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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, September 29, 2017

The Final Journey

Norah O'Neil... 
Friday's Fabulous Flyer
Will never be forgotten 

Our friend Norah has taken her last flight on this earth. She passed a week ago Friday, with her children at her side.

Norah will be missed, 
but never forgotten. 

Her heart and soul will carry on in those she has touched along this journey called life. I am sadden to see her pass, but I am ever grateful to have known her. Over 145 of her flying sisters honored her at an ISA event, Wednesday night in New York at the play, Come From Away

2015 Come From Away in Seattle

Norah was with the ISA +21 pilots (second row to the left) when the show was in Seattle. She was also one of the founding members of ISA +21. While her physical presence did not make Come From Away on broadway, with her ISA sisters.  I do believe she was with us. 

Flyer's Prayer
By Patrick J. Phillips

When this life I'm in is done,
And at the gates I stand,
My hope is that I answer all
His questions on command.

I doubt He'll ask me of my fame,
Or all the things I knew,
Instead, He'll ask of rainbows sent
On rainy days I flew.

The hours logged, the status reached,
The ratings will not matter.
He'll ask me if I saw the rays
And how He made them scatter.

Or what about the droplets clear,
I spread across your screen?
And did you see the twinkling eyes.
If student pilots keen?

The way your heart jumped in your chest,
That special solo day-
Did you take time to thank the one
Who fell along the way?

Remember how the runway lights
Looked one night long ago
When you were lost and found your way,
And how-you still don't know?

How fast, how far, how much, how high?
He'll ask me not these things
But did I take the time to watch
The moonbeams wash my wings?

And did you see the patchwork fields
And mountains I did mould;
The mirrored lakes and velvet hills,
Of these did I behold?

The wind he flung along my wings,
On final almost stalled.
And did I know I it was His name,
That I so fearfully called?

And when the goals are reached at last,
When all the flying's done,
I'll answer Him with no regret-
Indeed, I had some fun.

So when these things are asked of me,
And I can reach no higher,
My prayer this day - His hand extends
To welcome home a Flyer.

Norah has been welcomed home!

Click on the Link above to read her story. 

Life is short, 
Remember to enjoy every moment. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Sunday, September 24, 2017

"Two Cases" Of Female Pilots...

Will be delivered to the 
Aviation Industry soon! 

Saturday was 
Girls in Aviation Day! 

And we opened the door to the skies!

The Fun Continued On Sunday! 

When you have a good party going, it's hard to cut it short to one day only. Thus we flew both Saturday and Sunday. I think we gave 220 girls flights! Enjoy the photos, find your pilot, and leave a comment to thank all the pilots and ground staff, too. There were many people behind the scenes working hard at scheduling, and checking in the girls. Thank you all!

Paul and Megan (Natalie missing photo)

Stacy And Melissa
For All Your Hard Work! 

Stacy (Melissa missing photo) 

Links to all photos as the end of the post!

Flying Takes a team.

Sandy, Gen, Ann, Christy and Ann's friend! 

Huge Thanks to Our Ground Crew 
and our ERAU representatives too! 

Inspiring Education Beyond the first flight

Rheanna, Karlene, and Dan  

Ramp Crew Extraordinaire!





Amazing Pilots! 

Saturday Flight Crew: 






Sunday Flight Crew: 






Aviation sometimes has a mind of it's own. Sunday, we had a transponder fail after a first flight, followed by a magneto problem on the twin. Despite the many challenges, and having to cancel a few flights due to mechanicals, we had an incredible flying event with many happy young ladies! 

Two Cases of Female Pilots: 

For every young lady that stated... 

"I'm going to be a pilot!" 

We gave her an autographed copy of Flight to Success be the Captain of Your Life, compliments of Jet Star Publishing, to help guide her way into the sky. How many books did we give out? Two cases full! Meaning sixty new lady pilots will be joining us in the sky. A few engineers and an astronaut too! 

While all the girls didn't say flying would be their career choice, many of them conquered their fears just stepping onto the plane. But all these girls opened their minds and hearts to the many possibilities of life and a belief system that ...

Anything Is Possible!

For Making A 
Spectacular Weekend!

Karlene and Stacy 


Girls Fly Sunday September 24, 2017 Photos

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Human Factors ....

Friday Fabulous Flyer

 Dr. Haydee Maria Cuevas

Dr. Cuevas, or Haydee as she likes to be called, is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor in the doctoral studies department. Prior to her becoming a professor at ERAU, she spent 7 years as a scientific researcher for SA technologies, 15 years as a human factors researcher investing performance issues, has authored 91 publications, 23 technical reports and has presented at 95 conferences worldwide. 

What's more incredible that her achievements? 
Haydee gives so much to all,
and we her students benefit from her wisdom, 
her kindness, and her compassion. 

Dr. Cuevas educational background includes a B.A. in psychology from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. the University of Central Florida in applied experimental human factors psychology. 

Haydee is an incredibly talented and experienced professor, and I was fortunate to start my Ph.D. off right having having her for a couple of my first classes. I am also honored to have Dr. Cuevas on my dissertation committee. She is inspiring, intelligent, talented, and an asset to the ERAU program. More than that, I am lucky to know her, and I'm sure all her students feel the same way. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this woman. She also gifted me a great song that helped me find my strength during a challenging time. 

Today I am celebrating Haydee's 
most recent achievement... 

Click on the above link 
to get your copy!
I did!

Join me in celebrating another great accomplishment 
of an incredible woman. 

Congratulations Dr. Cuevas!  

Book Report Coming Soon!

Enjoy the Journey!
OX Karlene 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


"The real glory is being knocked to your knees 
and then coming back. 
That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it."

Vince Lombardi

Spending the evening having a glass of champagne 
with my hubby and playing scrabble. 
Celebrate the moments of life....

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ups and Downs of Flying

It's not just about the 
takeoffs and landings! 

Kathy McCullough

Kathy and I became friends 18 years ago, when we were both flying the Boeing 747 at Northwest Airlines. Until I read her book, I had forgotten that Kathy learned to fly when she was only sixteen.  But the stories she shared of the Northwest days brought back many memories. 

It was a fun read about what it took for her to get to the captain’s seat of the 747, but she had her share of problems along the way. Kathy was hired by the Northwest Airlines in 1981, and at the time Northwest had a strong military presence and was extremely unwelcoming to women pilots. She put up with a lot in those days, and her sense of humor helped her soar through a wonderful career. 

Lily, Karlene and Kathy at WAI 2017

Today Kathy is active in ISA+21 (International Society of Women Airline Pilots) supporting female pilots, she never misses a Women in Aviation conference, she travels, is writing a travel book and a novel, and you will rarely if ever find her without a camera in her hands. She's an incredible photographer. 

You can see some of her photos on 
her photography website:

She was a cute baby too!

Kathy's book,
Ups and Downs
is on Amazon
in paperback and on Kindle.

And the Kindle version is 
from today, Tuesday, September 19 
through Saturday, September 23rd. 

The paperback version has black and white photos, 

This is a deal you cannot miss! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Sunday, September 17, 2017

First Flight Inspiration

Opens the Door to a Love of Aviation

Every year pilots in the Seattle area
dedicate their time and energy 
by gifting young ladies free flights
to inspire and open the doors of Aviation. 

This Year's event is 
at Boeing Field
The Seattle Museum of Flight


Saturday September 23rd and
Sunday September 24th
From 9 am to 5 pm. 

We Need Pilots to Fly! 

The museum is providing 
FREE gas to help out with the expense,
 and lunch too! 

Please email me at
If you can help. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene