EAL Radio Show Book Review

The Crash Detectives

                              By Christine Negroni

“Negroni is a talented aviation journalist who clearly understands the critically important part the human factor plays in aviation safety.” — Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Pilot of US Airways 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson

One of The Wall Street Journal’s 3 Books Every Geek Should Read This Fall, click hyperlinks below:

                              The Crash Detectives

                              By Christine Negroni

A fascinating exploration of how humans and machines fail—leading to air disasters from Amelia Earhart to MH370—and how the lessons learned from these accidents have made flying safer.

In The Crash Detectives, veteran aviation journalist and air safety investigator Christine Negroni takes us inside crash investigations from the early days of aviation to the present, including the search for answers about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

As Negroni dissects what happened and why, she explores their common themes and, most important, what has been learned from them to make planes safer. Indeed, as Negroni shows, virtually every aspect of modern pilot training, airline operation, and airplane design has been shaped by lessons learned from disaster. Along the way, she also details some miraculous saves, when quick-thinking pilots averted catastrophe and saved the day.

The Crash Detectives on the Eastern Facebook pagehttps://www.amazon.com/The-Crash-Detectives-Investigating-Mysterious-ebook/dp/B01BD1SSBM.

Makes a great gift! and see below for the link if any of your members want to join the group.

Flying Lessons
Facebook Group · 859 members
This is a group for people interested in aviation,air travel and air safety. Post relevant photos, stories and links. Post opinions, ask questions
(Coming Soon)

There are laws against firing anyone for 
reporting safety concerns.
But where are the laws against paying doctors 
to falsify medical reports?

Flight For Justice

Darby Bradshaw's passion drew her into the sky. She worked multiple jobs, attended college, and spent every penny to become a pilot. With drive and commitment, facing many obstacles and heartbreaking loss along the way, her dreams finally came true and she became a captain at the world's largest airline. 

But when airline crashes continued, almost claiming the life of yet another friend, she knew what had to be done: Tell management they didn't have a safety culture that would support Safety Management Systems (SMS), their pilot training program was in need of improvement, and many of Global's operating practices violated Federal Aviation Regulations. 

The Chief Executive Officer had openly stated that it was every employee's "unfettered responsibility" to bring forward anything that was wrong within the company. The NTSB, TSA and FAA all support the statement: "If you see something, say something."

Darby Bradshaw said something, 
and Global Air Lines retaliated 
in the worst possible way. 

While Global's behavior was pure retaliation, Darby never imagined how far they would go, or whom they would place on their payroll in an attempt to have her removed. Permanently. Government officials, medical examiners, a few unethical pilots, and her union officials became part of the game. 

What began as an effort to save her career, turns into an investigation of a lifetime. What Darby uncovers is nothing short of criminal, unethical, and the sinister behavior that is putting every passenger's life in danger. 

Nobody expected Darby to stand up to this atrocity. Her union said, "No pilot ever comes back from this." They also never expected she would find the buried bodies, or fight with all her heart for the career she loved. Darby is not alone in her fight. Her best friend Kathryn Jacobs, top ranking FAA official, is standing by her side. John Jacobs, the Secretary of the Department of Transportation ,knows how high the stakes are, but can he do anything? It's also nice to have a friend who is in the mental health field who can give Darby perspective.

Enjoy the journey, as this fight for justice becomes a commitment to the industry as a whole, for all the pilots who will follow in Darby's footsteps, and the safety of passengers everywhere. 

 Flight For Justice 
Is coming Soon. 

If you haven't read the series, it's time to start,
so you will be ready for Flight for Justice!

Karlene's book can be bought directly through her website at:


if you prefer an E-book, go directly to Amazon to purchase.

Coming Soon!



George is currently working on three other books, one of which has been completed and another that is near completion. The first is a satire and the second a much more serious nonfiction book, while the third is yet another mystery novel.

"Flight Attendants Lost
By Brenda Chabot, Eastern Airlines Silverliners
(B. Elizabeth Chabot)

Flight Attendants Lost offers a fascinating look into what went on inside the airplane from actual aircraft accident and incident case studies spanning decades and countries. The book covers the intense training, the ongoing vigilance, the behind the scenes team work and the committed actions of flight attendants in emergency situations. It uncovers the complexities of aircraft safety design and makes sense of the reasons behind safety rules and regulations making this book an educational must read for air travelers.

"Flight Attendants Lost" is not only an eye-opener but is a reassuring read that will make you look at flying differently. It is also a beautifully written memorial tribute to the hundreds of flight attendants who, over the years, have given their lives In the Line of Duty."

