Looks like Irene has made landfall in the Carolinas and she will be wreaking havoc along the Eastern U.S tonight and tomorrow where she will decide to visit the Maritimes (Northern New Brunswick). As I speak there is a hurricane reconnaissance aircraft flying in and around her to get an exact fix. How would you like that job? No thanks!
Here is what they are forecasting for JFK at 14 Zulu (10:00 a.m local on Sunday).
FM281400 05060G75KT 1SM +RA BR OVC005
That wind 60 gusting to 75 is in knots, not km/h nor mph. So it's 86 mph or 140 km/h.
She is going to blow. Yeah, baby! Batten down the hatches!!!
So what is Captain D doing Irene's visit? I'm getting out of Dodge and heading west to Victoria, B.C this afternoon. The only glitch is when I arrive back in Toronto tomorrow I have to do a Rapidair to Montreal and back (I hate that when they tack on a Rapidair segment after a beautiful pairing). I could see some wind from the "old girl."
|Here's the forecast track from the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I say Halifax but really it is across the harbour in Dartmouth. I worked at the Hurricane Centre and I miss the "Buzz" associated with a good storm.
It won't be til midnight where I can say..."GOODNIGHT IRENE!!!!"
Hey Doug are you here in Victoria now? I think I saw your airbus as I taxied to the flying club
Yes Captain.....Irene isn't going away any time soon....
there doesn't seem to be any real steering currents to move her faster to the north or push her out to sea!!!!!!
listening to JFK..live ATC...an Air India flight cleared for take off...few minutes ago....only an occasional mostly inter'l flights are cleared and that will come to a dead stop soon.
other than that..Deathly silent, quiet.....tomorrow...NYC and surrounding area's will get it...and I am afraid for them......!!!!!!!!
I will be keeping watch....looks as if St. John's may be sparred the brunt.....this storm is different...it's large, not compact.....and it's projected path one never seen....
aren't there usually weather fronts that push these systems out to sea way sooner.....???
the spaghetti models are all in agreement here...She's is going right up the rear of NYC....
Thanks for the weather graft...Captain..
I blew it up....and it's very interesting....!!
All the high pressure has been keeping our Gulf Coast States safe.....but no such luck for our Eastern Seaboard.....
Still remains to be seen, and there won't be any Goodnite Irene any time soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I just heard that all the Star bucks, coffee shops are closed in NYC.....all the bars.....OPEN!!!!!!
Straight from the news, not making this up....
ok to lighten up just for a moment at least.....
"WIND FROM THE OLD GIRL"......Mmmmmmmm??????????????
ok ok....we good.....
Thanks for the update, Captain Doug. Flying West, if early, is a great move. Stay or reroute for a day, no one knows. At the moment of your note, moving the fleet out of harm's way and with or without a PAX load, is AC at it's very best. (As you often remind us, AC has super-smart OPS and DISP folks. This is where they shine.
Get the fleet out of harm's way amd fix the flow later in the week. If you are flying over the weekend or earlyu next week, I'll bet that you will have some changes. Duh? Best wishes and always fly safe my friend. -Craig
Getjets. Looks like Irene is now just a bag of wind. I see JFK got a peak gust of 50 knots from her but she
has left New York.
I am sitting on the West coast of Canada in beautiful serene Victoria (Sydney) where the winds are calm with sunny skies. The waters are flat and it's meteorological void of weather.
About to head east to see what this "old girl" is all about.
Then tomorrow I teach weather. Maybe I'll call up the latest surface analysis and talk about this nasty woman called Irene?
Gone Flying. :)))
140 km/h, WHAT!? That's the speed we drove back home last night! I can't imagine such winds...must be really horrible. You see it on TV sometimes but it doesn't really give you a sense of HOW fast it really is...
Hope the skies are clearing up a bit...
Craig. Just in from contending with wicked crosswinds in Montreal late last night.
We landed on 06L with the winds 33025G35 knots. The F/O did a great job putting it on.
I just rose out of my seat a little. LOL
I met him about 90 minutes before for the very first time. I arrived from Victoria 10 minutes before push back to Montreal. Yup, I offered the first leg.
You gotta have faith.
I suspect things went off the rails for our Eastern American stations and the Canadian Atlantic provinces.
But like you said, do whatever it takes to keep it a safe operation and work from there.
I'm off to teach some weather this morning.
I'll have a few "fish stories" from last night's approach. :)))
Hi Bas. Yeah, you guys are spoiled with no Hurricanes brushing your coast.
I see Irene packed a pretty good punch and is now playing head games with Eastern Canada. Although she is just a dying low pressure system and has been stripped of her name.
And yes the skies are clearing.....they always do.... :))))
Brett. No, you don't need French, but another language is a definite "brownie point."
You either need a degree or a diploma. The degree can be in "basket weaving" as long as it is a degree.
The diploma should be an aviation diploma.
