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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, June 26, 2017

Fear of Flying

Paralyzing Millions Daily

But does it have to? Fear is one of the most debilitating emotions there is, and a fear of flying can impact your life greatly.  Fear is also the first chapter in Flight To Success Be the Captain of Your Life. One day my editor called and told me his wife was afraid to fly, and her fear of flying newsletter had just arrived with a passage from my book. (Hopefully he didn't leave my novels lying around the house.) Yes, the world is a small and wonderful place. But when you have a fear of flight, can you fully enjoy it? 

Be The Captain of Your Life!

An amazing woman, Christina Nitschmann, my Friday Flyer from last week was afraid of flying. What did she do? She took flying lessons! But what flying has taught her, was so much more than facing her fear, it was about embracing life. Christina will be on the Eastern Airline's show tonight for all of you fearful flyers to ask her how she did it. 

Eastern Airlines 
The Journey Continues...

EAL Live Radio Show, 
Episode 324,
Monday, June 26, 2017

"Fear Of Flying"

The EAL Radio Show Episode 324 will air on Monday, June 26, 2017 and this Episode is all about "Fear Of Flying." How many of our Eastern Family has had to deal with a passenger(s) that were scared to death to fly? How did you handle these situations? What did you say to overcome their fears? And what if you have a fear of flying? A woman who was in your shoes will be here to tell you how she overcame her fear. Call in with your story and join our hosts as we fly without fear. 

We depart from the gate on Monday evening, 
June 26, 2017 
at 7:00 P.M. EDT 

Call into the show at 

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

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

with your stories or listen in by going to our Home Page on the EAL Radio Show website, and follow the directions, or you can go to listen into Episode 324.

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Christina Nitschmann

Friday's Fabulous Flyer

Christina Nitschmann is a highly sought after speaker, consultant and radio show host of Savvy Business Radio. As the host, Christina has the unique ability to connect with each and every guest at a emotional level that sets Savvy Business Radio apart from other broadcasts. Savvy Business Radio is home to over 3.5 million listeners per month via our AM/FM stations and podcasting platforms globally. Savvy's shows also run in syndication through 9 AM/FM247 and iHeart Radio. But that's the formal version of the woman, peel back the layers and there is so much more. 

One of my greatest joys is talking with Christina. We have done a few audio shows together and this month I flew back to NY, and we had a girls night before our interview the next day. Not only is she the most gracious hostess, but Christina is one of the most courageous, kind, talented, intelligent and compassionate people I know. She's amazing in so many ways, and when you read her story, you'll understand a little bit more of why I believe this. She has conviction, and while I call her fearless, she has fear. She just faces her fear straight on. 


"A decade ago, if someone had told me I’d be hosting a wildly successful radio show and podcast called I never would've never believed them. Yet, here I am, five years later, broadcasting to over 3.5 million people weekly across the globe.

Stepping Off the Cliff

Here’s the amazing thing: Three years before I left corporate America to started my journey to discovering my passion and purpose, I wasn’t even aware of my gift, let alone what a podcast was. Back in 2011 had I not stepped off the cliff and started my first business, I would have never made it to where I am today. During this time, I started writing down my greatest lessons learned while in the corporate world, which lead to a blog I called 101 Mistakes and What I Learned in Business.

Then I began another blog, Transformation in flight, which talked about the lessons I learned in the cockpit. The exercise of writing these blogs help me immensely and propelled me forward, and ultimately lead me to discover my passion and purpose as a producer and talk show host.

Our culture has a myth that those who have accomplished great successes in life are somehow more special. We see the results of that success, but what is often left out is that their journey toward success was not always pretty a one.

When you really look at the lives of those who have achieved great things, they  did not always have a straight path to success; many times it’s a zigzag path to their final destination. So, if you are living your passion and purpose in the world, my yearning for you is that you do not beat yourself up when things start to go sour or look hopeless. 

Stop Resisting Change and Success Will Follow

It doesn’t mean you made a mistake in following your heart and dreams. The bumps you are experiencing are the entrance to the next phase of growth and transition in your life. I’ve found that when you stop resisting the change, growth toward success becomes smoother.

Flying is one of great passions and during this period of struggle and indecision, I was blessed to be able to go flying each weekend with my life partner Bryan. Bryan is a licensed pilot, and giving up that corporate job enabled me more time to fly with him most weekends.

How to Get Over Your 
Fear of Flying?

During this transitional period I was able to fly my pants off (some two hundred hours in less than a year).  I should backup though. While I loved travel, I was petrified of flying. It was in 2006  that I made a promise to myself to conquer my fear of flying by taking flying lessons. At the same time I met the love of my life and partner Bryan. I'd have to say, while leaving corporate America gave me the space to discover my greatest gifts, it was flying that gave me the courage to pursue them.

