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

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


The latest "Readbacks"

From "Getjets" Flight 907 from MCO to YYZ

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In from Vegas

Here's a link to the Weather Network interview.

Interview Click on picture of hockey game on Lake Erie, then click on
Air Canada pilot explains delay.
For some reason I can't copy the direct link.

Off to teach weather tomorrow morning.


benjaminrowley78 said...

Great Interview!!!!

getjets said...

Excellent interview Captain!!!! Too bad with Television time constraints, more time wasn't given to your discussion, The Weather Network is now on board my "favorite's" list..also to check in on my homeland as well! and your interview was the "de icing on the cake" for me! you do have great presence and that knack, as I mentioned before. Your class today... your students are lucky to have you as a mentor, any of them get outa line, there's the trusty "DREATH RAY", If properly administered,no disrespect tolerated!!!! Mrs Doug must be very she should be, and I look forward to future possible segments with you!!!!... and the pic of the puppy dog in the snow, melted my heart!!!! Enjoy your classes, today, as your students will!!!!! misstwa ^j^

Christer said...

Excellent! Thanks for posting.


Adam aka "The Winnipeger" said...

That's really cool!!!!
Great Interview!

The Winnipeger,


Good morning Captain Doug,

Nice work on the interview sir! Would be nice if the Weather Network would do a segment "From the Flight Deck" for a few weeks or more.......hmmmmmmm

It wouldn't be me without a spoke of the aircraft ahead in the taxi sequences jet blast causing a white it detrimental, or can it be, to an aircrafts performance if the jet blast "blows" off the anti ice type 4 fluid after deicing? More important than that, at 100 plus knots take off does this not become an issue? This happened on my last flight, but I didn't take a pic because my phone was off like a good passenger for take off :)

ps....could you please forward me your address for your book?

Thanks Captain Doug!

CAT III Approach

pps..... -45 with the windchill the morning.....-38°C without....might as well stick your head out the window at 370000.........well, maybe not. :)

Anonymous said...

Captain Doug,

I always enjoy reading your blog. I was wondering if you had seen any of "Come Fly With Me"?

If not here:

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Captain Doug,

Great interview!

Chris is always great to watch on The Weather Network too, definitely one of their better announcers, though he didn't mention that you're a meteorologist as well.

How has this winter of flying compared to an 'average' winter in terms of the weather you've experienced so far? YYZ seems to have dodged a lot of bullets so far this year!

YYC Dispatcher

From the Flight Deck said...

Thanks Benjamin!

Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Thanks getjets. Yes, we only had 3.5 minutes. I was just getting started but that's show biz!

As far as as future segments, Chris St. Clair is up for more but he said the Weather Network is going through a major transition. They are going high definition or is it digital? I did offer to do a few segments in the simulator.

Thanks MissTWA


From the Flight Deck said...

Thanks for watching it Christer! Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Adam the Winnipeger. Thanks for taking a look. Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

CAT III Approach. Who knows, TWN might do some more segments.

Yes, the snow was light so it was blowing around quite a bit. A few times I had to stop and let the conditions improve because the
airplane disappeared in front of me. There are no "brake" lights on the back of an airplane. :)

These white conditions happened during the taxi to the deice facility.

Deice fluid is designed to shear off during the take off roll. Next time look at the take off point on the runway, you'll see a huge area of bright green
Type IV fluid.

I'll send my address. If you are into sending money through bank email we can do that.

I was talking to a pilot today who said I should have Paypal. He said my blog needs some fixing/improving.

Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. I watched most of the video. It's quite a spoof on the airline business! Thanks for the link. Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

YYC dispatcher. My wife noticed the same thing about the meteorologist thing. :) Chris did mention lots of other stuff.

Up until a week ago, Air Canada's hub has been spared BIG time. But now we are playing catch up. This morning we got some lake effect snow and
it brought roads to a halt.

The bullets were dodged, but there's a lot of winter left. :)

In fact a "dog's breakfast" will be moving through overnight.

Captain Doug

Cedarglen said...

Well... I did find your News Interview, but it was not was not easy. I good review of the basics and quick answers to the 'twit's' questions. As one of your many media consultants, Answer to the camera, not the desk guy. FOr that minute or two, you own the air, so use it. Talk constantly, but puncuate and do not let them in until you are finished. Keep it brief, but cover your two or three points well. You are their instant expert, so look into the camera and believe that it is your wife or your kid - pehaps a chosen friend. YOu do good air work, in more than one venue .

Tim said...

Very nice interview!


From the Flight Deck said...

Craig. I appreciate your constructive comments. All great ones I might add! We did try to turn my torso to face the camera. Actually I did look at the camera but as luck would have it, they cut those shots. :)

Lat spring, I did an interview on Volcanic ash. Chris (the interviewer) was out of sight and I looked directly in the camera.

I agree about "stealing the moment." But I was being polite by keeping my answers short and to the point.

I like it..."good air work in more than one venue."

Just received an email from the Weather Network. They want to do a piece at the deice facility with Captain Doug. :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Tim. Thanks for the feedback. I didn't forget about you on Facebook!

I had an email yesterday from a follower heavily into VATSIM.

He even sent me his "flight deck" photo.


Cedarglen said...

Capt. Doug (Media Star?)
It is unfortunate, but the producers and directors always seem to have a different view of what is important. Sadly, ,they want drama and fluff, not cold hard facts. I'll bet that your presentation to the new hires are AC was a lot more interesting.
Wow! Over 126K hits and a new one-day record. We done be impressed - and We know why. Comments are up, too, usually a good indicator.
A new question will float shortly. Always - the best to you and yours,

From the Flight Deck said...

HI Craig. I hear ya about the editing. When we put together the "pilot" for potential aviation documentaries I was sort of taken aback with some of their selection. But I guess they figure it's their forte.

I think I chatted the class up pretty well yesterday. I'll be teaching brand new "pilot wanna bes" this Thursday.

Most of them will be 18 to 20 all wanting that dream airline pilot job. :)

Enrollment is up from six last year to 12 to 14 this year.

All the best to you and yours!

Captain Doug

getjets said...

Captain Doug, I had no idea that the "COUNTER" on your blog is as big a hit(no pun) as the fact it does actually take count!!! Mr. Cedarglen is happy for your success, just so you are the rest of your aviation followers!!!just a cold hard fact I wanted to share!!!!

getjets said...


From the Flight Deck said...

Getjets. Thanks for sharing that hard cold fact. lol

As far as Aviation being Magic....okay I'll agree. :)

getjets said...

Whewwwww Captain, what a relief!!! :)

getjets said...

aviation being magic,i was referring to the picture.....yes, countless,hours,people, and hard work to run an airline!!!! who would know better than you.. but you have to admit..not to be too sappy...the vortex picture,,, shows the beauty of aviation..!!!!

Jack said...

Nice job, Doug! Great to see you on TV, and being able to plug your book!


From the Flight Deck said...

Thanks Jack. Chris is always up to plug my book.
It's why I retuned the favour on my blog. Plus he gave me a copy of...Canada's Weather.

Chris Gardner said...

Good job Doug. It must be a shock to you weather wise to go to one extreme to another.