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Monday, June 17, 2024

Retain Senior Pilots

Your Life Could Depend upon It 

When you awaken, be grateful. Then think of those who might not have that opportunity due to an unnecessary aircraft accident. Today, airplanes are breaking at an exponential rate. Even new airplanes are malfunctioning. Doors flying off, engines failing and electrical problems. This is when we need competent, experienced pilots on the flight deck. With this "pilot shortage" and airlines employing anyone who is willing to work for them, or being offered flight opportunities before the individual proves ability, we are headed for a major catastrophe. 

Age 67 Retirement is a Must
For Your Safety

When a junior Southwest Airlines first officer nearly kills everyone on board because he dives toward the ocean and misses impact by 400 feet, and didn't even realize he had a problem, we have a problem. What if the captain was also a new hire pilot? Yes, that could happen. Delta Airlines place a new hire as a captain in NY, in the exact same plane that this SWA event occurred. A year ago, Delta experienced hail damage and the pilot flying was a new first officer getting a line check. 

Delta Hail Damage

On June 9th, Austrian Airbus A320-214 that passed through sever hailstorm while operating flight OS434 from Palma de Mallorca (PME) to Vienna (VIE)

We must retain senior pilots or the next time my be the last time for the crew and passengers on board

Southwest did a Dutch Roll last month with major structural damage. Sun Country diverted due to Engine Failure. KLM 787 Returns to Tokyo with a cracked windshield. Emirates A330 Rejects takeoff due to an engine exploding during takeoff.

American A321 a post flight inspection identifies a Damaged Cowling. Altas closes the Hong Kong runway after experiencing their third incident this year. United Airlines oxygen masks deployed.

Those events are what we see in the news. What you may not see are those hidden events. In May Delta Airlines experienced three major incidents. On May 27, Delta's airbus A350 lost automation, on May 29th an Airbus A330 experienced a total hydraulic failure, and a Boeing 757 had unsafe gear. This month I received the following photos of Delta flights, from disgruntled pilots who don't know what to do. A Captain tells me: 

"Maintenance is a problem and we're going to have an accident

Despite everything in the news there is more happening that you never hear about. 

FAA is now investigating Southwest Airlines and four months ago they were investigating United. Honestly, the FAA does not have the resources or time to solve the overwhelming problems within the airline industry. 

A safety protection and the easiest solution is to retain experienced senior pilots and allow them to continue flying to age 67. Their experience could save your life. In the eyes of the government, social security starts at retirement age of 67. Most of these pilots are flying far more challenging aircraft and operations after they leave the airline job.

Unfortunately ALPA is not supportive of this age extension because union representatives are elected positions. This is a political objection, not a safety concern. The airlines' massive employment of young pilots due to the pilot shortage now has tipped the scales to more younger pilots than those of experience. If the union reps don't vote to keep 67 out, they will be voted out. I've already seen this happen. We need public help to address this critical issue before it's too late. Retention of of senior pilots could save your life. 

AGE 67 Is a Must 
For Passenger Safety! 

Enjoy the Journey
Dr. Karlene Petitt

A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727

Friday, June 14, 2024

Putting an End to Medical Corruption

 One Doctor at a Time

Dr. Alan Kozarsky

Have you been harmed by Dr. Kozarsky in the HIMS program? If so, please contact me at A law firm has been retained, on behalf of a Delta pilot, to sue Dr. Kozarsky. However, this could easily turn into multi-plaintiff lawsuit. 

When you visit Dr. Kozarsky you'll find him in a business office, not a medical facility. Book shelves on the left and right,  a big mahogany desk in the center covered with paperwork, and shoved off in the right corner is a bed. Through a back door is a bathroom where pilots pee in a cup and then leave the open container. Now about the man. 

I don't know if Kozarsky is negligent or just another bought off doctor like Dr. Altman who accepted $74,000 to write a false medical diagnosis, but I've seen too many red flags and believe this is a very strong case. Based upon what I have read, my opinion is that Kozarsky is abusing his medical license. From documents concerning his interpretation of test results, emails regarding inappropriate behavior, a photo copy of notes from a call he made trying to convince a psychiatrist to fail a pilot, request of excessive cash payments, and my conversation with his colleague Dr. Chien all point a finger at a bit of corruption.  

I have read multiple emails to Delta regarding Kozarsky's inappropriate behavior of which Delta took no action. Contrary, Delta forces pilots to see Dr. Kozarsky. He even made Captain Ratfield expose her breasts so he could listen to her heart. He stopped monitoring her despite his requirements under the HIMS program when Delta was on their attack, making her non compliant to the program. 

There was an damning conversation between Kozarsky and a psychiatrist about a pilot that was so inappropriate and illegal, that the psychiatrist would not take the case and an employee in his office, who heard the conversation and read the notes, was so appalled that the individual copied those notes and provided them to the pilot in warning of what Kozarsky was up to. I have those notes.

AME Dr. Bruce Chien, stated "He's (Kozarsky) kind of in Delta. Well, he couldn't survive without Delta. Some AMEs get bought. Not saying he is, but it's a conflict of interest." Dr. Chien's words, not mine. But Delta has been sponsoring Dr, Kozarsky's non-profit, and Delta has been ordering select HIMS patients to see him; subject to termination if the pilot does not comply. In a lawsuit all this will become evidence. Discovery can be powerful. While you cannot count on the individual for production that will hang them, when others have the incriminating evidence the truth shall be told. 

Captain Ratfield had reported Dr. Kozarsky's "heinous and unnecessary behavior" to Delta CEO Mr. Bastian, and senior executives and management pilots, but nothing was done. ALPA even advised her to not take action against Kozarsky, as she was trying to save her career. 

No more listening to ALPA. Today a pilot is taking action against Dr. Kozarsky and all will be exposed. I offered to write this post in effort to find other victims to help people with closure. There is nothing worse than being a victim of a crime, helpless to do anything about it, with your career on line if you fight. But finding justice will help with closure. It will also ensure this does not happen to anyone else.  If the FAA doesn't take action, and the medical boards protect their own, it's up to those who are harmed. Sometimes you have to remove one bad apple at a time. 

Enjoy the Journey
Dr. Karlene Petitt

A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Passenger Safety In Harm's Way

FAA Approved, Non Controlled, Medical Malpractice

FAA third party contractors are running quite the profitable business and at pilot's expense, and to the degradation of passenger safety. Any pilot in the claws of one of these criminal doctors, you might have legal options. But the challenges are many as a result of the FAA's awareness and lack of response. 

Dr. John Mathew Fabian mugshot

Dr. John Matthew Fabian PSY.D., J.D., ABPP
Board Certified Forensic & Clinical Psychologist
Forensic & Clinical Neuropsychologist
And FAA Evaluator

Dr. Fabian has a national practice specializing in criminal and civil forensic psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. And he is also conducting FAA evaluations! But he doesn't work for the FAA and the FAA has no control over his actions. 

"Doctors can be bought" admits AME Dr. Chien and "This is a dirty business." 

Yes it is, and pilots lives are being destroyed for money. The FAA knows this is ongoing and yet the agency is doing nothing to stop it. Delta paid Dr. Altman $74,000 for providing a false mental health diagnosis. I tried to get the FAA to do something about Altman at the time, but I was told by the FAA that they had no power over Altman because he was not an FAA AME. Yet he was conducting FAA evaluations! What? How is that possible?  

Dr. David B. Altman

These third party contracted doctors are determining if your pilots fly or not, but they are not working for the FAA unless they are an AME. Altman wasn't. Yet, during trial Altman testified, "Dr. Charles Chisnow, who is the chief psychiatrist at the FAA, told me that I've done more evaluations of pilots than anyone else at this point in time." Yet the FAA does not have any control or regulatory compliance requirements for this doctor or others like him. How is that possible?

