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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 728 Oct 19th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Must know.
Air Canada News:
Media report on travel privileges. Recently, Canadian media have been reporting
that Air Canada was threatening to cut back on employee travel after a number
of employees abused their privileges. The coverage that has resulted is a
misinterpretation of an article published in this month’s issue of Horizons. In
fact, although we received 600 alleged incidents of travel abuse in the past
year, a very small number of the reported incidents resulted in follow-up
action. In the limited number of cases where abuse is substantiated, we do take
action depending on the situation. Contrary to the media’s interpretation of
our travel program, employee travel is neither a perk nor a benefit. Our
communications have consistently emphasized this. Employee travel is a
privilege, both cherished and respected, that airline employees around the
world enjoy. As in any industry, those who abuse privileges risk having them
revoked. It is important to remember that 99.99% of our employees and retirees
do abide by the rules all the time!
" ' "
. Nice to know.
Subject: aircraft capacity
A few months ago I wrote you that the aircraft capacities on the employee web
site were inflated (up to 20 seats). As a result, pass holders showing up at
the airport could not get on and were left stranded. This problem has finally
been rectified by YUL. The total number of seats shown is now the actual
configuration of the aircraft. The passenger loads always were, and continue to
Roma Donatelli, gate agent YYZ
" ' "
Dreams Take Flight, Vancouver, celebrates its 10th anniversary of "Magical
Memories for Special Kids." Early Oct 16th morning, flight 7001 departed for a
fun-filled day in Disneyland with 120 very special children. They returned to
the Air Canada South Hangar at 11:30 p.m. where they received a warm welcome
home from family and volunteers. It was a day to remember for all involved.
" ' "
We contine the information started in NetLetter nr 725 -
Produced by Air Canada, Corporate Security Risk Management
Chapter VII. Fire Safety for the Traveller
Your Hotel Room
Check windows for the possibility of escape
Note the location of the fire exits (stairs) on your floor. Count the number of
between your room and the exit.
Note the location of the fire alarms, extinguishers and hoses and read any fire
information available in your room.
In Case of a Fire
· KEEP CALM – DO NOT PANIC.
· Call the front desk and notify them of the location of the fire.
· The industry practice and recommendation for checking fire intensity is
“back of hand” instead of the palm
· If it is safe to exit from your room, head for the stairs. TAKE YOUR ROOM KEY
WITH YOU, YOU MAY HAVE TO RETURN TO YOUR ROOM.
· DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR!
· If you can not leave the room or the stairwells are unsafe and you must
1. Notify the front desk that you are in your room awaiting rescue
2. It may be good idea to turn off the air conditioning in your room
3. Open a window for fresh air. Do not break the window, as you may need
to close it again if smoke starts to enter from the outside.
4. Fill the tub and sink with water. Soak towels and blankets as necessary to
block vents and openings around door to keep the smoke and fumes out.
5. Attempt to keep the walls, doors and towels covering vents and cracks
cool and wet.
6. A wet towel swung around the room will help clear the room of smoke.
7. Cover your mouth and nose with a wet cloth.
8. Stay low, but alert to any signs of rescue from the street or the halls. Let
the firemen know where you are by waving a towel or sheet out the
" ' "
. The June 1st 1997 'Horizons' front page banner reads ' A New Star in the
provided scant information on this event - the birth of the 'Star Alliance'.
From the anniversary issue 2002 of the 'Netweork', a magazine for members
of the Star Alliance, we report the following -
'A Star Starts' by Knut Lovstuhagen.
May 14th, 1997 - a beautiful early afternoon in Frankfurt. At the Rhein-Main
airport, normally one of the busiest airports in the world, things were
unusually quiet. There were no aircraft movements, no planes to be spotted on
the horizon. Only a fireball of a sun blazing from a clear blue sky.
A crowd of several hundred people had gathered this day inside the perimeters
of the Lufthansa base. Their heads were turned upwards towards the sky, eyes
eagerly searching for something. The silence was almost deafening, the air
elctric with anticipation.
Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, five wide-bodied aircraft came into view. In
a tight formation an SAS Boeing 767 spearheaded a pack of Airbus A340's and
Boeing B747's from Air Canada, Lufthansa, Thai Airways International and United
Airlines. Roaring in from the east at an altitude of only 1,000 feet the big
aircraft swept past the airport in a star formation, banked left - and
It was an emotional moment. People applauded, many of them had tears in their
eyes. It was also an historic moment. Not only because a fly-by like this had
never been witnessed before, but because it marked the creation of the first
truly global airline alliance. It was the birth of Star Alliance, the airline
network for Earth.
(As we had never read about this fly past, we thought it might be of interest.
We know of no photos of this event - eds)
" ' "
. Remember when!
Retired CSM, (And Commisary and Catering Manager Yeg sent us this -
Just thought you might want to see this?? What our FirstClass service was like
in 1983, I'm sure many will remember.
The sample of A/C F/C dinner menu, what used to be a Six Page Hard Cover Menu,
in 1983, the only terror in the air at that time was over-eating, off Dalton
Bone China pure Silver utensils, and over service by the cabin crew
Hot Hors d'Oeuvre
Caviar from the Caspian Sea
Fois Gras with Truffles
Smoked Rainbow Trout
Roast Loin of Beef
Creamed Chicken au Gratin
Bouquetiere of Vegetables
Salad in Season
Coffee - Tea
" ' "
. From Robert Holmgren
Air Canada Aircraft Maintenance, Dorval, retired.
Having read Jack Cooke's item in issue #725, page 5, of the 'Netletter', I feel
compelled to submit the following.
PROJECT NORTH STAR
A beautiful day it was, last September 26th! Mother nature was at her very
best, offering up bright blue skies, brilliant sunshine and gentle winds.
Perhaps it was her way of saluting Air Canada fin # 711, which, after many
years of criss-crossing Canadian airspace, had made its last flight the week
before into Rockcliffe Airport. Today she would be inducted into the nations
premier aircraft collection at the Canada Aviation Museum here in Ottawa, a
collection that already houses a number of other airplanes operated by TCA/AC.
Note: total collection now numbers in excess of 120 aircraft.
* First there is TCA's first Lockheed 10A, CF-TCA, obtained in 1937. After
service with the RCAF between 1939 and 1949, it passed to a number of owners in
the US. Air Canada re-purchased it in 1968 and presented it to the Museum in
** And then came one of the most venerable airplanes of all time, the DC-3. The
Museum's specimen first served with the USAAF after which it was sold to TCA in
1945, as its first DC-3. In 1948 TCA sold it to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co of
Canada who refinished it as a VIP transport and used it as such until 1983,
when it was generously given to the Museum. As the first Canadian DC-3 and with
38 years of Canadian service, it is the most appropriate of all DC-3's to
represent the type at the Canada Aviation Museum (CAM).
*** Air Canada's next donation was a Vickers Viscount, fin # 627. This airplane
originated from a proposal by Vickers-Armstrong Ltd. in 1945. TCA took delivery
of its 1st of 51 Viscounts in 1954 and operated this sizeable fleet until 1969.
Air Canada's former Vice President of Maintenance, Mr Bill Norberg, vividly
recalls having the aircraft refinished in its original TCA colors at the
Maintenance Base in Winnipeg, after which it was presented to the Museum in
And this is where my story begins! In difference to the airplanes donated by
Air Canada prior to 1969, this time there was no space left inside the Museum,
and no money with which to store it properly outside. So, it was relegated to
the tarmac where it has been sitting ever since. And it has company! A Douglas
Dakota was stored in 1964, a Canadair North Star 1, ex-RCAF, and the last North
Star in existence, was stored in 1966, a Bristol Beaufighter X stored in 1969,
a Canadair CP-107 Argus 2 stored in 1982, a Lockheed Jetstar 6, ex-DOT, stored
in 1986, a De Havilland Canada Dash 7 stored in 2000, and now Air Canada's
Aircraft Restoration Volunteers Sought
Interested in a long-term ‘labour of love’ to restore historic aircraft?
The Canadian Aviation Museum is looking for current and retired airline
employees to help restore historic aircraft, some of which have been sitting
outdoors on a tarmac since the mid 1960’s.
The Museum plans to build a new storage facility large enough to accommodate
all the aircraft under one roof.
Types of aircraft include a Douglas Dakota, Canadair North Star 1 Bristol
Beaufighter X, Canadair CP-107 Argus 2, a Lockheed Jetstar, and a Lockheed
Jetstar 6 among others.
Called ‘ Project North Star’ – because plans call for restoration to begin
first on the Canadair North Star 1 aircraft - skilled volunteers are being
sought from Air Canada as well as from other organizations such as Boeing,
Bombardier and Rolls Royce.
