Fin 403 in support of U2's 2009 album, No Line on the Horizon. Note the name of the
FBO (Million Air)
Recently I flew with an F/O who finished an eight day pairing flying the band U2 which included a three day pit stop in Cancun, Mexico. She said they were fantastic people, had a few "sociables" by the pool with them and attended a free concert. Sweet. Air Canada has also flown around the Rolling Stones during their tour and have flown Federal politicians during their politicking.
My last layover had me in the nation's capital where the F/O and I visited the War Museum. Speaking of celebrity status, if you are ex-military, (my F/O flew the F-18) you get in free with up to three guests. That made our day plus an Irish pub had my favourite beer for happy hour prices. I also had an offer to go flying from an YOW follower, "I'd be happy to show you Ottawa from 2200' behind a 4 cylinder Lycoming.... "Even though there's a lot of "hot air" emanating from this city, it's filled with lots of sights and great people. I also had a request to give a talk to a grade six class from yet another follower ( I dislike the term "follower" but that's how the blog lists you). Maybe next time Cyber G :)
Our charter division, JETZ, has been scoring lots of teams (get it?) with the Toronto Blue Jays being the last team to sign up. We A320 pilots can bid to fly theses charters but most of the flying goes into "open flying" or is assigned to supervisors or pilots on reserve. There tends to be a lot of sitting around so many pilots avoid them based on productivity.
Here's the other end of celebrity flying, when the celebrity is a pilot themselves. Some of the more well known celebrities with pilot licenses are John Travolta, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise and Davis Lee Roth. Unfortunately, we also know of celebrities like JFK junior and John Denver who "flew west."
One follower (there's that word again) sent me this interesting link about Iron Maiden's lead signer, Bruce Dickinson.