Gone to welcome the new hire class.
Hmmm, we got hit by a tropical storm? No... Don't think so, it's sunny out and not a leaf has fallen! ( Really, it was pathetic lol )
I'm over 300 numbers away from the bottom wrung of the Toronto 767 captain.
A new equipment bid closed Friday so in a few days I'll find out the results. Realistically, I'm still over a year away from it.
I could go right seat and be extremely senior, but it's the left seat I want... meaning I will go extremely junior on it.
One can down-bid from captain to first officer but you are frozen for about four years. No thanks. :)))
Captain Doug, the pic of the day....a wonderful shot of Bas's Aviation collection!!!!!! Great choice!!!!!!
Esspecially the Air Canada A-320 and DHL Boeing 757.....jet models...flown personally by 2 crazy ladies from accross that silly pond.....
Captain Doug's book....not a bad read either....LOL.....Serious....
Bas has done good!!!!
@ getjets. You make me laugh sometimes lol.
@ Captain Doug. I really hope you make left seat on the B777. It's one of my favorite airplanes. Everything is proportionate (the front end is just as long as the aft end)as well as the size of those GE90 engines are amazing.
Also, Captain Doug has a much better ring to it than Skipper Doug lmao.
CAKE: re: B777 left seat positions -- a guy I know just got checked out on the B777 and he's been with the company since 1980, I think. And he's at the bottom, so on reserve right now.
Competition is tough I guess!
I see you've added my shrine picture, there's an awesome story behind it folks! The Air Canada A320 and the DHL B757 are both gifts from Julie & Giulia :)
I'll say it again, Bas is a lucky guy to have "two crazy ladies from across the pond" to pamper him.
Captain Doug is not so lucky. :(
Oh well.... :))))))))
Cheesecake. Haven't heard from you in awhile.
The B777 is eons away...for now...but our new contract might have us divided into narrow body and wide body.
If it comes true then the B777 might be closer. But that's huge speculation. In the meantime, we need a contract. :)))
Not really competition but no growth. Most people don't realize it takes most of a pilot's career to get on the largest airplane.
Many people find it hard to fathom being on reserve with 30 years with the company.
It's all about woking up different ladders in the same company.
Cheesecake. A system based on seniority is hard to swallow. But once it's implemented it sure is hard to change.
Most major North American airlines use it.
As far as retirement, the floodgates opened up recently...for now... :)
Capt D, what is it that you are hoping for equipment-wise versus what you expect most likely??
From a selfish perspective I fly the B763ER in the sim (my wife thinks I'm nuts wading through 300+ pages of manuals before even switching the pc on!)so I am hoping this is what you get as the odd in-depth technical post would be greatly appreciated! But ultimately, I hope you get what you wish for - if it is the B767 feel free to ask any questions! Happy to advise, haha!
Regards to all
Dave from the UK
Hi Dave W.
My wish list is the B767 (captain) but the last equipment bid showed I am 350 numbers away. I will move closer with this equipment bid but realistically it won't happen until the B787s show on the bid. Another year and a bit...
I'll keep you in mind as far as technical questions. Funny... a pilot asking a simmer questions. But that's the way technology has moved. :)))
P.S Nice avatar!
@ Cheesecake.....I sometimes make you lol.....well, I apppreciate that being said......:)))))))
thats my job.......been fired a few times.....yea, and I always come crawling back....LOL
Captain Doug, you are full of it!!!!!!!!!, not so lucky.....Mmmmmmmmmm
you are very very Lucky.....!!!!!
I mean what do you call all this UNWANTED ATTENTION FROM ME......????????
Brandish the watch....I mean the threads holding the watch...., black hat.....sit yo ass in that high chair again....,talk about oatmeal cookies, working on #3 or #4 SUPER DUPER LANDINGS....(see what happens)
NO ATTENTION.....yea right....
the 2 crazy ladies part ya did get right....LOL.....
Have a nice Day all....esspecailly you Captain D......
got the time....yep....and it's hanging by a string......
OH BAS....Thank you for the aknowledgement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
from accross that silly old pond:))))))))))))
Getjets. You are so right! Sometimes the best gifts don't come wrapped.
You certainly add a spark to this rather monotone blog.
I guess it's a woman's touch!
Appreciative Captain Doug
You gotta do what is best! Sounds like you made a solid decision.
Get those hours. Things are opening up!
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you like old school Aviation....nuts and bolts....back in the day when Mechanics weren't afraid to put their hands in their work......before steal toe boots, bright orange vest......
before wearing every so called safety apparatus thingie became a SAFETY ISSUE IN ITSELF.....get what I am saying???????........
check out this old video of a CONVAIR 880-22 retired from TWA Airlines in 1973.....fired up for more duty in the 1990's.....you may have to hold your breath.....lol with all the black smoke.....this is OLD SCHOOL.....
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miss(I need the kid too)twa
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