Everything is quiet. The intercom squawks the fateful words: “Not selected for promotion. Not selected for continuation. Date of separation established.”
Translation: “Mayday. Mayday. We're going down!" I've already picked out a few alternate landing fields (with the Foreign Service) and have trimmed for my engine-out configuration to keep me aloft as long as possible. But I can already tell that it's going to take some time before I can tell if I'll be able to cover that distance and have any altitude left over.
If I fail at both OAs, then I'll have a little more work in getting myself to where I want to be. But let's focus on the present situation. Or as the saying goes: "Aviate, Navigate, Communicate."
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