The NetLetter #1160

The NetLetter
 For Air Canada Retirees

 (part of the ACFamily Network)


April 16, 2011 - Issue 1160
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
CAHS Upcoming Events
ACRA Upcoming Events
Our first 70 years
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds & Ends
Terry's Trivia
Web Site Information

The NetLetter Web Site
Donation Information

Send cheques payable to "ACFamily Network" to:

ACFamily Network
#800 - 15355 24th Ave, Suite 523
Surrey, BC V4A 2H9
Pay by Credit Card
Donate to the NetLetter

ACFamily Network
ACFamily Links
ACFamily Airlines
Air Canada
Trans-Canada Air Lines
Air Alliance
Air BC
Air Nova
Air Ontario
Northwest Air
Canadian Airlines
Canadian Air Canada
Inter Canadian
Time Air
Canadian Pacfic
Pacific Western
Austin Airways
Eastern Provincial
Terry Baker

We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC, Wardair. etal. and share your experiences with us!

The NetLetter is an email newsletter published every weekend and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here

We also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in regard to anything we post here. Many readers have commented with additional information, names and personal memories from the photos and articles presented here.

The NetLetter, which is free, is open to anyone that wishes to subscribe but is targeted to retired employees from Air Canada, Canadian Airlines and all the other companies that were part of what Air Canada is today. Thanks for joining us!

Terry & your NetLetter Team
CAHS Upcoming Events - Compiled by Alan Rust
CAHSWe have a listing below of all the CAHS (Canadian Aviation Historical Society) upcoming events that we are aware of.

If you are at all interested in Canadian aviation history, then we encourage you to attend a meeting or visit their web site at: www.cahs.ca

Montreal ChapterMontreal Chapter
Date: April 21,2011
Time: 1100 hrs

Guest Speaker: Paul Gagnon, a Quebec pilot with 45 years of experience, from bush pilot to Airline Captain and government air service administrator, will be speaking.

Calgary ChapterCalgary Chapter 
Date: April 21,2011
Time: 1900 hrs

Guest Speaker: Bill Cameron - Find out how, in response to technical and marketing challenges, Canadian Pacific Air Lines evolved through four forms of internal 'culture' during its exciting and flamboyant four decades of existence. A fascinating analysis from one of its former executive employees. Not to be missed!

Manitoba ChapterManitoba Chapter

Date: April 27, 2011
Time: 1900 hours

Guest Speaker:  Professor Ostap Hawaleshka will review the career and aircraft of Oleg Antonov, one of USSR's most successful aircraft designers. His bureau created famous aircraft ranging from the An-2 Colt biplane, to the An-225 Mriya, the world's largest airplane.

Ottawa ChapterOttawa Chapter

Date: April 28, 2011
Time: 1930 hours

Guest Speaker:  Gord Jenkins shares details of the RCAF's varied missions and aircraft assigned to United Nations' operations during the 1950s and 1960s.

British Columbia ChapterVancouver Chapter
May 10, 2011
Time: 1900 hrs
Guest Speaker: TBA 
For more info call Jerry Vernon at (604) 420-6065

Toronto ChapterToronto Chapter
May 14, 2011
Time: 1300 hours
Guest Speaker: 
Charles Petersen - "Freedom's Wings Canada", providing people with disabilities the opportunity to fly,

CAHS National Convention

Edmonton - June 22th to 26th - Mark your calendars for the CAHS 48th annual convention where they will explore the rich aviation history of Edmonton, the province of Alberta, and Canada's North. 

Presentations will range from civil and military aviation topics, to how regional heritage institutions are promoting this fascinating history, to creative ways authors are bringing these subjects to new audiences.


See: www.cahs.ca/events/convention.html for complete details.

ACRA Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust

ACRA  LogoRetirees Welcome!  

Steve Kerwin, organizer for the annual ACRA System Golf Event invites all retirees to the annual ACRA System Golf Tournament, Sunday, September 11 - 15, 2011. For more information see: www.acra.ca  Rates include 4 nights room, golf, dinners, and breakfasts from $326.00 - $400.00 per person.

AGM 2011 VancouverAre you aware of an ACRA Event that is open to retirees? Please use the online form by following this link to submit your ACRA Event. (ACRA Events only please)

Our first 70 years - Compiled by Terry Baker
Trans-Canada Air Lines/Air Canada

- April 1st - Inauguration of Viscount service in TCA.

1972 - October - Transfer of B747 charter and most Atlantic flights transferred from Terminal 1 to Terminal 11 at YYZ.



  • March 15th - Inaugural L1011 flight YYZ-YVR
  • April 29th - Total operation at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) consolidated at Terminal 11.
Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker
Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos - The photos and information below was sent to us by our faithful readers. If you would like to send us some old photos you have lying around. we will consider them for publication in a future NetLetter. We prefer good quality airline related photos, with descriptive text included with the submission.

tcaresFrom : Mike Horan TCA/AC, YYZ early 1960's.


Photo's taken early 1960's Reservations TCA. Location, (most likely) old Church Street office prior to move to 130 Bloor West. Unfortunately the names escape me now...maybe someone will identify same.

That's my wife Theresa Bondy (behind the girl with the red sweater ).

(Anyone help with some identities here? - eds)


pnsmeetingFrank Pedder sends us this photo of a "bored" meeting of a P&S gathering October 5th 2010 at 1pm in Bar12 on 32nd Avenue in Lachine. Pionairs and friends.
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoMusings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, an Air Canada publication from years gone by, and various in-house magazines.
Issue dated - May 1st 1955
From the "Between Ourselves" magazine -
electricalcourseThis impressive looking group represents the sixth Viscount Electrical group training at Winrilpeg. From the left and following up the ladder they are: M. Banks, E. Hunter, L. Miller,  P. Zilirnan, all of Winnipeg, W. Bunko, Edmonton,  A. Jones, D. Moore, W. Fairbairn, L. Anderson, all of Winnipeg, R. HoIbrook, J. Johnson, E. Bray and J. Gladman, all of Toronto.
allthebrassAll the brass goes to school in Winnipeg as seen in this group which represents a total of 142 years experience being kept up-to-date on new equipment by Instructor Stan Bennett are From left: Ken Chapman, Viscount Project engineer WG: Wally Wallace, Inspection Supvr., YZ; Al Hunt, Maintenance Supt., WG; Pat Patrault, Central Region Maintenance Supvr., YZ; Tom Gilmour, Western Regional Maintenance Supvr., VR; Jim Eberts, Asst. Training and Publications Supvr WG; George Pytlik, Supt. Maintenance and Overhaul, WG; Doug Clifford, Training and Publications Supvr WG, Herb Mobberley, Overhaul Supt., WG. The group is examining a Dart Engine Rotor Assembly.
pacntrcourseAnother new class of PA (CNTR) graduates has completed basic training at our Minto Building, Montreal. Bob Climie, extreme left, instructed the group, which consisted of from left back row: A. Cooper, CV; W. Ellis, NY; E. Mckenna, QT: G. Varga, NY: C. McTigue, UL; G. Gough, ULTX. Middle row: Miss J. Platz, F. Biancamano and Miss P. Tremblay all NY; P. Reid, MLTA; P. Mitchell, MLTA; Miss D. Scott, Lead Agent, YZ (Asst. Instructor). Seated: Misses N. Frederick, CV; L. Gervois, UL; S. Cash, NY; J. Roupe, NY, and J. Kidd, MLTA.

Issue dated - May 15th 1955

stationservicesThis group represents  the First employees to receive Station Services training in Winnipeg as Viscount instructors.

Trainees received 65 hours of instruction on the Viscount Aircraft, after which they returned to their respective stations and trained local personnel.

From left, top row: E. A. Clark YC, J. Singer OW, R. E. Bruce NY, W. B. Baer WG, N. Batten UL. Bottom row: A. G. Jones YZ, A. E. Garwood QT, E. Fabert YZ, G. E. Harker, C. R. Capeland, both Instructors, UL.

leadagentsCompleting the first Lead Agent course of the year this group has been trained in duties and responsibilities of their new position.


From left they are, standing: Charlie Rhind UL, Paul Blackwood NY, Dick Gormley FC, Frank Clarke NY, Jim Houlihan XF. Malcolm Ross UL. Seated: Audrey Rooney NY, Jack Chamberlain (Instructor UL), Jean Reinbrecht NY.

Issue dated - April 17th 1973
Extracted from the "Horizons" magazine -

inauguraltristarMarch 15 wasn't just another work day for this flight crew who worked the inaugural L-1011 flight from Toronto to Vancouver. There were smiles all around in anticipation of doing their part to enter the day in the Company history book.


Front row, from the left: Ayn Slatford, Wayne Howlett, Jane Prouse, and Deanne McGowan. Back row: Karen Nodwell. Marion Ewart, Manny Eiberger. Denise Wills, Chris Toyne, Barb Scott and Charles Tanne.

Issue dated - July 18th 1973

millerE. F. (Dusty) Miller, Procurement  Assistant. Purchasing & Facilities. Montreal (right), receives his 25-year pass from Frank Rummery, Procurement Supervisor.


Dusty's quarter century career began with Winnipeg Stores in 1948 leading to an 18-year stint in Vancouver before he was transferred to Montreal in 1970.

cargoCargo Teamwork
Air Canada cargo services and some of its people were present 'to pick up the pieces" as the Canadian Government brought more than 500 U.S. buyers to a Montreal showing of clothing manufacturers.

The Trade, Industry and Commerce department also brings European buyers to similar shows in different parts of Canada. Last year, exports from such totaled more than $4 million. The Company works closely with the government at these export shows, and is able to sell its cargo services to many buyers.


Seen at the Montreal show are, seated: Montreal Cargo Sales Rep Anita David, and Neil Peacock of Trade, Industry and Commerce. Standing are: Cargo Sales & Service Manager Hank Stewart, and Sales Rep John DeGroot, both of Winnipeg, and Market Development Manager John Burghardt.

uniform-1London sees new wardrobe
Stewardesses Barbara Dunn and Marianne Krottaz attracted considerable interest and attention in London, England last month when they posed in the new In-Flight wardrobe against many famous landmarks around the city.

They are shown in the photo outside the Royal Lancaster Hotel, complete with coats and matched luggage. Inside, the Financial Times Conference on World Tourism and Travel was in progress. What better audience to show off the new fashions. During the coffee break, they mingled with the conference attendees, and received many complimentary remarks on the new wardrobe. 

uniform-1Shown at the conference are, from the left: Mrs. Ménard and Yves Ménard, Vice President-Marketing; Barbara and Marianne; Glyn Lovell. Manager. Tourist Development; and Gib Sale, Planning & Economics Manager, London.
Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
DC-8 Stuck by lava flow?  (Submitted by "FMhouse" from the ACFamily Network Forums)
It's a shame that none of the historically significant early DC8's used by AC and CP were kept in the country for posterity.

Interestingly, one of the original AC DC8-42's (CF-TJH, AC 808, s/n 45610/122) survives, although it was later converted by Douglas to the -54F standard.
It is located in Goma, Congo, and it has been stranded there for some years since a volcanic lava flow cut off the taxiway.
You can see it there on Google Earth or Google Maps, and it looks like a new taxiway has been built. I know it's a crazy dream, but woudn't it be something to bring her home...
Update: It looks like the plane has been moved in early January 2011 to a place designated to a/c wfu. It is not clear if Lima Victor will be demolished or will function as open air museum piece the years to come.

Douglas DC-8-54(F)
Air Canada 808 in better years
Air Canada AC 808 in better years
Aircraft and Lava Flow
Aircraft and Lava Flow
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and it's "ancestry" of contributing airlines.

royalfltKen Bjorge has sent us these photos and information he has received  -

A couple of PWA Employee magazine covers... one is from 1970 showing the crews who manned the Queens visit and flight on A/C 732. The other is from September 1969 with the back cover as well with the In Memoriam to Val Hennell & Brian Bourne after the 640 crash in Campbell River.

To supplement this photo the NetLetter gang extracted the following from www.pwareunion.com/Traces.htm

From: S Gray
Aircraft 732 carried the Queen of England, Prince Phillip, and Princess Anne in July 1970 on a tour of the Arctic.


The interior was configured with Boeing's Executive Suite. Front End crew were Capt Robin Mackie and Capt Jimmy Lightbown; Flight Attendants: S Gray, H. McLeod, G. Moore, B. Snyder, and L. Duffy Pursers J. Bisaillon, and R Hatch along with Flight Engineer V. Robertson.  The aircraft is CF-PWE fin 732 c/n 19743.

(We do not know the order for the identities, and we have no idea the identities of the ground staff - eds)

pwaroutemapHere are the other two images from Ken Bjorge.
Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or  feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently.

Ken Pichford sends us this comment -
Just a follow-up on the interesting item by Doug Saunders in Issue 1158 on CPA's DC-6 (technically a DC-6A/B convertible passenger/cargo model) and its lease by Wardair.
That aircraft is still flying (or was as of late last year) for Everts Air Cargo in Anchorage, Alaska. It was one of the last 30 or so DC-6s built in 1958, and the last delivered to CPA.

Below are three photos dated September/October 2010 (cockpit photo May 2010) of ex-CF-CZZ, now N9056R, taken at Anchorage. Still at work after 53 years!  
Regards, Ken


Odds & Ends - Compiled by Terry Baker
Odds & EndsSometimes we receive articles and information that just doesn't fit in our other areas. This is where it goes!

Bob Baglow launches web and print aviation publishing program.
I am pleased to announce a new Canadian aviation web site exclusively devoted to the people, aircraft and photography of Canadian aviation: www.CanAero.ca

Supporting the CanAero.ca web site are the limited edition, collectible Aviation History Series books. It is especially appropriate that Book 1 of the Aviation History Series is authored by one of Canada's most widely published and popular aviation writers, Robert S. Grant. Tales from the Lakeview offers the reader an intimate view inside the world of Canadian wilderness flying, along with vignettes from Bob's own 45-year career as a commercial pilot.

Join us at www.CanAero.ca for the start of something great in Canadian aviation history publishing. Learn more about our books, download a free chapter sample, view the initial photo story galleries, read Robert S. Grant's Maldives feature-length story, and support the growth and expansion of CanAero.ca by pre-ordering our first limited edition title.

25 years of aviation publishing

It all started in 1986 with my first book, Canucks Unlimited, and continued through the late '90s up to 2004 as publisher of Canada's top-selling aviation magazines, Aviation Quarterly and Aviation Canada

Hope you enjoy this new venture, and thanks for looking. Tales from the Lakeview will ship at the end of April 2011.

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Ryanair announced that it will introduce a €2 ($2.82) levy per passenger to fund the costs associated with "force majeure" cases under the EU261 European passenger compensation regulation.
The LCC said it was forced to cancel more than 15,000 flights affecting some 2.4 million passengers last year for reasons beyond its control, such as the volcanic ash airspace closures, strikes by air traffic controllers and weather-related airport closures. These disruptions resulted in €100 million in EU261 related costs, such as compensation for flight cancellations and delays, providing right to care and legal expenses, the airline said.

Brian Walsh has sent us this url and message -
Here's a nifty tool to view an address. Probably a great way to prepare for a trip to unfamiliar places.

Cheers, Brian

Are you looking for the cheapest resorts available?  If so, we have some in Mexico and the Caribbean, provided by Airline Employee Travel (these rates will vary by date of travel). Listed below are some selected choices for you. You can see a complete list including more destinations and resorts at www.airlineemployeetravel.com!

Cabo San Lucas
  • Temptation Resort & Spa - A 4 star all-inclusive adults only resort in Cabo San Lucas with rates from $65pp!
  • Royal Solaris - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in Cabo San Lucas with rates from $73pp!


  • Sea Adventure Resort & Water Park - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in Cancun with rates from $64pp!
  • Temptation Resort & Spa - A 4 star all-inclusive adults only resort in Cancun with rates from $71pp!
  • El Cozumeleno Resorts - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in Cozumel with rates from $92pp!
  • Allegro Cozumel - A 3 star all-inclusive resort in Cozumel with rates from $98pp!   
Puerto Vallarta
  • Friendly Hola Vallarta - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta with rates from $66pp!
  • RIU Jalisco - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta with rates from $69pp!
  • RIU Palace Aruba - A 5 star all-inclusive resort in Aruba with rates from $202pp!
  • Occidental Grand Aruba - A 5 star all-inclusive resort in Aruba with rates from $213pp!

Dominican Republic

  • Bahia Principe San Juan - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata with rates from $48pp!
  • Allegro Puerto Plata - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata with rates from $52pp!


  • Sunset Jamaica Grande - A 3 star all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios with rates from $72pp!
  • Sunset Beach Resort & Spa - A 3 star all-inclusive only resort in Montego Bay with rates from $72pp!
St. Lucia
  • Almond Morgan Bay - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in St. Lucia with rates from $132pp!

St. Thomas

  • Bolongo Bay Resort - A 4 star all-inclusive resort in St. Thomas with rates from $219pp!

Disclaimer: Please note, that neither the NetLetter or the ACFamily Network  necessarily endorse any of the airline related or other "deals" that we provide for our readers. We would be interested in any feedback (good or bad) when using these companies though and will report the results here. We do not (normally) receive any compensation from any companies that we post in our newsletters. If we do receive a donation or other compensation, it will be indicated as a sponsored article or link.

Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

cartoonNorman Garwood sends us this information.

As I read the NetLetter I am pleased to the material from Between Ourselves.  I was Editor for many years and introduced Horizons in both official languages, because of our Crown Corporate nature, before we were directed to do so by Ottawa. Before returning to follow Ed Thackray after his passing, I was in our Advertising Division where my duties included the Interliner newsheet which often carried a cartoon by Dave Mathias, one of our managers in Germany.


Dave's "inside look" at our industry produced some pertinent laughs and copies were made to other airline publications. I compiled a number of his cartoons in small volumes and found two them when doing a little tidying up. If you will give me a snail mail address I'll send them along and you may want to reproduce some of them. - Norman.
(We will run some of these cartoons in subsequent NetLetters - enjoy - eds)

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!

Your NetLetter Team
First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
  • Flight Engineer - Bill Rowsell, Londesboro, Ontario
To contact us, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Current Mail List

Join our Mail List

Please use the form below to sign up to our mail list. All information below is required.
Thank you for subscribing to The NetLetter.