The NetLetter #1114

The NetLetter
 For Air Canada Retirees

April 3, 2010 - Issue 1114
5586 Subscribers
First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson, Victoria, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Flight Engineer - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
  • Ground Technician - Bill Rowsell, Londesboro, Ontario
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In This Issue
Our first 70 years
Air Canada Related News.
Alan's Space
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds & Ends
Terry's Trivia
About us
Terry, Vesta & Alan Pionair's AGM 2007
Terry, Vesta & Alan
ACFamily Network
ACFamily Links
Air Canada Pionairs
Vesta Stevenson
Vesta Stevenson
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Our first 70 years
Trans-Canada Air Lines/Air Canada 1992 - May 23rd - Service between Toronto and Berlin introduced.
Air Canada Related News
Air Canada News

On March 27th, we inaugurated our first non-stop flight between Calgary and Tokyo, the only direct link between Alberta and Asia.
On March 28th we inaugurated daily flights between Ottawa and Iqaluit with same plane service to/from Montreal. Flights will be operated by Air Canada Jazz with CRJ 705 jet.
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Boeing has successfully completed the ultimate load wing up-bending test on the 787 static test unit, ZY997, at its facility in Everett, Washington.

The "airframer" says that it applied loads to replicate 150% of the most extreme forces the airplane could experience while in service, resulting in the wings being flexed upward by approximately 25ft (7.6m) during the test. In order to achieve certification, the US FAA requires aircraft structure to withstand 150% of limit loading for 3s.

The company says that during every second of the over two-hour test, thousands of data points were collected to monitor the performance of the wing.

The data collected will also continue to confirm the strength of the structural reinforcement installed on the 787's side-of-body, which forced Boeing to announce an additional six-month slip in the program in June 2009 while it devised a solution.

"The test program has been more robust than any conducted on a Boeing commercial jetliner," says Scott Fancher, vice-president and general manager of the 787 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are looking forward to the technical teams report on the details of the test results."


787 Wing Stress Test
787 Wing Stress Test
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Trans-Canada Air LinesMusings from the "Between Ourselves" magazine
Issue dated December 1949-
Here is another group of advertising posters used -
This advert was used throughout the Holy Year in the French edition of Readers Digest and various French dailies.
Rome 1950 In Europe Trans-Canada Air Lines was known as Air-Canada, note the dash between Air and Canada.
advt-6 Posters displayed in Ticket Offices to remind the public of TCA services.
advt-7 Introducing the "Family Fares"
advt-8 Featuring the successful use of Aircargo

Gleanings from the "Horizons" magazine

Issue dated July 1993 -
TCA Alumni held their 22nd annual reunion at the Trade Winds Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 23-26.
(Does anyone know if this alumni still exists - eds)
Issue dated January 1950 -
Reservations office in Toronto was located at Bay Street until, on November 19th they moved to the new Austin Building and known as the Reservations Control Centre. (Is this concept now known as a "Call Centre" - eds)

resoffice The visual space indicator board is 27 foot long by 6 feet high., and can be viewed by all 40 operators.
laycock Here is a photo of Joan Laycock one of the Telephone Sales Operators.

From London England we have this selection of photos...

burns Crawford Burns receives his 10 year pin from Graeme Gibson.
johnston A.I. Day with Curtis Johnston and Steve Anderson
knapp Peggy Knapp, Bill Williamson, Sylvia Austin out for a stroll.
cicero Ronnie Cicero with Dorothy Heartfield.
bunnies-1 Bunnies make an impression
A passenger from Stratford, Ontario en route to Halifax on Easter Sunday was so intrigued by the fluffy white tails and floppy ears sported by four Air Canada flight attendants, he asked if he could buy a set. "(The business passenger) offered us a lot of money, which we originally turned down, but we gave him a set of plastic ears we had bought for the flight crew," said Toronto Flight Attendant,
Heleena Perrin-Ens.

"Then we told him we'd changed our minds (about the money) and would be very happy if he'd donate $10 to the food bank. He handed us an envelope and when we opened it later, we found $100. We were flabbergasted."
reunion The Air Canada Flight Attendant Class of '68 recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The reunion was held in Toronto and was attended by active and past employees. Some of the 45 participants brought back memories by donning the old uniforms worn during the past 25 years.
Modeling their vintage outfits are from left to right: Gudrun Papesch, Suzanne Palmer, Maria Turner, Lynne Fedyszyn, Jackie Earle, Corrine Lusty, Susan Harris, Lynn McCoy.

Gleanings from the "Horizons" magazine

Issue dated June 1993 -

pwkemblem Colin Kennedy, a Prestwick Cargo Agent, designed this Air Canada logo to commemorate 50 years of continuous service between Canada and Scotland.
pwkcolin The anniversary kick off July 23rd in Glasgow.
yulmorningcrew The Continental contract keeps Air Canada maintenance busy -

Here we have this photo of the morning crew at Dorval but no identifications.
(Anyone care to try - eds)
yulpowerplant YUL Power Plant achieves perfection is the headline, and here is the crew: The employees shown here are

(front row, left to right) Greg Scoffield, Bert Leffei, Anantha Rao, Maurice Webb, Al Clattenburg, Orazio Cianciusi, Steve Fimìan, Richard Lefebvre, Frank Kantorik.

(back row, left to right) Geny Fournier, Willy Jone, Jacques Landry, Bob Lenko, Jean-Marc Vandenbrande, Walter Hock, Marian Szczerba,Maurice Dubois, Youssef Shedeed, Manuel Cesar, Lucien Vinersar, René Guérard, Antonio Miguel, Ian Broadley, Ghislain Landy, Sonny Han, Mario Dellavecchia.

Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
CAIL Tails
We received this help request from Sid Fattedad - When I was at CP and Canadian Airlines, there were a cadre of flight attendants who had adoptive villages in Nepal and in Peru and they used to spend their free time volunteering and working in those areas. I would like to know who they were and some of their stories about their experiences and achievements.

Sid Fattedad This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Retired Senior VP Customer Service
Extracts from the "Transition Times"
Issue May 1994
This magazine newly introduced to cover the events of transition into the AMR service contract signed April 27th.
The resumption of service to Beijing was a welcome event for employees in the Chinese capital.
beijing Celebrating the event from left to right are: Vivan Xu, John Annet, Li Kang, May Wang, Grace Zhang, Katule Wang, Kevin Jenkins, Terry Wang, Linda Shaw, Henry Man, Faustina Wang, Manuel Botelmo, Tom Yu.

Issue July 1994 -
During the week end of June 24th dozens of employees spent the time making sure the transfer of the mainframe to Tulsa Oklahoma. More than 25,000 computer tapes were moved on a Learjet
and B-737 Loading the tapes in YVR were these two:

newberry Dave Newberry
mei-ling Mei-Ling Lee.

Perusing the "InfoCanadi>n" magazine

Issue dated September 1996 -
In August 1992, Thousands of Canadian Airlines employees poured into the streets of seven cities in a unified call to arms. The rallying cry was "Save our airline". Four years later, one of the key outcomes was the "Share Entitlement Program" (SEP).

jumbo Here we have this photo marking the end of the SEP. and the jumbo on Parliament Hill as part of the "Save our airline" cause.

Canadian announced the frequency of the service between Vancouver and Las Vegas will be increased to daily effective November 3rd. Canadian Regional new route between Vancouver and Portland effective Sept 30th with Dash 8-100 equipment.
Remember when?

Sept 5th 1964 - Canadian Pacific Air Lines last Convair 240 made its final scheduled flight from Prince George to Vancouver and then was sold to Japanese interests.

Sept 9th 1968 - CPAir's first DC-8-63 inaugural Toronto to Athens via Rome.
Sept 29th 1969 - PWA inaugurated B737 service to Inuvik, the first time a commercial jet liner had landed in that Arctic community.

Sept 14th -1978
- Eastern Provincial Airways officially opened its new headquarters and maintenance facility at Gander in Newfoundland.

Sept 1979
- Two Wardair Twin Otters and a Dash-7 were officially the VIP carriers for the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York.The aircraft were selected for their STOL capabilities cutting driving time from 4 hours to a one hour flight.

Sept 1981
- Wardair officially took delivery of a DC10-30 from Singapore Airlines and registered from 9V-SDA to C-GFHX.

Reader's Feedback
Reader Feedback We received this short email from Connie Gale (nee Knight)
Many thanks for forwarding this to first NetLetter!  Nice to see some familiar faces from the past!  Have been living in Australia since '96 but manage to travel to Canada about once a year.  Look forward to future editions!
Cheers, Connie ( ex PWA/CDN F/A)

Don Clarke has sent us this web site information - Hi Folks: Some of you readers might be interested in this unique weathervane and its ties to CP.
Cheers, Don Clarke
Odds & Ends
Odd's & Ends
Neil Burton has sent us this information about long forgotten airlines -
An application had been made to the Air Transport Board, by Central British Columbia Airways Limited for a Class 3 charter from a base at Kamloops, B.C. by July 6, 1949 and a notice of hearing for that application was heard on October 4, 1949, at the Court House, Kamloops, B.C.
That hearing went from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. before three members (L. Ferrier, R. Vachon and Gerald Morissett) of the Transport Board.

The Air Transport Board declared, "no evidence that present or potential traffic, at Kamloops requires two Class III charters."

Besides Kamloops Air Services Ltd, opposing Central B.C. Airways Ltd application, others to oppose the application were Taylor-Cornwall Air Services Ltd. (Harry Taylor and Peter Cornwall) and L. & M. Air Services Ltd (R.H. "Dick" Laidman, Dan McIvor, Hugh Mann and Peter Dyck).

At the time of the hearing, Kamloops Air Services and Taylor-Cornwall Air Service were operating off Fulton Field Airport at Kamloops and L. &. M. Air Services was headquartered at
Vernon. Harry Layton Bray and his associates ceased holding office as directors of Kamloops Air Services Ltd on February 22, 1950.

Neil also attached a copy of a news report viz - Central B.C. Airways Ltd has purchased Kamloops Air Services Ltd. Announcement of the deal was made by Russell Baker, famed bush pilot and Managing Director of Central B.C. Airways.

Neil Burton / 14 February 2010
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips
Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Accommodations near YVR.

Accent Inn has a room for ca$100 plus tax. Free shuttle. IHOP restaurant next door.

Travelodge charge ca$69.00 plus tax. Free shuttle. Pantry restaurant next door.
747 Smile
Gretchen Aird sends us this suggestion -
Here is a possible solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports. Have a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you. It would be a win-win for everyone, and there would be none of this crap about racial profiling and this method would eliminate a long and expensive trial.  Justice would be quick and swift.  Case Closed! This is so simple that it is brilliant. I can see it now: you are in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion.

Shortly thereafter, an announcement comes over the PA system,
"Attention standby passengers we now have a seat available on flight number..."

(Yuk! Hopefully the booth works like a self cleaning oven - eds)
We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!

Your NetLetter Team