I'm presently on a three day pairing in YOW (Ottawa). Two aviation acquaintances sent me these photos. Apparently, a hunter/pilot left some smelly fish in his airplane in some remote area of Alaska. The third picture shows what a hungry bear will do. No big deal, after rolls of duck tape and cellophane the airplane is as good as new.
Even airlines use a form of duct tape called "speed tape."It's used to secure latches, flanges, etc. We pilots chuckle to see "speed tape" is holding the plane together.
Speaking of maintenance this three day pairing started with a one hour maintenance delay. We had a SDCU
(Smoke Detector Control Unit) fault. We did several circuit breaker resets. We even tried a full power down of the airplane with a fully loaded airbus 321 (174 pax) and one commuter to YYC (Calgary) in the jump seat. No joy. Finally, we departed under MEL (Minimum Equipment List).
Off to YYZ and then a YHZ (Halifax turn today). I get to relax tomorrow by installing hardwood in three bedrooms. One would think a rich Air Canada captain would get someone in to do the laborious task.
But remember, pilots are known for their thriftiness, which reminds me of the joke I included in my book.
How does a pilot know when he has too far in the thrifty scale? When another pilot notices.