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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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Aviation Safety News

From Major Dave Montgomery

Pilot. Author. Search and Rescue Expert. 
Type rated: C-130, B727, B707, C-212, GIII and G-IV

We met Dave Montgomery on this blog five years ago when I shared his book. He is an amazing writer and his words could save lives. If you haven't read Blue Water Ditching, I recommend it.  But Dave has not stopped there. He is a prolific writer who is interested in practical safety. What that means is he is sharing information that could help pilots when that unexpected happens. 
Dave has just had an article release in AIN:

The Magic Switch That So Many Pilots 
Know So Little About



Reprinted from AIN:

"For six years I surveyed pilots to see what they knew about search and rescue…the results were not good. I asked more than 300 pilots a simple questions and only two gave me the answer I was looking for. The training shortfall involves a small "magic switch" in every cockpit that pilots never touch and most pilots do not know much about.

My primary flight instruction was in the late 1970s, and training regarding emergency locator transmitter (ELT) use has changed very little in 40-plus years. The early 121.5/243 MHz system was riddled with problems. Some installations had battery issues. Wreckage could block or funnel the signal in a direction that would confuse location pointers and rescue forces. Sometimes the antenna would be separated from the transmitter. Some transmitters were so damaged they could not emit any signal. History is full of downed or lost aircraft that were never found. Pilots learned to mistrust the ELT system..."

To read more, click here 
to go to the article!

Now... I'm off to Paris. 
Just enjoyed a layover in Seattle. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Embry- Riddle and the Museum of Flight

Friday's Fabulous Flyers 

Graduating Class of 2018
Seattle September 8, 2018

ERAU 

Soaring like the Eagles that they are! 

Have an Incredible Weekend!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fly Girls Tonight!

You are Invited to Join

Keith O'Brien 
in Seattle tonight!

Lake Forest Park
at 7pm Tonight!


Keith O'Brien

"My name is Keith O'Brien and I'm a journalist and bestselling author. Come out tonight in Seattle—or other destinations down the line—to learn all about my new book FLY GIRLS: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History. 



It is the forgotten story of women fighting for the right to fly and race planes in the 1920s and '30s—and then ultimately beating the men at their own game in the most celebrated air race of them all in 1936." 


People Magazine called it 
"riveting." 

USA Today called it 
"exhilarating and heartbreaking." 



It is now a New York Times Bestseller list! 
Check out the FLY GIRLS website
to learn more, or watch the 
FLY GIRLS video trailer here

"O’Brien’s prose reverberates with fiery crashes, then stings with the tragedy of lives lost in the cockpit and sometimes, equally heartbreaking, on the ground.” —New York Times Book Review

“Keith O’Brien has brought these women—mostly long-hidden and forgotten—back into the light where they belong. And he’s done it with grace, sensitivity and a cinematic eye for detail that makes Fly Girls both exhilarating and heartbreaking.” —USA Today


"Riveting."—People Magazine

“Mr. O’Brien, a former reporter for the Boston Globe working in the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, has recovered fascinating chapter not just in feminism and aviation but in 20th-century American history.” — Wall Street Journal 


I'm going to try to make it...
I hope to see you there!


17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101
Lake Forest Park WA 98155


Enjoy the journey!
Karlene 



Sunday, September 9, 2018

Girls Fly!

Thanks To Pilots & Ground Support... 


Sharing the Love of Aviation



Sunday we flew 99 Girls 
at The Seattle Museum of Flight
At Boeing Field!

This event would not be possible without the hard work of Stacy and Megumi organizing and coordinating and participating on the day of the event. These ladies worked  all day, with non-stop action, seeing to it that each young lady registered could take a flight. 

Megumi, Stacy, and Christy

Christy 

A huge thanks to my friend Christy for working non-stop all day on the ramp. The logistics of loading the girls onto the planes, keeping track of dispatch and managing the gate... she was awesome! 

Thanks to Dan who joins us each year, supporting the crew and sharing the love of aviation on behalf of Embry-Riddle, and who kept everyone organized on the other side of the gate. 

Dan Hammes

Thanks to Jim for giving up his round-ball game to help on the ramp. Next year he'll be flying too! 

Jim Riley 

Then we have to thank the pilots! 

An Amazing group, who gave 
their time and shared their love of aviation!

Linda Chism

John Clift

Karl Seuring

 Adam Hester


Jason Watt

Peter Morton

 Steve Taylor


Richard Edgerton

Josh Weinstein

David Chuljian

We had a little fun for the kiddos who were too little to fly. But they were awesome! 


We gifted 54 books...
to all those future lady pilots!


To Find the Photos
Go to my Facebook Page by clicking: 

Enjoy the Journey!
OX Karlene 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Aviation Video Production

Friday's Fabulous Flyer! 

Ben Lovegrove

Ben learned to fly back in the 1980s and earned his pilots license in 1991.  In 2015 he became involved in unmanned aviation too.  So now he creates marketing videos for aviation businesses both manned and unmanned aircraft. 

 
If you need help with an aviation video, check out his business homepage at Redspan.com, or take a look at his work on his YouTube channel.


Ben has a variety of clients to include flying schools, airline training companies, and airship designers. A typical testimonial:

 "I reached out to Ben to create a short YouTube commercial for our flight school, and I’m very happy with my decision. The result has exceeded our expectations. The job was done on a high level and in a very short amount of time. Ben is a professional, and it's a pleasure doing business with him."

Alexander Souponetsky, 
Chief Operating Officer, 
Legacy Aviation, Philadelphia.

I just returned from Sydney and I'm busy finishing my dissertation. Tomorrow is ERAU graduation in Seattle, and while I won't be graduating with them... I will be speaking. And Sunday if our First Time Flyers event where we will be giving girls free flights to share our love of flight! We have a busy weekend ahead. While today's Friday Flyer is short but sweet, we'll be seeing another post soon about Ben Lovegrove and some great opportunities. 

Have a Great Weekend!
Enjoy the Journey~ 
XO Karlene