The NetLetter #1176

The NetLetter
 For Air Canada Retirees

 (part of the ACFamily Network)


August 20, 2011 - Issue 1176
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
ACRA Upcoming Events
Women in Aviation
Our first 70 years
Star Alliance 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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ACRA Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust
ACRA  LogoRetirees Welcome!

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

ACRA Badminton 2011 - Montreal 

Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
When: Thursday, September 29 to Saturday, October 1, 2011 

For more inforation visit: www.acrabadminton.org.uk 


Retirees Welcome!

ACRA System Golf

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)

Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker
The 2012 Women in Aviation Conference, coming up next March in Dallas, Texas, will include a day-long program designed for the daughters of those who attend, the group announced this week at EAA AirVenture. "Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day" is aimed at girls age 10 to 18 and will take place on Saturday, March 10. A remark by EAA President Rod Hightower was the inspiration for the new program, said Peggy Chabrian, president of Women in Aviation International.

When Hightower told her he was planning to bring his own daughters to the WAI conference, the idea of others bringing their daughters was put in motion. Programs are also in the works to reach out to local Girl Scout groups to invite girls who might not otherwise be introduced to aviation. About 200 girls are expected to participate
Our first 70 years - Compiled by Terry Baker

Trans-Canada  Air Lines/Air Canada


- May 10th - A TCA Lodestar landed at LaGuardia Airport to introduce the first foreign flag carrier to land at that airport. 

Star Alliance News - Compiled by Terry Baker
Star AllianceStar revokes Air India application
Star Alliance suspended the induction of Air India into the global airline grouping after India's national airline failed to meet the minimum joining conditions agreed upon in December 2007. 
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.


During a recent visit to the BC Aviation Museum, Al Catterall handed over several photos of people but they are unidentified. The photos were taken in February, 1964 and we have published them in the hopes someone can identify them. Below are two employees checking out the hose for a ground power unit. The person on the right is thought to be John McBride

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Pilot and ground crew checking the hose for an Air Starter. (unidentified)

Image Blank 200pxEngine repair (unidentified maintenaince crew)

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Image Blank 200pxAvionics Technician (unidentified)
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 - June 1st 1956
Found in the "Between Ourselves" magazine
yycterminal The first TCA aircraft to fly into Churchill, Manitoba was a North Star under the command of Capt. Jim Storey in late April. The flight was undertaken for Spartan Air Services. Also on board were F/O Chuck Blaylock, Station Controller Walter Baer of WPG, and Stan MacDonald the staff photographer. Encountered at Churchill were former TCA employees Geoff Northcott and Stan Marsh. Northcott was a former TCA Captain and now Operations Manager for Trans-Air. Marsh was a former Quality Control Engineer.
Above is a photo of the Calgary Terminal opened June 2nd 1956.

Issue dated - June 15th 1956

graduates GRADUATES of the Brant-Norfolk Aero Club now with our Company were honored recently at a dinner marking the 27th anniversary of the Club. W. F. English, right, is shown with the former members.


They are, from the left: First Officers Howard Campbell and Howard Franklin, Captain Bruce Bowden, First Officer Harry Dycke, Captains Gath Edwards, Bob Smuck and Neil Bennett, First Officer Frank Chowan, Frank Young, Operations Manager, Toronto, and Mr. English.

Issue dated - July 15th 1956

yyzterminalIMPROVED passenger facilities were the order of the day at Malton Airport (YYZ) when the addition to the terminal building was completed.


The 25-Foot extension runs the entire length on the ramp side of the building and has doubled our ticketing outlets and provided nine check-in points, compared with the previous six.

110years110 years of company service were represented at this recent gathering in Toronto which saw 11 ten year pins presented to management and Supervisory personnel of the Toronto District Sales Office.


Some 26 company personnel, comprising a total of 285 years of service, were on hand. Shown with the certificate holders identified by background name plate are, extreme right: V. H. Fulcher, District Sales Manager and right, R. Campbell, Regional Sales Manager.

frederictonTHE NEW Reservations and Teletype facilities for Fredericton, situated in the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel there, have been officially opened.


At work with the new equipment are, from the left: Blaine Thomas, Reservations Agent, Burt Estabrooks, Manager Traffic Services, and Passenger Agents Ruth Estabrookes and M. Kennedy.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
Vintage Aero PinUp
(from Glidepath, the museum's quarterly newsletter)
On June 26, the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, B.C. hosted a MeetUp of the Metro Vancouver Photography Workshop, organized by Chris Pike.
The Museum provided the venue and the props (pun intended), and Chris provided the models dressed in appropriate period clothing, and fifteen enthusiastic photographers created the images, a sample of which is shown below.

The images confirm what aviation enthusists all know: aircraft displays are objects of art, character and emotion. After the event, the participants rated their MeetUp as a 5 star event. For more images, and for more information on the Metro Vancouver Photography Workshop, please visit their website www.mvpworkshops.ca; look under either "past" events or "photos" for the Vintage Aero PinUp photo gallery or click on the photo below.



Old Time Pinups

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 - October 1980
Pickings from the "PWA Speedbird" magazine

actashow Charter Services and Sales joined forces earlier this year and participated in the Third Annual Conference and Trade Show of the Alliance of Canadian Travel Associations (ACTA).

Over 1500 delegates attended the three day Conference in Toronto not to mention several hundred people who toured the Trade Show. Pacific Western's display booth was a special attraction as the "urban cowboys" handed out Pacific Western scarves to everyone who stopped by.


Approximately 300 people attended the Friday morning Whoop-Up breakfast sponsored by PWA.


Left to Right (back row): Ron Moore, Terry Francis, Don Mitchell, Don McPhail, Walter Muurmans, Bruce Watson. Left to Right (front row): Gerry Helten, Geoff Robey, Margrit Wilson, Jack Miles, Dave Walker, Bert Parada, Bryce Paton and Gary Handel.

bowers Here we have a photo of Agents Gord Bowers and Marilyn Young, on the job in Fort McMurray.

xdramp A visit by the "Speedbird" magazine met with these ramp workers at XD.


Left to right: Jack Paul, Cindy Gajb,  Kelly Tinkler, Will Ruis, Mel Erickson.

charter A famous charter was the 1972 Gordon Securities Charter. The crew: Captain Wendel Clark; First Officer, Dave Simpson; Flight Engineer, Fred Ritz; Flight Attendants: Jim Bisaiion, Mary Ann Garbencius, Ivy Dunn, Lynn Keefe; Sales (YXD) Co-ordinator, Ken Wamsley.

The routing: Montreal, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Resolute, Romulus, lnuvik, Deadhorse Prudoe Bay, Fairbanks, Calgary.


Gordon Securities of Montreal had chartered aircraft 732 (CF-PWE). This was the first P. W. charter to ever have in-flight movies, they were about pipelines, Arctic shipping, environmental concerns, etc.

The four day charter (on sked throughout) was the first jet to land at such a northern location (the Romulus Oil Rig site on Elismere Island). This eastern investment group were being shown Canada's northern oil play utilizing western expertise in the best tradition.... P. W. staff and aircraft 732. After service with PWA, 732 was the first B737 to reach the "10,000 hours" mark. The aircraft eventually ended up with Nigeria Airways in Lagos Nigeria.

Issue dated - August 1970
Clips from the "PWA Keeping Posted" magazine -
teaexecShown on June 22nd 1960, are the Traffic Employees Assn (T.E.A.). The executive officers during 1970 were left to right; Pat Desa, Ron Babiy, Doug Ross and Ian Lambton.

stranraer This Stranraer aircraft was purchased from PWA by several people including Al Fraser of the PWA maintenance staff.


The aircraft was moved to Abbotford Airport and rebuilt before being sold to the British Historical Society in the U.K.  As you will notice, this is a float plane, so a 4 wheeled dolly was fashioned upon which the aircraft sat. The engines were revved up and the aircraft departed on a normal takeoff. The dolly was last seen charging off into the sunset.


Shown here are three guys relaxing with the Stranraer in 1953. Left to right: Archie Bridger, Harold Johnson, Al Fraser.

Issue dated - November 1982 
Gathered from "PWA Flightlines" magazine -
muurmansHere we have four employees from Toronto.

Walter Muurmans,
Station Manager.
mcphail Don McPhail, Sales Representative.
ravalli Kathy Ravalli, Airport Secretary.
turner Vera Turner, Secretary Sales and Charters.

