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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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year 2019

May this year be filled with 
strength, courage, conviction, 
love, joy, health and happiness... 
With all that comes success!

Time has a way of flying by faster each year. Then something happens, and we awaken and the New Year has arrived. This year I will be flying on New Years Eve and when we land, it will be January 2nd in Sydney. Therefore I will be missing the festivities of the night before, and the new day. But that will not stop the joy that only a New Year can bring. Or the fact that I will have resolutions to fulfill. 

I'm certain I did not meet all my resolutions last year, but not without a gallant effort. However, with the New Year we are afforded an opportunity to start anew. Make new plans. New goals. Try something new. Always striving for what we believe to be our best self.  

My 2019 Resolutions:

*   Focus on Gratitude everyday! 

*  Earn my PhD:
This one is in sight! And, you are all invited to my defense in Daytona Beach, January 11, 2019, at 1pm EST... or watch live by signing up and watching on Eagle Vision by clicking here

*  Revitalize the Flight to Success blog! 

Once the PhD is complete, I will be back to blogging 2-3  times a week.

* Finish 4 books:
  • Weaponization of Mental Health in the Airline Industry
  • Normalization of Deviance (based on dissertation)
  • Jungle Air Airline Monkey Business 
  • Flight For Justice (Darby's 4th novel)

* Pass the LSAT! 
  • Get into Law School (2020)  

* Bucket List: 
  • Take my husband to the Kentucky Derby for his birthday! 

*  Exercise Daily

*   No Sugar!
  • Not purchase any sugar in January 
  • Give up sugar starting February (after the supplies diminish). 

*  Win an Air 21 case. 
  • The most important goal of this year might just be to ensure that employees everywhere know they can report safety without being retaliated against. 
*   Finish the Lake house and move in!

It's going to be a busy year! 
But life is short, and if we don't live it to the fullest, 
we may never realize all the opportunities available, 
and what a blessing it was!

What are your resolutions 
this year?

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Happy Holidays! 

Tis the Season to feel the love and joy of every little girl and boy. November and December have been consumed with editing my dissertation. I received approval to defend! The efforts have shifted to the defense. Update on that coming soon. Then the previous months have been filled with depositions and I observed my first Air21 case, and flying. Three books are in the making too!

What has been lost this year was no Christmas Cards. We did decorate... but I didn't put up all the lights in the yard, yet the yard is still beautiful thanks to my husband! 

I wish you love and joy
from my family to yours
during this holiday season!

Thanks to all of you working this 
Holiday Season giving the gift
of safely taking passengers
to their families!

Joy throughout the New Year!

XOX Karlene

Friday, December 7, 2018


Non-Stop to All your Aviation Needs!

Brought you by....

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!

Jeff Miller 

Jeff wanted to be an Airline Pilot since the age of 5, and he made that dream come true. His stories from early years are funny. They say those kids who stare out the window at a young age are just preparing for their future. He might have been one of them.

Jeff said, "As a kid, I would drag my parents out to the end of the runway at Lindberg Field and watch the planes for hours on end. So when I was in Kindergarten, the teacher goes around asking each child what their Father does for a living...well...having a passion for aviation at such an early age, I tell the class "My Dad is an Airline Pilot"....Truth was, my Dad was the Emergency Room Chief Surgeon and Chief of Staff for Mission Bay Memorial Hospital in San Diego (pretty darn good in-and-of itself...but no...I had to say he was a Pilot!) I don't live that one down to this day :)!"

Jeff learned to Fly in College, after College he flight instructed. Then flew 1900s, 757s, and he is now a 737 Captain! He is also the founder of Aerosearcher. 

is a website for 
the aviation community


"The impetus for Aerosearcher began about three years ago with the idea of simplifying online searches for aircraft for sale, aviation jobs, and aviation products for consumers, professionals, and enthusiasts around the world. With these goals in mind, Aerosearcher was born. We dove right in and held focus groups, conducted market studies, and drafted business models. After a plan was in place, it took the last year for website coding, design, business plan implementation, and beta testing."

I think the “About Aerosearcher” text strikes to the core of what we’re all about and the fact that we really want to hear from folks…We certainly want to hear what they like! However, more importantly, we want to hear where we can improve due to the fact that Aerosearcher is a website for the aviation community… It is a site that will change, grow, and maintain a course providing value for an aviation community that we, the Aerosearcher Management Team have an absolute passion for!

Want to find a plane to buy and make sure you’ve seen all the options? You’d usually have to scour five, maybe even ten websites.


Looking for a job in the aviation field whether it be a Corporate Pilot, a Mechanic or a Flight Instructor to name a few? You’re typically going to spend several hours and visit an array of websites before you even begin to feel you’ve seen the majority of possible opportunities. 


Aircraft parts or aviation products? The same story: a vast number of sites and resources all with a different way to find what you’re looking for and no single site that can give you the majority of what’s available. 

It is this complexity that AeroSearcher simplifies. We’ve built a service that let’s you find in seconds what may have taken far longer in the past.

We’re not an aircraft classified provider. We just let you search every major classified site at one go. We’re not an aviation job site. But using AeroSearcher means you can search nearly all aviation job sites with ease. We don’t sell aircraft parts or aviation products, but there is no single place on the web where you can search and find whatever aviation related item you are looking for faster. 

We know that we’re just at the start of an amazing journey. There are more possibilities for AeroSearcher: big improvements, new types of aviation information to index and innovative solutions to aviation problems. We hope you’ll join us for the ride, take advantage of the great improvements in aviation search, and give us feedback on ways to improve and what opportunities we should tackle next.” 

Connect! Engage! Follow! 

Website Address: 
Facebook: facebook

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Pure Joy

When the meaning of a gift meant something...

Boy receiving a new pair of shoes 
at an orphanage in Austria, 1946.

Happy Holidays!
XO Karlene 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Eastern Shuttle Flight 853

Eastern Airlines Kitchen Talk Radio

This is the radio show's first tribute to 
Eastern Shuttle Flight 853

If you want to read details of the accident
visit the following blog: 

I hope you can join the show! 

Episode 393
December 3,  2018
7 pm EST

Call in: 

at 7:00 P. M. EDT 

or listen in by clicking the hyperlink:

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene