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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, March 30, 2015

Retirement Flight

The Good Ole' Days....

The History of Northwest Airlines and the good people flying the B747. A very fun video. Do you recognize anyone? The trip? The crew room? Vending machine beer? Amari's? The Sports Bar? The laundry ladies? It's all about the history. Never forget.

So much adventure! 


"These Are The Good Ol Days!" 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Flying Carastros

Friday Fabulous Flyers! 

The Carastro family is flying the Air Race Classic 2015. Grandmother, Daughter, and Granddaughter fly! Aviation is in their family, but more than that... these brilliant women are sharing the love of flight with others.

"We have met many long term friends along the way 
and have life long memories to treasure."

Marie Carastro is the matriarch of the team. Her inspiration to fly was due to her brother having been drafted into the Army Air Corp in WWII. Sadly, her brother was shot down over Romania and never returned. In his honor Marie found the courage to follow his path. In 1958 Marie took to the skies in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and obtained her private pilots license and purchased a Cessna 140.

Her Mother, with good reason to be concerned about her daughter flying, said, “I reckon you are ready to die”. Well obviously she did not die, but enjoyed a new found hobby flying around the state of Alabama. When she visited her sister she would land on backroads that her family temporary blocked for the arrival. She would taxi from the road into her sister’s driveway, and would depart the same way she came.

 Marie 2012  race

Flying was destined to be in the family as Marie married a career Air Force pilot, Bob Carastro. Dedication to all she has accomplished has been one of her greatest strengths, as was her good judgement. Apparently she was very particular about allowing Bob (the jet pilot) to fly her Cessna 140. Marie blended aviation and her career as a consultant dietician by traveling around the state of Alabama in a Cessna 172. She has been a registered dietitian for over 50 years and presently works for The State of Alabama Department of Licensure and Certification. 

Susan and Maria

Marie participated in the Powder Puff Derby in 1960, and returned to participate in the Air Race Classic in 2002 and has been racing ever since. 

Marie also encouraged her children to pursue aviation and both her son Michael, and daughter Susan, were taught to fly by their Father. Michael is a professional pilot and has flown for domestic and international airlines but presently owns a flight school in Biloxi, MS. Marie participated in the Powder Puff Derby in 1960, and returned to participate in the Air Race Classic in 2002 she has been racing ever since. 

Susan was the product of an aviation family. Family time as a youngster  was spent on at nearby small town airports on the weekends with Bob taking the kids up for flying lessons. Susan said, "I can remember sitting in my father’s lap unable to reach the rudder pedals but being able to use the ailerons. I thought the steering wheel in the car looked strange because I was used to a yoke."  Bob continued to train Susan through her instrument rating because he told her that it was the most useful rating.

Susan with Dad Bob

After Susan finished veterinary school and residency in ophthalmology, her interest in flying was renewed. She moved to Florida for business, but maintained a monthly consulting business in Alabama. As she says, "The only logical way to travel was to fly myself." Susan also obtained her multi-engine rating and a Cessna 310-R. She presently uses her airplane to fly for consulting jobs in Key West and Alabama, and monthly visits to see her family.  

Not only is Susan is a veterinarian, 
but she recently obtained her ATP rating.

Susan and Marie have flown together in the previous 12 races and are coming back for one more in the ARC 2015!  Susan says, "We alternate legs during the race and my Mom always accuses me of giving her the hard legs." 

Nephew Dane getting plane ready for 2014 race
Danielle, Marie's granddaughter is joining the team this year, and carrying on the family tradition. Danielle is a freshman in high school in Ocean Springs, MS. She also enjoys soccer, cheerleading. And with a family of flyers, I'm thinking this race might pull her into the skies for a career. :)

Enjoy the Journey!!
XO Karlene

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Meet your Captain...

You Have to Love Aviation Humor!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

B52s Karma and Compromises

Musings on Life Lessons and Laughter:

By: Tom Roush:

"My dad was stationed at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, California in 1967, where the 93rd Bombardment Group was based. The 93rd at the time flew B-52’s, and they trained pilots and crews both in the planes and with simulators. They did this 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When they weren’t flying the airplanes, these pilots and crews were in the simulators, practicing.

And my dad fixed those simulators.

