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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
August 12, 2019
7 pm EST

Call in: 

at 7:00 P. M. EDT 

or listen in by clicking the hyperlink:

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!


Available on Amazon: 

Amazon Comments are so much appreciated!!! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Monday, August 5, 2019


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