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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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Seattle Captain Job Available

Challenger 604 Captain

Gama Aviation
BFI, Washington, USA
Position Type: Permanent

"We have immediate opportunities 
for a Challenger 604 Captain 
based in Seattle, WA."  

This is a Part 91/135 position that will require the successful candidate to work as a team in a crew environment based in Seattle, WA. The successful candidate will be safety oriented and possess strong leadership skills. 

Job Requirements:

ATP with multi-engine land
Challenger experience
CL-604 Type Rating
Part 91/135 experience
Customer Service oriented

Minimum PIC Flight Time Requirements:
5,000 Total
2,500 PIC
2,500 Multi Engine
1,500 Multi Engine PIC
250 Instrument
2,000 Turbine
300 Time in type (desired) 

If you meet the requirements I will connect you to the pilot who is looking for her permanent flying partner. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fridays Fabulous Flyers

Are Building Their Wings! 

Be Strong and Courageous! 
But remember to take care of yourself 
during the process. 

Stress is a killer. 

Yesterday I was notified that
a kind gentle soul, fighting against a grave injustice, 
passed away from an aneurysm due to stress.
She was a single Mom, 
survived by her 9-year-old son. 

Prayers for the Family

Strong people (pilots included) are not exempt from the impact of stress. We think we can handle anything. But the internal impact of stress can harm anyone on the inside, and we might not even realize what's happening. 

Changes in sleeping patterns, excessive consumption... food, alcohol, etc. Sleeping too much? Sleeping not at all? If there is a shift or change in your normal pattern, reach out for assistance. 

Strong people can ask for help! 

Things you can do for yourself. Cardio exercise, Yoga, Meditate, Walk, Breathe deep, Drink lots of water, Listen to calm music. Know that you are loved, and know that whatever the challenge is in your life today, will make you stronger tomorrow.  But you have to take care of yourself during the chaos. 

If you know anyone that feels they are at the bottom, and in a battle feeling they have done all they can,  then perhaps you could share the following song: Just Be Held. The world is not falling apart, it is falling into place.

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Solving the Pilot Shortage &

Assisting Pilots Achieve their Dreams! 

Dr. Michael Wiggins

"If an airline can buy an oil refinery, why can't they create a bank to loan money for pilots, where they can be on a payback schedule based upon their wages?" Dr. Wiggins

Many ideas were flying about the NTAS conference this week regarding the pilot shortage. But there was no better idea as how to help pilots reach their dreams, while solving this pilot shortage problem, than Dr. Wiggins presented.

Now wouldn't this be a great idea!

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Netjets in Europe

Falcon Crew


Monday, August 14, 2017

Alzheimer's and Aviation

EAL Radio Show Broadcast
"The Voice of Eastern Airlines"

Please join the Eastern Airlines team with Breaking News and a very important topic for our Senior Members airing on the EAL Radio Show, Monday, August 14, 2017 

“Embracing A Loved One 
With Alzheimer’s or Dementia" 
featuring a special Guest Host: 
Mr. Ken Allen 

Ken Allen is son of the late Eastern Airlines Captain Weldon “Leo” Boring. Ken's family lived with the terrible disease known as Alzheimer’s. Ken also wrote a book, and tonight he'll be here to share the show and answer any questions and share his experience. 

Join the Eastern Airlines Team
With Episode #330
Monday, August 14, 2017

Call into the show at 7pm EDT:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lára Needs a Gift of Wings

Friday Fabulous Flyer 

Lára Sif Christiansen

For a year and a half I  have been counting my blessings because I am healthy. For those of you who know the situation, you understand that statement. And every time a story comes into view like Lára's, it makes me remember to never take our health for granted. 

We cannot control everything that happens to use, 
but we can control how we deal with it. 

Lára was in a biking accident in May, 26, 2017 and suffered a spinal chord injury. She is paralyzed from the chest down. 

As you enjoy the photos of the life she once lived, you will understand how much she has lost from the moment that altered her life path. Make sure you return to the first photo, and see the smile that remains. The reflection of her soul, will never be locked in a chair. 

Lára's story pulls a few heart strings as my middle daughter, who was also an incredible athlete, became paralyzed from chest down at the age of 21. She beat some incredible odds, Lára can too. The body is a miraculous thing and with care at Craig's Hospital in Denver, I am sure Lára will make great strides to continued recovery. But we need to help her get there. 

Please Help Lára
Get Back into the Sky! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Manual Handling Skills

Will Always be Required!

