Credit to the photographs

I would like to thank Brian Losisto (Air Canada's photographer) for always allowing me to post his pictures. (The above thrust lever pic is his). Then there is Kelly Paterson from Calgary and plane spotter "Erik" from Germany. Of course, I have lots myself. On that note, if you feel a photo(s) may be in appropriate or the content I post a bit dubious by all means send me an email. I will ratify it! That's all I ask.

...I hope you enjoy the blog...

P.S I'd like to add Nadia from "la belle province" for her contributions!

"The Silhouette" by "Erik"

A321 captured by Nadia

A321 captured by Nadia
A321 departing YUL by tail spotter Nadia

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Aviation Talks (Doug the Orator)

*Note. I moved this post up by a few days.

Captain Doug out the door to preach the "word." No, he is not an evangelist, but an aviation enthusiast. (I can wear my uniform if you feel it gives more effect).

This picture was taken prior to a huge talk in front of 120 people for the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately, Captain Sully paid the Hudson river a visit that day and because of it, a lot of thunder was taken away. In fact, one gentleman in the crowd wanted me to second guess the scenario. He stood up and addressed the question like I was on trial. :)

Fall is nearing, the kids are back to school and everything seems to be settling back to normalcy. Well Captain Doug is on the recruit to give aviation talks. Yes, he teaches some weather at the Brampton Flight Centre throughout the winter, but the boss says go and make her spending money.

Here's some of my past performances:

Grade nine valedictorian...(kidding...well I wasn't aviation related but it did talk about goals)

In the past:

1. I presented a powerpoint presentation to the annual Nova Scotia Safety Seminar two years ago

2. New Brunswick Health and Safety Seminar, May.1/2009

3. I've done talks at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce (January,15th 2009), Oakville North and South Probus (Pro business) meetings this past winter.

4. Brampton Flight Center Wings parade guest speaker

5. Air Cadet program, downtown Toronto December, 2009

6. I did Career day at the Oakville Trafalgar High school (two sessions) but most of them wanted to know more about being a flight attendant - go figure...

7. I am also on call (I think) for the Weather Network as their aviation/weather expert. I did talk about volcanic ash when Iceland decided to make itself known. :) :)

Here's an example of one speech.

This fall's stand up:

Probus (Burlington) October 21th

Probus (Mississauga) November 28th

The retired Atomic Energy society (Mississauga) October 26th
Their newsletter

As well, I've been put into a holding pattern for Ontario Health and Safetyand I owe a visit to an Ottawa elementary school. (The teacher threatened me of getting a WestJet pilot. How cruel is that?)

Topics could include safety, aircraft deicing, aviation regulations, required training,
maintenance, standard operating procedures, CRM (Crew Resource Management), air traffic control, fuel, with a bit of humour thrown in.

Price. $100 for non-profit organizations plus the sale of at least 20 books.
$500 for organizations plus the sale of books
$1000 for an audience greater than 150

I think it's a pretty cheap date. As well, I represent myself as an airline pilot/meteorologist/freelance writer/author/ just so happens I fly for Air Canada.

Captain Doug Morris


Anonymous said...

Not trying to stir anything up but what are your thoughts on this video. I only hold my PPL but it seems highly unlikely that someone with just some cessna lessons could control a 757 in this manner

Anonymous said...

another video show this. I just can't understand how a 757 can be controlled 15 feet off the ground at a level angle at almost 500mph

Anonymous said...

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. Are you sure they only had Cessna lessons? I thought they had 757 sim time.

It did take finesse to time their descent just right. But all they were doing is pointing the nose. The airspeed was close to 500 knots at the end. Plus they were in ground effect which likely helped them.

Remember they did not have to configure the airplane for landing. Just point and go.

But I will go no further with this.

Thanks for taking the time to post.

I think for most, it's something we want to forget.

Captain Doug