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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.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Becoming CFI

Lessons Learned: 

Some of the best lessons come from others, and today is no exception. My friend Jake just earned his CFI (certified flight instructor) certificate at UND and is sharing his experience for all of us to learn from his lessons. The power of experience often comes others. A message in Flight To Success Be the Captain of your Life is dedicated to learning, and Jake exemplifies this message.


 Jake Cullen 


"First, It all starts with confidence. At the beginning of my training I was really nervous. I continued to question whether or not I was capable of being a flight instructor. After all, I am a relatively low-time pilot. I still felt like a student. 

There was a little voice that seemed to be telling me I wasn't good enough and that I would surely fail. However, there was another one telling me, and I quote, "You got this!"


Instructors have to be confident enough to manage every flight safely while giving their student the best quality experience they can. So if you want to be a CFI...you have to ditch the voice of doubt. Its ok to be a little nervous, but also be confident. 

"You got this!"


Second, I learned through my training to be alert. The moment I relaxed and got a little complacent, my instructor, pretending to be a student, would do something to scare me. After I reacted he informed me that everything he did were things students did to him. 

Be ready!


Finally, I think that it is important to remember that a flight instructor does not have to know everything...in fact it is impossible to know everything. Even experienced airline captains will tell you that they are always learning. You are required to have an instructor's level of knowledge, but regardless you will continue to come across things you don't know. That's part of the experience. So as you are teaching students, remember to keep learning as well. 

Keep Learning!


The gold wings are given to us by UND when we pass our CFI check. I got a bronze set when I passed my Private Pilot check and a sliver set when I got my Commercial." 

THANK YOU JAKE!!

If anyone has lessons they would like to share, 
we would love your comments! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Red Baron

Friday's Fabulous Flyer... 
 
I am on a 7 day trip and in Amsterdam today, doing homework.  My mother sent me the following email with the video attached, and I found fascinating. I think the Red Baron might deserve to be a fabulous flyer. Enjoy the post, and have a great weekend!

 
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The Red Baron... 100 year old film.

"The following is a rare piece of film, 100 years old. It shows Baron Von Richthofen, doing an external inspection prior to a mission, as well as his putting on a flying suit prior to a flight in cold weather. If you look close you will also see Hermann Goering.

The Baron was shot down on 21 April 1918 by Roy Brown of the Royal Navy Air Services, a prelude of the R.A.F. The Aussie's also claimed that one of their machine gunners on the ground shot the Baron down; however, UK & Aussie Doctors, after an autopsy, stated that the fatal bullet was shot from above.

The author of this piece has been very involved as a Director of the Roy Brown Museum in Carleton Place, the home town of Roy. Many letters were written over the past 3-4 years and, finally, Roy Brown was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame on 4 June 2015.

To think this film almost 100 years old! If you're interested in history or aviation, you should not miss this footage. It was just posted online, and I've never seen anything like it. It's from 1917, an up-close and personal look at the most legendary combat pilot who ever lived, the infamous 'Red Baron', Manfred Von Richthofen. Watch this extremely rare old footage and re-live history.
 


Note: The mechanic prelubes the valves and they also inspect bullet holes in the cooling shroud. The engine in the Fokker had a stationary crankshaft which the cylinders revolved around, the propeller was fastened to the cylinder case."
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Fun is About to Begin

February 20th and 21st! 
  

Join me at 
BOOTH 124...


 Enter to Win a B747-8 Model!

I'm looking forward to 
seeing you there!  

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is Available now!

XO Karlene

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Time To Bounce

Today I am off to Atlanta to maintain currency... but for your reading pleasure, thoughts and discussion topics from Captain Jim.



As always, thought provoking...

"This holiday I had the opportunity to discuss “automation dependency” with our son and son-in-law, both with considerable programming experience at Microsoft and HP. The bottom line of our discussions was that when faced with multiple complex problems requiring multiple complex solutions the ability of a computer to efficiently prioritize solutions in the proper order might be called into question.

Offsetting these discussions was a Charlie Rose interview with a Silicon Valley icon who suggested that computers will soon be able to write their own problem solving code thereby creating their own “work-around” for an AF-447 situation and eliminate the need for hand-flying. The net result described by Stephen Hawking might be that “our rush to understand and improve life through science and technology could actually hasten our own demise”.

Giving this further thought, you could say that hand-flying and ship-handling skills rely on empirical evidence while automation depends on analytical input to create programmed orders. You could also say that hand-flying/ship-handling skills are wasting assets (due to attrition) while automation technology is increasing. This begs the question of how best to salvage value from a wasting asset?

American Airlines, Capt. Warren Van Der Burgh, suggests in his lecture “Children of the Magenta” that most pilots “have no idea what algorithms are programmed into an FMC – not even close”. If this situation remains, then it would seem logical to assimilate a greater degree of hand-flying skills into automation programming.

As “real-life” hand-flying and ship-handling opportunities decrease it seems important for simulator programming to include a greater amount of input from actual experienced pilots rather than relying primarily on non-flying computer programmers. We have tried this approach at PMI with successful although quite time consuming results. The problem then becomes finding enough experienced ship-handlers to work with computer programmers and also to facilitate and debrief the exercises. Maybe this would not be as much of a problem in aviation."  
Captain Jim Wright
What do you think?
Enjoy the Journey!!
XOX Karlene 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Flight For Survival

The Final in the Series ...

Imagine being an author working on your PhD at the same time you are an airline pilot. What if all those worlds merged into one exciting adventure, where truth was scarier than fiction and the lines between your worlds blurred? You would write the novel Flight For Safety.



Synopsis:

NextGen is on the horizon with multiple threats looming. Aircraft complexity, fatigue, and training issues leave pilots open to error. Unmanned aircraft systems—drones—are flooding the airspace, creating a regulatory nightmare. Safety Management Systems are mandated to be in place by 2018, but creating a safety culture is an essential ground floor requirement. 

FAA inspector Kathryn Jacobs is in charge of drone regulation, Jackie Jameson is managing flight attendant training, and Darby Bradshaw is flying an A330 for Global Air Lines while fighting for safer skies. Darby has just been offered a two million dollar publishing deal for her safety management book: Fight For Safety, Inside the Iron Bubble. Unfortunately, there are those who would do anything to stop the book’s release.

The darkest realm of Global Airlines’ secret sub-culture surfaces between the pages amidst fear that the truth about what happens inside the iron bubble will come to light. When a Boeing 777 disappears, and a pilot intentionally flies into a mountain, suspicion points to Captain Bill Jacobs, hidden inside prison walls.

But the truth is never what it appears. 
 
The worst crash in airline history plunges these three friends into a fight for their very survival.

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Flight For Survival 
(February, 2016)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Flight For Safety

The Second in The Series:

Imagine writing a novel and Asiana crashes in San Francisco, and you have a scene that mirrors that event. And then your pilots are flying an A330 to Singapore as a storm builds, they get caught ... and two years later Air Asia takes the same route and flies into that storm but crashes. Fiction that mirrors truth...


Synopsis:


News Flash: Global Air Lines wipes Coastal Airlines off the radar screen during a merger creating the largest airline in the world, and changes life for everyone.

Captain Darby Bradshaw’s 4th stripe is ripped from both shoulders as she is forced back to first officer. Her friend Jackie Jameson, once a flight attendant, becomes a training scheduler. Their best friend, Kathryn Jacobs, moves from the NTSB to the Federal Aviation Administration. Concerned with the downward trend in the aviation industry Kathryn beats her head against the bureaucratic walls in attempt to improve safety.


When an Airbus A330 is found in it’s watery grave, a Boeing 777 lands short of a runway and Global Air Lines implements a ‘train yourself at home’ program, Darby Bradshaw realizes it's time to take action, but soon learns she has stepped into the heart of a far-reaching conspiracy.


Darby’s pursuit of safety and her fight to impact change open a reality beyond her wildest dreams. A reality filled with corruption and greed inside Global Air Lines, where each flight has turned into a game of Russian roulette.

With the support of her friends, Darby risks her life as she takes on Global Air Lines and an industry in her fight for safety.


about Flight For Safety

And then there was 

Flight For Survival 
(February, 2016)

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