Passengers worldwide should fear!

It is extremely dangerous and contradicts aviation safety for doctors to be allowed to sell a false diagnosis. The FAA is aware this is ongoing. And yet nothing is done. I was told by a representative in the FAA that I had to take action with the Illinois medical board regarding Altman. That took me three years to have action taken. Yet, he walked a free man, simply forfeiting his license. Word is, he is still doing work with AMAS. A year after his removal I listened to a phone recording that indicated as much. 

I told a woman at the Illinois Medical Department, after years of calling and pushing for an investigation, of which finally lead to Dr. David B. Altman forfeiting his medical license, that her board would be found criminally negligent if an accident occurred because they had so many complaints against Altman.

I explained to this woman, "If a doctor is willing to take money for a false diagnosis, they would be willing to take money from the highest bidder. If the rich pilot, who legitimately has a problem and is planning to fly his plane into the ground like the Germanwings pilot, who has nothing to live for then he doesn't need his money. Pay it to Dr. Altman or one of the dirty doctors who are in this for financial gain. The dirty doctor would put him in the sky despite any problems noted. If you're a crook you will always go for the highest payoff." 

That was the statement that prodded the Illinois medical department to pursue Altman. 

How can you tell if a doctor is dirty? Follow your gut and avoid those who do not appear on the up and up. For example, I knew nothing of Dr. Brousseau, other than word from an American pilot that she worked closely with Altman, and there was ALPA trying to get me to see her as my doctor, after my Altman diagnosis. I did a little research and wondered how this woman was qualified for bipolar disorder evaluation or for a pilot evaluation. Dr. Kristin Brousseau was a podiatrist that worked in the VA hospital and decided to get into the game of evaluating pilots. 

Dr. Kristin Brousseau, DO

AMAS doctor, Jon Riccitello, worked hard to convince me to go to Brousseau as my neutral doctor, even asserting she would read the three hundred plus page report for "FREE." Who would do that? Instead, I went to the Mayo Clinic. Then we needed a tiebreaker, and Dr. Altman fought to make Brousseau the neutral examiner. These are the red flags you must pay attention to. I never used Brousseau, and this is not an assertion of her potential to be one of the doctors that could be bought, as stated by Dr. Chien. I am only sharing my concerns based upon her lack of experience, the great effort ALPA and Altman went through to have me see her, and all the reasons that I did not. 

Dr. Jon Riccitello (ALPA/AMAS)

Dr. Riccitello looks so sweet and innocent, quite nerdy too, but not only did he try to convince me to go to Brousseau, he told me there was no way I could beat Altman with a bipolar diagnosis and asserted the Altman was the "BIG GUN" with the FAA. He was wrong. The FAA assured me they did not have a big gun. They may not have a big gun, but these doctors are running around like it's the wild west without any FAA control, taking out pilots one shot at a time. Those AMEs they do have control over, they are looking the other way. I have to ask why?

It's Time to Remove These Doctors

I could not sue Altman for malpractice because he worked for Delta. He simply evaluated me. There was no client patient relationship. Courts have determined that examinations conducted at the behest of a third party, do not typically entail the establishment of a patient-physician relationship because the intent is to inform the third party, not to treat or diagnose the patient. (Lownsbury v Van Buren, 762 NE2d 354 (Ohio 2002). State v Herendeen et al, 279 Ga 323, 613 SE2d 647 (Ga 2005). This is how airlines are able to use these doctors, because the airline is the client. 

But that might not be the case. First, had I gone to Dr. Kristin Brousseau, she would have been my doctor, and if she had played the same game I could have filed malpractice against her. If you select a doctor that you feel is in cahoots, they probably are. You have legal options available. 

For those in the HIMS program, your company may be forcing you to see a specific HIMS AME, they may even be paying for that doctor, but if that doctor is prescribing anything, such as a 90-day lockdown as an in-patient, or telling you to see a psychiatrist, or anything that identifies a client patient relationship then you can file malpractice charges. If you pay the doctor, and the company reimburses you, I believe you could argue that this is your doctor. Just like a company uniform, you pay for it, you own it, but the company will reimburse you for it. 

