The NetLetter #1135

The NetLetter
 For Air Canada Retirees

October 9, 2010 - Issue 1135
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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
The NetLetter Web Site
The NetLetter Web Site
ACFamily Network
ACFamily Links
Air Canada Pionairs

Project North Star

ACFamily Obituaries
Terry Baker

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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Terry & your NetLetter Team
Our first 70 years - Compiled by Terry Baker
Trans-Canada Air Lines/Air Canada




1968 -  Jan 15 - The company took over sponsorship for the World Curling Championship.

          - Dec 16th - Yves Pratt and John Baldwin assume control of the company's future.
Air Canada Related News - Compiled by Terry Baker

Air Canada News

Effective November 6th, Saturday and Sunday service between Montreal and Phoenix for the Winter season.

Effective October 30th service between Toronto and New Orleans with CRJ705 equipment.

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.
#324 - Between Orselves - December 1968Between Ourselves
Issue #324 - December 1968
Last Vanguard leaves Jamaica



Here is the photo of the fond farewells prior to the departure of the Vanguard from Jamaica.

Last Vanguard leaves KIN
When Vanguard flight 487 departed Kingston for Toronto on the afternoon of October 26, Jamaica bade farewell to the last Vanguard aircraft to operate a scheduled service into that Island.


Vanguards were introduced into Jamaica in 1961 and in the years since then have made a major contribution to the steady growth in traffic and success of Air Canada's operation. Although supplemented by DC-8, and last year DC-8-61, equipment during the winter months, some measure of the extent to which the Jamaica operation has grown over the years is vividly illustrated by the fact that staff has grown from three direct employees in 1961 to 40 at the present time.


To mark the occasion of the last Vanguard operation, the Jamaica District presented each member of the crew with souvenirs of the Island and District Manager Ralph Vebber together with Station Supervisor Neville Fong were on hand to bid both crew and aircraft a fond farewell.

Capt. E.E.Jones brought the flight in and is shaking the hand of Ralph Webber at the left, and Capt. H. Holland, who headed the outgoing crew is shaking the hand of Neville Fong.

(Other members of the crew were not identified - eds)

Issue #325 January 1969Between Ourselves
Issue #325 - January 1969

firstaidCourse completed - Graduates of a 4-day St. John Ambulance First Aid Course are these employees from
Halifax Operations, shown following presentation of their certificates.

Here they are from the left, standing:
Frank Buffett, Senior Ramp Supervisor; Harvey Matchett, Hangar clerk; Norbert Robicheau, Station Attendant; Norman Teal, Groomer; Garnet Adamson; Station Services Instructor.

Seated are, from the left:
John Ohlsson, Station Operations Manager; David Fougere, Senior Office Clerk; and Robert Miller, Mail & File Clerk.

Quebec City 1969

Quebec City staff gather to hear a talk on Sales Revenue and Airport Development. -


They are, from the left;  Ed Gallant;  Louise Courtemanche; Bert Dansereau, E. Girollet,  and Len Tardif.

Dorval 1969

SPECIAL WINTER EQUIPMENT was officially handed over by Ground Equipment Maintenance to the Dorval Line Maintenance and some of those involved pose for a photo of the event.


From the left are: Syd Summer, Foreman Mill wright; Pat MacCurdy, General Foreman, Mill wright; Hans Ladan, Jim Mollison and Bill Shaw, Millwright Mechanics; Rafael Sharman, Engineer Flight Support Equipment; Gerry Bourdon, Foreman, Ramp Equipment Maintenance; Fernand Delisle, Mechanic; Clarence Speed, Maintenance Superintendent, Ground Equipment; Gerry Twynan and Firmin Songui, Lead Mechanics; Gord Thorns. Line Maintenance Superintendent, Aircraft; and Jim Todd. General Foreman.


Background are the all-purpose vehicle. DC-9 and DC-8 workstands.

London - 1969

Putting their best foot forward are five Company Ground Hostesses at London airport, looking pert in their new winter "WelIingtons".


From the left are: Angela Flanagan, Joan Lovegrove, Anna Weres, Margaret Marshall, and Sandra Nicholls.

Well-known British artist and painter Juliet Pannett carries her sketch pad with her on all her travels.

As a recent guest on the Company's inaugural of DC-8 "long body" service out of London England, she sketched her way across the Atlantic. Shown here are some of her charcoal impressions of the crew members on Flight 857: Captain Art Adamson, Navigating Officer Jerry Caron, Purser Ray Grenham and Stewardesses Kathy Gass and Lorraine Gore.




Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
The Top Ten Low Pass Flyby's of All Time!

The video below is a compulation of flyby's sent to me by Ken Bjorge.  Once it gets going (after a intro from Top Gun) the flyby's are counted down from 10 to 1.

I was most impressed by #3. See which one you like best... Most of them are military jets, so they are really moving.

Top Ten FlyBy's
Top Ten FlyBy's
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 - June 1999

Extract from the "Canadi>n Flyer" magazine =

New Flight Attendants - 1999


Here is a group of 25 new Flight Attendants hired to cover the increase in flights during the summer season.

Training began in May for a seven week course in  Vancouver and includes Audrey ZverinaGenevieve Clement and Murray Suderman.

(However we do not know where they are in this photo, nor the identifications of anyone else - eds),

Oneworld - Manila 1999


Canadian's Manila staff pose with Ed Grauvogl, General Manager, Hong Kong, at a "oneworld" launch event on March 25. The staff met with key people from the corporate, travel and diplomatic sectors and discussed the benefits of the new alliance.


Left to right: Liezl Magtibay, Malou Dulay, Joel Aquino, Len Rivera, Ed Grauvogl, Sol Abelardo, Don Sarmiento, Shiela Mendiola and Angie Tagura.

