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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, August 6, 2014

Air France 447: Remember

So this never happens again!
Sunday I met with my friend Jeremy Carlisle, from Captain Aboard, in New York. We went for a great walk, had a super lunch, and wonderful conversation. It's moments like this when we can take a few minutes out of our day to visit with friends, reflect, plan for the future and remember why we're doing what we're doing. 

Just talking about AF447... the memory tugged at our hearts. Jeremy is one of the kindest people I know. He works hard, and cares for so many. I really appreciated him taking his time to come visit me on my layover. During our conversation he reminded me of the video he posted on his blog remembering the passengers of 447. 

He sent me the link as a reminder for what I'm doing and why.

There is no mystery when you read Flight For Safety that this novel was written because of what happened with AF447 and events that followed. This accident should never have happened.  My post on the subject started an avalanche that tried to bury me. But when you have a mission, you end up with phenomenal strength you never knew you had. Sometimes you need a reminder of why. These are the faces that give me strength to carry on.


Enjoy the journey 
and may they all be safe!
XO Karlene


  1. Karlene.. Thank you so much for a great Sunday last weekend. It was great to see you and glad we had the chance to have lunch and visit. Even though we schlepped across town a bit, Times Square was funny, LOL.

    Yes.. This video with the faces of those souls are a constant reminder of why we are here as pilots. One thing about life that is grand is the fact that we never have the opportunity to stop learning because the knowledge will always be out there for discovery. Especially for aircraft training and safety.

    And you are very right. Those faces of those souls are why we make the investment to never stop learning because there is so much potential in a human life that one must make his/her duty as a transport pilot to never let those souls go on one's watch. Those lives to which transport pilots carry worldwide.

    Looking forward to our next visit together!!! XO

    1. Thank you for the wonderful comment Jeremy. I guess we could say the reason we do what we do is for humanity. What else is really important. Thank you again for taking your time to come visit. And those photos you took... posting next week! :)

  2. Wow - what a great video!!! And what a great way to spend a layover talking about everything!

    1. Mark, Wait until you see what else we did! The walk was awesome and ... well... met someone pretty cool. So, photos coming soon. Next week. :)
      Yes, nice to connect with people on the road on layovers!

    2. Please ask your company to put an A330 on SEA-FLL!! :)

    3. Ha. Ha. I'm on it! By the way... I'm coming to Daytona on Sunday the 10th. :)

    4. Darn - if only it was around the corner - and not 4 hours drive away :(

    5. On a chart...that is less than an inch. And can you spell P.L.A.N.E. :) lol One day!!!


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