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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 23, 2017

Using Your Brain to Learn:

Strategies for Success 

Dr. Mary Niemczyk was one of the presenters at the NTAS last week. What a fabulously dynamic woman! Mary called her model the 4 A's of learning. I think she should call it Mary's Model. 


The problem is that many people don't know how to learn, because nobody taught them. Far too many new pilots are failing out of training at the legacy carriers when they shouldn't. The first step is to learn how learn. While I haven't read her book yet, I did just order it. I'll keep you posted! 

Also, if you want to learn how to study for your checkride, read Flight For Sanity. Within my novels I like to teach something. In this novel, you get to join Darby in her captain upgrade training while she teaches her first officer how to study to pass his simulator checkride, at an airline that provides no guidance on how to study. Nothing is perfect, but you can do your best to be the best you can be! 

Learn how to 
Prepare for that Checkride! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Professionalism and Flying

Refocus on Professionalism 

"Flight Instructors have 
the most influence on 
the development of professionalism"
Dr. Ken Byrnes 

Last week I was spent at NTAS 2017. The National Transportation Aviation Symposium was held in Daytona Beach at ERAU, where professionals came together to Enhance aviation. This year was focused on the pilot shortage. 

The pilot shortage is real. 
So is the concern
for professionalism!

The concern is that the next generation of available pilots who are  also millennials  are carrying their stereotype into the job. The stories shared were amazing, and somewhat appalling. Could these behavioral issues be true? 

Attitude is everything when you fly. 

Professionalism is essential for the safety of the flight and the future of your jobs! Research says this develops at the instructor level

To all the flight instructors who provide a positive foundation for our future generation our pilots, we thank you! 

For all the future pilots who want to have a job flying airplanes, do not let the industry have another reason to remove the pilot and replace us with automation. 

The Aviation Industry needs 
Professional Pilots! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eastern Airlines Kitchen Radio

Happy Solar Eclipse! 

After the Eclipse Excitement, 
Join the Eastern Airlines Folks
For a Future of Aviation Discussion!

EAL Radio Show

Monday, August 21, 2017

“Aging Airline Infrastructure…
The Need Is Now?”

"The EAL Radio Show has another great topic “Aging Airline Infrastructure…The Need Is Now?” for Episode 331 that airs Monday evening, August 21, 2017.

CEOs of major U.S. airlines met with President Trump in February with this ongoing topic. A portion of that recent discussion was focused on aging airport infrastructure, the air traffic control system and what the airlines say is unfair foreign competition. Airline pilots and flight attendants are on the same side as their bosses when it comes to foreign competition, and their message should sound familiar to President Trump who said, and I quote, "Airlines have been voicing complaints for a long time about the taxes their passengers pay and infrastructure falling behind, you know, but today's meeting is a little unprecedented. They'll actually have a new President's ear who's made some comments that he's willing to think big." Infrastructure is falling behind…what will the future bring?

We look forward to your joining us with your questions and comments on this vital topic in the airline industry. 

Please call in at 213-816-1611 
at 7:00 P. M. ET

As we depart the gate, 
or listen in by clicking below to take you 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

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