Only had a slight delay for us (AA1553; YYZ
) with one turn in holding near PGS and then again near HEC. Socal Approach was not accepting any requests (someone was told to: "go where we say or go somewhere else"). 25L arrivals were reportedly considerably smoother than the 24R approaches (closer to the mountains) so naturally we got sent to the north side.
Fairly smooth descent until we got below the tops of the mountains, then a bumpy (but not too terrible) ride to about 1000'. From 1000' AFL to about 75' AFL we encountered very strong gusts and a couple of wind shears. The FO was flying and he did an outstanding
job all the way to a smooth
landing --the showoff.
Taxiing on the ground was difficult as the plane wanted to weathervane into the wind. Significant rudder and steering tiller input required just to stay on the taxiways.
I tell F/A's that pilots normally "earn" their monthly salary once or twice a month. Last night was one of those times where we earned our entire month's salary. But heck, that's what makes flying "fun."