We are happy to support one of our Eastern Airlines Silverliners and Author Brenda Chabot. Captain Neal, Don Gagnon, and Dorothy Gagnon had the pleasure of meeting Brenda and hearing her give an excerpt from her book at the Silverliners Convention in Palm Beach Florida this year.  Brenda can also be reached at: www.brendachabot.com

One of the Book Reviews below:

“Wonderful.  I found it extremely interesting, could not put it down. It felt like I was right there on those aircraft, even though it has been years since I was an FA. I think everyone who has ever worked as a flight attendant, will stand up and cheer when they read it. All passengers should be required to read your book!” Janice Wilgus Henry – Former Eastern Airlines Flight Attendant

Flight Attendants is available on-Line only at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca (it is only available online - also at Chapters-Indigo and Barnes & Noble). ISBNs:

  • 978-1-5255-2318-2 Paperback
  • 978-1-5255-2319-9 eBook
Author Brenda Chabot & 
Eastern Silverliners

"Brenda has her roots in the airline industry having worked as a Flight Attendant and In-flight Manager for Wardair Canada. She began teaching In-flight Training with Wardair and continued her aviation career as Manager of Training and Recruiting for Odyssey International Airlines. In this role she worked with Boeing in Seattle during the purchase of two new aircraft in the selection and installation of cabin emergency equipment.

After leaving Odyssey she began working at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport, for Lockheed Air Terminal of Canada in the role of T3 Incident Site Management responding to various situations as they occur from airport / airline operational concerns to major emergencies. Also, in this role she developed and presented Aircraft Safety and Evacuation Training to Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services. Brenda was selected to become a member of the GTAA Critical Incident Stress Team.

Brenda’s love for aviation continues as she pens this book on the factual role of flight attendants in aviation and the current issues facing commercial air travel employees. This is her first book. Brenda currently resides in the Caledon hills, north of Toronto."

John P. Ingle Jr. Book Signing


John's book was sponsored by the law firm that John's friend, Edward M."Skip" Booth, Jr. worked for at that time in Jacksonville, FL, on October 25, 2004.

John, as President of the Jacksonville Historical Society and Skip (who also was involved later on with the Jacksonville Historical Society as the 2015-2016 President) wanted to re-introduce John's book, "Aviation’s Earliest Years in Jacksonville, 1878-1935", as the book was first published in 1978, and long out of print.

The Jacksonville Historical Society, Jacksonville", FL arranged for the publication of 1,500 copies in 2004 and still has a few of the copies available for purchase.

by Keith O'Brien
Episode 390, August 27, 2018

"One of Time Magazine's "Best Books to Read This Summer"

In 1928, less than a dozen American women had a pilot's license, making the few women who flew airplanes true radicals. Fly Girls tells that story, their story—the story of women fighting for the right to fly airplanes, winning the right to race them, and then beating the men in one of the most dangerous air races of them all. It was, for the female pilots, a stunning upset and one that proved what the women had known all along: They were just as good as the male pilots, maybe even better. They belonged.

A Publisher's Weekly "Top Ten" History Book

KEITH O'BRIEN is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. His work has appeared on shows such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and This American Life. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Politico, and Slate, and is the author of Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County's Quest for Basketball Greatness. His most recent book is FLY GIRLS: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History. He lives in New Hampshire.

His book released in August is “available wherever books are sold” at a cost of  $28 U.S. Dollars..or, you can also go to his website to purchase: http://keithob.com/

Neal Bascomb, Author
The Escape Artists
Episode 384, October 1, 2018

Neal Bascomb is the national award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Fortress, Hunting Eichmann, The Perfect Mile, Higher, The Nazi Hunters, and Red Mutiny, among others. A former International journalist, he is a widely recognized speaker on the subject of war and has appeared in a number of documentaries.

The release of his new book, THE ESCAPE ARTISTS: is all about a Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War (publication date: Sept 18)?  It’s the little-known

and spellbinding story of the downed Allied aviators who masterminded the remarkably courageous—and ingenious—breakout from Germany’s most devilish POW camp. There have been a few histories on this subject, but none have had access to the range of archival material (including diaries, letters, action reports, and unpublished memoirs) that Bascomb had in order to tell this story in such a comprehensive way. And 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of this epic breakout, one that rallied a nation in the darkest days

Advance reviews for THE ESCAPE ARTISTS have been raves!

  • “Fast-paced account of a forgotten episode of World War I history . . . Stirring . . . Bascomb's portraits of the principals are affecting . . . Expertly narrated, with just the right level of detail and drama.”—Kirkus, *starred* review
  • “Paul Brickhill’s The Great Escape (1950) is widely considered the best nonfiction book about escapes from wartime prison camps. This gripping new volume gives Brickhill’s classic a run for its money. . . In the ever-expanding genre of prison-escape sagas, this one joins the top ranks.”—Booklist
  • "Bascomb unfurls a cracking good adventure in this upbeat retelling of the largest Allied prison break of WWI . . . Bascomb draws on unpublished memoirs, official histories, and family papers to spin this action-packed, briskly paced tale."—Publishers Weekly

To Purchase this book and others, go to: http://nealbascomb.com/

Dawn of The 1970's
By K. Allen

This documentary is well written by a very talented and gifted author, K. Allen, or as we know him to be, our Host, Ken Allen Boring. Ken is also a retired Nurse Supervisor who worked with seniors inside a large upscale urban assisted living complex. He is author of his next book "Remembering What I Forgot" which too, is an outstanding book to read (see reviews below).

His documentary, as Ken calls it, is based on his life growing up in the 1970's on his parents' farm in Western Maryland (later that area called Gwen Lee Estates), and a wonderful read with laughter and tears.