The only way to get rid of these dirty doctors is to pick them off, one at a time, and hurt them where they place their value: Their wallet. 

Pilots careers are on the line, 
And Passenger safety is at stake!


Read more on the post Medical Fraud and Abuse.  

If you know of a dirty doctor, please email me at Now is the time to expose them all! 

Enjoy the Journey
Dr. Karlene Petitt

A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Clear Air Turbulence Technology Exists!

 NWA Invented it! Delta Buried it?

Singapore Airlines hit severe turbulence at 7:45 today, and everyone is asking, "How could this happen?" "Why is there no technology to identify turbulence?" The answer is:

"It Does Exist!" 

In 1957, Dan Sowa, a Northwest Airlines meteorologist, invented such technology to avoid clear air turbulence. And it worked! 

Turbulence Prediction and Warning System

Because of this technology, Northwest dispatchers flight planned their aircraft around the turbulence, even at the added fuel expense. Never did I experience such an unexpected surprise as Singapore Airlines, at NWA. Then we merged with Delta and they, the proud owners of this technology, decided not to use it. Why? Because, it's far more expensive to flight plan an aircraft 200 miles around something (clear air turbulence) that can't be seen. Money over safety appears to be an industry standard. 

What we don't know, won't hurt us, right? 

Until it does!

Never had I experienced unexpected turbulence at NWA, but I did twice at Delta. I was on one flight when unexpected wind slammed us so hard the airspeed shot to redline. The captain, pilot flying, pulled the speed brake so fast, that he captured it. Another time, we were many thousands of feet above the cloud tops that looked like a valley below, the moon illuminating hundreds of miles in each direction. A quite and peaceful night. Nothing forecast, that we knew about. And without warning it felt like a sledgehammer slammed into our plane. As fast as I could, the seatbelt sign went on, and we shook for only a few moments, and then everything felt silent. Thankfully nobody was hurt. But we flew on edge, the remainder of the night, wondering what else was out there. 

TPWA was invented in 1957 and improved upon as the years passed, as all good technology is. But after the merger with Delta, overnight we were flying into turbulence that we had never experienced at NWA. The question was why. But those from NWA knew that answer.  

A Message To The Public: 

Don't let Anyone Fool You... 

There is technology to see and avoid turbulence. 

Whether or not they use it, is another story. 

And if they simply flew through a Thunderstorm, they had the technology to avoid that too!

Enjoy the Journey and remember to buckle up!

Dr. Karlene Petitt
A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Hope Filled Cafe

Making Life Better For Others

When pilots follow their faith to help others, this is what happens. Captain Andrea Ratfield is far more than the circumstances life has thrown at her. She is proof that the hardest of times can be your greatest strength. Difficult times and life challenges will either break you or provide the fuel to create change. Andrea has opted to view her life challenges as gifts from God that gave her strength. Her faith has guided her through the most difficult journey. 

Her kindness and compassion shine through in all she does. Andrea is a single mother of two sons, one of which is autistic. She has identified the need for children with challenges to have a safe place to grow, learn and become positive members of society. Therefore, Andrea formed the Non-Profit company Hope Filled Cafe

A café with a unique purpose. But she needs your help to make this a reality and get it off the ground.  

"We're on a mission to make hope happen by creating a space where everyone feels welcome and valued. Did you know that individuals with autism and cognitive disabilities face an 85% unemployment rate, with support services ending abruptly on their 22nd birthday?  This reality leaves them feeling hopeless and disconnected. But together, we can change that!  We're raising funds to build our first storefront, where we'll offer specialized employment training and opportunities. Your support and donations will turn our community dream into a thriving coffee, bakery & gelato shoppe.

Our café plans to be a welcoming hub near the Orono School District, (Minnesota) providing essential job skills training and fostering meaningful connections. Not only will Hope Filled Café be a local hangout for our youth to go after school and on weekends, but it will also be a place for parents to come during the school day, enjoy a nice cup of coffee or smoothie, and a pastry while working or connecting with others. We believe in inclusivity, shared learning, and exceptional service. " Captain Andrea Ratfield. 

Founder, Captain Andrea Ratfield

Please go to Hope Filled Cafe and DONATE HERE. Note, that when you select an amount, the platform adds a percentage. You can select "other" and add zero or a fixed amount. This platform (unlike Go Fund Me) is a non-profit organization. So, you can add whatever you want and ensure 100% of your donation goes to this incredible business that is about to take flight. 

The circumstance of life brought Andrea into this present life, and nothing is stopping her. Perhaps it's time she is gifted with assistance, as the hard times are left behind. 

From sleeping in a trunk as a child, she understands how children need a safe space. Emancipated as a minor, working to put herself through college, becoming a flight attendant and then a pilot, Captain Andrea Ratfield has navigated adversity and achieved success. Never a victim, she accepts what God gives her and creates change where necessary. Being raped at an aviation event was another trauma that found her down yet a different path. Once again, not a victim, despite being thrown into the HIMS program of which she did not belong. Unwilling to look the other way to the injustice of others being harmed by that program and non FDA approved blood tests that produce false positive results, she is fighting back to help those in need. She's working to create positive change. 

Andrea is a single mother of two, an airline pilot, a volunteer for special needs kids, provides tours to assist parents who travel with children with challenges. If she's not captaining her plane, she is parenting her boys, one of which is autistic. She does mission work in Haiti and is continuing her education for a purpose; to help those in need. She is a woman of faith and her unlimited power shines through. 

Andrea recently earned a Masters in Transformational Leadership Development (MATL) from Bethel Seminary, and is now working on her PhD in Organization, Management & Leadership with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. She chose Bethel University because it is biblically rooted, like her Seminary degree. She is continuing her education to learn skills beyond flying an airplane, to ensure the success of Hope Filled Cafe to help our children. 

"My PhD will be biblically based, too, and I chose the Entrepreneurship Concentration because of my efforts with Hope Filled Café. I figured as a parent of a child with significant disabilities, and how terrifying it is for me with my strengths, I can only imagine how much more terrifying it is for parents who don't have a college degree or business background or nonprofit background and are sitting around hopeless with their kiddos at home with no face to face connection or meaningful employment.

So my dissertation will be along the lines of: How do we create more employment opportunities for adults with autism and cognitive disabilities to address the alarmingly 85 to 90% unemployment rate within that demographic?" Captain Andrea Ratfield 

Andrea and the team are amazing. You can meet them here. To make Hope Filled Cafe a reality they need donations. If you can help, please do so. As I watch the new generation of pilots who feel entitled, who don't make an effort, or think they can use their religion to show up to work but not do the job, it's nice to know people like Andrea are representing our profession. 

I am so proud to have met and traveled this journey with Andrea, and to have the opportunity to watch her continued success. To see that her convictions never waiver. She is accepting of all, and gives more than takes. We all have people in our lives that there is nothing we wouldn't do for them. Andrea is one of those people. 

Let's All Give Andrea a Helping Hand

Hope Filled Cafe 
Will become reality, and YOU
Can be part of Positive Change!

Please go to Hope Filled Cafe and DONATE HERE. Note, that when you select an amount, the platform adds a percentage. You can select "other" and add zero or a fixed amount. This platform (unlike Go Fund Me) is a non-profit organization. So, you can add whatever you want and ensure 100% of your donation goes to this incredible business that is about to take flight. 

Thank you!

Enjoy the Journey
Dr. Karlene Petitt
A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727

Monday, May 13, 2024

Does This Training Count?

Open for Discussion! 

"I didn't work, but I deserve to 
be signed off for training!"