Flying Gave me Courage

Often folks ask me how I kicked my fear of flying to the curb, and it was actually easy, I just DID it. If I haven't been up flying for a while or I'm learning a new maneuver or experiencing a new situation, I still experience fear.  But, I've learned if I don't fight the fear, and let it come, it quickly passes. I simply focus on my training and flying the airplane. In the past, I think the reason fear won, was I kept fighting against it. By doing so, I made the fear stronger, and myself weaker. So my advice would be for anything that frightens you,  (like the Nike Motto), Just Do It! and when the fear rises, don't flight it, let it come and pass.

In fact, I'd say whatever great accomplishment you want to reach, from getting your private pilot certificate, starting your own business, or living your passion and purpose in the world, you'll have to do what makes you scared you and makes you uncomfortable. In the end though, constantly pushing yourself beyond your limits is what will allow you to live the life of your dreams! Go for IT! :-)"

Christina will be joining the Eastern Airlines Team, 
when we talk about the Fear of Flying. 
Episode 324, Monday, June 26, 2017 
the show will start at 1900 EDT. 
 Call 213-816-1611
To join the show!


Twitter: @Savvy_Radio

If You Have a Book, 
A Business, a Passion, 
or a Mission...

Contact Christina 
and let her millions of listeners
hear about what you're up to! 

Here are a few of Christina's podcasts,  for your listening pleasure: 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mental Attack on Pilots


Last week I shared with you an email from a pilot who wrote about being removed from flight duty, and has been kept out for ten years with a false accusation of mental health, in a post titled Criminal Activity in the Airline World.  The week before that, I shared a portion of another pilot's medical report in a post titled Aviation Thrillers, That Read like Mysteries, where fact is stranger than fiction

Today I have yet another true story to share... 

But first I want to preface this with a little real life message we tell all pilots. We want pilots to feel free to come forward if they have an issue, not fly if they are tired or just know they are not fit for duty. We can't all be 100% everyday. But that doesn't mean permanent.... right? 

Well, let me tell you what happened to yet another pilot, a 15-year captain who has been flying for 38 years.  One day she got to work and realized she had forgotten her ID. This was the first time in her life she'd done something like this. But the truth was, this was not like any other day... she had just lost a close family member. But like all tough pilots we think we can do it all! She realized she could not. When she arrived at the airport, and learned what she had done, she realized that the death of her Aunt impacted her harder than she thought, and she called unfit for duty, for that trip. 

That call was three years ago. 

She was removed permanently. This pilot was being proactive for the safety of that flight, as we request every pilot to be, and has had her life and career turned upside down. Where she was initially challenged for her sick call, the company pulled her for mental health. Like the other two pilots she has never lost her first class medical certificate, either.  

Since then, false medical reports have been written and placed into her medical file, and submitted to an insurance company. Chief pilots have forged paperwork, and as it turned out, the doctor who played this game with her, is also friends and works closely with the doctor who wrote that horrific medical report in Aviation Thrillers, That Read like Mysteries, where fact is stranger than fiction

Apparently there is a group of doctors that can be purchased to down pilots. The scary thing is, if they can down mentally healthy pilots, what will stop them from being bought to release a pilot who has a problem? 

This tragedy my friends, 
is the theme of Flight For Sanity

But you should start at the beginning of the series 
and learn how we got to this point. 

Darby's Story is yet another real life story based on actual events. Research is a wonderful thing, but it's sad when you learn the truth of what a few really bad managers can do to pilots, because of ego, power and money. This tactic to remove pilots is only used because the airline has no performance issues to fire them. The Railway Labor Act allows it to continue. Something needs to be done. What happens if someone does need help? Will they get it? Will they be afraid to come forward? 


Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

International Yoga Day 2017

Celebrate Your Health 

Celebrate your Life

June 21

If you want to improve your health, 
improve your overall wellbeing 
do Yoga! 

The benefits are many: 

They now say it changes your DNA

Make Yoga your Daily routine!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Terror in the Sky

Amazing Video on Pilot Error

What are the causal factors of 
Pilot Error?

Automation? Training? Fatigue? Safety Culture? Distraction? 

No matter what industry you work in, there will always be outliers. Thankfully the pilot group is filled with highly intelligent professionals who care about what they are doing, and their goal is to carry you to a safe destination. But, when an industry crumbles and takes pensions, cuts training, places pilots on aircraft exceeding duty times because they established "carveouts" to avoid FAA requirements, and provides the minimum training, per FAA standards, because the bottom line, what can pilots do? Only the best they can.  We all need the tools to do our jobs. 

The industry knows what the problems include,
now we need the data to show why. 

I don't believe we should just blame the pilot. 

If you're a commercial pilot 
and want to be part of the solution

Click to learn more: Pilot Survey


XO Karlene

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Automation Takeover

Where Is the Future Headed?

Boeing is now openly 
talking about Pilotless Planes

Seems farfetched? The military has been doing this for years. This weekend I was discussing this exact topic with a friend on LinkedIn, and what would happen to our world when all our jobs are replaced by technology? What will the hundreds of thousands of people do without jobs because a machine is doing it? Technology is great, but how far will it go?

What do you think our regulatory aviation induced pilot shortage, thousands of aircraft orders, and NextGen have in common? There will be a time that we don't have the pilots to fly our automated aircraft and the FAA will relax the requirements for crew compliment, due to economics. The first step in the removal of pilots. Don't think for a second that this is not an underlying theme in my novels... and sadly these novels are all proving to come true.

Join the 
Eastern Airlines Team

To discuss the how far automation has come 
and how far it will go! 

Episode 323

June 19, 2017 
At 1900 EDT

(That would be 4 pm on the West Coast, 7 pm on the East Coast,
 and for the rest of you... somewhere in the middle) 

Call 213-816-1611 

Where you can either listen or talk 
and ask the guests any questions
you would like answered.  

Or log on to listen at

 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, June 16, 2017

The Sky is Not the Limit!

Friday's Fabulous Flyer!

 Barbara Shultz

Barbara is a pilot, a wife, a mother an author... and boy does she have some stories to share. What an amazing woman, who is living life to the fullest! What happens when you live life on the fly? You have many stories to share. 


"My involvement in aviation began some 41 years ago when a friend, knowing that I loved a challenge, suggested I take flying lessons. Flying? That was something I never considered and an activity totally out of my comfort zone but I was determined to try. Following three months of an overland trip to South America, I was signing up for an introductory lesson at our local airport. That initial flight was with Bill Barnes, Pancho’s son.

For the next several months, I was diligent – studied, past the written with flying colors, and finally soloed after 10X the required hours. It was an exciting time. The long cross-country left be confident that my goal was in reach. After failing my first check ride for lack of experience with night flying, I arrived at the airport every day after work for a week to prepare for a second try. Bill Barnes, who was always a little intimidating, remarked about my daily lessons. My reply, “I’m on a crash-course to learn how to fly.” That didn’t go over so well. 

I did pass on my second try, met my husband just completing a ground-up restoration on a 1931 Stinson Jr., and began flying with him in my airplane, a 1950 Cessna 140A. My first flight with him made me realize that I knew little about flying. He would teach me and continues to do so.

In 1979, we purchased property in the Antelope Valley to create an airport on which to live. Our house is part of a two-story hangar which houses our airplanes which includes the 140A, a Beech 18, Bonanza V35, and a few others. And that Stinson – it was sold at auction and subsequently donated to a museum. Three years ago, our older son bought it and is now restoring it. Both sons grew up in that plane and it has many memories for all of us.

My career as an aviation historian began in 1989 after watching the Pancho Barnes story starring Valerie Bertinelli. Having strong connections with the Barnes family and knowing Pancho quite well, my husband suggested I should write her biography. I’d written travel articles years ago but here was another challenge. Seven years later, while raising the boys and working, the book was done. I loved the experience of interviewing pioneering pilots and friends of Pancho’s, some more ‘quirky’ than others.

I now have four books in print and a fifth nearly completed. The American Aviation Historical Society has published three of my articles in their journal – Elizabeth Ulysses Grant McQueen: Peace around the World for Peace, Prosperity, and World Friendship; Elvy Kalep: Estonian Aviatrix: and James Granger and the Pacific School of Aviation. I have consulted and taken part in three documentaries – The Happy Bottom Riding Club, Breaking through the Clouds, and The Katherine Cheung Story. 

My boys always remind me that after that first book there were be no more. I seem to hear that often from them but there’s always another story to be told about the pioneer aviators and an almost forgotten age of aviation. Traveling the country and doing presentations about my books or other requested topics is more than a pleasure for me. It provides me with the opportunity to hear the stories of others and share with them excitement of those early days of flight. As for that fifth book, a biography on Clifford Henderson, I think it might be the last ‘huge’ project.

Barbara, keep writing 
and sharing your love of Aviation! 

"Life once lived are stories to be told." 

You can find Barbara at

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Criminal Activity in the Airline World

How Deep Does it Run?

