On duty 05:45 (Next month I'm avoiding early morning check-ins)
YYZ-YUL 0700/0810....delayed 50 minutes. A "rampie" gave us a "love tap" to the cargo section with the bin loader. FIN 404 An "ex-Canadian A320" with two jumpseats!
YUL-YYZ 0900/1015...trying to recuperate lost time.
YHZ-YYT 1145/1607 FIN 207. Means an aircraft swap. Flight was late inbound. About to de-plane unruly passenger. Captain D has chat with the passenger. We were already running 20 minutes late and it would mean a further 15 to 20 minute delay. Our layover was short. To make matters worse, a "certain math" was being infringed upon. He said he would behave and went back to his seat.
The F/O and I paid George Street a visit for dinner... :)))
|George Street enshrouded with stratus and cold temperatures. Apparently they cancelled summer. :)|
YYT-YHZ 0620/0727 Wake up call 04:00 (2:30 Toronto time) FIN 275
Low visibility take off. RVR 1600 feet. Needed a take off alternate. We were to go to Stephenville, Newfoundland if we "lost a fan". Debating to do CAT II approach into Halifax. Decided on the Category one. Got the "lights" at 50 feet above minimums.
YHZ-YUL 0835/0909 FIN 218 (another aircraft switch and a "first flight of the day checks")
YUL-YYZ 1000/1115 FIN 263 (yet another aircraft switch)
An aircraft in Toronto experienced a bird strike on the take off roll. Things slowed up as they switched runways.
In-charge informed us passenger in economy cut her foot. (She cut her foot on the side wall...didn't anyone tell her not to put her feet on the furniture? lol) Still bleeding. Had to call EMS and had all passengers remain on board while we catered to gaping wound. ahem Being sarcastic here, but we errored on the side of safety.
Here's a little humour.....(I think?)
While flying into Halifax the female controller with a rather "nice voice" read out the latest altimeter setting. "two niner six niner." I jokingly asked my F/O to... "get her to repeat the altimeter setting." He did! We both laughed when he said, "say again the altimeter setting." Boys will be boys. Pilots will be pilots. We shot a perfect approach to near minimums with Captain D thinking he was floating down runway 23 when he actually landed. Sometimes they surprise you...even the super duper ones. :)))
|From my hotel room. You can barely see Signal Hill (Think Marconi and the first radio reception) Picture taken for a "frequent visitor to my blog." :)|
|On ramp about to taxi early this morning|
|Holding short of 11 on runway 34|
|Glad we held short...can you see what just landed?|
|While enroute to Montreal..can you see the B747 coming at me 1000 feet below?|