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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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ERAU PhD Aviation Safety

This morning I'm heading to Paris for the beginning of a six day trip! But before I fly I have some great news:



I have been accepted in ERAU's PhD program in Aviation Safety! The adventure begins in Daytona Florida August 11th, but the journey continues here.

We are part of a team and together will make the skies safer, and continue to support our future pilots. As the workload unfolds, I will be sharing my research and posting questions welcoming your opinion into the mix.

I have a plan for safety, and it's unfolding before our eyes. You can help by promoting Flight For Control and Flight For Safety. When I finish my PhD, we can look forward to: Fight For Safety, The Truth Behind The Flight Series.  Flight For Survival is still scheduled for Fall 2015! And Flight To Success Fall 2014. 


I am earning my PhD for a purpose, not for the piece of paper to hang on the wall. I'm doing this to make a difference and create change for the better...to promote air safety.

If there is anything you think worthy of researching during this process. Please let me know.

Enjoy the week... and make every moment count.

XO Karlene

45 comments:

  1. Well done, Dr. Petitt (2B)!

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  2. Congratulations! Let the late nights in the library begin! :)

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  3. Congratulations!!!! Many late nights ahead I'm sure - but - so worth it at the end!! So - how will they introduce you on a flight? Our first officer this evening is Dr. Petitt??? :)

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    1. Funny... but when I finish school I will upgrade to captain. Then what will it be? Oh... I'm so confused. I see an identity crisis in my future. lol Dr. Captain. Petitt. Or most likely, your captain today is Grandma. lol

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  4. I am so glad that u r taking ur passion to next level..I wish u all the best!

    Regards,
    Rosepcountry via Twitter

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    1. Thank YOU so much!!! I really appreciate the comment and support!

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    1. Thank you so much!! And look what you're doing. So much to look forward to.

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  6. Excellent news, congratulations! I'm leaving tomorrow on a similar epic trip, going to fly our new Saratoga back from Miami to Oregon - a serious cross country! Hope you enjoy your travels and congratulations again!!

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    1. Have a great trip! That is one serious cross country... but beautiful! The mountains in Oregon have snow on them but the weather is gorgeous. Fly safe and Thank you!!!

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  7. I told you, now remember the first rule of any school.

    What do they call the person who finishes last from Medical School?

    Doctor.

    You don't have to finish first, you just have to finish. I know you are going to be a great Doctor. Just remember that Docs and airplanes don't mix well.

    Do you think they will start letting you give out meds when you start or is that after the second week?

    By the way, the Library is the building where guys like me went to meet girls. Much better place to pick up chicks than the bar because they women there thought I actually cared about academics.

    Seriously, Congratulations.

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    1. Lol... I forgot about Dr.s and planes. I might have to re-think the Bonanza. I will look for your photo on the library wall. You know... us 52 yr old students will be safe from the young boys there for one motive.
      And seriously.. Thank you!!

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  8. Congrats—of course, and Thanks for the eternal goal of safer skies!

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    1. Ah... and I learned it from you. Thank you!!!

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  9. Fantastic news! I know you were sweating over your acceptance. I laugh any time you have those nagging doubts--as CNN found out (to their delight) you're a LEADER in this business, flygirl!!

    CONGRATULATIONS

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    1. Lol... oh, I suspect we all have those little fears that keep us honest. But the difference today that before, I know if it doesn't work today..it will. Failure is not the devastation that we once thought it was.
      Thank you!

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  10. Thats great news. I hope you really can make a difference. Don't forget the apple on your first day to the teacher.
    All the best of luck to you

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    1. Thanks Kevin! And... Washington Apples will make a huge difference too. :)

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  11. Good for you! "Draptain Petitt" huh....see what I did there ; ) My daughter's going to flip out over the news you're going to Daytona! Safe flight back from the "City of Light's".

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    1. Draptain... I like it. lol. Thank you so much! And tell your daughter Dayton is just a flight away.

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  12. Congrats Karlene! That's awesome! I so admire your energy and enthusiasm! Good luck on this big adventure.
    Brent

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    1. Brent, THANK YOU so much!! Yes... luck will be in the wind..and I'm going to hope to catch some!

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  13. Congratulations, Doctor!! I really don't think you push yourself enough, though. Ever thought of taking up heart surgery? ;-)

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    1. lol... Okay, speaking of which going through Dick's procedures with him, I think that would be fascinating. ;) So little time so much to do!

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  14. Great news Karlene - Bon Voyage!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I appreciate the support.

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  15. Great! So when I do my PhD ... I can quote you :-)
    Congrats! You will love ERAU and I look forward to reading about your journey

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I know I was going to wait and start with you, but I had to start earlier. I'll still be there when you start. We'll be working on something together, I know!

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  16. A HUGE congratulations to you Karlene! I know you will make a difference.. Heck, you've already done a lot to promote safety, and will only continue to do so! I'm excited to follow you along :)

    Best wishes from me :)

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    1. Thank you so so much Cecilie!!! That means so much! When will you be back in Florida? I'm looking forward to you taking me flying. And thank you so much for your support.

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  17. Congratulations! Ha! And you wondered if ERU would admit you? You have already demonstrated your ability to deal with post-grad details etc. and have much to contribute to their program. Don't worry about the titles because Spouse, Mom and Grandma always come first (though I do like 'Draption,' above. You will do just fine and your many supporters and fans know it. Wheee! Hang on for a busy couple of years. Best wishes, -C.

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    1. Craig, Thank you so much! You were the voice I kept in the back of my head... trying to think like you. But you never know. And yet it all happened. Busy will be a true statement. Another challenge to figure out how to make it all happen. I love a good challenge!

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  18. Congrats Karlene! Looking forward to following your progress.

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  19. Congratulations.
    I admire your continuous improvement spirits. It is encouraging for me to know that it is never too late to learn and keep moving forward and higher not only in career but also in life. I liked your statement: "I'm doing this to make a difference and create change for the better...to promote air safety." I just wanted to thank you for sharing and influencing me for the better.
    Many happy landings to you!

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