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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, December 19, 2014

Turbo The Flying Dog

Friday's Fabulous Flyer! 


My favorite past time - tearing squeakers out of toys
Worst habit - Licking my private parts in public
Favorite food - That's a tough one! EVERYTHING! Except lemons, I do not like those.
Best toy - Antlers! I will chew on those all day long
I sleep when my parents are gone, but when they are home, I make sure that I am the center of attention!
Best friend - Olive! She's part poodle, part schnauzer and is my flight instructor in my second book!

Hi! I'm Turbo! In winter of 2012 I was a very scared puppy at a high kill shelter. Then one day this place called a rescue came and picked me up and took me to their house. Shortly after that day they brought me to something called an airport. I heard this really loud noise from this weird machine. The rescue said it was called an airplane and it had wings. It did not look like a bird to me! Then two people came out of the plane and greeted me. I knew I wanted to go in this airplane with them! 
The people in the plane were called pilots and said that I could now call them "Mom" and "Dad". Soon I was in the airplane with them and then the loud noise came back and we were flying in the sky! I don't remember much after that. I fell asleep. When I woke up, I got to help put the plane away and go see my new home.

Now my days are spent laying around the house, playing in 10 acres of woods, or visiting with my sisters: a hedgehog, a rabbit, a cat, and 6 hens! On weekends my parents will bring me traveling with them in the airplane. I always decide that is the best time to take a nap and rest up for the adventure ahead of us. So far, I have logged over 50 hours of flight time! I've even been to Canada and the Bahamas! I admit I'm a bit spoiled, and I get even more spoiled when we travel. Everyone loves to see me hop out of the plane and to pet me and tell me I'm a good boy! 
Lately, I've been going to a lot of photo shoots and have been doing a lot of interviews, even on live TV! This is because my mom and her friend wrote a children's story book all about me! My mom read it to me the other day and I must say I look quite handsome! My parents say they are very proud of me for handling all the book interviews so well and for being such a good co-pilot. I told them that I must have been born to fly! That's about all there really is to know about me, I think...squirrel!!!


Victoria Neuville: "Turbo the Flying Dog is part one of a children's book series. I adopted my dog Turbo, whom the story is based upon, in December of 2012. Since it was a four hour drive to the rescue, my husband and I opted to fly. Turbo was just 6 weeks old and has been flying all over the country with us ever since. Soon, friends and family pressured me to make a Facebook page of all of Turbo's flying adventures.

Out of that, my friend and co-author, Kelly, and I developed the idea for a children's books series. We both had always wanted to write a children's book and here was our opportunity. Kelly's dog, Olive, takes a main role in book 2, Turbo Learns to Fly, as Turbo's flight instructor. But, Turbo helps her out as well, as she's having trouble being the only female pooch in a male dominated industry. Book 2 is expected in May 2015. 


The best gift for the child in your life!

Victoria sent me a copy of Turbo. I will be reading to the grandkids this weekend. I've already read it..the kids will love it, and you will too!  

Happy Holidays!!
XO Karlene

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Twas The Night Before Christmas Aviation Style

 Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,
Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care,
In hopes that come morning, they would still be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,
With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.
I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,
And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,
I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.
A voice clearly heard over static and snow,
Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick".
 I ran to the panel to turn up the lights,
The better to welcome this magical flight.

He called his position, no room for denial,
"St. Nicholas One, turnin' left base to final."
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!


With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came,
As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
"Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!
On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'?

While controllers were sittin', and scratchin' their head,
They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread,
The message they left was both urgent and dour:
"When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower."

He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,
Then I heard "Left at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking."
He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh
And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho-ho..."

He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,
I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks.
His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost
And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust.

His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,
And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale.
His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,
His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly.

He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead."
He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump.

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.
He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief,
Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.

And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,
These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog.
He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,
Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, "Clear!"

And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,
He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
"Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,
Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion"

He sped down the runway, the best of the best,
"Your traffic's a Grumman, inbound from the west."
Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed through the night,
"Merry Christmas to all! - traffic's in sight.

Happy Holidays!
XOX Karlene

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All I Want For Christmas...

Joy and Peace to the World

When asked what I want for Christmas, I always say nothing. Just for my family and friends to be happy, healthy, and have all their dreams come true. I also want to help future pilots reach their dreams in a strong industry. I want to make the airline industry safer. I also want to keep cameras out of the cockpit. But for me? There is only one gift you can give me, that will help all those wishes come true.

All I want for Christmas this year 
is for you to share my novels with the world! 

For me, you can gift Flight For Control and Flight For Safety to a friend or family member. You can share my books by sending this link too. Telling someone about these novels is the greatest gift, that keeps on giving! Autographed and gift wrapped copies are available from this blog too, with huge savings if you buy both!

Share the gift of reading with those you love this Holiday Season,  and make everyone's dreams come true! 

Read more about the stories Here:

Thank you!!!

Now... time to study for recurrent. 
Happy Holidays!
XO Karlene

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Holidays!!!

Thanksmas was a GREAT Success!!!

Twas 15 days before Christmas 
When the holidays did start
The Elves were all in town
And love filled each heart

Twas 14 days before Christmas
And the Elves went bowling
Fun was had by all
And faces were glowing 

13 days before Christmas
And the Seattle rain did stop
The elves went for a Thanksmas Egg hunt
The fun was non-stop

Presents were opened
A feast had by all 
The elves skipped their naps
But they all had a ball

12 days before Christmas
Time for the Elves to all home
But memories will linger
And we will never be alone

Happy Holidays to all
And to all a great flight!

XO Karlene 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy ThanksMas!

New Holiday Tradition in Progress! 

 With three daughters, 7 grandkids, three states, in-laws, out-laws, and all the complications of the season with travel and commitments, we are reducing holiday stress by creating a new family tradition. 

We invented a new Holiday: 
Happy Thanksmas!

Thanksmas is a time that all the sisters, cousins, mom and dad come together for a fun filled four-day weekend. Nestled someplace between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will be playing reindeer games, going on a Thanksmas egg hunt, swimming, taking bubble baths, opening gifts, having a pizza party to decorate the tree and a great Thanksmas Day feast. 

There is always a way to share the holiday season with those you love.  And equally important to understand as families grow, we remain flexible to holiday demands. I'll be back next week! Have a GREAT weekend!!!

XO Karlene

In the mean time... spread the word about Flight For Control and Flight For Safety. They will make great Christmas gifts for all, and for all a good night!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Santa Express

Get Into the Holiday Spirit! 

While the Holiday Season brings Joy to so many, it can also be a time of sadness for others. When a loved one has passed away, the season can be bitter sweet. So many are alone during the holidays. Perhaps your loved one is in the military. No money to decorate, or buy a tree, and spoil the kids.

But happiness is a choice. No matter what has happened, we have the power to be happy and enjoy the season of love.


The holidays should be a time to give more than we take. Tis the season of caring and sharing. And when you give more than you take, you can get into the spirit. The best way to find the joy of the season is to bring joy to others.


Last night Delta held their annual Santa Express. Special children from our community climbed aboard a Delta A330 at SeaTac and flew to the North Pole to join a winter wonderland festival. I harvested my yard to help get into the spirit and help decorate. Our soldiers that stand sentinel on our porch, joined the party, as did Pilot Snoopy.

But the team of flight attendants and tech ops personal were amazing, as they created an enchanting night for the children. The work these people put out was done with joy, laughter, smiles and huge hearts. Delta pilots and flight attendants bought presents for the children that Santa and Mrs Claus handed out, hot cocoa was served, carolers sang, games played, and Santa photos made the night spectacular.

Tis the season to share holiday hugs, stand under the mistletoe, and laugh a little louder. It's time to enjoy the moments. There are many to be found.


There is nothing better than making a child smile to get into the holiday spirit. If you haven't found the joy of the season, volunteer to help in your community clubhouse, a local church, or senior center. There are so many ways to give back. And when you do, you can't help but be in the spirit.

 I am in the spirit! Are you?

Enjoy the Season and Choose to be Happy

Happy Holidays!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Conflicting Schedules: Reducing Holiday Stress

Being Two Places at Once

One of the most stressful times during the season when events conflict and there is no way to do it all. The answer is: Don't. But if you want to, you need to understand that it is possible to make events work with a little creativity and a very long night.

Saturday the 6th was one of our granddaughters 3rd birthday. Last month she lit up when she asked me if I could come to her bounce house party. How could I miss it? And then Johnny Summers and his wife, Elaine, invited us to their annual Christmas party. How could I miss that?

Johnny is my proctor at ERAU, an Alaska Airlines pilot, and an aviation advocate in our community among other things. Such a nice family they are. What do you do when you have two things at once? You make it work!

Dick and I joined a great part with wonderful people, delicious food, fun, games and laughter that lasted well into the evening.

And then we drove to the airport, and caught an 11 pm flight to Redmond. We snuck in the the house around 1230 am, and found a bed. The kids found us there Sunday morning, and the fun continued. Pancakes for breakfast, bounce house party, and while the kids were napping a hike with the most beautiful views.

While it's not always possible to combine events, sometimes it is. With the holidays upon us, time is often limited and stress of trying to make everything work takes over. Trying to get together with many friends? Bring them all together at the same time. It's always great to meet new people. But realize it may not be possible to make the schedule work. 

When this happens, give yourself a break and know that your friends will understand. They are living the same challenges. But if you can join the fun, do it. Life is very short.

Happy Holidays!
XOX Karlene

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