This documentary takes a look back in time of adventuresome teenagers, but hardworking as they had responsibilities on their farm. He and his brother both had a mind of their own and used it! Those were the days and our adult parents survived it with children that love them immensely! See how the book brings us to their future and the last vacation Ken had that his father remembered. This is where the tears I mentioned above, start to flow.

This is a read that you will enjoy from beginning to end. Ken did an amazing job of capturing those days in his household which consisted of his (Dad) an Eastern Captain, Lee Boring who is well known to the Eastern Family, and his Mom (a former ER/OR Nurse) Gwen, who after their birth become a full time Mom. Gwen's talents, too, were brought out and she made a wonderful life for herself, her husband, Lee,  and her children, who she doted on. They were wonderful parents and were loved very much.

Ken brings these qualities of all of the family out so well that you will be awed as well as entertained. A must read by all ages. Gives you as they say "food for thought"!

See below review on "Remembering What I Forgot:"...to purchase go to http://kennethallen.org/.

Please click here to download a Free copy.

Remembering What I Forgot

by K. Allen

Kindle Edition

You may remember visiting a grandparent or elder friend who lived in a nursing home memory unit. When you were a child you may recall sights, sounds, and smells that caused you to feel uneasy. Step into any one of today’s 16,000 long-term care facilities across the US, and suddenly those memories reemerge.

Nurse Supervisor K. Allen tells of the emotional investments found while working with seniors inside the Van Gogh, a large upscale urban assisted living complex. Located at its core is found a locked memory care unit, the Rembrandt, where he and his heroic support team struggle to comfort those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of Dementia. Emotionally rich and deeply moving, "Remembering What I Forgot" tells of a day in the life of a memory unit nurse and the unimaginable obstacles faced by today's health care workers. A first of its kind, the story provides its reader with a rare glimpse into “life on a memory unit” including the emotional torment experienced by visitors who witness their loved one slip into ever increasing apathy and confusion. In its truest sense a love story of the need to cope and how to find hope when someone we love suddenly cannot remember well and is handed a diagnosis of Dementia.

Insightful, humorous and heartfelt, Remembering What I Forgot conveys a message of inspiration and helps us connect with those in the final chapter of their life. Let us not forget them. Read more of K. Allen's book by going to this hyperlink to purchase his book on line at http://kennethallen.org/.

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Upcoming New Book Releases

                             Coming Soon

                   "EASTERN AIRLINES:

                  A Treasure of Memories"

                                        by E. Neal Holland


My new book is about the stories by Eastern folks that I have had the pleasure to read over the years as past Editor of the Retired Eastern Pilots Association's publication REPArtee,and heard as the Host and Producer of the EAL Radio Show that make this book necessary. 

"EASTERN AIRLINES: A Treasure of Memories" is nearing completion and should be available in early 2018. Great stories and memories by former Eastern Airlines employees are out there for the collection.  We hear many on the Radio Voice of Eastern Airlines and other publications of Eastern organizations. 

My first collection and publication was "Wings of Man(y)" and is still available for purchase,  It makes for a great gift at this time of year. You can purchase today by clicking on the hyperlink below  to take you directly to our EALRadioShow webstore: https://www.ealradioshow.com/apps/webstore/

About the author:

Neal is the Founder and Producer of the EAL Radio Show Broadcast “The Voice of Eastern Airlines” and the EAL Radio Show website from 2010 to where it has grown since it came online January 2011 to the present time every Monday Evening at 7:00 P.M. EDT. The show currently boasts almost 1000 members and listeners who come from over 40 countries around the world.  Neal began this show for and about the Eastern Airlines family.

He has written nearly all of the 340 scripts and programs for the EAL Radio Show Broadcast. Neal was employed as an Eastern Airline Captain and began his tenure February 11, 1963 and retired March, 1989.  He flew eastern routes for 26 years, flying aircrafts such as: CV440; L188; B727; B757; A300; and the L1011. 

Neal holds a Mechanic and a Flight Instructor Certificate as well as the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. Neal also owns and operates his business, St John’s Realty Group, Inc. from his office in Ponte Vedra, FL along with being a Real Estate Instructor. Neal also served from 1999-2003 as the Editor of the Retired Eastern Pilots Association’s magazine “REPArtee”. Neal is the author of "Wings of Man (y)"

Coming Soon!

Best Friends
By K. Allen Boring

Coming soon is my second publication, “Best Friends”. This book is a series children's book designed to educate today's youth on the paradigm shift often associated with the relocation to assisted living and memory care.

The story features two dogs "Gus and Maguire" and their close friendship while living in a retirement home. The story is written with the intent to help children discuss and perhaps even write about elders and the daily challenges they face.

Video Tribute to

Captain Lee Boring

Remembering What I Forgot

By K. Allen Boring

Thank you Ken, for sharing this video of former Eastern Airlines Captain "Lee" Boring.

This tribute was so meaningful and so moving seeing the photos of Lee together with his family. Don and I just sat here in awe and loved viewing the memories you shared. What a wonderful video to show his life as Lee lived in with his wife, Gwen, and their family. The tears filled our eyes and we couldn't say a word. Your tribute Ken, along with your wonderful book "Remembering What I Forgot" is an outstanding Tribute to your Dad. We loved it so much and our thanks  to you and to Leslie Harris-Senac, Owner /Filmmaker of VISIONS UNLIMITED, Video Productions, Inc. www.SarasotaFilmAndVideo.com for putting together such a wonderful tribute. See video on:



by S.L. Menear


Airline pilot Samantha Starr is on the adventure of her life, an unexpected one headed for disaster. Stealth submarines, Scottish castles, Antarctic ice chasms, deep-sea dives to an underwater city near Cuba, and a secret enclave in the frigid Himalayas test Sam’s survival skills.

World powers, nefarious groups, and an evil billionaire are hot on the trail of an ancient weapon of mass destruction that can only be activated by Sam’s touch. Her twin brothers in the Navy join forces with two airline pilots and Sam’s Scottish boyfriend in an effort to save her and half the world’s population. As time runs out, will Sam make the ultimate sacrifice?

BLAZE is the third fantasy action thriller in award-winning author S.L. Menear’s Samantha Starr Series.



“In Blaze, the third book in the Samantha Starr Series, Sharon Menear solidifies her place as the queen of the niche genre of fantasy/thrillers. Each book in this series is more exciting than the last.”

“A heart-pounding action adventure so intense the reader is left hyperventilating right through to the end.”

BLAZE is on fire … this latest in the Samantha Starr Series delivers heart-stopping action with a cast of beautiful babes and hunky guys.”

BLAZE grips you at the start and doesn’t let go until the action-packed finale.”

The Radio Show's on-the-air radio interviews with Authors about their books will be featured on this web page.

If you have a book you think we should know about, please contact us so that we can contact the author for an interview. 

Poseidon’s Sword by S.L. Menear    

An 11,000-year-old prophecy plunges airline pilot Samantha Starr into an international maelstrom. While flying to exotic locales during a round-the-world charter flight, Sam stumbles upon the enigmatic key to Poseidon’s Sword, an ancient weapon of unimaginable power.

Her discovery triggers a race among secret cults, arms dealers, and world leaders intent on possessing the doomsday weapon. Old enemies and mysterious allies enter the fray, believing Sam is vital to locating and activating Poseidon’s Sword. She becomes an unwilling pawn thrust into a treacherous game trapping her crew, passengers, and family in the rivals’ deadly power plays. Sam struggles to save them and thwart her evil adversaries before time runs out in this fast-paced action thriller.

Poseidon's Sword is award-winning author S.L. Menear’s second book in the Samantha Starr Series.



“Move over, Indiana Jones. Samantha Starr is back in action! Throw in the quest for a doomsday weapon, a psychotic assassin, an underground Nazi cult, a secret Dragon Society hell-bent on helping their mysterious masters achieve world domination, hidden passageways with no apparent exits, a 727 airliner landing on an aircraft carrier at sea, Navy SEALs, and a Special Forces SAS lover who is tall, dark, and Scottish, and you have just another day in the life of ‘Danger Magnet’ Samantha Starr.” 

Poseidon’s Sword moves faster than a jumbo jet and has a cargo load of thrills. An action-packed read and one you can’t put down.”

“Another thrilling journey that throws the reader off until the very end. I’m ready for the third Starr.”

“S.L. Menear has adeptly intertwined mythology and modern-day aviation in an action-packed thriller that’s hard to put down.”

“An entertaining melding of fantasy and reality. Samantha Starr is a female character not to be trifled with.” More at: www.slmenear.com

Life, Love, & Laughter: 50 Short Stories

S.L. Menear & D.M. Littlefield


This book of 50 short stories, averaging 2 – 20 pages, includes fiction and non-fiction with plenty of belly laughs, dramas, thrillers, mysteries, and romances sure to please everyone. It’s the ideal book for readers who only have brief moments to read, as well as for those who wish to relax and enjoy the entire book in one sitting.


ADVANCE REVIEWS: “Brilliant short stories by two talented authors—kept me on the edge of my seat anxiously awaiting the imaginative surprise endings.”

“These two women have written a bag full of entertaining short stories, mostly filled with wry humor reminiscent of O. Henry. Very well done, filled with fun characters, and the best part is, you can fill any short waiting period with entertaining reading that ends in just a few pages. Definitely a book worth having close at all times.”

“Authors Littlefield and Menear have once again woven their unique abilities to combine humor and suspense into stories that are sure to please the most discriminating readers. Every minute is a worthwhile investment in reading pleasure.”

“The 50 Short Stories are wonderfully creative writings for adult readers of any age. Littlefield’s and Menear’s plots and characters are at times laugh-out-loud funny and goosebumpy at others. Perfect for readers who want to read a short story in one sitting or enjoy hours of entertainment.”

“A fresh and exciting collection of short stories. Humorous and surprising, a real whodunit treat.”

Final Destination: Disaster:

Final Destination: Disaster:

What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines


George Jehn

Final Destination: Disaster informs the public, for the very first time, what actually precipitated the controversial sale of Eastern Air Lines, at one time the second largest airline in the free world, to Frank Lorenzo's Texas Air Corporation, which led to its certain demise.

It is written from an eighteen-year veteran Eastern pilot insider's perspective, as the author was intimately involved in many aspects of the tumultuous events that culminated in the sale. 

To Order Go to Amazon.com

Flying Too Close

To The Sun

Flying Too

Close To

The Sun


George Jehn

Heart-Pounding Aviation Intrigue.

