About the Author
Doug is an Airbus A320 training captain who has amassed over 22,000 hours of flight time. To put this in perspective for those starting off in the industry, this would be equivalent to driving from Toronto to Montreal and back again… daily… for nearly six years! Doug did most of his initial training and flight-hour accumulation on Canada’s east coast, where weather is a major player in flight operations. He has experienced a huge range of weather phenomena not only on the temperamental eastern seaboard, but all over North America. He also has ten years’ experience flying internationally. He has contended with Pacific typhoons, ferocious jet streams over the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, space weather over the North Pole, wicked crosswinds at London Heathrow Airport, and low visibility approaches flying into smog-prone New Delhi, India.
Part of his career also saw Doug venture into meteorology when things were lean in the aviation world. A certified meteorologist, he worked for Atmospheric Environment Canada for four years as a forecaster―again, most of it on the east coast.
Doug taught weather to aspiring student pilots for years at schools out east; more recently, he has been offering weather courses at the Brampton Flight Center and Seneca College in Ontario and really to anyone who wants to listen. Many a new Air Canada hire has received a weather refresher from Doug!
Doug has been writing the aviation page for Air Canada’s in-flight magazine, enRoute, for seventeen years - and counting. He’s been published in Wings, Canadian Aviator, and Weatherwise magazines, as well as in various newspapers and other publications. His best-selling book, From the Flight Deck: Plane Talk and Sky Science describes a virtual flight from Toronto to Hong Kong on the Airbus 340, explaining the many aspects of aviation along the way. To date, it has sold over 12,000 copies!
More recently, Doug has added aviation talks to his growing resume. He travels the country delivering presentations on weather, aviation safety, and flying in general.
Doug now resides in downtown Toronto overlooking the Billy Bishop Airport.
Aviation and weather are his passions, and he hopes this book will inspire others to seek an exciting and dynamic career in aviation.
Some of the heavy hitters that proofread my book? (In alphabetical order)
- Jim Abraham: Meteorologist — among other titles. He is recently retired after 36 years as Environment Canada’s Senior Manager of Weather Monitoring and Weather Research.
- Marty Bean: Senior Application Manager at PCAire, Inc. Les Bennett, PhD: PCAire, Inc.
- Shirley Brown: Manager of Toronto Pearson Airport ATS Services LTD (weather observations)
- Nick Czernkovich: Meteorologist M.Sc. and aspiring airline pilot. He will get there!
- Scott Dennstaedt: Meteorologist and aviation weather expert, CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) and founder of AvWxWorkshops.com
- Keith Dowds: Manager, Fuel Efficiency Flight Dispatch — Air Canada
- Tyler Dumouchel, PhD: PCAire, Inc.
- Paul Ford: Training and Career Development Division, MSC, Environment Canada.
- Nicolas Major: Acting OIC (Officer-in-Charge) of CMAC-East, Montreal Aviation Weather Services, NAV CANADA
- Cristina Neal: U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Volcano Observatory
- Steven Silberberg, PhD: Research and Development Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/Aviation Weather Center
Photos: Most of the pictures found in this book are mine! In addition, Kelly Paterson (retired Calgary Air Canada ramp attendant), Erik Ritterbach (Air Canada cargo, Frankfurt), Nick Czernkovich, Shirley Brown, Brian Losito (Air Canada’s photographer), Rae-Anne LaPlante and Steven Silberberg were all gracious enough to allow use of their great shots.
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