"Flight For" Series

I have never encountered a set of novels written so powerfully by a power novelist, that convey such powerful messages.  When I first started flying as a passenger in 1996 and as a GenAv pilot in 2012, I never envisioned that the unimaginable would become true.  If you don't think that fiction can become truth, then you must read the following series of books below.

I, along with many other readers, are forever grateful that my great friend and mentor, Karlene Petitt, invited the world into the lives of Kathryn Jacobs, Darby Bradshaw, and Jackie Jameson.  These three women take to the world with a mission to create change and care for something that they love so much, like if it were their own flesh and blood.  That something is the aviation industry.

I will continue to promote and endorse this series until my last day on Earth, (may I live to be 120 years old), because the aviation industry, aviation safety, is something that I will never give up in pursuit of, even if it means life itself.  This is our flight for survival.  This is exactly the level of commitment this series has come to.  If you have not purchased and/or read these novels, please do so.  Many pilots and non-pilots alike all over the world have not been able to put these novels down once they've started reading them.  Just read the reviews on Amazon.

Commitment creates action.  Action creates change.  Change brings belief into reality.  Reality is what dreams are made of.  We do want to live the dream, don't we?  This fictional series creates awareness to the highest forms so that we can start this chain of commitment, action, and most of all, change.

We owe it to ourselves and to the precious world we hold in our hands.

The First "Flight For" Series Novel by: Karlene Petitt
Review by: Jeremy Carlisle, CaptainAboard.com
Under the former website "Jeremy's Flight Deck"
Published February 29th, 2012
It was a warm early fall day and I was hiking with my family in a wooded area and the sense of spookiness came over me.  The location was near the small town of Cannelton, Indiana located on the banks of the Ohio River in Perry County.  The sense of spookiness came as I was told that the grounds we were walking on was the site of the crash of Northwest (Orient) Flight 710, Chicago-Midway bound for Miami.  It was a Lockheed Electra L-188 (N121US) that not only lost control of itself, it lost both wings which sent the fuselage plummeting down.  There were no survivors.  All 57 passengers and 6 crew met their permanent graves instantly in Southern Indiana on March 17, 1960.  On that day of our hike, I had never flown commercially, and after that day, I made the vow to be terrified to do so.  (Ironically my first commercial flight was with Northwest Airlines.)

I would relive this spookiness the year after I moved to New York City in a more en masse and well known event.  I woke up that mid-September morning when I thought I heard a gunshot. I turned on the news and it was done.  Having thought it was yet another movie in the making, turned out to be not only my worst nightmare, but the nightmare of millions of my fellow New Yorkers, less alone U.S.  and international citizens.  My view of the skyline was never and will never be the same again both physically and emotionally.

We all thought to relive this event yet once again, however, Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III, made it a happy ending when he brought the Airbus Industrie A320 (N106US) as a glider into the Hudson River saving all 150 passengers and 5 crew on January 9, 2011 a little over a decade after 9/11.

Then the Airbus A330 crash…  The Tenerife catastrophe…

History tells the tale of so many aviation accidents, innocent lives lost…

Then comes…

Kathryn (“Kat”) Jacobs, an established (with a sense of smarts and an investigator) yet an un-established individual (as she had an unfinished dream of having a career, family, happiness, etc. all at the same time) who was asked to secretly come back to the N.T.S.B. (National Transportation Safety Board) after a leave to help investigate a series of recent crashes which had occurred to find out exactly how and why they occurred.   Flight safety was her mission. Her husband, Bill, an experienced airline captain, also had an agenda in mind as he was on the verge of being elected President of the Airline Pilot Union.  I thought it was a plain and simple matter why he was against his wife’s return to the N.T.S.B. as he wanted her to be a housewife.  However, the author of this work Karlene Petitt had other things in mind for me.  I struggled, really, to put this novel down to find out the real reason why Bill did not want his wife returning back to work and pursuing that unfinished dream.

What also seemed to be the same goal between Bill and Kathryn Jacobs (improving the conditions of pilots in order to promote and maintain safety) actually came to differ towards the end of the novel.  The way in which the mysteries unfold and the pieces of this thriller come together are a masterpiece par excellence by Petitt.  (I am not going to spoil the end for those who haven’t read it.  You will have to buy and read it.)

