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Author T.R. Matson
T.R. Matson is a seasoned aviator with over 17 years of both military and civilian flying experience. After receiving his Navy Wings of Gold in 2004, T.R. went on to complete multiple combat tours flying both the E-2C Hawkeye and F/A-18C Hornet. He was a flight instructor on multiple tours in the T-45C Goshawk, finishing up his active duty time as the Lead Landing Signals Officer in charge of all student pilot carrier qualifications. After moving into the civilian sector, T.R. is now a line and instructor pilot with a major US carrier flying the A319/320/321 aircraft.
“Tower, CARP 124, negative. I have an engine about to quit and I need to land NOW! Setting up for a PA to runway 19R.”
Well, we did have a choice. We could always bail out and go for a swim while the rescue helicopter came to get us.