For more information, please contact retired Tech Services employee and Museum
" ' "
From "Between Ourselves" Midsummer Issue 1954
They laughed at us when we wrote in this column in 1875 ,that man would some
day invent a machine that would fly through space without the aid of a balloon.
But they're laughing out of the other side of their mouths now, because it is
generally accepted that the airplane is such a machine. It has now taken its
place with the train, the automobile, the steamship and the motor scooter as
man's favorite form of traveling from one place to another.
But although great strides have been made in heavier-than-air transportation,
there has been little advancement made among passengers who fly in them.
Everyone knows how to fly an airplane, but very few people know how to ride in
one. It is with some reluctance that we tackle this subject today.
The first thing one should know about this traveling by air is how to cheat on
luggage weight, The law on baggage is very specific. Baggage includes all
luggage, parcels and packages carried in cabin or checked in cargo space,
Overcoats, umbrellas, ladies' handbags, small cameras carried by the
passenger will not be weighed as "baggage."
The trick is to stick all your shoes in your overcoat, and put all the
cosmetics and heavy toilet goods in your wife's handbag, (There
is no specification on what size a woman's handbag can be and we can't see any
reason why a woman can't claim one of her larger trunks as her handbag. All she
has to do is to put some lipstick and a handkerchief in the trunk and she has a
very strong case.)
Although the rule states you can carry an umbrella, it does not say whether the
umbrella has to be open or closed. Passengers can take advantage of this by
opening their umbrellas and stuffing all their heavy packages in them,
Once you're weighed in, the next problem is the ride out to the airport in the
terminal bus. This will be the most dangerous part
of the trip. Although airline pilots have strict instructions to play it safe,
the bus drivers are under no such orders, and they are constantly trying to
beat their own speed records from the terminal to the airport. One reason the
air lines do not dis-
courage this wild driving is that they believe that after a ride in a bus a
passenger will consider the flying part of his trip a breeze.
Most people when they board an airplane only take one seat, leaving room for
someone to sit next to them. If you're traveling alone, throw your coats and
hand baggage into the seat next to you, and as soon as you see a beautiful girl
you can gallantly lift all the junk and say: "This seat isn't taken."
If you're traveling with your wife, wait as long as you can before boarding the
plane so you'll be assured that there are no seats left together and you'll be
forced to sit separately. Seat your wife next to some one who doesn't speak any
English and then find yourself a place next to the prettiest young thing on the
Before taking off it's advisable to grab all the magazines on the plane so
you'll have something to read during the trip. "Life" magazine is recommended
for take-offs and "Popular Mechanics" for landings.
While the plane is in flight, there are many things to keep you occupied. You
can play with the air-conditioning vents above your seat for at least an hour.
There is a steward's buzzer right next to the light. Do not be afraid to ring
it. It's been put there for YOU. When you tire of the air vent and the buzzer,
you can play with the mechanical parts of your seat. If you lean back far
enough, you can probably crush the legs of the person sitting behind you.
Once you're finished with all the mechnical gadgets you can start on the other
A good opening to the person sitting next to you could be: "Do you smell it,
too?" or if the person says something to you, stop him and explain : "Wait,
listen, do they sound differently or is it just my ears?"
If the man sitting next to you seems nervous, ask if he'd like to assimulate
ditching proceedure with you. Discuss the merits of the rubber lifejacket as
opposed to the cork type. Ask him if he knows any good shark stories.
Always wait until the person next to you has gone to sleep before excusing
yourself to get a drink of water.
There are many other ways to make your trip enjoyable, but we haven't the space
here to list them all. Air travel can be fun. Unfortunately the air line
companies have never exploited the possibilities of a passenger having a good
tjme. Maybe we'll write a book on it. The shipping and railroad companies might
even distribute it for us. They could do a lot worse.
" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
Some talk about travel insurance -
We understand that, when sending tickets to passengers, the company usually
encloses a brochure from John Ingle Ins. Perhaps a good rate for active or
retired employees may be obtained. Try 1-800-420-3011.
Those of you with an account with the Bank of Montreal can get coverage
past 85 years
old, subject to usual conditions - why not check them out. The coverage also is
for trip cancellation.
More Caribbeans web sites -
British Virgin Isles: bvitouristboard.com
St. Lucia: stlucia.org
St. Vincent & The Grenadines: svgtourism.com
Trinidad & Tobago: visitnt.com
Turks & Calcos: turksandcalcostourism.com
U.S.Virgin Isles: usvitourism.vi
" ' "
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