Brenda Matas

Dear Bryan,

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your persuassive encouragement that resulted in me taking the Aviation Egress Course. Ever since I was personally involved in an aircraft that was submerged following a step taxi incident, I have experienced varying levels of anxiety at every landing. At the time of the incident, I responded exceptionally calmly. It took two years to rebuild the aircraft and when it was time to fly again, then and only then did I have recurrent nightmares and extreme agonizing anxiety. This fear persisted even though I retrained with qualified instructors and made several major cross-country trips. The longer the interval away from flying, the higher the anxiety. You were correct in your assessment that I needed to put myself back in a similar situation.

I have to say that initially, I was overwhelmed by anxiousness and I could not think about anything except "getting out". I think I ejected before the simulator even hit the water and I knw I was already sitting on the edge of the pool before it sank. However, by the end of the course I progressed from blind fear to problem solving my way through the egress. I also appreciated the chance to work with the safety equipment such as the life vests while in the water. Many of us have this equipment on board, but never take the opportunity to become thoroughly familiar with it. The discussions around seatbelts abd tge videos impressed upon me the necessity to look at the cockpit and the placement of instruments and other objects that could be a potential hazard.

I truly beleive that annual recurrent training in underwater egress will alleviate the high levels of anxiety that I personally experience, and I look forward to attending your Level 2 at its inception. Everyone, pilot and passengers who travel in any kind of watercraft would benefit from your course.

Yours truly,

Brenda Matas
Campbell River BC