A few hours north of Merced is Santa Rosa, where dad’s mom and stepdad lived. Dad’s stepdad, we’ll call him “Grampa Bill” fancied himself to be an artist and photographer. This is a point that could be argued pretty heavily. And, it turns out, when dad and mom were a young couple and dad was stationed elsewhere, Grampa Bill wanted to take some photographs of mom that could at the very least be described as ‘inappropriate’. 
I won’t go into any more detail other than to say that when dad found out, he stormed in to see his commander and asked if he could have some leave so that he could go pour a goodly amount of chlorine into the gene pool. His commander declined the request, but sent someone to check on mom. She was fine, but that incident cemented the relationship between dad and Grampa Bill into something very, very simple: Dad hated Grampa Bill, with a passion. And honestly, as I see it, he was right.

Now it’s not that he could have done anything about it overtly, but as the years went by — well, you’ve likely found out at some point in your life, there is this thing that’s known by several names…

Some call it “The Golden Rule”,

Some call it “What goes around, comes around.”

And some call it “Karma.”

And when you find yourself watching, almost from the outside,

…how “The Golden Rule” is turning things toward you,

…and you find that things that have gone around are coming around,

…or, put another way, watching Karma setting up a situation for you – whatever you call it, it’salmost impossible not to smile.

Such was the case with dad and Grampa Bill.

Dad worked with or near airplanes.

Grampa Bill wanted to take pictures of airplanes.

More specifically, he wanted to take a picture of a B-52, taking off.

…and dad could make that happen.
And this is where the story begins.... 
To read more... check out Tom Roush's Blog. Amazing.

Enjoy the Journey!!
XOX  Karlene

Monday, March 23, 2015

Reaching Unlimited Success

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every 
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think 
you cannot do." 
Elanor Roosevelt


Have a little Faith alone the Journey
That too Takes Courage

I'm in Hong Kong, doing homework, and took a moment to check email. The following snippet was a comment from Flight To Success, Be the Captain of Your Life, that a reader had emailed me from across the globe. 
We write to make a difference
"I am learning so much valuable information which I wish I had in me in my younger years. Now that I am 28, reading your book has given me so much inspiration, hope, and motivation to move forward in my life to reach for the stars and to achieve greatness in whatever passion/destination I take in my life. It is not an easy road for me because fear, lack of confidence and the belief in myself are what I continuously battle with..." 
To Read what others have said about Flight To Success Be the Captain of Your life, click HERE. 
I'm looking forward to your comments! 

Enjoy the Journey! 
XO Karlene

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pilots and Committment

Life is About Committing to the Flight!

Get committed and read Flight To Success 

One week week to go...
2nd quarter is almost complete! 
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Flying Scholarship

Flying Musicians Announce  
Solo Scholarship Awards Program 

March 17, 2015: Fort Worth, TX: The Flying Musicians Association announces the creation of the FMA Solo Scholarship Award program. The lucky recipients will receive scholarships that will pay for their primary flight training, through their first solo. In cooperation with FMA’s corporate members and sponsors nationwide, this program will fund four scholarships to juniors or seniors in high school who have been nominated by their band/music director.

FMA recognizes that so many skills are held in common between pilots and musicians (such as paying attention to a complex environment, reacting to unusual occurrences, utilizing complex inputs and resources, and managing several tasks simultaneously) and so is coordinating a program for young musicians who want to be pilots.

The process is simple. An aviation-enthusiastic junior or senior who is a high school band member is screened and then partnered, through FMA, with a local flight school in our network. These schools specialize in training beginning pilots and have joined the FMA Bandwagon.

When the student has passed the flight physical, ab initio training takes the student through first solo. Then, the participating flight school will be reimbursed by FMA for up to fifteen hours of ground and dual instruction provided.

FMA corporate members and sponsors will also assist the student with free and reduced-cost training materials. Sporty’s Pilot Shop, for one, has already committed to donating four Learn to Fly courses.

For details and application materials:
high school band directors should contact 
Help spread the word to your high school!

About the Flying Musicians Association, Inc:

Corporate sponsors

The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of pilots who are musicians, spanning the globe, proficiency levels and genres. The goal is to share our passions in order to inspire, educate, and encourage others by creating enthusiasm and promoting personal growth in aviation and music. “Pilot Musicians sharing their passion while encouraging and educating youth (& adults) in the science and art of aeronautics and music.”

This Press Release is distributed by  
Tim Kern INK /
PO Box 30
Anderson, IN 46015-0030

Give the gift of flight!
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene