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Vesta Stevenson
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Boeing delays 787 first flight at least two months, says first delivery on schedule
Boeing pushed back the 787's first flight from this month to between mid-November and mid-December, citing incomplete work by some suppliers, manufacturing documentation issues, a global fastener shortage and delays in completing flight control system software.

This week's postcard
Jan 2004. Hi Vesta

Happy New Year from Grenada, known as the Spice Isle because of all the wonderful spices that grow here.  The most famous is Nutmeg (on their flag) This is the small spice you see here - the lacy part is mace and the nutmeg it self is right inside the mace.  The large one is cocoa - from which we get chocolate and cocoa.  regards Doris Servais


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Star Alliance News

Star AllianceBMI (British Midland Airways) will postpone its planned services to the US from London Heathrow, which it expected to start when the EU-US open skies agreement takes effect, to at least 2009 owing to continuing operational difficulties at LHR that may be exacerbated by the reorganization scheduled to follow the March opening of the new Terminal 5, Chairman Michael Bishop said transfer traffic has declined at LHR as passengers look to avoid the long lines and delays plaguing the airport.

BMI will launch service to 14 international destinations on Oct. 28, increase service to two others formerly served by BMED and start flying daily to Cairo on Nov. 4 in what CEO Nigel Turner called "the single largest expansion of the bmi brand in the history of the airline."
Where are they now?
A340-300 CF-DRO c/n 048 which was returned to ILFC has now been leased to Aerolineas Argentinas.

A340 CF-TNQ fin 981 c/n 088 returned to ILFC being leased to Iberia in the 4th quarter 2007.

A320 C-FMST fin 230 c/n 350 returned to KJ Aviation Services NJ has been bought by Etihad AUE
Our 70 Years

70 year Anniversary



TCA Fleet


- Jan 4th Montreal - Paris non stop introduced.
Jan 15th DC-8 service introduced on Southern services.
Feb 1st Vanguard introduced on  Montreal-Toronto-Vancouver via Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary and Edmonton.
Apr 30th Cleveland-LHR via YYZ inaugurated YWG-LHR non stop DC-8 inaugurated.
Jun 30th Last North Star transcontinental freighter flight and
North Stars subsequently retired.
- Trans-Canada Air Lines now ranked as 7th largest airline in the world.

- 1st Feb "Silver Dart" service YUL-YYZ-YVR introduced.
- Constellation aircraft completely retired.
- Operations at Midway Airport transferred to O'Hare in Chicago.


Readers Feedback
From: "Doug Davidson" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: Bristol freighter (re NetLetter nr 988)

Hi folks:
There's a Bristol Freighter in Winnipeg at the Western Canada Aviation Museum.  That one was bought in 1955 by RCAF, sold to Wardair and ended up with Norcanair of Saskatchewan - its current livery.

Best regards,
Doug Davidson

From: "Don Demeza" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: More on Bristol Freighter (re NetLetter nr 988)
More on Bristol Freighter - during the 50's I always remember an event in the Toronto hangar - G.R. MacGregor was addressing the staff and reviewing accomplishments - a Bristol Freighter was in the hangar - during his talk G.R. waved toward the freighter and commented: "As for this - we're not sure if its parents were married".

Don Demeza - Belleville

From: "peter" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: aircraft models
These models were made recently.
Peter, 022208.
Connie Model Connie Model

From George Brien

I don't want to overload you with items from down east, but thought this article would tie in with NL 986 Although TCA  had its first official flight into  the new  YSJ Airport on Jan 8, 1952, the Maritimes own Airline,  Maritime Central Airways, had
officially opened the airport almost 6 months earlier.  Headlines, pictures and excerpts from the local paper tells the story.
Saint John Air Terminal officially opens
Two M.C.A.  aircraft welcomed  today "Under a bright early Autumn sun and with a minimum of formality, Saint John's new multi-million  $  terminal came into official use this AM.
A silvery DC3 swooped low over the verging forest lands to touch down smoothly on a runway there shortly before 9 AM"
These headlines and poetic quote from the Saint John Telegraph
Journal/Evening Times Globe announced the beginning of Airline Service at the new YSJ Airport on Aug 11th, 1951.

First DC-3

Greeting DC3

The aircraft piloted from Fredericton by Capt H.S. "Junior" Jones from Apohaqui, F.O. was Don Douglas of Salisbury along with stewardess Dorina Cassie of Rogersville. Also on board was Capt Carl F Burke, V.P. and General Manager of the airline.
Lower picture  shows the M.C.A. crew being greeted by dignitaries from the Airport Committee and Mayor Howard of Saint John After 9 years of operating out of the Millidgeville airport, where short runways restricted passenger loads to 4 passengers, Capt Burke was glad to be at the new airport. Dept of Transport were also anxious to have them move although only one runway had been completed and also the move and installation of the Radio Range, that was still in use at Pennfield, would not be completed for a few more months..
Fifteen minutes later, as in the upper picture, another M.C.A. DC3 arrived, piloted by Capt Charles Trainor. It then took off for a destination kept secret for security reasons.
The plane carried a party of 14 men who were to unload ships.
(I guess after 55 years, I can divulge the "secret' destination). They would fly to Goose Bay YYR and then transfer to a MCA Canso, landing on the Bay on the coast of Labrador, where a secret Radar site was being installed . (I did this secret destination trip on MCA in the spring of 1953, landing at N28 a.k.a. Hopedale Lab. to work as a Radio Operator)
Retired  AC Capt Alan Macleod recalls  when he was growing up in Charlotttetown,  Capt  Jones (Jonsey) would take him up  in the Lockheed on local training flights.
Capt Charlie Trainor, the pilot of the second aircraft, among many honours during his career, was awarded a plaque from  Boeing for 20,000 successful landings in a 15 year span.
It would be after the New Year, with the completion of the second runway and an operational Radio Range system, before TCA would move their operation over from Pennfield.
TCA's first Station Manager at YSJ was Bill Hegan and others moving over from Pennfield would include Radio Operators Bill Scott and Myron Ziggerchuk along with Station Attendant Bob Anderson.

North StarPictured is a North Star at YSJ with Bill Hegan at foot of steps.
TCA/AC Events & People Gallery

"The end of an era"
The pictures show the Maintenance and Station Attendants who serviced the last Super Constellation flight 352 from YYZ to YUL in early 1962.

TCA Last flightMaintenance l to r in the cockpit
Bill Sikma Radio Shop, and Mechanics Gerry McDougall and Al Scammell

Last TCA Flight (ground crew)Station Attendants in front of the aircraft l to r
George Finley, Tome Pecione, Leo Calzavare, Harry Dryburgh and Lead Station Attendant Al Stolcers.

Reunion LHRA reunion at LHR in 2003.
Peter Baldry & Stephanie Webber both worked in Terminal 3 at LHR in the 1960's. They combined their efforts to contact as many co-workers, some who had retired and spread across the globe as far as USA, France, Canada, Ireland and Scotland. At the end of May, some three dozen turned up at the Hillingdon Golf Club . The picture, unfortunately, does not identify those attending.
Between Ourselves 1944From "Between Ourselves" June 1944
Alf Devenish reported on the formation of the T.C.A.R.A. (forerunner of the ACRA) in Halifax
YWG Operation HeadquartersOperations YWG
Winnipeg, the Operations Headquarters.
Canadi>n/CPAir People Gallery

CP Poster

  • Aug 23rd, 1958 Britannia service on the Vancouver - Tokyo route with CF-CZA
  • Mar 26th, 1961 DC-8 service Vancouver - Honolulu with CF-CPE
  • Nov 2nd,1965 DC-8 service Montreal - Amsterdam was introduced with CF-CPK
  • Oct 30th, 1966 DC-8 service Toronto-Honolulu in 7 hours 34 minutes with CF-CPF.
  • Jan 30th, 1967 DC -8 service Vancouver - San Fransico
From the "Contact" Magazine Sept 1, 1989 loaned by Bill Wood -

Contact Header

Toronto FuelersThe fuel tank guys at YYZ  on emergency training l - r
Pete Williams, Dave Kadoski, George Lockett and Gavin Bowman.

Fuel Tankand at YYC sitting on a DC-10 fuel cell simulator l - r
Barry Pearce, Steve Daechsel of YVR and Don Bunnah
Terry's Travel Tips

Terry Baker


Fancy a week at a timeshare in Canmore?

Up for sale again this year, below are the dates available and the link to the property.

Asking price is $700.00 for the week, regular nightly rates at this place are 300.00-400.00/night.

This two bedroom condo has everything including washer/dryer, three TV's, two full baths, fireplace, mountain view and sleeps 8! Great location for a small family reunion.

See: http://www.grandcanadian.com/ - check out the images

Reservation for the 24th to the 30th of November of 2007.

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Trish and Chris Arbique

It has been long suspected that waiting in line to take off your shoes for complete strangers is hard on your blood pressure but now there's a report that suggests it might also be making people fat.
www.Confectionarynews.com says a study shows sales of candy and snacks at airports went up almost 12 percent in 2006 to a total of $1.9 billion and says stiffer airport security is the reason.

Notify Your Credit Card Provider when Travelling Outside Canada
Before leaving the country, make a telephone call to the issuer of  any credit card you plan to use while away by dialling the toll-free number on the back of the card.  When you get through to a Customer Service Agent, advise them where you're heading and that you plan to use your card while there.  Banks and other card issuers use fraud detection software that looks for unusual patterns in the location, amount and frequency of client
transactions.  Running up big charges in a foreign country could trip an alarm unless the card issuer has been advised of your plans.

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While visiting the U.K. here are a few trips to consider -
British Pullman departing London prices gbp per person

Whether visiting some of our country's most prestigious destinations or indulging in a captivating lunch or dinner excursion, the historic and timeless carriages of the Orient-Express British Pullman will transport you in majestic style.

Departing 20 Sep gbp125
Brighton Murder Mystery
Departing 28 Sep gbp215
Leeds Castle
Departing 11 Oct gbp125

Northern Belle gbp per person
Take time to gently explore the beauty of Britain's scenery; stunning landscapes, dramatic castles, rolling countryside, tiny villages and great cities. Board this modern classic and experience history in the making.
11 Sep from Leeds or Sheffield gbp189 Lunch
07 Oct from Oxford or Swindon gbp139
27 Oct from Birmingham or Leicester gbp189

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