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Roar to a Purr

Wednesday, August 03, 2016
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Dogs and Damaged Souls

Thursday, July 07, 2016
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Chicks Rule the Roost: The Power of Women

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

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Why "Thought Leaders" Don't Like to Lead

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

I was sitting at my computer the other day while my 12-year old daughter was looking over my shoulder. She was sorting through her own social media messages on her phone, so when I opened my LinkedIn account, she noticed that I was approaching 40K followers. Not an extraordinary amount, but enough for my social media savvy daughter to drop her jaw and take notice.  Read full post...

Parenting is Harder Than Landing a Boeing 727

Friday, September 11, 2015

My Interview with Her Invitation:  Read full post...

Getting A Chick Into the Cockpit

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil triggered some debate and had a few pilots chuckling in response to his suggestion that in order to avoid another Germanwings suicide scenario, pilots should get married. He also noted that Turkish Airlines only has 40 female pilots on its roster out of 4,000 pilots. Mr. Kotil said he would like “…at least 10% of our pilots [to] be female, meaning 400 in total. I invite all women who meet the criteria to become pilots.” While Mr. Kotil meant no harm by either comment, both sentiments were spoken by someone who truly doesn’t understand what it takes to be a pilot. It points to lifestyle issues that all pilots, male and female, have to deal with. Read full post...

The Aviation "F" Word

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Your pilot license or an entire career can potentially be on the line during an FAA ramp check. What you say and do is important, but for the majority of pilots, you have nothing to fear. Pilots have to deal with the FAA in a variety of scheduled situations so it’s the element of surprise which is the variable here. While I don’t think I look especially suspicious, I have been ramp checked by the FAA while operating Part 91, 135 and 121. It always happens when I’m in a hurry, fighting weather at the other end, or when I’m in a new pilot seat. What I learned from all three inspections is that being respectful goes a long way and that as the PIC you should (will) always know more about your airplane than the inspector, so don’t be afraid to show them what you know.   Read full post...

Introduction to: A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

     Even though I was curled tightly in the fetal position, I couldn’t get warm. By design, jail cells amplify your existing condition. Since I was the epitome of cold and alone, the intensity of the cell reflected my crisis back to me with cruelty. Read full post...

Getting a Chick into the Cockpit

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I can write the words, but unless you actually sit in the captain’s seat of a commercial airliner, no one can know the sublime pleasure of this all-encompassing life experience. Even as an author, my words will always fail to do justice to all the stories, vivid characters, personality changing moments, and pure passion of piloting. Aviation is one of the most rewarding and challenging careers anyone can have while at the same time, it forces heart-wrenching decisions unlike any other industry and those decisions affect men and women pilots differently. Read full post...