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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.

Blogging In Formation

"BIF" in Action

8 Authors. 8 pilots. 8 points of view. 
Eight Bloggers flying from blog to blog, once per month. We will discuss an issue of the host bloggers choice. As the year progresses updated links directly to the posts can be found here. Please meet the Blogging in Formation Team.

June: Ron Rapp:  

Ron Rapp

Eric Auxier

August: Brent Owens

Brent Owens

September: Rob Burgon

Rob Burgon

October: Andrew Hartley

Andrew Hartley

November: Mark L Berry 

Mark L Berry

December: Karlene Petitt 

Chip Shanel

Enjoy the journey and join the discussion! 
XO Karlene


  1. I wondered if you have read Hidden Warbirds: The Epic Stories of Finding, Recovering, and Rebuilding WWII's Lost Aircraft by Nicholas A. Veronico. Saw my first warbird at Oshkosh.

    1. Liz, I have not... but it sounds wonderful. And what a great project that would be. I just need a hangar and time. lol. One day.

    2. There are three imperatives for adopting a safety management system for a business – these are ethical, legal and financial.

    3. Thank you Osama. I could not agree with you more. Now... if we could get everyone to believe that too.. we would be doing great!

  2. THANK YOU for sharing the article about accuracy in media. Especially now that anyone can put anything on the internet, accuracy becomes that much more critical because we need to stem the tide of bogus reporting. everyone thinks they're an expert, but so few truly are. Great article by Rob!

    1. Thank you for the comment Jennifer!

      For all who read this, go to this page to read comment in reference and that will take you on a journey to Rob's article.

  3. First up: I'm not too keen on armchair pilots, armchair travellers etc. and sometimes you make me feel a bit of an armchair person, which is a bit confronting but motivates me to do more. Secondly: my perspective on inspiration....I have wondered why respect doesn't always result in inspiration, I think it is because the "respect gradient" is not balanced, where this gradient has quality, distance and slope. Your quality of conduct and achievements are amazing but your manner reduces the length and slope of the respect gradient so that you are close to people. Regardless of the theory, you are truly inspirational! And CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the first part of your PhD.

    1. Michael, I'm going to need to finish my PhD before I contemplate that theory and analyze it. :) Thank you so much for the comment! Yes... one quarter down and a few more to go. Thank you!

  4. Karlene, Rob directed me to your site and boy am I glad! I just got my student pilot license and I'm glad to find other women in the field aspiring to such heights! Thanks for being an inspiration and making your story known.

    1. Welcome! And congratulations on the student pilots license. Will you be at the women of aviation conference? Hopefully so and we can meet there. Fly safe!

  5. Karlene, I've been a corporate and airline pilot for many years. I found your 767 single engine advice very helpful as I'm training for that aircraft now. It appears you have an impressive background, Have you read the most important book ever written? The Bible? Do you have a relationship with Jesus, the Creator of the universe! Going on the flight into eternity will be the most important one you'll ever take so do be prepared for a flight to success! Dave


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