Translation... we were whisking across the ground (groundspeed) at 602 knots because of a tail wind of 141 knots. We just flew over Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Saturday started off with one leg to Phoenix. I haven't been there in years as a pilot.
Actually, truth be told my family and I flew out of there about six years ago, after touring Vegas and the Grand Canyon. The flight was kind of full direct to Toronto so we decided to fly to Calgary and then to Toronto. Bad mistake!
A charter company, Jetsgo, went belly up that day so paying passengers were taking up the empty seats big time. We watched 22 flights push back from the gate during the five days we spent trying to get home. The first night we slept at the airport hoping to get home on the "red eye." Airline passes...most of the time works, other times...well...
We bucked a headwind all the way to Phoenix thus arriving 30 minutes late. I did not recognize the airport one iota. Things have changed. Of course ATC arrival persistently asked, "Air Canada, do you have the airport in sight?" "Air Canada do you have the airport visual." But a wind was stirring up dust so visibility was down a bit.
Finally, we were given a simple heading for the ILS.
The layover was downtown and get this...both the F/O and I PLUS the "back end" went put for Mexican food. A rare event. No not mexican food but going out with the F/As. :)
The next day the strong jet pushed us home 35 minutes early. But we had a three hour wait in Toronto before we were to fly to New York city and back.
Both the flights there and back were uneventful. We did have one snag, the number two engine fire loop B was U/S requiring us to test the system every leg. In Toronto it didn't test. After maintenance came and reseted some C/Bs we were good to go. Guess what didn't check out in New York? This time after contacting maintenance control through the radio and resetting the circuit breakers we were off to Toronto.
Besides, I had a class to teach in the morning so staying in New York for the night was plan C.
The class today consisted of 10 lucky new hires. I came out strong wooing them with METAR and TAF stuff but I found things slipped a bit on my end. We got into some dry theory and I now know I will be amending my slide show for the next class in December. Four of them will be cruisers on the B767 and the other six, Embraer F/Os.
It's time I get ready for tomorrow's flights. The clock radio will be set for 4:15 a.m for a 5:45 a.m check in. Oh yeah! I will eventually end up in St. John's, Newfoundland tomorrow night.