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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, July 18, 2018

A330 Pilots Needed!

A330 Captains and First Officers Needed 
for FAA Simulator Research Project
FAA Mike Monroney Center
Oklahoma City

Subject: System State and Energy Awareness Experiment

Requirements: Pilot requirements Airbus A330: Qualified and current in aircraft type, Part 121 air carrier line pilots, currently flying line operations. One captain and one First Officer from the same airline for each day.

Dates: August 20, 21,22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 & September 5, 6, 7 (Note: you can only participate for one day)

Working Hours: Each crew will participate in one 6-hour Research and Development session.

Tentative times are a show time of 0700, an on-motion time of 0730, three 10-minute breaks, off-motion at 1230, de-brief and release not later than 1300.

Compensation: $575.00. For non-local travel, meal per diem and hotel reimbursement will be provided. Standard mileage reimbursement for personal vehicles. Pilots are asked to non-rev or jumpseat, if possible. 

How to participate: Email your name, seat, airline and cell number

Provide the day, or days you are available. You can only participate once. 

I've participated in this type of experiments on a couple occasions, and it's actually very fun and worthwhile.  The reason they want to know your airline is because they pair you up with same airline to keep standard operating procedures the same. So, if you want to grab your favorite Captain or First Officer and sign up together, they could make that happen! 

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I Want to Be a Pilot

"When I grow up I want to be a pilot because it's a fun job and easy to do. That's why there are so many pilots flying around these days. Pilots don't need much school. They just have to learn to read numbers so they can read their instruments. I guess they should be able to read a road map, too.Pilots should be brave to they won't get scared it it's foggy and they can't see, or if a wing or motor falls off.

Pilots have to have good eyes to see through the clouds, and they can't be afraid of thunder or lightning because they are much closer to them than we are.

The salary pilots make is another thing I like. They make more money than they know what to do with. This is because most people think that flying a plane is dangerous, except pilots don't because they know how easy it is.

I hope I don't get airsick because I get carsick and if I get airsick, I couldn't be a pilot and then I would have to go to work."

Written by a fifth grade student at Jefferson School, Beaufort, SC. It was first published in the South Carolina Aviation News

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Aviation Update

Qualifying Pilots in the Right Seat

135-43 - Part 135 Second in Command Professional Development Program
Date IssuedJune 28, 2018

This AC provides information and guidelines to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 135 air carriers/operators to aid in the development of a Second in Command Professional Development Program (SIC PDP) which meets the requirements of part 135, § 135.99(c). 

This program allows a pilot employed by the part 135 air carrier/operator and serving as an assigned second in command (SIC) in a multiengine airplane or single-engine, turbine-powered airplane to log SIC flight time during operations that do not require a second pilot.

Answer to the 1500 hour rule?

Enjoy the Journey!
OX Karlene 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Amelia Earhart

Eastern Kitchen talk Radio
Shares the history... 

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."
 Amelia Earhart

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Episode 374
July 16, 2018 

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Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Empowering Women! 

Joana Visa 
Coach for women

Anytime we can empower anyone, that's a good thing! Please meet my friend Joana, who is doing just that. In that women are under presented in the airline workforce (6-7%), I think that Joana's coaching could be just what the doctor ordered. To empower and educate our sisters, friends, daughters, and mothers. Since I'm a grandmother, I think we can add grandmothers to the list. I'm pleased to introduce you to Joana


"If you are willing to take your career to the next level, if you want to take the fast track to the top, if you are an executive woman who wants to jump the innovation curve, then I can definitively help you. I am a STEM women ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

I am an internationally certified coach who delights in empowering women so they can become senior executives and impact the world. I have accelerated young talented women by guiding them into a new dimension of their selves. My passion is sharing their own experience as a scientist, as a university teacher, and as an executive to launch women into the arena, like the gladiators in Roman Coliseum. I believe that by working with my clients’ strengths, every woman can have her 'me time', balanced life, they can grow and learn every day, be visible, lead amazing projects and, finally find an inspiriting job. 

You can walk this path alone, spend a huge amount of time, or walk in a partnership with me and go faster. If you have a clear purpose in your life, you will be able to see the path. I will be there with you. Don’t go alone. Go with me.

Female leadership: 
Are you ready for a robot workforce?

I had the opportunity to attend Global Female Leadership, Berlin June 2018. I knew nothing about robotics and bitcoins before going to Berlin. Now I know a few but the summit rose my curiosity about these topics, and even more. I wish to know what is the link between artificial intelligence, blockchain and female leadership.

The intention for this international economic summit for women was to establish a global network of high-ranked female executives and thus to provide a platform for women to share a variety of thoughts, perspectives and solutions – we establish the “Davos for women“.

Do you have a robot as a colleague? The reality is that, in the near future, we will all be answering ‘yes’ to this question. are ready for Artificial Intelligence? 

These are some quotes took my attention:

  • We have not been afraid of robots, they are not able to create anything, humans do.
  • We have to be able to move from human rights to cyber human rights. 
  • 40% of the jobs will be automated in 20 years. How are we going to solve this? Focus on people. 
  • Some jobs will be merged, some will disappear and these changes will not be in the same place. 
  • As a leader, you are watched all the time. Leadership is a mindset for shared success Learning is a long life event. Leadership qualities: authenticity, listen, invest, permit and let go.
  • I got the position I have now, I have a huge variety of functions. True humility is not to think less of yourself, It is to think of yourself less. Be in a continuous learning mode: humility, adaptability and engagement. 
  • Robots has to have a neutral voice to reduce the gender bias.
  • The robots are coming, we as an executive women have to ready for them.
Do you want to become a female CEO? 

I offer you a free webinar 
to help you to take your career to the next level. 
Visit 35 Executive Women 
to see the free Webinar! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

History Soars...

Eastern Airlines 
and the Good Ole Days...

"From fabric to metal fuselage and wings, changes were rapidly occurring in aviation. From the pioneering days of the Mailwings to the Curtis Condors and Kingbirds the introduction of the Douglas DC2 – an all-metal aircraft - enabled Eastern Air Transport to cut the scheduled time from the Northeast to Florida to just eight hours. Shortly after, the Douglas DC3 arrived on the Eastern property giving Eastern the title of its fleet of aircraft – The Great Silver Fleet. The Year was 1935 and to market the new speedier aircraft this song was introduced..."

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Episode 373
July 09, 2018 

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Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Fran Bera

Inspiration to pilots everywhere...

Fran Bera
December 7, 1924 - February 10, 2018 

Friday's Fabulous Flyer

I received an email yesterday that began... "On a number of occasions, we cite Beryl Markham as the iconic woman aviator as recounted in the book West With The Night. A friend of mine, Gary Jusela, brought Fran Bera to my attention as a notable woman aviator. Fran Bera died in April, 2018. Difference is no one has written the definitive book on her history. Karlene; do you do biographies?

What amazing accomplishments. If she had an affiliation with the Northwest, she would be a great nominee for Pathfinders. In any event, she is an inspiration for women who aspire to changing the percentage of professional women pilots from its current meager 5-7% (I believe)"  Peter Morton

Peggy Chabrian added, "Fran was one of the first year members of Women in Aviation International, joining our organization in 1995, and attended our conference numerous times. She was also inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2006. San Diego is my hometown and so I would also see Fran when I returned for various visits.  She was indeed a pioneer woman in aviation and a gracious lady who enjoyed sharing her love of flying with others.

Bruce McCaw stated, "I knew her for many years. A remarkable and capable lady who was so understated and humble. I admired her very much... She was on Friendship One and attended our reunions. Agree a book on her would be terrific!"

I too think a biography on Fran Bera would be a wonderful idea! Until that happens... I would like to introduce you to the amazing woman through a wonderful description of her life as written by the Smithsonian. 

National Air and Space Museum 
on Fran Bera:

"Frances Bera started flying in December, 1940 in Grand Rapids, Michigan while attending high school in the small town of Lake Odessa. She skipped school to take lessons and when it came time to solo in early 1941, her instructor informed her that she needed her parents' written permission since she was only 16. Fran had been taking lessons without their knowledge and was a little worried about having to explain her recent adventures. No one in the family had even been in an airplane. However, with her persuasive nature, they signed the papers and said "good luck, do it well." With this encouragement she has been flying continuously ever since.

Fran secured her Commercial license and Flight Instructor rating, became a free fall parachutist, ferried surplus aircraft after World War II, and continued her aviation education while working in the business as a flight instructor. She now holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and is rated in single and multi-engine land aircraft, single engine sea, helicopter, hot air balloon and is CE-500 (Cessna Citation) type rated. 

She is a rated flight instructor for airplanes, instrument and rotor craft. In addition, she was one of the first women in the 1940s to be designated as a Federal Aviation Agency Pilot Examiner at the then minimum age of 24. She took the exam at 23, but when they discovered she was not yet 24, she was told to come back on her birthday for the certificate. She has been a designated Pilot Examiner for private, commercial, multi-engine and instrument for the FAA for more than 25 years during which time she has licensed 3,000 plus pilots and lost track of the number she soloed.

With more than 24,000 hours, Fran has been chief pilot for various aviation firms, charter pilot, flight operations manager and has owned and operated her own flight school and aircraft sales business. She was also an Experimental Test Pilot for the Lift Systems, Inc., who developed a new design in rotor craft with no tail rotor. In the 1960s, Fran became the first woman to fly a helicopter with no tail rotor....  Read more.

“It still fascinates me after 65 years of flying."
“And I’m still learning.”(2007)

Photos in this post came from the New York Times

Enjoy the Journey
It flies by too fast!
XO Karlene