Thursday, March 26, 2009

Back from Cancun

As mentioned in my book, "one of the best things about being an airline pilot is that you can live where ever you want. One of the worst things about being an airline pilot is that you could live where ever you want."
That's because of airline passes. I can take a flight to Paris in the evening and be sipping wine on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées by noon the next day all because of passes. Sounds great? The only glitch is they are stand-by only.
So travelling on passes to Cancun, Mexico with a family of five during March break made it a work out. In fact, the first flight (B767-300) only had two seats left. Senior employees took those. We managed to get on the next flight five hours later. Returning home we went through Montreal because of available seats. It's a work out, but when you are basking in the sun with a cocktail in hand, one tends to forget the hassle factor.
That's why commuting was NOT my cup of tea. Most flights are flying full so for contingent passengers it ups the stress factor.
Now I'm back ready to answer questions about aviation.
Tanned Doug


Daniel Asuncion said...

Pilot Deicing
(SOP after AQP)

Daniel Asuncion said...

A question for your blog, Doug:

World War II pilots (e.g. those
who flew Flying Fortresses)
learned by experience wnat they
were probably never taught in
flight school... how to fly
severely damaged aircraft.

I imagine that this involves
using your skills in ways that
compensate for damaged or even
missing control surfaces etc.

I'm wondering, were these hard
earned skills incorporated into
the training for modern, commer-
cial pilots? Or have these old
skills been lost to the ages?)

P.S. On the Discovery
program, Mayday,
I noticed that even
modern, commercial
pilots face such
extreme challenges
(e.g. mid air
explosion due to
fuel leak coupled
with transferring
fuel from one wing
tank to the other)