Friday, October 8, 2010

Then and Now

Lockheed 10A Electra

This shot is compliments of "Brian Losito" (Air Canada's photographer)
One can still go for a flight (FIN CF-TCC) when it does promo flights
for "Dreams Take Flight."

Our B777 (Erik)

Tail Spotter "Erik" from Frankfurt paid Ottawa a visit recently for a concert. (One of the perks of working for the airlines...passes). He also checked out the Canadian Aviation Museum during his short visit. This museum at Rockcliffe hosts Air Canada's (then TCA) Lockheed Electra) and our now retired DC-9 (another building).

If you are in Ottawa, the museum is worth the visit. One day about two years ago I walked there from downtown hoping I could get my book in the gift shop book store. The two hour walk proved futile. I had to see the manager they told me. After several phone calls (the manager always seemed to be on vacation) they told me to wait until after the renovation. Funny how a museum founded on Canadian aviation wouldn't jump at a book on Canadian aviation. :) I even volunteered to give talks there. For those aspiring authors, it can sometimes be very trying.

So next time you are in the bookstore, ask why they don't have "From the Flight Deck: PLane Talk and Sky Science on the shelves. Maybe you can point out Air Canada has two aircraft there? :) :) :)

Well, one of Erik's photos prompted me to create this post. For April, 2007 enRoute's edition, I wrote a "fact and trivia" article comparing our first and last I resurrected it.

Then and Now

Our first: Lockheed 10A Electra

Our newest: Boeing 777 (200LR and 300ER series)

Years in service: 1937-1939

Arrival dates started late March, 2007

Maximum take off weight: 10,300 lbs

Maximum take off weight: Up to 775,000 lbs (351, 534 KGs)

Seating: 10 passengers

Seating: Up to 365

Cruise speed: 190 knots

Cruise speed: 84 percent the speed of sound

Range (full passengers) 703 nautical Miles (1303 km)

Range: Up to 11, 664 nautical miles (world’s record)

Engines: 450 H.P. Pratt & Whitney

Engines: B777-300ER G.E 90-115D engine: 115,300 pounds (most powerful for a commercial airliner)

Number of airplanes: Five

Number of airplanes: 8 in 2007, 8 in 2008 and 2 in 2009

Number of wheels on each main landing gear: one, Total: three

Number of wheels on each main landing gear: six, Total: 14 (largest tires on commercial airliner)

Landing gear: 12Volt motor clutch system with hand crank chain emergency extension.

Landing gear: gear electrically controlled and hydraulically activated with free fall emergency extension.

Aircraft steered on ground by tail wheel activated by foot pedals

Aircraft steered on ground by nosewheel activated by hand tiller and foot pedals

Wingspan, length, height: 55 ft, 38 ft 7 in, 10 ft 1 in

Wingspan, length, height: 212 ft 7 in, 242 ft 4 in (777-330ER), height 60 ft 11in

Service ceiling: 19,400 ft (maximum height)

Service ceiling: 43,000 ft

Maximum fuel: 194USG (734 litres)

Maximum fuel: 47,890 USG (181,280 litres)

Flying time Montreal to Toronto: 2 hrs 30 mins at 7000 feet

Flying time Montreal to Toronto: 1hr 10 mins at 35,000 feet

Price: $55,238 to $63,618 CDN

Price: (B777-300 ER) U.S 237 to 265million (Boeing website)

Number of pilots: two

Number of pilots: two except four for long haul flights

Number of stewardesses: one

Number of flight attendants: up to 14

Qualifications: women age 21 to 25, single, registered nurse, no taller than 5’ 2”

Qualification: either sex, minimum age 18, pass medical, valid Canadian passport, priority on bilingualism

Number of toilets: none

Number of toilets: 11


Rick Grant said...

Oh I know that pain from years of dealing with government functionaries during a previous career as a CBC journalist.

When this sort of run around, stalling, avoidance and general fecklessness happened to me I'd phone the top dog in the department and I don't think it ever failed.

I recommend you try phoning the manager one last time then go to this webpage

which is the Government phone directory, and give the Director General of the Museum a call on his direct line.

Be polite but make your point right off the top (after you introduce yourself with your rank - rank has weight) and say something like, "Look, I know you aren't the person to be dealing with this but I've been trying to reach the manager of the book shop for weeks and I can't seem to make contact --- and then explain about your book.

If you get intercepted by a secretary/assistant all the better because they always know more about how things run than the boss and if you enlist their help -- actually ask for their help -- things can happen.

Top Dogs like to solve problems like this, they really do, and I'll bet you get a call from either the manager or another executive the same day.

Rick Grant

Daniel said...

Neat little bit of information about the fleet. I flew on that Electra when it did a flight over Halifax Harbour. Nice little plane.

shege2000 said...

Captain Doug,

Your thought on the emergency landing of AC Flight 1150 at Calgary?

Anonymous said...

Captain Doug,

Thanks for the interesting comparison. I agree, the museum in Ottawa is a must see, compares very favourably in my mind with some of the best aviation museums in the US and definitely showcases some great parts of Canadian aviation history.

The Ottawa museum prides itself on things that are uniquely Canadian. A book written by a Canadian pilot and meteorologist and flying for a Canadian airline should certainly apply. Perhaps you could send the manager and/or museum director a complimentary copy with a note telling him how he can order more from you?

Have a great and safe Thanksgiving Doug.

YYC Dispatcher

From the Flight Deck said...

Rick. Thanks for the tips! I'm going to give one last try with the manager. After that, I'll use your idea as plan B.

Captain Doug Morris (using my weighty rank) :) :) :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel. Yes, the Electra does a tour across Canada for "Dreams take Flight." Great idea.

From the Flight Deck said...

Shege2000. I haven't heard a think about this. I'm showing up for work early tomorrow and I'll ask around.

From the Flight Deck said...

Thanks YYC Disptacher. I'm certain I left a copy with the staff, but the manager was on holidays. I'll give it another try. Many who pass through those museum doors will aspire to be a pilot. My book may help with that aspiration.

Gone flying. :)


Anonymous said...


For the AC flight 1150 check out the link below. I often read through the incidents and wonder if youre behind the commands at times.

Stay safe


Chris Gardner said...

I did visit this place in my many visits to Ottawa seeing my brother. He used to live near the place so it was easy for me to walk over much easier than your 2hr walk form downtown. Next time I am in Ottawa I will play another visit and see the new display in the new building. Yes Doug I am going to fly with Air Canada of course.