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Flying the Knife Edge: New Guinea Bush Pilot by [McLaughlin, Matt]
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Sometimes it’s not about the destination...it’s about the journey.
‘Flying the Knife Edge’ is the story of an ordinary man experiencing extraordinary things as a pilot in Papua New Guinea in the 1990s.
After an untimely exit from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, New Zealander Matt McLaughlin took a leap into the unknown, travelling to Papua New Guinea to work as a missionary pilot. He soon switched from missionary to mercenary, and over the next three and a half years, as he built up the necessary experience to chase his goal of becoming an airline captain, his life was a rollercoaster ride of adventure, risk, near-misses, and tragedy. Matt lived on the knife edge of bush pilot ops in one of the world’s most dangerous flying environments. Along the way he soaked up some fascinating local history: the country's vital role in WWII’s Pacific Theatre; the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart; the chaos of the Bougainville civil war; the Morobe gold rush of the 1930s...
“The gap in the cloud became smaller and smaller as I descended, a shrinking tunnel twisting down the gorge. In a matter of seconds I was so low my wheels barely cleared the trees on the valley floor as I passed, and jungle-clad walls closed in on me until I was a mere wingspan from both sides of the valley. And then, in an instant, the gap was gone and I was flying blind.

In cloud.
In the bottom of a gorge.
With terrain on both sides rising thousands of feet above me.

Time stopped.

The passengers started screaming, anticipating the aircraft impacting the side of the mountain. And their deaths.
I had the capacity for just one other thought: Will I hear the sound of the airframe smashing into the trees as we crash, or will I be dead before it registers?”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17653 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Matt McLaughlin (11 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XJYYL90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I really enjoyed every page. The detailed, but easily understood, description of all aspects of flying keeps you on the edge of your seat. I will read this again.

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This is an amazing story of young bloke's courage and determination to "get an Airline job" by pitting his skill in" light" aircraft , or General Aviation, in Papua New Guinea. Against the weather, the mountains, the short, steep patches of dirt that passed as airstrips. That was in the very early 1990's. I spent six years in this country in the early/mid 1970's. I learned to fly there as a Private Pilot. If you have any idea of how tough this country is or how dangerous the flying was this book is a great tribute to the Pilots who helped develop the country in the absence of roads. He is one of the few to survive several years flying there. Many crashed into clouds full of mountains. I left shortly after Independence in 1975. Matt McLaughlin's "efforts", a massive understatement, won him a job with Cathay Pacific and led to a Command on Airbus A330's. Well written Matt. The warts and all parts re the South Pacific Aero Club in Port Moresby, etc., made me cringe at times. Obviously the mirror you held up to yourself was very crowded in the background.
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Required reading for any young aviator looking for a fantastic start to a professional piloting career.
Also required reading for those of us who did the hard yards way back when.
Spoiler alert !
PTSD stays with you a lot longer than you think !
The juicy bits of this memoir had me shuddering over my pinot gris 40 years after I left the country.

Well written. Highly recommended.

Thanks Matt
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As a regular visitor to PNG, some of Matt's stories were all too real. What a great read - couldn't put it down. Well researched and factual with enough information for an aviation enthusiast, a world traveler, or just an avid reader.
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