Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Most don't realize I also write the caption for the first page of the Air Canada section at the back of enRoute magazine. They send me a picture and then I write a multitude of captions. Sometimes this task takes longer than my Flight Deck page. This beauty was captured by Air Canada's photographer.  

Here is what I sent. 

Not only did Air Canada’s photographer, Brian Losito, capture this beautiful rainbow enshrouding a Dash-8 Q400 operated by Air Canada Express, but also a fainter rarer second rainbow is evident.

The air is ladened with moisture from a passing shower with the sun peeping out behind the observer’s back, two prerequisites for the formation of a rainbow. The dark background from the heavy shower exemplifies the arc making for a spectacular backdrop to this Dash-8 Q400 operated by Air Canada Express.

A vibrant rainbow engulfs this Q400 due to a passing shower at Montreal’s P.E.T airport. The primary colour, red, is located on the outer side of the arc with violet on the inner. But if you look closely, a second rainbow depicts red on the inner side with violet on the outer.

Two candidates for a vibrant rainbow is to have air ladened with moisture with bright sunlight behind the observer intersecting the water droplets. Many learn the colours of a rainbow by the acronym ROYGBIV. This Air Canada Express Q400 is perfectly framed by the arcing colours of: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. 

However, these were not meaty enough so I sent more material. You'll have to wait until September to read the final take. :)

On another sales have come to a trickle. Not sure if it's the month of June or what. Even the last class of 20 new hires I taught, not one bought my book. The first!  

My book has been sent to COPA for review, sent to the Air Cadets of Canada and to Confederation College. The radios are quiet. It's the same feeling when flying late at night and then you hear a pilot's voice querying ATC, "are you still there?"

But somewhere over (under) the rainbow lies hope. Just listen to the lyrics of the song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It applies to anyone with a dream or hope. This song appeared in the Wizard of OZ where Dorothy and her dog, Toto, got sucked up into a MCC (Mesoscale Convective Complex). Okay, they deemed it a thunderstorm, I am just adding the "CNN effect."

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true


So my question to all the people learning to fly, those that teach weather, administrators of all the colleges, clubs, universities spreading the good word of aviation and readying for this tectonic shaking pilot hiring spree, "are you still there?"