Captain Doug holding the Doug Vann trophy.
The last two days consisted of playing hockey in the Doug Vann annual Air Canada hockey tournament hosted by our union ACPA (Air Canada Pilot Association). It was made up of eight teams using names from the NHL. We were the Canadians and won five games in a row.
Despite the copious amount of drinks many pilots had the night before, the tournament was quite serious. I'm amazed how many grown men (pilots) behave like babies. Many times a few pilots forgot all about CRM. CRM just isn't a flight deck concept.
It was the first Doug Vann tournament for me and we won! I did score two goals but I was in the right place and the right moment. I guess it's equivalent in getting hired, timing is everything.
We had two young pilots on our team and they stole the show. One pilot now only 27 was hired at age 22. He's a very lucky guy because the average new hire age at Air Canada is 35.
There were no B777 skippers out there. Very few A330/767 skippers either. I can't remember playing in such an intense environment.
Anyway, I got the t-shirt.
Now I have to teach weather early tomorrow morning at the BFC (Brampton Flight Centre)