|I'll say it for you, "Yes, Captain Doug has a big head!"|
Meteorologically speaking it was perfect. Actually, a light northwest wind advected jet fumes to the runway. Ordinarily, pilots like the smell of jet exhaust but when you are panting like a overworked thirsty dog with it's tongue hanging out, it added to the challenge. It's my excuse...anyway...
Logistically speaking (on my end) it worked out well. Giving my talk in front a crowd of over 2000 went without a hitch and selecting the winners for two tickets anywhere Air Canada flies and an hour's simulator session..flawless. I was thrown to the wolves as far as the P.R guy for Air Canada. As you know we went throw a tumultuous week with labour unrest so management was not to be seen. But the show must go on!
My talk was short. I knew people were more interested in running.
Here's some of what I said....
Good morning everyone...this is YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING!!! (yes, I still get laughs from that opening line)
To all of my fellow runners and walkers! It’s not every day a person gets to run or walk down a runway. So I’ve laced up my running shoes to join you out there today.
For me, a pilot with 18,000 hours, it will be the first time I step foot on a runway. Think about it, if I’m walking on a runway, I’m not having a good day....
|We had an Airbus 319 parked at the start/finish line.
It's painted with the Kids Horizons decals.
The winning team. Yes, we won the "centipede" group and our times beat the "other" team grouping as well.
We donned blue Kid's Horizons shirts for some P.R shots.
The fella on the extreme left came 13th overall. Our slowest runner, recently promoted to left seat of the B777 had to walk for a bit. But he said a very rotund lady (I'm not using his own words here) passed him. That was enough for him to start running again and beat her to the finish line. Men! Pilots!
This Georgian aviation management student in Barrie (an hour away) drove to meet me and to get my book signed. First time I signed a book in the intake of a jet engine. :)))
There were lots of other departments present for the families. This is "Birdman" who drives around the airport with a trained falcon to scare off birds. One day, his falcon took a disliking to my Airbus during taxi. The bird soon realized I was not a threat. True story.