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...and welcome aboard!...

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Captions and More Captions....

Over the last three years or so, I have been writing captions for the beginning of the "Altitude" section in enRoute magazine. (The red tab section...my column is nestled in there). I'm writing May's as I speak marking 13 complete years or 156 articles plus three years of captions!!!!    Actually I'm procrastinating ny blogging. :)

They send me a great picture from Air Canada's photographer. (His pics are smeared all over my blog...thanks Brian!) I then rattle off a whole bunch of facts and trivia and then they make their selection. Actually, sometimes I find this more time consuming than my column. :) So below is the picture, my "two cents" worth and then the final product.

Heck, I included one picture. Maybe you can help me for June's captions?

(I am using the new editor program from this blog site. Finally I can drag/move pictures)

A319 engine spinning away...

My facts and trivia...

The Airbus 319’s engine produces 23,500 pounds of thrust
The entire “small bus” fleet flies with the CFM56 -built by Snecma of France and G.E Aviation in the U.S
The A319, A320 and A321 use the same engine but is adjusted for different power settings.
This Airbus 319 CFM56 engine is a high bypass ration turbofan.
This Airbus 319 high bypass fan spins with 36 blades.
The engine parameter that monitors the rotation speed of this A319 fan is “N1” and is depicted in a percentage.
This A319 turbofan high bypass fan engine utilizes 20 fuel nozzles and 2 igniters.
The CFM56 along with every jet engine in Air Canada’s fleet is leased.
Inside this high bi-pass fan temperatures are hovering around 650 C
Fuel consumption for this A319 engine is about 1250 kg/h at cruise altitude.
A jet engine’s large fan blade will windmill when a brisk wind blows through it.
Every five seconds an aircraft powered by the CFM engine takes off.
The cone of this A319 engine utilizes a white painted spiral to depict rotation.

The final product. If you can't read the line it says....

Airbus A319 Thirty-six blades spin on the turbofan engine of an A319, producing some 23, 500 pounds of thrust.

Okay you give it a go!

It's a B767 (Actually, I just noticed the photographer's shadow...oops)

Okay, I'll start. This B767-300 series carries 211 passengers, 24 in business class and 187 in economy. Source www.aircanada.com

Okay. Here's another one. When Captain Doug finally is awarded this airplane, he will use the call sign, "Air Canada heavy" and his wallet will be thicker. :-)) (really happy smiley) 


Jetjoint said...

I am a Captain on the 767-300. We fly sectors ranging from 50 mins to 10 hours. Great machine!

Bryan M said...

Hey Captain Doug,

haha i'm going to end up coming up with a bunch of random questions for you :P.

Do you (or any other pilots you've met) watch Mayday (Air Crash Investigation)? I'm interested to what a pilots view of the show would be...

Bryan M.

Jason said...

The 767 is the favorite airplane on Atlantic routes; it flies across the Atlantic more frequently than any other airplane.
There are 3.1 million parts in a 767 provided by more than 800 suppliers.
There are 90 miles (145 km) of electrical wiring in a 767-200ER, 117 miles (188 km) in a 767-300ER

All from the Boeing website

From the Flight Deck said...

Jetjoint. Thanks for stopping by. You see...we Airbus guys can talk to you Boeing guys. LOL

All the best!

Captain Doug

Jason said...

The 767-300ER and 767-400ER hold 23,980 gallons (90,770 l) of fuel - enough to fill 1,200 minivans. It takes only 28 minutes to fill the airplane.

From the Flight Deck said...

Bryan. I've watched a few of the shows. They tend to be very repetitive during the making, but overall the facts are depicted fairly well.

I know one thing, they are scaring passengers. A few months ago I met a perturbed passenger in the jetway.
She confessed she had been watching too much "Mayday."

Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Jason. You are on a roll! Do you want a part time job? LOL

But really, job well done and thank you!

Captain Doug

Jason said...

No problem, hopefully one of them makes the cut, if the job is with AC sure, wasn't expecting to be there for a couple more years lol

From the Flight Deck said...

Jason. They are all good!

Daniel Asuncion said...


Investigation Shows...

In that connection, I learned that super cold liquid water can actually exist very high in the atmosphere. This was explained in relation to the pitot tube.

As a former physics major, can you explain to a layperson why water needs dust or some other surface, in order to crystallize?

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel. Water droplets can exist in a liquid form up to about -40 c. After that it freezes. We call it homogeneous nucleation.

Also, these supercooled water droplets will immediately freeze upon impact with a wing. Hence icing. These droplets contain latent heat and as soon as they impact, latent heat is released.

Welcome to the world of aircraft icing. :)

Now as far as making rain or snow, yes water has an affinity for particles. We call them condensation nuclei. This is where cloud seeding comes along.

Did you know 80% of rain in Canada starts off as snow?

It's also interesting to note, if it is snowing in the cloud, we will not get aircraft icing because the snow is growing at the expense of the supercooled water droplets.

I'm in the simulator early tomorrow morning to be interviewed by the Weather Network for that very thing - aircraft icing.

Thanks for dropping by tonight.

Christer said...

That pic of the A319 blades is sweet! Does Brian Losito sell his photographs??

All the best in the sim- although I take it this is not a test for you this time around, or?

Christer from NRT.

getjets said...

The Boeing 767 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a conventional tail unit with a single fin and rudder. The wings are swept at 31.5°, slightly more than the 757, and optimized for a cruising speed of Mach 0.8.[7] Power is provided by two wing-mounted high-bypass turbofan engines. The 767 has a retractable tricycle landing gear with four wheels on each main gear and two for the nose gear. The wing and gear design of the -200 accommodated the later stretched -300 configuration without major changes.[7] For the 767-400ER, the same general landing gear configuration was used, but with a larger main gear in a more widely spaced configuration using 777 wheels, tires, and brakes; a retractable tail skid was also added.[41]

Source: rabbit's hat/internet

"Air Canada Heavy"..........that sounds like a contradiction in terms....lol

all this physics talk......know I remember about physics.......D+

Safe flying Captain Heavy....

Jetjoint said...

No problems Doug. I relation the "Heavy" we are no longer the largest wake turb category! Our A380s are "Super" !

Another fact - The 767 can come with engines from all the big engine makers. GE , PW and RR. In fact we used to have all 3 in our fleet and I have flown all 3 engine types in one day!

From the Flight Deck said...

Christer. I don't think Brian sells his photos because the ones used in my book were freebies.

No, this morning's sim is for fun. My real fun is next week. NOT!


From the Flight Deck said...

Getgets. You've been studying. Very impressive. :)

Thanks, you have some good stuff in there.

Captain "not so heavy" Doug ^D^

From the Flight Deck said...

Jetjoint. Yes, I heard ICAO derived a new category for those "bad boys." (A380s)

Over a million pounds?

I know one thing, being an Airbus guy, I would look really good in one of those babies. LOL
I guess I had my chance when I went for an interview six years ago for an airline which has many on order. :) :) :)

Jetjoint...Does your B767 have a "maple leaf" emblazoned on its tail????

Captain Doug

getjets said...

Those A-380's are nothing but BADASS!!!!!(ooops) when the trent 900 blew last Nov, the(SYD-LAX), was enroute..or just may not have been cancelled yet....and the live LAX airport webcam, filmed the complete landing...I was so excited...!!!!even though the reason was because the engine failure...I have even been lucky enough to see 2 A380's together at LAX via the "Cargo city,Pacific view" runway cams...both had landed with an hour of each other...I would love an up-close and personal with that BADBOY...that didn't sound right...did it?????...oh well !!!!maybe one day....videos of test flights are great viewing too...

Live ATC at JFK, and hear the controller say """"AFR6 SUPPPPAAAA", you are cleared for landing""" gotta luv it!!!!

ok that my 2 cents worth today....
misstwa ^j^

getjets said...

yea...you would look good in one(A-380)...Captain...happy now????lol

Cedarglen said...

Doug, A fun caption game and lots of great ideas. In both cases, I'd take some fuel data, translate to gallons (or liters) as easier for the public to understand and mention the burn rate. No need to mention fuel costs or surcharges, but it helps to explain the ticket costs without really going there.
*The previously mentioned blog that is often difficult to read is, I think the one written by PhD (Eng. Lit.) who flies to support his writing and teaching habits.* I enjoy most of them - When They Post. As noted, interests and obligations change.

Greg Robinson said...

The 767 flew its first flight in September 1981 and will reach its 30th birthday later this year. the manufacturer, Boeing, continues to receive orders for this aircraft today.

Cedarglen said...

Doug, Sorry, but an add-on: I worry about the folks that watch too much MayDay. I've read a little about it, but never seen it. (Have not owned a TV for >10 years.) I suspect that the producers are sceaming 'cream' to sell their program and have little regard for reality. Yes, some awful accidents do happen. They are so rare that competing programs recycle the same old stuff. Fly safe and stay out of the news!

getjets said...

Disclaimer......I have nothing against 767's...and realizing the A-380's are not the subject matter of this post...pardon my wander....^j^

Chris Gardner said...

Now if the airport washroom uses the jetwash power of a A319 then we will be happy,lol.Another point I do watch Mayday now and then but I do not let the hype of the fear of flying get to me. However the other show that use to be on A&E Airline if I learn anything is to be on my best behavour but since I am a easy going type of guy I am a passenger that he flight crew love to have. Happy flying, Chris.

Cedarglen said...

Doug, Well over 153k hits says a lot about your blog. It works. It is a fun read and you have the discretion to upset no one. Perfect mix and best wishes.

From the Flight Deck said...

Cedarglen (Craig) You haven't posted in a bit. I thought I lost you to the "others." Kidding!

So that's why you called me Dave. Actually, I get called Dave tons, plus Gord (Doug sort of spelled backwards). :)

I hear ya about passes. They are a privilege and thanks for your personal recount.

Just starting a four day mission.

From the Flight Deck said...

Getjets. I've seen quite a few of those "badboys" in LAX. In fact, I'll see a few more on Thursday.

It's okay to be personal with that "badboy." I know I would. :)

Thanks for your "two cent" take on things. :)

Just finished my Weather Network interview. The interview went fine outside of the sim but once we got in... good ole "Murphy" decided to come along. Most of the time was fixing glitches. I even made use of a sim tech. They are great at fixing them but not so much running them. :)

Oh well, I did get the interviewer up for a spin around the block. :)


From the Flight Deck said...

Greg. Well said, well said indeed! Thanks!

From the Flight Deck said...

Chris. "Easy going" is a good way to be in the flight deck, as a flight attendant, as a passenger and even as a blogger. lol

Until next time.

Gone flying

From the Flight Deck said...

Cedarglen (Craig) I have upset a few, but I try to keep it to a minimum. :)

getjets said...

Cedarglen is so right...your blog does work......using the best discretion to "UPSET" no one, why...because THATS MY JOB....lol


Jetjoint said...

No I don't have a Maple Leaf on the tail, I have a Kangaroo on the tail! A big white one!

carlton said...

...and the boeing 767 is Air Canada's oldest aircraft, the oldest which has racked up over 96,000 hours of flight time (or 11 years continuous flight time!) - The answer to my question published in the En-route magazine in January 2010 - thanks Captain ; )

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi getjets. I'm presently in beautiful British Columbia. Soon to launch for frigid Calgary, Alberta.

Well, apparently I did upset an avid follower to one of the blogs both I and Cedarglen (Craig) mentioned.

I will post a brief apology.

I can't be upsetting bloggers. :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Carlton. That does it, you win! To quote facts straight from the horse's mouth...wins! LOL

Thanks for being a loyal follower.

Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Jetjoint. I see. A kangaroo is just as good as a maple leaf as long as you enjoy what you are doing. I hope that is so. :)

Captain Doug who flew the maple leaf to Vancouver this afternoon.

From the Flight Deck said...


Cedarglen (Craig) looks like I steered you down a path which may have caused a few not so flattering comments.

An avid follower to one of the blogs I mentioned... pointed out I had no business to say what I did.

Oops...on my part. (This blogging world is competitive and I truly did not mean any harm)

My apology everyone!

In fact, I will be meeting up with a regular contributor of my blog tonight and speaks very highly of the blog in question.

getjets said...

Captain Doug, nothing was said in a mean spirited intentional way...no evidence of "ill will"...by anyone..but if i know you..........

the last thing you would ever want is for hurt feelings!!!! I have been on the "business end" of that apology stick one too many times, so I know!!!! it will be ok....

I will look for you on the "tracker" to Calgary, Alberta to see....so safe flight Captain Doug....misstwa ^j^

Zee said...

Hi Cpt Doug,

Thanks for you invitation to offer my 'down-under' perspective. I do visit your blog quite often and find it to be one of the if not the best I have ever read.

Jetjoint, I just saw your post about what you have on the tail of your 76 - you are a Qantas man, right? That is one airline I have a dream of flying for one day. What is it like working for the 'flying roo' - if I may ask? Also, do you know the A380 pilot that posts on youtube as PDAPilot?

Jetjoint said...

Yes I do Zee. Best job in the world. Maybe Doug would disagree! No I don't know PDA pilot.


the 767 was the first jet to receive ETOPS certification up to 180 minutes with GE fans....

in 2 3 2 seating configuration, over 80% of the seats are a window or an aisle....kind of neat for a wide body....

it was the first wide body to only require two in the cockpit, elminating the need for a flight engineer.....

it glided well....:)

and a question....what's the hole for in the tail of the an aircraft?

Happy Flying Captain....

CAT III Approach


Hello Captain Doug!

Fridgid Calgary?? We'll have to contact AC and get you on a trip to YYM! hahaha......

you just reminded me of something....a few years ago when I was flying through YYC or YEG before there was a jungle jet direct to YYM, I had the smoothest landing into YEG in an A320, prior to take off the Captain addressed the cabin with taxi, runway info, routing, and enroute the Captain would PA the cabin when any turbulence would hit, AND the expected time until smooth air.....I timed him and each time he was spot on.....after the flight I emailed AC and asked them to compliment the Captain of the flight for his diligence with relaying info to the cabin( suggested all AC pilots should do the same ), and compliments on the landing...I'm going to try and find that email because something tells me that the Captain they mentioned in the correspondence might very well have been you.......

hmmmmmm.....I'll get back to you....unless you remember this happening??

Cedarglen said...

Doug, Thank you, I guess. I'm not sure about the reference, but good heavens, sir, no offense is registered here. None. In blog responses, we try to keep it short and some operative words may be omitted. No complains from here: Read NONE! You and the blog are doing just fine. If there is more, it should be private: You have my address. In any case, no apology necessary for anything. Perhaps a different poster or whatever. This follower is as happy as a clam in wet sand.

From the Flight Deck said...

Zee, Thanks for visiting from "downunder" and I see Jetjoint is a "heavy hitter" in your neck of the woods.

To both of you...welcome!

Captain Doug

From the Flight Deck said...

Jetjoint. I agree wholeheartedly...best job in the world!


I shouldn't post when tired....I see I wrote YYM instead of YMM....ugh....how was the 4 day mission??

I'm YYZ tomorrow!

CAT III Approach

From the Flight Deck said...

CAT III Approach. I noticed that about Fort McMurray's identifier. :)

The four day mission went well. I'm in the "sim" early tomorrow morning. We will be learning GNSS (GPS)
approaches plus rehearsing a gamut of other things. Can't wait...NOT!


I just spent the last 17 nights in the sim, tonight being my last before days off......as the trainer, not the trainee...it's more fun for us. Get to see you sweat a bit! I always say, make all the mistakes you want in here....that way you'll learn what not to do out there!

Good luck with it....I'm certain as professional as you are, there is not a worry in the world....and you get to learn something new which is always fun.

Happy simulating :)

CAT III Approach

From the Flight Deck said...

CAT III Approach.

Yes, maybe one day I'll see the "sim" from the other side. Watching pilots squirm is surely better than squirming yourself. :)

"To squirm or not to squirm." :)

And happy simulating to you!


Hello Captain Sim!

"To squirm or not to squirm" that is the.......well you know....

My answer.....SQUIRM....here's why....my training philosophy with the crew is train HARD, leave your brain feeling like mush.....train harder and faster than the process will allow in real time, and bring it right to the operating envelope each time, so you know what it feels like ( and if you can push it that far )....that way when it happens, it's a piece of cake.

They hate me for it when I give them upset after upset, but thank me for it after the first major one, when they are so fast and fluent with it, they have it mitigated before it even becomes a big issue. ( that's my goal anyway! ) And like you said, ALWAYS thinking "what if"....it's the people who plan the "what ifs" who are always ready for it when it hits.........

Here's wishing you a hard sim day :) ..... in the nicest of ways of course :)

CAT III Approach

YMM to YYZ depart 13:00 Land 18:30 ( or earlier I hope )