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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.

Flight For Safety

News Flash: Global Air Lines wipes Coastal Airlines off the radar screen during a merger creating the largest airline in the world, and changes life for everyone.

Captain Darby Bradshaw’s 4th stripe is ripped from both shoulders as she is forced back to first officer. Her friend Jackie Jameson, once a flight attendant, becomes a training scheduler. Their best friend, Kathryn Jacobs, moves from the NTSB to the Federal Aviation Administration. Concerned with the downward trend in the aviation industry Kathryn beats her head against the bureaucratic walls in attempt to improve safety.

When an Airbus A330 is found in it’s watery grave, a Boeing 777 lands short of a runway and Global Air Lines implements a ‘train yourself at home’ program, Darby Bradshaw realizes it's time to take action. 

On her training blog, Flight For Safety, she tells the world why the A330 crashed. When she is called into the chief pilot’s office for that post and her career threatened, she suspects it's the ‘good ole boys’ attempting to silence her. But when her boyfriend, a company check airman, disappears and numerous airline incidents are covered up, Darby learns she has stepped into the heart of a far-reaching conspiracy.

Darby’s pursuit of safety and her fight to impact change open a reality beyond her wildest dreams. A reality filled with corruption and greed inside Global Air Lines, where each flight has turned into a game of Russian roulette.

With the support of her friends, Darby risks her life as she takes on Global Air Lines and an industry in her fight for safety.

What Readers Think: 

"Can you Handle the Truth?

That question - loosely adapted from Jack Nicholson’s incendiary line in the movie “A Few Good Men” is an appropriate preamble to reading Karlene Pettit’s thoroughly engaging and lightning-paced new work, “Flight for Safety.” 

The truth is exactly what you get: 

The truth of being a professional airline pilot in today’s stressed airline world, the truth about the major new threats to the safety of airline passengers from pilots who aren’t trained to fly anything but computers, and which political and personal agendas sometimes trump safety and sanity.
Can you handle the truth? 
Then this book is a must-read!"

John J. Nance 
Author, Pandora's Clock and Orbit
Aviation Analyst, ABC World News

And the reviews continue with
Additional Expert Opinions..

"As a 20-year veteran of the Airbus-class flight deck, I can attest that the cockpit scenes are spot-on. An excellent follow-up to the harrowing, Flight for Control."

Eric “Cap’n Aux” Auxier, Captain-author, 
The Last Bush Pilots, Code Name: Dodger;

“A fast-moving aviation thriller that is ripped from the headlines!”

Chris Broyhill 
Retired USAF Fighter Pilot 
Author: Viper Contract and The Cabo Contract 

"This is a whistleblower drama where the stakes are played out with pilots’ careers as well as innocent passengers’ lives."

Captain Mark L. Berry - 
Airways magazine contributing editor, 
Author of the aviation memoir, 13,760 Feet--
My Personal Hole in the Sky

Flight For Safety 

is the sequel to Flight For Control

Autographed copies of both available on my blog 
(see above)  
Kindle, Hardcover and paperback available on Amazon
Barnes and Noble Hardcover and Paperback and Nook.

If you haven't read Flight For Control, it's time. I'm running a combination special. Purchase Flight For Safety and you can include a hardback of Flight For Control for $15. See Combination Special at the top right of my blog.


  1. "Three friends connected by aviation, friendship, and a haunted past" - love this! I'm looking forward to reading your new book, Karlene. When is the release day?

    1. Thank you Angela, we don't have one yet. Compliments of a fun and challenging life, it looks like the holiday release may be pushed to the real Darby's birthday around May 5, 2013

  2. I have just finished Flight for Control and - loved it!! Can't wait for the next installment!!!

  3. I can't wait. I read the first one way too fast, and now am reading it again! I'm going to need to force myself to take my time on this one :)

    1. OH... Yeah! Thank you!! You wouldn't leave a comment on Amazon would you? I would appreciate it so much. Love to hear positive comments!

  4. the world is going down, and with it also airline only a book is in grade to describe the real situation of pilots and company which actually living..i can link this descend road with many air crashes.."Flight For Control is a thriller that reads like a mystery " yes true, but it open eyes to the aviators and future pilots..every thing can change with determination and collaboration but nothing can change with the same things created it..

    Looking forwaed to read your book..
    Ciao Karlene


    1. Thank you so much for comment! Each book on the series will be more powerful than the next. I'm excited for you to read it too. Did you read Flight For Control? More good things to come!

  5. Not yet Karlene, am busy reading a book about Bermuda Triangle, and also other books about aviation, but i will find space to read yours too .. freat person, great book

    1. Thank you! Keep me posted on how you like those books. I will add them to my list to shout about.

  6. hi karlene its will be better if you can put a330 office too, i been license for a 330 before so i would love to know about your a 330 office karlene :) by jin seon from singapore airlines :)

  7. Karlene,

    Aviation professionals come and go. But few leave their finger prints and continue to make a significant difference to keep this second to none world a unique one. Keep up the beautiful work. Best wishes, Jalal

  8. Jala, this is the most beautiful thing I have ever read. Thank you so much!! I am going to make this quote my Monday Motivation for next week. It's poetic. Thank you so much!

  9. I can hardly wait to read your new book :-D

    1. Thank you! John Nance just gave me an awesome blurb for the back!!! So excited.

  10. Brief Review:
    Have we gone too far?

    Are pilots flying today as safe as they could be? Has the use of automation led to an over-reliance on that same automation, so much so that it creates a safety risk?

    Have we crossed, or are we in danger of crossing, the dividing line between cost savings and safety in relying too much on automation? How can future pilots maintain their skills, if when they fly everything is run by automation?

    This is not an easy story to read. And as a very frequent passenger, it is something that will not leave my mind anytime soon. I only hope that the FAA/DOT and all the airlines are thinking as carefully about our future safety as Karlene is.


    1. JR, Thank you for the wonderful comment! Yes... forward thinking is the only way in this industry. We all know this is our challenge of the future, and one that must be addressed. Feel confident that you are in good hands when you fly!

  11. I discover this novel and got hooked right on the spot!

    Once you start it, you won't leave the book until last page.
    I ordered the next one and looking forward to read it.

    The way the author provide the intrigue, how she details the roles and personages are really well done.
    As an aviator, I can tell the scenario is well documented, it tighten my guts when I see first hand things in the book are real life!

    Continue Karlene! ;o)

    1. Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate the comment. Would you mind leaving comments on Amazon too? Thank you so much!!!

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