Flight plan

To wish you were up there...then to achieve it...trumps everything...
Captain Douglas E Morris

......My flight plan....

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"Picture of the day" taken holding short of runway 06 Right in Montreal. For a new hire, dollars to donuts you will be starting here...right seat in the Embraer. At least he looks happy! :)))

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Calling all fit and not so fit AC pilots

24 left (on the left) luckily it's the shortest at 9000 feet

Dear fellow Air Canada pilots....

June 18th marks the annual Toronto Pearson runway run on 24 left-06 right. And guess who was asked to recruit a total of ten Air Canada pilots to form a race relay team? Daryl from the GTAA frequents my blog so how can I say no?   :)

Pilots (my plea)

You flexed on it, laid rubber on it, went TOGA on it, demonstrated cross wind landings and take-offs on it, barrelled down on it, skidded a little on it, went around on it, shot the ILS on both ends on it, well....why not run down on it?

Believe me, I don't like to run. True, I've run along the rice fields of Narita, Japan, pounded the pavement along the Rhine in Frankfurt, jogged the beach in Tel Aviv, ran up Victoria's peak in Hong Kong and ascended the stairs on Mount Masada near the Dead Sea, jogged in the scenic parks of London, England, noticed the scenery in Vancouver's Stanley Park while jogging (ahem), but I hate to run. I really do.

I guess this is also a test to see how many of my colleagues visit my site. LOL I know a couple of F/Os do and you guys are both in great shape. What do you figure guys and gals? Don't worry about registration fees...we got airline deals (they were waived). LOL
And if you could...pass it along.

I know it will be a required day off, but look at it as a novelty. How many pilots have actually set foot on a runway?

So, any A.C pilot up for the challenge?

Captain Doug

Runway info

Race details

Running room info


Daniel said...

I want to do that ! :(

I hope planes aren't landing 06L or 24R and happen to miss. LOL.

jack said...

"Air Canada XX, the winds 250@4. Caution; wake turbulence from a heavy runner on the parallel, clear to land 24R."

Zee said...

Capt Doug, I think you should be in advertising or marketing but in any case, none of those can compare to flying.

Nice one Jack.

Anonymous said...

Can none Air Canada employees take part in this?! LOL


Anonymous said...

I like the restrictions: No spectators, no pets, no roller blades, no smoking!!! No mention of beer ;) Memories of a 3k "fitness" run at a secret Lincolnshire AD airbase... Good luck with that, though you could "order" the next 10 F/O's you fly with to "join up"? Cap'n Doug as Team Manager??

NEVER too late for good coffee - no chippy, double skinny, fraphy latté clappi-chino's allowed, especially with walnut syrup.......

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon (Ed) Yes, absolutely...non-Air Canada employees are more than welcome. See the attached links.

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. I think it will be a challenge to muster up nine other pilots as you alluded to.

Yes, I will be working on my F/Os when I return to work. :)

The boss left to get our doses of coffee. Our cups did not have the "roll up the rim" contest.
Could it be over? I knew there was a change in the air. lol

As far as beer, Captain D met up with follower, Christer, last night. He is up from North Carolina visiting family. The beverages and conversation flowed. Thanks Christer!

Enjoy that coffee!

For some reason, I needed the caffeine fix a little more this morning.... lol


Jack....that's funny stuff!!

CAT III Approach

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel. To shut down a runway at Pearson is a huge feat. Actually Pearson moved up in the ranks for aircraft movements. They moved from 22 to 18. We are beating out SFO, EWR, LGA etc. That's why it will make the event even more unique.

Why don't you and your father come up? There is another Air Canada employee looking for agents and rampies.

Captain D

From the Flight Deck said...

Jack. LOL. Yes, there are a few of my colleagues that could be called "Air Canada heavies" or "wide bodies."

Thanks for the humour. We all need more of that!

Captain D

From the Flight Deck said...

Zee. Thanks for the vote! But you are right, nothing compares to aviating. :))))

Captain Doug


no spectators??? what about the jets landing parallel to the runway!! lolol

From the Flight Deck said...

CAT III approach. Good point! Many will think there was a massive evacuation. A couple of 380s???? :))))


lolol....let's hope not!

I'll be looking if I'm landing...or maybe I should sign up!

CAT III Approach

Daniel said...

I will ask him about it actually. Its a Saturday so I wouldn't see any problem with school. Definitely would be neat !

Did you hear he got the Award of Excellence ?

belowthewing said...

Definitely a good time to be had, judging from past photos. Do you have a link to the person looking for agents & rampies?

From the Flight Deck said...

Hey...belowthewing. Yes, her email is [email protected]

I will email her as well....

From the Flight Deck said...

Daniel. Congratulations to your father!!!

What a feat.

Not sure what you have to do to get it, but I just received a survey this morning to fill out about the award of excellence. I just completed 15 years so they are asking questions about my milestone.

Again, way to go Wayne!

Chris Gardner said...

Funny that you did bring up the run at work today my supervisor asked if anyone is interested in running in the tely 10. This run is 10 miles long and it is held in late July. One time I was asked if I would run in the race and I responded by saying I,ll be lucky that if I can run the Tely 10 meter,lol.

From the Flight Deck said...

Chris. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. LOL

I think I recruited one pilot today at the gym. He is a skipper on the Airbus A330.

He said he can/will do it. :)

JetAviator7 said...

Hey, sorry I can't be there, but I am curious? Is it just the 9000 feet, or several times around?

Take lots of pictures - both start and finish!


All Things Aviation

From the Flight Deck said...

Jetaviator. I think it's a total of 5 km which is 3 miles. So one and a half lengths and a bit. :)

I'll be sure to sneak in a few pics. I hope.

Captain D

Craig Ritchie said...

I'm not a pilot, but I signed up anyway :-)

Should be a lot of fun.

From the Flight Deck said...

Craig. We'll see you there.... :)

Christer said...

Hey Doug,

Definitely would join you on that run if my schedule allowed- but as it stands, I'll be in Europe....

Was great catching up yesterday- sorry for the late reply here- had a very busy day and haven't had a chance to 'check in' yet:)

Take care,


From the Flight Deck said...

Christer. Always great to catch up with a true follower.

Al the best!


Bas said...

Ooh that sounds cool! :P Now that you said it, there are pilots who fly their whole career until they retire and never set foot on a runway!

Wishing you good luck! Love to see how this works out :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Thanks Bas. I must step up the campaign to recruit pilots. Called a friend this morning but he had the
sore back excuse.... (actually he does have a sore back).

Organizing things like this is like pulling teeth. That's why I don't do it too often. :)

Anonymous said...

Ha, my father does all the video stuff for the GTAA and CIAS (Canadian International Air Show). I've helped him out the past couple of years. Can't wait to go!

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. Looks like it is going to be a huge event. I still need lots of pilots.

I'm still on vacation so when I get into flight planning next week...stay tuned!

rubykhan said...

Hi Capt Doug, are you going to be at the runway. I have your book "from the flight deck" and would like to request your autograph on it.


Ruby Khan (future pilot, God Willing).

From the Flight Deck said...

Ruby. Yes, I will be on the runway. I'm still recruiting pilots but I must admit I have not been pushing things.

I must up the campaign. :)

See you there future pilot!

Captain Doug

rubykhan said...

Hey thanks Captain Doug. ;)

See ya at the runway run. I'm looking forward to meeting you............!!! You're my aviation role model Captain. :)


Ruby (future Capt Khan). :)

From the Flight Deck said...

Captain Khan. I'll see you there! Captain Doug

P.S Thanks for the kind words....

rubykhan said...

My pleasure Captain............!!! :)