The NetLetter #1258

The NetLetter

For Air Canada Retirees
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June 8, 2013 - Issue 1258
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
Star Alliance News
Air Canada News
Women in Aviation
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds and Ends
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

Star Alliance News
Star AllianceSingapore Airlines has agreed to buy 30 Boeing 787-10s and 30 additional Airbus A350-900s.
Air Canada News
Air CanadaAir Canada Gift Card sales taking off! We have become the first airline in Canada to offer the gift of travel through a genuine and convenient Air Canada Gift Card™.

Giving the freedom of travel is now easier than ever with the launch today of the Air Canada Gift Card. Available in both the traditional plastic gift card or in electronic form, Air Canada Gift Cards can be purchased in Canadian or US dollar denominations with values starting as low as $25. Full details including conditions for use are available at www.aircanada.com/giftcard
Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker
EAA is offering a special four-day program for high-school girls during Air Venture this summer, August 1 to 4, in an effort to "engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond."

The program, called Women Soar You Soar, will introduce 100 girls to 35 women working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields, from engineers to fighter pilots. The event is "filled with career exploration, discovery, inspiration, and fun," says EAA. Girls in grades 9 to 12 can apply. A fee of $75 covers dormitory lodging at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, meals, seminars, T-shirts, and Air Venture admission. Financial aid and scholarships are available, and EAA can pick up and drop off the girls at the Appleton airport.

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, in his collection, many aviation related advertisements. This one in particular came from Maclean's Magazine, dated March 5, 1966. The ad announces the arrival of the all new DC-9 aircraft to the Air Canada fleet.

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.
Bob Fuhrmann, has sent us his short bio:
Bob was a Customer Service Manager in Los Angeles from 1991 to his First retirement in 1999. Will be retiring from Los Angeles World Airports on May 29th, 2013. Bob served in many departments during his 32½ years with Air Canada in Chicago and Los Angeles.

He is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he was highly decorated as a combat Medic. After his retirement as an Airport Superintendent of Operations at LAX, Bob will have 46½ years in the airline transportation industry.

Two distinct memories... first - being able to personally meet AC Presidents: 1) John Baldwin, 2) Claude Taylor, 3) Pierre Jeanniott, 4) Yves Pratte, 5) Hollis Harris and 6) Robert Milton, and secondly, being the co-ordinator for both the Canadian and Swiss Olympic teams here at LAX for the 1984 Olympics. The fact that Air Canada was the "official" carrier of the Swiss Olympic team was very publicized in Canada as they did not pick Swissair who flew into LAX at that time. Don't know if anything was ever in "Horizons".  It was on Canadian TV as I was interviewed many times by the Canadian network.
Regards Bob Fuhrmann

Company highlights:
  • 1964 - Queen Elizabeth II flown from YOW to LHR in the first aircraft with the new company colours.
  • 1965 - January 1st, TCA name changed to Air Canada.
  • 1966 - Service to Miami, Los Angeles and YUL-CHI, YUL-CPH and  Montreal YUL-Moscow.
    - Positions reserved for Concorde and U.S. SST's.
Issue dated - May 1946
Some items gleaned from the "Between Ourselves" magazines.
This is the TCA crew which flew the first all-express trans-Atlantic load in Canadian commercial aviation history on Saturday March 30th, 1946. The flight left Montreal for London, England with 6,000 lbs of freight. The photo was taken just before flight departure from Montreal.

Left to right: Radio Officer Bill Tritter, Navigator Officer Pat Roy, First Officer Henry Tilson, Captain Roger Smith.

Issue dated - May 1977
Some items gleaned from the "Horizons" magazines.
Halifax entered the supersonic age in style. Not one, but two Air France Concordes graced the airport for several hours one day during April,1977.

A Concorde flight from Paris to Washington developed engine trouble and landed at Halifax. A few hours later, a second SST carrying a replacement engine arrived to pick up the passengers and take them on to Washington. The ailing Concorde had to be towed backwards to the company's maintenance base where an Air France crew completed the engine installation, the aircraft's nose stayed out in the cold because it was too long to fit into the hangar.

Halifax ground crew had no trouble handling their first and second SST and the event proved interesting to both staff and the general public. Shown are, from the left: Kelvin MacKenzie, Aircraft Maintenance Foreman; Colin Lelliott District Manager Maintenance; Jim Hayes, Mechanic; and Paul Emmerson, Public Affairs Manager. 

Labeled "cooperative union group" in TCA shops, March 1943 in the company's historical records, the photograph's background was traced by several alert "Horizons" readers following its publication in the March 1977 edition. The photo had originally appeared in the "Between Ourselves" issue number 003 March 1943. Standing, from the left, are: H. Bennett, Finishing Shop; C. Frankard, Instrument Shop; J. L. Armstrong, Air Engineer; A. M. Sutherland, Assistant Superintendent, Maintenance; W. G. Fanstone, Millwright (Chairman); W. Cook, Finishing Shop; F. R. Malley, Accessory Shop; W. G. Johnson, Stock-keeper. Front row, from the left: H. Pension, Propeller Shop; H. Pickering, Engine Overhaul Shop; M. Banks, Radio and Electrical Shop; E. J. Kiely, Aircraft Mechanic; N. R. Paulley, Metal Shop and M. Heggen, Carpenter Shop.

Representing the company at the 1977 Paris International Air Show, June 1-12, is this happy group of employees. Shown on the plaza outside Montreal headquarters are, from the left: Christiane Botos, Luc Crooks, Monique Frezza, Doris Taylor, Angie Forlini, Ghislaine Brownstein, Brigitte Colin and Antoinette Mastracchio.

Wearing a specially selected uniform of bright red, complemented by a striped blouse and navy canvas boots and bag, these young ladies will act as hostesses on the Canadian Exhibit and Hospitality areas of the Show. Responsible for the selection of the employees and the uniform as well as the coordination of Air Canada's participation in Paris, Barry Baker, Convention Sales Development Manager said that our employees play a very important role for both the image of the company and Canada in general. 

Issue dated - June 1977
During a visit to the West Coast, Air Canada President Claude Taylor dropped in for a chat with some of the Los Angeles and San Fransisco staff.

lastaffHere are the Los Angeles staff, from the left: Claude Taylor and Airport agents Roy Jacobs, Linda Shipke, Barbara Pearce and Laurice Messih

And the San Francisco staff - from the left: George O"Hagan, Airport Customer Sales Manager; President Claude Taylor, Ian McMurray, Sales Representative; Dave Young, District Manager; Emerson Richards, Sales Manager; Pat Labrie, VP US & Southern Region.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
The smallest airport in the world! or Honey, I shrunk the Flughafen: 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 at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1383532/Knuffingen-Airport-German-builds-worlds-largest-model-airport.html  

Flughafen Knuffingen (MiWuLa) Teil 1/2 HD 
Flughafen Knuffingen (MiWuLa) Teil 1/2 HD

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.
Bill Cameron sends us this report:
Canadian Pacific Air Lines was presented with the"Belt of Orion" Award for Excellence at the Induction Dinner of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, held in the National Aviation and Space Museum at Ottawa, ON on May 30th, 2013.

The "Belt of Orion" is awarded to organizations "that have made significant contributions to the advancement of aviation in Canada".

The former President of CPAir, Don Carty - was present to accept the award from the Chairman of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame; on behalf of all former employees of CPAL. A few former CPAL employees and spouses attended the dinner, and it was a very proud moment for us all to see our Airline become part of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.

A Video about Canadian Pacific Airlines can be viewed below. You can also visit the Hall of Fame website at: www.cahf.ca/belt_of_orion/CPAIR.php  for their page on CP Air.
CP Air
CP Air

Bill Cameron

Issue dated - June 1977
Items from the "CPAir NEWS" magazine -
 Record Load Of 443 on B-747
The largest passenger load ever recorded for a single flight by CP Air was established on flight 386 from Winnipeg to Amsterdam on May 30th 1977. Aircraft 743 "Empress of Australia " left Winnipeg with 443 passengers, 442 revenue and one contingent passenger.

The previous record made only four days earlier, again "Australia," was 442 passengers from Amsterdam to Edmonton and Vancouver on May 26th. In addition to the 443 passengers on flight 386, it carried a larger than normal crew complement of 19 which included a check pilot and check purser.

Crew members were Captain Graham McKean, First Officer Bruce Dawson, Second Officer David Allison and Check Captain Jim Radford. Flight attendants were Eunice Geary, PSO, Len Jackman, Francis Turmeau, Ralph D'Souza, Carol-Ann Robertson, Joseph Kwan, Sheila Buchanan, Hilary Meredith, Monica Staub, Tony Roza-Perara, Connie Corcoran, Allan Beekmans, Beverly Scott, Linda Hayward and check purser Al Raglani.

BON VOYAGE - Boeing 727-100, CF-CPK, gets a final check in the hangar prior to leaving for Burbank, California early in June. It was the last of the four 727-100 series aircraft to leave the fleet and was stripped of its CP Air markings before joining the new owner, National Aircraft leasing.

Issue dated - May 1978
CPAir launched "Courier Jet Service" on May 1st 1978 offering the lowest fare on its scheduled domestic services between YVR-YYC-YWG and YYZ. The fare quoted for round trip was the one-way fare plus $1.

The 31st meeting of the maintenance system review committee was held at the YVR CPAir Centre on April 10th and 11th, 1978. Of the 59 delegates attending, 20 were from bases other than Vancouver.

Coming to Vancouver from outside bases for the meeting were: J. R. Austin, Whitehorse; R. Cloutier Lima; T. D. Fairbairn, Prince George; J. Hendry, Montreal; Unnamed, Prince Rupert; G. C. Jeffrey, Terrace; K. C. Jones, Calgary; A. KarYonen, Grande Prairie; J. A. Kirschner, Fort St. John; A. Lora, Mexico; M. Lourotos, Athens; E. M. McAnany, Toronto; J. R. Nichols, Winnipeg; R. T. Nunn, Edmonton; L. E. Paterson, Mirabel; L. D. Ross, Tokyo; D. C. Schick, Toronto; J. Sinai, Honolulu; W. B. So, Hong Kong; M. W. Steer, Amsterdam.

(We have no idea who was standing where in the photo, but if you were there and want an alibi - here you go - eds)

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.

Ross Taylor, no doubt, has vivid memories of his first flight, here are the details:
interesting idea, the first flight segment. My first flight was on a Barkley-Grow on floats from Goldfields, Sask to Hay River.

I was 2½ months old, and reportedly slept most of
the way.

Keep up the good work.

Cheers, Ross Taylor (AME retired)   




Odds and Ends.

Image Blank 200pxSometimes we receive articles and information that just doesn't fit in our other areas. This is where it goes!

The first test flight of a remotely piloted research aircraft in non-segregated civil airspace has taken place in the UK
May 2013.

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerRevised carry-on baggage policy for employee/retiree travel on new Boeing 777-300.  
To ensure success in implementing this policy, we have a new employee travel booking procedure, which you will find on the Portal > Employee Travel > What's new/ home page.

Some special deals on offer by Dargal Interline Vacations for Airline Employees & their Friends & Family! 


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  • Italian Holiday 8 days Rome to Rome Aug. 2 from $1579 USD
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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.

We  found this cartoon in the "Between Ourselves" magazine issued February 1953.












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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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