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We all look for a getaway.  Sometimes we need a break from family, friends, or most of all - from reality.  Some of us go to work to escape our home lives.  Some escape our work lives by staying home or going on a vacation.  And then, some, never have to escape from reality because they are "living the dream" already.

One of the best and most cost effective ways to escape from reality is not to book a costly vacation, but take a flight away from reality without traveling more than a mile from home.  I am talking about finding your favorite book, a quiet spot, and your favorite eats or drinks to go along with it.  Or perhaps, your favorite music while reading.  It's your getaway and you can do anything you want with it.

I have personally picked five authors below as they have the power to not only take us from reality but also face it at the same time to help us transform our perception of it.  To make reality better, less painful.  Safer.  More aware.  To pay tribute to the lives we've lost due to reality.  To ensure a better reality.  To educate us on how to navigate through the skies of reality.  To see where fiction mirrors reality.  Most of all, these authors give a similar message.  To achieve our aspirations.  To turn reality into dreams and dreams into reality.

I have had the pleasure and honor of meeting two of these authors personally.  The other three, I hope to meet them and personally thank them someday, sooner than later.  It has been an honor to have met three of them online connected with them.  To all of them, they have made great contributions to the English language, literature, and education - aviation and beyond.  To make our aspirations fly back home to reality and to make our greatest dreams come true.

 Please take the time to read and enter the world of the following, outstanding authors:

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Through his years of experience as an instructor, author of aircraft training manuals, and a check airman on the Airbus Industrie A330, Captain Bill Palmer takes us on a "behind the scenes" look at one of the deadliest aviation catastrophes which happened during the very early morning of June 1st, 2009, as the aircraft, an A330, entered a high altitude stall crashing into the mid-south Atlantic ocean perishing every single person on board the flight that night. The flight crew and guests were en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, France as Air France Flight 447.  Captain Palmer clarifies any misconceptions and/or misunderstandings about the flight operations, interface, and inputs to the A330 in a very precise and concise manner.  This book is recommended for all pilots no matter what status, licensure, or rating.

Captain Bill Palmer is currently a senior airline captain with an internationally renown carrier on the Airbus A330 as well as a subject matter expert on his aircraft.  Captain Palmer has appeared on CNN on both television and print to offer his expertise on recent, and unfortunate, air crashes such as those with Malaysia Airlines.  He also writes for his blog Trend Vector where he continues to spread his vast love of flying glider aircraft, wealth of knowledge in aeronautical science, and expertise to a network of pilots and everyone alike.


  • "Flight For Control": Karlene introduces us to Kathryn "Kat" Jacobs who comes back to the NTSB and shares the same mission as her husband, Bill, a check captain with Seattle based Coastal Airlines.  Along with Kathryn's best friend, Darby Bradshaw, a Senior Captain at Coastal, alongside with her husband Bill, was not only the life of the party, but also held the same mission to fix the industry.  Planes are crashing consistently and they don't know why.  The way Kathryn and her husband Bill go about their attempts to fix the industry are much different.  This is a thriller, mystery, romance, and comedy book all at once.  Perhaps that's the reason why I could never put that book down and read it seven consecutive times.
  • "Flight For Safety": The sequel to "Flight For Control" - without giving too much information about the first book, Kathryn and Darby are out on a mission, especially when Kathryn and Darby find out after an Airbus A330 has crashed from a high altitude stall en route from Tokyo to Singapore that the training records of her new airline have been tampered with.  Not only that, line checks are being let through the cracks without knowing how to fly without automation.  Global was looking to cut training in order to save money.  Was it worth putting the lives of their pilots, and even more, passengers in jeopardy?  Read this book, but make sure you buckle your seat belt because it will be a choppy ride over some very choppy and icy waters.
  • "Flight For Survival": The sequel to "Flight For Safety".  Kathryn Jacobs now up in command with the FAA is now concerned that even though her evil ex-husband, former captain for Coastal Airlines has been locked up for multiple life sentences, he is behind the flight controls of planes that keep crashing.  Darby Bradshaw, still a jr. first officer sitting long amounts of time on reserve for Globals A330 fleet, has been interrupted by crew scheduling from celebrating her two million offer for new safety book "Fight For Safety: Inside The Iron Bubble" to fly, without adequate rest according to FAR 117.  What lies ahead for Darby is lethal.  Kathryn, Jackie, and Linda come together to be with her as she fights so many battles both inside and outside the flight deck.  This is a novel where pilots put their lives on the line for their "Flight For Survival"
  • "Flight For Sanity": The sequel to "Flight For Survival" which almost blows both Darby and Kathryn's careers out the window despite the fact that Darby is going Boeing once again in the 757 and retrieving her fourth stripe back in the left seat.  In this novel Darby takes a risk of a lifetime which puts Kathryn Jacob's high position within the FAA on the line as Darby seeks a 'peer review' for a safety plan within Global.  The result of a safety report and plan submission to Global left them both floored to the ground - literally.  Sometimes the risks outweigh the advantages, but in this novel it was worth the try, even for the sake of being the sane one.  This novel leads up to the 5th up and coming novel in this series by Petitt titled, "Flight For Justice", so stay tuned!
  • "Flight to Success: Be the Captain of Your Life" - A book to answer all the questions a person would ever want to ask about how someone becomes a success.  Karlene uses each letter of "Flight To Success" to tell her story of how she became what, who, and why she is today.  And it wasn't as easy as many think it is.  This work was a pure motivation for me to press on after my relocation from NYC and to pass the tests I needed.  To get the licensure I needed so that I can advance my flight time and aviation career perhaps not in the way I had planned, but that is life - taking its course.  This book is meant for everyone to learn that course, not just for pilots but for everyone to learn how to become a Captain and navigate through the skies of life. 
  • "I Am Awesome: The ABCs of Being Me" - This book, written by Karlene Petitt and designed by her daughter Kayla Wopschall, entails twenty six educational illustrations of career choices for children representing each letter of the alphabet to promote education and identity in our youth.  All proceeds go to the Children's Museum of Central Oregon.
Karlene Petitt is an experienced international pilot on the Airbus Industrie A330 for an internationally renown carrier.  In her over thirty years career as an commercial aviation industry, she has been at the flight controls for eight different airlines and has been typed (certified) on the Boeing 727, 737, 747, 747-400, 757, 767, and Airbus A330.  Karlene has also appeared on CNN to offer her insight and experience due to some of the recent, and unfortunate, air crashes.  Karlene is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Karlene is also an author, screen writer, grand-mother, and mother to three daughters and several grand-children.  You can follow Karlene as she writes for her blog, Flight To Success


We welcome to the world of literature, Zach Neuman, who was featured this past Tuesday on and has written his first novel, "Second to the Right."  Zach takes to the flight deck to fly us internationally back to Edwardian London to introduce us to the character, David, who wanted nothing more to make an escape from a world which he was not meant to live in - even if it meant that he would never grow older.  David's story teaches us that the only way out is up.  This story is truly the origin story that Peter Pan deserves.  A story where the impossible becomes possible.  How possible?  Well, I leave that for you to find out by purchasing and reading his story.

Zach Neuman is currently pursuing university studies in New York City.  "

Zach can also be followed on Twitter and on Google+ via his blogsite The Shining Jar.


 Syd describes "Circle" as:

"Discovering a girl under his bed isn’t the strangest thing happening to Spencer. The real shock comes when he finds out who she is and why she is on Earth.

Mandy, an extraterrestrial girl, has been hiding out ever since the jet she stowed away on crashed in the desert behind his home. When the pilot is captured by the Air Force, Mandy is left lost and alone. She asks Spencer to risk everything to rescue the pilot from Edwards Air Force Base and help them get back home with the one thing their civilization needs to survive.

On the run from soldiers, fighter jets and attack helicopters, Spencer and his family fall into crisis when they find out what it is that Mandy and the pilot have really come to Earth for."

Syd is currently a pilot and author.  In addition to "Circle" her works also include her first novel "Fly Girl" in which stars Jill, who only wants one thing, to go up.  A place where she knows she belongs.  All she wants to do is impress Robbie.  Unfortunately, her dream comes crashing down and there is only one way to go.  Up!  

Syd can be followed via visiting her website (where you can view video testimonials) and following her amazing feed on Twitter.


CRM (Crew Resource Management) is an imperative and integral part of flight operations.  Jean Denis Marcellin explains in detail Human Factors models and how they incorporate into principals of behavioral and social sciences - the studies that people work with together in the concept of mechanics - in this case flight operations and the harmony of the flight crew as well as teamwork in order to have a safe and successful flight.

He also explains Team Assessment, realizing teams strengths, weaknesses, limits, and situational awareness/TEM (Threat and Error Management.)
There are many factors that come into play when working with a team.  If you are an international pilot flying multiple time zones, fatigue, stress, and other physical factors come into play to which he explains to detail how to know yourself.  Your strengths and limits.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and is an imperative reading for all pilots.  This book will educate those and avoid situations between life and danger.

Jean Denis Marcellin is an international pilot on the Bombardier Global Express business jet with added experience as a Captain on the Pilatus PC12, specializing in CRM, and Founder/President of "Plane&Simple Solutions."  He is an avid traveler at the controls of the LearJet, and loves to promote aviation and people in aviation.  You can follow him by visiting "People of the Sky"

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Please choose one, a couple, or my recommendation, all of these authors.  Purchase and read their books.  Leave reviews for them on Amazon!  (Links included above!)

Wishing everyone a great escape as well as a great weekend!




  1. Like you I met two of your five selected authors and that's a miracle since I am Living in the Netherlands.
    I met Karlene Petitt and we became friends and she introduced me to Bill Palmer, who I also met in Amsterdam. And one day Jeremy I hope to meet you too.
    I' ve read Karlene's books and they are awesome. I hope I'll read the other books On your list anytime soon too.
    Thanks Jeremy

    1. An, I think that it is great that you met both Karlene and Bill as they are great people all around. Even though I almost caught Bill in NYC, I hope I have the chance someday to cross paths with him. What I would give to have all authors above the in same room. We would have some great conversations going on. Thank YOU so much An for your support, readership, and one day we will meet and have a "geweldig" time! Have a great weekend!

    2. Yes that would be awesome, to Have them all in one room someday.
      To get inspired by these amazing people!
      One day Some day Jeremy... Looking forward to it!
      Have a great weekend!

  2. Jeremy, I am honored to be in the company of great authors. Thank you so much for the great post.
    I have been so busy with school, work, and family I have not been able to go out and shout about them.

    1. Karlene, I whole heartedly understand! You're very welcome and I thank you so much for stopping by and your comment. Hope you are able to rest and escape this weekend!


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