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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.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dream Catchers

Friday's Fabulous Flyers:

Michelle and Gretchen
Team 33

Michelle Bassanesi is flying her second Air Race Classic! She is both an EASA and FAA (and current) instrument rated commercial pilot with single- and multi- engine, instrument flight instructor, advanced ground instructor. She is also an undergraduate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University two-thirds of the way towards her BS in Aeronautics with minors in Aviation Safety and Management: Expected graduation 2016!

Valiant Steed DREAMER: N9863H is a 182R Skylane.

Michelle is on the Dean’s List and a member of the Alpha Sigma Lamda Honor Society, recognized in leadership and scholarship. She has 1360 hours in the air and is racing for the experience, the adventure, and the camaraderie. Michelle is also currently working on her FAA-Aircraft Dispatcher Certification. This is all done in her “spare time” … Michelle is a full-time working single-mum, entrepreneur, and problem solver!

She is no novice to Flight To Success. If you type in Michelle into the search box, you'll see her ambition, dedication and commitment has no wavered. Michelle has been flying strong for the three years I've known her and I'm so glad to have the chance to follow her career. She is an amazing lady.


Gretchen Jahn is Michelle's co-pilot during the race. She is a veteran racer, with 18 Air Race Classics under her wings. An instrument-rated commercial pilot with 1650 hours logged, Gretchen has single-engine land and sea certificates and a tail-wheel endorsement.

Gretchen says, "I love to meet and help new racers. There is always more to learn about the airplane, weather, aviation rules, team coordination and personal capabilities. It is fun to collect airports, become more proficient and go fast!" 

Fast they did fly. These two ladies came in second place last year. Will they increase their position this year? Stay tuned to find out!

Gretchen, Ed, Michelle and Chuck Frost!

Ed and Chuck are the owners of the valiant steed and team 33's dedicated ground crew/support!

And YOU can be ground support too. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

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