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Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team
Upcoming events - Compiled by Terry Baker
Vancouver Special Visit of the 787 Dreamliner - November 19, 2014 - from Brian Colgan Vancouver Pionairs District Director
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Time: 13:00 hrs - 19:00 hrs Location: YVR OPS Center, North Hanger Bay 3-4
Please bring your Employee/Retiree ID
Parking: Air Canada Security has confirmed that there will be limited open space parking around the OPS Centre. We suggest you place a note on your dashboard indicating (Air Canada Retiree visit for B787)
Alternate Parking: You can also use Bridgeport Station or Airport parking and take the Canada Line back to the OPS Centre.
Guests: Employees/Retirees are welcome to bring up to five guests (a party of six including the employee/retiree).
Employees/Retirees will be required to show their Air Canada I.D. to enter the event; if your guests will be arriving at different times, they need to show a photo copy of your Air Canada I.D. to be admitted.
The usual protocol at the YVR OPS Centre is for the employee/retiree to surrender their ID for a Visitor Pass and exchange same on the way out.
If you can't make it, click on this link to see info regarding the Dreamliner. Victoria and area Pionairs Christmas turkey buffet luncheon.
Pionair National President, Jacques Levesque will be joining us!
Date: Thursday. December 11, 2014 Time: Social at 11:30-12:30 a.m. Luncheon: 12:30-13:30 p.m. Place: Gorge Vale Golf Club, 1005 Craigflower Road, Victoria, B.C.
For further information call Don Baird at 514-481-8786
Air Canada News
Air Canada pilots ratify new labor contract.
Air Canada's pilots have ratified by a wide margin a 10-year labor contract that the airline's executives characterized as "ground breaking."
Starting in June 2015, new year-round non-stop service between Toronto-Pearson and Amsterdam. Air Canada chief challenges governments to share information to prevent another MH17. The need for greater collaboration and information-sharing over where it is safe to fly was highlighted by the confusion that surrounded an incident in July when a rocket landed close to Tel Aviv airport, the CEO of Air Canada said recently. In NetLetter nr 1310, the banner with the article of the 40th anniversary had incorrect information regarding Bill Norberg.
It should have read William (Bill) Norberg July 18th, 1923 - Oct 8th, 2014.
The NetLetter apologizes for this error.
Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker
The first woman in TCA to earn a ten year service pin was Miss E.H.Coxon in 1951.
TCA's first female mechanic was Rachelle Boudreau in 1978.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is reporting that it is increasingly confident that a piece of aluminum it found on Nikumaroro Atoll in the South Pacific is from the Lockheed Electra flown by Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on their ill-fated circumnavigation attempt in 1937.
Star Alliance News
Air New Zealand's epic safety video the most popular yet.
With close to 120,000 people viewing it online every hour, Air New Zealand's latest Hobbit inspired safety video, has become the airline's most popular video to date, clocking up a record 16 million online views within a week of release.
The video has been viewed by more than eight million viewers on YouTube, six million on Facebook and a further 1.6 million on Youku in China. It has also been featured in numerous media outlets worldwide including CNN, NBC News, the Daily Mail and The Telegraph.
The video stars cast members from all three films in The Hobbit Trilogy including Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O'Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast)
You can watch the view on YouTube by clicking on the image below.
The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made #airnzhobbit
United expands Pacific footprint with four new route launched; Non-stop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and between San Francisco and Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
The airline will also launch two new routes from its Guam hub-Seoul, South Korea and Shanghai.
Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader Submitted Photos - The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.
Christel Weindl has sent us these two photos - There is Terminal 1 in Toronto and it was called "the jewel in the sky". It was round and to reach the gates in a hurry, was really fast and easy.
It was bright and passengers used to be able to go to the observation deck to see incoming and departing flights and on Sundays everybody just came out to this observation deck to see planes, and to this day people love to see planes. Times have changed now and airports are always crowded and security is on the rise.
The other picture is a happy looking picture with Christel Weindl doing the pre-boarding at Terminal 1, Toronto. Our Mini skirts were famous and our service was superb. Large airports can be confusing to unseasoned travelers. Passengers in need of assistance and guidance are met with sympathy and understanding.
We had extensive training and appearance was on top of the list. It was such a delight, working for Air Canada, then one of the finest in Canada. I also remember the male passenger in the picture that was not in need of assistance but wanted to be in the picture so badly and then he gave us that wonderful smile.
Regards, Christel Weindl
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
Below we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.
The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.
2014 - Oct 25th - First scheduled flight by B-787 from Vancouver to Tokyo.
Tony Walsh tells us that on Pages 30-31 of the "Canadian Aviator" magazine issue dated November/December 2014 there is an interesting article on TCA's North Stars as they flew over Vancouver neighbourhoods and a bit about TCA's parts & maintenance ops at YVR written by ex-TCA stores employee & pilot, titled "Flying stories, Hangar talk with Jack Scolfield"about "Noisy Stars" Woke Up the Neighbours.
Issue dated - December 1950 Some items gleaned from the "Between Ourselves" magazines.
The largest suggestion award during 1950 went to Pierre Charette of Dorval.
Members of the latest class of stewardesses to graduate from the training school in Montreal in 1950 are shown in a line from the left: Bette Bishop, Muriel Coyle, Bearnice Clarke, Lucille George, June Craig Mary Pedley, Eugenie Vascinta, Olgo Sather, Barbara Pennington, Marion Parr, Christine Mcleod, Kathleen Campbell and Joyce Gay. Rosemary McKlnnon, the fourteenth member of the class was missing. The TCARA executives at Goose Bay for the year 1951 were Tommy Woodhouse, President; Ian Rennie and Jim Tsubota, vice presidents; Boyd Moore, treasurer; Kathryn Lockhart, secretary. (Unfortunately we have no photo - eds)
This most welcome announcement appeared in the "Between Ourselves" magazine issued February 1951 -
"Long weekends in the sun are in store for TCAers across the system this summer". The President has announced that effective April 16th the company will adopt the shorter work week and that from this date all employees working a five and a half day week will go on a five day or 40 hour week. It was an all-traffic affair in Montreal when six TCAers received their ten year pins at a special party. Shown with the happy recipients are Anson C . McKim, Vice-President, Traffic and W. Gordon Wood, General Traffic Manager.
From left: A. E. MacKay, Service Analysis Supervisor; K. G. Denman, Personnel Supervisor; W.G. Wood; Miss E. H. Coxon, Secretary to the General Traffic Manager and the first woman in TCA to earn the award; A.C. McKim; W. G. Rathborne, General Supervisor of Reservations; R. E. Deyman, Director of Passenger Sales, and J. Lane, General Supervisor of Rates and Tariffs.
Issue dated - May 1979 Some items gleaned from the "Horizons" magazines.
Fascinated by airplanes, First female mechanic fulfills dream.
"And what do you want to be when you grow up,'' the teacher asked Rachelle Boudreau. It was the usual get-acquainted session in the small Gaspe Classroom. The boys had opted for railroad engineer, fireman, and lumberjack, while the girls set their sights on being secretaries, nurses, telephone operators, and mommies.
Rachelle said she wanted to be a pilot. "Everyone laughed" she recalled. But for as long as Rachelle could remember, she was always fascinated by airplanes and wanted to be near them. "I was born like that,'' she confided. Her grade-one experience in Nouvelle on the Gaspe Peninsula was just a temporary setback. Her father advised her to keep the dream, but not tell too many people about it. "Tell them you want to be a stewardess." he advised her, "and then they won't laugh at you."
Actually, she did become a pilot in July of 1978, when she earned her private License. She did sign on with Air Canada too, but not as a pilot. She blazed her own trail by becoming Air Canada's first female mechanic.
ACRA Presidents attended their Annual meeting hosted by the Thunder Bay ACRA on May 1st and 2nd, 1979.
Attendees are, from left, standing: Gord Thompson, Dorval; Brian Murray, Halifax; George Agnew, Vancouver; Frank Foley, Saint John; Wayne Wilson, Ottawa; Serge Coiekessian, Toronto; Kelvin McGee, Vice President. London, Ont., attending for Rosa DeSousa; Terry McHale, Edmonton; Paul Wachmenko, Vice President, Sault Ste Marie for Demis Perrier; John Stuckless, St.John's; and Vic Foster, Vice President, London, England for Eve Riley.
Seated from the left: Presidents Dorothy Buss, Winnipeg; Tony Tremblay, Quebec; Sharon Morett, Treasurer, Los Angeles for Ron Castelli; Bob Lance, Thunder Bay; Helen Donovan, Moncton; and Hal Walker, Employee Service and Suggestions Manager, Montreal.
C & S S Dorval graduate
Bernie Gillies, Vice President - Purchasing & Supply, presents Christine Souliere with a certificate for the successful completion of the branch's management training program. Looking on are four previous graduates, from the left: John Backman. Systems Analyst; Daniel Deslauriers, Inventory Controller; Dave Ryden, Petroleum Purchasing and Clarence Dolan. Financial Planning Analyst. At right is Program Coordinator Jeff Reynolds. Christine took up permanent duties as a Buyer in Purchasing & Inventory, Ground Support.
Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
As a follow-up to the Air New Zealand Safety Video, Betty White has made one as well.
This one is more "senior" orientated. Although these videos make "light" of a very important safety briefing before each flight, studies show that more passengers view them than the previous standard boring demos, even though they could save your life.
Betty White -- Safety Old School Style #airnzsafetyvideo
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
News and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and its "ancestry" of contributing airlines.
June 18th - Twice weekly service between Toronto - Copenhagen with B767-300 equipment commenced.
June 23rd - New service between Edmonton - Tokyo inaugurated.
From thewww.pwareunion.comweb site - Pacific Western Airlines inaugurated its new Patricia Bay Airport (Victoria, B.C.) - Nanaimo (Cassidy Airport) - Vancouver non-reservation Air-Bus operation at 11 a.m. - 14 January 1956. Crew of the inaugural flight were Captain Jack Miles, first officer Art Ralphs, chief stewardess Tiny Bacon of Victoria, and stewardess Eleanor Coward of Sidney, B.C. This operation would be Patricia Bay's 2nd mainland link. Equipment on the run was a DC 3 aircraft.
Chief Stewardess Tiny Bacon held a private pilot's license for over 7 years. Also on the inaugural flight were PWA traffic manager J.B. "Mickey" McGuire and public relations officer Al Williamson.
PWA's Victoria ticketing was handled by George Paulin Ltd (customs brokerage office) on Government Street, while passengers were transported to the airport by C & C Taxi. At Vancouver, ticketing could be done at the airport or at PWA's downtown ticket office at 1148 West Georgia Street. Fares, on the 3 Round Trip Daily service, were Vancouver-Nanaimo $2.30 one-way ($4.60 return) or Nanaimo-Victoria $2.30 one-way ($4.60 return).
This operation between Victoria and Nanaimo was shut down on 07 June followed by the cancellation of the Nanaimo-Vancouver service in early July 1956, due to lack of passengers.(All information is from the Victoria Daily Colonist and N. Burton - Thx)
Issue dated - June 1989 Items from the "Info Canadi>n" magazine -
"No name city" - a Canadi>n city. "No name city" a "Western theme" park in Germany, became a Canadian city when cargo personnel from Germany and Canada got together with representatives from freight forwarding companies to promote Canadi>n's cargo service between Canada and Germany.
At "No Name City" are from left, front, Roty Emude, cargo sales assistant, Dusseldorf; Klaus Dieter Lehmann, cargo manager, Germany; Bob Gilbert, cargo sales representative, Toronto; Ute Goehlert, cargo agent, Munich; Maria Benesch, duty manager cargo, Frankfurt; back, Miklof Remety, cargo sales representative, Austria and Hungary; Greg Russel, cargo sales representative, Vancouver; Peter Weber, cargo sales representative, Frankfurt; Walter Muurmanns, station manager, Munich; Rob Stundebeek, European cargo manager; Ingo Ocklenburg, cargo sales representative, Dusseldorf and Graham Perkins, cargo marketing, Calgary. Betty Draper has dug up this article from the Leader-Post issued January 3rd 1944 -
Sulfa drug flown to lonely outpost. Edmonton Jan 2, it was revealed here that a Canadian Pacific Airlines has flown a special shipment of sulfa drugs to combat a reportedly serious outbreak of influenza in the lonely outpost of Aklavik, which has a population of about 250. The plane, piloted by Bud Potter veteran C.P.A. pilot, left Norman Wells, N.W.T., early Thursday.
In addition to the drugs, flown in by Potter, C.P.A. officials were preparing to send an additional and 7 1/2 grain tablets to Aklavik. Appeal for additional was sent early Thursday from the department of national health, Ottawa, through the Edmonton office of the department of pensions and national health.
Flying time from Norman Wells to Aklavik is about three hours, a distance of 500 miles. The town is inhabited mainly by trappers.
Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
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.
Michel Dumaine sends us this correction for an error in NetLetter nr 1309 - In your article and picture title A FIRST AT DORVAL, you had the wrong name for the CALEA Chairman, Is name is Michel Lescraigne. Thanks, always interesting to read you Michel Dumaine. (On rechecking the "Horizons", they had mispelt the name - eds) Dave Townson refers to NetLetter nr 1309 - Alan Evans appears to say that the VIP DC-6B is used by the 'Red Bull Board plus inverted Corporate Heavyweights'. Should that be 'invited' or is it part of the Red Bull aerobatic team? Regards, Dave Townson. Paul Gauthier has sent us this information after reading NetLetter nr 1309 - I always look forward to the NetLetter; however, I believe a mistake happened as to the year in which Wardair's A310 were acquired, as Canadian Airlines did not exist under that name until 1987 and it only took over Wardair in 1989; Wardair's A-310 became part of CDN's fleet until they were sold a short while later (five to the Canadian government).
The memory I have of working on them is that carts could not be used in the aisles as Wardair had installed thick carpets on which carts could not roll; Wardair was famous for its excellent "hand service". The aircraft were used on domestic routes only. Great memories, though.
Respectfully, Paul Gauthier Retired Service Director, Toronto. After reading about the Lancaster in the U.K., Heather Johannson sends this reminder - There is a RCAF Lancaster bomber at the Bomber Command Museum at Nanton, Alberta (just south of Calgary). My father, FIt Ltn F.I. Nelson was the navigator on this aircraft. It operated from Linton on Ouse, UK during WW2 .
Heather Johannson retiree Peachland, BC Dave Townson passes this comment regarding the story in NetLetter nr 1308 about Heathrow in the early days. The spirit of local highwayman Dick Turpin lives on at London Heathrow in the form of Britain's criminally confiscatory and uniquely extortionate Air Passenger Duty. Too bad the gibbets have gone. Regards, Dave Townson. The conclusion of the "Miracle at Deer Lake" story sent in by Phil Pawsey, which we started in NetLetter nr 1309 continuing in NetLetter nr 1310 -
Helicopters have now arrived on the scene and both the airborne pilot and the pilot on the ground gave many more instructions. Mayday: Okay. I'm going toward Corner Brook now. I'm going to make a round circle and come back close to the shore. Is that okay with you? Pilot: Yea. That will be okay... he then, along with a helicopter pilot, give our man more landing advice. Mayday: Okay, wish me luck. I'm dropping her down. The Mayday pilot pulls up before touching the water. He is having trouble judging height over the calm water. As well, the mirror reflection of the plane on the surface of the lake frightens him. Mayday: (Alarmed) I lost it! I had to come up again. I'm going to make another round circle now. I didn't set her down that time. I almost lost it. Okay I'm going to let go of this microphone and make a round circle, and then come back. Don't talk to me or anything like that, will you please. Mayday: (Unintelligible)....coming in really slow. Pilot: That's the way to do it. But not too far out from the beach. Mayday: I'm going to make a long run for it, you know. I'm going to make a run for it. Mayday; (Excited) I missed again! I touched the water that time. I came up in full power. I got her back again. She's up again. Pilot: Once you touch the water you should hold the stick back towards you gently and pull the throttle off. Mayday: I am kind of scared meself there. Do you mind if I hang on before I tries that again? 1st Helicopter I think I can give you some help there on your approach coming in. I am going to fly alongside you. Mayday: Boy. I tell you, my nerves are really bad now. I don't think I am going to make this. Helicopter: We're going to have a nice flat approach there, and we're going to be alongside of you in about a minute. Mayday: (Laughs nervously) I hope so. You keep alongside so I know how close to the water I am. You know. Mayday: (Shouts) Motors gone Here we go! Helicopter: (Excited, now has Mayday in sight) You got her! You got her! Beautiful, beautiful, you've done an excellent job and then to the Ground Pilot....He's down. Mayday: God. Don't think that I could land without a motor. Well, you know I must be a better pilot than I though I was. Footnote: On March 7, a 29 year old man appeared before a Judge in District Court at Corner Brook and was sentenced to 2 years on probation for stealing an airplane. Toenote: I have been informed by a usually reliable source that our hero took flying lessons sometime after this encounter and became a bush pilot.
Odds and Ends.
Sometimes we receive articles and information that just doesn't fit in our other areas. This is where it goes!
Larry Milberry, publisher, Member, Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame Hon. Member RAPCAN.
Just in time for good gift ideas... welcome to CANAV's Fall/Winter aviation booklist.
Download your copy of this important list and have a look. You're certain to find some excellent new reading here.
As a key component of our strategy to attract Air Canada Pionairs members, we have launched two Facebook pages ─ one each in English and French.
The objective is twofold:
a) to increase membership of our organization through expanded awareness of its critical functions such as pension advocacy and a demonstration of ongoing member benefits;
b) to serve as a central location for information and event updates. Please note that this Facebook social media initiative only serves as a complement to our existing communication tools and will not replace them. Only Facebook subscribers have access to this media. Pionairs cannot subscribe anyone to it.
Please pay a visit to either site; 'Like and Share' the page with your Facebook Friends (see links below) and actively refer to it as an ongoing communication tool. It is especially critical to encourage non-members to "Like" the page as they will get a sense of the importance of joining Pionairs. They will also see links to the website, membership forms, a summary of benefits, as well as cross-links to French and English pages.
Facebook exposure across members and non-members will go a long way in ensuring AC Pionairs continues to serve its global base. Please access either page today!
In answer to some queries regarding the charges for pass travel by retirees, Deedee Lannon sent this information - According to Leslie, there is no increase in service charges for the retirees. She asked one of her associates to check into it and see what happened.
According to the programmer in India, it will be fixed within the coming week. In the meantime if anyone is charged the higher rate on their cc after they travel, they are entitled to apply for a partial refund. Cheers Deedee.
As of November customers traveling from DCA will find Air Canada check-in area at the "north lobby" at Terminal A instead of the "south lobby". The new location offers a more inviting and spacious area with the check-in counters and three self-service check-in kiosks. A memory from your chief pilot - In late 1969, the Dorval Computer programming section was housed over the wash bay at Dorval and, to get to the cafeteria for our numerous coffee brakes we had to walk along the corridor outside the Purchasing offices which over looked the ramp between the hangars. In those day, some of the Vanguards had been withdrawn from service and were parked in that area minus the engines, showing two holes on each of the aircraft wings. Any new programmer, who inquired, were told that they were Van Jets, the latest fleet for Air Canada.
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.
One day at Spangdahlem Air Base (Germany GCA), The controller was working a couple of F-16s. One was on the go for his last approach. ...
Controller: "Callsign, reset transponder, squawk XXXX, and ident." ... Pilot: "Roger. XXXX on the flash." ... Controller: "Callsign, radar contact."... [after a moment] "Callsign, your ident feature appears stuck." ... Pilot: "Roger." ... [pause] ... "How about now?" ... Controller: "Negative. Still flashing." ... Pilot: "O.K. Stand by." ... [still keyed - Controller could hear loud banging in the background] ... Pilot: "How about now?" ... Controller: "That did it. Turn right, heading 050. Vector for ILS, runway 23." ...
Who says violence and technology don't work together?
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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