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"We are the protagonists of our stories called life, and there is no limit to how high we can fly."


Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, 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.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

First Solo!

The Amazing Charles Jacob Young 
Takes to the Sky! 

 

"On August 11th at 1620 PDT, on his 16th Birthday (actually we cheated by about 4.5 hours since he wasn’t born until 2100), Charles Jacob Young, did alone, and completely unassisted, safely defy gravity in our trusty Cessna 172, N94CA and solo with 3 takeoffs and 3 landings (no bounces) at Seattle’s Boeing Field."


"This now makes 3 out of 3 of the Young household that are pilots. His mother and I are beyond thrilled (and I didn't know she could hold her breath that long while he went around the pattern). That 172 felt like a fighter on takeoff without Dad in the right seat, as sure was quiet too without someone talking the whole time! Too bad that same plane floated half way down the runway on landing!"


First approach to landing! 
It will be cool for him in the future to look at these pictures as he Captains one of those 787s


"First landing. Right in front of the Boeing Flight Test center where his mom and dad met over 25 years ago - leading to this day, That airplane that leapt into the air on takeoff sure seems to float forever on landing!"





Losing his shirttail 






"He will take his car drivers license test next week - 
you have to have your priorities."


His father says, "I would really appreciate if you could relate to him what your first solo meant to you. This is a very special group of people he is joining." 

Congratulations Charles!!
I'm looking forward to flying with you!

(8 years ... you can do it!) 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Death by Airplane

Honor their Memory!

Join Eastern Airlines Kitchen Talk Radio tonight to hear stories of deaths in aircraft, of famous people. Many people know friends or relatives who have lost their life in an aircraft. Tonight our friends at Eastern will discuss famous people and open the lines up for you to share your stories too. 


Episode 426
Monday
August 12, 2019
7 pm EST

Call in: 

at 7:00 P. M. EDT 

or listen in by clicking the hyperlink:
www.blogtalkradio.com/capteddie.


Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 



Thursday, August 8, 2019

Aviation Safety

Safe Landings Act

"Congressman DeSaulnier and Captain “Sully” Sullenberger to Unveil Legislation to Prevent Air Travel Incidents and Accidents like Recent Air Canada Incident at SFO Walnut Creek, CA"


"Today at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Captain “Sully” Sullenberger will unveil the Safe Landings Act, comprehensive legislation inspired by the recent rise of near-misses at airports across the country—including at SFO—and the two deadly Boeing 737 Max jet crashes. 

The bill would address major gaps in aviation safety, including those that contributed to these events. The event is open to the press and photographers." 


Live Streaming of 
"Safe Landings Act" 
Press Conference "HERE"


A huge thanks to 
Captain Sullenberger and 
Congressman DeSaulnier
for being progressive about 
Aviation Safety! 

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Flight For Truth

From Justice to Truth!

The series continues!

The last couple years have been a bit busy earning a PhD, checking out on the B777, remodeling a house, and writing legal briefs. However last week I made a commitment to get the next novel complete. Which was going to be Flight for Justice. However, justice will have to wait. The story of my life. Flight For Truth will come first. 




Flight For Truth 
Is coming soon...

I don't have a cover idea yet, but I am taking suggestions. I do have an incredible reader who is editing on the fly with me. I write a chapter a day and send it to Trimbi. She edits and sends back. Thank you Trimbi! 

I'm writing this novel in 100 days!

I recently attended a conference and someone made a 100 day writing goal, because "It was impossible to write a book in 100 days." Then I said, "I am writing a book in 100 days, because all you have to do is write a chapter a day."

The stories are exciting. The action is ratcheting up. The truth is in the fiction. Literally. And the reason I am writing Flight For Truth before Flight For Justice-- the novel would be too huge if I tried to write it as one story. Flight For Truth will determine if Darby returns to the job she loves. Flight For Justice will make her whole. Or will it? 

While I'm writing the next novel... 
please catch up on the series. 


The First Novel... 



Imagine writing a novel, Flight For Control, with the theme of mental health embedded within the world of aviation. And then two months after your novel is released a Jet Blue captain is locked out of the flight deck by his first officer, after he suffers from a mental breakdown. What if he hadn't been locked out? And then four years later a Germanwings first officer successfully locks the captain out of the fight deck and flies his plane into the mountains. Read more here...

 The Second Novel...

 

Imagine writing a novel and Asiana crashes in San Francisco, and you have a scene that mirrors that event. And then your pilots are flying an A330 to Singapore as a storm builds, they get caught ... and two years later Air Asia takes the same route and flies into that storm but crashes. Fiction that mirrors truth.  Read more here... 

The Third Novel...


Imagine being an author working on your PhD at the same time you are an airline pilot. What if all those worlds merged into one exciting adventure, where truth was scarier than fiction and the lines between your worlds blurred? You would write the novel Flight For Survival.
Read more here...


The Fourth Novel... 


It's insane how airlines are cutting training at the expense of safety. Insanity extends to the FAA, where industry issues of automation dependency, lack of hand flying skills, confusion, and lack of understanding stem back to 1996, yet these issues are more prevalent than ever. Imagine what happens to the person challenging the system...

 All books can be purchased, 
with autographs, on this blog!

And....

Available on Amazon: 

and
and
Amazon Comments are so much appreciated!!! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 




Monday, August 5, 2019

Wanderlust

Last week I returned from work and headed toward the Canadian border with a friend. We were not running from anything, but headed toward an adventure. 

The destination: Wanderlust at Whistler BC. 


"Wanderlust's mission is to help you find your true north — to cultivate your best self."


In search of true north we enjoyed morning of yoga, music meditation and a day with Cheryl Strayed discussing life.


I also have some new reading material! 



Clarity, Truth, Courage and Power.

There are amazing people in the world sharing universal truths. Our journey can either be paralyzed by the past or inspired by the future. Courage is not being fearless, but facing your fear. 

Cheryl Strayed was an amazing speaker and I had an incredible couple days with my friend Laurel. 


When I returned home I had incredible news,
and then spent the day with friends 
playing on the lake!




Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Politics and Aviation

Tuesday the Senate voted to close the debate on the nomination of Steve Dickson as the FAA administrator. Wednesday they vote. Unfortunately this has become a party decision where 52 Republicans have placed a political party alliance before safety. This reality is something that is very difficult to understand, and extremely disappointing for the future of aviation safety. I can only hope that all aviators and passengers alike will take this into consideration the next time they vote. 

I can state with absolute certainty that the person who has been named the whistleblower, was anything but a whistleblower. She simply gave Steve Dickson a 45 page internal safety report identifying federal aviation violations, training concerns, and guidance on the safety culture that is necessary to support SMS. The very program in which he was the divisional accountable executive. 

Steve Dickson | AP Photo
Steve Dickson

This pilot was guilty of one thing--being naive to think that Steve Dickson didn't know what was happening under his reign. And when she brought this information forward thinking she was helping, he authorized to have her silenced. This decision was under his authority. She filed an Air 21 because she did not know if she would ever fly again due to his actions. 

However, documents during discovery identified that Dickson and his second in command had actually planned to take the mental health action against the pilot "four months" before the alleged behavior that Dickson states created a "sound decision", simply because she requested a meeting. Then he followed through. Contrary to Dickson's statements, there were no "company officials" who identified any irregular behavior. There was simply "one person", the manager of pass travel complaint department, who was misrepresented as an HR Safety investigator. Her statements under oath between deposition and trial, and those in her report have so many holes they don't hold water. 

Steve Dickson falsely stated there was a "credible report." However, he never request an investigation of the allegation, as recommended by the aviation rule making committee for mental health, because he knew this was a pre-meditated plan to remove the pilot. 

David B. Altman

Under Steve Dickson's rule, Dr. David B. Altman was paid approximately $74,000 to give this pilot a diagnosis that would permanently removed her from flying. Dr. Altman is currently under investigation with the Illinois Medical Board and awaiting the prosecuting attorney to review his case. An investigator recently reported: 

"The case has moved forward and has been reviewed by a deputy medical coordinator and the medical disciplinary board. The case was referred to legal and currently lies with the legal dept. and is being reviewed. Although this is a lengthy process it serves as good news to a complainant when a case makes it this far. Statistically speaking, a large percentage of cases do not make it this far, as they are often closed due to not having a merits of any violation." 


 Senator Wicker


Contrary to Senator Wicker's statements, there was not a thorough investigation as to whether Steve Dickson was involved, because Wicker never spoke to the pilot who was retaliated against.  He did not ask the person who filed the claim if Dickson was involved and to what level. This would be similar to an investigation to determine if a woman was raped by a known person, and not asking her who did it. 

Senator Wicker has documents that identify Dickson's involvement at a level far beyond his simply being the person who received the report, and the recipient of an email stating they would give the pilot a mental health evaluation after the meeting went through. Senator Wicker hung his hat on one fact---that Steve Dickson was not named in the Air 21 suit. But he failed to disclose that "nobody" is allowed to be named in an Air 21 case.  Steve Dickson was the first person deposed because he was the person in charge, and the person fully responsible for the ensuing adverse action. 

The irony of all this is that in the wake of the MAX and the FAA's lack of credibility regarding oversight and followthrough, is Senator Wicker's defense  that Steve Dickson didn't have any knowledge. He was the head of the Flight Operations. How could he possibly not know what was happening in his department? If he abdicated his responsibility on such a monumental level, then what makes these Senators think he wouldn't do the same in the FAA? 

Today, truth is scarier than fiction. This is a story that does not have a happy ending. 

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene 


Thursday, July 11, 2019

FAA Administrator

July 10, 2019 FAA Administrator 
Vote 14-12
A Party Decision?


During my doctoral research I conducted a critical analysis of our aviation industry in order to address the OIG's 2016 concerns as to pilot error, lack of monitoring ability, and a reduction in manual flight skills. If we always blame the pilot, nothing will ever change. 

What I discovered was that Safety Culture at airlines is severely lacking and impacting pilot training and operational performance. This is nothing the FAA hasn't known for years, but now we have the data beyond accident investigations to clearly see the reasons as to why.  The research speaks volumes: Safety Culture, Training, Understanding, Aviation Passion: The impact on Manual Flight and Operational Performance

A series of airline crashes, Air France Flight 447, Colgan Air Flight 3407, American Airlines Flight 587, Asiana Flight 214, UPS Flight 1354, Lion Air Flight 602, Ethiopian Flight 302, and Altas Flight 3591 all had a common factor: Safety Culture. 

Each of the above accidents can be traced back to Flight Operations and Organizational decisions that placed profit before safety. Safety culture is comprised of just, flexible, informed, learning, and reporting cultures. The issues become further exacerbated under the reporting culture requirement when employees bring forth internal safety concerns to senior leadership, and they are retaliated against for offering such help. They are further condemned as whistle blowers in the media, when all they were doing was trying to improve safety. 

Watch the video of the Hearing, where Senator Wicker states an "extensive review" of Captain Dickson's participation in a retaliatory action was conducted. I would disagree that it is possible to conduct an extensive review unless all parties involved were interviewed. In this case they were not. Furthermore, Senator Wicker stated that Dickson was never named in a whistle blower action; however, the whistle blower law "Air 21" is prohibited from naming individuals, but only the organization.  Nobody disagrees that Captain Dickson had a lengthy airline and military career, the disagreement is using that fact as that qualification standard to become the FAA Administrator. 

The FAA Administrator must put safety before politics and profit. They must focus on passenger safety. They must improve flight attendant crew rest. They must acknowledge that cargo pilot's lives are as equally as valuable as passenger pilots.  They must be angry that accidents occurred and enforce training. They must honor the Federal Regulation, Safety Management Systems (SMS), to support the future of NextGen. The above accidents should never have happened. The FAA administrator position must focus on a positive safety culture that will improve pilot training, improve operational practices, improve crew rest, not deviate from policy, not disregard FAR compliance, and support every person coming forward. This position must be filled by an individual who will not retaliate against and/or condone efforts to destroy anyone who has the courage to share information to improve safety. 

Captain Sullenberger opposes Steve Dickson's nomination because, as he states, "it is critically important that we have an FAA Administrator who will act with the integrity and independence to protect everyone who flies."

I do not believe Steve Dickson should be the FAA administrator. These are my views and personal opinion based upon my Doctoral research and life experience.  

You can still make a difference!

The July 10th vote has only moved this to the next level, where all Senators will vote. That could be any day. You can still voice your concerns with your Senator (or all of them). 

Please do so today! 
Time is of the essence. 

Even if you are a foreign pilot and flying into US Airspace, this decision will impact you, please write to the Senators below. All we can hope is that the Senate will vote for safety and not party affiliation. 




Senator's Name (Party-State)
State
Party
Tennessee
Republican
Wisconsin
Democrat
Wyoming
Republican
Colorado
Democrat
Tennessee
Republican
Connecticut
Democrat
Missouri
Republican
New Jersey
Democrat
Arkansas
Republican
Indiana
Republican
Ohio
Democrat
North Carolina
Republican
Washington
Democrat
West Virginia
Republican
Maryland
Democrat
Delaware
Democrat
Pennsylvania
Democrat
Louisiana
Republican
Maine
Republican
Delaware
Democrat
Texas
Republican
Nevada
Democrat
Arkansas
Republican
North Dakota
Republican
Idaho
Republican
Texas
Republican
Montana
Republican
Illinois
Democrat
Illinois
Democrat
Wyoming
Republican
Iowa
Republican
California
Democrat
Nebraska
Republican
Colorado
Republican
New York
Democrat
South Carolina
Republican
Iowa
Republican
California
Democrat
New Hampshire
Democrat
Missouri
Republican
New Mexico
Democrat
Hawaii
Democrat
North Dakota
Republican
Mississippi
Republican
Oklahoma
Republican
Georgia
Republican
Wisconsin
Republican
Alabama
Democrat
Virginia
Democrat
Louisiana
Republican
Maine
Independent
Minnesota
Democrat
Oklahoma
Republican
Vermont
Democrat
Utah
Republican
West Virginia
Democrat
Massachusetts
Democrat
Kentucky
Republican
Arizona
Republican
New Jersey
Democrat
Oregon
Democrat
Kansas
Republican
Alaska
Republican
Connecticut
Democrat
Washington
Democrat
Kentucky
Republican
Georgia
Republican
Michigan
Democrat
Ohio
Republican
Rhode Island
Democrat
Idaho
Republican
Kansas
Republican
Utah
Republican
Nevada
Democrat
South Dakota
Republican
Florida
Republican
Vermont
Independent
Nebraska
Republican
Hawaii
Democrat
New York
Democrat
Florida
Republican
South Carolina
Republican
New Hampshire
Democrat
Alabama
Republican
Arizona
Democrat
Minnesota
Democrat
Michigan
Democrat
Alaska
Republican
Montana
Democrat
South Dakota
Republican
North Carolina
Republican
Pennsylvania
Republican
New Mexico
Democrat
Maryland
Democrat
Virginia
Democrat
Massachusetts
Democrat
Rhode Island
Democrat
Mississippi
Republican
Oregon
Democrat
Indiana
Republican