Music to Fly By: ATC Party Mix, Prop Symphony, and More.
Why not record the sounds of an early morning landing at Heathrow, or Airbus A380 deep-freeze testing, or aerobatic airplanes spinning and looping, and integrate those sounds into electronic music compositions? That idea inspired Bruno Misonne, of Belgium, who lives close to a major airport, and he ended up with a compilation of "aviation music." He aims to "take the listener on a journey" with his work. "Bruno has chosen the perfect instrument for his new genre because the airplane is the best way to go global after all," says his press release. You can judge for yourself - sample the tunes online, or buy the CD, at his web site.
URL - www.brunomisonne.com
This week's postcard -
Maiko Girls enjoying Tea Cermony in garden in Kyoto, Japan
EgytAir to join Star Alliance - Following the successful conclusion of membership talks with EgyptAir, the Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance has voted to accept as a future member, the national airline of Egypt, which in the last five years has undergone a significant transformation process and is now one of the foremost carriers in Africa and the Middle East.
AIRLINE PILOT SUSPENDED FOR LONG-DISTANCE JOKE?
The "victim" in this bizarre tale says there's more to the story than meets the eye, and there would probably have to be. A 30-year-veteran Singapore Airlines pilot is alleged to have essentially thrown it all away for the teenage prank of fraudulently ordering fast food for a fellow pilot who lives near Vancouver. At least four times over a two-day period last November, Looi Kang San is alleged to have had pizza, burgers and fried chicken delivered to Steven Gillis, who lives in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey. The Vancouver Province newspaper contacted Gillis, who didn't want to comment, but the paper did say he suggested there was something else going on. Regardless of what may have sparked the intercontinental prank, Singapore authorities don't seem to think it's funny.
Service expanded to Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago - Air Canada is expanding service to Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago this spring with designated, non-stop flights to each country that will provide greater convenience and better connections for travelers. Air Canada will operate both flights using a 120-seat, Airbus A319 aircraft.
Caracas: Beginning April 6, 2008, Air Canada will launch the only non-stop service between Toronto and Caracas with flight AC075, which will depart Toronto each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 5:35 p.m. and arrive in Caracas at 10:45 p.m. AC076 will depart Caracas at 11:45 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at 5:25 a.m.
Artist's conception of the Air Canada Concorde
Subject Europe 870 NetLetter nr 992.
I wish to say how very much I enjoy reading "The Netletter".
I joined AC in October 1965 as a passenger agent in Dorval. I believe that the return of Europe 870 was Canada 871. Just a small detail and I very well could be wrong as so many years have gone by. I used to set up the signs quite often and believe Canada 871 was on the reverse side of Europe 870. There was even an accordion player at times. We had a similar set-up for our Calypso flights.
Please keep up the fantastic work you do with "The NetLetter".
Thank you and best regards,
Charles Jané (Retd.)
(Charles in quite correct in his observations - eds)
Referring to NetLetter nr 990 -
I was saddened to hear of Denny Brendon's passing, but pleased to read about Stan Clarke. The items bring back great memories of our time in Lethbridge. Stan Clarke, Denny Brendon, Ed Ashton, Geo. Goode, Bill Deacon, Graham Nettleton, all come to mind.,at the Flight Dispatch office in Lethbridge.
Johnny Fieldhouse was Manager at Calgary when I was posted there in 1945 as radio operator.(prior to my transfer to QLFD). I remember that our radio techs had just finished a complete overhaul of our radio equipment including antennas, when Victory Bond Mosquito bomber - F for Freddie - dove a little too low and wiped out our whole antenna system so that the technicians, Calhoun and ??? had to start work again rather than board the next flight for home.
Trev Trower sends us this memory of a visit to the Old Bailey in London, England -
Some of my yarns are experiences I had with Purser Tom Mills and when you read them they will bring back pleasant memories. My what wonderful people we knew in those days and the marvelous times we had.
I recall when Tom and I went to the Old Bailey in London to watch an attempted murder trial and were allowed into the court because we were visiting attorneys from Canada. I had better explain.
We, along with two of our colleagues approached the entrance to court # one. We were stopped by the policeman at the door of the court and asked for our identification. We had no suitable I.D. except for our airport passes. The four of us wearing our uniform overcoats, were quite disappointed. The officer seemed to be a friendly sort of chap, and asked us if we were attorneys visiting from Canada. We naturally replied that we were crew members on a layover in London. He asked us again if we were Canadian lawyers. We again tried to explain that we worked for Trans-Canada Air Lines. The officer cut us short in our explanation and re-asserted that we were visiting lawyers at the
same time Ruth Fox caught on to the subterfuge and along with our acceptance of our new status we were permitted access.
The four crew members that day were:
Tom Mills, Trev Trower, Ruth Fox, Mary-Lou Van Norman.
From "Between Ourselves" issued November 1944 - In January 1944, Winnipeg officially became a station under a Station Manager rather than a conglomeration of various departments.
Some of the Winnipeg staff pictured l to r -
Muriel McGuirk, Howard Chase, Station Manager, Herb Harling DTM and J.H.Trudhope, Operations Manager.
(We would welcome any work related memories from TCA/AC/AirBC/Jazz retirees which we could share with our readers - eds)
Help wanted -
Subject: Patrick Dennison Roy
I am researching my father's history. My father was a navigator on loan from Trans-Canada Air Lines to Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1953. He was killed in the crash of the Comet jet "Empress
of Hawaii" in Indian.
As my Mother was tragically widowed with two small children, myself 18 months and my sister almost 4, she never really spoke of him. Mother had some papers, pictures and a few personal things of Pat's but put them away. I have since acquired these treasures and would like to put forth his name and history to the Aviation Museum in Wetaskwin Alberta. My Mother died a few years ago and as there are very few living relatives of Pat's and no one with any memories of him I am on a search. I have a call in to the armed forces museum records unit in Winnipeg but any information of Pat Roy's history would wonderful.
Thank you Anna C "Mikey" Baker
From the special issue of "Contact" magazine December 1989 loaned by Bill Woods.
Ron James - Aircraft Mechanic Edmonton Municipal
(We would welcome any work related memories from former CPAir, CAIL, retirees which we could share with our readers - eds)
A travellers exciting experience by your co-pilot - To be in transit through London Heathrow LHR is an experience which must be avoided at all costs!
LHR is the spawning ground for those who aspire to be Airport Developers - this person's goal is to obtain a Masters degree in Airport Development aka MAD.
The criteria for MAD is to plan a series of tunnels to connect between airport terminals. No tunnel should exceed 50 foot before the introduction of either a right hand or left hand turn. The tunnel should be wide enough for 2.5 persons side by side, this restricts the flow of passengers to that of the slowest passenger in the group or the passenger with the wheeled carryon luggage. The transit flow should also include escalators, stairs, moving sidewalks, busses and, certainly, a confusing number of signs.
The crowning glory, at LHR transiting between terminals 1 and 4, is the confluence of three flows of passengers, probably from B747's, and certainly with the A380 in mind, into a small holding area preceding the actual security zone. This holding area is governed by a solitary official who, from time to time, and certainly without any sense of urgency, allows a varying number of passengers into the security zone - this is where the "flying wedge" concept comes into play. Never has a length of tape strung between two stainless steel pillars has so much authority.
Why in-transit passengers have to endure another security check after having been screened at their airport of departure defeats me!
Most stores are closed on Sundays, except around the train station where souvenir stores are open, but many cafes and restaurants are open. The currency is Swiss Francs(chf) rate ca$1.00 = chf1.13. Some stores and restaurants will accept euros or a credit card. chf coins cannot be exchanged outside the country.
The British government is considering replacing the controversial air passenger duty with a tax based on flights rather than passengers.
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