beverly Fogle
6533 Seaview Ave NW
Apt 403A
Seattle WA 98117-6049

Please make the checks out to Greater Seattle 99s. If you prefer to donate directly to the chapter scholarship instead of the Forest memorial, simply indicate on the check or with a note. If they receive more than the $450 for the Forest, they will apply the rest to our Seattle chapter scholarship. 

Touching the lives of others
and Inspiring the Future

“I’ll donate and recommend both. Dan was a friend and an important guy for the lifeblood of engineers at Boeing as the SPEEA president. Marian’s been a friend forever. The 99s donated air travel for me to attend the ceremony at the FoF. (I think Trish’s husband donated passes for me and a granddaughter.) We got to meet astronaut Sandy Magnus. (That may have shaped Emily’s career choices as a mechanical engineer at the Naval Academy....) I also bought a paver at the Amelia Earhart birthplace museum. Fly Safe, Folks!"  Tom 

Marian's memorial service:

Please join us at Marian's Memorial.
Saturday, February 2nd at 1 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church,
19030 8th Ave S
Seatac, WA

Godspeed, Marian. We'll miss you!

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year 2019

May this year be filled with 
strength, courage, conviction, 
love, joy, health and happiness... 
With all that comes success!

Time has a way of flying by faster each year. Then something happens, and we awaken and the New Year has arrived. This year I will be flying on New Years Eve and when we land, it will be January 2nd in Sydney. Therefore I will be missing the festivities of the night before, and the new day. But that will not stop the joy that only a New Year can bring. Or the fact that I will have resolutions to fulfill. 

I'm certain I did not meet all my resolutions last year, but not without a gallant effort. However, with the New Year we are afforded an opportunity to start anew. Make new plans. New goals. Try something new. Always striving for what we believe to be our best self.  

My 2019 Resolutions:

*   Focus on Gratitude everyday! 

*  Earn my PhD:
This one is in sight! And, you are all invited to my defense in Daytona Beach, January 11, 2019, at 1pm EST... or watch live by signing up and watching on Eagle Vision by clicking here

*  Revitalize the Flight to Success blog! 

Once the PhD is complete, I will be back to blogging 2-3  times a week.

* Finish 4 books:
  • Weaponization of Mental Health in the Airline Industry
  • Normalization of Deviance (based on dissertation)
  • Jungle Air Airline Monkey Business 
  • Flight For Justice (Darby's 4th novel)

* Pass the LSAT! 
  • Get into Law School (2020)  

* Bucket List: 
  • Take my husband to the Kentucky Derby for his birthday! 

*  Exercise Daily

*   No Sugar!
  • Not purchase any sugar in January 
  • Give up sugar starting February (after the supplies diminish). 

*  Win an Air 21 case. 
  • The most important goal of this year might just be to ensure that employees everywhere know they can report safety without being retaliated against. 
*   Finish the Lake house and move in!

It's going to be a busy year! 
But life is short, and if we don't live it to the fullest, 
we may never realize all the opportunities available, 
and what a blessing it was!

What are your resolutions 
this year?

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Happy Holidays! 

Tis the Season to feel the love and joy of every little girl and boy. November and December have been consumed with editing my dissertation. I received approval to defend! The efforts have shifted to the defense. Update on that coming soon. Then the previous months have been filled with depositions and I observed my first Air21 case, and flying. Three books are in the making too!

What has been lost this year was no Christmas Cards. We did decorate... but I didn't put up all the lights in the yard, yet the yard is still beautiful thanks to my husband! 

I wish you love and joy
from my family to yours
during this holiday season!

Thanks to all of you working this 
Holiday Season giving the gift
of safely taking passengers
to their families!

Joy throughout the New Year!

XOX Karlene

Friday, December 7, 2018


Non-Stop to All your Aviation Needs!

Brought you by....

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!

Jeff Miller 

Jeff wanted to be an Airline Pilot since the age of 5, and he made that dream come true. His stories from early years are funny. They say those kids who stare out the window at a young age are just preparing for their future. He might have been one of them.

Jeff said, "As a kid, I would drag my parents out to the end of the runway at Lindberg Field and watch the planes for hours on end. So when I was in Kindergarten, the teacher goes around asking each child what their Father does for a living...well...having a passion for aviation at such an early age, I tell the class "My Dad is an Airline Pilot"....Truth was, my Dad was the Emergency Room Chief Surgeon and Chief of Staff for Mission Bay Memorial Hospital in San Diego (pretty darn good in-and-of itself...but no...I had to say he was a Pilot!) I don't live that one down to this day :)!"

Jeff learned to Fly in College, after College he flight instructed. Then flew 1900s, 757s, and he is now a 737 Captain! He is also the founder of Aerosearcher. 

is a website for 
the aviation community


"The impetus for Aerosearcher began about three years ago with the idea of simplifying online searches for aircraft for sale, aviation jobs, and aviation products for consumers, professionals, and enthusiasts around the world. With these goals in mind, Aerosearcher was born. We dove right in and held focus groups, conducted market studies, and drafted business models. After a plan was in place, it took the last year for website coding, design, business plan implementation, and beta testing."

I think the “About Aerosearcher” text strikes to the core of what we’re all about and the fact that we really want to hear from folks…We certainly want to hear what they like! However, more importantly, we want to hear where we can improve due to the fact that Aerosearcher is a website for the aviation community… It is a site that will change, grow, and maintain a course providing value for an aviation community that we, the Aerosearcher Management Team have an absolute passion for!

Want to find a plane to buy and make sure you’ve seen all the options? You’d usually have to scour five, maybe even ten websites.


Looking for a job in the aviation field whether it be a Corporate Pilot, a Mechanic or a Flight Instructor to name a few? You’re typically going to spend several hours and visit an array of websites before you even begin to feel you’ve seen the majority of possible opportunities. 


Aircraft parts or aviation products? The same story: a vast number of sites and resources all with a different way to find what you’re looking for and no single site that can give you the majority of what’s available. 

It is this complexity that AeroSearcher simplifies. We’ve built a service that let’s you find in seconds what may have taken far longer in the past.

We’re not an aircraft classified provider. We just let you search every major classified site at one go. We’re not an aviation job site. But using AeroSearcher means you can search nearly all aviation job sites with ease. We don’t sell aircraft parts or aviation products, but there is no single place on the web where you can search and find whatever aviation related item you are looking for faster. 

We know that we’re just at the start of an amazing journey. There are more possibilities for AeroSearcher: big improvements, new types of aviation information to index and innovative solutions to aviation problems. We hope you’ll join us for the ride, take advantage of the great improvements in aviation search, and give us feedback on ways to improve and what opportunities we should tackle next.” 

Connect! Engage! Follow! 

Website Address: 
Facebook: facebook

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene