The NetLetter #1161

The NetLetter
 For Air Canada Retirees

 (part of the ACFamily Network)


April 23, 2011 - Issue 1161
First Issue published in October 1995!
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In This Issue
CAHS Upcoming Events
ACRA Upcoming Events
EXPO 86 Reunion
Our first 70 years
Star Alliance News
Air Canada Related News.
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
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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

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 hrs

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
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Time: 1300 hrs
Guest Speaker: 
Charles Petersen,

"Freedom's Wings Canada"  Providing people with disabilities the opportunity to fly,


Calgary ChapterCalgary Chapter   
Date: May 19,2011
Time: 1900 hrs

Guest Speaker: "The Prairie Air Mail: 1930-1932" by Bruce Gowans.

Montreal ChapterMontreal Chapter  
Date: May 19,2011
Time: 1100 hrs

Guest Speaker: TBA

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!

The following events are available for retirees through ACRA, the Air Canada Recreation Association.

Bowling 2011 Las Vegas

Retirees Welcome!

ACRA System Golf

Sumbit ACRA EventAre 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)

SAVE OUR PENSIONS - Compiled by Alan Rust

Save Our PensionsThe popular campaigns to grab the attention of our politicians in regard to retiree related concerns now has its own web presence at: www.saveoupensions.ca


So that we ensure that the need for much greater pension security is understood by all the individuals running for election, we would ask that you communicate to the Candidates for election in your Federal riding and ask him/her the following:

"Will you enact all necessary legislation to ensure that any solvency deficit in a federally regulated defined benefit pension plan has priority creditor status in all circumstances including going concern, plan termination, distressed plan negotiations, CCAA, and BIA?"


We urge all retirees (not just AC retirees) to visit this web site and let our party leaders know of our concerns. Grey power is a powerful force to reckon with!

EXPO 86 Reunion - Compiled by Alan Rust

Expo 86 Reunion

25th EXPO86 Reunion - Saturday, June 11, 2011


1986 - 2011 25th Year Anniversary!

Can you believe it has been 25 years since we were proudly selected to work at EXPO86 in the Air Canada Pavilion in Vancouver. - How time flies and how young we all looked.

The memories from those days still lingers and are held dear to our hearts. It was a very special time for all of us and not only did we have fun on both sunny and rainy days but more importantly the friendships created there will last a lifetime.

We are now scattered all over the Country and most of us have since retired but it's time to reconnect. If you were a staff member - you are invited to share in the celebration of our 25th EXPO86 Reunion.


Please click on poster above for full details.


See you there,

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Our first 70 years - Compiled by Terry Baker

Trans-Canada Air Lines/Air Canada




- May 17th - PWA share space on ReserVec II
- June 6th - IAM employees commenced a rotating walkout. 
Star Alliance News - Compiled by Terry Baker
Star AllianceFuture airlines who will be joining the Star Alliance -
Air India, Avianca-Taca, Copa Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines.

japan-naritaThis photo from the StarAllianceemployee.com web site -

ANA staff joined Air Canada staff at Narita to sign Japanese flags in support of their colleagues following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.


Holding the flags from left: Brain Koumbiadis, Manager Operations, In-flight Services, Toronto; Brian Chadburn, B777 Captain/YVR Base Manager, Line Operations; Naoki Hashimoto, Director, International Operations, Customer Swervice; Dennis Guay, Embraer Captain/YYZ Base Manager, Line Operations.

Air Canada Related News - Compiled by Terry Baker

Air Canada News In what would be its third such effort, Air Canada plans to launch a separate low-cost carrier that could eventually comprise as many as 50 aircraft.


A letter outlining the plan, obtained by The Globe and Mail and other Canadian newspapers, was sent this week by the airline to the Air Canada Pilots Assn. as part of ongoing labor negotiations. AC previously ventured into the low-fare airline-within-an-airline segment with Tango, which launched in November 2001, and Zip, a Western Canada-based carrier that started services in 2002 with the aim of competing directly against Calgary-based West Jet.


Both efforts were abandoned, although AC ultimately turned Tango into a fare class on mainline flights, leading to AC's groundbreaking ala carte fare product that began fare unbundling and ancillary products across the industry.

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.

aircraftpullNick Boere has sent in this photo and information -
In response to your request to send airline related events from the past


I have one from 1988 - almost 23 years ago would you believe. This picture was printed on the front page of the Toronto Sun to promote an aircraft pull competition between airport departments to raise money for charity.


Unfortunately, I don't remember everyone's name but most of us worked in the Toronto Airport Support Services group. I did some more research and found out that the 'aircraft pull' was going to take place at Pearson International the next day Wednesday May 25, 1988 to promote Participation Day and Canada Fitness Week.


I was also able to find the names of all participants and I have added them. Back - Gord Croucher, left - myself Nick Boere. front left - Mary Wolf. front right - Silvie Atterbury, middle left - Tom Au-Yeung, middle right - Jean-Yves Neault, right - Bill Walker.

tugwarriorsHere is a photo from "Horizons" issued July 1988.
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 15th 1955
Extracted from the "Between Ourselves" magazine -

viscounttrainingViscount Training Instructor group number two saw these employees complete 65 hours Station Services instruction to prepare for local training.


