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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 682, Apr 16th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Must know.
From Fraser O'Shaughnessy, National President Pionairs -
Subject: Representative of Retired Members of the Air Canada Pension Plan
As a result of Bill Rowe withdrawing his name from the nomination
list due to his ineligibility, a fact learned by Air Canada Pension
Management and your Executive Board after nomination ballots had been
distributed to eligible voters, your Executive Board carried out a
search for a suitable candidate. Fortunately we have found an highly
qualified. energetic, and dedicated Pionair whom we strongly endorse.
His name is Saville Hambleton, former President, Air Canada Pionairs.
Many already know of the work he has done on behalf of the Pioairs
and his willingness to take on this nomination is appreciated by the
National Executive. Please spread the news above to as many as possible
eligible voters and those who have not submitted their nomination
" ' "
. Need to know.
Stew Freeman sent us this query -
Some flight check in staff insist that we fill in the zone box on u-write
tickets. I thought that the office did that at the completion of the trip. When
we start out, we do not always know how far we will travel in regard to zones.
Employee Travel & Recognition advises -
The requirement to fill in the zone box goes back to a previous policy
regarding trip pass tickets. Prior to October 2000 the employee/retiree
was required to fill in the intended itinerary on the first coupon of
the trip pass ticket. This was used for billing purposes.
The current billing process builds the complete trip based on data keyed
by the data centre from each coupon submitted. The pricing is done in
Payrolls based on actual travel.
It doesn't hurt to fill in the zone box, but it's not necessary.
" ' "
. News from the districts -
Jess Rougeau advises -
Interlining Plus just informed me that they would compete with another
travel company on their cost of the tour - so it is now $1650.00 Cdn per
person (and not $1699.00 per person.) There is still a $20.00 per room
Don't forget the deadline is April 25th. Interlining Plus has made a
deposit to Trafalgar to hold the tour for us. Evidently Trafalgar is
very busy and alot of tours are sold out but this one is held for us.
Just in case you need the info again: Kazzrie Jaxen Phone l - 800 - 665
" ' "
. Star Alliance news -
Ansett Australia Is No Longer A Member Of Star Alliance. Due to the Ansett
Airlines declaration of bankruptcy stemming from the events of Sept. 11, on
April 12 the airline ceased to be part of Star Alliance.
" ' "
. From the RAPCAN eMailNews issued by Duane Frerichs -
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 16:25:50 EDT
Subject: Flat available.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting some old friends in the U.K.,
Leon Swanepoel and his wife. He is a retired airline pilot in the UK and they
let us have the use of a flat that rents for GBP30.00 per day. This includes a
bedroom and a sitting room with kitchenette and three piece bathroom, no
shower. There is another bedroom available if two couples are travelling
together. Extra bedroom another GBP30.00 per day, both couples share the
sitting room, etc. Among the amenities included are, a rollaway bed if
needed, a partially stocked bar, which had in our case a bottle of whisky,
bottle of wine, some beer, milk, bread, tea biscuits and other useful things
that don't need to be bought if you are right off the plane.
The flat is located in Kingston upon Thames and has good train service
to London's Waterloo station, about 15 minutes. from the station at Surbiton,
closest to Leon's. Leon says that often he can meet your flight from Canada
and drive you to the house and back to the airport. He is very hospitable and
humorous as is his wife Barbara. They are looking for rentals that last for
at least a week.
, telephone, dialling
from Canada, 011 44 208549 9085,
" ' "
. From the YYZNEWS issued by Brian Dunn -
Air Canada Jazz announced that it will introduce the newly acquired 50-seat
CRJs on the Toronto-Baltimore route effective May 6th with one roundtrip per
day initially. As more are acquired this spring additional frequencies will be
offered replacing the DHC-8s currently being used. On May 5th, the two daily
trips between Toronto and Indiannapolis will see the Jazz CRJs replace the Air
Canada CRJs currently being used. On June 16th Jazz CRJs will replace the F-28s
on both Toronto-Frederiction and the Toronto-Saint John NB routes with three
round trips per day each. Other routes will be announced later.
" ' "
. Found on the internet.
BLAME CANADA: SNOWBIRDS' FUTURE PONDERED...
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) has launched an online
lobbying effort to convince the Canadian government to buy new jets for
the Snowbirds demo team. The Snowbirds are the only air demo team in
the Western Hemisphere with a nine-jet routine, but currently fly the
Canadair Tutor, a 42-year-old tandem trainer that was phased out two
years ago. The government has committed to operating the Snowbirds,
with the Tutors, until 2006 -- after that, team mechanics may run out of
" ' "
. Remember when.
The inaugural flight of the de Havilland DH106 'Comet' took off from
London's Heathrow Airport on May 2nd 1952, just 50 years ago. The 36 seat
B.O.A.C. Comet G-ALYP flew to Johannesburg in 21 hours via Rome, Beirut,
Khartoum, Entebbe and Livingstone.
Early on, however, the first series Comet jets were beset by a series of
catastrophic losses due to structural failure which was not fully understood at
the time. Comet G-ALYP, which operated the first scheduled jet service, was
among the early casualties, having crashed near the island of Elba off the
coast of Italy on 10 January 1954.
Frame 6022, G-APAS, ex-Air France F-BGNZ, exists as the only surviving and
in-tact example of a deHavilland Ghost-powered Comet 1 series aircraft.
Converted to Mk 1XB in March, 1957, the aircraft was reregistered XM823
andsubsequently as G-APAS; its final flight was made on 8 April 1968 and the
aircraft was thereafter retired. Currently residing at the Aerospace Museum at
Cosford, near Shifnal in Shropshire, England,
"Alpha Sierra" appears to have been remarkably well preserved albeit in open
air storage for more than thirty years!
We recently mentioned the Stanraer aircraft. For those who do not know what a
Stranraer looks like, there are two pictures at the following web site:
Regards Malcolm McRae
We recently ran some memories of the hanger fire in Dorval which destroyed
DC-9 fin 724
CF-TLY June 2nd 1952. There are 6 pics of Dorval Fire (on the scene) 1956 sent
to us by Peter Krala, the building with the TCA sign on it was Hangar #5 which
Maintenance Hangar at the time.Check in the photo gallery www.acfamily.net
" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
Holland America: 7 night (8 days) cruise & land
ten selected dates on Zaandam from $733 (USA funds)
(port charges & taxes $117 USA funds) no air included
Itinerary: Vancouver,inside passage, Juneau, Skagway (overnight),
railroad & bus to Whitehorse, Whitehorse, Whitehorse, Whitehorse.
Trafalgar: Italy Bellissimo (ITBEA)
12 days: depart America on Sept. 7 & depart Rome on Sept. 18
includes: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners, bus transportation with guide,
and hotels, and hotel service charges & tips and baggage
handling & local taxes.
itinerary: Rome, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Sorento, Monte Cassino, Assisi,
Venice, Tuscan Hills, Florence,Siena, Rome $1650 (Canadian funds)
no air included
YES: These are open to everybody.
DISCOUNT CRUISES ETC.:
(a division of James F. C. Rose - Your Cruise Expert)
information: (204) 889-3885 fax: (204) 889-3885 reservations: (204) 889-3885
Club Embarcadero Pacifico, Puerto Vallarta Mexico:
$50 USD pp ALL INCLUSIVE. Friends and family of airline employees welcome.
Best Western Plaza International, Orlando Florida: Great Rates
Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles (LAX) California: Up to 50% discount
Howard Johnson Express Inn Kissimmee Maingate, Kissimmee/Orlando Florida:
(hotel looks nice, clean and is a great rate) From: $35/night
Marriott Park City, Utah: Up to 50% discount
Hawthorn Suites Anaheim, California: (near Disney Land): Up to 50% discount
Sheraton Salt Lake City, Utah: Up to 50% discount
Holiday Inn Harborview San Diego, California:
Up to 50% discount
Radisson Hotel Oxnard, California (near Ventura):
Up to 50% discount
Hawthorne Hotel Salem, Mass (near Boston):
Radisson Hotel Dallas, Texas: $59 US/night
Holiday Inn Anchorage, Alaska: p to 50% discount
Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada: 50% off
Call (905) 319-7964 for more details.
" ' "
Our Chief pilot - Vesta - spotted this one -
The stress researchers should have interviwed the airline pilot who
|recently sent an e-mail message to the aviation consultant Michael Boyd
|The airline captain said she was at an airport security gate, in
|uniform, when a vigilant screener insisted on tearing her carry-on bag
|The pilot said she asked the screener what he was looking for.
|"Scissors," the screener told her.
|"I asked why," the pilot said.
|"You can't have anything that would let you get control of an airplane"
|the screener explained.
" ' "
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