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From: Terry Baker <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 686 Apr 29/02 - The NetLetter
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 15:30:23 -0700
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 686,  Apr 29th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2300+


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


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Our co-pilot, Terry, is off for the month of May, so the NetLetter may not be
issued quite so frequently, although our chief pilot will get something out if
anything of importance is available to us. Please send any input to our
combined email address -
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. Need to know.
Question of relevance to retirees: Can 'Canadian' retirees still travel on
u-writes that were imprinted with our old cards that expire at the end of May?
Industry Travel & Recognition advises -
The answer is "no". As of June 1st all tickets must have been imprinted
with new
card.

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. Nice to know!
Air Canada news -
Air Canada Offers Sympathy And Assistance To The Grieving Families And
Comrades Of The Four Fallen Soldiers. To show our support and sympathy to the
families of the Canadian soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan, we provided
family members and approximately 100 Honour Guards transportation to the
funerals. There will be a special national memorial service in Edmonton on
Sunday. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of these heroes.

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Subject: Retiree Parking Vancouver Operations Centre
TO ALL AC/CAIL RETIREES
With the planned employment of a significant number of additional aircraft
maintenance employees at the Operations Centre the continued availability of
Retiree Parking has again become an issue.

All employees who regularly park at the Centre are now being issued new
Parking Passes and after May 1st, 2002, any vehicle not displaying a valid
Parking Pass will be subject to being towed.

We have been assured that the Retiree Parking passes issued by Security at
the East Entrance in accordance with the present policy, will continue to be
valid for Retiree Parking for a maximum period of 30 days from date of
issue. As some of these designated spaces are taken up by catering trucks we
ask that you first use any vacant "Retiree Parking" spaces and only when
they are full, continue to park next to the fence immediately to the North
of the retiree area, trying as much as possible, not to park in a space that
might interfere with regular employees who are coming and going on a daily
basis.

As you know, Retiree Parking has always been subject to the ongoing
availability of space and will come under even closer scrutiny in the future
as the remaining space is allocated. While we are hopeful this privilege
will continue to be available indefinitely, we cannot promise it beyond the
minimum of 30 days notice of any change, which we have been promised we will
be given.
This 30 day notice would cover the expiration of any passes issued at that
time and afford an opportunity to communicate the revised information via
email or any other timely means which may be available.

In view of time constraints, this Memo is being sent to you by email which
should reach approximately 250 Pionair members. However, as there will still
be many who will not receive this directly, it would be greatly appreciated
if you would pass this information along to other Pionair members who you
may be in contact with. Your assistance in this regard would be greatly
appreciated.

Should you wish to receive further information would you kindly call Bill
Neill at 604-277-3587 or should he not be available Clare Ash at
604-241-4600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Glen Steeves can be reached at
604-943-0494 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your continued cooperation in strictly adhering to the
guidelines of this policy.

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. May Day
Kathleen Hogan sends us this plea -
Former TCA employee, Rita Schefter
Could  (anyone) help me in my search about career information about my
mother, Rita Schefter, who worked for the airline from about 1940 to 1949.
She was one of the first, if not the first, female radio operators for the
airline. I have an undated picture of her, along with Ruth Berkey and Irene
Williams, receiving their
five year pins from Steve Himmelman, Toronto Station manager.
My mother died last September, after being in poor health for some years,
so I was unable to ask her many of the questions I had. If anyone knew my
mother, I would very much appreciate hearing from them.
Thank you,
Kathleen Hogan   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Calgary, Alberta

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. Where are they now?
Douglas DC-6A c/n 45499 was Canadian Pacific Airlines CF-CPB delivered July
29th 1958 Fin nr 447. Sold to Northwest Airlines April 20th 1959, converted to
DC-6B by AirResearch and Automotive, Burbank.
Last seen in 2001 at Villavicencio in Columbia registered as HK1776 operated by
LANC - now defunct.

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. Message from Douglas R. Maclaren
Subject: Bill Maclaren
Hello;
I am Doug Maclaren <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> and I am letting you know that
my brother lost his battle with cancer last night at 01:30 EST.
It was- Bill Maclaren <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
He had worked for British Airways for 41 years
taking early retirement in 1977. He had retired as Finance Manager for
North America, and had worked in Gander during WWII. If you have any
connection with British Airways, their retirees who call themselves the
OWLs (Ones We Like) will be having a reunion in England about now or the
beginning of May. I know that they would like to be informed as my
brother was looking forward to being there before his cancer took over.
I have no way of knowing how to get in touch with them. If you are able
to forward this, I would very much appreciate it. However if you cannot
it is okay as I know that they will eventually find out.
Thank you.
Doug
(If anyone has any contact with OWL's or the BA retirement fraternity, please
pass
the message - eds)

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. News from the Pionair Districts -
George and Bette Agnew send this information -
16th Annual Pionairs Golf Tournament
Place: Country Meadows Golf Course
8400 Number 6 road,Richmond B.C.
Date:May 23 2002
Time:Tee off 1100hrs(Scoring based on Calloway System)
Cost: $42.00 includes green fees,food,beverage and prizes
Please send a cheque made out to Air Canada Pionairs as well as your
address, phone and E Mail(if Possible) to C.Burtch,478 55A Street, Delta
B.C.V4M 3M1. If you wish to golf with someone in particular or make up your
own foursome,please contact George Agnew, 604 274 9193 email
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Note;The golf course is rated among the top 5 executive courses in North
America
Out of towners welcome!

Niagara Peninsula Coffee Group, holds it's next meeting
on Tuesday May 7th at 11:00 ( Sharp ) at Frado's Restaurant
535 Queenston St., St. Catharines, Ont., at the Homer Lift
Bridge.
All Retirees are invited, to come out and share Old , Present
and New Information, with other Retiree's.
Contact's for this meeting are Jim Morgan, Chairperson who
can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Colin Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Come out and hear first hand about an upcoming Grand River
Cruise which is planned for Sept 23rd, 2002.

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. Remember when!
DC-3 Windtee CF-CPY  Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.
Built in 1942, she spent several months in  camouflage flying with United
States Army  Airforce on transport missions to India & China.
During this time the aircraft was condemned and  was eventually returned to
the the U.S. where it  was repaired. At the end of the war she was  converted
to the Civilian DC-3 configuration and  sold to Canadian Pacific Airlines where
she served  15 years flying Canadian scheduled routes, as  CF-CPY.
In 1960 the aircraft was sold to Connelly - Dawson
Airways of Dawson City and spent the next 6 years flying cargo to places
like Old Crow and oil exploration camps in Eagle Plains. In 1966 until her
last flight in November of 1970, she was based out of Whitehorse serving Yukon
scheduled
routes for Great Northern Airways. When Great Northern  Airways declared
bankrupcy, ownership of the  DC-3 fleet was transferred to Northward
Airlines.
CPY by then was not operational and used for parts. It was the idea of Joe
Muff to donate the aircraft to the Yukon Flying Club and use it as  some kind
of monument. The aircraft was then  donated to the Flying Club by Northward
Airlines,  who also donated the heated hangar space to restore CPY for the
weathervane monument.
In 1977 the Yukon Flying Club undertook the  restoration of the DC-3 to it's
original Canadian  Pacific colors and in 1981 it was mounted on a  pivot
pedestal. It takes a 5 knot wind to move the  plane. A Katimavik project did
all the exterior
painting of the aircraft. In October of 1993 the  Yukon Transportation Museum
took ownership of  the DC-3.
In July 29, 1998 the aircraft was removed from it's pedistal to facilitate
a second round of restoration.
As of July, 2001, the restoration project is  continuing. A total of 1200
person/hours of volunteer time involving over 30 people has gone  into the
restoration.
As of 1997 the DC-3 are no  longer used in the Yukon. The last remaining DC-3
in the Yukon that flew passengers and cargo with Air North have been sold. The
last one left in May of 1998, they were sold to USA cargo companies and private
owners (Colorado, Oshkosh)
This DC-3 is very unique and holds a wealth of history and service to the
Yukon, not only is it part of early aviation history but at present offers a
unique tourist and resident attraction.

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. Found by our chief pilot - Vesta -
"Have you ever wondered what happened to the airport screeners at Newark,
N.J., and Washington?
AP -- Argenbright Security Inc., once the nation's
largest passenger screening company, is making an
airport departure of its own. And many people will
be glad to see it go. Argenbright will be nearly
gone from U.S. airports next week, all but forced
out of the business by a string of security breaches:
Criminals were found working as screeners, gates were
left unattended and weapons got onto planes even
after Sept. 11, the day hijackers walked past
Argenbright screeners in Newark, N.J., and Washington.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Discounts In Toronto And Vancouver Park’N Fly Valet Locations.
Active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz employees can
take advantage of a 50 per cent discount on daily parking fees at Park’N Fly
Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International and Vancouver International Airports
valet locations.

Travelling to Argentina?
The Department of Foreign Affairs advises -
Be aware that financial institutions, including ATM's, are closed indefinately.
It may be difficult to exchange currency and travellers cheques, even at hotls,
although credit cards are accepted at most establishments. Travellers should
carry small denominations of US dollars. The political situation remains
volatile due to the critical state of the economy, including some violent
demonstrations.

From one of our readers.
When couples are plussing on the Rapidair routes, you may find it an advantage
to book separate listings, that way, your chances for enplaning may improve in
tight situations. At last minute, the check-in staff, who have empty single
seats in the aircraft, may be looking  for singles to fill them, not
necessarily couples!

Dargal has the following offerings -
August 19 ~ 7 Nights ~ NCL's Norwegian Wind
ITINERARY: Vancouver, B.C. return
Inside $889, Oceanview $1139 (port charges are included!)
Family and Friends are welcome!
August 26 ~ 7 Nights ~ NCL's Norwegian Wind
ITINERARY: Vancouver, B.C. return
Inside $839, Oceanview $1089 (port charges are included!)
Family and Friends are welcome!
September 9 ~ 7 Nights ~ NCL's Norwegian Wind
ITINERARY: Vancouver, B.C.return
Inside $738, Oceanview $1039, Balcony $1719 (port charges are included!)
Family and Friends are welcome!
BORA BORA, French Polynesia ~ Village for Everyone
Visit Bora Bora, an exquisite setting in the South Pacific. Discover it's
beauty and underwater 'Garden of Eden'. A paradise for couples.
April 27 - June 21: $105 CAD per person/night (approx. $66 USD)
BUCCANEER'S CREEK, Martinique ~ Village for Everyone
This is one of Club Med's most vibrant villages.
May 11 - June 21: $95 CAD per person/night (approx. $60 USD)
CANCUN, Mexico ~ Village for Adults
Visit this fantastic Village for Adults in Mexico.
April 27 - May 17, May 26 - May 31 & June 3 - June 21: $95 CAD per person/night
(approx. $60 USD)
LA CARAVELLE, Guadeloupe ~ Village for Families
May 11 - June 21: $95 CAD per person/night (approx. $60 USD)
IXTAPA, Mexico ~ Village for Families
Visit this hacienda style Village of Ixtapa, set on the Pacific coast of
Mexico. A great choice for families.
April 27 - June 21: $95 CAD per person/night (approx. $60 USD)
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas ~ Village for Families
Until June 21: $95 CAD per person/night (approx. $60 USD)
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic ~ Village for Families
Until - May 14: $95 CAD per person/night (approx. $60 USD)
SANDPIPER, Florida ~ Village for Families
A paradise for golfers, children's clubs from 4 months and older and a host of
activities for every age and inclination. Visit this Village in Florida for a
fantastic family holiday.
Until - May 23 & May 27 - June 21: $95 CAD per person/night (approx. $60 USD)
TURKOISE, Turks & Caicos ~ Village for Adults
Turkoise is a paradise for sports lovers with scuba diving, tennis and trapeze.
Enjoy the social atmosphere and the lively nightlife at this Village for
Adults.
May 4 - June 21: $105 CAD per person/night (approx. $66 USD)
*** ROCKY MOUNTAINEER RAILTOURS ***
2 DAY RAIL TOUR
Itinerary Includes: (Eastbound):
Vancouver, British Columbia; Kamloops, British Columbia; Jasper, Alberta
OR
Vancouver, British Columbia; Kamloops, British Columbia; Banff, Alberta
OR
Vancouver, British Columbia; Kamloops, British Columbia; Banff, Alberta;
Calgary, Alberta
(Westbound itinerary operates in reverse order)
Departs Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from April through mid-October 2002.
Book within 30 days of departure and save! Seasonal Rates for Red Leaf Service
starting from $424 CAD one way, per person based on double occupancy (approx.
$265 USD).
*GOLD LEAF SERVICE INCLUDES*
Seasonal Rates for Gold Leaf Service starting from $1170 CAD one way, per
person based on double occupancy (approx. $737 USD).
CRUISES: Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars per person (based on double
occupancy) and are subject to change, availability and eligibility. PORT
CHARGES ARE INCLUDED. Government taxes/fees are additional. Offers apply to new
bookings only, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice.
CLUB MED: Per night rates are land only. Rates are quoted in Canadian dollars
per person (based on double occupancy). USD rates are approximate based on
exchange rate at time of printing and may vary. Rates are subject to
availability, eligibility and are subject to change without notice. Departure
taxes and/or other additional costs levied by the air carrier or authorities
are extra. Rates do not include membership fee. Certain dates require Sunday
arrival.
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER: Rates are quoted in Canadian dollars per person (based on
double occupancy) for one way and are including taxes. USD rates are
approximate based on exchange rate at time of printing and may vary. Rates are
subject to availability, eligibility and are subject to change without notice.
For more information on these and other specials, contact us at:
DARGAL Interline 1-800-690-3223 (North America)
International: (Country Code)-800-2832-7425
Fax: (250) 861-3283

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. Smilie.
Submitted By Art Kupchanko.
"Photographer"
The photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of an
enormous forest fire.
Smoke at the scene was too thick to get any good shots, so he frantically
called his home office to hire a plane.
"It will be waiting for you at the airport!" he was assured by his editor.
As soon as he got to the small, rural airport, sure enough, a plane was warming
up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, "Let's go!
Let's go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the
air.
"Fly over the north side of the fire," said the photographer, "and make three
or four low level passes."
"Why?" asked the pilot.
"Because I'm going to take pictures! I'm a photographer, and photographers take
pictures!" said the photographer with great exasperation and impatience.
After a long pause the pilot said, "You mean you're not the instructor?"

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