I noticed one day how my F/O was carrying his wheel-equipped suitcase like a regular bag instead of pulling it. I looked at him and said with concern in my voice, "You do know there are wheels on that thing, don't you?" He laughed, ensured me he did and went on to explain he was… Continue reading Wheely Good
Here's a quick sketch of how an airline pilot's day begins at our imaginary airline, GooseAir: Departure Time: -03H:15M The alarm clock sounds… As I stumble to the bathroom, my few functional brain cells discover that I already know what city I'm in -- without having to read the cover on the phone book. Home.… Continue reading Airline Pilot: A Day in the Life (a short excerpt from my latest book)
Wing-mounted flares were ignited from a control box mounted between the pilot seats. As the pilot searched out and flew into updrafts the co-pilot fired off the required sequence of flares and, of course, kept a written log. These flares released silver iodide crystals which (in theory) caused smaller raindrops to form before the vapour… Continue reading Cloud Seeding
There have been a lot of severe thunderstorms running up "Thunderstorm Alley," this year. In the summer of '74 I flew with a program that had a dual purpose. First off, we were trying to reduce hail damage to crops in central Alberta. Second off, scientists were trying to get a measure of how effective… Continue reading Hailstop ’74
Here's a fun episode showing life behind the flight deck door... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g3xmJXGVAU
Apparently, this upcoming Sunday is Father's Day. So, first off - I'll send out a huge THANKS to everyone out there who fulfills that important role, in one way and another. We may not all be DBBs (Dad's by biology) but inasmuch as we provide care and support for another human being, we're making a… Continue reading Free Father’s Day promotion!