The Halifax Town Clock
If you get close to the Halifax clock you'll notice the Roman numeral for four is IIII not IV. They say it's done for aesthetic symmetry.
Our long layover hotel is located on the west side of Citadel Hill. The Town clock is on the east side overlooking the water.
The Nassau turn yesterday was mostly uneventful. We took the super fast walkway to the international gates. This is the GTAA's white elephant. They have been working on it for three years trying to work out the bugs- it tends to be loud so passengers could not hear the generic announcements. It was up and running and you have to be stable on your feet to ride it. I'm certain it will knock off a few old ladies and rumour has it, it already did.
It's a great concept but the treadmill expands and contracts. It's interesting to see when there is a group with bags. They all get very close in a hurry.
Started the APU and a "low oil level" on the APU page illuminated. The APU is suppose to be started 10 minutes before push back so we can save on excessive use. Just what I needed. We had to call maintenance, write it up in the logbook, get an authorization number and had to query maintenance whether it would work in the Bahamas. They said it could be run for 10 hours and then it had to be looked at.
I was flying with a new F/O on the bus and he warned me. I volunteered he fly to Nassau.
I thought we had time on our hands while walking to the gate, but I read somewhere, "he who thinks he as time on his hands- is late."
We dodged a few thunderstorms off the coast of Florida topped at 42,000 feet. There were easy to pick around with us at FL 380.
I used the Bahamian slogan in my announcement. "The latest weather in the Bahamas ( I pause)..."well as the saying goes...it's better in the Bahamas ....sunny and 30 Celsius." Didn't get any feedback.
Nassau's ATIS (incidentally it's now called Pindling International so I had to change all my Jeppeson charts) stated the NDB/VOR and ILS were all out of service. Hmmm. I guess that makes it the visual. Funny they are making millions in the casinos, but aren't putting it back for reliable approach aids. Apparently the ILS is there (FYI it was working) but it has to be FAA approved and tested.
Our flight to Halifax from Toronto late last night ran into another snag. The wing anti ice valve was faulty so it was set in the open position just in case we flew into icing conditions. This required a gamut of positions for the bleed air, cross feed, pack, and also required a cross bleed engine start. However, "Jacques from Airbus" neglected a few moot points.
We were confused so we took a delay of 1o to 15 minutes holding short of the runway while we talked to maintenance control. We arrived in YHZ 10 minutes late.
Sitting in YHZ. It's an RDF day. That's my patented meteorological term for "rain,drizzle, fog."
Could be worst. Could be sitting in YEG where it was the coldest place on earth yesterday.