This was an early discussion recorded for inclusion on the now (semi-retired) FlyingTraining.net. The flight training site was always intended to be a media resource for student pilots but was ‘consolidated’ into flight.org (along with CrewResourceManagement.com) for no other reason than time management purposes.
Since this isn’t a true ‘podcast’, the audio was encoded in a format to ensure a workable download size. As such, it’s compromised on the quality of sound.
About Karlene Petitt
Karlene has flown with Coastal, Evergreen, Braniff, America West, Guyana, Tower, and Northwest Airlines… and she describes her life as “an incredible ride”. Karlene is now flying the 8th leg of her airline journey as an International A330 pilot. She has 6 type ratings, two masters degrees (and a third she describes as a Ph.D of life) and is in the final stages of her first novel – Flight For Control.
Karlene describes her mission statement as follows: To inspire new pilots, share the love of aviation, and navigate our profession to a promising future.
About Ken Pascoe
Ken Pascoe was born in Victoria in 1969 and grew up within sight of aircraft taking off and landing at Essendon Airport (and later at Tullamarine Airport). His father was a flying instructor (to this day he’s an A320 Captain with a wealth of international experience) so, as a bit of an aviation nut, he would often scale the roof of his house with Ken in tow so he could point out aircraft taking off and landing nearby. One of Ken’s earliest memories include sitting in the back of light aircraft (whether or not there were seats is a question Ken can’t answer) watching his father teach others to fly. From all of this a lifelong obsession with aviation and flight began.
Ken has flown Boeing 747-400’s for Cathay Pacific based in Hong Kong and the A310/A300/B777 for Emirates based in Dubai. He currently operates as the Boeing 777 Fleet Training manager for Virgin Australia based in Sydney, Australia.
Following is a very general index.
01:19 Karlene Petitt and her early life in aviation
08:59 Research flying schools (aircraft, airport, instructor)
11:05 Karlene’s career path
13:30 Karlene paying for her lessons
15:49 Continuity of training
18:57 1500 hour requirement
21:05 Importance of school selection
22:50 Pilot conditions
23:47 Choice of flying instructor
25:47 Ken Pascoe joins the conversation
26:00 Importance of instructor selection
34:15 Commercial, Instrument, ATP… and a family
40:28 Flying or family?
45:25 Women in Aviation
46:51 7 aircraft, 5 airlines (preferences)
50:10 Laptops in the cockpit!
51:55 Final words of advice
54:18 Importance of an education
57:13 Is it worth it?
58:49 How to contact us
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