Vesta's Corner
Vesta StevensonYou may have heard about the Air Tran Boeing 737 that was forced to return to Philadelphia recently after a bird strike. Bird strikes are
relatively common so not too much notice was paid, even though the first officer suffered some cuts to his face from broken glass. However, it's amazing how much damage a 10-lb. bird can do to a 100,000-lb. airlines as these photos from a reader show.

Bird StrikeDespite the damage, the landing was uneventful and most of the 143 passengers were probably unaware of the extent of the damage.

This weeks postcard
- 29/05/2000

Postcard #995Dear Vesta,
We have the chance of seeing in the evening, this great lady, on the hour and for 10 minutes only, dressed up with her diamonds, glittering in the dark. It's magic. We see
her from our window practically full size. A real show to last all through 2000. Thanks for your dedicated work Jean and Geraldine LePottier.

Note: for our new readers, I have been collecting postcards from our travelling NetLetter "family" for many years. If you are away and have a minute, I'd be delighted to get one from you as well. You can obtain my address by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (it's automated and will respond right away)
Dreams Take Flight

Dreams Take Flight

Dreams Take Flight  - Montreal Chapter - It's that time of the year again where we start preparing for the November 7th, 2007 Dreams Take Flight festivities.

Last year was such a success in large part due to the wonderful and dedicated volunteers who helped see the kids off in the morning, and welcome them back in the evening. Once again we would like to request volunteers for the hangar that could be available for:
  • The morning of the fight (3:30 am - until flight leaves around 6:30 am)
  • The return of the flight (11:00 p.m. - until around midnight)
We will be needing people to assist with a variety of tasks such as: (for safety reasons volunteers must be 18 yrs or older)
  • manning the snacks & coffee table
  • greeting the kids and their families
  • guiding people to appropriate locations
  • being in charge of a group of kids (ensuring they have all they need to depart)
  • handing out Dreams Take flight tops and sweaters to the kids
    - etc
If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me your contact
info and availability.
- Name
- Contact information (phone numbers cell/work/home and email address)
- Let me know whether you volunteered last year and what you did
- The hours you are available (morning, evening or both)

Thank you very much.

Diane Beauregard-Dryburgh
Air Canada and Star Alliance News

Air Canada Logo New daily service between Moncton and Ottawa. The first Air Canada Jazz flight to Ottawa started on Sunday October 28. This new daily year-round service, using a 50-seat CRJ aircraft, will be linking Moncton and Ottawa with an early morning departure and a late day return. This new flight marks the 14th non-stop service accessible from Greater Moncton International Airport both on a year-round and seasonal basis

Star Alliance News

Three strikes and Q400s are out at SAS
Following three incidents involving faulty landing gear on Q400
aircraft, SAS Group decided to remove its 27 turboprops from service
permanently owing to safety issues as well as concerns about its image and financial health.

Air Canada - our 70 years
Air Canada 70 years - 1937 - 2007


  • April, Various changes to the domestic network
  • Time Airways took over Lethbridge operation, and PWA the Seattle.
  • PWA now provides all local flights between Edmonton and Calgary.
  • Air Canada schedule adjusted to accommodate TransAir on the Winnipeg
  • Thunder Bay-Toronto and Thunder Bay-Sault St Marie-Toronto routes and further adjustments for EPA in the Atlantic Provinces.
  • May 1st., service inaugurated to Prague making it the 11th European destination.

  • Feb 11th., First B747 delivered. No smoking section introduced on the B747 April B747 service started YVR-YYZ, YYZ-YUL-PARIS and YYZ-LHR and, on these flights, the first in-flight 16mm motion pictures.
  • Quebecair takes over service to the Saguenay region.
  • Operations to Trois-Rivieres suspended due lack of traffic.
  • New sales offices opened in Belgrade, Johannesburg and Hong Kong.
  • Mar 8th., Gordon MacGregor retired President passed away.
  • "Skifari" holidays to western Canada and APEX fares introduced.
  • Automated check-in begins at Miami and Heathrow.
1942 Time Table1942 Time Table

Pictured - TCA Timetable #16 issued November 1st., 1942
Readers Feedback
From: "Laurie" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> I am Calgary AC CAW retired in 2005, and haven't seen your NetLetter before - looks good. A friend in YVR sent me a NetLetter #993, and coincidentally it has a photo of my brother-in-law Howard Chase's DAD, (TCA Events & People Gallery) back when Howard Senior was in YWG. Howard Junior was an A340 pilot/checkpilot until retirement at age 60. Now he is subcontracted to both AC and NavCan as a trainer. Needless to say, I forwarded it to him right away!  Thanks

Laurie MacLean

(We have added Laurie to our readership, so that he can have his own copy - eds)

Further to the article in NetLetter nr 988 -

CF-TGHRestoration of former TCA/Air Canada Viscount CF-THG at Victoria
International Airport, Saville Hambleton sends us this picture of the (nearly) finished result. Why not drop by the BC Aviation Museum and view this machine in its former glory.

Continuing, from
NetLetter nr 994, of the story of the B747 by Bill Norberg
The 747 hangar being built at Dorval had two bays, each of which could handle a 747. The only problem was the contractor was still working to complete the hangars in time for our first 747 arrival in February. One bay was more advanced than the other and it could be used on a temporary basis, but such use would delay the contractor and increase his costs. We would have to pay a fee to offset these additional costs to use the bay. Air France were quite prepared to accept this expense so they could get an estimate from the Boeing Company about the cost and out of service time involved to repair the damage. The aircraft was placed in the hangar for this work to get underway.

There were further problems. Both the two inboard engines had suffered foreign material ingestion during the incident and had to be replaced. No spare engines were available locally and Air France obtained two engines from the Airline Spare Parts Pool in New York. They were shipped from New York on special Air-ride trailers to avoid any in transit damage due to rough roads. Unfortunately a low bridge along the route resulted in one of the engines being damaged. A third spare then had to be located. After the damage assessment was completed we removed the aircraft from the hangar and built a temporary enclosure around the nose area so the repairs could be carried out. The repairs were successfully completed and Air France was most pleased.

A short time afterwards my secretary said there was a large box for me from Air France. When we opened it there were 12 bottles of the finest Champagne, each with a tag on it bearing the names of the people who had worked so hard to get the aircraft out of the snow. I thought that was a classy thing for them to do. I might add we were well paid for all the work that was done.

The introduction of 747's to the Air Canada fleet was a very
significant event from many viewpoints. The public was fascinated by
this new giant and we saw a wonderful public relations opportunity to
let them see it up close. The employees at Dorval that had been
involved in the 747 preparedness and introductory program developed a public display which would be open to both airline employees, their
families and the general public on March 20th and 21st 1971. The new 747 hangar was used as the location and a display of the many facets of its operation was presented including a walk through of the cabin of the 747. We placed a Viscount aircraft under the tail of the 747 to give a feeling for the relative sizes of the aircraft. It was well
received by all who saw it and during the two days we had around
67,000 people visit the base to see our new 747. It was a huge success.

The Dorval employees who had made this public viewing and introduction program such a success-deserved recognition. I arranged along with Guy Chiasson to thank them by personally inviting them to attend a wine and cheese party at the Dorval Terminal followed by a flight in the 747. They would be the first people to fly in our new 747 . It was a great success and I still have my boarding pass for that flight. It has several hundred signatures on it from many of the people on that flight. There were over 350 on board as I remember it.

The arrival of our first 747 was a very important and exciting event
for the company. We in Maintenance had worked very hard for a long
time to be ready to accept this fine new aircraft. We wanted
everything to go well as many eyes would be on our performance. A lot of people were no doubt, somewhat nervous about this process. I was no exception and I did everything I could think of to ensure all would go well. The construction work on the 747 hangar went on right up to the day of delivery, with little time available to handle any last minute problems. Workmen had been all over the structure as the last bits were put in place. There was a catwalk at the ceiling level of the hangar bays and I was concerned that some worker's tools or construction debris might have been left up there , which could possibly fall damaging this wonderful new and very expensive
aircraft. I ordered a last minute inspection by the Facilities section
to ensure there would be no such surprises. The new 747 was moved in to the new hangar and the feared event happened! One of the workmen had apparently gone up on the catwalk to watch this new aircraft as it was moved into place. Before we knew it, a hard hat fell down 115 feet, hitting the Satcom antenna on the fuselage of our new 747. We never did find out who owned the hat. The antenna had to be replaced.

(To be concluded in NetLetter 996 to come - eds)

From: "Patricia Henderson" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> Just a small smile - when our first 747's arrived I was operating a flight to LHR ex YYZ. While standing at the door taking Boarding Passes a joker boarded the aircraft, stood gaping at its enormous size and quipped "is this the flight to Timmins?"
TCA/AC Events & People Gallery
From "Between Ourselves" October 1944 edition - donated by David Fairweather - YVR

Passenger AgentsFrom Edmonton - pictured - three passenger agents off duty - Marg Chalmers, Bev MacKeller, Bel Brokovski

Northern Flight CrewNorthern flight crew - Capt George Proctor, First Officer - Colin Campbell

MaintenanceThree maintenance staff - Archie McIntyre, Jack O'Neil, Red Stone
(I never saw mtc staff looking this clean, at least not for long - Alan)

Harry ScofieldHarry Scofield - Supervisor of Western Control with Capt. Larry Brewin.

Where are they now.
A340-500 C-GKOM fin #952 c/n 464 is with TAM reregistered PT-MSL
A340-500 C-GKOL fin #951 c/n 445 is with TAM reregistered PT-MSK
Canadi>n/CPAir/PWA, etc. Events & People

In NetLetter nr 993 we published an appeal from Anna Baker regarding Patrick Dennison Roy and Ron Peel responded -

I was Chief Navigator of TCA when your dad joined our Company in, I
believe, 1945. He was an excellent navigator and a fine man. My wife
Margaret and I shared many pleasant social occasions with Pat and his charming young wife Jackie both in the lovely Laurentians (St. Adele or St. Agathe?) home and at ours in St. Laurent. Pat assisted me from time to time in the navigation training of TCA pilots and navigators on Atlantic routes. When the chief pilot of CPA, North Sawle (SP?) asked for help in setting up their Pacific routes I prepared the navigation courses required for such flights and selected Pat as the man to present them to CPA's flight crews.

Pat did that job so well that CPA offered him the job of Chief Navigator (Replacing Fred Wicker, a South African). I admit to trying to talk Pat out of leaving TCA but he was keen and enthusiastic and wanted to try out some of his own ideas on how to best navigate oceans. We parted and remained good friends and business contacts until that terrible Comet tragedy in which Pat, Charlie Pentland, and I believe North Sawle, all perished during take-off during extremely high Karachi temperatures. I know Marg and I sent our condolences to Jackie but have long since lost contact with that bright, cheerful lady - a former nurse if my old brain remembers correctly. I knew of their children, including you, but have no recollections of them. Sorry about that!

Ron Peel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pictured is a D.H.Comet.

From the "Contact" Year in focus 1989 loaned by Bill Wood -

Gord HamblyGordon Hambly - Base Engineer Buenos Aires.

Al CheeAl Chee - Mtce Supvr - Honolulu.

Aaron ChanAaron Chan & C.W.Cheung - mechanics Hong Kong.

Tony SpringateTony Springate - Foreman, Tim McSharry, Mechanic & Dave Gillespie, Engineer at London(Gatwick) UK.
Terry's Travel Tips

Terry Baker

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BA admits baggage charges 'too high'. British Airways is backing down on controversial charges for second bags and extra bag weight introduced in February, reducing the cost of taking an extra bag on board on long-haul flights from GBP120 to GBP75, and relaxing weight allowances. BA brought in the charges for second bags to streamline its booking process and speed up check-in. However, BA this week admitted that the amounts were 'too high'. A spokeswoman said second bag fees will come down for travel after Nov 6. Long-haul extra bags will go from GBP120 to GBP75, short-haul from GBP60 to GBP30, and UK domestic from GBP30 to GBP20.

A380 BEDS FOR SLEEPING, SAYS AIRLINE Considering the areas of aircraft
that have served the carnal desires of their occupants, it would seem likely that the private suite with double bed that Singapore Airlines has installed on its A380 would be creating a little turbulence of its own on every flight. But if the airline has anything to do with it (and good luck with this) the first-class section will not become headquarters of the Mile High Club.

Shirlee Schacter advises that she has a clean, modern 2 bedroom, 2bath, fully furnished (all you need is your toothbrush!) mobile home for rent at a reasonable rate for the Winter 2007-2008. It is located in Largo, FL (Clearwater/St.Petersburg area) - in a community with 2 pools, a hot tub, tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course and many other amenities. To learn more contact Shirlee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call 416-785-1271 in YYZ

When visiting Zurich, consider purchasing a ZurichCARD for chf17.00
which allows you into museums, on to rail, bus, cable car and boats.
Free transfer from the airport Boat trip on the lake and much more.
Obtainablke at the train station at the airport, tourist office at the
railway station. - Just a thought.

Have you noticed that, during the safety announcement on the Air Canada aircraft prior to take off, includes the information that heavy items should be stowed under the seat ahead of you, and lighter articles in the overhead bins - all this while the rest of the attendants watch some passengers struggle with a carry-on case which appears to be larger than the luggage you have checked and which seems to weigh a ton or more? With the price of scrap metal these days, perhaps those frames at check-in which is purported to be the maximum size for carry-on luggage should be just that - scrapped.

SmileyAn Aussie grazier flew his antique Auster aircraft to Mascot Airport, Sydney, to enact some business at the offices of business acquaintances.

Not being familiar with controlled airspace procedures, although making it safely to the airport, he required and
requested guidance to the GA parking area.

Much later, after the completion of his business and returning to the
airport, he eventually taxied out to the major runway 16, again guided by ATC to take his place in the queue for take-off clearance. When finally cleared to line up and subsequently cleared for take-off, his instructions were to call "123 airborne" (the departure frequency).

Applying maximum power and concentrating on keeping his aircraft on the centerline on the roll, the tail rose, and soon after the aircraft
became airborne, whereupon the pilot pressed his transmit button and called ... "1-2-3 airborne"!

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