What happens when pilots become stuck in a kangaroo court because of an Act that passed 91-years ago, with the most recent amendment ten years later? The railway labor act (RLA) of 1926 rules the land, of what Darby calls "airplane court" where airlines get away with atrocities, and pilots are left flapping in the wind because the union might have other interests.  Last week we read an excerpt from a medical report that was nothing short of shocking. 

Airlines are Using Mental Health 
as a Retaliatory Tactic 
to Remove Pilots!!!

Even when the pilot holds
A First Class Medical
The Kangaroo Court can 
Keep them Grounded

Today I am presenting another letter from a pilot who has been battling this for 10-years. Amazing how there are people who will destroy others lives for money and power. And it's legal, and they can get away with it because of an antiquated Act. 


"Where Fact Mirrors Fiction" 

And Be Prepared for FLIGHT FOR JUSTICE
coming soon... 

Grounded Pilot:

"I recently finished reading your books you sent me. I could not put them down once I started reading them. 

 I thought I was reading my own story 
as unbelievable as it is. 

I'm still involved in litigation against my union, in the Florida Southern District of Florida. I have a Duty of Fair Representation lawsuit pending relating to a grievance that has been pending for more than 10 years, stemming from a Section [**]  company medical evaluation. 

As you may recall from our conversation, I was medically disqualified by [Legacy Carrier] in 2003, based on a medical review conducted by the company, with no diagnosis, whatsoever, of any disqualifying medical condition. After being held out of service for nearly a year without pay, I was approved for disability benefits, even though [Legacy Carrier] was aware that I continued to hold an FAA First Class Medical. I was threatened with termination unless I agreed to be evaluated and treated by a physician selected by [Legacy Carrier], who after the fact, diagnosed me with a disqualifying medical condition. 

Months later, when I continued to object, I was prescribed a disqualifying medication in order to make the shoe fit. After being placed on disability for several years, in 2007 I was stripped of all benefits along with more than 100 other pilots under the premise that I am no longer disabled or in need of medical treatment or that I had failed to get qualified medical care. 

All of the pilots essentially got a form letter stating the same thing. This, despite the fact that I was under the care of a physician assigned to me by [Legacy Carrier], who had not medically cleared me. "Long story short", Thereafter, [Legacy Carrier] ignored my requests for medical clearance to return to work and my grievance has been languishing for nearly ten years. 

I am now facing mandatory retirement age, and unless the retirement age is lifted before the end of the year, my flying career is "history." Obviously this was the plan all along. I got a reprieve when they lifted the retirement age to 60, but the company and my union have allowed my clock to run out again. 

On another note, I may have told you about [Union] having taken the bold step to lock disabled pilots out of the [union communication].  In order to silence dissident disabled pilots, like myself [UNION] locked disabled pilots and pilots with a history of disability out of the virtual union hall and refused to issue them membership cards. 

 I filed suit in the Florida Southern District under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) or "Union Members Bill of Rights" for [UNION's] violation of my right of free speech. This resulted in a four (4) day bench trial in Federal Court, where [UNION] hired several ivy league law firms and along with their in house counsel fought "tooth and nail" to defended against the disabled union members "right of free speech" and right to participate in union hall activities. 

There are 800 pages of transcripts, but the essence of [UNION's] argument was that disabled pilots have nothing to offer the union and so their actions were reasonable. The judge disagreed and entered a mandatory injunction against the [UNION] requiring them to treat me as an active member and reinstate my access to union communication activities. 

While this was a suit filed by me as an individual, rather than a class action suit, it resulted in the reinstatement of approximately 250 other pilots with a history of disability to the union communication forum. "A permanent black eye for the [UNION]." 

However, "you can't change a tigers stripes." Recently [UNION] excluded all 250 pilots with a history of disability from the new integrated seniority list between [Legacy Carrier]. One more nail in my coffin.

"My motto: Press on Regardless"

A great motto! However, the more I dig, the more I learn, and I realize there more atrocities than we could imagine. On a positive note, this pilot took a stand and won against the union. Standing up in Federal Court against the big boys, alone, and winning is nothing short of amazing. But who is standing up for this pilot's fight for airline reinstatement?  This is a system that needs fixing. 

Truth is Stranger than Fiction. 

Read all the Novels 
and be ready for the next in series...
You Will Be Shocked! 


Thank you for your comments on Amazon! 

Enjoy the Journey
XOX Karlene

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Aeronautical Science Pathways

First Graduating Class! 

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the first graduating class of Aeronautical Science Pathways program at the Seattle Museum of Flight. This is a program that enables high-school students to take aviation courses after school and get credit for college. And for free! 

These students put in a full day at high school and then keep it going, well into the evening, to learn more. They often give up their sports and social activities to make this schedule work. So when they reach their success, nobody can say it was easy. 

The Keynote speaker, Mr. Peter Morton, retired Boeing Executive, first jet ground school instructor, donator of his time flying kids for free, and more... was talking about when a new aircraft takes flight everyone is screaming, jumping and acting crazy when she breaks ground. That feeling best describes my what I wanted to do, when I received a message last night! But... today is about celebrating the students. 

"My Summer Intern Sameer Class of 2018" 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Air Traffic Control Initiative

What The People are Saying... 

Airport Operations in  Majuro "MAJ"

"The President’s push for ATC privatization continues to generate resistance. President Trump's latest push for ATC privatization is still mostly being met with resistance from aviation industry officials. , President Trump introduced his Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative at the White House on Monday and outlined a vague plan to usher in a “great new era in American aviation.” He claimed that taking the existing “ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible” 

Power of the Tower in Amsterdam

"ATC system away from the FAA and putting it in the hands of a nonprofit entity will make air travel better for the nation, and also create a new system that will be much better than any other country’s ATC. “Ours is going to top it by a lot,” Trump said. Responses from major aviation groups were swift and blunt from the moment Trump wrapped his speech. As it has been since the administration’s budget was first proposed, the reaction was once again mostly negative. While many officials and experts remain open to new ideas and proposals, especially in regard to job creation and the modernization of infrastructure, the strongest push back concerns the idea of user fees for general aviation." By Ashley Burns June 6, 2017


Guests: Doug Church, Director of Communications with NATCA (National Air Traffic Control Association in DCA) and Jeff Lewis retired air traffic controller.  

Let your voice be heard...

Join the Eastern Airlines Team
Episode 322

June 12, 2017 
At 1900 EDT

(That would be 4 pm on the West Coast, 7 pm on the East Coast,
 and for the rest of you... somewhere in the middle) 

Call 213-816-1611 

Where you can either listen or talk 
and ask the guests any questions
you would like answered. 

Or log on to listen at

 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!
XOX Karlene

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mr Last Chance Instructor

Friday's Fabulous Flyer

András Podolcsak’s

Pilot! Instructor! Inventor of amazing technology! 

András Podolcsak’s career spans 20 years where he has accumulated over 5,000 flight hours as a business jet pilot, having flown aircraft such as the Citation 650,  and transported passengers such as top Hungarian political leaders. As a head of training at international flight school, FlyTeam, he is also an instrument rated pilot examiner, and has been a qualified instructor for more than 10 years. 

It’s no wonder that over the years, the name András Podolcsák has become synonymous with reality-based General Aviation training in Hungary. With such vast experience and proactive thinking toward safety, András saw the results of the inadequacies inherent in traditional General Aviation flight training and knew something was needed.

As founder and CEO of Flygo Aviation Ltd., András and his team developed a number of pilot friendly applications, which "address, solve, and seek to prevent many of the problems and practical issues they have identified to be associated with and unique to General Aviation operations."

"The key to the effectiveness and success of Fly Go APPs is 'God view' through training and simplicity.” 

As a pilot instructor at Fly Team Ltd. an approved training organization(ATO), András has also helped  hundreds of professional flight instructors around the world become better educators through popular educational app like the IFR FLIGHT TRAINER

The success of András’s methods be best be described than his nickname among newbie pilots as Mr. Last Chance Instructor.

Flying IFR is not an easy thing to learn…

"It is perfectly normal for a student to be task saturated because instrument flying can be intimidating. I remember if I ever had a quiet moment in the cockpit my instructor would ask me "Is there anything else you can think of?" Nine out of ten times there was.

As an Instrument Rated Pilot Examiner and qualified Instuctor for more than 10 years I saw that traditional instrument training can be confusing and complicated. Sometimes even after pilots obtain a rating, they don't feel comfortable about their new skills. 

The need for modern and efficient General Aviation instrument training (and God’s eye view) was, and still is, the driving force behind the development of this highly successful training app."


"This beautifully designed instrument procedure trainer was designed for the pilot who not only wants to receive the most simple instrument training available but who also has a limited amount of time.

Immerse yourself in an environment that is conducive to practice and make your phone your IFR procedure trainer!

Simple, straightforward, proven techniques and methodology are all what make this pilot friendly app work. Cut to the chase of instrument flying. Learn techniques that full-time pilots use everyday. Learn to manage IFR flight properly and you'll stay ahead of the aircraft at all times. Stay ahead of the aircraft, and you stay safe.

In Cockpit mode use the instrument like you would do in the real aircraft. Use the map mode to verify your progress."


András Thank you for 
Bringing Good Things to Flight!

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene