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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.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fridays Fabulous Flyers

Are Building Their Wings! 


Be Strong and Courageous! 
But remember to take care of yourself 
during the process. 

Stress is a killer. 

Yesterday I was notified that
a kind gentle soul, fighting against a grave injustice, 
passed away from an aneurysm due to stress.
She was a single Mom, 
survived by her 9-year-old son. 

Prayers for the Family


Strong people (pilots included) are not exempt from the impact of stress. We think we can handle anything. But the internal impact of stress can harm anyone on the inside, and we might not even realize what's happening. 

Changes in sleeping patterns, excessive consumption... food, alcohol, etc. Sleeping too much? Sleeping not at all? If there is a shift or change in your normal pattern, reach out for assistance. 

Strong people can ask for help! 

Things you can do for yourself. Cardio exercise, Yoga, Meditate, Walk, Breathe deep, Drink lots of water, Listen to calm music. Know that you are loved, and know that whatever the challenge is in your life today, will make you stronger tomorrow.  But you have to take care of yourself during the chaos. 

If you know anyone that feels they are at the bottom, and in a battle feeling they have done all they can,  then perhaps you could share the following song: Just Be Held. The world is not falling apart, it is falling into place.




Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Solving the Pilot Shortage &

Assisting Pilots Achieve their Dreams! 


Dr. Michael Wiggins

"If an airline can buy an oil refinery, why can't they create a bank to loan money for pilots, where they can be on a payback schedule based upon their wages?" Dr. Wiggins

Many ideas were flying about the NTAS conference this week regarding the pilot shortage. But there was no better idea as how to help pilots reach their dreams, while solving this pilot shortage problem, than Dr. Wiggins presented.

Now wouldn't this be a great idea!


Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Netjets in Europe

Falcon Crew


YOU GO LADIES!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Alzheimer's and Aviation

EAL Radio Show Broadcast
"The Voice of Eastern Airlines"


Please join the Eastern Airlines team with Breaking News and a very important topic for our Senior Members airing on the EAL Radio Show, Monday, August 14, 2017 

“Embracing A Loved One 
With Alzheimer’s or Dementia" 
featuring a special Guest Host: 
Mr. Ken Allen 


Ken Allen is son of the late Eastern Airlines Captain Weldon “Leo” Boring. Ken's family lived with the terrible disease known as Alzheimer’s. Ken also wrote a book, and tonight he'll be here to share the show and answer any questions and share his experience. 



Join the Eastern Airlines Team
With Episode #330
Monday, August 14, 2017

Call into the show at 7pm EDT:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lára Needs a Gift of Wings

Friday Fabulous Flyer 

Lára Sif Christiansen

For a year and a half I  have been counting my blessings because I am healthy. For those of you who know the situation, you understand that statement. And every time a story comes into view like Lára's, it makes me remember to never take our health for granted. 

We cannot control everything that happens to use, 
but we can control how we deal with it. 


Lára was in a biking accident in May, 26, 2017 and suffered a spinal chord injury. She is paralyzed from the chest down. 

As you enjoy the photos of the life she once lived, you will understand how much she has lost from the moment that altered her life path. Make sure you return to the first photo, and see the smile that remains. The reflection of her soul, will never be locked in a chair. 







Lára's story pulls a few heart strings as my middle daughter, who was also an incredible athlete, became paralyzed from chest down at the age of 21. She beat some incredible odds, Lára can too. The body is a miraculous thing and with care at Craig's Hospital in Denver, I am sure Lára will make great strides to continued recovery. But we need to help her get there. 

Please Help Lára
Get Back into the Sky! 


Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Manual Handling Skills

Will Always be Required!



Captain Jim Wright often shares his experience and stories of Maritime lessons to be learned. There is a great deal of overlap in the challenges or harbor pilots and aircraft pilots, and we often discuss how one area could help the other. Below is a story he shared on a recent journey to Alaska and concerns for NextGen. 

The Situation:

"We are the vessel labelled “CAPE FAIR” bound across an unregulated traffic pattern for an anchorage in Blunden Harbor. The vessel at our “8-oclock position” is a southbound tug and barge (Ocean Ranger) and the vessel shown as a small triangle just below the “440” is a northbound tug and barge. All three vessels are both transmitting and receiving AIS signals.


The Problem:

Upon making initial visual and AIS contact, both tugs and barges were on a “collision course” with “Cape Fairweather”. Relative to “Ocean Ranger” we were the “stand on vessel” and required to maintain course and speed. Relative to the northbound tug and barge, we were the give way vessel and required to take necessary action to avoid a collision. 


The Solution:

We altered course to starboard and rechecked the AIS CPA solution with “Ocean Ranger” which showed a relatively close although increased CPA. Subsequent visual observations confirmed “Ocean Ranger’s” relative bearing was now changing at an acceptable rate. The end result, as shown, was that we crossed ahead of “Ocean Ranger” and astern of the northbound tug and barge with somewhat close although acceptable CPA’s.



"It occurred to me that these are the type of situations that NEXT-Gen might create for pilots. 

 The effectiveness of the solutions will depend to some degree on the basic flying skills and awareness of the pilots involved."



NOTE: The above screen shot is technically known as a “special situation”. Rule 2 of the Navigation Rules basically covers this by saying:

Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, Master or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case

Loosely interpreted, this means that if you are involved in a maritime accident you must have done something contrary to the Rules because collisions, allisions, groundings etc. are not typically considered to be “the ordinary practice of seamen”. This begs the question of where aviators will stand legally when faced with similar decisions."
Captain Jim Wright
Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene