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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 24, 2017

Kelly Kincaid

Having Fun with Life! 

Kelly Kincaid 

Friday's Fabulous Flyer! 

Kelly is a flight attendant for a major US carrier, and an incredibly talented lady. I had the chance to meet her at Ivars in Seattle last Sunday. We had a fabulous lunch, compliments of our good friend JR, and a great visit. Who can't laugh at our aviation world? Whether you are a working crew or a passenger, we all know there is a lot to laugh about.

Not only is she a flight attendant with a sense of humor, but Kelly is also the creator of a popular flight attendant cartoon called Jetlagged Comic.

But Kelly's success did not come without adversity. As many of us in this industry have experienced, we have been furloughed. What is that? A polite way of saying you don't have a job. It's the time in your career where you are put on a shelf, waiting to come back to work, but you don't know exactly when that might be. Months or years. Do you wait? Do you get another job?

Well, Kelly loved her job so she filled her time by starting a cleaning business. Something that would provide an income, but would never keep her from her job in the sky when they called her back.

Fortunately, Kelly only had to wait four months to return to work. But being furloughed makes a person realize that employment is not guaranteed in the airline world. Seven of my eight airlines are out of business. So a few years after her furlough, Kelly revisited her passion of drawing and writing, and through the encouragement and support of her boyfriend, who is now her husband, they began the journey of taking Kelly's talents to paper. And the rest is history!

Writers share their passion for multiple reasons... to educate, create awareness, or entertain. But the side effects for writers are amazing. Some of us call it therapy. Kelly understands that when she stated, "What started as a coping method from working long days with the general public, quickly turned into a flight attendant humor outlet."  An outlet that we can all appreciate! Passengers will love this too! 

Her comics deal with the every day lives of flight crews. From schlepping their bags from one hotel to the next, or trying to remember what day of the month it is, or where the heck we are, Jetlagged gives readers a glimpse behind the galley curtain. The comics are colorful, goofy and fun, something every flight attendant, pilot, aviation enthusiast and frequent traveler will enjoy. She gave me one of her books at lunch, and I'm having a blast reading it.

You can find Kelly by clicking the links below:

Twitter: @JetlaggedComic

Most importantly... 

If you want a copy of this great book 
Click on this AMAZON Link

Sometimes when the world feels like its falling apart, shift you focus to the humor behind those events. Whether you are a passenger or crew, I'm sure Kelly would love to hear your experiences so she can cartoon them, too!

She is also super famous! Jetlagged has been showcased on media outlets including King 5's Evening Magazine, KOMO TV 4 and the Redmond Patch, as well as entertainment sites Rants of a Sassy Stew, A Fly Guy's Cabin Crew Lounge, The Flying Pinto and World Crew.  

Kelly is going to be stopping by the 2017 Northwest Aviation Conference this weekend to say hi. Join me at booth 124 and you may get to meet her in person! 

What is your not so funny experience 
on a plane or at an airport? 

Kelly will cartoon it! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

author of... 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Truth Behind Fiction

In Flight For Sanity... 

Empowering Women! 

As you all know my recent novel, Flight For Sanity, has been released, where truth mirrors fiction. Enjoy a little snippet of truth within the novel about Zonta, and how to join our meeting tonight. 

Flight For Sanity

            “Would you answer a question?” Darby asked her union rep.
            “Depends what it is,” Phil said, with a laugh.
            “If you told your wife not to walk after dark and she does, and then she get’s raped, I’m curious what her reaction would be when you tell her that it was her fault because she didn’t listen to you.”
            “That’s entirely different.”
            “How so?” Darby raised an eyebrow.
            “Because, this wasn’t a rape.”
            “Bullshit! They screwed me without my permission,” Darby snapped. “The violated my rights and took part of my soul. What do you call it—business?”
            “Just hang in there,” Phil said. “On a lighter note, do you know what abused women have in common?”
            “What?” Darby said, flatly. She’d heard this joke before, but there was no way in hell he would actually speak the words. Not with what was going on.
            “They just don’t listen.”
            “Thanks for words of wisdom.” Darby rolled her eyes as she ended the call.
            That was the reality of what was happening here. The world had become politically correct, and everyone smiled and said the right thing. Yet the disrespect for women ran deep. If a man didn’t listen, he was being proactive and assertive, but a woman deserved to be put in her place and thrown away. 
        Darby pulled her coat on and threw her purse over her shoulder. Violence against women ran deep, and she was proud to be part of Zonta International. She knew her mother had been abused, which was the reason she had kicked her father out, and thus joined the group to help prevent that violence worldwide. She headed outside, the wind was gusting something crazy.
            Zonta was a leading global organization of professionals that empowered women worldwide through service and advocacy. They recognized a woman's rights and strived to help her to achieve her full potential in a world where no woman would live in fear of violence. She unlocked her car and climbed inside. Most people envisioned violence as physical. But psychological violence was equally as bad and often led to suicide.
          Nearly half of all women in the United States would experience psychological aggression by someone in a close relationship. Add the workplace to that equation and those statistics were more than frightening. She gripped the steering wheel with both hands, and placed her forehead against the coolness of the leather.
            Darby never imagined in her wildest dreams her company could do this to her, when all she did was submit a safety report on their operating practices. They were in the process of psychologically tearing her down. Perhaps it was damn time to show them exactly what she was made of. She sat upright and started her car. 

Join our on-line 
Zonta Meeting Tonight! 

Time: Feb 23, 2017 7:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
(6:30 PM for you in Seattle)
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: 

    Please click this URL to start or join. 
    Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 199 397 993  
Join from dial-in phone line: 

    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 408 638 0968
    Meeting ID: 199 397 993 
    Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

author of

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Weekend Of Aviation

Flight For Sanity's Aviation Debut!  

Amazon Comments are coming in Flight For Sanity... check out what the readers are saying...  

"Wow - what a page-turner! The chapters are fairly short, and reading one chapter is like eating peanuts - you just can't stop. Great plot, could be right out of todays - or tomorrows - headlines. It's been a while since I read previous books in the series, and the characters continue right where they left off. But even if you haven't read the first books in the series (I recommend you do!) you won't be lost, as back-story is fully fleshed out. You will definitely connect with Darby, Kat and John, and will be on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what the bad guys will do next.

I really like the way the author weaves real-life airline/flying issues into the story. If you're an airline pilot, you'll be nodding in agreement as automation/hand-flying/AQP take center stage. And if you're a passenger, you'll be a lot more aware of what's going on.

I definitely recommend this book!"

Captain George Nolly

“Those of a certain age will recall listening to the celebrated weekly radio series beginning with the distinctive voice intoning, “Who knows what evil lurks in hearts of men?” Set against a backdrop of contemporary aviation and politics, Karlene’s latest novel gives considerable insight toward an answer to that question. You could say that “Flight to Sanity” presents automation as both a valuable and a dangerous tool. Karlene uses this tension to skillfully educate readers to the inherent dangers of using automation for personal gain rather to enhance safety.”

Captain Jim Wright

“Once again Karlene Petitt has hit total gold with the latest in the "Flight For" series! From the time I started on the prologue, I was dragged back into the wonderful world of Darby, Kathryn, and all of the crew! I was totally engrossed for the whole book getting to the end and once again shouting WHY IS IT OVER!!! Cannot WAIT for the next installment!!”  
Mark Lawrence

"Being the fourth book of the saga, it's by far the best! You can't put it down once you've started it! A never ending fight against corruption and power abuse and as the previous books, a prevailing tribute to friendship and integrity. I highly recommend it."
Susan Lagiar  

"Karlene's fourth book hits too close to home in an industry riddled with problems. For those of you who saw the movie "Sully," and for many airline pilots, we know the NTSB and FAA are not our friends. Neither is Global Air Lines, as Karlene's character Darby learns all too quickly. I had to stop myself from biting my lip and holding my breath while reading this thriller, because I know from personal experience how much of it is true. If you can handle the truth, couched in fiction, you will love it. If you are a fearful flier, don't read this book, but know that Darby is working against all odds to have safer skies and better training!"

Captain Kathy McCullough 

Stop by the conference 
and pick up your copy!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

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