A new follower "getjets" sent me this pic which accompanied a really neat PowerPoint presentation. I'm hoping we can eventually post it on my blog.
Captain Doug slept in. A first! What a way to start the new year. I knew something was up when daylight was poking in the room. I should have been up and out the door in the dark. Twas not the time to be tardy because I knew my F/O would be late arriving.
Crew sked called the night before giving me the heads up. My F/O was flying in from St. John's, Newfoundland. They were short F/Os (back log from the holidays).
That meant I would be getting the flight plan, walk around and readying the airplane all by lonesome. (I think this sounds similar to a recent post, "where's my F/O?")
I made it out the door in 15 minutes but my drive to the airport had me speeding in the range of a rotation speed for a lightly loaded A319. :) Luckily it was a Sunday morning. It turned out, I checked in precisely right on the minute.
In flight planning I wished one captain a "Happy New Year" and asked if he had been to PVR (MMPV) before. (I was a PVR virgin). He told me it was a "good operation." That's all I wanted to know. Translation...they don't keep you high (no slam dunk approaches), the ATC English is good, and ground operations should be smooth. He did tell me they canceled their outbound flight (mechanical I think), and for me not to eat the fish tacos. Apparently he and the F/O suffered a little back end turbulence a few days later. :) :) :)
Elvis is in the building
My F/O arrived at 09:57 and the park brake came off at 10:00. But that was after I had to make an announcement to a full load of passengers explaining it takes two pilots to fly this airplane and the first officer will be along shortly...by jokingly stating..."Elvis is in the building." :) I also suggested they applaud as he entered the aircraft. I didn't hear an applause. :(
My F/O and I go back over 20 years to Air Atlantic days and it's the first time we ever flew together. We had a lot of catching up to do. Many pilots (including me) are like little old ladies and like to gossip. We would throw out a name and then comment. "What about so and so...?" We both agreed we had worked with a lot of pilots "left of center." lol
Plus my F/O was a Newfie so there is an automatic bond (right "getjets?"). I listened to his aviation journey and the many jobs he pursued before getting on with Air Canada.
Greased it on....
The F/O quickly accepted the challenge to fly us to beautiful Puerto Vallarta. Like most southern airports it lacks an ILS so doing an offset VOR approach among some very big hills raised an eyebrow. Actually the weather was gorgeous and I couldn't believe the lushness of Mexico's west coast. It's a place where Captain Doug and family must visit. We did a straight in visual approach to runway 22 (a gentle sea breeze blew from the Pacific) with a temperature of 27 C greeting us. The F/O greased it on! I could tell he knows the sweet spot of the A320. His landing technique is the "all in one flare" whereas mine is the heavy Airbus approach, "check the descent rate and wait" and both work fine. Although I must admit he had Captain Doug rising from the seat a little. lol
He received about 6 to 7..."great landings!"
Most vacationeers are in a great mood heading to their destination. They are a little grumpier coming home. The biggest mood swings (so say the flight attendants) are with the Las Vegas (lost wages) flights. But I'm not sure why because I thought, "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." :)
During my stroll through the PVR airport a passenger approached me asking for a BIG favour. He wanted to know the score of a particular football game while flying back to Toronto. I jokingly asked, "do you have a lot of money on the game?" His face stiffened a bit and said, "I have a lot more than that riding on the game."
We got him the info during the flight and I heard he was relieved.
I did go back and shake hands with a captain who retired a day before. Both the F/O and I moved up a number. I know...a shallow comment. Actually he was a well liked man and it seems he will enjoy retirement.
Another reason why I went back to the cabin is because the in-charge mentioned a "window" came loose during landing. Hmmmmmm?
It turned out it was the cabin interior around the window shade that needed a little TLC. But I don't blame her in trying to ground the airplane so we could have an unexpected layover. lol
While flying back my F/O asked how my blog was going. I was taken aback because I thought most AC pilots did not know about it. But remember how I mentioned about pilots and gossip...:)
I told him "very well...but it is starting to affect my family life." With any form of entertainment there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. For a blog that means lots of email, queries and "other external forces." As I've said before, "aviation is not only a passion, it's a disease." That also applies to blogging! I'm up to 320 posts in two years. I must learn to back away from the computer a little. :)
Having said that, I'll probably post tomorrow with my wife giving me the look.
What can I say...I need help.... :) :) :)