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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.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Human Factors ....

Friday Fabulous Flyer

 Dr. Haydee Maria Cuevas

Dr. Cuevas, or Haydee as she likes to be called, is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor in the doctoral studies department. Prior to her becoming a professor at ERAU, she spent 7 years as a scientific researcher for SA technologies, 15 years as a human factors researcher investing performance issues, has authored 91 publications, 23 technical reports and has presented at 95 conferences worldwide. 

What's more incredible that her achievements? 
Haydee gives so much to all,
and we her students benefit from her wisdom, 
her kindness, and her compassion. 

Dr. Cuevas educational background includes a B.A. in psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. the University of Central Florida in applied experimental human factors psychology. 

Haydee is an incredibly talented and experienced professor, and I was fortunate to start my Ph.D. off right having having her for a couple of my first classes. I am also honored to have Dr. Cuevas on my dissertation committee. She is inspiring, intelligent, talented, and an asset to the ERAU program. More than that, I am lucky to know her, and I'm sure all her students feel the same way. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this woman. She also gifted me a great song that helped me find my strength during a challenging time. 

Today I am celebrating Haydee's 
most recent achievement... 

Click on the above link 
to get your copy!
I did!

Join me in celebrating another great accomplishment 
of an incredible woman. 

Congratulations Dr. Cuevas!  

Book Report Coming Soon!

Enjoy the Journey!
OX Karlene 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


"The real glory is being knocked to your knees 
and then coming back. 
That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it."

Vince Lombardi

Spending the evening having a glass of champagne 
with my hubby and playing scrabble. 
Celebrate the moments of life....

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ups and Downs of Flying

It's not just about the 
takeoffs and landings! 

Kathy McCullough

Kathy and I became friends 18 years ago, when we were both flying the Boeing 747 at Northwest Airlines. Until I read her book, I had forgotten that Kathy learned to fly when she was only sixteen.  But the stories she shared of the Northwest days brought back many memories. 

It was a fun read about what it took for her to get to the captain’s seat of the 747, but she had her share of problems along the way. Kathy was hired by the Northwest Airlines in 1981, and at the time Northwest had a strong military presence and was extremely unwelcoming to women pilots. She put up with a lot in those days, and her sense of humor helped her soar through a wonderful career. 

Lily, Karlene and Kathy at WAI 2017

Today Kathy is active in ISA+21 (International Society of Women Airline Pilots) supporting female pilots, she never misses a Women in Aviation conference, she travels, is writing a travel book and a novel, and you will rarely if ever find her without a camera in her hands. She's an incredible photographer. 

You can see some of her photos on 
her photography website:

She was a cute baby too!

Kathy's book,
Ups and Downs
is on Amazon
in paperback and on Kindle.

And the Kindle version is 
from today, Tuesday, September 19 
through Saturday, September 23rd. 

The paperback version has black and white photos, 

This is a deal you cannot miss! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Sunday, September 17, 2017

First Flight Inspiration

Opens the Door to a Love of Aviation

Every year pilots in the Seattle area
dedicate their time and energy 
by gifting young ladies free flights
to inspire and open the doors of Aviation. 

This Year's event is 
at Boeing Field
The Seattle Museum of Flight


Saturday September 23rd and
Sunday September 24th
From 9 am to 5 pm. 

We Need Pilots to Fly! 

The museum is providing 
FREE gas to help out with the expense,
 and lunch too! 

Please email me at
If you can help. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Flying From One Life

To a Pilot's Life!

Friday's Fabulous Flyer! 

Lisa Hannon

Nothing in Life Happens by coincidence. Yesterday I was tagged in a FB post written by a fabulous woman who is shifting her life from working in the sky, to flying. But what captured me first was this photo! "Cleared" has a special meaning for me today. As do the events of September 5th. But that is a story for another day.  Then I got to the end of her post and realized how much we all impact each other in this world. Lisa certainly has impacted me today. 

Enjoy Lisa's message to all.... 

Lisa Hannon: 

"There will never be enough words to express my feelings on my departure … it's bittersweet.

I flew my very last trip 
as a flight attendant 
on September 5th.

There was absolutely no way to get a big, fat hug from everyone. So, I’ll depart with all of my unbelievably fond memories of my ASA family. 18 years of flying the friendly skies!! I can pour the hell out of a diet coke but, that was not my job… that was just my gig on stage. It’s all what happened behind the stage that counts the most to me. That’s were my heart is and all of my dear friends and work family I have grown to love over the years. 

There are too many fantastic times and places to list so, I won’t even try. I will also miss the passengers too (yes I said that). There were so many people from all walks of life who have touched my heart and soul. My only regret was not keeping a journal…. however, some memories were just too good to write down. And, the not so good memories, well… I could write a book on it all, but I won’t… those were the times I grew and they only shaped me into the person I am now.

This is absolutely one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. To leave a career I loved. But, I found a GREATER LOVE, and I’ve been working extremely hard these last 3+ years to reach it. I have had the courage to follow my heart, and, the intuition, guidance and strength to reach my goals and dream job of becoming an airline pilot!!

I’m not there yet, but I am super close. It’s time for me to go and focus solely on my flying and building flight time as a pilot. I’ve completed all of my flight training and I will now take a position as a flight instructor, 


I will miss all of my flying crew/work family/life-long friends…. It’s definitely not goodbye but, until we meet again!

I am the Captain of my Life …

“When you fly toward a dream embraced by passion in your soul, the clouds part, the sun shines and the rainbow guides you to your deepest desires.
~~Karlene Petitt

So, off I go …. 
into the wild blue yonder" Lisa Hannon

Lisa, thank you for sharing your story and how you are the Captain of Your Life! I hope we will fly together one day. When we have a chance, I will share the significance of seeing your photo holding that sign, as well as the impact of September 5th. But sharing the quote from my book was the most heartwarming gift you could have provided. Thank you! Many hugs coming your way. 

Fly Safe 
Blue Skies and Happy Landings! 

You, too, Can be the Captain of Your Life! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pilot Jobs Wanted

Look What Came to My Attention!


Are you struggling to start 
your Pilot career? 

Apply to an A320 hour building program 
NOW and make your dreams come true! 

• Join a well-known European airline
• Collect 500 hours on A320
• Get a First Officer contract (earn from 40000 EUR per year)

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Lessons Learned

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, 
we learn that life is short and 
there is no time for hate.”

—Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

Friday, September 8, 2017

Plane and Pilot

Friday's Fabulous Flyers! 

Bharat Lakshmanan

Agraduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach FL, 2017, with a degree in B.S. in Aeronautics, Bharat Lakshmanan, is destined to become a Airline Pilot! His passion flies, as does the amount of effort this young man has taken to become part of history. We often wonder what fuels aviation passion, or more importantly where it begins. Today we can see both. 


"I have been interested in aviation since I was a little kid. I went to a lot of airshows, and flew to India every Summer to visit family. At first, I was not certain on what exactly I wanted to do in the aviation field. In 2004, I made a road trip to Washington D.C. to meet some family."

During my stay there, we went plane spotting at Gravelly Point Park at Ronald Regan Washington National Airport. As I lied down on the grass and watched all the airplanes fly right over me during takeoff or landing, I said to myself 

“This is what I am going to do when I grow up.”

This is when my interest in flying developed. At the age of 12, I went for an introductory flight lesson in a Cessna 152 at Ormond Beach Municipal Airport. After making that flight I just got hooked to flying. I am currently pursuing my Instrument Rating, and plan to attain the rest my certifications and required flight hours to get employed by the airlines.

"Just a couple days ago, on September 5, 2017, I had the honor to take part in the most unique opportunity I could have ever gotten in my entire life. I got to fly on the very last domestic Boeing 747 revenue flight for Delta Air Lines from LAX-DTW operating as flight DL1352." 

"This was my very first AND very last flight on a U.S. operated 747, and I could not have been any happier than flying aboard Ship 6309 (N669US) as she performed this historical journey. It was a very bittersweet moment knowing that this would be the last time I may ever step foot on a U.S. operated 747 again flying from Point A to Point B, and it’s very sad to see this gorgeous flying machine going extinct from passenger service."

"The Boeing 747 is far more than just an airplane. It is a true aviation icon that has really revolutionized the aviation industry and how passengers fly. Delta really went the extra mile to make sure this flight was special for everybody."

"From special gate announcements, to early boarding to allow passengers to view the upper deck and cockpit, to speaking to the cabin and flight crew about their personal experiences, as well as the ground crew giving their final salutes to the legendary Queen of the Skies as it departed LAX for the very last time." 

"I do not think I could have made any better decision than to be part of this historic flight operated by one of my top favorite U.S. airlines. Kudos to Delta for giving me such an amazing and memorable opportunity. Keep climbing!" Bharat Lakshmanan

The Plane on the Last
Domestic Flight 
Actually began in NRT...

With celebrations and
 heartfelt goodbyes along the way... 

She was Leid In Honolulu

The celebration continued and
 more heartfelt goodbyes were felt...

LAX was the Beginning
of her Last Domestic Flight

OFF To Detroit She Flew
With a Most Awesome Crew!

As a Legacy Comes to an End
The Future Stands Proud ...

Bharat, Thank you for sharing 
your Journey.

I will be looking forward to
 flying with you in the future. 

Smooth Skies and Happy Flying! 

History of the B747 

For all who want to read an incredible book about the man behind the B747, Joe Sutter, and the history of how integrity, and doing the right thing, was the foundation of the B747 here you go. I highly recommend this book!

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene