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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.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Fly Girls...

209 Girls Take to the Sky! 

"Igniting the spark of imagination is the first step in opening the mind to all possibilities in life."
Karlene


This weekend some of the most generous pilots in the Seattle area took women and girls on their first flights at the Seattle's Museum of Flight, during Women Fly week for Women of Aviation.  

The weekend was nothing short of spectacular.  


Smiles. Laughter. Excitement.

Today was all about the girls... Leave a comment as to what you thought of your first flight and enter a chance to win a copy of Syd Blue's book, Fly Girl. Friday I will announce the 15 lucky winners! Until then... enjoy every moment and tell us how you liked your flight!



















































Tell us what you thought of your flight! 
  • If you want to join the Flight To Success team... click to follow (Top right)
  • Leave a comment!
  • Come back on Friday to see if you are one of the 15 winners of the book, Fly Girl!

I spoke with many young ladies who said, "Maybe I will be a pilot." Ladies (and guys) save my email address and when you're ready... I'm here.

More Photos: Facebook Saturday March 9th.
More Photos: Facebook Sunday March 10th.

FRIDAY (March 15): Come back to see if you won a book.
MONDAY(March 18): Come back and Thank your Pilots.

Tomorrow meet the lady who was born without arms. And guess what? She knows how to fly. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

P.S. Don't worry if you don't see your comment immediately. I am flying and will moderate when I get back on the computer. Thank you! 

24 comments:

  1. What an amazing event this is. I think introducing aviation to anyone's life, early or late, is a great thing. To see all these smiles makes me smile, too!

    My first flight in a small plane was spectacular. It was an early November morning. The sun had just risen above the horizon and I "took off" (with a little help from the instructor) The skies were clear, and the sun painted it with all its amazing colors.

    The feeling is best described as "pure joy" I left all the worries and problems on the ground. In the plane I felt happy. No worries. Just happy. To defy gravity like that, was thrilling.

    Now, 2 years after my first solo, I still get that tickling feeling in my stomach when I take off in a plane. It is still so much fun. I enjoy every second of it.

    For those of you, whom have yet to experience the joy of flying, I would definitely encourage you to take a flight with a pilot friend or an instructor at your local flying club. It is so definitely worth it (And not just a cliché)


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    1. Thank you so much for the great comment. You know, every time I depart, I took get that tickling feeling. Smile the entire time. I hope that feeling never ends.

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  2. Karlene- what an amazing event. I saw all of those photos on Facebook and each and everyone of them are amazing. As always I wish I was there to see the excitement in person on all of those faces and to intake that positive energy. As for me, I finally saw the movie "Flight" this weekend. Better late than never. ;)

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    1. Maybe next year you can be there. That would be awesome! So much energy all around. Thanks so much for your comment!

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  3. Congratulations on another fantastic flying event for girls! And this time you had beautiful weather, too. :-) Syd's book cover looks like loads of fun, just like Syd. I will be buying a copy!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I still remember your first flight and your thought... "I could do this!" Maybe one day. And... one day I'm going to be back into an airplane that I can fly the kids.

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  4. Karlene, this is such a cool event. I love how you've gotten so many girls to experience flight. There needs to be more female/teen pilots out there!

    So cool how you inspired so many people with an event like this. I hope one day to help out with something like this if given the opportunity!

    Thanks so much for spending your time on something like this,
    Swayne Martin

    http://martinsaviation.blogspot.com/

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    1. Swayne, I have no doubt you can help. Next year, I will connect you to someone doing an event in your area. This is a worldwide event and we encourage so many to help! Thanks for your comment and your support!

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  5. I love that you're so involved in helping others get into flying. Hope someone is encouraging boys, too.

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    1. Oh... we're encouraging boys too. But this is due to the fact after a 103 years, still less than 6% of the licensed pilots are girls. We're just giving them an opportunity to see if a we spark a light. Yes... we gave boys a flight too. :)
      Thanks for your comment.

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  6. By: Sara FordMarch 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    My name is Sara Ford, and I took a flight today that you helped out with. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing places that I've been before, from the sky. It was a really awesome experience and its definitely inspired me to learn how to fly or at least look into how I can learn! Thank you so much!
    -Sara

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    1. Sara... I am so glad you love your flight! Thank you so much for your comment. And... if you can find this, you'll see I reposted to this page.

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  7. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers. What a great experience. My young daughter and I took a flight on Saturday - a perfect day for flying! Our pilot Bill was super friendly and took time to explain some of the controls to his young copilot. Before the flight I spent time talking to a female Navy helicopter pilot and learned her story, which I shared with my daughter. A great day. Thanks again!

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    1. You are so welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed the experience. And... make sure you come back on Monday and you can Thank your Pilots. I'm going to give a shout out to them. They were all awesome!

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  8. For Cindy Johnson:

    Hi Karlene***

    My name is Cindy Johnson
    My daughter and I attended the museum of flight on Saturday and had an amazing time!

    I have signed in but can't figure out how to leave a comment. I don't want to start a blog but would very much like a chance to win the fly girl book for my 9 year old daughter Victoria.

    So here's her comment, maybe you can put it on there?
    She is pic #24 (beware of prop blast) and #26.

    It was very exciting, fun,thrilling and my first time ever in a plane! I also liked the headset and microphone. Cant wait to go back again for the flight simulator!

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    1. Hi Cindy, Sorry for your troubles posting. I am so glad you had a great time on your flight. Your daughter is a doll, and she had so much fun. Thank you so much for your comment!

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  9. Karlene,

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS EVENT!! Please give my Pilot Tom my thanks, as well! An incredible life experience in a B-E-A-utiful city!

    Susie

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    1. Susie, you are so welcome!! I will tell Tom, but you can come back Monday and tell him too. A day of thanks for all the pilots!

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  10. Hi Karlene

    Thanks for an awesome opportunity! I am normally wary of little planes but our pilot Kai is a great pilot and it was 'smooth sailing' all the way!

    (Thank you for sneaking my birthday boy on as well...)

    Amanda (with daughter Shani and sis-in-law Tasha)

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    1. You are so welcome! I'm glad you all had a great time. Make sure you join us for Thanking our pilots on Monday, too.

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  11. When we rode in the plane I was the one to sit in the co-pilot chair because my sister didn't want to, since I got to sit up there Bill let me fly the plane and take it from 2,000ft to 2,500ft it was very exciting. It was a beautiful day for flying on Saturday. When we landed Bill told me I could hold on to the controller and that seems like it is very difficult to land a plane. Even though it was difficult I would still consider flying a plane again.
    Thanks again,
    Marissa Bartels
    Age 11

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    1. Marissa, I am so excited you had a great time. And... Bill is wonderful. If you have a chance come back Monday and Thank him. We're having a day of gratitude. Thanks so much for your comment!

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  12. Karlene,
    My 5-year old daughter and I enjoyed our day at the Museum of Flight so much. It was definitely one of the coolest and most educational things we've ever done together. Neither of us had ever been in a small plane and it really opened our eyes to the possibility of being a pilot. Maybe we'll learn together! Thanks for being such a wonderful and helpful part of a very special day.
    Sincerely,
    Janice Blackmore (and Luna!)

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    1. Janice, Thank you so much for the comment. I'm so glad you had fun. And I'm counting the days for when you and Luna take flying lessons together! How great would that be?

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