Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What's in a name?

I get lots of great photos from "tail spotter" Erik in Frankfurt. Here's one A320 with a unique company name.

This morning I was scheduled to do an YOW (Ottawa) turn before launching to the East coast. Just as I was readying for work, crew sked called to inform me the first two legs were cancelled. Either the flight cancelled or they subbed it to an Embraer. I didn't ask why because it meant for me to stay home with pay. Sweet.

Unfortunately, my first officer (who commutes from Ottawa) did not get the message until he showed up for work. Meaning he had to sit around all morning while Captain Doug got to go to the gym to ward off middle age spread.

Beautiful night in St. John's for the ending of the Regatta. Actually, it was a beautiful night. As the previous post depicts (think T-shirt) the weather can be "shi&&y" and indeed it's turned. Presently rain is pecking on the hotel window reminding me where I the windiest, cloudiest, foggiest, rainiest city in Canada. No matter, I still love the place!


Andrew said...

Hey Doug,

I like the new back ground, nothing like getting payed to stay home.

Daniel said...

Currently a bit foggy in YHZ. Not to bad. I also do like the background change. Looks pretty cool.

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Andrew. And to think some people complain about this job. :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel (Andrew). I figured it was time for a change. One can't let things go stale. :)

whywhyzed said...

Do you get paid as if you operated the entire flight, or is there some per diem rate when this happens?

From the Flight Deck said...


When there is an unscheduled cancellation, we are paid for the entire flight.
It only amounted to two hours (one hour each way) but it helped.

Chris Gardner said...

Hey Doug nice to here you were in St. John's for the regatta. I question that I have for you is how challenging is it to land at YYT with its weather demands. Asa Townie I know the weather here can be hard at times. Iguest why they call St. John's the land of the four seasons in one day.

From the Flight Deck said...

Chris. On a scale of one to ten, St. John's is a nine to ten out of ten for challenging weather.
In fact, many pilots avoid the place because of the inclement weather.
It's where they tested the forward scatter RVR (Runway visual range) sensor for determining visibility in fog.

I agree about the four seasons in a day. If you are not landing in bad weather you'll probably be taking off in it.

Having said all this, it's on the top of the list for fun layovers. The people are second to none.

I'll be there later this month.

Captain Doug