The NetLetter #1241

The NetLetter

For Air Canada Retirees
(Part of the ACFamily Network)


February 10, 2013 - Issue 1241
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Terry's Trivia
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Welcome to the NetLetter!

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!

Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos -  The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.  


Robert Arnold has sent us this information and photos: I have sent in a photo of a  child's rocker that I found at a local flea market last September. As you can see the same image is on the other side. It has a wooden seat along with a wood grab handle and foot rest. The inside is painted a dark blue. All things considered, it is still in good shape. I would imagine these were placed at the various airport terminals for the wee children to rock in while parents waited for their flights back in the day when the Viscount was new to the scene. Note the registration CF-TCA. (Robert wonders if units such as this were available at various terminals - anyone know about this - eds)
Bill Jesse sent us this photo of the
Nordair vehicle plate with this information:
Must have this 20+ years. My wife Carol Clark worked for Nordair and eventually Canadian as a passenger agent. Bill Jesse
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.

The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.

"Nighthawk" service, a low-cost weekend coach return excursion fares introduced between Toronto/Montreal and Tamps during the fall of 1975. The service was extended to Toronto-Tampa effective January 30th, 1976.

Issue dated - January 1976
Gleaned from the "Horizons" magazines -
Old man winter will be getting the brush off after employees completed the Customer Service Training and Maintenance Technical Training classes. Topics covered included snow removal techniques. The model DC-8 in the photo illustrates one of the mechanical means slated for use in the removal of snow from an aircraft.

The 80-foot long nylon ladder made of seat belt material see-saws forward and backwards to clear the snow. Shown at one of the classes are seated from the left: S. Gatelaro, Captain B. M. Palmer, B. Hand, G. Boisvert, M. Labrosse and E. Brien. Second row, from the left: R. Budden, J. G. Provencher, M. Gagne,  R. E. Cyr, W. Hunkeler, N. Brouillard, M. Vincelli and T. Heavesage. Third row from left: H. G. Morris, M. Ashford, P. C. Doucherty, A. W. Vokins and S. Rhodes. Back row, from the left: E. shepard, H. J. Priest Brown, D. Dow, J. Reynolds, A. Pepin, D. Bradshaw and V. Leonard

Purchasing and Facilities Dorval did its best to make Christmas a little brigher for a Montreal children's home and the Douglas Hospital Centre in Lasalle. Some employees of the branch are shown with a few of the gifts they bought with the $655.50 collected through a charity campaign. Back row, from the left, are: Dorothy Wilcox, Yvette Ste. Marie, Rose Marie Lord and Diane Drury. Kneeling, from the left, are: Debbie Creagan, Lucie Staley and Margaret Fournier. (We apologize to Debbie Creagan on behalf of the editors for "Horizons" who chopped her in half - eds)

newyork bowlers Donning special shirts, members of the Air Canada "Expedalr" bowling team at New York prepare to take the alleys by storm in the Airport Bowling League consisting of representatives from other airlines, customs personnel and freight forwarders. Holding down fourth spot in the 60-team competition, the Expedair team is shown, from the left: Steve Vero, Cargo Agent; Nick Vero, Cargo Service Supervisor; Cargo Agents Dan Lubisco, Larry Torto and Lou Schiano.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceAlan is on vacation!
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 its "ancestry" of contributing airlines.

A first for CP Air - and also the first commercial airline in the world to introduce cockpit-to-headquarters telephone touch tone dialing communications. To make the system operative, 17 CP Air owned radio stations had to be set up across Canada, a chore which involved considerable paperwork handled by Carla Miller, the engineering secretary.

Issue dated - March 1981
Items from the "CPAir NEWS" magazine -
New uniforms for flight attendants were introduced on May 8th.
Victoria was linked to San Francisco via YVR introduce on June 15th. This is a resumption of service relinquished its Victoria-YVR flights to Trans-Canada Air Lines November 1946.

On March 2nd the inaugural flight Montreal to Halifax B737 service was under the command of Capt Dick Dunsterville with F/O Chester Glendenning. In the cabin were flight attendants Rosanna Inarejo, Cathy Walker and Larry Hayes.

Here are some of the employees at Halifax. Reservations Agents Sheila Black, Tony Watson and Margo MacNeil.
cp halifax 1 More Reservation Agents, from the left J-P Laconte, Supervisor, Joe Newton, Barbara Kent and Carol Hessian is seated in the front. (possibly, the only one working - eds).
Still more Agents, from the left: Marianne McCreight, the Manager, Bill Slean and Steve Berry.

Issue dated - July 1984
Items from the "CPAir NEWS" magazine -
THE EUROPA CUP, awarded annually to the top CP Air sales team in the Europe, Africa and Middle East sales division, has been won for the second consecutive year by the U.K. office. The smiles in the picture tell the story. Back, from left: Juliet Ridgeway, accounts; Tony Powles, reservations;
Margaret Slater, reservations; Pat Townsend, sales; Sally Sinclair, reservations; Maggie Coombe, sales; Anne Walker, supervisor, reservations; Diana Watson, reservations; Carol Filsher, reservations; and Jenny Wong, accounts. Front, from left: Bill Cooke, reservations; Dave Wheeler, sales; John Pastuszynski, regional vice president; Allan Tremblay, general manager, U.K. and Ireland; Ken Swan, sales; and Harry Ascroft, sales.
assie THREE AUSTRALIAN employees celebrate 25 years of service this year and a pin presentation ceremony was set up when sales executives from Vancouver visited Sydney recently. From left, Bob Connor regional vice president, Pacific/Latin America; Peter Griffiths, airport services manager, who received his five-year pin; Stuart Walkerden passenger sales manager, 25 years; Margaret Hill, secretary, 25 years; Dick Huisman, vice president, marketing; and John Callaghan, manager, Australia, 25 years.
holiday Nostalgia! (Ah remember the good old days? - eds) 

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

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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.

These cartoons are by J. F. McDevitt while in Toronto and published in the "Between Ourselves" dated May 1947.
On some air bases, the military uses one side of the field and civilian aircraft use the other side, with the tower in the middle serving both. One day, at one of these fields, a call from an aircraft called in asking, "Hey, Tower, what time is it?" The tower answered, "Who is calling?" The aircraft answered, "What difference does it make?" The tower responded with, "It makes a lot of difference. If you are a civilian aircraft, it's three o'clock; if you're an Army aircraft, it's 1500 hours; if you're a Navy aircraft, it's 3 bells; if you're an Air Force aircraft, the big hand is on 12 and the little hand is on 3; and if you're a Marine aircraft, it's Thursday afternoon and 120 minutes 'til Happy Hour."


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

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E&OE - (errors and omissions excepted) - The historical information as well as any other information provided here is subject to correction and may have changed over time. We do publish corrections when they are brought to our attention.
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 
  • Stewardess - Lisa Ruck, Brooklin, Ontario 
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