Amidst the chaos of the investigations, the secrecy, the lies, the corruption, and downfall of the events, I must say that the binding friendships between Kathryn, Darby, Jackie, and Linda (and their families) added a nice touch of grace to the novel and really set the scene for the meaning of having a support system to survive life’s journey no matter how turbulent it might become.

After having finished the novel for the third time, it is important to me how much our (aviation) industry needs a huge change and now.  Petitt definitely has used her skill as an experienced international airline pilot and talent as an excellent writer in her epic command of the English language that had me in suspense to the point that I had to set bedtime curfews of at least 2:00 a.m.  (Speaking of pilot fatigue..)

Karlene - you have just served the most delicious piece of chocolate covered literary cheesecake that I have ever devoured.  I hope the motion picture for this novel is near completion and your second novel is well on its way because I am hungry for more!


The Second "Flight For" Series Novel By: Karlene Petitt
Book Review by Jeremy Carlisle, CaptainAboard.com
Published July 29th, 2014

This book review is dedicated to the souls lost in the air or on ground for every aircraft catastrophe.  To the families of the victims to see every sense of comfort knowing that there are pilots out there who are doing their best to make sure that which ever tragedy happened - will never happen again.

Jeremy Carlisle 

JFK International Airport
May 11, 2012
Standing in the corridor of the international terminal at JFK on a bright, sunny spring afternoon, I was a man with a mission.  It was Friday afternoon, which only meant one thing - time was limited before I had to get home on time to my obligations that evening.  But at that moment, I wanted only one thing: to catch and meet the very person, a pilot, who was the foundation of spreading the love of aviation.  Also, to spread the love of blogging and sharing the wealth of information for pilots to obtain the tools necessary to be the best and safest pilots possible.  Truly an inspiration for the creation of this website along with many blogs from other pilots all with the same mission - to improve the safety and quality of the aviation industry and to make flying fun and safe for everyone.

Many people were flocking through the corridor from all over the world mostly Mediterranean passengers and a few pilots - one of them being a distinguished looking gentleman with a mustache sporting four bars.  Time was ticking by the milliseconds.  All I wanted to do was find her, say hello, maybe a quick coffee before crew pick-up, then make my way home in time to meet those weekly obligations I had to perform.  Only, just only, if it could have been any other day than Friday - but I knew she was coming back from a leg of many on this trip out east and this had to be accomplished.
Waiting impatiently, my mind shifted from "I am determined no matter what" to "if she comes, great, if not, then there will be a potential next time" - but the question always remained, will there?

Coming out of the hallway quickly, into the gate area, I saw her.  A young pilot, dressed in uniform with a face that I had only seen in photos on social media and had conversed with occasionally on the phone and through email.  It was a surreal experience,  as I thought I would never have such an opportunity.  But I did and this was it.  Heart rate in butterfly mode and nerves unending, I approached to check the wings and the name under to make sure it was her.  It was.
I nervously approached her, said my hello as I removed my baseball cap in order that she recognize my face after the many faces she had just seen prior, double checking her wing tag to make sure this wasn't a dream.  Within split moments, we made a quick smile, "hello", "I'll e-mail you later."  The rendez-vous lasted 15 seconds after her simple touch to my arm, and she was whisked from me by an earlier ACARS (message) stating that company would meet her at the gate for a prompt escort.

Even though she was very pleased to see me after her long flight, I saw the expression, the fear, in her face with the initial eye contact we made.  It was from that initial look she gave me, I saw the pages unfold and fly like wings before my very eyes which told the story...

Captain Darby Bradshaw.  The name alone rings bells.  One of Coastal Airlines best Captains with the Boeing family, had her fourth bar ripped from her epaulets as Coastal was bought out by Oklahoma City based Global Airlines.  Many people considered it a buy out, however, it was more like a hostile take over.  Welcome to Global airlines where the "open door policy" to the CEO was now forbidden and the chain of command was in place.

A war was now in effect and strict order was just that - in order.  Even if it meant getting a reprimanding e-mail from headquarters for contacting the CEO about holding a regional Christmas party.  The days of having a personal and professional relationship with upper management were now long gone at Mach speeds.. Well, unless if you were issued a memo for protocol violations..

