The NetLetter #1282

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November 24, 2013 - Issue 1282
First Issue published in October 1995!
(over 5,400 subscribers)
In This Issue
Triple your Red Cross donation
Pionairs Vancouver Christmas Luncheon
Star Alliance News
Air Canada News
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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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!

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Canadian Red Cross/Air Canada/Canadian Government - Triple your donation dollar!
Donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Fund
The Air Canada Foundation, alongside Air Canada, has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to support the Philippines Haiyan disaster relief efforts.

Until December 13, 2013, the Air Canada Foundation will match contributions made by employees and retirees on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to a maximum of $50,000. This amount will also be matched by the Canadian Government until December 8, 2013.

Thank you for your support.

To make a secure donation, complete the online form by visiting this link, or clicking on the Red Cross image above..

Pionairs Vancouver Christmas Luncheon
The Pionairs Vancouver Christmas Luncheon is being held on Friday, December 6, 2013

For those of you who forgot to send in your cheques before the deadline, you can still register online by following this link or clicking on the Pionair's Logo above.

Star Alliance News
Star AllianceSingapore Airlines increases baggage allowances. Singapore Airlines customers will be able to increase the amount of free checked-in baggage starting Nov. 15, 2013, for all SIA and SilkAir flights.

Checked-in baggage allowances will increase by 10 kg for all classes of travel. Customers will be entitled to free baggage allowances of 50 kg in Suites and First Class, 40 kg in Business Class and 30 kg in Economy class. (Source: Singapore Airlines)

Air Canada News
Air Canada
Air Canada Rouge will assume Air Canada's Montreal-Las Vegas route from March 13, 2014 with 10X-weekly service.

Rouge will also begin 3X-weekly Nice-Montreal Boeing 767-300ER service June 6 - Oct. 13, 2014.

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.

Issue dated - June 1949
Some items gleaned from the "Between Ourselves" magazines.
In brand new uniforms, the latest graduates from the Stewardess training school at Winnipeg pose for the camera.

From the left: M. F. De Lorier, A. G. Coburn, C. E. Mclnnis, B. Heysel, G. E. While, T. J. Moore. In front is Flight Service Instructor Flo Perkins.

Issue dated - Midsummer 1949
All dressed up in new summer uniforms are these recent Stewardess graduates from the 32 and 33 Flight Attendant Training Classes.

Back row, left to right: E. J. Johnston, P. E. Steeves, A. J. Smith, M. J. Comeau, J. E. Fuller, M. M. Renaud, M. J. McSkimming, L. M. Cousins, E. A. Scott, T. O. Kain, L. M. Auffery, B. E. C. Denholm, E. M. Olivier,

Front row: D. J. Blyth, K. M. Mitchell, I. C. Ward, R. F. Day, C. M. Belyea, M. F. Kauth.

Issue dated - May 1978
Some items gleaned from the "Horizon" magazines.
In April 1978, some 250 retirees, spouses and widows descended to the Sheraton Hotel Miami Beach for the founding meeting of the Pionairs and to formally adopt the bylaws organizing an association of the Company's retirees.

From the nominating committee of Gil McLaren, Bill Rose, Elwood Patton and Norm Donnelly, the meeting elected its first executive. The newly-elected first executive of the Pionairs is shown in this photo.

From the left front row: Dave Clarke, Secretary; Martin Betts, President; Bill Spratt, first V.P. Back row: Denny Brendon, second V.P.; and Scott Bradell, treasurer.

Los Angeles staff review profit plans
"Profit '78" was the theme of a staff meeting attended by some 50 cargo, airport, reservations, clerical and management personnel in Los Angeles. The primary purpose of the informal get-together was to acquaint all employees with the Western US area's promotion merchandising and sales/service plans in support of the 1978 revenue objective of $34 million.

Details of the area's introductory  program for its new nonstop services between LAX/YYC, LAX/YEG and SFO/YEG, additional freighter service from Los Angeles and new freighter service from Edmonton, were announced by Gordon Froede, and Lorne Timbers. Support was outlined by Al Lock,  Len Zak, and Gordon Barr, Francine Patenaude and Andy St. Laurent announced in-flight service innovations for 1978, while Jack Wallis, mentioned the importance of the Western U.S.- Canada route connections for cargo and passenger traffic originating in Australia and New Zealand.

Janet Gallegos
awarded a weekend trip to the new Western Canada destinations to lucky winners Ann Gordon, Mimi Parent and Louise Bucy. Plans were underway to make the internal "product launch" an annual affair.

(Sorry, we have no idea who is who in the picture - eds)

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceAerial Demo Reel 2013

Below is a very High Definition video of scenery in and around Vancouver, British Columbia created by Alterna Films.

Make sure you view Full Screen and turn up the sound.

Aerial Demo Reel 2013 
Aerial Demo Reel 2013
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.
Issue dated - February 1989
Items from the "Info Canadi>n" magazine -
At this time, there were 60 employees in the Hong Kong offices covering Sales, City Ticket Office, Reservations, Airport and Maintenance serving the area for the past 40 years.

Here we have some of the employees - Hong Kong staffers, from left: Ching Fook-mlng, Francis Law, William Koo, Ivy Luk, Judy Chan, Adrian Sparham, Sabrina Ng, Bonco Chan, Rachel Leung, Perlsa Kwok, Stephen Ko.

Issue dated - March 1989
Items from the "Info Canadi>n" magazine -
On March 16th, "Info Canadi>n" magazine reached the 100th issue. Originally called "Flash Info". The weekly info became so popular the name was changed to "Info Canadi>n" in June 1987.
Issue dated - May 1989
Items from the "Info Canadi>n" magazine -
May 1st, Direct flights Toronto - Tokyo inaugurated to become the second longest stage operated by Canadi>n behind the Vancouver-Hong Kong flight.

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.

In NetLetter nr 1277, we related a story from the local Nanaimo press regarding the refugee airlift out of Uganda.

Lorne Paterson has sent us this memory of the occasion -
I believe that CPAir was the first to operate into Entebbe to bring out refugees. As the Engineer on the first four flights, I can tell you that it was a scary experience. We were utilizing aircraft FIN 607 which was PW JT3d powered DC-8-53 and allowed us a little longer range. The crew change transition point from Canada to Uganda was in Madrid, Spain. We would operate from Madrid to Nairobi Kenya and overnight. We would depart early the next morning into Entebbe and arrive at first light. There are many stories from all carriers in this operation, but I can relate two from the first flight that I personally experienced.
The first involved the aircraft itself which CPAir staff might remember was named the Empress of Lisbon. At the time the ATC people (I believe) were still expats and it is important in this story. On landing and taxi to the ramp, the tower controller asked if he was seeing right and the name of the aircraft was indeed the Empress of Lisbon. The captain replied in the affirmative. The controller then advised us that we had better cover the name as the Ugandans hated the Portuguese and we may get into some trouble. You can guess who got to hang out the door on the hinge and tape over the LISBON. Thank God for duct tape.
The second was far more somber and really brought meaning to what we were there for. On the first flight we boarded the passengers as fast as possible to depart given the very trigger happy soldiers around the airport. I was the last one to board once we got one engine started.

As I went up the stairs I found a vaccination book on the ground. If you old-timers remember we used to have to carry a yellow vaccination book along with our passports. When I got on board the aircraft I asked the Purser to page the passenger to return the book. He paged on several occasions but there was no reply. We took off, which was another story, and about an hour later I was walking down the aisle and a man signaled to me and called me over. He said he was the individual who we were paging. I asked why he did not reply earlier and he replied as follows and I will never forget it, "Yesterday my brother was shot and killed because he answered to someone calling out his name". I realized then exactly why we were doing this job.
The one benefit we had over most other carriers doing this operation was that we were Inertial Navigation System equipped and were able to operate direct over the desert to Madrid and could shorten the flying time and allow us a lighter fuel load. Given the condition of the runway in Entebbe this was a godsend.
There are many other stories, but the first flight was certainly an adventure.

Lorne Paterson, Retired International Maintenance Manager, Canadian Airlines


Here is the conclusion of Hob Knobbing With The PM by Jim Griffith, which we started in NetLetter nr 1281  -

Always anxious to please, I twiddled the dial of my radio compass repeater, struck it rich and picked up a clear skip signal of the CBC and Foster Hewitt's unmistakable funky twang. The rest of the cockpit crew seemed totally absorbed in trying to establish contact on HF with the Azores for further clearance, so I boldly told the PM's aid that if he wanted to go ahead and invite the great man to come up and listen to the game on the radio, I was sure he'd be welcome.

Moments later an obviously very tired PM, sans his trade mark bow tie, inconspicuously stole into the cockpit. Without a word, I motioned him to my seat, passed him an extra headset then together we listened to the end of the game. Once it was over I tried to steer the conversation to ask him, pilot to pilot, about his flying experiences. All I knew about him was that I'd heard he had been a pilot during the First World War. What I didn't know then was that shortly after his first solo, he crashed while landing in a Grahame White trainer, writing it off and injuring himself enough to be shipped to London to recuperate. While there on a night outing from the hospital, he'd been whacked by a double decker bus on the Edgeware Road in a blackout during a raid aggravating his injury enough to be invalided back to Canada ending any hope he had of being a pilot. That might explain why he was reluctant to discuss his short lived flying career. In any case as soon as he recovered at home the plucky fella volunteered to go right back into the fray where he had served as a stretcher bearer for two years in the Balkans before being selected for flying training.

Over the years I've always treasured my few minutes of sharing the simple pleasure of listening to a hockey game with a truly great Canadian even more so since the setting was in the confined darkened cockpit of a DC-8 in flight over the South Atlantic. In the crowded cockpit, there were five us, I nevertheless felt like there was only just him and me. What struck me most was his modest dignity and unassuming manner. He spoke to me as an equal in his quiet voice. I've always marveled at how this soft spoken, lispy, middle class son of a preacher became such a giant in global geopolitics not to mention his celebrated achievements as Lester B. Pearson, Canada's 14th Prime Minister.

As for the game... do you believe it??? The Leafs actually won!!!
Jim Griffith

Referring to the article by John Rodger in NetLetter nr 1280, Wally Cawson has this thought - Is it possible the pin shaped like a light bulb had something to do with the Company's suggestion program from many years ago? Wally Cawson - YWG Airport Services Instructor - AC14921-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!


London Heathrow Airport has unveiled plans to rank airlines based on their noise performance and publish the league table each quarter. 


Under the "Fly Quiet programme," Heathrow's 50 biggest operators by movements will be ranked based on their performance across six noise-related metrics. 


The airport said the ranking covers more than 90% of its flights, adding that it will work with the worst performers to improve its rating. British Airways short-haul took top position as the quietest airline in the first Fly Quiet ranking, with LOT Polish Airlines coming in bottom at number 50. Air Canada came in at number 13. (source ATW)


Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerSome airline playing cards collected during your Chief Pilot's travels.


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.

Val Frost sent us this photo of beer supplies to the troops via a Spitfire aircraft.







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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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