Barrie Ditson sent us this information -
Because of my participation in the CP Air Running Club. I still have a few of the certificates for running the Klondike Trail of '98 race which for some reason didn't get distributed.  If Winnie Wiggs, Andy Burns, Tom Maters, Liz St.Jacques, or Margaret Warwick are still around and would like their certificate please send me your address and I'll mail it to you (28 years late but who's counting!).
Thanks, Barrie Ditson

DusseldorgBarrie has sent us a copy of "CP Air News" magazine issued July 1983, here we extracted some information


- Eight off-line European bases joined the Pegasus reservations network. Here we have these photos. Dusseldorf: From left, Margit deLachs, district sales rep; Angelika Schroder, passenger agent; Anne Wrossok, sales rep; and Helga Schreiber (seated), passenger agent. .. now, June 8th 1983 on line Pegasus!

copengahen Copenhagen: From left, Flemming Timmermann, sales manager, Scandinavia; Turid Blom, senior sales rep; Jens Risgaard, sales rep; Hanne Hardman, passenger agent; and Eli Andersen, senior passenger agent.. . now, June 10, 1983 on Pegasus.
zurich Zurich From left, Ernst Kaufmann, passenger agent; George Eberle, sales rep; Esther Baumann, senior passenger agent; and Bert EIrich, sales manager... now, June 8th 1983 on line Pegasus!
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.

Reed Park spotted our error in NetLetter nr 1173 -

I think the fella mentioned as "Waiter Fowler" is actually "Walter Fowler".


Issue dated - October 1973
Found in the "Horizons" magazine -

Bob Dailey, Cargo Facilities Technician, Matton sent us (the editors of the magazine)
this photo, courtesy of a neighbor, Jack Hunter "who has been in Air Transport since
Pontius was a pilot". It was taken at Cranbrook, B.C. in the summer of 1938, and shows a Lockheed L10A with, from the left: Barney Rawson, Ron George, unknown, unknown, Waiter Fowler, and ? Coulson. Oldtimers will no doubt recognize the unknowns.
But what the heck. None of us can be perfect all the time.
I enjoy very much the Netletter.

Regards Reed Park son of Ellie Park, long retired.

arnold Richard Vandam sends us this suggestion regarding this photo in NetLetter nr 1174

Re: the pictures visit BC Aviation Museum. Al Catterall
The 4th photo is I believe Art Arnold RES Manager and the agent is Jimmy Moore in front of the RED in reservation at that time at 1070 Hornby street. 


Richard  and Jean Chernenko sent us this email which confirms the identification Richard Vandam sent us -

Hi All:
The last picture is of Jim Moore , Passenger Agent and Art Arnold, Rsvns Manager, at 1070 Hornby St. Vancouver, B.C.  at departure Control in reservations.. My name is Jean Chernenko and I worked as Teletype Operator, and have been retired now since Oct. 1985.  I just saw Art Arnold last week, he is in Waterford in Tsawwassen, b.c.  he is 97 yrs. old, but slowing down... Cheers Jean

Ray Arnold has sent us this follow-up about his father Arthur Arnold -
Just to inform you that my father Arthur Arnold, who began his career with Trans Canada Airlines in the 1950s, transferred to Vancouver to become Air Canada Airport Manager, then Vancouver Reservations Manager, passed away on July 29th, just four months shy of his 98th birthday.
Ray Arnold 

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!

The latest issue nr 109 of the "Glidepath" newsletter issued by the Canadian Museum of Flight at Langley, BC has an interesting interview with Bill Findlay formerly with CP Air, Wardair and Air Canada. See: www.canadianflight.org
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker
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Europe continues to be very busy for employee stand-by travel! During the current peak summer travel period, employees should be aware of the very high flight loads departing all our European stations. As our colleagues in Europe are busy attending to our customers, they may be unable to assist employees in obtaining back-up ZED tickets on other airlines. Please ensure you arrange and purchase your back-up ZED tickets prior to your departure from home! Please also remember that some stations including Madrid and Zurich do not have Employee Ticketing facilities. We expect Europe flights to remain busy for the next few weeks. Other airlines are experiencing similar loads, so don't be caught waiting for days, be prepared! When travelling, all employees are expected to check-in on the web or at the kiosks.(source Daily)

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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.
mathiascartoon Here is another Dave Mathias cartoon.
cockpits Pieter Koolman provides us with a view of the upgrades in cockpit design and instrumentation between the DC-9 and A320.

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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.
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