A hostile take over with the fact, as former Captain, now Jr. First Officer Brashaw, was now sitting reserve for months on end with a new mysterious, yet state of the art, heavy aircraft - the Airbus Industrie A330.  The kicker to this was that Global Airlines, in order to cut costs, was manipulating their front line pilots with a "train yourself at home" program to keep current with the incentive for them to be at home with their families.

Kathryn "Kat" Jacobs, whose husband Bill, a former Captain with Coastal and pilot union president in the first novel "Flight For Control", was now sitting in a prison cell for multiple life terms because of his wicked attempt to fix the industry that his father dedicated and took his life to fix.  Kathryn was granted a position with the FAA after discovering her husband's handiwork in his much failed attempt in fixing the industry putting many lives both in danger and some in death.

Even though she was granted her seniority that she had with the NTSB and the pay to match thanks to President Obama, both Darby and Kathryn still had much work to do to improve both safety and the industry as a whole.

Darby did her handiwork, while sitting with Kathryn's twin daughters during her reserve time, while their mother was at work with the FAA and their father was rotting away - the only sensible thing: to start a training blog to share information with other (A330) pilots to go beyond the training manual issued by the airlines and to help those line pilots, like herself, sitting reserve to keep current.

With a few simple touches of the keyboard to blogspot, and a couple of visuals, she was sitting in the chief pilot's office at Global.  Her face red as molten lava.
Nine months after Frank Dawson, Director of Training at Global, published a memo for the off-site "stay at home with your families" training, an Airbus A330 under the command of Captain Wilbur operating as Pacific Airlines Flight 574 crashed en route NRT (Tokyo Narita) - SIN (Singapore) as the aircraft entered a series of storms in the ITCZ (Inter-tropical Convergence Zone.)  The pitot tubes froze and data to the systems went completely blank.  Because of the fatigue of the pilots taking rest breaks in the new crew rest areas (i.e., business class during first meal service with Princeton in coach having a frat party), they were inadequately rested.  Their minds, just like the automation, were blank and indecisive.  No matter what inputs they made to the sidestick for an attempt at stall recovery, the plane and the lifespan of everyone on board went plummeting down within seconds as "DUAL INPUT" echoed from the deck throughout the metal tube they were inhibited for the rest of their lives.
Loss of automation also came to the test as a Boeing 777 with a foreign carrier crashed short of the runway as pilots, just as Captain Wilbur and his crew, were inadequately trained to deal with this loss of automation. It was their company's policy to restrict manual flying on take off and landings and perform it solely on automation.

Darby new what was going on with these incidents and had to put a stop to them as she saw through the pages of Global Airline training records stating those pilots who were being passed through inadequate line checks like flies with broken wings not knowing anything on how to problem solve a loss of automation.

Darby, who has had her fair share of arrogant check airmen, line instructors,  and captains during training and flying the right seat, could only rely on Brock Townsend, a Global Airlines A330 senior check airman, line instructor,  and subject matter expert who taught her the mysteries of the aircraft, and one other person - Keith who held a significant role in the training department at Global.  Yes, Darby finds love with Keith.  The outcome of their relationship is a mystery left to be solved especially with the treasure that he left for her at the end of the novel.

FLIGHT FOR SAFETY is an epic description of an ordinary pilot amidst a merger, or hostile takeover, of a great airline. Business is business but Petitt explains through her three decade experience in the commercial aviation industry how business plays with the safety records of not only the airlines, but also more importantly those of the most important. The front line pilots, crew, and their passengers. It's all Russian roulette and the stakes are fatal by the numbers the battle being between money and lives, unless something is done about it.  This novel is an ultimate must read and it will lead to a lost treasure at the end of the book. The book is there for you to purchase, write your own review for this novel on Amazon.com, discover, and fly the flight for safety.

Karlene... you have done it yet once again, thank you so much.  You have turned the knob on the panel and pressed the hold button to take us to a whole new flight level.  Thank you also for being a true advocate for commercial aviation training and safety.  You are a true reflection of the airline I used to and will always call my "hometown airline."


