Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Aviation Geek Podcast is out!

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Episode 90 – From the Flight Deck with Doug

Airplane Geeks - Episode 90 - From the Flight Deck with Doug {82:27m}

Doug Morris, an A320 captain for Air Canada, joins as this week’s guest to talk aviation. Doug is also a certified meteorologist and he writes aviation and weather articles for enRoute magazine other publications. He also blogs at From the Flight Deck and is author of the book From the Flight Deck: Plane Talk and Sky Science.

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David Vanderhoof has his This Week in Aviation segment, and we have the Airplane Geeks Australia Desk report, still without Steve Visscher who remains under the weather. But Grant McHerron comes through, with a little help from a suprise contributor to the Report.
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THANKS MAX FLIGHT for the opportunity!


Captain Doug


Anonymous said...

Hello Captain,

Thought that you and your readers may be interested:


Pilot fatigue. No amount of training or experience can compensate for a pilot who is flying while severely sleep deprived or who has worked excessive hours without rest. And while this problem only makes headlines when tragedy strikes, it may be happening more often than you realize. Dead Tired, a CBC News investigation, sheds light on this dangerous circumstance and asks if Canadian regulators are doing enough to ensure pilots aren’t flying exhausted behind the controls. What the investigation reveals will shock you.

THE NATIONAL - Wednesday, March 24 and Friday, March 26 on CBC Television at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), and on CBC News Network at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Part one of The National’s two-part investigation focuses on a Quebec plane crash that happened 10 years ago - a crash that displayed all the classic elements of fatigue. Reporter Frederic Zalac talks with Serge Gagne, the pilot of Regionnair flight 347, who reveals for the first time exactly what happened that night. During the course of the investigation, The National discovers not much has changed in Canada’s airline regulations when it comes to pilot fatigue since that accident, despite the fact that more than a dozen airline crashes in Canada may also be linked to pilot fatigue.

In the conclusion of The National’s investigation, the role of Transport Canada is looked at: is the industry regulator doing enough to ensure pilots aren’t pressured by unscrupulous or poorly regulated airlines to exceed the maximum 14-hour day? CBC News looks at the crash last February of Continental Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y., which killed 49 people and the role pilot exhaustion may have played. And Canada’s airline regulatory system is compared to those of other countries - New Zealand, in particular, which is held up as a leader in regulating its domestic airline industry and reducing crashes linked to pilot fatigue.

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. Thanks for the heads up. I'll be sure to watch the show tonight. That is, if I can stay up that late. :)

Captain Doug

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting program for sure..... too bad I'm in Amsterdam today :-(

I read about the crew of the Colgan flight... what a crazy lifestyle, commuting all that way to work. Check in for work exhausted -- not good.

You would think that would play into it, wouldn't you? Why wouldn't an airline insist that their crews live within a reasonable commuting distance?

One answer: at the regional airline level, the pay is so pathetic, some pilots have to hold two jobs just to survive. In this case, I believe the F/O had another job and could only afford to live with her parents.

Of course this is indicative of a much wider problem....

Interesting podcast, BTW.

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. I'm certain you can view the show from the internet somehow.

Just received a mass email from my union to watch tonight's show as well.

The Colgan accident opened a can of worms. I'm certain this show will also.

I won't voice my take on commuting. I've done it twice and it was not my cup of tea. But as you alluded to, many are doing it for financial reasons.

Just read in my local paper (Toronto Star) 25 percent of Toronto's police officers are making over $100,000. Starting salary at Air Canada is $37,000.

Although I better watch what I say, my brother is a Toronto police officer and he is bigger than me. :)

Captain Doug

Jack said...

Hi Doug,

I listened to the podcast tonight - it was great! It was nice to hear be able to put a voice to your name/writing! And you were a great ambassador for Canada and Air Canada.

Well done.


From the Flight Deck said...

Jack. Thanks for the positive feedback. The host was taken aback about me having no qualms mentioning Air Canada. I noticed many pilot or flight attendant bloggers in the States are reluctant to mention who they work for. I do realize I must watch what I say, but if it's positive then why not put the company I have strived to work for up on a pedestal?

Max Flight (Host) did give me a heads up in buying a mike for the show. As a consequence I "pppp" the mike too much because I was too close to the built in computer mike. Lesson learned.

Thanks Jack

whywhyzed said...

Doug -- comments on the CBC story on fatigue?

From the Flight Deck said...

Whywhyzed. I saw the first show (as recommended by our union) and it certainly will open a can of worms.

I think this topic warrants a separate post so in the next few days I'll muster something up.

In the meantime, I just got called out for a Grand Caymans turn on 'make up'. It's a juicy paring worth eight flight hours and will top me up nicely for the month.

I haven't flown for over two weeks (vacation) nor have I been to GCM before.

Captain Doug