The NetLetter #1182

The NetLetter
 For Air Canada Retirees

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October 8, 2011 - Issue 1182
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
CAHS Upcoming Events
Pionair Meetings and Events
Our first 70 years
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

Pionair Meetings and Events - Compiled by Alan Rust

Pionairs LogoThe Air Canada Pionairs have ongoing Coffee Club Meetings in the following Districts; Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Okanagan, Edmonton, Calgary, Man-Sask, SW Ontario, Central Ontario, Ottawa, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia - P.E.I., Newfoundland, UK - E.C. and the USA - Caribbean. For full information, click here.

Meetings provide an opportunity to meet old friends, learn the latest news regarding Air Canada and your  pensions or hear a variety of guest speakers speaking on topics of interest to retirees.

Our first 70 years - Compiled by Terry Baker

Trans-Canada  Air Lines/Air Canada



  • January - Air Canada Merit Award instituted.
  • April - Eastern Provincial Airways . new ResII customer.
  • June 3rd - DC-8 service to Munich inaugurated.
Air Canada Related News - Compiled by Terry Baker

Air Canada News Air Canada's mobile booking app really takes off!
Air Canada was the first airline in Canada to introduce mobile booking through their Apple App during September last, and feedback to date from our customers has been very positive.

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.

flightattendfants Juanita Ollivier has sent us this photo of the CP final flight attendant course.

The Last Graduating class of Canadian Airlines Flight Attendants September 1988
There was another group after but they never became employed...

Here are the names of cabin crew from left to right.


Back row: Shelley Anderson YVR; Bruce Arthur, Sask; Noella Noury Mtl; Denise Gibson, Alta; Shelley Cuccirean, ant; Teresa Mund, Alta,  Diane Docherty, Alta; John Bond, ant; Valerie Verheyen, Belgium, Ostend;  

Front Row: Sandra Grant, ant; Shawna ? , Edm, Eileen Klaus, YYC; Carol Drummond,YVR; Holly Dunn, Alta ; Julie Strati, YYZ; Rebecca Amonte, YVR; Alana Stevenson, NWT ; Helene Polychuk, Mtl.I have marked where their hometown was, not where they were based.


Hope this is helpful to you. ...Juanita

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 1974
Cut out of the "Horizons" magazine -

course18m Maintenance Branch personnel from Vancouver, Toronto, Dorval, Moncton, and Halifax completed two DC-8 Aircraft Maintenance & Inspection Certificate Endorsement Courses recently.  

On course 18M were, from the left front row:
J. Critchley, J. R. Proulx, W. A. Whitehouse, D. Blannin,
and Instructor L. Mourant.

Center row: W. M. Clauder, T. Jones, M. S. Jackman, H. Yap, S. Hegyes, and H. Leukefeld.

Back row: P. C. Docking, J. Adams, J. W. Mc William, G. Gatton, N. O'Donnell, L. Poirier, and R. E. Palmer.

course19m Course 19M attendees were, from the left front row: B. Mellamphy, R. Moody, C. S. Tucker, W. Goodyear, and L. Mourant, Instructor.  


Center row: B. Dichiara, R. Stabb, M. Chaput, L. P. Arsenault, B. Bell, and J. D. Platt.

Back row: J. Badali, ,J. P. Charlebois, R. D. Perras, J. B. Wilmink, and C. F. Newman.


Issue dated - December 15th 1956
From "Between Ourselves" magazine -

coreps THIS GATHERING represents six of our Company's wide-spread stations.


Together under one roof are, from left E. J. May, London; H. R. Weller, Germany; S. Anderson, London; J. J. Horan, Shannon; Guy Perodeau, Montreal; A. J. Gauthier, France, and K. C. Burns, Glasgow.

golfers EVEN THOUGH the golf balls have since joined the moth balls, here are the winners of the Maintenance Trophy for annual competition in Inter-Departmental match play at our Winnipeg base.


They are, from the left: Bob Barrie Glen Campbell, Frank Dunlop, Bert Armstrong, Denny McCarthy and Ray Helgason. The Trophy was first awarded in 1947. 

northbaystaff OUR NORTH BAY personnel are shown above in this group photo. They are from the left: H. Cleroux, D. E. Wright, K. R. Esslemont, L. P. Guillaume, S. M. Dow, G. E. Yetter, L. N. Reeleder, B. H. Chapman, E. Vanderholt, W. J. Bailey.
sixtyyears SIXTY YEARS OF SERVICE is represented here as five Halifax Captains and one Flight Dispatcher are present year awards. Shown following the presentation are, from the left, Captains Bob Dick, Al Salo, Erney Janes, Bob Walsh (watching proceedings), Gerry Quinn, Flight Dispatcher Steve Hallis and Captain Jimmy Little being congratulated. Flight Operations Superintendent Captain Eric E. Jokinen.
Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
Honey, I shrunk the airport! German builds world's largest model airport.
It took a grand total of six years to build but an incredible new miniature model, called Knuffingen Airport, based on Hamburg's airport has finally opened to the public.

It's on display at Miniatur Wunderland, in Hamburg, and features 40 aircraft that take off and land and 90 vehicles that trundle around the runways automatically.

Making something this small and perfectly formed doesn't come cheap. It cost 3.5million Euros - but the result is plane-ly amazing.

Read more by visiting this link and click on the image below for video. 

Knuffingen Airport: Impressionen bei Tage / Impressions by Day
Knuffingen Airport: Impressionen bei Tage / Impressions by Day
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 - December 1983
Grabbed from the "PWA Flightlines" magazine -
pwauniforms PWA launches new uniforms On November 02, 1983 Pacific Western unveiled a totally new designed uniform for Flight Attendants and Airport Agents. The colours of teal blue, soft beiges, and light blues have been chosen in the design of the uniform to compliment the interior cabin colours of the Boeing 767 and 737 aircraft. .
(Left to right) Mark Anderson, Margot McLenaghen, John Currie, Darlene Torres, Tammy Kettlewell, Allan Livingstone.
On November 3rd, the photographer travelled the system taking photos of the new uniforms, here are a few - The B737 crew uniform with, left to right, Purser Debbie Sills, F/A's Bob Osika and Jane Lavoie.

pwa-ycd-staf YXD staff Agents Liz Kucy and Gail Ussyk.
pwa-yvr-staff YVR staff Agents Donna Reid and Gord Madsen.

miloscourse In January 1982, Pacific Western Flight Operations, commenced the first of twenty-nine scheduled workshops titled 'Managing In Line Oriented Situations" (M.I.L.O.S.). The workshops, offered to all P.WA. pilots, have been attended to date by 230 of our flight crew.Taking the M. I. L. 0. S. course in Edmonton are pictured (left to right) back row - F/O R.Bjornson, F/O L. Collins, S/O C. Egan, F/O P. Gaasenbeek, F/O H. Barnett and F/O D. Leschiutta.  

(Left to right) front row - F/O D. Fitzpatrick, F/O B. Knapp, F/O E. Harden and instructor Mike Dwyer.

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.

Neil Burton sends us more information on Grand Forks -
Thanks for including the "PWA Keeping Posted" issues in recent "netletters" for Grand Forks Municipal Airport.

Here's a small bit of information of two airlines that sub-contracted to PWA. I don't know all the details of the continuation of service to Grand Forks, after January 1971, but Thunderbird Airways of Prince George had written the Greater Kamloops Chamber of Commerce asking support of the chamber in applying for a route that included Grand Forks. (Kamloops News Advertiser - 15 January 1971).  Effective May 3, 1971, Thunderbird Airlines and PWA began an agreement for additional service for the Cariboo, Kamloops and the Okanagan.  No mention in this article as to Grand Forks. (Kamloops News Advertiser - 21 April 1971)  Thunderbird Airlines and Northern Mountain Airlines were amalgamated to become Northern Thunderbird Airlines in 1971. (Kamloops Daily Sentinel - 04 May 1974).

In February 1974, the air transport committee of CTC approved Pacific Western Airlines to sub-contract service to Penticton, Grand Forks, Castlegar and Cranbrook to Arrow Aviation Ltd. of Abbotsford, B.C. (Kamloops Daily Sentinel - 23 February 1974)  Grand Forks was included in information in October 1974. (Kamloops News - 07 October 1974) 

A photo of an Arrow Aviation aircraft appears (Kamloops News - 11 August 1976). (Not known if Arrow Aviation was operating into Grand Forks at this time)
With regard to the Municipality of Grand Forks, it's Mayor, T.A. Love was elected as 1st vice-president (provisional) of the British Columbia Aviation Council in February 1938 at Vancouver (Kamloops Sentinel - 18 February 1938).  He was again elected 1st vice-president at its first general meeting, at Nelson, B.C., in September 1938.

Regards,  Neil Burton

Peter Piggot Peter Pigott sends us this information - 

I'm an author who has written several books on Canadian aviation.  Your readers may be familiar with some of them :  The Flying Canucks series, "Flying Colours: The History of Commercial Aviation in Canada." "Wingwalkers: The History of Canadian Airlines", "National Treasure: The History of Trans-Canada Air Lines", "Wings Across Canada", "Taming the Skies" and "On Canadian Wings."

I have written on other subjects- notably Canadians in Afghanistan and Sudan and my latest on Arctic Sovereignty.

I am currently working on a history of Air Canada which will be coming out in the Fall of 2012.  As with the other books on Canadian aviation,  it will be available at all Chapters, Amazon and in all public libraries. I am sure that this will be of interest to all who worked for the airline.

Many thanks,  Peter Pigott

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!

Gerald Archambeau, an Air Canada Pionair,  sends this update -
I thought that I should give you an up-date in memory of dear Vesta who gave me a write up in News Letter #1080 about my book. So here is the latest: Being an Air Canada Pionair since my retirement in 1993 I never thought that my life story would become so successful, as a new Canadian author. So I say to my Pionair friends that anything in life is possible, just do the thing you feel good about.

The title of my book is; "A Struggle to Walk with Dignity" -The TRUE story of a Jamaican-born Canadian which was published in 2008 by Blue Butterfly Book Pub. Inc. that has now merged with one of Canada's biggest publishers, www.dundurn.com. My book has gone around the world, and is now being translated into French & Japanese. It is very hard for me to comprehend at times, but I do think that it is my time to give back to our great country Canada. My thanks to all the Pionairs for their support.  Gerald.  
Gerald A. Archambeau
A Struggle to Walk with Dignity
ISBN: 978-0-9784982-0-7, info on-
www.bluebutterflybooks.ca  click here for book title.
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Terry Baker
The NetLetter's chief pilot recently traveled on our airline and, with the list of additional revenue opportunities mentioned in NetLetter nr 1181, we noticed that the frame used to determine that a carry-on bag meets the criteria, was not being used, so perhaps the airline could sell them all off for the value of the metal.
Leeds Bradford Airport in the U.K. is imposing a fee on motorists who drop off or pick up passengers. The automatic camera-based system uses number plate recognition to identify vehicles using the drop-off /pick up zone in the short term parking lot. When the vehicle reaches the exit barrier, drivers are charged a minimum of gbp2.00, with the fee increasing depending upon the length of stay.
Smileys - Compiled by Alan Rust
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

Not aviation related but I found this "Lucky Dog" video and thought you may enjoy it. - Alan
Lotto 'Lucky Dog'
Lotto 'Lucky Dog'

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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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