|Looking from the outside in.... and no I was not cleaning the windows. I should have because there were a lot of bug smears on it. :)|
The pairing seemed to be going way too smooth. The landings were great, there were little to no snags and my "partner in crime" fitted with the majority of them- a great person to fly with.
The last leg had us arrive in Toronto 10 minutes early. The park brake was set and the engines spooled down. I gave the lead "brakes set, engines one and two are off" signal and waited for the bridge to move. And waited for the bridge to move....
I knew things were amok when the "rampies" threw their arms up in disgust. I asked number one to call STOC (Station Operations Control) to give them a heads up. More hand-waving emanated form the bridge and we're told the electricians were on their way.
I started the clock to see how long the delay would be. I also made several announcements with my first one pointing out that AC does not own the gates, but the airport authority!
Because I knew the cussing would begin and the in-chrage gave me a smile and a thumbs up for mentioning it.
The electricians confirmed the gate to be kaput. Dead in the water. Tango uniform.
A TBL (tow barless) tractor came to the rescue and picked our nose up and moved us to the next gate. Total time....25 minutes...but we were 10 minutes early.
The above picture was taken by my F/O when we were setting out for the Ottawa turn.
It was not me trying to get out when the bridge went belly up. But maybe it was some foreshadowing???
He was young and for some reason...reminded me of a younger Captain Doug.
Now 33 and still below the new hire age of 34-35, the lucky guy was hired to the left of the bell curve at a ripe age of 28. He resides in Ontario but will be moving to Halifax to commute. Of course, I tried to talk him out of it!!! Funny...the flight to Halifax two days before was full with 20 "cons" waiting to get on. One pilot made it in the jumpseat. But this didn't deter him.
It proves one thing, people can offer advice until they are blue in the face, but until you actually live your decision you will never know.
Just received this from the passenger on flight 272 from Winnipeg to Toronto tonight...
Thought I’d write you a note since it’s fresh in my mind. I was aboard flight 272 from YWG-YYZ tonight, just wanted to say thanks for signing the book, it was a pleasure meeting you. I never thought I’d run into you on a flight so soon, I just bought your book last week and am thoroughly enjoying it. As I mentioned I’m a private pilot myself, your blog is a great read, keep the posts coming! As a frequent AC customer, it’s always a pleasure putting a face to voice! Keep up the great work, you guys aren’t shown enough appreciation for the job you do