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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, February 21, 2017

Terrain! Terrain!!

Wireless Warnings...
Directly to your headset.

"Technology to make your life safer 
with convenience too!"

“If you use an iPad with ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, or any navigation software/device with terrain or traffic notifications, you need the CRAZEDpilot BLUETOOTH Headset Interface.”

This Bluetooth interface allows you to Wirelessly hear "TERRAIN" warnings or "TRAFFIC" notices, in your headset - without the wires!  Okay... so if that isn't awesome, I don't know what is.

Check this out from my friends 

 Crazed Pilots will be at the 
and TradeShow

Watch for the guy with LED shoes and white CRAZEDPILOT shirt. He'll have 20% discount coupons for headsets and camera cables and more, plus the give-way that comes with it, is a free microphone muff replacement, and an avionics wipe by iCloth.

Drop by booth 124…  I’m thinking we could have some Crazed Pilot giveaways on my table too!

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Lessons From Airline Crashes ...

We Can Always Learn Something... 

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow
Learn as if you were to live forever"

Aircrash Confidential S02E04 Systems Failure HD - 

Topic for Discussion on
EAL Radio Show Broadcast, 
(Tonight) Monday Evening, 
February 20, 2017

Watch the video... It's amazing! 
Then join the talk tonight. 

To All Radio Show Website Members
2-Man Crew Vs 3-Man Crew:
What do you think is the safer operations? 
We welcome your comments! 

Call in to join us at 213-816-1611 or
go on your computer to

Captain Neal Holland ♦ Jim Hart *Captain Steve Thompson *Chuck Allbright
*Captain George Jehn*Dorothy Gagnon*Don Gagnon

Friday, February 17, 2017

Aviation Nerd

Friday's Fabulous Flyer


I belong to a group of AvGeeks on WhatsApp, and realized that Sidd and the other young people are the future of aviation. We should celebrate their enthusiasm, as they are bringing life and passion into our world up in the sky. They are the future. I have no doubt he will make his dreams come true! 

"Hey there, my name is Sidd and I am a very big aviation nerd. The disease of aviation caught me when I was 15yrs old and since then it had never let me get way with its hold. Lol! 

My vision my passion 
my love and my dream is only one:

To become an airline pilot!

I love the excitement, the thrill whilst flying, it makes my fizzy bit fizz. And its way cooler than other things, I mean sitting here at FL370 and having dinner. Not all people can do that. As a quote said, "All people are born equal, but only the finest and the coolest become the pilot". 

Just one year remaining for me to graduate, after that I'll be pursuing my Dream. I would like to thank Eric aka Cap'n Aux for providing me such great piece of info for getting into the flying business. And also Thanks to Karlene for posting this. Have fun and fly safe."

Welcome to the world of aviation Sidd.
And I'm looking forward to flying with him one day!

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pilot Monkeys

Inspiration comes 
from many sources...

"You can teach a monkey to fly a plane
but you can't teach it to think"
A Random Stranger 

The year was 1979 and I was a clerk in a grocery store, wearing an airplane necklace gifted from my mother. A customer asked why I had an airplane on my neck. I told him, "I'm going to be an airline pilot." He stated, "You can teach a monkey to fly a plane, but you can't teach it to think."  There was not much I could say because I valued my job and there was a poster in the back room that said, "The customer is king." For twenty years pilot monkey has been my car mascot, reminding me that ignorance does not define our capabilities. 

Thirty five years later a friend was checking out as a captain on the A330. Now, he was passionate about learning and wanted to understand the airplane, so he asked many questions. That is until the instructor said, 

"If you want to make it through this program, 
stop asking questions! Be the monkey. 
Push the button. Get the banana!" 

Thus the theme of monkeys flying aircraft continues to prevail. Which has inspired my children's movie... Jungle Air.  So much to do, so little time.

How does all this apply to flying? 
Read the "Flight For" Series and you'll know. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love is Found in...