I receive calls weekly, sometimes daily, to help pilots. But last week I received three calls in one day. All from the same airline. This is the situation from one of those calls, and I am curious what you think as the argument is deeply concerning. 

A new hire pilot requested religious accommodation for training. He cannot work on Saturdays. The airline gave it to him. But as things happen, pilots drop out, schedules change, he was rescheduled to train on Saturday. He called me for advice. He is adamant that he would never work on his religious day, no matter what. That was non-negotiable. Thus, he is a man of faith, not just faking to get off on Saturday.

His plan was to show up to training, in a fixed base simulator, and tell the instructor that he could not push a button or raise the gear, but he would have the first officer do this for him, and ask the instructor to sign him off.  I said, "Do not ask the instructor to sign you off. That is falsifying records. That will put him on the spot and could cost him his job." Then I said, "What if you did that, and he said no?" 

He said he would sit there with his arms folded. "Do not do that!" I said. "If you get terminated, and this goes to court that will haunt you. Then I explained why. I connected him to my favorite attorney to see if he could write a letter on his behalf. The attorney suggested he show up and explain why he couldn't work. Then if action was taken against this pilot, he could then write that letter.

I said, "Explain the situation, and ask the instructor to give you an incomplete, and ask if he would call the scheduler to reschedule." 

Then, on Mother's Day Sunday, the pilot called to tell me what happened. 

He had asked his sim partner to push the buttons and move the gear. He would sit there. She was okay with that, so he told the instructor the same. He did not ask for the incomplete, and whatever was said, this pilot was signed off. My jaw dropped when I heard this. But then he said that he was pulled out of training the next day (this Sunday) because he was not complete. I said, "Of course you were incomplete." Then we argued that point for more than 30 minutes.

They are rescheduling him. The scheduler asked what days won't work. He told her Friday sunset to Saturday sunset for his faith. I asked if he explained why he needed to be rescheduled. He did not. I assumed transparency might go a long way here, as schedulers would not want this to happen again. 

Now the Questions

I explained that was not legal training. He argued it was and believed he deserved to be signed off.  

I explained that the training syllabus does not say, the first officer will demonstrate "and/or command". This is a procedures trainer. Moving the switches is the lesson, or why not just sit in a classroom and talk about the plane on a panel on the wall and save airlines lots of money? He argued that it was no different if he told the other pilot to do it, or he did it.  

I explained AQP means we train like we fly. He argued that too, as in the plane a captain will command an engine start. 

What do You Think? Was this legal training?

Then I queried that if he got a ride to his place of business, sat in the chair, discussed and told others how to do that business, was paid to be there, and believed that he did the work to be signed off, was that not violation of his belief? He said his Rabbi said it was okay to do all that, as long as he don't touch a switch. 

I believe in accommodation for all. I believe in faith, and conviction, and doing what you believe. But this feels contrived and a workaround. I said, "You can't have it both ways. You don't believe what you did was work, but then you want to be paid and get credit for work you said you did not do?" He argued that too. 

What do You Think? Is this work or not work?

He said that ALPA told him that once he was signed off for training they could not take it away. Is that true? He also has no idea how the company found out. I told him what more than likely occurred. 

What I believe happened, is that this instructor had buyers remorse, and questioned what transpired. Then he asked someone who said, "No way is that legal." This was not legal training, and because the instructor went along with it they are allowing him to do the entire event again. 

I had questioned how he was going to manage an airline career on an International airplane, without working on a Saturday. There are time changes, cancellations, weather and maintenance delays. Is he going to cancel a flight because he finds himself in Europe and can't work on Friday at Sunset? And is that Sunset in his timezone or Europe? 

He said it won't be an issue. After what transpired here, and the ensuing debate on legality, I suspect he could show up to the plane and tell the other pilots he can't push a button or do anything but sit there. The question is, would the pilots allow that behavior if they all want to get home after a delay? Probably, depending upon the situation. 

He should have been accommodated for training. There is no undue hardship to the company for that. But a cancelled flight would be another story. The question is, if this would have been a violation of an FAA approved training program if the pilot sits there and commands procedures instead of doing them? If it's not, and we are required per AQP to train like we fly, then would this behavior be allowed in an airplane? And if the pilot believes it was legitimate enough to be signed off and to be paid for the event, was that not work? 

What Do You Think?

Enjoy the Journey
Dr. Karlene Petitt
A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Crime in Aviation

When Death is Imminent

The FBI recently told passengers who were on board the Alaska Boeing 737 Max, that lost a panel in flight, that they might be victims of a crime. Therefore the question I have is, is it a crime because the passengers "knew" the event  happened or simply the fact they were on the plane when it occurred? For example if a passenger slept through the event, would they, too, be a victim even if they didn't know? 

If it is a crime to place lives in danger on an aircraft,
then why are other Airlines not held to the same standards?

Captain Steve Dempsey, the Chair the Delta Flight Path Management Steering Committee, departed and learned his auto flight system had failed. He illegally flew into RVSM airspace, then at destination declared an emergency. Illegal, because there is 1000 foot separation requirement and therefore an autopilot is required by law. He placed passenger lives in danger, and Delta knew. 

Were those passengers a victim of a crime?

Delta's response, was to create a training video, staring Captain Dempsey, to encourage all pilots to declare an emergency if they, too, lose their auto flight system. Dempsey did not get more training, instead he wrote to me and said, "We (Delta) as a group are presently not prepared to fly in complex airspace with Level 0 automation. Nor, might I add, are we suitably prepared to fly in complex airspace with Level 4 automation (so says ASAP.)" Level 0 is manual flight. Level 4 is a fully automated aircraft. 

Even though Delta has access to the ASAP reports and they know that pilots can't fly without or with automation as a group, no remedial training was accomplished. Does knowing about a pilot performance deficit, for the overall pilot group, and not doing anything about it, make it a crime by placing these passengers lives in harms way?

To make matters worse, Captain Dempsey emailed me and said, 

"In our case, we have a 737 on final in ATL in IMC. At 700' they decide to GA but hit the AT button instead of TOGA (FD stays in APP). No one seems to notice that the pitch (3 degrees nose up) and power (56% N1) are not the pitch/power for GA (appx. 12 degrees up and 90%). It doesn't matter that they didn't have the exact number memorized...they didn't even have the SA to look beyond the FD and recognize something was wrong (and they got to 186' with 2,000+ fpm descent before saving the day as EGPWS wails in the background)."

Were Those Passengers a Victim of a Crime?

These events are all public record, as they became part of my trial, and my mental health evaluation. 

Simply because the passengers did not know they were minutes from death, does that make it any less of a crime? 

What about the Delta flight where the pilots departed in the middle of the night, experienced an emergency divert and instead of pulling the crew they continued on to destination and both fell asleep on final.  Thank God one awoke with the gear warning horn. You can read more on that event and what the FAA approved fix was in my novel, Flight for Justice.  

Were Those Passengers a Victim of a Crime?

What about AF447 with the loss of the pitot static system due to grapple (small ice balls) and 228 people died? The fact that the FAA knew, because Delta had 14 of these events (these, too, ended up in my medical file) and all pilots wrote ASAP reports, yet nothing was done until after 228 people died is that a crime?

Were Those Passengers a Victim of a Crime?


Since airline employees are prohibited from telling the public what's going on behind the scenes, or face termination. And, the only way to create change is if the public knows about it. What if there was a law that forced airlines to report to their passengers for every ASAP report, every near death experience, every event that is abnormal, that the passengers were on? This would enable all passengers to sue the airlines for poor training, forcing pilots to fly fatigued, and placing them in harms way on a case by case basis. 

Would you like to know that 
you were on a flight and faced death, 
in order to hold the airline accountable?

Simply because you do not know, 
doesn't mean it did not happen. 

Enjoy the Journey

Dr. Karlene Petitt
A350, B777, A330, B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727