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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, August 25, 2014

Inspiration grows....

With the power of momentum! 

Life has been a whirlwind and I've spent more time on the road than when I was a commuter. But living in base and working for an airline has afforded me the ability to fly around the country, which has made life possible.

August 11-16th I spent at Daytona beach for the first week of my Ph.D. program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an inspiring group of people. I have to admit that I am humbled to be among this group of talented individuals. Proud more like.

My mission, to create an aviation environment where we never have another accident, began with my one wish for aviation. Well, it began with the idea to write aviation thrillers and invite the world into the side of aviation that should only belong in books. But my plan was to create change for the better.

How do we create change? 

It begins with education and critical thinking, then becomes reality with communication. Connections and having the opportunity to share ideas with a diverse group of people from cross-cultures of life and operations expands potential and success ten-fold.

Prior to my arrival in Florida, I planned on finishing my degree with the five year plan. 4 years for academics and one year for the dissertation. However, after becoming submersed in the environment for a week, I had a profound thought... "Aviation changes daily!" I cannot delay my studies. Our aviation would will be different in five years and I want to be part of that change. 

I have decided to go full time... 2 classes per quarter and a year for my dissertation. Yes... KP is on the three year plan. Will I be able to keep up the pace? You bet! I will figure out how. One of my friends said, "I'll see you in three years." Hopefully it won't be that bad.

Okay... if I can handle my first two courses, Statistics and Human Factors, with my work schedule and family events I have booked for the next three months, I will be fine. Besides, I can do anything for three years. :)

Success is achieved with the added momentum 
that urgency creates

Also... I've got a great support team going into the program. Together we can create the change needed to do the impossible. But doing the impossible requires change. Something in my life will have to give to make this happen. I will be posting that soon. Your advice is always welcome!

To the greatest success of our fellow cohorts!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO  Karlene 

Author of Flight For Control and Flight For Safety,
If you haven't read's time!


  1. This is so amazing, Karlene. If it's one person in this world who can do her PhD in 3 years - it's definitely you! Best of luck, can't wait to follow you on this journey.

    I'm in my second week of classes now. Love every second of it. It's good that the program is a little flexible. Because.. Next week, I'm going on the inaugural flight from Oslo to Dubai on Emirates. Very excited about that!

    1. Thank you so much Cecilie! Your confidence and support is so much appreciated. And I'm so excited for your trip. Okay... send me a few photos... and a couple paragraphs... with a link to the full journey on your blog! I'll post and give me an extra day to study. :)
      Have a great trip!

  2. You continue to inspire, lead, motivate and commit. These studies are a snap shot of what you do and give daily, Karlene, to everyone around you —you just don't notice it.

    1. Thank you so much Ryan! This means so much!!!

  3. Oh and welcome to ther campus and University from which I proudly graduated as a Flight Instructor, as you know. You will be THAT graduate who makes a difference to the World, I know it.

    Thank you for also scheduling and meeting the people while you were there in connection with me.

    See you soon, to hear all about it!

    1. I think it's so awesome that you were a Flight Instructor there. And the best they had. I wish I had more time to meet everyone!! But there will be next year.

  4. Doc,

    I am happy for you and I wish you all the best working on the PhD. We need good people in the right places to make a change.I know you are one and you will do right.

    See you in three years. Ha ha.

    1. Funny... that's what my girlfriend said. Hopefully I'll find balance. :)

  5. I know you can do it! You are an agent of change and good things will come from you (well, MORE good things), I have no doubt. :)

    1. Heather, Thank you so much! Your support means so much!!

  6. Karlene,you are one busy gal!
    If you can find the time to paint my garden fence it would be much appreciated!!

    1. I would love to! Two of the great pleasures... passing time in the garden and painting. Thank you for your comment!


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