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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 669 Mar 9th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Need to know.
From Employee Communications -
What You Should Know About Standby Seating Arrangements. All active and
retired employees, partners, parents and other airline staff travelling on
space available passes ending with the Y10 pass status including commuters
in uniform must be boarded in Hospitality class when seats are available.
Seating in Executive class is only possible if Hospitality is completely
full. Employees holding J10 pass status are entitled to Executive class,
regardless of the load in Hospitality. Your co-operation is appreciated.
Need A New Passport? More Forms To Fill In. Effective today, the Passport
Office is introducing a new application form for adults and children
applying for a passport in Canada. In addition to previously required
information, applicants must provide the names of two references, and
residential and employment history going back two years
" ' "
. Paul Bolan sends this message -
Here is the complete paragraph concerning tobaco importation as there was an
important ommission in newsletter nbr 667
"However, as of October 1, 2001, if you include cigarettes, tobacco sticks, or
loose tobacco in your personal exemption allowance, only a partial exemption
will apply. You will have to pay a minimum duty on these products unless they
are marked "CANADA-DUTY PAID · DROIT ACQUITTÉ". You will find Canadian-made
products sold at a duty-free shop marked this way. You can speed up your
clearance by having your tobacco products available for inspection when you
Thus if you buy at a Canadian duty free shop it will be as before
" ' "
. From the YYZNEWS issued by Brian Dunn -
On February 28th Tango by Air Canada announced nine new routes for service
commencing June 17th. They include London ON-Halifax, London-Calgary/Vancouver,
Winnipeg/Calgary, Saskatoon-Vancouver, and Regina-Vancouver. By summer 2002 the
Tango fleet will include eight Airbus 320 aircraft in a 159-seat configuration
and thirteen Boeing 737-200 aircraft in a 120-seat all-economy configuration
for a total of 21 aircraft.
" ' "
. Still with the DC-9.
Fred Spriggs writes -
My recollection of that hanger fire is that the hanger was being
operated by the R,C.A.F. In fact, it seems to me that they actually
lost at least two fairly large military Aircraft in the fire. - C119
Packets (?). Also I think the hanger was called nr.6. The other thing I
would like to mention is since I started working at T.C.A. at the end
of March 1954 and can remember seeing that hanger for some time, I
would venture to say that the fire must have occurred in 1955-6. One
other point I remember vividly is I didn't hang around to get permission
to run over to help clear out the furnishings from hanger #5 (after
all, it's roof was already burning). In the process, I lost a very nice
scarf. When all was under control and returned to the office, my
supervisor was upset at those of us who had left the office without his
permission. Needless to say, I never submitted a claim for the scarf.
and another fire story -
Bob Lunan's graphic account of the No 6 Hangar fire Netletter 668 stirs
another somewhat similar memory. Dorval again I'm afraid. I cannot recall the
exact year, all I know is that because of the festivities brewing up with the
immediate approach of the oncoming new year the usual dispensations with
protocol took hold
As with every business the run up to every year's end means that certain
practices need to be followed in Office routine. The snail mail of those days
requiring the annual opening of a drawer to post off the highly necessary
insurance premium to cover next year's insurance protection starting of course
at 00.01 precisely.
Out at field stations too people there also have equally awesome
responsibilities on such festive occasions. While senior Staff are already on
vacation the acting personnel have stand-in duties. But when the cat's away the
mice will play, be it in field station or Office
On flight maintenance ramp duty that night just as the threshold ran
through, guess what? Yes, a fire. Two of us were (we think) the first to spot
that the ramp paint store was well afire. With one Viscount on the gate too
close for comfort actually cranked up gradually using onboard battery power
alone! The fire began to spread rapidly taking the Maintenance shack with it.
At close quarters it became rather dangerous, not from the fire itself but from
toolboxes and radio units being thrown out of closed windows.
Meanwhile the airport fire appliances arrived but with only 2 men per machine.
Need I say happy men. With one manning the appliance and one hauling the hose
forward in snow ... only to be knocked off his feet repeatedly ... With your's
truly edging up from behind to act as a steady and at times re-directing the
jet, oh boy.
As the fire gained in strength noticed our 3 aircraft tow tractors taking fire.
As I ran towards the nearest tractor noticed my exit route blocked by the
firehose. Asked the (same) fireman was it OK for me to drive over his line but
got an emphatic no. Minutes later the Chief Mechanic arrives shouting "Eddy
what are you thinking about get those tractors out" Yelled back about the
firehose, with the Chief shouting "My responsibility" Well I was lucky to be
taking the nearest unit away and clear. Someone got the second tractor out. The
third, its steering wheel dripping plastic by now approached by a young George
Everard (always wore black gloves) yelling "keep a spray on me" doing the
Next day a whole inquiry mostly centred on "What time was it that you first
spotted the fire? Meaning (AM or PM). So for days after, with our toolboxes all
impounded by the Insurance Company we mechanics operated with pencils only
until the Snap-on Representative evaluated each and every tool for replacement.
Another factor arose of course the who or what that triggered the fire. It
wasn't until quite some time later that it struck me that ........ myself,
being from Belfast!!! Not guilty, only an onlooker, with the young George
Everard truly deserving a medal. Ted Tierney.
" ' "
. From our chief pilot Vesta -
TORONTO AIRPORT GETS DEFIBRILLATOR UNITS
Toronto's Pearson International Airport now has machines that can
deliver a lifesaving pulse of electrical current to treat a person
having a heart attack.
"From: the March Online Horizons edition.
Mr. Alex Munro passed away Dec 23,2001.
Remembered by me from our coworking days.
In the 50's at Telecommunications in Transat Dorval Airport.
I was in tely ops and he was in Radio, later in the 70's we worked together
again at 151 Front St Toronto. Bon Voyage."
AIR CANADA RECALLS HUNDREDS OF WORKERS AS TRAFFIC REBOUNDS
Air Canada is rehiring hundreds of laid off flight attendants and ground
workers as the airline responds to a stronger-than-expected rebound in
" ' "
We would be interested in exchanging our home on Saltspring for a
similar place in the Okanagan (preferably near a lake and Kelowna) but we
are open to other OK places. There is one "catch" - we would be going with
our daughter and her husband and 8 year old daughter plus a miniature
dachshund (both very well behaved!). Maybe there is someone who would like
to spend a week on Saltspring around the first or second week of August???
" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
Carnival Super Special - Alaska - $280
Alaska on Carnival Cruises new Spirit:
May 22 - 7 nights from Vancouver to Anchorage, or
May 29 - 7 nights Anchorage to Vancouver
(these dates only)
$280 (open to friends on own)
upgrades are available
OR: take it both ways - that is what I do.
port & taxes $249.24/$247.49
Usual terms & conditions apply,
including these are all per person, port
charges & taxes extra
Prices are NOT guaranteed to last, and can
and do change (upward) fast and without
notice. However, your price is guaranteed
once you book.
JAMES F. C. ROSE - YOUR Cruise Expert
information: (204) 889-3885
fax: (204) 889-3885
reservations: (204) 889-3885 & (800) 414-8091
Still having problems with my '800' number,
thus please try my '204' number.
" ' "
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