Electrifying Mystery.
Magic in the Air Romance.

Flying Too Close to the Sun is a mystery novel about airline pilots in the throes of serious financial problems, who discover a purported ?easy way out? of their dilemma.

Before you take off on this reading journey, you?ll want to make sure your seat belt is securely fastened due to unexpected turbulence, surprising twists, sudden turns and close calls. To Order Go to Amazon.com

Paperback $11.69    Kindle $3.99

Go to EAL Radio Episode 104
To hear our personal interview with
George Jehn.

George Jehn, The Author

George Jehn is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from NY Institute of Technology.

He flew as a Pilot for the prestigious Eastern Airlines in Miami, FL for approximately eighteen years. 'He flew aircraft such as the Boeing 727, Douglas DC-9; and Airbus A-300 jets. He holds both Pilot and Instructor certificates. During his tenure at Eastern, George spent six years as an elected Pilot Representative from Eastern's New York pilot base and was simultaneously a six-year Member of the Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), a 10-year Member of the Eastern Pilots System Board of Adjustment that adjudicated pilot grievances, as well as the sole pilot member of the Eastern Employee Involvement Committee.

George resigned from Eastern in 1988 to work for US Airways, another large airline and has been a pilot for almost 35 years. Additionally, George has worked as the author of a weekly column for an outdoor magazine, an Aviation Expert Witness for a number of large law firms and is also a member of the Mystery Writer of America and Nonfiction Authors Association - Writers Network. He also is a member of the Rotary International assisting those who are less fortunate in many areas, such as health, economics, education, etc. George also had his first novel published in December, 2012, entitled "Flying Too Close to the Sun",  and a second, nonfiction book entitled "Final Destination: Disaster; What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines" that was published on November 1st, 2014.

Contact the author at george@georgejehn.com

                                     Author  K. Allen,

                      “Remembering What I Forgot”

K. Allen was born in 1964 and raised on a spread of nearly two hundred acres in western Maryland, before relocating with his parents in 1980 to Sarasota Florida. Following high school, he became an accomplished triathlete and aquatic fitness instructor. He has an extensive training and event history consisting of triathlons, biathlons and long distance open water swimming, including; the Annual Swim Around Key West for years 1993, 94 and 95.


K. Allen decided on a career in aviation following in the footsteps of his father, former Eastern Airlines Captain Weldon "Lee" Boring and he learned to fly at the Sarasota Bradenton Airport. During this time, he also attended Manatee Community College, and volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician for Sarasota County. He worked after graduating, as a Flight instructor before being hired by United Express. In 1997, he and his wife relocated to Farmington, NM where he earned his hours as a Commuter Captain while starting a family. In the fall of 1999, Ken lost his dad after a decade long battle with Alzheimer’s, and for Ken, it was especially hard as he felt as though a part of him was suddenly—gone. Exactly one year later, Ken was offered the opportunity to fly for Alaska Airlines in Seattle, WA. Tragically however, his career was cut short the following year due to spinal surgery and subsequent loss of his First Class medical.


Ken, while rehabilitating after surgery, decided to pursue a career in nursing, and earned his LPN degree. He realized then that his calling was serving our greatest generation, America’s senior citizens. Ken has made it his mission to help seniors but especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of neurodegenerative disorders. He worked nearly a decade as a memory unit nurse supervisor with expertise in behavioral modification and interactive care giving and resigned his position in July of 2017.


Recently, Ken published his first book, “Remembering What I Forgot” which details a day in the life of a memory unit nurse. He currently resides in southwest Florida with his wife of 25 years, their teenage son, Trent and his mentally-challenged brother-in-law, Robbie.

"Flight For Sanity"


By Karlene Petitt

(Flight For Series Book 4)

Kathryn Jacobs is a top-ranking FAA official in charge of drone regulation. But her proposed research has exposed a nerve deep within the walls of the FAA. At the same time, her best friend, airline pilot Darby Bradshaw, is fighting to promote a safety culture at Global Air Lines. Darby was warned by many not to report, but her determination to do the right thing has manifested into a nightmare she may never escape.

Aviation safety is at stake—especially if the pilot job is eliminated.

Flight For Sanity is a thriller that reads like a mystery. But there is no mystery about the corruption behind the scenes of the world’s largest airline and within the walls of the FAA. 

The lengths to which powerful people will go to destroy these women will shock the nation. It’s time the world learns the truth, before it’s too late, and automation replaces pilots.

Truth is scarier than fiction.

"Flight For Safety" 

Global Air Lines merges with Coastal creating the largest airline in the world. In the fallout Captain Darby Bradshaw’s 4th stripes are ripped from her shoulders as she is bumped to First Officer. Leaving her Boeing behind she is checked out on the Airbus A330. Compliments of sitting reserve she has not flown for nine-months.

But when Pacific Airlines Flight 574 is found in a watery grave, a Boeing 777 crashes short of a runway, and Global Air Lines implements a ‘train yourself at home’ program, Darby decides it’s time to take action before another crash occurs. Darby tells the world, on her training blog, why the Pacific Airlines A330 crashed and all hell breaks loose. 

Forced to pull the post she is called into the chief pilot’s office and her career threatened. But when her boyfriend, a Global check airman, disappears and numerous airline incidents are covered up, Darby realizes she has stepped into the heart of a far-reaching conspiracy, where each flight has turned into a game of Russian roulette.
Karlene Petitt Biography

Karlene Petitt is an International A330 Pilot who is type-rated and has flown and/or instructed on the B744, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727 and A330. 

Petitt is a 33-year veteran of flying, and has worked for Coastal Airways, Evergreen, Braniff, Premair, America West, Guyana, Tower Air, Northwest Airlines and currently flies an Airbus for an International airline. 

She is the mother of three daughters, grandmother of seven, and holds MBA and MHS degrees. She lives in Seattle with her husband of 30 plus years, and is active in promoting safety within the airline industry, active in general aviation, speaks at schools, and supports dreamers of all ages.

Her writing career began with designing and authoring training programs for major airlines. Her education and life experiences has taken her into a multi-dimensional author writing fiction: Thrillers that read like mysteries with a touch of romance. Non-fiction: Motivation and Leadership with a touch of a memoir. An Aircraft Training Guide on the A330 is in progress. She's also writing and illustrating books for small children... coming soon.

Karlene's mission is to entertain through fiction while educating the world on aviation industry challenges. She is currently working on her PhD in Aviation with a focus on safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

See list of books Karlene has written and hyperlinks to purchase anyone of her books.

E-mail: karlene.petitt@gmail.com

The books above are on Karlene's website for your reading pleasure.

Karlene's book can be bought directly through her website at:


or if you prefer an E-book, 

go directly to Amazon to purchase.

Former Eastern Airline Pilot, Clyde Roach

Clyde wrote a book in 1998 entitled:  "Confessions of an Airline Pilot - My Life with Eastern Airlines." 

The Amazon site states this about his book: "In this fascinating book, Clyde Roach tells the story of his long career with Eastern Air Lines. It's all there, from his boyhood in the then-small town of Miami, Florida, through war-time experiences dropping airborne troops from a C-47 over Normandy, to crash landing a Boeing 727 at Carswell Air Force Base in Texas." 

Clyde's book is available on Amazon.

Brian Settles is one of our own, Former Retired Eastern Captains, and one that is familiar to all of our listeners.  Brian is a Veteran and hero of the Vietnam War as well as an Author of 2 books that describe his emotional experiences that he endured while in battle.



 Fighter Pilot in Conflict With Himself:

How He Overcame War and Conquered His Personal Battles

 "When I decided to be a fighter pilot, I was incapable of comprehending the reality that awaited me flying combat missions in an unpopular war. I had just married and was barely an adult ... and yet, I had to leave my life behind to honor a commitment I had made to the Air Force to fly fighter jets."


Captain Brian H. Settles, author of Smoke for Breakfast: A Vietnam Combat Pilot’s Story, struggled as an adopted biracial orphan growing up in the segregated Midwest. He carried the burden of self doubt and perceived alienation from his youth into war with him, although he flew nearly two hundred combat missions during his tour of duty in Vietnam.  The death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hit him especially hard. "I was conflicted about the war as it was, but to see my fighter instructor pilots unmoved or mournful about the assassination of the hero of the Civil Rights movement was almost too much to cope with," Settles recalls. "I was on my own to mourn and to heal, to try to find meaning in the tragedy and possibly die in a war to which Dr. King was opposed. Meanwhile, the Civil Rights movement continued taking place thousands of miles away, and I was not a part of it, struggling to survive the war in a distant land, filled with the angst of dying a faux hero, Looking Good in a war I didn’t own. I wanted to serve my country but not in that war.”


A man under the pressure to survive combat and wrestling with the unresolved issues of his youth, Captain Settles readily admits making his share of mistakes with his spiritual anchor not holding firmly. "Men are conditioned by societal influences to seek out female attention," Settles says. "It's true that, when the cat's away, the mice will play. The option for temporary escape from the routine of war ushers in a temptation to explore the fantasies waiting under the disguise of anonymity. It produces the classic struggle between Faithfulness and Ego. A mischievous nature and a shaky faith were often a formula for drama and severe errors of judgment.


But Captain Settles, to his credit, learned from a failed marriages and subsequent broken relationships, and today he is a happily married man of God with children and grandchildren who count on him for guidance and support. He is a mentor of youth, a college professor and teaches Bible Study to teenagers at Tabernacle of Praise Church International in McDonough, Ga. "I'm most grateful and humbled by how far I've come, through the Grace and Mercy of the Lord, and all of the lessons I've learned that I have to share with others.


Author Bio

Retired airline Captain Brian Howard Settles spent the first two years of his life in a Lincoln, Nebraska orphanage.  After the adoption papers were signed by Howard and Bernice Settles, he traveled by train to Muncie, Indiana where, as a light skinned bi-racial youth, he began his journey for acceptance in the segregated neighborhoods of Muncie. Intent on greater social acceptance, young Brian Settles sought excellence in basketball and football and briefly enjoyed a standout prep career until back to back knee injuries shattered his hoop dreams.

Captain Settles embarked on his aviation career by accident, registering late (at the behest of his mother, Bernice) at Ball State University after his hopes for a basketball scholarship to the University of Colorado were dashed at the last minute. Ironically, he was talked into signing up for the drill team which meant enrolling in the Air Force ROTC program. While at Ball State, Captain Settles majored in Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish and English and was enticed to enrolling in the ROTC Flight Instruction program. Proving he could walk and chew gum at the same time, upon graduation and commissioning in August 1966, he entered into U. S Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas.

Being a sports jock at heart, Captain Settles was captivated by the machismo of being a fighter pilot and chose the only fighter jet option available to him and most of his pilot training class mates, an assignment to fly as co-pilot in the F-4 Phantom jet fighter bomber, a move which got him shipped off to Vietnam for a one year combat tour at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam in August 1968. Captain Settles survived one hundred ninety-nine combat missions flying the F-4 in Vietnam, completing  his Air Force obligation as a KC- 135 refueling tanker pilot at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California and concurrently earning his Master's degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California. Captain Settles reluctantly turned down a highly coveted selection to the U.S. Air Force Academy Political Science faculty to accept employment in the fall of 1972 as an airline pilot with now defunct Eastern Airlines.

The Arab Oil Embargo of the early seventies temporarily cost Captain Settles his lofty pilot job at Eastern. With a wife and a three year old son, he served for two years in a counseling position with Rutgers University College where he was promoted to Supervisor of Counseling and appointed Assistant Dean until his recall to Eastern in August of 1976.

Thirteen years later, struggling as a single parent Dad with two sons, the would-be airline pilot was once again forced from his glamorous airline pilot career in March of 1989 when a union strike and subsequent bankruptcy shut down Eastern Air Lines permanently. Perhaps as a lark, but more so intent on keeping the For Sale sign out of the yard of his Atlanta home, with his older son a freshman at Florida A & M University and a thirteen year old at home, the tenacious Settles endured a two year cab driving adventure on the streets of metro Atlanta until fall of 1992 when he was hired by Private Jet Expeditions, an Atlanta charter jet airline.

Unstoppable in his drive to dominate his adversities and restore himself in his aviation career, Captain settles advanced to Captain on the McDonald Douglas 82 passenger jet in six months. Two years later, career storm clouds returned and Captain Settles suffered his second airline bankruptcy collapse. Once again, seeking solvency in his taxi-cab, he drove full time until he secured re-employment in 1995 with Indianapolis based ATA Airlines. In the deja vu of three airline starts, the indomitable adopted orphan from Nebraska worked his way up at ATA from Boeing 727 and 757 co-pilot to Boeing 757 Captain in five years. At the top of his aviation game, Captain Settles enjoyed four years at the pinnacle of his career before the recently amended Pilot Age 60 Rule forced him to retire in 2004.

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Go to Brian’s website to see the description and to purchase both books he has have written, Smoke for Breakfast: A Vietnam Combat Pilot's Story  and his latest literary effort, Shattered Dream: A Single-Parent Airline Pilot's Story.  

Books are available thru Brian’s website: http://captbriansettles.com!

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Smoke for Breakfast:

Smoke for Breakfast:

A Vietnam Combat
Pilot’s Story

This book is a unique literary excursion into the private world of former airline Captain Brian Settles who flew almost 200 missions as a Vietnam combat pilot in the F-4 Phantom fighter jet.

Written in the poetic language of a true wordsmith, the author invites the reader into his guts and glory world, the culture of bravery, combat flying, and what it took to endure.

The revelations about his fighter pilot existence bleed with a realism that is heaped with humanity, the challenge to excel, and survive a combat tour in an unpopular war.

In this diary style read, Settles takes readers on a graphic flight into the agony of isolation, deprivation and dying that are the bi-products of aerial combat.  In steamy detail, Captain Settles confesses his failures to overcome the temptations of infidelity thrust upon him, a child of God whose neediness to prove himself temporarily dwarfed his faith.

Settles’ in your face exposé of the surreal world of the fighter pilot oozes a sensuality that is only exceeded in its intensity by his candor.

Readers won’t find a more honest book about marital faithfulness, male ego and war.

Personally signed books available thru website:


        Shattered Dream


Dream: An Eastern Pilot’s Story

Brian Settles was a single parent, experienced airline pilot who seemed to have it all: freedom, income and a great career until an airline strike and bankruptcy shattered his existence. Readers of this creatively written, honest book about his fall from prominence and the struggle to regain his airline employment will experience the danger, parental, and financial pressures he faced, raising two sons, keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. 

Optimistic about his experience and pilot qualification, the author, as a short time lark, chose to drive a taxicab for financial survival in an upscale Atlanta community, but his overconfidence and naiveté about negotiating his way through the new airline pilot screening reality subjected him to two and a half ordeal driving three hundred miles per day, six days, at time seven, just to survive.

Ride with the author as he shares the agony of survival on the streets of Atlanta and how the experience brought him closer to God and taught him valuable life lessons that deepened his appreciation for his own humanity and what it means to be truly blessed.

This is a story of the fall from glory and the unstoppable courage it took to fight his way back into the cockpit as an airline pilot; it is an honest testament of fortitude and not surrendering to his hardships. A truly inspirational read. 


Personally signed books available thru website:  www.CaptBrianSettles.com.

Deadstick Dawn By Sharon L. Menear

Deadstick Dawn
by S. L. Menear

The Belfast Agreement is about to be shattered by Operation Blue Blood. One young American stands in the way, airline pilot Samantha Starr. She is catapulted into a deadly chess match with police, assassins, and British Special Forces, all who want her dead. The fate of nine noble bloodlines depends on Samantha and a boy whose hero is a wizard.

Stranded in Scotland where she is accused of kidnapping and murder, where can she run? When a US Navy fighter pilot and a SEAL join the hunt and every choice can get her killed and start a bloody war in Northern Ireland, on whom should she rely? The line between trust and betrayal is razor sharp, and it is cut at Deadstick Dawn.

About the Author:

Sharon L. Menear worked as a water-sports model before traveling the world as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways. After earning her commercial pilot license, she left Pan Am and worked as a flight instructor, charter pilot, and commuter airline pilot until she acquired the qualifications for employment with a major airline. She was hired by US Airways in 1980 as the first woman pilot, bypassing the flight engineer position. She flew Boeing 727s and 737s, DC-9s, and BAC 1-11 jet airliners. She was promoted to captain after seven years as a copilot. Sharon also enjoyed flying antique airplanes, experimental aircraft, and third-world fighter airplanes. Throughout her career, she enjoyed scuba diving, powered paragliding, snow skiing, surfing, horseback riding, aerobatic flying, sailing, and riding motorcycles. Her new passion is writing aviation thrillers. The first novel in the Samantha Starr Series, “Deadstick Dawn,” won the 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Unpublished Thriller. Go to: www.slmenear.com

All The Stories From Here and There By Howard Meuche:

Enjoy more of Howard Meuche’s true stories from “All The Stories From Here and There” by going to visit his blog site at:


You can find out how Howard, born German and spoke fluent German ended up in “Secret

Communications” during WWII, you can find out about a stranger in Zurich and one murder story. I enjoy all of the stories and I am sure you will too.

As a world traveling, successful business man he has many interesting stories to tell. At 90 years of age he has seen many new things develop.

He is part of modernizing America through the years with his vast business experiences and companies he owned.

I say “is” because he and 4 of his lunch friends (all equally experienced in business and retired) meet with a young person each Wednesday to help develop their ideas and teach what they will need to build their own companies.

                                        All The Stories From Here and There
                                                          by Howard Meuche

This book is a potpourri of stories written over a period of time,  The stories are about places my wife and I have been, as well as situations I found myself in my travels. There are a few autobiographical stories about growing up and stories about family situations. There are also some about individuals I have known and a few about business experiences. To Order CLICK HERE

Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith

Cockpit Confidential written

by Patrick Smith

For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the web's popular Ask the Pilot feature, separates the fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know...? How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them? Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety?  The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport? The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation? Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security? Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service?

The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate, Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.

The ideal book for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, and global travelers.

Refreshed and vastly expanding from the original Ask the Pilot, with approximately 75 percent new material.

To Order:

Paperback $11.56    Kindle $7.69

Go to:  Amazon.com and

search Title or Author's Name

 To hear the EAL Radio Show

interview with Patrick Smith

go to Episode 139

Episode 139

Patrick Smith Wrote The Book

"Cockpit Confidential"

He is a well know speaker and web personality.  Patrick is also an airline Captain.  He is known to answer all questions about flying, commercial airline operations, crew member relations and much more.  Our hosts will be asking Patrick questions about writing books of this type and we invite you to join us for your questions and thoughts.  Monday, November 4th we depart the Gate at 7:00 pm EST.  Plan to be on board.

Eastern Air Lines by David Lee Russell

Eastern Air Lines
by David Lee Russell

Eastern Air Lines began in 1926 and last flew on January 18, 1991. Aviation pioneer Harold Pitcairn was the founder. He built airplanes and began the first carrier air mail route from New York to Atlanta under his company, Pitcairn Aviation.

In 1929, Pitcairn was sold to Clement Keys of National Air Transport for $2.5 million. Keys changed the name to Eastern Air Transport and began passenger service the next year on daily round-trips between New York and Richmond.

The airline grew, was purchased by General Motors and the name changed to Eastern Air Lines in 1934. In 1938, World War I flying ace Edward V. Rickenbacker purchased the airline, led it to become by the 1950s the most profitable airline in the United States, and took it into the jet age in the 1960s. Former astronaut Frank Borman became president of Eastern in 1975 and tried to manage the airline through the era of airline deregulation, labor union conflict, and heavy debt, ending with the sale of Eastern to Frank Lorenzo and Texas Air in 1986. The airline entered bankruptcy in March 1989, and ended service in less than two years.

David Lee Russell is the author of numerous history and action thriller fiction books. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. David then attended Naval Aviation Officer’s Candidate School in Pensacola and was commissioned as Ensign-Special Duty Intelligence.  After Intelligence training, he served as an Air/ASW Intelligence Officer in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean for Patrol Squadron Four.

After his military service, David started a long career in Information Technology with various Fortune 500 corporations. David resides in Milton, Georgia and continues his writing projects.

The book may be ordered at Amazon.com by going to the authors name. 

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