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PHD. MBA. MHS. Type rated on A350, A330, B777, B747-400, B747-200, 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. Fighting for Aviation Safety and Airline Employee Advocacy. Safety Culture and SMS change agent.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It's All About the Crew

I've been flying with a husband and wife team. Captain Bob Hilten, and his wife Lynn, are incredible. Not only do they both fly an exceptional airplane, but their professionalism doesn't waiver with their commitment to each other, their job, and their love of flying.

And they've adopted me. Bob and Lynn invited me to join them on their Christmas Eve dinner. Then tonight, back in Honolulu, they kidnapped me and took me out again. Another wonderful evening.
Everyone say's, "It's all about the crew" and they're right.

On their days off, Bob and Lynn, ride their horses into the mountains of Montana for camping trips. They kayaking, ski, backpack, fly their own Cessna, and snowboard.   Lynn is also a Vet, a gifted pianist, and photographer. Bob has a brilliant mind for the sciences, physics, astronomy, and is semi retired from the Navy.  And you should see them fly a plane.

Despite the 160 knot headwinds into Osaka or the dodging of thunderstorms upon our return to Honolulu, the trip has been incredible. Thanks to a wonderful Crew.

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene


  1. Flying on Christmas seemed like drawing the short straw to me when I heard that's what your schedule was, Karlene, but it sounds like these wonderful people turned it into a great experience. They sound terrific. Belated Merry Christmas to you and your adoptive flying family!

  2. I'm so glad to hear Bob and Lynn took good care of you over the holiday! They sound like excellent people.

  3. Thank you Linda, They did turn it into a wonderful Christmas. And, I'm learning so much from them. Thank you for your comment! Happy New Year!

  4. Thank you Heather. They did. They wouldn't let me sit in my room and work. We all need a break.
    Happy New Year!!!

  5. It's always great to read stories like this. Just incredible!

  6. Hi! What preparations are done before flying over the ocean?

  7. Hey airbus fan... nothing special preparing to fly over the ocean. We check the weather, and make sure our plane is working. We have a few more requirements with fuel, and minimum equipment... but when we fly... it's all the same. Thanks for the great question.


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