How have the delays been with the north runway out of commission?
They suck. Got put into a brief hold at 7p on Thursday night coming from YEG. That happened after ATC gave us a 30 minute delay up in YEG and then vectored us around from Cedar City south.
Was an hour late leaving on day one of the shut down at 6p.
On the plus side, we made such good time (1:57 total flight time) on my SEA-PHX flight two weeks ago, we were 30 minutes early. I ran some old people over to get off the plane and into my car and get home.
Lesson is fly first thing in the morning or the real late night arrivals.
The hobby pilot on his monthly IFR cross-country in his Skyhawk can run into trouble fast, so that fact isn't lost on us.
Just wanted to share a story about your ATC brethren (or maybe it was you?). A few years ago I hitched a ride with a friend of mine on a DA42 up to Page. All was going swimmingly at 11k feet, when he got this panicked look on his face and said "oh no. We've got a stuck mic." Of course, he couldn't figure out why
it was stuck, but sure enough his mic was stuck and we had been transmitting on PHX Departure for a few minutes about who knows what.
He ended up switching his radio off and plugged in to my headset and squawked 7600 the whole 50 minutes or so up to Page. ATC and even the commercial guys on our frequencies were exceptional, offering to relay messages if we could transmit on the guard freq so we didn't tie everyone up.
The cause of the stuck mic: someone at SDL left the handheld mic plugged in and stuck a binder on top of it. Once we started jostling things around, I guess it lodged itself on the transmit button.
Aside from that little issue, the DA42 is a real nice bird.