Why not allow the NetLetter to be your platform and opportunity to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC etal?
Share your experiences with us!
In the September 1995 issue of "Horizons", I noticed an article entitled "Women in Aviation".
This organization was formed in 1994 to encourage women to seek opportunities in aviation. The annual conference that year was held in Vancouver, and the 2008, the 19th, was held during March in San Diego. The 20th conference is being planned for Atlanta GA.
All the details of this organization can be found at www.wai.org
This picture, of Air Canada women, is from the "Horizons" mentioned above.
Gerald A. Archambeau sends this information regarding his 'second' career - It is a pleasure to be in touch with you all again; to give you all an up-date on my new 2nd edition by Blue Butterfly book Publ. Inc. As a PIONAIR few of us ever get a book published in our retirement years. My first try was self published by Trafford in 2004, and you all were kind enough to give me some exposure in the "NetLetter" on Oct 21, 2006 which I am most thankful for. Somehow I was able to catch the eye of a Dr. J. Patrick Boyer, Q.C. the President, of Blue Butterfly Book Publ. in Toronto, and he wanted my autobiography. I was in shock, "what a break" for me to be now a published Canadian author. What it says, is all things are possible as retired PIONAIR, so we should never give up hope as long as we are alive.
Please do visit this site: www.bluebutterflybooks.ca for all my new book details. "A Struggle to Walk with Dignity".
Thank you all, along with all the PIONAIRS for the support given past and present.
Gerald A. Archambeau (author)
Musings from the "Horizons"
Here is a picture of the Dorval ramp team geared up for the inaugural flight to Washington on Jun 21st 1995
Time to Say Goodbye - Vintage Slideshow
Great job of compiling vintage airline and aircraft pictures and showing them to a moving soundtrack by Andrea Bocelli. See below.
Just click on the image to view the slideshow or visit - http://www.funstufftosee.com/goodbye.html
DISCOVER BEIJING CHINA
NOVEMBER 3-10, 2008
Hello again everyone
Now that the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing are completed, if you haven't already absorbed all the news, both on the Sporting scene and the informative travelogues they showed, I'm sure by now you are very familiar with Tienanmen Square, theTemple of Heaven, the Forbidden City and, of course, the awesome Great Wall of China. Well, now I have the pleasure of inviting you to join us in November as we 'Discover Beijing' November 03-10, 2008. Not only will we take you to the Bird's Nest and all the Olympic Sites, but we will also visit all the above, especially the GREAT WALL and, guess what?, you'll still have ample opportunity to complete all your Christmas Shopping at the famous Pearl Market and other venues throughout Beijing, where you can outfit your entire family with the latest 'Spider' Ski outfits, Callaway Golf equipment and clothing, jewellry etc.at a fraction of the cost! Why, you don't even have to bring a suitcase along- just bargain for a designer name bag at the markets. You can witness firsthand all the hospitality Beijing recently showed the Olympians.
With this in mind, we are offering all Airline personnel, family and friends this Special 'Discover Beijing Tour', November 03-10, 2008 for only $599.00, Inclusive of 6 nights accommodation, ALL MEALS (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), including tour buses, entrance fees, and even an English speaking guide, Just imagine, The Great Wall of China, Wow!! Nothing can prepare you for your first site amazing experience!! So plan on joining the , AirlinesTravelClub, HARRY SULLEY TOURS to this amazing country and prepare yourself for 'WARR 09' in Hangzhou, China.
Air Canada / Retired YOW
'Fly, while you still have wings'
Jean Bryan shares this memory;
Many, many years ago - boarding for PWA was by the year you joined the airline!
One day at YVR they called about 10 of us up and said - OK one seat left - when did you join the airline - many different dates were put forward and I said 1967 - which was of course true - and there was a very large groan from everyone else there!
We have these pictures from Arnold Broese-van-Groenou
Canadian Airlines Retired
On Jan 27th, the prestigious Official Airline Guide (OAG) named Canadian "Best North American airline" in the Airline of the year awards for year 2000
In NetLetter nr 1029 we ran an article regarding the Vickers Viscount, this prompted John Hair to send this information -
There was a movie made of the flight of one of the Viscounts being delivered, I saw it while I was working for Rolls Royce in Scotland.
Little did I know at that time I would be working for Air Canada.
Don Palmer has dug up another photograph of an M.C.A. aircraft.
This is CF-FKV at Cartwright Harbour, Labrador.
and this is a picture of Queen Charlotte Airlines aircraft at their dock at Vancouver airport in summer of 1954. On the left is a Fairchild, and the other is QCA's only remaining Stranraer which is a straight boat, not an amphib like the Canso.
The "Strannie ' was a Supermarine design, by R.J. Mitchell who designed the Spitfire, and QCA's is now in the Hendon museum in the UK.
and a copy of the timetable.
Don Johnson retired AC pilot sent this message - This poem was read at a recent funeral and I was quite impressed with it.
I hope there's a place, way up in the sky,
Where pilots can go, when they have to die
A place where a guy can go and buy a cold beer
For a friend and comrade, whose memory is dear;
A place where no doctor or lawyer can tread,
Nor management type would ere be caught dead;
Just a quaint little place, kinda dark and full of smoke,
Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke;
The kind of place where a lady could go
And feel safe and protected, by the men she would know.
There must be a place where old pilots go,
When their paining is finished, and their airspeed gets low, Where the whiskey is old, and the women are young,
And the songs about flying and dying are sung,
Where you'd see all the fellows who'd flown west before.
And they'd call out your name, as you came through the door; Who would buy you a drink if your thirst should be bad,
And relate to the others, "He was quite a good lad!"
And then through the mist, you'd spot an old guy
You had not seen for years, though he taught you how to fly.
He'd nod his old head, and grin ear to ear,
And say, "Welcome, my son, I'm pleased that you're here.
"For this is the place where true flyers come,
"When the journey is over, and the war has been won
"They've come here to at last to be safe and alone
From the government clerk and the management clone,
"Politicians and lawyers, the Feds and the noise
Where the hours are happy, and these good ol'boys
"Can relax with a cool one, and a well-deserved rest;
"This is Heaven, my son -- you've passed your last test!"
Author: Capt. Michael J. Larkin
Dedicated to: Capt. E. Hamilton Lee
Under the banner "Star Alliance news" in NetLetter 1031 we mentioned the Mile High Club - Steve Charlton sends us this observation - I don't know why people snicker at the mention of "The Mile-High CLub". At 5000 feet most people still have their seat belts on. In Denver you are still taxi-ing. It's the 5-MILE HIGH CLUB that has most of the elite members.
Dave Welham has offered two more airlines in Canada that are now defunct -
Re NetLetter #1031, under "This and That", your list of Airlines Now Defunct:
Just in case you're keeping it for possible re-publication, may I add another one?
It's Northward Airlines, on which I traveled as a reduced-rate psgr. a few times during the 1970's. They operated with one F-27 out of YXY, serving mainly YMA, YDA, YOC, and YEV. (Whitehorse, Mayo, Dawson, Old Crow, Inuvik), with 2 pilots and one flight attendant, and wonderful cheerful service. During one mining boom time I believe they also served ZFA (Faro) and YRR (Ross River).
In the late 1970's and/or early '80's there was also Air Caravan, which flew out of YUL to smaller places in Quebec.
Great memories, and we thoroughly enjoyed going through your list.
Hope to see it again in a year or 2.
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