A very special travel day for this blogger. Several journalists from Flight, AvWeek/Business & Commercial Aviation; AIN are heading across the pond today for the opening of a new Bombardier Service Center in Amsterdam before heading to Geneva for EBACE. Our ride today is a Bombardier Global 5000 (N340GF) that will take us to Montreal then across the pond to Europe. Follow me on Twitter with hashtag #pondcrossing for live updates throughout the day.
One funny moment from our arrival in Montreal. The ground controller inadvertently called our aircraft "Gulfstream 340GF". The controller - whose office is right next to the Bombardier factory - realized his faux pas saying "My apologies for calling you a Gulfstream." One of our pilots, Phil Seaver, replied "No worries, I've been called worse."
Update 18:55 UTC: We're headed rapidly for the Shannon FIR which begins at waypoint DOGAL, roughly an hr and a half from Amsterdam. This is my first time doing a daytime eastbound crossing and the day is rolling along quite rapidly. My body will think it's the middle afternoon when I'm supposed to be getting ready to go to bed. I have a feeling that's the worst kind of jetlag. Interesting note, the aircraft we're on has 180 min ETOPS certification, but can be extended incrementally up to 240 min as needed. On this flight we never get beyond 180 min with our alternate airports in Gander, Keflavik and Shannon.
More to follow.