Below are three recommendation letters from my Director of Ops in Kabul, my Chief Pilot in Kabul, and my Chief Flight Instructor in Florida

Re: Matt Ayer employment reference

Dears Sirs,

I was the Senior Director of Operations for East Horizon Airlines in Kabul, Afghanistan during 2011 while Matthew Ayer was employed by our Company as a First Officer. I worked very closely with Matt on a daily basis and I would strongly endorse his application for employment as a pilot with any air carrier.

East Horizon Airlines was a start-up cargo airline that abruptly shutdown because of Investor financial issues, right before were to receive delivery of, and begin service with, the first of our 2 initial CASA-212 aircraft. During the time that Matt and I were there, our Team created, submitted and gained approval of all of our Company Operations and Training Manuals. This resulted in our achieving FAR 121 Certification with a brand new Air Operations Certificate (AOC). Matthew Ayer was instrumental to that process, as well as conducting extensive aircraft basic systems training in Ground School and desktop simulator instrument flight instruction with all 10 of our Afghan Pilot Candidates. He also successfully completed all requirements to begin flight training, including getting a 100% score on the CASA-212 systems and procedures final exam.

Having flown large Turbo-Jet and Turbo-Prop aircraft for US 121 Carriers and large Corporate Flight Operations, there are three attributes which I consider vital in a pilot. Matt is relatively young, but has a superior attitude, extensive knowledge and a tremendous work ethic. The level of maturity that Matt displayed in the extremely challenging work and living environment that we all dealt with was pretty impressive. Matt has an inherent respect for aviation, and was very receptive to learning, no matter the subject and understood the time-honored importance of continuous learning in the classroom and critically, from his fellow pilots.

Matthew Ayer would be a very valuable addition to an airline flight department. I strongly urge you to learn this for yourself by hiring him as a pilot. Please feel free to contact me if I can provide any additional information.


Scott E. Dietrick

Senior Director of Operations

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Re: Letter of Recommendation for Matt Ayer

To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to offer my heartfelt recommendation for Matt Ayer in a pilot capacity to anyone considering hiring him. You would be foolish not to.

While I was the Chief Pilot of a small cargo airline Matt worked for me in Afghanistan in a number of capacities: Instrument Simulator Instructor, Airplane Systems Ground Instructor, and other administrative positions. He was in the unenviable position of working with more mature pilots who had to unlearn many bad habits and totally learn IFR regulations and procedures and also happened to be from a different country. His quick grasp of their culture, respect for others and innovative thinking rapidly moved his classes along and helped improve their performance in many ways and with every person he worked with.

His own work as a pilot was at the top of his group and he lead the others by example and personality.

As you hire Matt Ayer into a pilot position he’ll do a great job starting as a Co-pilot and eventually working over to the left seat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I’ll be glad to help.


August C. Hohl Jr.

Chief Pilot

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Re: Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern,

It has been a pleasure to train and work with Mr. Matthew Ayer, over the last year. I have found his students to be well trained and up to date on the current technology and procedures. Matthew has taught “Flight Safety” and “Judgement” aspects to his students to a degree that I find exceptional.

Matthew has always demonstrated a true “Team Player attitude”. His ability to respond to everyday challenges and work issues are excellent. Matthew is a very quick study, accepting new technologies and procedures with a high degree of commitment.

I would consider Matthew for re-hire should the economic conditions her change. I can wholeheartedly recommend him as a potential employee.

Mike Wilson

Chief Flight Instructor

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