My flight plan....to encourage, mentor, guide those pining for the sky. I'm also here to virtually open the flight deck door for those who want to take a peek at the many aspects of aviation.....enjoy!
...and welcome aboard!...
Yes, we get that close!
A recent comment on Aviatrix's Cockpit Conversation blog....
Aviatrix. (Blog: Cockpit Conversation) I want to apologize for not visiting your blog more frequently.
Looks like you ran into some turbulence with a “commenter.” Actually, another blogger and follower told me about things…they too have their radar on.
No one likes heavy turbulence and that includes pilots.
I remember you giving me words of wisdom about not responding to every comment on my blog. I didn’t listen. I tried, but I couldn’t resist. But the odd one sets us back…wondering…why do we post words in the eternal void of the Internet? It’s time consuming, imposes stress on the family...and for what?
It’s a given we pilots are passionate and some of us want to connect that passion with words. But can we lay down our pen?
As of late, I’m wondering if I should pull the plug and move on. Believe it or not, you are my blogging idle. Yes, you! Sure other bloggers think they have the gift to write, but you were an aviation blog pioneer…you blogged passionately for a very long time and frequently.
I would say,"don’t take those cutting remarks to heart," but I know I would.
What I am trying to say is…if you go…I go….
(We are probably the two biggest solo bloggers in Canada) or do I have my head in the sand?
I only wish I could get your resume pulled at A.C!
It seemed pretty routine, a "Rapidair" to Montreal and back and then scoot down to Halifax, Nova Scotia for an exceptionally long layover.
So off to Montreal we go with the F/O flying. He puts it on nicely on 06 left with a slight tailwind. This “straight in arrival” has Captain D proclaiming to the passengers we will be 5 to 10 minutes early. And it’s looking that way until we get to our gate…there is no gate for us! A B767 has a “dangerous good” issue. They probably can’t find the required paperwork. No biggie, an Embraer is about to push back from the next gate over. But what a minute, their APU is "tango uniform" requiring an engine start at the gate.
Finally after promising to be 5 minutes early we are 25 minutes late.
On the weather charts, scattered thunderstorms were figured to develop in the back door of Toronto. And sure enough….they reared their ugly heads plaguing Toronto’s airspace.
We push back from the gate with a “wheels up” time 30 minutes later as there are “ground delays” or “metering” in an out of Toronto. We are told to wait in the deice center.
We decide to shut down and sit there with the APU running the ship. After an hour I look over to my F/O and said, can you imagine if our APU quit? Gotcha!!! The APU worked fine the entire time. LOL
Well that “ground delay” turned into a “ground stop.” Toronto is not allowing aircraft in or out. The busiest airport in Canada and the 18th busiest in aircraft movements in the world is at a standstill. (In 2010, CYYZ is now beating out KLGA, KSFO, KBOS, KJFK). Yes, we are in the BIG leagues.!!!
Can you say, “off the rails?”
Captain D has the honour of informing the passengers of the good news.
“Ladies and Gentleman, this is your captain speaking, welcome to the deice centre, it’s plus 25 C and “no” we are not getting deiced but….
Luckily many are frequent flyers so they understand…usually. The booze and all the snacks went quick. Nearing two hours, I look over to my F/O and ask, how long can we hold them hostage? I remembered a recent ruling in the States. I start scanning through our books and memos. There are memos for the memos. Nothing.
Hurry up and wait...
Finally the thunderstorms had their way and moved on. We are given a “wheels up time” and it’s time to rock. Our tight connection time for Halifax turned into a 45 minute wait with passengers on board. I walk on board... it’s hot with everyone staring at me. I try to break the ice with a smile. But I sense all they wanted was for us to "flash this puppy up" and get going. I make an announcement telling them it will be at least 20 minutes. We do our utmost to ready the aircraft. We are ready, but wait....no ground crew!
After a further 20 minute delay we push back and off to Halifax we go shooting an ILS on 14 down to 200 foot ceilings at 1:00 a.m.