They are from left, top row: J. Robulak VR, C. E. Davis YC, K. D. Wannamaker XD, N. M. Hepburn XE, P. O'Flynn QA. Bottom:: C. R. Copeland (Instructor), H. B. Aiken CG, G. A. Fox CV, W. Burden QG, L. W. Tardif (Instructor).

patelcourseFifth PA (TEL) Course of the year saw this group graduate from basic training recently in Montreal.


Back row, from left: R. Harrier ST, M. J. Gillis YZ, P. Shoeffler-Lubbock UL, J. D. Hite ST. D. Gray UL. Middle row: E. A. Lalonde UL, H. A. McLellan UL, E. H. Delorme UL, L. Robinson XD, A. Rentoul XD, M. J. Erfass UL, R. E. McTurk UL. Seated: Misses P. Collins YZ, N. Freeland VR, S. I. Clark (Instructor UL), Misses M. Dickson UL and L. Neilson XD.

Issue dated - June 15th 1973
Musings from the "Horizons" magazine-

parisinthe-springxIt was 'Paris in the Spring' for eight Company lovelies recently, when they were loaned to the Canadian Government to act as hostesses at the Paris Air Show.


It wasn't all champagne and caviar though. The girls worked long hours, and it was hard on their feet, but they had some time for sightseeing, and all agreed it was an enjoyable experience.


Shown in the photo are, from the left: Pat Monzo; Michéle Cardin, Jean Le Pottier, Public Relations Manager - France; Louise Kerr; Hélène Howse; Teresa Sgrignuoli; Anita Forget; Gloria Bramucci; Nicolle Thompson; and Captain Art Tonkin, who directed the planning of the STOL project for the Company. The STOL system, one of 26 exhibitions at the Canadian pavilion, attracted a steady stream of interested visitors.

marchIt was a family affair when Captain lan March piloted a recent Montreal-Los Angeles flight. On the flight deck with him was his son, Second Officer, Stephen March. Son Robert, an engineer in Maintenance, dropped by to wish them a good flight.

fashionsRecent Stewardess graduates Elizebeth Beaton of Halifax, Patrica McLeod pf Toronto and Jayda Hughes from Vancouver model some of the combinations in the new wardrobe introduced 1975. The wardrobe consisting of some 51 interchangeable pieces, was designed by Montreal couturier Leo Chevalier at a cost of approximately ca$800,000.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
Seaplanes of Lake Union - submitted by Stoney Jackson

Jules James hosts this history of one of the world's most active seaplane bases: Seattle's Lake Union. He produced this video for the Lake Union Virtual Museum at www.lakeunionhistory.org

CORRECTION: In the narration, James says "I'm guessing that Lake Union is the busiest seaplane base...in the United States on any given summer's day." A viewer has written stating that Lake Hood in Anchorage, AK is statistically the busiest.
Seaplanes of Lake Union
Seaplanes of Lake Union
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.
Issue dated - May 17th 1973
emblemPacific Western Airlines sign a contract to share space on Air Canada ReserVec II system.  PWA agents will use a module called Alfie (Air Line Information Electronic) which will allow for reservations, interline connections, hotels and car rentals world wide. 
pwaresHere is the ribbon cutting ceremony for the PWA reservation contract. From the left -Dorothy Newington (Senior Reservations Agent), Donald Watson (President PWA), Pierre Jeannot (VP C & SS Air Canada), Rita Edwards (Newest reservations employee with PWA).

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. 

victoriaKen Bjorge has sent in this photo taken at Victoria International (YYJ) during the 50's. 

Nice shot of the ramp at Victoria featuring PWA Convair 640 CF-PWS with an Air Canada' Viscount sitting behind it.



Lorna Philbrick sends us this information regarding the last Viscount flight from YYJ in NetLetter nr 1159...

Gee I was working that day and I thought we all said goodbye with Geoff Sissons at the wheel.
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!

Bill Wood sends us this interesting url - try it!
Once you click on the link, go to the lower right portion of the video screen and make it a full screen display, very cool!
Cockpit view of a twilight landing at Los Angeles airport compressed into about 4 minutes. 
Be sure to view this in full screen to see how awesome it really is! Audio track too!
Cockpit view of a twilight landing at LAX
Cockpit view of a twilight landing at LAX
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Terry Baker

Vern Swerdfeger sends us this url to view -
This is a must watch! IT IS PRICELESS!
Thomson Airways, based in London, is the world's largest charter airline, and the third largest airline in the United Kingdom by total passengers carried.

Thomson Airways, Ltd. holds a UK Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating License, permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats. They have a fleet of 63 Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and in this video, you will see their cabin crew in action.



Thomson Airways Safety Video 2009
Thomson Airways Safety Video 2009
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.

Stoney & June Jackson sent this with the comment  - it's all a question of pronunciation.

Tower: "Skylane Eight Seven Charlie cleared for the approach; caution, waterfall in the area."  (Short silence, presumably while the Skylane pilot questioned passengers on the transmission).

Skylane: "Eight Seven Charlie, say again?"

Tower: "Skylane Eight Seven Charlie cleared for the approach; caution, waterfall in the area." (Again, short silence).

Skylane: "Ah, cleared for the approach, but what do you mean by the waterfall caution?"
Tower: "Waterfall, you know: Ducks and geese...Waterfowl."

cartoon-1Another Mathias cartoon sent to us by Norman Garwood.

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

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First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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