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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, March 23, 2018

Women In Aviation 2018

Connect! Engage! Inspire!

If you are at the 
Women in Aviation Conference
Join Andrea and myself 
for our talk on

Friday, March 23
3:00 to 4:00 

Then the Party begins! 

The Last Slide of our presentation will
provide the room number for our 
book signing cocktail party.

We hope you can join us!  

Hope to see you there! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Thursday, March 22, 2018

ATC & Aviation Safety

Helping to Make a Better System!

My friend, Prashant Kulshreshtha, is working on bettering communications between pilots and Air Traffic Control. He has a 2-minute survey. I took it, and was the easies thing I did all day. Perhaps the most important too. 

"On a busy airport, Pilots and ATC communicate on VHF Radio telephony only for seconds. Even in this short span of time, both are life crucial for each other. Mostly, both pilots and ATCs are unaware of each other’s pressure, procedures and limitations in detail. Hence this gap in the understanding may lead to unnecessary arguments, RT congestion, increase in stress and compromise with air safety. Human factors issues related to interpersonal communication have been implicated in approximately more than 70% of all accidents. Therefore, pilots and controllers should interact socially and professionally on regular intervals to develop bonding between each other. This will improve the work environment and performance level of both pilots and ATCs. Kindly share your opinion by filling a short survey. Your experience is really important for the fraternity"

To Learn More about what Prashant is doing,

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Vintage Women in Aviation

Women fly! They walk on Wings! 
They do amazing things! 

An amazing woman in honor of Women in Aviation Week. Reno Nevada this week. Join me!

Gladys Ingalls 1924
Without a Parachute 

Mid air repair... 

"Gladys Ingalls was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920's. Ingles was a wing walker. In this film, she shows her fearlessness in classic barnstorming fashion to save an airplane that has lost one of its main landing gear wheels. Ingalls is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as "Up She Goes," a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack."

She died at 82. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


And Aviation Safety 

Captain Jim Wright sends me the most interesting articles. He was a harbor ship captain, and continues in training, learning and discussions on automation challenges in his world. However, they are similar in ours too. Captain Wright was a Friday Flyer in 2014, where you can read more about the man behind the words. Today he sent me an interesting email. Enjoy the great read, as there is much to think about. 

Captain Jim Wright

"I just read the recent well done CAMM articles by Capt. Lloyd, Father Oubre and Capt. Cartner -- regarding autonomous ships and “shipmastering”. From a harbor pilot’s perspective, these articles seem to be posing the question, “What is the intended effect of automation on shiphandling and the ship’s Master?”

At one extreme you could say that automation is intended to replace all traces of human endeavor. At the other extreme you could say that automation will eventually prove too expensive and eventually unreliable. 

Maybe we’re missing the point here. The point being that the success of human endeavor over past centuries has been a function of the satisfaction derived from personal achievement. The question then becomes, if the satisfaction realized by hands-on shiphandling is replaced by “artificial intelligence”, what will be the effect on human endeavor going forward?

Pursuit of an answer might lead to the airline industry where Gen-X and ultimately pilotless passenger aircraft seems to be a goal. Let’s look at some examples. Although “Miracle on the Hudson” caught substantial public attention, other passenger jets have made successful water or off-airport landings without power due to the pilots’ hand-flying skills. And then a fully functional 777 crashed on the airport apparently due to lack of hand-flying skills. 

Something to consider. Currently there are quite a few older shipmasters and pilots who are proficient in traditional shiphandling skills to include anchor dredging and docking without tugs or thruster assist. This group is going to be depleted through attrition, taking those skills with them. The common response is that automation eliminates the need for preserving these skills. Defense Exhibit 1 might be “Garuda Indonesia (737-300) Flight 421’s water landing with no engines, no assistance, no electronic guidance and no hydraulic or electrical power.” Without hand-flying skills, 59 souls most likely would not have survived." Captain Jim Wright. 

Can we afford to have our pilots
lose their flying skills and 
depend solely on automation? 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Trump Shuttle!

A Part of History

Calling All Eastern and 
Trump Shuttle Employees
EAL Radio Show Broadcast
Episode 357 -
 March 19, 2018

“Eastern/Trump Shuttle”

Our next EAL Radio Show on March 19, 2018, Episode 357 is “The Eastern/Trump Shuttle” or the name as it was originally known as when it began April 30, 1961 was the “Eastern Air Lines Shuttle”. This flight originated out of New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Newark. The shuttle's slogan if you remember was “Imagine Life Without Us”. We are calling Shuttle employees to join us on the broadcast, so please send us your name and telephone number to:

The specialty of this Eastern Air Shuttle was:
  • Reservations were not required ahead of time
  • Passengers just showed up at the terminal
  • Airline tickets were bought on board from Flight Attendant
  • Missed Flight – no problem another Shuttle was in an hour
  • Different location, no problem hourly Shuttle Flights were in each of these cities.

Listen to how and why this money making Shuttle that fulfilled the needs of travel for many business people ended for Eastern. How on October 1988, the Eastern Air Shuttle's ground rights were ended and 17 aircraft were sold to Donald Trump and the beginning of the Trump Shuttle. Discover that the dream of traveling any time without reservations to these destinations still exists and what carrier has the routes now.

Call in to share your experience of flying on it; or enlighten us as to how it was to work any of those routes and share more memories with us on March 19, 2018. 

Call-in number is 
at 7:00 P. M. EDT 
or listen in by clicking the hyperlink:

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Characters in Aviation

Friday's Fabulous Flyer
Mike Jarrell is a 48 year old former race pilot and current league caretaker for Central City Jet Racing League. Mike’s duties as a caretaker include delivering breakfast to race pilots at their dorms Monday to Friday, fueling, inspecting, and maintaining planes, as well as maintaining the facilities at the league airfield (changing light bulbs, washing floors, and oiling door hinges). 
Mike has spent the majority of his life in Texas, but is living at Central City Jet Racing League’s airfield during the NJRA season. At one time, Mike raced with the Dallas Jet Racing League, but his flying career came to an end when deploying a faulty ejection seat left him with lifelong pain. Mike walks with a slight limp as a result of his injuries.
After recovering from the ejection incident, Mike was offered the opportunity to stay in the NJRA in a non-flying position. He decided to become a league caretaker because of his love for planes and jet racing, giving him a chance to be involved, despite being unable to fly. 
Mike is a Southern Baptist and maintains strong religious conservative views. He disapproves of Jay’scrossdressing and Irene’s homosexuality, albeit less openly in the case of Irene. He still treats Irene with respect because she gives good back massages. 

Jet Racer is coming soon!
And it it were to be a movie, 
Michael C. Hall (photo above) 
would make a perfect Mike Jarrell. 

Enjoy the journey!
XO Karlene