A farewell party was held in Tokyo in April for some of our long-serving employees who were offered severance packages due to operational changes in Japan.
Left to right: Franz Metzger Regional Manager, Airports, Japan and Asia,  Ichiro Oi, Masae Kimura, Hajime Taguchi,  Fusae Wakabayashi, Toshio Higaki, and Yukio lsomoto. Thanks to Akiko Takahashi for the photo

Nepal - 1999

Five Canadian employees, along with one retired employee, trekked across the roof of the world in Nepal in April. The group described the experience as a tremendous adventure" which afforded them views of the worlds highest peaks, including Mt. Everest.
The group is (left to right, starting at fifth person from left): Rie Yamazaki, Masae Okuna, Heidi Ugaz Stern, Kit Hallaran, Margaret Parton, Nima Sherpa and Marilyn Kennedy. Thanks to Heidi Ugaz Stern,Vancouver CSD, for the photo.

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.

Brian Dunn, who issues the YYZNEWS sent us these photos taken by Marc Dease at YYZ on Labour Day 1982.aircanL1011-concorde



Air Canada L1011 with British Concorde rotating.



Air Canada L1011 and Swissair B747.



Alitalia DC10, Wardair DC10 and CPAir B747.


Aerolineas Argentinas B747 and CPAir B747.



British Airways B747 with two Concordes.



Lufthansa B747.

Odds & Ends - Compiled by Terry Baker
Odds & EndsFor all you Avro Lancaster fans, here is something for you -
Jack Stephens sent us this information -
Lancaster Taxiing - YYC
Lancaster - YYC


One of the only two flying Lancasters today in the world, arrived in Calgary from Winnipeg. We were out at the end of the run-way. She made a pass over the airport, circled around and it was quite a thrill to see her come in. A few days later the Calgary Air Museum, held a special Lanc day. We were part of huge crowd only a few feet away as the engines were started. We watched her taxi out, take off, and make few passes. This was repeated about three times that day. Nice to hear those Merlins. Here are a few photos.


Take care, Jack

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Terry Baker

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Continuing the trip by Aureen and Jack Morath to the Far East as reported in the September edition of the UK Pionairs Monthly newsletter -

Our Far East Adventure:    (Jack and Aureen Morath  -  Continued)
En route to Kaohsiung, the sea was rough overnight with waves between 8 and 13 feet high. The boat was rocking and we were feeling a bit unwell in the morning as were a number of other passengers.  We stayed in bed for a while missing breakfast which was a good idea and got up late for an early lunch. The sickness tablets and wrist bands worked!! After lunch we walked into the outskirts of town a short distance from where our ship was berthed. After a couple of hours walking around we returned to the ship.  Due to the strong winds and the weather deteriorating, the Captain was advised by the harbour authorities that it was unsafe to venture out into the sea, so we stayed overnight tied up to the dockside. The Captain advised us that we would depart from Kaohsiung at 3pm the following day for Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, and would miss out the original stop at Hualien. As we had to stay put in Kaohsiung, the cruise company laid on a free bus shuttle to the city centre enabling us to explore the central area and visit some of the very modern stores.

The following morning we arrived in Teipei (Keelung port) by 7.00am, having cruised a total of 511 nautical miles since leaving Hong Kong, and it would be 457 miles to cover on our remaining sector back to Hong Kong, and no more stops. The bulk of our passengers on board this ship were of Chinese origin made up of around 800 from China, 200 or so from the UK and about 400 from the USA, and the lowest number from overseas was one from Peru! Consequently the food etc. was aimed a lot at the Chinese contingent. Any announcements from the stage or on the loudspeaker system were in Chinese as well as English. 

After breakfast we walked along the quayside to the railway station, and travelled on the train into the city centre. On all our trips we try to do a train ride of some kind and this was most interesting, taking 45 minutes each way. We rode back to the ship for a late lunch, after which we walked around the local area to where the ship was berthed.  Plenty of shops and markets to take in, then back to the ship for dinner at 6pm. 
Our last day of the cruise was at sea which was very calm and a chance to pack our baggage to be put outside our cabin door before we went to bed. All the baggage would be placed in special areas with colour coded tags ready to be offloaded the following morning. We were colour coded pink and we had to meet in the ship's theatre at 7.30 the next morning.
Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.


Jack Stephens has sent us some information -
Kulula's airline attendants and pilots are known for injecting a sense of humour into situations, here are some of them.

On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, "People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!"


  • "Please pay attention to the safety announcement, because you will  be writing a test shortly".
  • "If you are caught smoking, you will be asked to leave the aircraft".
  • "You could be fined up to R7999 for smoking on the plane, and for these prices you could be flying SAA"
  • "Me Tarzan, You on hold", when phoning Kulula and being put on hold.
  • "To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull the belt tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one by now, then you probably shouldn't be allowed out in public unsupervised."
  • "Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments."
  • "Please be sure to take all of your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."
  • "Ladies and gentlemen, we have landed in Cape Town . Please take all   your possessions. Anything left behind will be shared equally between staff. Please note we do not accept unwanted mothers-in-law or children."
  • "Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"
  • Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think of Kulula Airways."
  • Heard on a Kulula flight. "Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light 'em, you can smoke 'em."
  • "Welcome to Johannesburg, if this is not where you were intending to go then you have a bit of a problem."
  •  "Anyone caught jumping on the bed at any Protea Hotel will be charged R2,50 per jump and will be billed when you check out." (part of a Kulula ad, advertising Protea Hotel rooms).

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!

Your NetLetter Team
First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot -  Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
  • Flight Engineer -  Bill Rowsell, Londesboro, Ontario

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