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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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Gift of Life

That Keeps on Giving...
Until we kill them. 

A friend sent me these photos of the California Lumberjacks and the Redwoods. "Thousands of tree rings in these ancient trees each over 1000+ years old or even much older........such a shame -Â irreplaceable giants-Â national park treasures all gone but a few - what kind of men would do such a thing for over 100 years."

"Destroy something they cannot ever fix or replace for 2000 years? It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200-1800 years or more.... an estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood forest has been cut. In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres, 8,100 acres by.. 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged."

SEATAC, Burien, Des Moines ...

The Flight Control Safety Corridor Project is planning on cutting thousands of our local trees. It appears they are preparing for NextGen. Not only our area, but all down the coast, from Washington to California, they will continue to remove trees to enable more arrivals. 

Couldn't they just top the trees 
Instead of destroying them?

We need our trees. Not to hug them, but to create oxygen and absorb the particles emitted from exhaust of those jets to help keep us healthy and protect us from Cancer. To learn more about the Safety Corridor Project click HERE.

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Eastern Airlines Lives

Through the Kitchen Table Radio! 

Join the Eastern Airlines Team
With Episode #327
Monday, July 24, 2017

Call into the show at 7pm EDT:

Your hosts begin with: 
Breaking News 
  • Unruly Passenger Beaten With Wine Bottles. 
  • Low-Cost Airline To Launch New Flights To 9 Cities From Miami. 
  • Delta Air Lines Receives First A350-900.
  • Passengers Say JetBlue Removed Them From Flight After 1-Year-Old Kicked the Seat.

Then the discussion continues... 

Tonight's Episode is all about the history of a couple incredible aircraft, the Pitcairn PA-5 Mailwing, and the DC 3! Everything you wanted to know, and a little bit more. 

Call in and talk to your favorite hosts, 
Or just listen and learn.

7p.m. EDT tonight 
(July, 24, 2017)

Captain Neal Holland  ♦ Jim Hart 
*Captain Steve Thompson *Chuck Allbright Linda Fuller

*Captain George Jehn*Dorothy Gagnon*Don Gagnon
Will be your hosts!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Shaheryar Mehmood Khan

Friday's Fabulous Flyer! 

Shaheryar Mehmood Khan

"My name is Capt. Shaheryar Mehmood Khan, I am 25 years old and hold a Commercial Pilot License with I.R issued by PCAA (Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority)

I am a Pakistani national. Since i child i was so much fascinated about aircrafts and flying. I grew up watching my dad wearing the uniform as an aviation engineer which persuaded me to the charm of airline uniform. As i reached my teenage, my passion and my dream was to become a Pilot and wear the prestigious wing. While i was in my Higher secondary my elder brother graduated from a Flying school as a commercial pilot by completing his training.

I completed my studies and joined my father's business to assist him considering his health. I started my flying in year 2014 when i joined the same flying club from which my brother had done his training. 

Counting days for the ground school to end so i can start my flying, Having the first solo flight was probably the biggest achievement in my life. Earning that wing was like a dream come true.

I completed my flying in March year 2016

I had always been a collector for aviation accessories. Back in days aviation accessories were a rare thing in Pakistan, since there was no aviation store in the country at all and not everyone can easily get the aviation goods and merchandise imported.

This derived me with an idea of serving the aviation sector of Pakistan by opening country's first Aviation store "Pilot Supply Shop Pakistan"in year 2014. Presently PSSP does not only cater the needs of aviation enthusiasts and aviators with but we are also permanent vendor for 2 major airlines of Pakistan for aviation supplies and merchandise,giveaways.

After passing the written test and interview held for the vacancy of recruitment in national flag carrier as a First officer, i am currently in the short listed candidates of Pakistan International Airlines."

Link to the Store:Pilot Supply Shop

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Northwest Airlines Dedication

At the Seattle Museum of Flight! 

Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to join former NWA employees and friends at the Seattle Museum of Flight, while they John Horn, (former NWA president) dedicated a sculpture of a 10-year old girl holding a B747. 

The artists is Nick Legeros, and the statue was dedicated to D. W. Nyrop and the women and men of Northwest Airlines, recognizing Northwest Airlines relationship with Boeing. This statue will be standing tall outside the Seattle Museum of Flight (less the hat). Drop by to see it! 

For me, it was a great time to see the faces of Northwest Airlines, and so many of the people I had flown with over the years. We had a great lunch, and the cake was incredible. I'm so fortunate to have had the opportunity to make this event. And only because my yoga teacher, a former NWA customer service agent told me about it. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Amazing Technology...

Continues to Soar! 

Remember our friend Mr. Last Chance Instructor:

Pilot! Instructor! Inventor of amazing technology! 

Check out his new video:

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MH370 Mystery

Will Never Be Forgotten...

A retired Dutch senior aviation weather forecaster, Tijmen de Boer, is very involved in the MH370 mystery. He says, "For the families...A lot of people around the world are working on this issue and after the ATSB (Aus) stopped its search in the wrong area in Januari, there is a lot of evidence that the plane rests in a more northerly place on the seventh arc!"

Tijmen recommends we all check out @MikeChillit on twitter, and Mike's work on, where he has statistics and other important work concerning this investigation. He said, "We started an organization to raise money for an eventually new search:"

"We have to find MH370!"

Think about the mystery of Amelia Earhart, and that there was a chance that people knew what really happened and did not say anything. We cannot allow that to happen. Families have a right to know.

Never Give up Hope! 

Enjoy the Journey!
OX Karlene

Monday, July 17, 2017

Be Strong & Courageous...

See Something, Say Something, 
Do Something! 

"The choices we make lead up to actual experiences. It is one thing to decide to climb a mountain. It is quite another to be on top of it."

Herbert A. Simon

Grandson Miles Top of Mount Bachelor (8 hour hike)

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene