Rose Marie Kern

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  • Aviation Articles
  • Sustainable Living and Gardening Articles
  • Non-Fiction Books




Rose Marie has worked as an Air Traffic Controller in the Center, Tower and Flight Service Specialties. When flight service was privatized in 2005, she continued working under the management of Lockheed Martin. “I enjoy the pilots I work with, and will spend extra time with students so that they can start out their relationship with the Air Traffic System in a positive manner.” Though she had been writing articles related to solar energy, sustainable living, solar cooking, and organic gardening for various magazines, she did not begin writing in her primary field of aviation until January of 2006. At this time she has monthly columns in 9 publications, and 2 online websites and has been a featured author for others. She has been a member of the Southwest Writer’s Association since January of 2006, and became a board member in 2008. Additionally she has won several awards for photography and short stories. Rose makes her home in Albuquerque, but works in Prescott, Arizona.


Title:        Air to Ground, A Guide to the World of Air Traffic Control

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The relationship between pilots and air traffic control personnel has never been cavalier. There is an invisible wall that exists – the disembodied voice that carries instructions phrased in officially sanctioned terminology is both reassuringly familiar and yet remote and impersonal.  Air Traffic Controllers are distant authoritative voices who must be obeyed, heard but never seen, whose main purpose in life is to keep pilots from killing themselves and others by telling them where to go. Behind that confident decisive voice we hear on the radios are men and women who come through some intense training in order to get a job that pays well and commands respect.

At this time the only real information the pilot has about air traffic comes in the form of government directives and orders, written in stilted language that tells the pilot what he has to do, but not why. They do not tell the pilot how their actions are welded into a pattern that affects all the other pilots.

An Air Traffic Control specialist for over 33 years, first with the Federal Government and later with Lockheed Martin/Leidos, Rose Marie Kern has written articles for 12 different aviation magazines and newsletters and is a popular speaker for pilot associations in the southwest. Her book, Air to Ground, gives pilots a glimpse into the cold corridors of Air Traffic, and allows them insights into the people who work in an environment so critical to their own.

Air to Ground contains current and historical data on the National Airspace System, the Air Traffic Control System, and aviation weather in a way that is friendly, easily readable and understandable to even the most novice pilot. It is not meant to replace the government’s directives, but to supplement them.

Although there are a few books that talk about Air Traffic on the market, no other book approaches the pilot from this perspective, it fills a vacancy long overlooked.  Intermingled with the technical information are stories and snippets of humor collected over the last 33 years.  These little bits exemplify what happens in the Air Traffic workplace when the microphone is not keyed.

“Air to Ground” is a phrase used to describe the frequencies used by the pilots when they speak to Air Traffic.

The book, Air to Ground, appeals to pilots, airport managers and the air traffic personnel who work in the U.S.  and will greatly enhance the pilot’s understanding of the National Airspace System, its procedures, and the people whose job it is to provide for the safe and efficient flow of Air Traffic.  It has been endorsed by Fly Low Magazine and Plane and Pilot News.

Air to Ground is available through Amazon at: AIR TO GROUND


1591965608Title: The Solar Chef—A Southwestern Recipe Book for Solar Cooking
Publisher: Solar Ranch (2009)
Genre: Nonfiction

There are hundreds of cookbooks in the world, which require grills, stoves, microwaves, or campfires. The Solar Ranch out of Arabela, New Mexico presents a cookbook full of recipes that use a different source of heat—the sun. The Solar Chef is a southwestern recipe book full of recipes and instructions for cooking delicious meals using only sunlight and a solar box cooker. The author, Rose Marie Kern, a longtime member of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, has collected recipes from Texas to Arizona.

“Using a solar cooker brings a bright new element to food preparation—sunlight!,” says Ms. Kern. “Unlike conventional ovens, the cookers retain moisture so roasts and casseroles do not dry out. They can be used to bake, roast, or slow-cook.” Rose’s book is recommended and sold by the International Sun Oven corporation. It is in its 8th edition and has been read around the world.

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Cover-front thumbnailTitle: FUNdraising Events!: A Step by Step Guide for Small to Medium Non-Profit Organizations
Publisher: Outskirts Press (2009)
Genre: Nonfiction

One of the basic conditions of being human is the desire to make our world a better place. When we join other like-minded individuals and search for ways to change the current situation a non-profit organization is born. But there are costs for everything we do—so what kind of fundraising would be appropriate for your organization? There are myriads of possibilities. Some, like New Mexico Solar Energy Association, are natural outshoots of what and who they are. Some fundraisers demand a quiet, elegant approach, where others are very down to earth. The best fund raising is also FUN-Raising. We are all volunteers, and we have something to give the world. Why not enjoy ourselves in the process? In my book FUNdraising Events! we discuss many types of fundraising events focusing on the needs of small to medium size groups. Let’s turn ideas into reality!

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Magazine Articles and Online Publications

Title Publication/Issue URL
Air to Ground Column Fly Low Magazine
Air to Ground Column Plane and Pilot News
Air to Ground Column Atlantic Flyer
The History of Aviation Embry Riddle University

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