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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.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


A fun Halloween had by all. The weekend of the babies, chocolate, ghosts, candy corn and no sleep.  Granddaughter's favorite treat... Ghost Poop! Alias mini-marshmallows.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Enjoy the Journey!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Congratulations Video Winners!

Today I promised to announce the winners of the B747 video contest.

But First-- A funny thing happened to me on the way home today.

I flew with a wonderful crew to Amsterdam. Slept 6 hours. Woke up around dinner time, played on my computer... back to bed at 11 for a 5 am wake up. When we all arrived at the airport for our 8 a.m. departure, there were three first officers. We had all been scheduled for the same trip. Further inspection I realized-- to my good fortune-- that I was the deadheading crew member.

My fingers flew on the computer and I listed for a deviate deadhead non-stop into Seattle. KLM allowed me to use their phone to call scheduling, and home. Then KLM put me on the General Declaration-- meaning, I was a crew member and could navigate customs via the crew line. This is an amazing feat in the land of "Is not possible."

3 hours later I was snuggled into my first class seat headed for Seattle. But not before I told a first class passenger I was sleeping with him.

At the gate he said, "Are you flying us to Seattle today?"
I said, "No, I'm just a passenger. So I guess I'll be sleeping with you to Seattle."
I'm not sure who laughed first, but I said, "That didn't sound right did it?"
He said, "I kind of liked it."

It's all about making your customers happy. ;)

An excellent gift on my last trip out of the Detroit base. I flew right on by on my way home.

I was planning on giving away 2 videos. But I've decided to give away 3!

The winners were selected using:
Winners are:

1.) LostAv8r @737av8r
2.) D.B Cooper
3.) rikht @pilotnl

Now you guys have to email me at  Put "video winner' in the header, and send me your address.

For all the rest of you who would like to purchase a video... Email Mark at
and let him know if you want to buy one.

Have a great weekend!

~Enjoy the Journey


Friday, October 29, 2010

Keith Siilats and Andrei Floriou: Friday Fabulous Flyer

The guys are approaching the end of their Journey!

Yesterday, during my October countdown, I forgot to mention an important event. The days have passed so quickly-- maybe not for them.  Fly For MS, August 27,  Friday Fabulous Flyers, Andrei and Keith have been a on a 60 day, 30 country journey on behalf of those afflicted with MS.

They will be in the US on the last two days of their "miracle" flight. 

ATLANTA: October 30  ... Tomorrow!
NEW YORK: October 31

Andrei Floriou
Keith Siilats

"Incredible experiences have been the experience itself"

In Iceland an 84 year old woman had gone to the hairdresser the day before their arrival in preparation for their meeting. Unfortunately due to weather, they were late and unable to meet her. The guys felt awful, but their journey continued...

In Denmark, their youngest passenger, a 1-year-old, flew with her mother who has MS. The day after, she continued to point to the sky saying, "More! More!"  Another pilot in the making.

Two months prior they'd promised a 60-year-old man that they would fly with him in their plane. The man told them that for two months his mind wasn't on MS -- he thought only of the flight.

Crossing the Atlantic, "the challenge, the sights, crossing the Alps was amazing! Norway's Fjords."

For amazing photos of their journey click HERE

Fuel costs have been a major challenge for them ... and it's not too late to help. I just logged on and sponsored a passenger.  If you'd like to help, click HERE to Donate

These men and their team, have done something amazing for the people with MS. Special thanks to the airports who waived the landing and airport fees!

Thoughts along their journey: 
  • The people with MS have been enthusiastic and thankful for what their doing, more than they can describe. 
  • Private pilots could do a lot more for their communities. Europe needs to make general aviation cheaper and easier. 
  • When you do something so different and bold, expect lots of skepticism. Why for nothing? A ton of disbelief that they were on this mission.

Thank you Andrei and Keith, and the entire team. Fly safe! Your journey may be coming to an end, but it's just begun.

You can find they guys on Twitter @Fly4MS
And check out Andrei's blog:

~Enjoy the Journey!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

October Count Down!

1! 2! 3!

I'm off to Amsterdam in a couple hours. Did you know that there is a 1, 2, 3 gouge out of Amsterdam? Yep! The guys say:

1000 feet autopilot on.
2000 feet switch to ATC automatically.
3000 feet altimeters to Standard.

Personally... I like to fly the plane so my 1000 feet is ... focus on flying!

4 days left in October and so much is happening.

For the entire month everyone has been seeing pink around Delta Airlines.

We have "4" days left to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Click Delta Pink Plane Video  and watch an incredible flight. I've been wearing a pink tie, buying pink lemonade and raffle tickets all month.

Now you have 4 days remaining ... to support a great cause!

 Detroit Pink Boutique

Detroit Terminal: Celebration!

More counting:

4 days, 13 hours and 23 minutes... and counting and I will no longer be based in Detroit! It took me 22 years, 8 airlines, and 7 different planes... and I finally made it home. 

4 days and counting... Halloween is here and I need photos of pumpkins for my blog! Email them to me. And costumes welcome too!

3 days...and the winner for Mark Ye's B747 Video will be drawn. To enter... sign up to follow the blog and leave a comment HERE 

Enjoy the Journey~

~ Karlene

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A330: Managing the Mass

Managing the Princess on approach continues to be a challenge for those new to the airplane.

We're often vectored in fast, and slowing down early is not an option. There are too many planes in the sky competing to land at the same airports. Besides with the price of fuel, flying fast and getting on the ground is the most efficient. The problem is, the A330 doesn't like to go down and slow down. And she sure doesn't like to descend on the glideslope at 180 knots. She will accelerate unless you do something.

I've noticed we're required to keep our speed up to 180 knots more times than not. And we're often vectored in high. How do we manage the approach in this case?

Don't activate the approach speed until you're on the glideslope and ready to slow. If you attempt to slow this plane then think you're going to capture the glideslope, it won't happen.

Fly the plane to the glideslope first, then slow down. That's the only way you'll get on profile and make a stabilized approach. Once capturing the glideslope extend flaps, gear, and or speedbrakes to allow her follow the glideslope while maintaining the requested speed. The speed, and distance you capture the glideslope, will determine your configuration.

There are also some tricks of the trade the long-term bus pilots use, that we can stick in our toolkits too. As great fortune would have it, I had the opportunity to fly with a check airman performing Captain Operating Experience on my last trip. He had a great gouge:

"170 knots with Flaps 3 gives you the best rate of descent." In Narita they want you to put the gear down over the shoreline. In this event, Flaps 2, Gear Down and fly at 170 knots is the option.

Remember... unlike the Boeing, this the Airbus can use speedbrakes with the gear and flaps extended. More to come on that tomorrow.

Now... off to the airport. Short call in Detroit is in my immediate future.

~Enjoy the Journey~



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Centennial of Women Pilots

Last week I had the opportunity to write about the incredible woman Mireille Goyer. She is behind the Centennial of Women Pilots Project, a grass root campaign that is working toward introducing a record number of girls and women to the joy of flying. Men-- you're involved too!


Stories of inspiration thanks to this Centennial campaign:

Lesley, from Ontario, Canada had an aversion to taking passengers. She organized a lunch date on November 13, as part of the celebration, and invited pilots to fill their airplanes with girls and women and fly for lunch to Edenvale Airport, Ontario. The moment she announced it, she had four pilots sign up. Lesley had never taken a non-pilot passenger before she participated in the campaign. She now is standing at 27 introductory flights.

Lillian, Lesley PIC, Michele, Jessica

Jan from Gulfport, MS, took the challenge to overcome her fear of flying. She had told her husband that he "shouldn't" take flying lessons. She flew as a challenge from a friend for this special occasion. As soon as they landed, Jan called her husband and told him that he could take flying lessons!
Janet (front) PIC, Jan

And then there was Patricia, the first woman to receive a Ghanaian pilot license last year. With the help of 3 male pilots, Patricia celebrated the event by flying 100 girls and women in one day on the 100th anniversary, March 8. They ended up flying 97. But to all, they reached their goal. I am so sad I was in Ghana twice and didn't meet with Patricia. Next time I'm there Patricia, lunch is on me!

Patricia (Left seat)

We have only TWO months before the end of the Centennial Year Mireille is looking for pilots to help salute the female trailblazers of the past.

If you are a woman pilot, then you have benefited from the breakthroughs of the women before us. Please encourage another woman to visit the sky.

You do not have to be a woman to take part. Men-- this is a great excuse to get a woman in the sky. A great reason to fly. A great opportunity to build hours. You too can help.

Students looking to build hours? How about working with your FBO, find a sponsor, and spend every weekend from now until the end of the year flying "women" to introduce them to the sky.
You can promote your event a number of ways:

1. Career potential with an introductory flight.
2. Remove the fear of flying.
3. Support women to empower themselves.

Each flight, along with photos is listed on the Centennial website:
Centennial Participants

And Trophies too in three categories too!

1. Most "female pilot friendly" airport in the world in 2010. (The most non-pilot girls and women introduced in 2010)

2. Most dedicated women pilot in the world in 2010. (woman pilot who introduced the most non-pilot girls and women introduced to aviation in 2010)

3. Most unusual introduction to flight of a non-pilot girl of woman by a pilot in 2010. 

To participate all you have to do is register at:

If you haven't yet, read the story about the woman behind this event:  Mireille Goyer: Friday Fabulous Flyer

Don't forget to keep me posted on your plans. I'll advertise your event for you!

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene

Monday, October 25, 2010


Amsterdam to Seattle.  A long flight, and Fall beat us to the Emerald City. The winds were 290 at 21 knots gusting to 36. Rain showers in all areas. A broken American Airlines closed 16L, the long runway. We landed on 16C. Taxied to S8.

I navigated customs, dropped off paper work, enjoyed Princess Parking, and hit the ground running. The trees had changed colors while I was gone, and the rain stripped the leaves from their branches and stole my Fall colors. We'll they're still here-- just laying on the ground.

I took my car into the shop. Did a little shopping to support the local economy. Slid into a hot bath with a good book. Now I'm going to sleep for 12 hours. I will write more when I emerge from hibernation.

Note: Landing in Seattle and being 12 minutes from home is something I will never take for granted.

Officially back on reserve in DTW from the 28th to the 30th.  Remember-- we can do anything for three days. 

Enjoy the Journey ~

More to come tomorrow!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekend Update!

 Exciting News! Janine Shepherd is live on:
 Flight Podcast is brilliant!
Janine Shepherd is inspiring! 

And PARIS Pictures for Heather! 
This one is for VICTORIA!
Happy Weekend!
~Enjoy the Journey 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mireille Goyer: Friday's Fabulous Flyer!

Mireille was raised on a farm with a mother who’d never flown, a father who’d been afraid to fly, and didn't have one friend or acquaintance who was a pilot. Despite her mother’s comments of “flying being a neat thing to do,” her image of aviation was something that she believed was reserved for the very well to do and definitely out of her league. Little did she know, her mother was right!

Mireille's first flight was in the back of a B747 out of Brussels. Her journey would carry her from Brussels to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She had no idea what to expect, and soon questioned the wisdom of committing  the next 18 hours in the air.

Shortly after the Boeing 747 lined up on the runway, the power was advance, and that huge plane accelerated, her apprehensions were replaced by exhilaration.  A month later, a flight to Maui sealed her fate. She said,  “I loved flying – the sheer beauty of the landscape below and the treat for the body senses.”

She had a Bachelors degree in Math and Physics, and decided to follow her interest in graphics and use her “math brain.” She studied computer graphic design at UCLA.  After finishing up at UCLA, Mireille worked as one of the first computerized slide show programmers, the precursor to Power Point, for major corporate events. Her job kept her flying as a passenger between the U.S. and Europe.

During one of her jobs, an employer decided not to pay her the overtime she’d earned. She stood her ground, and a year later the situation was resolved in her favor. She decided to use that money toward something to ease her pain and suffering. Something that she wouldn’t have done if she didn’t have the money.  She drove herself to the local airport and took an intro flight. She was “completely hooked on piloting” during that first flight she discovered her third attraction to flying – “a challenging brain game.”

Despite her love of flying, an aviation career didn’t interest her at the time because she already had a fun and exciting job that paid well and allowed her to travel.

