Pilots Write Poetry

Proceeds from Beyond Haiku will go to the Allied Pilots Association Emergency Relief and Scholarship Fund, to provide support for pilots impacted by industry effects of COVID-19.

Help Support this beautiful book and scholarship for the next generation of pilots!


Beyond Haiku peeks through the cockpit door to reveal the poetic heart of airline pilots. Captain Linda Pauwels, instructor pilot on the Boeing 787 and former aviation columnist for the Orange County Register, presents a selection of haiku and short poems by men and women who fly airplanes for a living. The writing is niche and empathetic. The humor is characteristically wry, befitting the pilot persona. Beautiful illustrations, by children of pilots aged 6 to 17, bring this flight of fancy in for a smooth landing. Proceeds from Beyond Haiku will go to the Allied Pilots Association Emergency Relief and Scholarship Fund, to provide support for pilots impacted by industry effects of COVID-19. Proceeds will continue to be donated to the Fund for both general emergency relief and scholarships as the aviation industry recovers beyond the pandemic. 


“The pilot as poet? Let’s face it, aviators aren’t known for their skills when it comes to verse. Which is what makes this collection such a pleasant, unexpectedly lyrical surprise.”

Patrick Smith, Bestselling author of Cockpit Confidential

“In this collection you’ll find wit, grit, soul and heart. You’ll live fire and ice and the pain of leaving; the marshalling of strength and the lament of loss; shiny newness and numbing familiarity. And it’s not so much about flying as it is in itself flight, poetic flight. Sit down, strap in, and enjoy the ride.”

– Chris Manno, PhD, Rhetoric and Literature; Adjunct Professor, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX. American Airlines Captain- retired.

Beyond Haiku is a quick, insightful read containing 51 haikus, 20 short poems and seven pieces of philosophical prose. It eloquently describes how pilots are a rare breed that live at the edge of so many continuums: speed, altitude, time, distance, danger, performance, proficiency and emotion.

Pilots are away from their family for long durations so please pay special attention to their children’s artwork. Like haikus, their simplistic art style deeply expresses innocent heartfelt messages.”

– Helmut H. Reda, Editor, Because I Fly, the world’s largest collection of aviation poetry

“From the vivid image of a bird in flight to a father longing to see his kids, each poem takes you into the heart and minds of those good folks who’ve dedicated their careers to getting passengers safely from one place to another.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s ever traveled through the air, whether you’re up front at the controls or buckled into your seatbelt in back on your way from here to there.”

 – Kathleen M. Rodgers, Aviation poet and author of the new novel, The Flying Cutterbucks

“Delightful in their variety, spare in their presentation, yet full of underlying meaning, these poems will expand non-flying readers’ ordinary conceptions about flight and share meaningful experiences with other flyers.”

– Sharon Darrow, Author, Poet,Teacher, Worlds within Words: Writing and The Writing Life

Check out the interviews featuring Author Linda Pauwels:


Captain Linda Pauwels is an airline pilot. For over three decades she has flown thousands of hours, on many types of big airplanes, all over the world. Linda even counts some aviation “firsts” attached to her name. At present, she instructs and evaluates pilots as a check airman on the Boeing 787 for American Airlines.

Linda was born in San Pedro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She came to the United States at age six, after the death of her father. Having experienced adversity early on in life, she grew to understand and appreciate the value of resilience. Linda integrates intuition and sensitivity, along with a graduate academic preparation in education, in her professional life.

In the mid-2000s, Linda wrote a regular column, titled From the Cockpit, for the Orange County Register. She has been secretly writing poetry for a while. Unfortunately, that cat is now out of the bag.

Linda has been married to Frederick, also a pilot, for almost forty years. They have two adult children, Nathalie and Patrick, domestic animals, and an Asian garden with a bird feeder. The family has a primary base in North Texas, near DFW airport, and a secondary base in South Florida, near MIA.


CA Michael Baltzer
CA Loren Banko
CA Carl Battis
CA Bill Behymer
CA Michael Boring
CKA Scott Christensen
CA Mark Cronin
CA John Drindak
CA Frank Floersh
CA Steen Friis-Hansen
FO Timothy Hamel
CA Thomas Hill
CKA Gregory Hudson
CA Ron Hunt
FO Richard Krutenat
CA Curtis Ladich
CA Gerardo Lami
FO Chris Lemon
CA Glenn Mackie
FO Dan Manusos
CA John McIlvenna
FO Roger Mortensen
CA Charlotte O'Connell
CA Michael Phelan
CA David Rintel
FO Carol Scherer
CA Michael Sigman
CA Rob Sproc
CA Don Steinman
CA Mark Treider
CA Konstantin Volodzko
FO Christopher Wachter
CKA Wendy Young and CKA Linda Pauwels
FO Patrick Zeller

AA Cadet Academy Pilots

Jordan Carty - AA Cadet
Nathalie Pauwels - AA Cadet
Kristin Sito - AA Cadet
Keith Taylor - AA Cadet

Young Artists

Ella Claire Basset, age 10
Kaylee Burkitt, age 8
Callista Chabot, age 17
Selah Coy, age 8
Sophia Downard, age 15
Jacob Govin, age 10
Joseph Govin, age 10
Kinley Johnson, age 12
Davis Kwasny, age 11
Monica Kwasny, age 9
Penelope Neilon, age 6
Scarlett O’Malley, age 12
Rebecca Peitz, age 15
Fiona Pfeiffer, age 10
Skye Stauffer, age 15
Char Young, age 13
Sam Young, age 13


New Books in the BEYOND HAIKU Book Series…


A new edition featuring the different seasons and experiences of a pilot’s life!


A new and unique edition featuring military pilots writing haiku and short poems on themes of their military experiences!

Copyright. © 2021. Linda Pauwels