The smallest packages 
and acts of kindness

Photo from Pineterest

Today I won't be home with my loved ones or surrounded by friends. My husband is across the country. My daughters are with their friends and families. I am stuck someplace where the walls are filled with sorrow, sickness, and challenges that most of us could never imagine. 

But it's not where we are physically that matters. Or who is with us on this day of love. It's not the flowers, or candy that makes Valentines Day special. It's the feeling of love within your heart that makes this day special. And that feeling can be found through random acts of kindness. 

Last Friday I received the above Valentine in the mail. Henley is the little boy who is now living in the home my husband grew up in. Making a difference in a life can mean helping a family reach their dreams of their first home, or sending a message of love in the mail. 

Tonight I'm going to find someone sitting alone in a restaurant, in my hotel, and pick up the tab on their meal. An act of kindness can make any day special, but on Valentine's Day ... it can show people they are loved. 

Happy Valentine's Day

What will you do to share the love?

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene 

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Never Give Up...

Anything is Possible! 

"To all the other dreamers out there, don't ever stop 
or let the world's negativity disenchant you or your spirit. 
If you surround yourself with love and the right people, 
anything is possible." 
Adam Green

Sometimes when problems seem impossible, we have to think outside the box. If you feel like your feet are stuck in stone, think creatively and find that sledge hammer and break free. Not unlike a float plane stuck on a slab of concrete, you can still figure out how to fly. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Upset Recovery Training

Fridays Fabulous Flying... 

Dr. Chris Broyhill

Chris Broyhill flew to Mohave Air and Space port (KMHV), in California, to conduct upset recovery training at the Flight Research center.  

Flight Research is the premier 
upset recovery training provider 
in the United States. 

The course Chris attended was the first offering of a new syllabus: High Performance Upset Recovery Training, where the transonic and supersonic aspects of upset recovery were demonstrated and explored. This syllabus would be flown after attending the basic course, when returning for training.

Chris says... 

"The profile is flown in the Northrop T-38 Talon, the USAF high performance trainer for the last 50 years or so. The profile lasts about an hour and includes an afterburner takeoff (required for this jet), transonic handling characteristics at .9 Mach and 35,000 feet, flight characteristics as the aircraft penetrates the Mach, supersonic handling characteristics, subsonic accelerated stalls, stall buffet characteristics, clean upright stall during which sink rates of 6,000 - 10,000 feet per minute are generated (like Air France), pattern handling characteristics and then a return to base and overhead landing pattern - which is very challenging in this jet. The final turn is flown in the light buffet at .6 AOA. The benefits of this course are many. All of us operate in the trans sonic regime - above .75 Mach and at high altitude."

"Because of the limiting airspeed requirements of 14 CFR Part 25, all aircraft we fly have been tested above the Mach and have flown there during test flights. There are scenarios in which a modern aircraft could exceed the Mach and require recovery. The most valuable part of the syllabus however is seeing the difference in handling characteristics between trans sonic and supersonic flight and knowing that there is nothing to fear. The jet can be flown back into the subsonic regime easily. The other valuable part was actually seeing an upright stall, in a jet, with a very high sink rate. I was proud and honored to be student one."

"It was a thrilling experience to be in the T-38 again. 
I wrote about this jet in my second book, 
The Cabo Contract."

 "When I slid into that cockpit again, after 30 years, I felt like I was back home. Like I had never left. The airplane felt completely natural to me. The profile was designed to take 1.2 hours, I finished it in 1.0 because I managed the energy of the jet better than the average student would. I actually flew the pattern and landed it without assistance, although my landing wasn't quite as nice as I would have liked. "

"It was an absolutely amazing experience"

Dr. Chris Broyhill was a Friday Flyer back in 2012. At the time he had published the Viper Contract, submitted the Cabo Contract to his publisher, and was working on his PhD, while holding down a full time flying/management job. I read both the Viper Contract and Cabo Contract and loved them. I'm looking forward to reading the Satan contract... which is on its way to my home at this moment.

Chris, Thank you for sharing your experience with
This is something every pilot should experience! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene