The NetLetter #1123

The NetLetter
 For Air Canada Retirees

June 7, 2010 - Issue 1123
5467 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.
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
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
The NetLetter Web Site
The NetLetter Web Site
ACFamily Network
ACFamily Links
Air Canada Pionairs

Project North Star

Vesta Stevenson
Vesta Stevenson

We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC etal. and share your experiences with us!

The NetLetter is an email newsletter published every weekend and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and  trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here

We also welcome your feedback in regard to anything we post here. Many readers have commented with additional information names and personal memories from the photos and articles presented here.
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Vesta & your NetLetter Team
Jack Stephens has sent us this email he received from Jim Bruce
Hi All,
 Found this clipping in my files on the back of some of my artwork which appeared in "Between Ourselves" in the early 1960's. Do any of  you know "Alizon" or stew Louise LaPointe? I'm guessing that this is  the interior of a DC-8? The "99 passenger economy" seems right for the DC-8 which was 131 passenger capacity. The Vanguard was 108 total passengers when delivered.

Unusual name, Alizon. She and Louise would be in their 70's now. Yikes!

(Jim Bruce used to have his artwork submissions in "Between Ourselves" during the early 60's under the banner "Yesterday ...." - eds)

Here is the contents of the clipping -
.......Alizon joined T.C.A. in 1958 and almost immediately following her stewardess training in Montreal she was selected to join the Royal Tour Charter Flight for press, radio and television, along with Stewardess Louise LaPointe.

Alizon is an individualist. She lives alone and spends most of her idle hours reading almost anything. She is a part time model and models "wholesome" type clothing. Her ambition is to be a woman's travel adviser some day. She enjoys public speaking and is a member of the Toastmasters Club. In her off hours she likes a good swim and earlier this year she enjoyed plenty of it during her vacation in beautiful Sardinia.
alizon alizon
Alizon & Lloyd

Our first 70 years - Compiled by Terry Baker
Trans-Canada Air Lines/Air Canada1954 - January 16th - Inaugural service to Mexico City.

- September 12th - Trans-Canada Air Lines fourteenth Viscount, CF-TGV, arrived fresh at the S.B.A.C. flying display and exhibition, Farnborough, Hampshire, England from the Hurn production line to conclude Monday's flying programme, and was expected to demonstrate daily.
Air Canada Related News - Compiled by Terry Baker
Air Canada News Daily non-stop seasonal flights between St. John's, NL and London Heathrow; inaugurated May 27th
operating the route using newly refurbished 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft in a two-cabin configuration offering a choice of Executive Class and Economy service. The A319 jets feature Air Canada's personal entertainment system with 8.9-inch wide digital in-seat monitors and touch-screen controls offering hours of audio and video on demand programming at every seat. Other features include in-seat power within reach of every customer.
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada LogoMusings from the "Between Ourselves" magazine an Air Canada publication from years gone by.
Issue dated - January 1954
Musings from the "Between Ourselves" magazine
Vivian Yoneda - 1954
The second Japanese-Canadian in the ranks of TCA Stewardesses, Vivian Yoneda dreams of places she will see in her new job. She told Kay Avery McMurray Stewardess Instructress, that she would like to fly to the home land of her people one day for a visit.

Issue dated - February 1954
The pre-inaugural flight to Mexico City was in October 1953, and, at that time, the CAB of the US required TCA to postponed its service to Mexico via Tampa. However the inaugural service was on January 16th and the once a week service is operated with North Star equipment.
Super Constellation - 1954
This photo shows the first of the Company's eight Super Constellation aircraft on order at the Lockheed Aircraft plant at Burbank, California on the production line. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery later this month.
CF-TGA - 401
And this photo is of c/n 4540 which, when delivered on February 26th was registered as CF-TGA fin 401.
Montego Bay - 1954
TCA's first flight into Montego Bay , Jamaica is shown here.

Issue dated - July 1997
Extract from "Horizons" magazine
Kevin Timmons - 1997
On May 28th, at a special dinner in Montreal to honour the Award of Excellence winners. Three Awards for Bravery were presented. Here is the story surrounding the award for one of the recipients. Kevin Timmons Mechanic, Toronto.

On his way to work last May, Kevin witnessed a car go off the road, into a ditch and under a fence. Kevin ran to the car and found the driver slumped over the wheel. Fire and smoke were rising from below the car, which was still running. He found the door locked so he kicked in the front window and reached in and turned the motor off. A policeman arrived and they both pulled the driver out of the car which then burst into flames. Kevin received a letter from the Oakville, Ontario Police thanking him on behalf of the community of Oakville and Burlington for saving a life by his quick. unselfish action.
Pionairs 20th AGM - 1997
Some 370 Pionairs and their spouses celebrated the organizations 20th anniversary held June 1st thru 4th in Montreal.

Here is a group of the Pionairs who attended:
Back row: Ralph Tisdall, Al Edwards, Steve Clark, Lynn Hannan, D. A. Ross, Alex Bull (hidden), Marie Miners, Ken Stefanik, Claudia Stefanik, Roger Miners, Read Hannan, Jack Logan, Earl Doyle, Anita Doyle, Murray Phipps, Howie Miles, Judy Taylor and Gord Jones.

Middle Row: Yvette Clark, Martha Bull, Vivian Miles, Esme Rombough, Lone Phipps and Reggie Stones.

Front Row: David Taylor, Barbara Ross, Bev Edwards, Hugh Rombough and Heather Tisdall.
Ground Equipment Mirabel - 1997
The Mirabel Airshow  (YMX) was held for the fourth consecutive year. The Ground  Equipment department played their part.

From the left: Gilles Belair,  Andre Marois, Guy Comtois, Lynda Dube, J.P.Nadeau.

Issue dated - February 1998
High Flyers - YVR 1997
During the summer of 1997, the company ran a "Challenge High Flyers" , a summer long competition for improving on-time performance.

Pictured left to right is the Vancouver team who came 9th

Mike McCann, SA; Norm Holt, CSSA; Marcy Watt  Maintenance Planning Coord; Rob Brien, SA; Karen Gordon, Res. Support Coord; Captain Brian Angus; Ray Delage, Manpower Planner; Mary Jane Banke, CSS, Karma Cote, F/A; Gary Cheung, Mgr. Commissary Catering; Rub Yang, F/A; Sandra Crema, In-Charge; Mary Swenerton, CSSA; Lamar Durrett, President & CEO; Wes Eyres, LSA; Tony Coleman, GM Customer Service - BC Pacific Rim; Dave Brown, Line Maintenance Manager,  Peter Nemastil, Aircraft Technician; Chuck Wong Account Manager, CARA; Martin Fleming, Customer Service Representative, CARA Operation.
St. Louis Team
The co-winners of the Challenge High Flyers with Charlotte was the St.Louis Team.

Pictured front row, left to right: Jim Yogerst, Rick Trimble, Cheryl Brinkmeyer, Pat Moore, GM, Customer Service U.S. & South (AC), Kevin Smith, Manager, Customer Service (AC).

Back Row: Bennie Waldron, Wayne Wallace, Audrey Alexander, Ceil Ponder, Kevin Conroy, Michelle Utley, Dick Costanza, Mike Weisbrodt, Dick Cummings
Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Some Great Low Level Aircraft Photos
As most of you may know, our readers and others regularly send me some great aircraft related videos and photos. Starting with this issue of the NetLetter, I will be sharing some of the selected PowerPoint or Video presentations that I receive. Some are better than others and the sources vary. I'd like to thank Stoney Jackson for the one below.

These PowerPoints and/or videos are too large to attach here, so I will be linking to them using and when possible, will also allow you to download them yourself for your own collection from the ACFamily Network server space that we have on Amazon (for large files).

There is also a Power Point Viewer available from Microsoft (free) which can be used for viewing Power Point files. (Download here)

The following selection is a compilation of excellent photos of low-flying aircraft. They even have an Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER in the mix.
Low Level PowerPoint
Low Level Powerpoint

Click on image to view on SideShare (go full screen)

Download PowerPoint here  8.10 MB

Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and it's "ancestry" of contributing airlines.
Issue dated - July 1998
Extracts from the "Canadia>n flyer" magazine..
YOW - LHR service
On June 2nd the launching of the Dayliner/Starliner service between YYZ and LHR took place.

A pair of scarlet clad RCMP Mounties stand guard over a B767 aircraft at the launch of the YOW-LHR service. The launch included a "British Invasion" party attended by some 2,000 people. Here is the B767 at YOW.

Beluga in YVR
A loose piece of asphalt dislodged upwards after being hit by a jet blast as aircraft fin 411 was undergoing run-up test following a heavy maintenance visit, which shattered the left horizontal stabilizer on April 23rd. A replacement was flown to YVR from Europe in the Airbus Beluga  After being repaired the aircraft was back in service by May 1st.

Hong Kong engine change - 1998
By all accounts, the Mother's Day engine change on aircraft 884 in Hong Kong was a class act. Among the participants,

(top from left): Eric Visser, Ross Olson,  Aaron Chan
Middle, from left, Chris Gray, Anthony Ko,  Po Kamphant, Ping Tan,
 Front from left: Ray Fletcher, Tam Wing Wah, Ian McMahon,  Cheng Man On (Moe),  Mel Himara.
Yellowknife engine change - 1945
Replacing an engine on a Norseman aircraft in Yellowknife, NWT circa 1945 are Harold Fletcher, Cy Charter and Ken Fraser.
Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or  feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently. 
Ken Pickford has sent us this comment -
The photos in Issue 1122 supposedly showing damage to a Cessna Citation engine after flying through the volcanic ash cloud, have absolutely nothing to do with volcanic ash. The incident in question occurred on March 1, 2010, almost a month before the volcano in Iceland first erupted, and was caused by a totally unrelated engine fault. For some reason someone started circulating the photos with a completely false story that the damage was due to ash.
Two related links - &

Another good reason not to trust anything circulated in these types of Internet e-mails!

Ken Pickford
Don Palmer also sent us a comment on the Ash cloud photos in NetLetter nr 1122 -
Hi Terry - just wanted to comment on the "flying through ash cloud" pictures.. These have been round and round the net. Here's the real story. (same link as above)

Always check Snopes - there's so much rubbish out there now.
Cheers  Don Palmer
David Lamb also sends a clarification of the event -
On March 1, 2010, at 0710 coordinated universal time, a Cessna 525A, German  registered D-IEFA, owned by EFD - Eisele Flugdienst GmbH, was damaged when the left engine experienced an uncontained event near Stuttgart, Germany.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the event. The pilot was not injured. The flight originated from Stuttgart, Germany, and was en route to Bremen, Germany. The German investigators reported that the airplane was en route to Bremen for maintenance. During the climb, the left engine experienced an uncontained event. The flight returned to Stuttgart and landed without further incident.

The report makes no mention of ash, noting that "visual meteorological conditions" - that is, conditions in which pilots have sufficient visibility to fly an aircraft while maintaining visual separation from terrain and other aircraft - prevailed at the time of the event. An "uncontained event" is aviation terminology for an event in which engine components exit the engine at high speed as opposed to an incident in which broken engine components are contained within the engine casing or exit relatively harmlessly via the tailpipe. More detail is contained in the report.

Regards David Lamb Capt. AC Ret'd  

We received this comment about the item in  NetLetter nr 1121 under "Terry's Trivia and Travel tips"-
Thanks so much for the laugh! After reading Annette Malvar's "Life as a Con" I now know why at the age of 67 I can still run for and catch a bus or run down the stairs to catch the metro and not even be out of breath! What good training I've had!! LOL!

Dolores Huard
Recently, Wally Hasker who is part of the team involved with the refurbishing of the Vickers Viscount at the museum located on the grounds of Victoria airport (YYJ), contacted Terry Baker seeking help with locating information regarding the interior of the Viscount as delivered originally. Several contacts were suggested, and, it seems, the ball is rolling . Here is an email received -

Thanks to you Terry, significant progress has been made by locating the gent who has access to Company photo files going back to 1933.

Thanks also to John Roger and Fraser Muir for being so thoughtful in their responses that we now have the master restorer in touch with Brian (Losito).

We have Jim Strang an ex Capt in YOW who is willing to go to the museum and have a look for anything helpful.

Also the National Executive of Maple Wings are working on our request for the 40 seat Viscount interior.

Again thank you to the good folks who give of their time to keep the family together and do not stint when asked for help.

The Victoria TCA Viscount circa '59 will be better for your willing efforts.

Wallace "Wally" Hasker
To complement the web site, there is now the web site, dedicated to the Vickers Vanguard aircraft. The web master is Peter Upton, and he sends us this information -

"This website is maintained by one of the researchers at in an attempt to complete the pictorial histories of the Vickers turbo-prop airliners.  The basic principles are the same as the Viscount site - to compile a complete pictorial record of all the liveries worn by each individual aircraft, together with any incidents / accidents that happened to them. It is strictly non-commercial, and the interests of copyright holders (of supplied images) are protected as far as is possible."

Jack Stephens has sent us some information he received from Brian Breathnach for the webs site which may be of interest -

At the start of my career with AC I was assigned to the base in Montreal and to the Viscount as a First Officer.

One of the series of flights that we did out of Montreal was as follows:
Montreal to Val Dor, on to Rouyn, then to Earlton, then on to North Bay and finally to Toronto.

One other odd destination for the Viscount was Trois Rivieres (out of Montreal) then on to Quebec City etc. If I remember rightly there was a Federal Cabinet minister living in TR that might have had something to do with the station stop (we were a government airline in those days) as there sure wasn't many passengers.
CF-TID - 648
Brian sent these two photos of CF-TID fin 648 c/n 384.

At Rouyn Quebec during the 1960's.

CF-TID - 648
At Earlton, Ontario in the 1960's.
Odds & Ends - Compiled by Terry Baker
Odds & Ends
Brian Dunn who issues the YYZNEWS and web site sent this -
A Model 40 at FL120...........
Enjoy history!

This picture (below) was taken by Ryan Pemberton May 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM west of Mt. Rainer, southeast of Seattle at 12,000 ft. The outside air temp was -13 degrees. 1928  Boeing 40C 5339 Serial number 1043 is the oldest flying Boeing aircraft of any kind and considered the 1st successful airliner in the US. 5339 was delivered to Pacific Air Transport a division of Boeing Lines to fly CAM 8 in July of 1928.

The airplane crashed Oct 2 1928 in southern Oregon while northbound from Medford to Portland. The airplane was recovered in the 1990's by the Oregon Aviation Historical Society and purchased by Addison Pemberton in 2000. The aircraft was restored over an 8 year period and first flown after restoration on February 2008. Boeing 40C pilot Addison Pemberton/owner. John Bevan B40 passenger. Photo Plane A36 Bonanza flown by Randy Ingraham of Spokane with his wife Julie.

Taryn Pemberton provided camera support in the photo plane.
Safety/ weather scout  plane C-185 flown by Jay Pemberton. Photographer Ryan Pemberton of Spokane using a Cannon D40 / stabilized 200mm lenses with 12 megapixel resolution.
Boeing 787 Serial number 001 Dreamliner flown by Michael Carrier, Boeing flight test pilot and his crew.
Old and New
This image capture's the Boeing Legacy contrasting the oldest and the newest aircraft in flight near their Seattle environment.
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Terry Baker
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Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
Vern Swerdfeger has sent us several exchanges between aircraft and controllers, here are some of them -

British Airways flight asks for push back clearance from terminal. Control Tower replies: 'And where is the world's most experienced airline going today without filing a flight plan?'
ATC: ' Al Italia 345 continue taxi to 26L South via Tango - check for workers along taxiway.'
Al Italia 345:  'Roger, Taxi 26 Left a via Tango. Workers checked - all are working'
Nova 851: 'Halifax Terminal, Nova 851 with you out of 13,000 for 10,000, requesting runway 15.'
Halifax Terminal (female):  'Nova 851, Halifax , the last time I gave a pilot what he wanted I was on penicillin for three weeks.  Expect runway 06.'
Lost student pilot: 'Unknown airport with Cessna 150 circling overhead, please identify yourself.'
We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!

Your NetLetter Team