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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, May 8, 2020

My Gift to You!

Flight To Success
Be The Captain Of Your Life

"Opportunities to find 
deeper powers within ourselves 
come when life seems most challenging"

Joesph Campbell

Flight to Success was my journey through eight airlines, seven type ratings, two master’s degrees, and raising a family. Intertwined with my stories are those of others who share their successes, failures, losses, fears, hopes and dreams. Filled with stories, motivational quotes and jokes. 

Since Flight to Success was written, I have earned a PhD in Aviation, and obtained my 8th type-rating after having not flown for two years, because I was unjustly grounded. I did not quit. I mortgaged my home and sold an investment property to survive while I fought the most horrific injustice anyone could imagine. All the while my husband's heart was failing. I  survived because I believe in  and lived the principles in this book. My husband's heart is stronger than ever. The storms continue to blow over our life, but with faith and belief we will survive. I  have always believed in the concept to never give up. And then my friend, Ida, sent me a message on my birthday:

"Never ever give up,
that was Tony’s life mission statement 
all his life and he lived by it"

Tony was Ida's beloved husband who has passed. But he was a man of integrity, loved aviation and was a powerful force of training and passenger safety. Ida also shared Tony's unique way of looking at life's challenges, as he "never allowed negativity to have the upper hand on him". Ida said, "Another saying I took to heart ️ from Tony was, he always took all the negative challenges that happened to him and responded by saying:

"What opportunities is this giving me?"

We are in are in a world struggled right now. Thousands have lost their lives, and many more survivors grieve their loss. Thousands live in fear, many can't feed their families, others are struggling to find a balance in their new normal. However, what if we all looked at life, in the same manner Tony did? What opportunities is this giving me? This won't change our circumstances but it could create perspective. 

We may never understand why things happen, but, everything happens for a reason. However, you get to choose what the event means to you. You have the opportunity to create the flight plan that will take you to your destination, regardless of what is thrown in your path. The sun will shine after every storm. Even when you face the storms of your life with confidence, courage, and grace, you may still have to go-around and do it again. But it's easier the second time with experience.

Use this time of lockdown and fear, to live your experience that will build resilience, courage, and strength that you can share with generations to come. Now is the time to be the Captain of Your Life. You decide where that flight will take you. 

This inspirational, motivational book will take you on a journey of life, to assist you with yours. How do people achieve success? Why don't they quit? How do they find courage, stamina, and strength to persevere during the most challenging times? Where do they find the time to do it all? Most importantly, what is success? The answers to these questions and many more will be answered within the pages. 

We can't always control what happens to us in life, 
but we can decide what those events mean.

The choice now, is to open your mind and heart and not fear.  Don't focus on the negative of isolation. Use this time to read, to think, and inspire. Use this time to learn how to become the Captain of Your life. 

Be prepared to takeoff for the flight of your life, 
and enjoy the journey!

"The only real mistake is the one
from which we learn nothing" 
Henry Ford 

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Stay Healthy, Be Safe
And Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 


  1. Karlene, you lived this mission statement now for many years "hats off", ....may the lessons of your life become fruitful and prosper you beyond your imagination. Your books are page turners, full of unfortunate truth about the airline safety, that now has a chance to be changed...if again we hopefully will have integer and honest men at the helm of the Airline corporations.... your books are also full of wisdom and how to handle the most adverse circumstances one can experience as you have. The Truth will prevail, it's written in the Universe!

    1. Tonida, Thank you so very much!!! Sometimes we feel we stand alone, but in truth we never are. You message today gives me more strength that you can know. Truth will prevail!! For always... "It's written in the Universe!"


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