The Third & Final "Flight For" Series Novel by: Karlene Petitt
Novel Review by: Jeremy Carlisle, CaptainAboard.com
Published on March 8, 2016

We live in a time where the unimaginable becomes reality.  Imagine finding ourselves on board a Boeing 777 two years ago as of this date, March 8th, to which its fate was sealed before it even left the ground.  Passengers who once entrusted their lives to the ones flying them, now are truly afraid to fly - looking for answers, none to be found.  Most importantly, the victims' families are in unspeakable pain looking for the same answers and nothing but to have their loved ones back in their arms both at once and at last.  It would be the Airbus oceanic crash all over again, but on a much more different level and a much different airplane.
Drones, the sign of which NextGen has landed, yet, continues to soar to all new heights with ever new threats appearing over the horizon.  Airplanes continue to disappear and crash no matter if it was a Boeing or an Airbus.  The world is a scary and uncertain place - just like the truth.

In the midst of all, Darby Bradshaw, an experienced pilot with the Boeing family who once had four stripes, continues to fly the skies once again as a junior first officer on reserve for Global's Airbus A330 fleet fighting all the elements that are going against her both inside the flight deck and beyond.  If her training blog didn't land her a trip to the Chief Pilot's Office too many times, then her proposed two million dollar contract with perks (to start) from a publishing company for her book "Fight For Safety: Inside The Iron Bubble" would.  Her contract celebration, especially with her new found love, was cut short as scheduling assigned her for a multi-legged trip to depart within hours.  Her only saving grace was to attempt sleep deadheading to assignment departure city. 

Kathryn "Kat" Jacobs, has stepped up in position with the FAA and there is a scare that former Coastal Airlines Captain and Kathryn's ex-husband, Bill Jacobs, who is serving multiple life terms in prison for his evil attempt to fix the industry is suspected of being behind the crash scenes in the novel.  Bill does come back into the story in some scary scenes which left chills up and down my spine imagining his evil, demonized eyes, and you will not believe what he has been up to in prison despite his charming, flattering, and helpful personality with the officers and cell mates.  Will he consider that his twin daughters were on one of those planes this time or will he sink to the lowest core of evil?

Kathryn's twin daughters, along with Jackie, John (Kathryn's former boss with the NTSB), Linda, and her new "doctor love", all come back - and for good reason.  This novel is a true test of survival and you need the friends you love and care about to be there for you when life is on the brink of ending.  One powerful lesson I have learned from this novel is cherish your family and friends every moment you can.  Despite our busy lives, stay in touch as much as you can, because their last moments could be upon us - especially, like stated above, in a world where the unimaginable is coming to reality.  We can only handle so much at a time.  A true test of survival, especially in the world known as commercial aviation.
If you thought you couldn't put "Flight For Control" and "Flight For Safety" down, Karlene Petitt has taken this novel along with the mystery and suspense to an all new flight level with wind shear beating from all directions.  The author has taken this novel, less alone the whole series, to put new meaning to the aviation industry and what it means to put your "life on the line."  How far will you go to stand up to injustice and fight for what you believe in?  

This novel, this series, as I've stated before, is a symphony of words with a powerful message.  Words are one thing, action is another.  "Flight For Survival" is a true novel written about factors such as: substance addiction, fatigue, mental health, aircraft operations, maintenance, nextGen, and putting safety into words taking action before our very eyes.  Now it is up to us, as pilots, as student pilots, as cabin crew, as passengers, and as human beings, who value life, to not only try to make it out alive, but also to save what and who we are so passionate about before its too late.


Karlene Petitt is a Seattle, Washington based novelist, artist, Ph.D aviation safety student, who currently flies the Airbus A330 internationally for a world renown airline.  She also holds masters degrees in MBA and MHS.  Along with the above she is also type rate (certified) to fly the Boeing 727, 737, 747, 747-400, 757/767, and the Airbus A330 and has operated and/or instructed on these with eight different airlines over a 35 year span.  She is also a devoted wife, mother of three, and a grandmother of seven.

Besides writing for her website "Flight To Succes" and the "Flight For" series, she has also written two other books for motivation and inspiration for both adults ("Flight to Success: Be The Captain of Your Life") and children ("I Am Awesome: The ABCs of Being Me".)  You can purchase autographed copies of her books off of her website and all versions of her books, electronic included, can be purchased on Amazon.  All proceeds for her children's book will be donated to the Children's Museum of Central Oregon in Bend, Oregon. 

Thoughts and reviews of her novels and inspiration/motivation books are most welcome on Amazon.


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