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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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Technology Update

It's About Time!

I've finished the first draft of Flight For Sanity and working on the story edit. So get your holiday gifts purchased for yourself, or your family and friends... so you can get up to speed on the series and be prepared for the best of all! T

 All proceeds are going to our favorite pilot, 
Darby Bradshaw! 

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene 

Author of:
I am Awesome. The ABCs of me. 

 Flight For Sanity coming soon....
 Catch up on the series so you will be ready!

Motivation and Children too! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dare to Dream

Pull your dreams into the daylight,
And give them wings to fly.
Get on that runway called life.
Then takeoff toward the sky.
The future of success is waiting.
This is “your” life, live it.

This was a post from 2012. I want to thank Nidish for commenting today, and bringing it to the foreground. Messages are all around, and we must learn to listen and take action. Today, I received the following message:

Nidish said, "So truly described. Though I am late to react on this but i felt to comment. The description given to achieve the goal with its weakness will surely motivate me to reach towards the goal. It also inspires me to dream more and then work more to achieve the same. Thank you Karlene, your write up is fixed a place in my heart for always."


Everyone dreams

But it’s those that pull their dreams into their waking hours, who will turn them into goals. A goal—your waking dream—is a sacred thing. It can give your life motivation, inspiration and direction, or it can be the weight that hangs around your neck as you say, “someday.”

Goals shouldn’t be feared, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly either. They are your dreams that are sitting on the runway headed toward success. And all pilots know that the only reason we taxi onto the runway is if we’re ready to takeoff. Sitting on an active runway telling the tower we’re going to depart— and never do— is a dangerous place to be.

If we all dream, then why can’t we all achieve our goals? The answer is—we can. But some people think, “I can’t possibly because....” Others say, “someday I will,” but someday never comes. And there are those who tell everyone, “I’m going to…,” but never take action towards their goal because life gets in the way.

Life will always get in the way of your dreams!

Here is the secret of the week. Life will always get in the way of your dreams. Something will always come up. Someone will always need you. Work. Family. Friends. Commitments. So what makes some people achieve success while others say they want to, and never do?

They decide, and then they take action.

Tony Robbins said, “don’t ever make a goal without taking some action toward it.” This is a powerful step, and essential if you plan on making your dreams come true. Have you scheduled your training? Signed up for school? Joined a gym? Set your alarm to wake up at 3:30 to write your novel? What do you want in your life, and what is one thing you can do toward it at this moment to move toward it?

The choice is yours. 
What are you waiting for?

If you need help bringing your dreams to life read:

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday!

Love from the Heart... 

Little did I know that today was giving Tuesday, and what a better day to give a piece of my life. Last night I was home with my husband after his eye surgery, and saw a story on Komo News. A single mother with four kids was the victim of a crime. Someone stole her minivan and all the gifts inside. Car seats and all... gone.

The story did not begin there. I have a suburban that we bought 21 years ago. This car has many stories of her own, and all including great journeys and protecting my family. She has broken down along the way, but always delivering me to safety first. To say I have a bond with my old tank is an understatement. She even flew on a Northwest freighter to Alaska and then drove the journey home to Seattle years later.

But after all this time, my husband and I (more my husband than me) decided to buy a new car. But how could I get rid of part of my family? I warned Ken, at Good Chevrolet, that tears may be involved when we traded her in. 

Okay, so people traded in their spouses on occasion, but we never trade in our babies! They are with us for life. Yet, this was the best option to move forward ... until I heard Sharon's story. 

I searched the internet, left a few random messages and we connected. Sharon and her boys could use this car right now and our suburban could live on, serving another family. We are coordinating the meeting place today.  I'm sure that my car, we lovingly called the beast, will live on to protect another family.

If you would like to help Sharon fill up the back end of her new (old) car, with holiday joy for her family, you can support her on her go fund me

Giving Tuesday
The Day to Give Back! 

Joy throughout the Day!

Thank you Komo News 
for Sharing the story
And spreading the Joy!


Fourth novel in the series, Flight For Sanity, is almost complete! We will have it in our hands February, 2017. While all my novels are true fiction, based on real events, this novel is no different. This novel is based on actual events occurring to one of our favorite airline pilots at this time. We know and love her as Darby. She needs our help! I was going to do this next month, but there is no better time than Giving Tuesday!

I am giving 100% of all proceeds 
(not just profits...but everything) 
of ALL books...

To Darby's namesake for her legal support. The children's book profits go to The Children's Museum of Central Oregon... but the rest of sales to Darby.

Ebooks. Paperback. Hardback. Everything goes to the real Darby. When you read what has transpired to our favorite pilot, in the fourth novel, you will be shocked. The industry will go to great lengths to stop her fight for safety, but her support of her fellow pilots and conviction of safety will never waiver.

For all orders off the blog as gifts, I will autograph, gift wrap and ship directly. Let me know. Share the series, read the series, and be ready for the shocker of what happens when you try to improve safety.

Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene 

Author of:
I am Awesome. The ABCs of me. 

 Flight For Sanity coming soon....
 Catch up on the series so you will be ready!

Motivation and Children too! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Motivation

"Health is Not Valued
Until Sickness Comes"
Thomas Fuller

So often we take our health for granted. Yet, my friend Judith has been spending her life focused on helping the rest of us maintain ours. Since my industry only encompasses 5% women flyers, that means 95% of my coworkers need to read this book! And the women? Well, this is a must read for those you love.

Aviation Safety is focused on 
proactive strategies...
Your health should be too!

Judith O'Malley-Ford's recent book: The Secret Stalker of the Prostate, is a must read, and could make a great gift this holiday.


This book has the potential to save many lives. Every question regarding anatomy, disease processes, decision making procedures for the treatment and considerations of the side effects, psycho-social effects and the impact on relationships, are concisely covered - all in layman terms.

For those men who are in the process of taking that difficult step of presenting prostate problems to their doctors, including those unfortunate enough to be facing investigation for prostate cancer, this book is for you.

Today we end the interview with the author, Dr Judith O'Malley - Ford to discover who she is and what prompted her to write this book. I was part of the promotional tour, but due to unforeseen circumstances (sickness included) I missed my date. Thus, I am going last. At the end of this interview, I have posted links to her other posts. They are fascinating and a must read, too.

1. How long have you been a doctor?

Thirty years. I decided at the age of twelve that I would become a doctor, and I am now a full-time General Practitioner. Early in my medical career, I started in Medical Administration which was more about medical politics and not much to do with hands on medicine. You have to be tough, and you have to fight like hell to do anything vaguely in the line of politics and I decided this sort of medical practice was not for me. Medicine, health services, and General Practice have changed a lot over the years. If I had my time over, I’m not at all sure that I would choose medicine again. It’s a tough gig, no matter what your role is.

2. What other books have you written?

The Australian Medical Dictionary of conditions and diseases, The Medical Dictionary of Conditions and Diseases. These were commissioned works.

Contributing author to, Below the Belt, and I have published material in the European Medical Journal. I also do guest blogging.

For one of my family, I wrote a book entitled, “The Chook Book", and illustrated it with watercolours. I also gave it as a present to selected family and friends. I said it was my own publishing company, with a limited edition.

I would love to write a “best seller”, because that’s what excellent writers do.

3. How did you become a writer?

I have been a writer and story teller from a young age. I was encouraged to write on a regular basis as far back as primary school, but have been a more serious writer since 2005.

For most of my schooling, I went to an all girls’ school which prided itself on discipline and self-motivation. For a number of years, our homework for the weekend consisted of an essay to be handed in on Monday morning. I always excelled at this task.

The book is available at all book stores. If it is not in stock yet, ask them to order it for you. It is also available from the Morris Publishing Australia's website It's also on Amazon as an eBook

Check out the other posts to learn more:

Enjoy the Journey 
and be proactive about your health!
XOX Karlene 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Travel With Mom

Friday's Fabulous Flyer

Y. Theresa Bostic

Y. Theresa Bostic is a mother, flight attendant and author, too! I met her at Women in Aviation this year, and realized what an incredible woman she is. Busy mom, writing books, and sharing her love of her job with the world. We have a few things in common, too. We work for the same airline, both have daughters named Kayla, and my children have traveled to many places around the world with me too. 

Theresa knows how important it is for kids to not only dream big, but also to think big. She believes that while imagination is a beautiful thing, she wants her daughters to understand that they can start living out their ideas now.

It’s Time 2…Travel with Mom is written from Bostic’s youngest daughter’s perspective, and offers a fresh, childlike view of exploring the world. However, the adventure might just start a little closer to home than Kayla might prefer. 
While she waits to find out where her mom is scheduled to fly next, she tries to prepare for the most exciting places she can think of—France, England, Italy, Cuba, and other exotic countries. But when she hears that her mom isn’t even leaving the United States, she wonders if it’s worth going after all
Will Kayla skip the trip or decide that it’s possible to make an adventure out of anything?

This is a fun and heartwarming story about spending quality time with family, while discovering new places, that you and your children will enjoy seeing life through Kayla’s eyes. This is the first in a series, and the book will keep you guessing as to where Kayla and her mom might end up next.

Kayla B. is one of the luckiest girls in the world. Her mom, who travels the world, actually let her join her on one of her many adventures! This time, it’s to Washington D.C. Along with her mom, Kayla B. learns a lot about herself and her big dreams! Join Kayla as she experiences this exciting trip to our country’s capital!

Just in Time for the Holidays!
Amazon Link:
Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

I am Thankful for all the Blessings in my life, 
and if you are reading this...
You are one of them. 

May your life be more full than your stomach, 
Your heart be more warm than the pie,
Your Gratitude more full than your glass...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Turbo Prop to Jet and then...

Captain Upgrade! 

Chet sent me the following message and I decided this would be a great post:

"The last time we spoke you helped me with some tips for the transition from a turboprop to the jet. They helped a lot, and I can't thank you enough.  I'm asking for a few tips once more: we've had a bit of movement here and it looks like command is a possibility in June of next year.  I don't think it wise to wait until then to start preparing, so I was wondering if you could share any tips on what goes into making a good captain.  I'm sure you'll have more than a few golden nuggets! 

Looking forward to your insights!"
What Makes a Good Captain?

I realized that I had a similar question a few years ago, and wrote the How to Be a Captain post. The comments were great! Drop by there, but jump back here to leave Chet a comment. 
Personally, I think we can learn how to be good captain's by assessing much of what we like about other captain's, as well as what we don't like. My favorite captains never felt like they had to be heroes. They knew that safety came first despite other pressures. Being a great captain is about being a great leader, listening to others, and yet being decisive. 
Learn as much about the operation and your aircraft as possible, but be  humble if you don't remember something. Instilling confidence in others has nothing to do with knowing it all, but everything to do with not blindly leading your crew down the wrong path because you were afraid to be vulnerable. 
Continue to learn as much as you can about the aircraft and operation, and start reading leadership books. A sense of humor is great to, as when the chips are down, lightening the mood without being excessive, will help relieve tension. Time management is important too. Don't rush, and work with people instead of barking orders. 
Chet, I have no doubt you will make a great captain. 

Comments are much appreciated! 
Tell Chet what you think! 
Enjoy the Journey
XO Karlene 

Author of:
I am Awesome. The ABCs of me. 

 Flight For Sanity coming soon....
 Catch up on the series so you will be ready!

Motivation and Children too!