However, as she gained more knowledge of the aviation training industry, she saw a lot of problems with the system and believed she had something to contribute. She became a flight instructor and an Aviation Safety Counselor (now FAA Safety Team Rep). She used her computer skills to enhance the quality of training and developed numerous training courses in addition to doing flight training. 
She continually challenges herself which led to added ratings, venturing into new training subjects, and discovering new airplanes and new countries. She’s flown single and multi-engine aircraft, and a twin turbo prop. Her goal is to get a jet rating one day.

“One of the most memorable moments of my flying career came a few months before my mother passed away 15 years ago. On a beautiful sunny day, my oldest brother, who became a pilot shortly after I did, and I flew over our childhood home with my mother and one of my sister’s in the back seat.”

Initially, she was only interested in flying for fun. But after the Chief CFI of the flight school where she learned to fly asked her teach ground school, her life changed. 

Being very self-conscious of her accent, she decided to develop a computer-based presentation to help her teach the class effectively. She said, “I thought that if I could make the CEOs of Toyota, Cisco, or Seagram look good on stage, I probably could do the same for myself.” This eventually led her to develop a series of courses.

Mireille is now the CEO of her own company: Goldstripes Aviation Inc. They specialize in developing courses and providing advanced aviation training.  I found Mireielle through the Centennial of Woman’s Pilots and had asked her what her involvement was.  

“I am the “Centennial of Women Pilots” project. My company, Goldstripes Aviation Inc., provides the money for the trophies, the website hosting, and more recently, the money to buy the brick at EAA’s AirVenture Brown Arch to have a memorial to the women pilots of the last 100 years. I gladly put in the countless hours of labor because it is a labor of love (just like children).”

Last December the 100th

“Initially, I thought about what I could do on a personal level. My first thought was to fly in each of the three countries key to my life, France, the United States and Canada on March 8, 2010, the actual anniversary date. Then, I thought it would be neat to introduce another female to aviation during each flight. When I started to put down the timing for this project, I quickly realized that the travel time and time difference between all these locations was making the project nearly impossible to complete safely. Keeping in with the idea, I thought that another way to approach it was to create a campaign to encourage pilots around the world to introduce a female to aviation where they normally flew. If I could not be in all places to celebrate, the best alternative was to have pilots in all places fly.”

Actually, she did fly in all three countries in March. As fate would have it, she flew an aircraft manufactured by each of the countries she flew in: 

 Robin DR 400, Paris, March 6, 2010

Cessna 172, Hawthorne, Los Angeles

Diamond Eclipse, Vancouver, BC

Mireille’s heart, determination and love for life, past and present, have been her wings. She believes:

An anniversary is a time to celebrate the memories of yesterday, the joys of today, and the hopes of tomorrow. The reason for encouraging pilots to introduce a female to aviation as a salute to the women pilots of the past was guided by:

·     Trying to avoid the “boring”, “past”, “museum stuff” image of anniversaries that can turn off some people
·      Creating a more dynamic celebration in which everyone can take part (as opposed to being a spectator) 
·      Affecting the future (the percentage of women pilots has been steady at 6% for decades)

By the end of January 2010 her press releases, and hundreds of emails, were sent out to the world, places she wouldn’t have expected.

Kpong Field, Ghana. Patricia Mawuli Nyekodzi was the first woman to receive a Ghanaian pilot license just last year, with support of her instructor, Jonathan, and many others within the WAASPS organization. Click HERE to learn more. Patricia and 3 male pilots decided to celebrate by flying 100 girls and women in one day on the 100th anniversary, March 8 2010. 

 Patricia in the left seat 
“They flew 97 using 4 ultra lights. Their spirit was just amazing and heartwarming. Kpong Field, Ghana, currently holds the highest number of introductory flights at one single airport in celebration of the Centennial.

 Celebrating their Success

So far, a little over 70 pilots from 11 countries and 4 continents have taken part of the celebration and have introduced nearly 500 girls and women to aviation as a salute to the women pilots of the past.”

What it is the Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots?


The Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots is a grass root campaign to introduce a record number of girls and women, not holding any pilot certificates, to the joys of flying as a salute to the women pilots of the past.

With only three months left before the end of this Centennial year, we invite all pilots to help us salute the female trailblazers of the past by introducing a record number of girls and women to the wonders of flight. If you are a pilot who has ever benefited from the hard-earned breakthroughs of the women pilots of the past and/or if you would like to encourage more women to enter the aviation family, take at least one girl or one woman who is not currently a pilot on an introductory flight before December 31, 2010.

Our history is our identity. Each female passenger receives a digital certificate that attests that they took an introductory flight during this very special year. It serves as a reminder of belonging to the long list of women pilots and a challenge to pay it forward if they choose to become pilots someday. A digital certificate is also sent to each participating pilot.

Each flight along with photos is listed on the Centennial’s website. No last name, except that of winners of trophies, is listed for privacy and security reasons.

Trophies are available in three categories:

·      Most female-pilot-friendly airport in the world in 2010 (airport with most non-pilot girls and women introduced to aviation in 2010)

·      Most dedicated woman pilot in the world in 2010 (woman pilot who introduced the most non-pilot girls and women introduced to aviation in 2010)

·      Most unusual introduction flight of a non-pilot girl or woman by a pilot in 2010 (criteria include type of aircraft, location or destination, pilot or passenger uniqueness)

The final number of introductory flights done in celebration of the Centennial as well as the name of the participating countries will set be in stone on the Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots’ anniversary brick to be laid in perpetuity under EAA’s AirVenture Brown Arch. We hope this anniversary brick will mark a corner of women pilots’ history.

To participate, each participating pilot must register at, complete a flight report in word format and email it back along with photos of the flight and a scan or photo of the logbook entry for the flight as proof. The pilot’s certificate number, personal address, or total hours are not required for privacy reasons.

Thank you Mireille for sharing your story. Each month I will be honoring one of the participants and sharing what they're doing. What can you do to encourage women to fly? My mind is searching.

Enjoy the Journey!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

A330: The Mystery of Manual Thrust

I was asked about "how" the thrust levers worked in manual. I think the confusion lies in the detents on the quadrant.

In auto, we position the power by placing the thrust levers in a particular detent depending upon the phase of flight. The detents on the A330 thrust quadrant are:

O: At the aft stop. Idle, where reverse thrust can be pulled up.
CL: Climb. Used for Climb and Cruise.
FLX / MCT: Flex or Derated Power and Max Continuous Thrust. Used for takeoff with a derated power setting, or if we lost an engine.
TO / GA: Maximum Takeoff Power and Go Around. Used for a max power takeoff and a go-around.

The mystery of the thrust levers in manual is no mystery.

When in manual, they operate exactly like any other jet. The power increases as you move them forward, and reduces when you bring them aft. They do, however, send electronic information to the engines.

The real mystery of the thrust on the A330 is how it operates in Auto. That is a lesson for another day because I am in Paris... and need a nap before I head out on the town.

I took this picture out the van window, two blocks away, and tonight I will see her lit up.

A strike is on in France... riots, burning.... and some planes are not getting out because they can't get fuel. We carried enough in, in the event the crew taking our plane out needed to fly somewhere to fuel up before heading home. I'm not sure what we'll see tonight. The city is very quiet this morning... except for the sirens in the distance.

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A330 Happy Landings

A week ago a new pilot, Scott Grieve, told me that his instructor said, "You can't teach landings, it's all feel." He wanted to know if this was true.

Truth is an individual reality. Your truth may not be my truth, and we're both right. His instructor is not necessarily wrong based on his experience. But trust me... a good teacher can teach anything. And "feel" comes with experience. A good landing comes with doing the right thing, at the right time, after a stabilized approach.

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On the road again!

Scheduling called and I'm on the move again...

Heading to Atlanta today. 30 minutes and I'm out the door. Tomorrow night Paris.

Last night... the party was in Chicago for Krysta's Happy 25th Birthday! She is currently working on her Masters in Education, has great insight to her third-graders, and is going to make an excellent teacher.

Krysta and Torrey
We ate the whole thing!

I will be in Atlanta tonight... and back in the flying world. Airplane stuff tomorrow!

And.... remember to check up on the Fly for MS mission. Check HERE to view their blog. They're in Malaga Spain today. I'll write more on their adventures this week too. And Landings. And Manual Power...  So much to write, so little time.

Enjoy the journey!
~ Karlene

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Madness!

I'm officially back on Reserve!

Last night I finally closed my eyes around midnight, and at 0130 the phone rang. Scheduling calling.

They said there was a trip to Dead Head from Detroit to Tokyo. This was a yellow slip. I didn't have to take it because it was a Seattle trip. Then I'd fly to LAX, and could DH anywhere I wanted to go from LAX.

Now, in a fatigue driven state of confusion...what should they expect at 0130...

I said, "What does a yellow slip mean? Is this one of those doubled time pay deals?"
"No. But you can deadhead anywhere you want after you get back back."  Meaning back to Detroit.
"Can I deadhead from Seattle?
"On your own."
"But I don't know if the flight is full. Can you give me a positive space?"
"Ahhhh. Ahhhh.... Ummmm."
"You're sure I can't go from Seattle?"
"No, it's a Seattle trip, but you have to go from Detroit."
"But I'm in Seattle." 

Moral of the story... I'm based in Detroit for two more weeks, but I was 10 minutes from SeaTac airport. Unfortunately because I'm based in Detroit, and this was a Seattle trip, even though it was a deadhead, I would've had to fly five hours East to Detroit to deadhead five hours west over Seattle on my way to Tokyo. I am sure this has something to do with the "working agreement." But that agreement wasn't working in this case.

It will be so nice when I'm in Seattle and scheduling calls, and I can just go.

Best part of the story. I slept 3 hours, hit the gym, hitchhiked on SWA to Chicago and landed at 1330. Now I get to take my daughter out for her 25th birthday.

Everything always works out like it should.

Tomorrow, I'm thinking landings are a great topic of discussion.

Enjoy the journey!

~ Karlene

Friday, October 15, 2010

OLEG: Friday's Fabulous Flyer...

Oleg may not be a pilot, but he's a huge support system for those of us who navigate over Russian airspace. A highly educated young man, he's earned two degrees from the Academy of Civil Aviation... One in HR management, and the other in air traffic controlling.

 Oleg receives his ATC license

Oleg is now an Air Traffic Controller in Russia, and responsible for air safety in the upper air area... Air Route Traffic Control Center. But this isn't where he'd imagined his life would take him.

Oleg's childhood dream had been to become an actor or singer. His interest in aviation took him into the control tower. But his goals for financial independence started his mind searching for another way. 

While he was studying at the university, he told his classmates that he "would become one of the first, if not the very first, ATC-millionaire."  To do this, he'd have to be creative.

Creativity in Russia? Oleg told me the Russian's have a joke: "Step to the left or step to the right - you'll be shot."  But creative Oleg has become, and he's yet to be shot. Maybe because he followed the rules and wouldn't provide pictures of his office.  I tried. He was forbidden

Simulator Training

In pursuit of his financial dreams, Oleg came up with the website:  MILLIONAIRE AIRSPACE

He created a virtual airspace with a  "Success Hub Airport" in the center. He believes that everyone should be able to own their own private jet, or an entire fleet of aircraft, with their company logo on it.  How much will it cost to buy your own virtual jet?  For $100 your dreams of aircraft ownership will come true, and this will help Oleg move one step closer to find his millionaire status. Think about it. No insurance! No Fuel! No maintenance! Sounds good to me. :)

Oleg was kind enough to give me my own plane. I'll be selling virtual charters soon. Bags are free!

Oleg says, "As in real life, airspace is limited."

Oleg's dreams in Russia are like most of ours. He wants to own his own flat, and a car. To be married. Invest in financial markets, donate to charity, make his mother proud and enable her the opportunity to travel. And he says he needs a new bed.

Visit Oleg's website and see if you can spot my airplane on the radar screen.

Oleg, keep telling people you're going to be a Millionaire and don't give up searching for a way to make that happen. You won't fail unless you quit.  And remember... volume is a key to retail. ;)

Now, I have a question for you. Years ago when flying with Tower Air through Russia airspace, every sector I was sent to, the last controller always said, "Good luck lady." I thought they knew something I didn't. I recently flew with someone who said that he too was told good luck passing through Russian airspace.  Is this something that Russian controllers say, like others say good bye?

 Good luck and make sure you say hi when I'm flying overhead.

~Enjoy the Journey~