Captain Jim Wright often shares his experience and stories of Maritime lessons to be learned. There is a great deal of overlap in the challenges or harbor pilots and aircraft pilots, and we often discuss how one area could help the other. Below is a story he shared on a recent journey to Alaska and concerns for NextGen. 

The Situation:

"We are the vessel labelled “CAPE FAIR” bound across an unregulated traffic pattern for an anchorage in Blunden Harbor. The vessel at our “8-oclock position” is a southbound tug and barge (Ocean Ranger) and the vessel shown as a small triangle just below the “440” is a northbound tug and barge. All three vessels are both transmitting and receiving AIS signals.

The Problem:

Upon making initial visual and AIS contact, both tugs and barges were on a “collision course” with “Cape Fairweather”. Relative to “Ocean Ranger” we were the “stand on vessel” and required to maintain course and speed. Relative to the northbound tug and barge, we were the give way vessel and required to take necessary action to avoid a collision. 

The Solution:

We altered course to starboard and rechecked the AIS CPA solution with “Ocean Ranger” which showed a relatively close although increased CPA. Subsequent visual observations confirmed “Ocean Ranger’s” relative bearing was now changing at an acceptable rate. The end result, as shown, was that we crossed ahead of “Ocean Ranger” and astern of the northbound tug and barge with somewhat close although acceptable CPA’s.

"It occurred to me that these are the type of situations that NEXT-Gen might create for pilots. 

 The effectiveness of the solutions will depend to some degree on the basic flying skills and awareness of the pilots involved."

NOTE: The above screen shot is technically known as a “special situation”. Rule 2 of the Navigation Rules basically covers this by saying:

Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, Master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case

Loosely interpreted, this means that if you are involved in a maritime accident you must have done something contrary to the Rules because collisions, allisions, groundings etc. are not typically considered to be “the ordinary practice of seamen”. This begs the question of where aviators will stand legally when faced with similar decisions."
Captain Jim Wright
Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Living Your Best Life

Focus on the Positive 

"Life if filled with black dots, but we must pay attention to the white space. Appreciate the positive during the darkest spots in your life." 


Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Human Error

In the Aviation Industry

Breaking News!
  • Pilots forget to retract the landing gear!
  • Pence's Aircraft skids off the runway!
  • Passenger in an emergency row opens the exit and slides down the wing! 

Join the Eastern Airlines Team
with breaking news and more...

“Kitchen Table Radio.”

Episode #329
Monday, August 7, 2017

As they discuss many events over
the years that were 
"Close Calls"

Call into the show at 7pm EDT:

Captain Neal Holland  ♦ Jim Hart 
*Captain Steve Thompson *Chuck Allbright Linda Fuller

*Captain George Jehn*Dorothy Gagnon*Don Gagnon
Will be your hosts!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Passing of a Legend:

Friday's Fabulous Flyer

Dawn Seymour

By Riseabo1-ca 

"Last month we said goodbye to Dawn Seymour, who passed peacefully in her home overlooking Canandaigua Lake. Seymour, a native of Rochester, New York was 100 years old, and was one of just a handful of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who were trained to fly the B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II, making her a legend in her own right.

An incredible woman, Seymour was passionate about sharing the WASP story with young people, and could often be seen at airshows around the North East doing exactly that. Last year at EAA AirVenture, she joined the Commemorative Air Force for the launch of the CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP initiative. Seymour was eager to ensure that our program reflect the breadth of WASP experiences, and that it accurately reflect the challenges and accomplishments of the women who joined the WASP program.

Her trailblazing spirit will live on in younger generations fortunate enough to hear her story.Class photo of Dawn Seymour. Courtesy of Texas Women’s University, WASP Archive Collection in Denton, Texas.

Dawn Seymour graduated Cornell University in the Class of 1939 when she was 22 years old. Although she did not have tremendous exposure to flying, she had a favorite tree to climb when she was young, and had found something attractive about being “up above.”

Following her graduation, Seymour was approached by Professor Richard Parmenter who offered her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He explained that he was running an experiment, under the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP), whereby for every 10 male students enrolled for pilot training, he could accept one female candidate. Seymour had never flown before – so Parmenter took her to the Ithaca Airport, and on October 16, 1944, she would take her first flight in a yellow Piper Cub.

Seymour recalled the flight saying she was “dazzled by the sunbeams in the sky, and the way in which the land stretched out below seemed borderless.” Seymour described herself as “overwhelmed by the circle of land meeting sky,” recalling that she enrolled in the CPTP test program immediately. To her delight Seymour was accepted and in May 1940 she received her private pilot’s certificate, having had only 40 hours of flying.

Seymour remembered the flurry of activity which surrounded the declaration of war, and like many would-be-WASP, Seymour was eager to put her unique skill set to use in service of the United States. Seymour recalled that “I wanted to be near as I could to the fighting.” When she learned of the new WASP Program, she enrolled and was accepted for training as part of Class 43-W-5.

Following her training at Avenger Field, Seymour was assigned to Lockbourne Army Air Field where she was trained to fly the B-17 Flying Fortress. On her first flight in a B-17, the number three engine caught fire, and Seymour thought to herself “Oh my goodness, this is the airplane for me!”

Following the completion of her B-17 training, Seymour was stationed at Buckingham Army Air Field in Florida, where she would go on to fly B-17s for gunnery training. Each day, she would take up a B-17 loaded with gunnery cadets, and each cadet would take turns practicing shooting at moving targets from the B-17. Seymour had more than 700 hours in the B-17."

To Learn More about the WASPS

I'm So Thankful I was able to join Dawn 
At her 100th Birthday Party! 

In Loving Memory....

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Journey Through Life

Is Never a Straight Path

The road through life is not always straight.
But those twists have meaning.
Slowdown and take time to appreciate.

People with focus and determination create the straightest path to their goals and dreams. But, sometimes in life, obstacles get in the way. We don't always need to tear them down. Part of being human is showing compassion and learning how to work with life. Learn from the lesson, move aside, and then press on toward your dreams.

The choice is whether you allow the obstacle destroy you, you destroy it, or appreciate the lesson it's teaching and then figure out how to get around it to move forward.

Everything that happens, has a purpose. 

Live and Learn! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

First Solo Flight Fear

The 99's are an international organization of women pilots that have been inspiring women flyers since 1929. My Seattle group is awesome, and I daily read the activities of our female flyers that pass through my computer. But today, the following message came through. 

"If any 99 has any kind of insecurities, fears, doubts, etc. about your first solo flight, you must discuss these feelings with the person who knows you best -- your Flight Instructor -- in a deep, in-depth, and totally honest discussion before you take your solo flight. Even if this means that you might need one or more training flights. No one should ever be rushed into their first solo flight. 

All of the women members of the 99's are cheering for all women pilots, but many who read your emails do not know you personally, and cannot give you  personal advice. Talk to, and be totally honest with, your Flight Instructor." 

Paulette R. Caswell, Ph.D.

Female flyers are not unique to fear and doubt. Perhaps women are more willing to openly share their fears, but all first time flyers have them too. Thus, I thought this was a great bit of guidance for everyone. 

If you want to work toward dealing with fear, check out Flight To Success, Be the Captain of Your Life, as the first chapter is dedicated to fear. 

Enjoy the Journey, 
XOX Karlene 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Landing at the Wrong Airport

Is More Common Than You Think!

Wait until you find out 
who has been missing their target!


EAL Radio Show

Monday, July 31, 2017
Wrong Airport Runway Landings

"The EAL Radio Show has another great topic “Wrong Airport Runway Landings” in the aviation industry for Episode 328 that airs Monday evening, July 31, 2017. The airline industry has advance high technology and yet one of the most common causes of airport “screw-ups” is because of two or more airfields lying in close proximity and sharing similar runway alignments and landing on the wrong runway is more frequent than we would like to think.

The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) issued several statements back in 2014 on "Safety Alert" - highlighting the need for pilots to “check and confirm destination airport" and mentioned recent incidents. Again in 2015, the NTSB issued additional safety recommendations to the FAA. Recently, we heard of one of the famous actors landing on the wrong runway and a near miss accident! Why are there wrong Airport Landings?

Please call in at 213-816-1611 at 
7:00 P. M. ET 
as we depart the gate, 
on July 31, 2017. 
Call into the show at 1-213-816-1611 
or listen in by clicking below:

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Friday, July 28, 2017

Captain Robert Reser

Older! Wiser! 
And Still Promoting Aviation Safety! 


Bob is typed in B727, B757, B767, B747-400, DC-10 and B-25. He flew USAF and Air  National Guard transport (C-123), observer (O-2), and jet fighter (RF-84, F-89, F-102) aircraft for 20 years, and he flew commercial airliners large transports for 30 years. He also holds USAF Navigator and Radar Observer ratings. But you can read more of his story HERE, as he was my Friday Flyer in 2014! 

What has Bob been doing over the previous three years? He's continually updating his book and sharing his passion for flight. He also offers his work for free on his website too! An amazing aviator giving back to the world. Thank you Bob! 

Excerpt From Bob's book: 

High-Altitude Stall High-Speed Recovery

Operation at very high altitudes often results in minimum indicated-airspeed spread between mach buffet and stall. This then requires pilots to maintain special awareness of flight conditions that may cause undesired change to the indicated-airspeed.

Typical conditions that can occur are mountain wave action and possible vertical winds in the vicinity of thunderstorms. These situations can cause considerable change in indicated-airspeeds. Modern aircraft autopilot thrust controls often hide these conditions so require close pilot attention so a typical pilot may not be aware they are taking place.

In the event of stall at these high altitudes, stall recovery requires immediate release of any aft elevator or autopilot input to allow increasing indicated-airspeed.

It is normal in slower indicated-airspeed flight that the elevator trim is set to maintain a higher angle-of-attack. This requires positive pilot input, pushing the elevator control, to assure reduction of angle-of-attack.

If not attaining immediate stall recovery, delay at the reduced density of very high altitude affects the time and altitude loss required. It may be a minimum loss of fifteen hundred to three thousand feet, and possibly much more, with the related time, possibly minutes, for this change to occur.

An aircraft falling in the stalled condition can only happen with the aircraft manually held in the stall by a confused crewmember. With the acceleration of gravity being thrust equivalent to the gross weight and not allowed to reduce below critical angle-of-attack, the aircraft will quickly accelerate through the rarefied air into a high-velocity stalled descent.

If this happens with reduced power, the ram effect into under-slung engine frontal areas from the increasing mass of lower altitudes can create large nose-down pitch forces.

Recovery may then only occur with added engine thrust to reduce or eliminate the ram effect while simultaneously causing thrust component-lift, pitching up, at the engines.

There will now be that portion of thrust component-lift again contributing to angle-of-attack for a new indicated-airspeed as called for by the elevator position. This procedure requires coordination with nose-down elevator pitch, elevator trim, and increased power.

In all cases, at higher altitudes with the low-density air, this takes time and altitude. Stall incidents with delayed initiation for recovery can take up to twenty or more thousand feet.

To learn how to get a free copy of Robert's book go here:

Or Email him at:

Fly Safe!
Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Difficulties are a Gift that

Make you Stronger! 

Challenges are your gift to learn and grow.
They are your personal life trainer 
to expand potential, get creative, 
and become the best you can be. 
Be grateful for all the gifts in life, 
No matter what life throws your way!  

Enjoy the Journey
XOX Karlene 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

See it! Believe it!

The Power of the Visual!

Create the Cover
Give your Book Life! 

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, "I want to write a book one day." But there are those who dream, and those who do. The truth is, it's hard to manifest something that we really can't see. But if you can see it, you can achieve it. I visualized my first cover from the beginning and then it was created, way before the novel was complete.

If you know what your book is about, and you have a working title, let JetStar Publishing make you a cover. My fifth novel in the series won't be available until next year, but the visual is here and I'm motivated to fill the pages! 

Flight For Justice
has become a reality! 

Emotions are driven and stories are told with color, image, and impression before the book is ever opened. Let the world see what you are doing. I have some of the coolest covers, and Kayla, the senior cover designer, at Jet Star Publishing made them all. She can make your cover too! With the cover you can do more than tell people about your book you can show them.

There is power in the motivation 
you receive from seeing your book! 

What are you Waiting For?
Hopefully it's not your book to be complete. 

Or send an email to
to get your cover created today!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Gift of Life

That Keeps on Giving...
Until we kill them. 

A friend sent me these photos of the California Lumberjacks and the Redwoods. "Thousands of tree rings in these ancient trees each over 1000+ years old or even much older........such a shame -Â irreplaceable giants-Â national park treasures all gone but a few - what kind of men would do such a thing for over 100 years."

"Destroy something they cannot ever fix or replace for 2000 years? It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200-1800 years or more.... an estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood forest has been cut. In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres, 8,100 acres by.. 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged."

SEATAC, Burien, Des Moines ...

The Flight Control Safety Corridor Project is planning on cutting thousands of our local trees. It appears they are preparing for NextGen. Not only our area, but all down the coast, from Washington to California, they will continue to remove trees to enable more arrivals. 

Couldn't they just top the trees 
Instead of destroying them?

We need our trees. Not to hug them, but to create oxygen and absorb the particles emitted from exhaust of those jets to help keep us healthy and protect us from Cancer. To learn more about the Safety Corridor Project click HERE.

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene