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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 849 Sept 20/04 - The Netletter
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Number 849  Sept 20th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker


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. Nice to know.
Air Canada News:
Air Canada reintroducing non-stop service to Rome. Air Canada will launch daily
non-stop service to Rome on April 4, 2005. With this reintroduction Air Canada
will offer the only daily non-stop flights year-round between Toronto and the
Italian capital. Flights are timed for convenient connections to and from
cities throughout Air Canada’s North American network.

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. News from the districts.
VANCOUVER ISLAND & GULF ISLANDS NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2004
The weather might make us feel like summer is over but I am sure the sun will
be out soon and all our dreariness will disappear again.
We have had a busy summer with different events in the District taking place.
In late June there was a Mid Island luncheon in Nanaimo. A BBQ was held in
Qualicum Beach in late July and a picnic in Victoria in mid August. We also had
a very successful golf tournament in August at the Arrowsmith Golf Course. Now
it is time to start our Fall events.
The following are planned for the next couple of months before we get into the
Christmas socials:
September 30th - Comox Valley Monthly Luncheon
Salmon Point Restaurant contact Eric van der Holt  250-897-0322
September
Victoria Area Koffee Klatches
Victoria/Sidney- 2nd Wednesday of each month
Time: 9:30AM
The Victoria Area Koffee Klatch has changed to: Breakwater Cafe, 9851 Seaport
Place (At the foot of Beacon Avenue), Sidney, B. C.
Contact: Bob Walker by email at:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October 7th - District Luncheon
Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn
140 Trans Canada Highway
Duncan
Social Hour - 11:30AM
Lunch (Chinese/International Buffet) - 12:30PM
Cost - $11.00 per person
Send cheque, payable to Air Canada Pionairs, to Marjorie
Thorpe, 1769 Astra Rd., Comox, B. C. V9M 4B6 NO
LATER THAN OCTOBER 1ST. We have a limit of
approximately 60 people.

October 13th - Nanaimo Area Koffee Klatch
ABC Country Restaurant
809 Trans Canada Highway
Nanaimo
10:00 AM
All Pionairs welcome. Contact Terry Baker  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Luncheon in Duncan will be the first time in quite awhile that we will
gather together
as one group. Therefore it would be nice to see a strong turnout. It is
regretful that a larger place could not be found at a Central location and also
not knowing how many would turn out for such an affair, but we will experiment
this time and adjust accordingly for the next one.
Elisabeth and I will be attending the Semi-Annual Directors Meeting in Niagara
Falls on October 14th. If there is anything that you would like brought up at
this meeting please drop me a note or E-Mail. I will try to have your problem
brought before the session for discussion. This Meeting will be the start of
the preparation for the Annual General Meeting to be held in Niagara Falls on
May 17, 18 and 19, 2005. This will be a wonderful place for our AGM and also a
great vacation site for you to spend before and/or after the Sessions. Think
about it.
Continue to have a nice Summer and a pleasant Fall, we look forward to seeing
you at our get-togethers
Harold Thomas, District Director

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Star Alliance News:
Lufthansa looking to replace the Boeing 737. Lufthansa announced that it plans
to choose a replacement for its fleet of Boeing 737 short-haul aircraft in the
next two years. The carrier has not yet decided to what extent or how quickly
it will replace the aircraft. The carrier currently has 33 Boeing 737-300s and
25 Boeing 737-500s. The cost of replacing the entire 737 fleet could reach
approximately $3 billion US, based on list prices. The airline plans to talk
with both Boeing and rival Airbus.
Competitive News:

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. Remember when.
Laker Airways Skytrain by Freddie Laker, arguably the world's first low
cost airline. Started in September 26th, 1977 when a DC10-30 reg G-AZZC
'Eastern Belle' left Gatwick UK for New York US. Fare was gbp59.00 from Gatwick
and us$135 from New York. One flight a day in each direction.

The DC-3 was known as the DAKOTA or DAK, the initials standing for Douglas
Aircraft KOmpany Transport Aircraft.

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. Found on the internet.
More than 62 years after it crashed in a swamp, a Spitfire is back on
display. The cockpit of the plane, a Battle of Britain participant, was
shown off at Hooton Park airfield, in Britain, on the weekend. It took
four years to recover and restore the cockpit of the plane, which was
originally based at the same airfield during the Second World War…

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. Terry's travel tips.
While visiting either London Heathrow or Gatwick airport and feel peckish, try
a meal at the Wetherspoon airport pubs -  on production of a staff ID you could
get 20% off all food and drink.

Interline World Vacations -
For information and reservations, please call 1-866-279-8480
--------------NO PROCESSING/BOOKING FEE------------------
HAWAII
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Norwegian Cruise Lines aboard the Pride of Aloha
7 Nights Hawaii Cruise sailing roundtrip from Honolulu
Sailing Oct 3, 10, 24, 31 - Inside $799
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines aboard the Legend of the Seas
11 Nights Hawaii Cruise sailing from Ensenada to Honolulu
Sailing Oct 31 - Inside $799, Outside $899, Balcony $1099
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines aboard the Radiance of the Seas
10 Night Hawaii Cruise sailing from Honolulu to Ensenada
Sailing Oct 6 - Inside $899, Outside $949, Balcony $1049
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines aboard the Serenade of the Seas
11 Night Hawaii Cruise sailing from Honolulu to Ensenada
Sealing Oct 7 - Outside $1049
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines aboard the Vision of the Seas
10 Night Hawaii Cruise sailing from Honolulu to Ensenada
Sailing Sep 29 - Inside $799, Outside $899, Balcony $1049

EUROPE
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Celebrity Cruise Lines aboard the Millennium
14 Night Med Cruise sailing roundtrip from Barcelona
Sailing Oct 24 - Inside $1000,
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MEXICAN RIVIERA
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Norwegian Cruise Lines aboard the Norwegian Star
8 Night Mexican Riviera Cruise sailing round trip from Los Angeles
Sailing Nov 5 - Inside $709, Outside $799
Nov 13 - Inside $599, Outside $749
Nov 29 - Inside $729, Outside $749
Dec 7 - Inside $609, Outside $749, Balcony $919
Dec 31 - Inside $919, Outside $1099, Balcony $1319

South Atlantic / Antarctica / South America
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Princess Cruise Lines aboard the Royal Princess
24 Nights South Atlantica/Antarctica and South America Cruise sailing from
Cape Town to Santiago
Sailing Dec 17 - Inside $1799

PANAMA CANAL
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Princess Cruise Lines aboard the Coral Princess
15 Night Panama Canal Cruise San Francisco to Ft. Lauderdale
Sailing Sep 26 - Inside $1199, Outside $1299

PACIFIC COASTAL
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CANADA NEW ENGLAND
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Celebrity Cruise Lines aboard the Constellation
11/10/13 Night Canada Cruise sailing roundtrip from New York
11 N - Sep 20 - Inside $750, Outside $1000, Balcony $1200, Concierge Class
Balcony $1250
10 N - Oct 1 - Inside $800, Outside $1100
13 N - Oct 11 - Inside $800, Outside $950, Balcony $1200
Norwegian Cruise Lines aboard the Norwegian Crown
11 Nights Canada/New England Cruise sailing roundtrip from Baltimore
Sailing Sep 24, 2004 - Inside $569

EUROPE TAILOR MADE VACATIONS
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Murder Mystery for Thanksgiving in London (England)
Depart North America November 24
November 25 Upon arrival in London you will be transferred to "West Lodge in
Hadley Wood. This is a wonderful country style hotel which dates back to
1500's as a hotel and is located only a couple of miles from the Piccadilly
Line (underground to Harrods and central London)
November 25 Time to get acquainted and then have dinner together, but be
careful. Clues can be anywhere
November 26 After breakfast you will have some time at leisure to go into
London or just enjoy the grounds. Dinner and overnight. Murder Mystery
Schedule to be announced.
November 27 Following breakfast we check out of our hotel and transfer back to
the Airport for your flight home.
Price: $499.00 per person based upon sharing a double. This is inclusive of:
Airport transfers, Accommodation for 2 nights and Murder Mystery features at
"The West Lodge in Hadley Wood." Full English breakfast and dinner daily.

October is Harvest Time in Tuscany
We have apartments, farmhouses and villas at special interline prices includes
a lovely 2 bedroom 2 bathroom farmhouse . Oven, Fireplace, Dishwasher American
Coffee Machine and much more
Prices from $540 US per person for one week
This also includes Alfa Romeo #156 (mid size car) unlimited miles and
including all taxes and CDW.

Tailor made vacation to Italy
A 7 night tour of Italy inclusive of:
3 nights in Rome, 2 nights Florence 2 nights Venice
Prices from $983 US per person
Includes accommodation, breakfast and taxes and service
First Class Rail from Rome to Florence to Venice or in reverse
Airport transfers in both Rome & Venice includes porterage.
Tour add ons can be arranged
Please call our Europe Specialist at 1-866-279-8480 ext 270 or email at
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*PORT CHARGES INCLUDED. Government taxes extra. Rates are capacity controlled
and are subject to change without notice. All prices are in US dollars, based
on double occupancy for new bookings only and apply only to eligible Airline
Personnel and their certain family members. Proof of employment and/or
relationship to employee required. Certain terms and conditions may apply

For information and reservations, please call
INTERLINE WORLD VACATIONS AT 1-866-279-8480 toll free
or (604) 279-8482

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. Smilies.
Vesta supplied us with these -

What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies;
If ATC screws up, ....the pilot dies.
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Never trade luck for skill.
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The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are:
"Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Shit!"
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Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.
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Progress in airline flying:
now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.
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Airspeed, altitude and brains.
Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.
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A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck;
three in a row is prevarication.
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I remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous.
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Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!
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Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight
bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries
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Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your
plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding
or doing anything about it.
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When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was
forgotten. Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your
funeral will be held on a sunny day.
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Advice given to RAF pilots during W.W.II:
When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavour to strike the softest,
cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and gently as possible.
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The Piper Cub (substitute Colt, Wilsie) is the safest
airplane in the world; ...it can just barely kill you.
(Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot)
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A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably
isn't flying his plane to its maximum.
(Jon McBride, astronaut)
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If you're faced with a forced landing,
fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.
(Bob Hoover - renowned aerobatic and test pilot)
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