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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.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Special Month for Aviation

August is a month of Birthdays. And today I want to wish three special people happy birthday. Connected across the miles by a passion of flight. I'm sure they will all kill me because I'm posting old photos. But how much do we change in a year?

Happy Birthday
Cecilie, Ryan and Alex

These three aviators are my international friends, but more than that they are like family. I wish them all the Happiest Birthday ever. I am so glad to know them and to be part of their lives too.

Today, August 7,  is Cecilie's Happy Birthday. I remember sending her a card about a first beer last year. So that means she's got to be 22 today. But little did I know that in Norway allows that first taste before we do in the US. It's hard to believe another year has gone by. How does time fly? I know how Cecilie's been flying. She's racking up those sky miles.

Happy Birthday Cecilie

Tomorrow, August 8, is Ryan's Happy Birthday. Ryan is somewhere in the UK busy working on my website that is going live soon, as we are on the final count down. Click HERE and watch the time click past. And that's what happens to time these days. It flies. And guess what... Ryan was Cecilie's flight instructor at Embry Riddle. It's a small world.

Happy Birthday Ryan

In two weeks, August 24, is Alex's Happy Birthday. I was trying to get Flight For Safety done for him, for his birthday. But that did not work out, as it's still with the editor. Alex, it will be worth the wait... I promise! Good things take time. And you need to keep studying for school. Keep expanding that mind and I will corrupt it in a month.

Happy Birthday Alex

These three aviator are the future. They are bright, energetic, capable, dedicated, and have so much on the ball... it's going to be fun to watch their careers and lives blossom over the years.

Happy Birthday to the future of Aviation!
XO Karlene 


  1. Happy Birthday to Cecilie, Ryan, and Alex!! Thank you so much for a great post, and yes, the birth of our industry's future is paramount!

    1. Thank you for your comment Jeremy! You are part of that future. Do not forget that!!!

  2. Karlene -special friend -Thank you for your wishes. 21.... again. ;o) Love, always. x

    1. 21 again forever and always. I love it! Happy Birthday tomorrow!!!

  3. Karlene, thank you so much for the birthday wishes. I had a fabulous day with friends and family. Happy Birthday to Ryan today, and Alex later this month! August is a wonderful month for birthdays!

    1. You are so welcome! I am so glad you had a great time!! I was hoping I would not hear from you until the day after. :)

  4. Hahah! When I saw that "Aerowood" on that Piper Cub, I thought on taking a picture. That picture was specially for my Friday Flyer!

    The cake combines with my shirt and with the Aerowood rudder. lol!

    Beautiful post, beautiful message and a lovely friend!

    Happy birthday to Cecilie and Ryan (belated)!


    1. I was thinking the same thing!! lol the good thing about getting a Happy Birthday wish is it lasts all month!


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