DC-3 (Buffalo Airways)
Whywhyzed (YYZ) sent this video depicting DC-3s at Oshkosh. Thanks YYZ!
Push back happened a couple minutes ahead of schedule yesterday with a fully loaded A321 (174 passengers) destined for Vancouver. The only snag - two overhead bins in "J" class were duct taped closed due to a broken hinge.
Most of the flight allowed great views of Canada in the winter, but I can't believe the amount of snow especially in the Prairies. But sight seeing only does so much for passing the time so I started asking my F/O questions....i.e to his story. (It's the first time we met) I'm asking more questions because I get lots of queries from upstart pilots.
I remember reading in my "how to freelance write" books... a good writer listens. And you just don't listen to the story, but you listen FOR a story. :)
He graduated from Mount Royal in Calgary, Alberta with a two year aviation diploma. He also had a physics degree from the University of Alberta. He decided to get in his car and drive north to Yellowknife and start knocking on doors. The trek was 25 hours due north with no formal job offer... just determination!
Nothing materialized, but he helped with loading at Buffalo Airways. One day, the boss asked him how long he worked for the company. He said he didn't. So the boss said we better change that. One of his first jobs was a flight attendant. (Think well over six feet and burly). But that indirectly lead him into the right seat of the DC-3. My F/O said two of the DC-3s flew on D-DAY!!!! That puts them to be at least 67 years old! Plus he flew water bombers and the DC-4.
For those in the know, Buffalo Airways, have made a name for themselves in the show "Ice Pilots." It's a hit in Canada, Great Britain and Australia. One follower sent me this link.
Having flown over the Rockies three times we conversed with Edmonton centre a lot. Captain Doug pointed out to the F/O there sure were lots of female controllers at the centre. The F/O piped up stating they now have a calendar out to raise money for a hospital. Let's just say there's no pictures with them staring at blips on the radar. Ahem.
Here's their website: Controlling the Skies. Hey, it's for charity.
Actually a few years ago, Air Canada flight attendants did a similar version called Cabin Fever.
It did well, but it could have done a lot better if it had more support. I'll stop there.
Gee, maybe we pilots can do something? "Cleared to take it off." Okay, I'll stop.... :)
Then I made a comment...can you imagine how many pilots in the next few months will be asking...."are you in the calendar?"
Then we looked at each other....silence. "Should we ask?".... Smiles....
But then practical Captain Doug mentioned..."what happens if she wasn't?" "How would that make her feel?"
Then my F/O smiled and said, can you imagine being married to an air traffic controller?
The flight deck filled with one liners.....
The pilot would ask....."do you want to..ahem?"
"Do you have a clearance?"
"Pull up and go around!"
"Do a 180...NOW!"
"I gave you implicit instructions. I want a full read back!"
But maybe....just maybe....
"You are cleared for an approach."
Okay, okay we were trying to get through the long day. LOL
Thanks for listening to my banter. I'm sitting in cool, damp, overcast Vancouver. At least there is no snow.