Please note that Effective March 31st, 2007, the opening hours will be from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Eastern Time.
ZED News: the following ZED agreements will be cancelled with an effective date of April 1, 2007:
The 70th anniversary of Air Canada nee Trans-Canada Air Lines.
On March 4th., 1937, the Rt. Hon. C.D.Howe, as Minister of Transport, gave notice of a resolution to establish national airline, and the Trans-Canada Air Lines Act was put before the House.
Trans-Canada Air Lines was incorporated April 10th., 1937. Little wonder that C.D.Howe became known as the Father of T.C.A. The first flight of T.C.A. took place on September 1st., 1937 from Vancouver Sea Island Airport to Seattle, just 122 miles south. Later this route was relinquished to Canadian Pacific Airlines who withdrew on November 1st., 1946 and T.C.A. took over the operation with DC-3 equipment via Victoria.
The star of the occasion was a Lockheed L10A registered CF-AZY piloted by Billy Wells and Maurice McGregor. This first flight took 50 minutes with, as passengers, several dignitaries. The first of two scheduled daily flights.
The fleet consisted of two Lockheed L10A and one Stearman bi-plane. The work force was just 71 employees.
The public were informed that the taxi fare from downtown Vancouver to the airport was 75 cents for the 25 minute ride, and the same for the taxi fare from Seattle to downtown. Today the same taxi ride from YVR to Downtown is $40. Each passenger is allowed 35 pounds of baggage free and excess would cost 4 cents a pound with 25 cents minimum.
On April 1st., 1939, simultaneous Trans continental flights took off from Vancouver and Montreal, each bound for the other city.
On April 16th., 1941, the airline become a sea to sea operation with the inauguration of service to Halifax.
Mary Stewart Employee Communications Manager - Corporate
Managing Editor - Horizons sends this appeal -
The roots of Canadian Air Lines go back to the early thirties - Canadian Airways was formed Jun 27th., 1930 with the merger of
and started operations on Nov 15th., 1930 - 77 years ago!
During 1940 and 1941 the following airlines were purchased by Canadian Pacific Steam Lines
to form Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd on May 16th., 1942 and operations commenced July 1st., 1942. - 65 years ago.
- Aug 31st., 1984 Eastern Provincial Airlines was purchased.
- Dec 1986 Pacific Western Airlines bought
- Jan 24th., 1987 Nordair & Quebecair integrated into CPAir
renamed Canadian Airlines International in 1987 - 20 years ago and bought by Air Canada in 2000 - 7 years ago.
(If any ex CAIL etal have any memories of their careers to pass along we would be happy to receive them - Eds)
Many AC retirees were Canadian Airlines personnel and we are looking at all avenues to get the word out about the Reunion, so please pass the word around.
It will take place in Calgary, at the Roundup Centre, Stampede Park,
Details and Entry Registration can be found on the www.cdnairreunion.com web site.
Franz Metzger sends us this information -
Found old friend, ex Capt. Bob Goldie, who replied to my request for
Bob Goldie was one of the pilots on Proving flights to Orient, see
picture #4 and picture #35 his last flight from Tokyo, Haneda Airport.
Email received from Bob Goldie:
We're responding to your request for information the demise of CF-CPR,
Empress of Vancouver, Canadair Four that went off the runway June
29th, 1949 at Tokyo.
The Captain on the flight was Bud Potter and North Sawle was check
As dad recalls the weather at the time was poor. Apparently the flight
landed long and hot (fast) well down the runway and were soon coming
to the end.
The Canadair Fours were equipped with reverse thrust however on
CPA's planes they were locked out as there had apparently been some
problems with the reversing.
This was accomplished by using locking wire to lock out the four
circuit breakers that engaged the reversing. This was on a panel
behind the pilots and where North Sawle was sitting. With the end of
the runway looming up, Sawle broke the locking wire and engaged the
reverse for each engine one at a time. The result being that with the
reversing being engaged one at a time it caused the plane to pull off
the runway tearing the undercarriage off the port (left) side. The
plane ended up mostly in the ocean with the tail resting on the
breakwater and one wing close enough to the breakwater that the
navigator walked off the wing onto the breakwater.
My dad does have an email address but seldom sends emails but likes
receiving them, but since he's turning 90 later this month we'll
His email is
and mine (Geoff) is
As to my further queries as to how many passengers were onboard, reply
"With reference to CF-CPR. Yes there were passengers although my dad doesn't recall how many. He thinks there was a reasonable load"
Bob and Geoff the typist
Dear book fans:
This 200-page book can be easily obtained by mailing a cheque for $16.95
Sincerely, Ross Smyth (author)
BOEING 747-400 OFFICIALLY OUT OF PRODUCTION
With the stroke of a pen, the production life of the Boeing 747-400 passenger jet came to an abrupt end recently, but it's hardly the end of the line for the aircraft family that started the jumbo movement in 1969. That brought the 747-400 line symbolically to an end (about 450 were delivered), but there are dozens and perhaps hundreds of other types of 747s on the order books that will keep the folks in Washington state busy for years to come
Enjoy the wonders of Canada in springtime with RV Holidays from Coast to Coast:
Passport relief, Vancouver IslandThose who live up Island on Vancouver Island and, in the past, have had to go to Victoria to renew or apply for passports can get the service at the
Canada Government Receiving agent located at 130-19th Street Courtenay
The office is located at the corner of Cliffe Avenue and 19th Street, close to the Ambulance Service at the end of Riverside Lane, by the Old House Restaurant.
Mail applications, changes to valid passports, lost/stolen passport replacements are NOT handled.
Travelling to New Zealand?
New aviation regulations on liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on luggage will be introduced in New Zealand on 31 March, and will significantly change the way that passengers organize their luggage.
The new measures will require all international passengers to carry liquids, aerosols or gels in containers of 100ml or less. Passengers' carry-on luggage may include as many 100ml containers as will fit into a single re-sealable transparent plastic bag of one litre volume.
Brochures regarding the new regulations are available through travel agents and airports, and passengers seeking further information are advised to check the Ministry of Transport's website www.flysmart.govt.nz.
These regulations apply to international flights only, from 31 March 2007.
Overheard on Pittsburgh (KPIT) Ground working Hooters Air, better known by callsign "Pace," and a Delta airliner:
Pittsburgh Ground: Delta Eleven Twenty, follow Hooters off your left to Runway Two-Eight Right.
Delta Eleven Twenty: (in a slow southern drawl) Well, I've been doin' that all my life, and it's only got me in trouble with the wife.