Sunday, August 1, 2010

Been there, done that, got the T-shirt

While walking aimlessly in Halifax, Nova Scotia on a layover two days ago, I stumbled across this T-shirt conspicuously waving in the wind in a store front. I had to get it! Besides it was regularly $10 and I got it for $5. Who said we pilots are cheap?

I've grown up in it, went to school in it, forecasted it, learned to fly in it, landed and took off in it, did Category II autolands in it, learned to detest it, respect it and appreciate it. So now I can officially say I got the "T-shirt" for it. That "it" is Maritime Weather.

I hope I don't offend you East Coasters, but hey, I didn't make the T-shirt.
I think the T-shirt has a 'sense of humour' but my sister-in-law thinks it matches my personality- somewhat negative. Geez....


Daniel said...

Very true...

S.O. Lukas said...

Haha Good eye!

I noticed you pulled your website, Captain... Any chance for a revival?

From the Flight Deck said...

S.O. Lukas. Thanks for reminding me. The website host wanted me to update my credit card info. So I decided I might as well allow the website to close up. I rarely visited it myself and figured I would concentrate on my blog.

I better adjust the links.

Thanks again for the heads up.

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel. So you agree too about the weather. It must be frustrating trying to take flying lessons. I Know it was for me.

Daniel said...

Eh, I work around it. I think the worst I have had was the winds gusting up to 20 trying to land without getting blown off. It was interesting to say the least.

From the Flight Deck said...

Halifax weather is about 65 percent VFR, but when I took my commercial at Gimli, Manitoba the weather is about 90-91 percent VFR.

Lavi said...

Hi Doug,
Thanks for replying to my post about the auto-land. I haven't posted questions for you in a while, but I assure you that I check your blog at least once a day for new posts.

I guess my excuse is that I've been busy taking flying lessons. Or more appropriately, I've been busy working side jobs so I can pay for my flying lessons!

Keep up the great work!

From the Flight Deck said...

Lavi. Well at least you are chasing your dream. How far along are you?

We haven't hired in about three years and I can feel a perfect storm developing.
The economy is turning around, Air Canada is showing a major positive trend, the retirement issue will be mired for quite some time and we announced seven percent growth on international routes. Plus the B787 will be on the horizon in two years. Translation...hiring will soon be here.

Thanks for visiting my blog. As you can tell I rejigged it today. The only glitch is I lost my site meter. I was up to 75,000 visits.

Happy flying. Take lots of pictures and enjoy the ride!

Anonymous said...

Captain Doug,

Nice new look to your blog, I certainly enjoy checking in on it nearly every day.

Maritime weather can certainly be interesting, just try finding a suitable ETOPs alternate on the east coast some days, thank goodness for the sheltered valley that CYJT is in!

YYC Dispatcher

From the Flight Deck said...

YYC dispatcher. Yes, thank goodness for Stephenville, but one has to watch it. It has degraded services and the glideslope is a little steeper than usual. When I flew there the slope was 4.5 versus the regular 3.0 degrees. I think it's down to 3.5. (I know someone out there will correct me).

I was bored this afternoon so I started tweaking my blog. As mentioned, I lost my site meter counter.

Know of a good site meter?


Giulia said...

I like the new look of the blog. :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Giulia. Thanks for your feedback about my blog.

It even looks better on the new 21 inch iMac I bought today. And yes, Captain Doug scored an Air Canada discount.

Let's hope it means better things to come.
Now I don't have anymore excuses not to write my weather book for pilots.

I hope YOW is treating you well this summer. I will be passing through the odd time throughout the month.

I still intend to give a talk to your class this winter, especially if you say nice things about my blog. :)

carlton said...

Nice overhaul of your blog ; ) I have just got home to the UK after flying air canada from YYZ - LHR on your old steed - the A330-300. Although we were delayed by 3 hours - it was a very quick 5hrs 50 mins journey over the pond thanks to the good old jet stream!

From the Flight Deck said...

Carlton. Sorry to hear about the delay, but I hope the A330 was worth the wait. The A330 was like flying a sports car. Sexy with lots of pep.

Lavi said...

Thank you Doug!
I'm not very far at all. I've just flown my fourth lesson - straight and level flight, plus some climbs & descents. I only fly once a week, it's what the budget will allow me, so it's going to be a slow process for me, unfortunately.

Through talking with my instructor, turns out he's worked with you. He's a part time F/A at Air Canada that's flown with you in your A340 days. He also helped get your book on the racks of a certain prop shop.

Anyway, I feel like I'm fulfilling a dream and I'm glad I'm doing it. Thanks for the encouraging words, as always!

From the Flight Deck said...

Lavi. That's the speed I took lessons, about once a week. Before you know it, you will be going for your flight test. Yes, I know Eric your instructor. You're in good hands. Gone flying myself. I end up in St. John's tomorrow night and the Ottawa the next.

Anonymous said...

Hi Doug, would you mind sharing the store's name where you bought the shirt? Being an ex YYT driver I would love to pick one up.


From the Flight Deck said...

Hi P (Anon)

I have yet to wear my T-shirt (don't want to offend anybody, but hey I live in Toronto).

I threw out the receipt so I can't remember the clothing store's name. But the store is just a few doors down from the pub, Pogue Fado - (owned by JAZZ pilots) on Barrington street.

I hope this helps. You as an ex-YYT driver would love it!