Aeronautical Randomness
Flight For Control
March 26, 2012

Fellow airline pilot and (more well known) blogger Karlene Petitt has released her first novel.  Although I have not had the chance to read it, I wanted to let you know Flight For Control is available for purchase.

So, if I haven’t read it, why am I promoting it?  Two reasons:

  1. I’ve enjoyed Karlene’s writing on her blog.  She always has insightful information about our profession.
  2. She is holding a drawing for anyone who purchases the book this week.  After purchasing, return to her blog and leave a short comment to be entered into the drawing.  (ie: “I just bought your book!”)  If you win, Karlene will guest speak at your book club… anywhere in the world.

The novel is fiction.  But, intertwined in the fictional story are issues that have plagued the airline industry over the last decade.  Personally, I cannot wait to read it.


From Karlene’s Site:

Flight For Control by Karlene Petitt

Three airliners have crashed in the last year and nobody knows why. After a ten-year leave, Kathryn Jacobs has been invited back to the N.T.S.B to investigate this series of unexplained airline crashes. But her husband, Captain Bill Jacobs, has his concerns. While her twin daughters are off at camp, and Bill is actively campaigning for the Pilot Union Presidency, Kathryn secretly begins her investigation.

What she learns will shock the nation.

Flight For Control is a thriller that reads like a mystery. But to Kathryn, there is no mystery on the condition of the airline industry—it’s broken. Planes are crashing. Pensions are lost. Pilots are financially and emotionally bankrupt due to fatigue, furloughs, and loss of seniority. It’s time that someone takes control before it’s too late—unless it already is.

Your life is in your pilot’s hands.
Do you know who’s flying your plane?


Sound interesting?  CLICK HERE to go to Karlene’s Blog.  From there, you can learn more about Flight for Control and follow links to purchase it in Kindle, Nook, or good old book format.

Don’t forget… After you purchase, leave a comment on the page to enter her drawing.  If you win, she’ll travel anywhere in the world to speak at your book club.  The further away you live, the more valuable the prize.



Note: I am receiving absolutely nothing for promoting this book.  Since you read my blog, I assume you have an interest in aviation.  I’m merely passing what should be a “good read” along to you.  As always, thanks for visiting!

About author

Renewed Pilot

I've endured a roller coaster career in the U.S. Aviation Industry. Currently flying the 737 on my third try with the same legacy carrier, I have also flown for a regional, fractional and start-up carrier. My piloting experience includes the 737, A320, 727, Citation Excel, Citation Bravo, Saab 340 and many light singles and twin engine aircraft. I reside in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee.

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There are 5 comments

  • Pam Deveau says:

    I’m already skittish about flying. I’m afraid if I read it, I may never fly again!

  • Cedarglen says:

    I’ve already read Karlene’s book. Frankly, JJN and DB need to move over and make room for another gifted writer on the aviation-techno-thriller page. She’s got the touch and has mastered the art of writing dialogue with perfection. The multiple instances of gratitious sex are too long and too frequent, but she writes from a woman’s perspective – long and slow. It was a fantastic read and I’m recommending it to all of my aviation-liked friends as a most worthy read. Karlene Petit has the touch and her first book has established her as a master of the form. I’m looking forward to her next book, already in progress. -C.

    • Craig, Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I am so deeply honored by your words and confidence of putting me up there with the best.

      The gratuitous sex was an evolution, which started out as my writing the most difficult thing I could write. I had listened to an agent speak at a writers conference who had said, “do not write for your mother because your work will come across as guarded. Find the courage to write the most difficult thing you can, and once you do that, your authentic voice will flow.”

      So I did that, and the women in my class absolutely loved it. My mother said it was “a little over the top” one of my daughters said, “You have to make people feel uncomfortable. Makes it edgy.” I was close to pulling it all out at the very end, but was unanimous with my beta readers to keep it in.

      I’m loving all the comments on every aspect. The psychologist in me is having a blast figuring out if there really is a book that can work for everyone, and how to craft that.

      Look forward to book two.

      Once again, your thoughts and comments mean a great deal and will do me well.

      Thank you!

  • I’m really looking forward to you reading it! Thank you for the promotion!

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