The NetLetter #957
Since Oct/95 January 13, 2007


Number 957

About us!

Terminal 2 - YYZ prepares to close

Help Wanted - trivia nuts welcome!

Naming Canada's Airports

TCA & Forgotten Airports

CAHS Meeting notice - Vancouver Island Chapter

Terry's Travel Tips


AC Heritage Poster



NetLetter Archives

About us!

Since October 1995, Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker have been issuing an email newsletter for those ex Air Canada types who have provided us with their email addresses. The Newsletter was created by Vesta, who gave the name 'NetLetter' and added 'Between Ourselves' - a TCA periodical with which you are probably familiar with from the 50's and 60's. It was then changed to "Between Yourselves" to avoid confusion when "Horizons" resurrected the name. Then finally simplified to just "The NetLetter".

We believe that our NetLetter, which originates from Vancouver Island, was the FIRST to use this medium to disperse information for retirees of Air Canada.

The NetLetter contains airline related information such as anecdotes or stories supplied by some of the recipients, Internet tips, travel news, cheap... excuse me, "inexpensive" accommodations, tours, interline travel, and, in some small way, we help keep our Air Canada family together and in touch.

Our 'NetLetter' is NOT sponsored by any Pionair group, nor are we seeking any financial support, only the Internet email addresses of those who would like to receive our 'NetLetter'. Please forward this to other retirees who can then subscribe right from the forwarded link at the bottom of this email.


Air Canada Heritage Poster


Dear NetLetter,

Welcome to the 957th issue of "NetLetter". The NetLetter is the longest running newsletter (since 1995) that is dedicated to Air Canada retirees.

We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2743 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends. The "NetLetter" is written by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker from Vancouver Island (see sidebar) and also with articles and comments from "you" our readers. Formatting of text, photos, etc. for this HTML version is done by Alan Rust and it is published courtesy of the ACFamily Network at www.acfamily.net

  • Terminal 2 - YYZ prepares to close
  • Vesta


    Air Canada has organized a Hello / Good Bye Reception for ALL who ever worked in Terminal Two.
    Date: Wednesday, January 24 th, 2007
    Location: Mod Q Terminal Two, Toronto International Airport
    Time: 11:00 to 14:00 Hours
    Parking: Parking for Retirees will be FREE. Please note the method to obtain Free Parking. Retirees MUST enter the garage via the ramp marked "AUTHORIZED VEHICLES ONLY ", which is located on the far left side.
    If they enter the public parking entrance, they will be required to take a ticket and pay for parking...

    Come and meet your fellow workers that you spent many hours with during the "Good Old Days". Share the area where you had happy times, sad times, received your promotion, discussed the issues with your Supervisor, consulted your Union Rep, arrived home from your trip, etc, etc. Soon the Terminal will fall to the wrecking ball.
    This event is open to ALL who ever worked in Terminal Two.....
  • Help Wanted - trivia nuts welcome!
  • Urgent Help!
    We are producing a handout for AC Call Centres called "Getting to Know You"...it will be the first in a 4 part series highlighting Call Centres around the Globe.
    Our first edition focus's on the North & South Pacific.
    What I'm looking for is the following:

    • What is our oldest route in the North & South Pacific?
    • When did we start flying there?
    • How long did it take? any stops enroute?
    • What type of aircraft was used?
    • When did we start flying to SYD
    • Again same questions, how long did it take, etc. - When did we (or our predecessors) start flying into Mainland China and which city did we start with?
    • When did we (or our predecessors) start flying into HKG?
    • When did we (or our predecessors) start flying into Japan and which city did we start with?
    • When did AC (or our predecessors) stop flying into AKL?

    If there's any other tid-bit's of info on the NOP/SOP routes that you think might be suitable I would welcome the details.

    Many thanks for all your advice,
    Dorothy Macdonald
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  • Naming Canada's Airports

    Regarding the article in NetLetter nr 956 -
    Stuart Russell sends us this information -
    Thanks for the netletter - re the airport names I believe Mike Zubko International Airport in Inuvik NWT CYEV was one of the first " named airports " in Canada, even though it is a long way from the rest of the country.
    Mike Zubko had his own airline at the time when the town of Inuvik was created out of the bush and was a father figure in the region because he flew everyone in and out.
    As you can see from the photo, some days are quite snowy there!!
    Stu "Stuart Russell"
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  • TCA & Forgotten Airports
  • TCA & Forgotten Airports -
    In NetLetter nr 956 George Brien supplied info regarding YXR -
    From: Nicolaas Veldt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Dont forget Jack Dunwoody who later moved to YAM and it was a fun station I worked there as relief Station Agent II for a week and both flights North and South arrived and departed within a hour. This was when I worked in YVO 1965 till 1967 and that station was something else working out of a wooden shack were the windows rattled as a VOODOO took off and you could not hear yourself talking at the counter and I have still some good memories of those days (without CRT sets) and manual load and balance.

    Nick Veldt retired Station Agent II YAM

  • CAHS Meeting notice - Vancouver Island Chapter
  • All Vancouver Island Chapter Canadian Aviation Historical Society Members and Friends -

    Notice: Meeting January 20, 2007, 11:00 am in the Norseman Room at the BC Aviation Museum, 1910 Norseman Road, Sidney (Victoria International Airport).
    This will be our first Saturday, Breakfast meeting. We will have our Chapter Annual General Meeting and election of chapter officers for 2007. The present executive look forward to seeing new people become active in the chapter and move into any of the offices; President, Vice-president, Secretary or Treasurer.
    Breakfast: 9:30 am, Saturday, January 20, 2007 at Mary's Bleue Moon Cafe. Please let Stoney (478-7567) or myself (544-2183) know if you are coming to breakfast. We reserve a table ahead.
    Speaker: Gary Grass, Quality Manager, First Officer and training officer, Flying Tankers Inc. Gary has also been an instructor with BCIT. He will be doing a LCD presentation and a discussion about flying the Martin Mars and other flying tankers.
    The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in aviation history. Please feel free to bring an interested friend.
    Chapter memberships for 2007 will be available from the current Treasurer/ Membership officer (me). Membership is not required to attend the CAHS Chapter meetings. Membership monies help us to pay administrative costs and make an occasional donation to the BC Aviation Museum for the use of the Norseman Room or for special purchases by the BCAM. (We helped them to make the purchase of the new LCD projector which we are getting to make use of for the presentation on Saturday).
    There is no fee to attend Vancouver Island Chapter meetings.
    Please note; standard admission fees for the BCAM are charged to non museum members, $7 adults or $5 seniors.
    Jacqueline Frampton
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    Treasurer/ Membership
    VI Chapter CAHS
  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • Be aware that the cruise lines serving Alaska are adding a us$50.00 pp charge. This charge was contested through the courts, but the cruise lines lost!

    The International airport serving Sydney Australia has got it right - as far as duty free goodies go anyway - Buy your duty free items upon ARRIVAL and save trucking it with you from Canada - and talking about saving - flash your AC ID card and get 20% discount!.
    Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne invite you to take advantage of their great industry rates & enjoy a complimentary Summer Cocktail in the bar!
    Metro Room - $108.00 per room per night
    Deluxe Room - $133.00 per room per night
    Commerce Room - $158.00 per room per night
    Includes a complimentary Summer Cocktail per person in the Bar!
    Valid until 28 February 2007 (not valid over special events), is per room per night and includes GST.
    Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
    328 Flinders Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    Phone: +61 3 9250 1888
    Fax: +61 3 9250 1877
    Email for reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Web Site: www.rendezvoushotels.com/melbourne_city/
    Some travel offers for STAR ALLIANCE employees/retirees -

    Edinburgh Bed and Breakfast Craigievar
    112 Glasgow Road
    Edinburgh EH12 8LP
    Scotland, UK
    Phone - +44 (0) 131 539 2485
    Fax - +44 (0) 131 539 2485
    Rates from:
    Single: 40.00 GBP
    Double: 50.00 GBP
    Other: Rates Vary GBP

    Avonmore Hotel
    66 Avonmore Road,
    London W14 8RS
    Phone - +44 (0) 20 7603 4296
    Fax - +44 (0) 20 7603 4035
    Rates from:
    Single: 70.00 GBP
    Double: 80.00 GBP
    Check www.startrips.com for many many more offers.
  • Smilie
  • Smiley

    Returning to Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., on New Year's Day, I heard the following exchange between the tower controller and the pilot of a Piper Arrow:
    Arrow: "Republic tower, Arrow Three Four Five, eight miles north, inbound with India."
    Tower: "Arrow Three Four Five, report right downwind Runway 32."
    Arrow: "Any chance we can get a straight in?"
    Tower: "You said you were north didn't you?" Arrow: "Yes, seven miles north."
    Tower: "Arrow Three Four Five, the only way I can give you a straight in for Runway 32 is if you turn north and continue for about 24,000 miles." Arrow: (momentary silence) "Uh, okay, sorry, Happy New Year..."

  • AC Heritage Poster
  • Enjoy this visual display of Air Canada’s historic fleet from its beginning in 1937 to the present including aircraft from:
    - Trans-Canada Air Lines
    - Canadian Airlines
    - Pacific Western
    - Eastern Provincial
    - Nordair
    - Transair
    - Wardair

    This 68 x 96 cm (27 x 38 inch) poster is printed in full colour on high quality paper and depicts over 300 aircraft and liveries flown by Air Canada throughout its history.

    The cost of the poster is $24.99 plus tax and shipping where applicable. This is a great gift for Christmas, reunions, retirements and birthday gifts, etc.

    A donation is made to Dreams Take Flight for each poster that is sold. Any other profits support the operation of the ACFamily Network which brings you this newsletter.

    More info here
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