The next 3 days are a whole lot of hanging out and a little bit of flying. I'm doing a trip for some pals of mine who run a company in a nearby hangar. They have a Citation Bravo, which is the state-of-the-art version of the jet I fly now. It has tv screens in the cockpit instead of analogue dials and gauges, and it's a pretty sweet ride.
This is a pic of the cockpit of one of the Citation 550's I fly:
This is a pic of a Citation 550 Bravo, like the one I'll be flying today.
The airframe is the same, but the engines on the Bravo have a little more thrust, and of course the cockpit is updated a wee bit ;) That's apparently the difference between a 2 million dollar airplane and a 5 million dollar airplane. I love my plane, but the Bravo has definite ramp appeal.
The trip takes me about an hour across northeast Ontario to Timmins. Then tomorrow we fly 15 minutes from Timmins to Rouyn-Noranda, then on Thursday it's off to for a 40-minute flight to Montreal and finally back home to Toronto. Timmins and Rouyn-Noranda are small, but they have paved roads and high-speed internet, so it's all good.
I was based in Timmins for a while when I flew the MU-2 for Thunder Airlines in 2003-2004. It's a nice little town - very French, but nice. I'm already salivating at the thought of the Chinese restaurant that's just down the street from my hotel; I can smell the lemon chicken. //drools
The weather is good today, so everything should be routine. More to come in Timmins.