a novel by
Kevin E. Ready
Published by Saint Gaudens Press
Copyright © 1998 Kevin E. Ready
This edition Copyright © 2013 Kevin E. Ready
"Boston Approach, AtlanticAir 731 Heavy passing six point five for four," radioed First Officer Jim Thurman as he watched the altimeter passed 6,500 feet and reset the altitude alert bug to 4,000 feet.
"AtlanticAir 731 Heavy, Boston. Radar contact. You are cleared for the ILS Two Seven approach. Intercept the glideslope prior to KLANE. Winds three oh five at ten gusting to fifteen, in heavey fog and light rain. RVR sixteen and deteriorating. Altimeter two eight point four five."
"Two eight point four five. Cleared ILS Two Seven, for 731 Heavy" responded Thurman. He turned to Captain Bruce Mathieson. “Looks like this is going to be a blind one.”
AtlanticAir Captain Bruce Mathieson, a veteran pilot with 30 years of experience, nodded his head. Both pilots reset their altimeters to the lower pressure settings. They continued stepping through the landing checklist. Mathieson was concerned, but not troubled, by the worsening weather.
They had been notified that La Guardia and Kennedy were both socked in, below the weather minimums, with the enormous approaching storm system from the South as soon as he had checked in with Gandor Center after the crossing of the Atlantic from London's Heathrow Airport. Luckily, there were only a few passengers on the big, four engine, Airbus 340 to be upset by the change in destination. This flight was basically was a nighttime shuttle to return the plane to New York for tomorrow's daytime revenue producing mid-morning run.