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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |\^/| _| TCA |_ _|\| AIR |/|_ N E T L E T T E R > CANADA < B E T W E E N O U R S E L V E S >_./|\._< for P I O N A I R S | Your crew is: Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson Chief Navigator - Terry Baker tm number 77 date Aug 5th 1996 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ .Found on the Internet - London, England - LCY is London's fifth airport, after Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and London Luton, and is the newest and smallest of all. It is located in the London Docklands some 10km (six miles) east of the City of London, its main catchment area. The 16 airports which are served from LCY. Amsterdam, Antwerp, Augsburg (near Munich), Berne, Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Dusseldorf Express, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lugano, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Rotterdam and Zurich. It is reasonably easy to get to the airport by public transport, though there is no train service direct to the single terminal. The North London rail line operates to Silvertown, but it's a six-minute walk along public roads to get to LCY which is not impressive (what if it's raining or if you have luggage). There is the Docklands Light Railways, an unmanned service which originates from Bank in the City of London, which can be used to travel to Canary Wharf from which a "Yellow Route" shuttle bus takes you to LCY for two pounds. From Liverpool St Station on the edge of the City of London, a "Red Route" shuttle bus operates to LCY at a cost of four pounds. Lastly, the 473 bus operates between Stratford and LCY. Other attractive features of the airport include a minimum check-in of 10 minutes for all airlines, a minimum connecting time of just 30 minutes, only five minutes from aircraft arrival to terminal exit and the car park just a 2-minute walk away. Once inside the terminal, the first thing that many people will see is the desk of Serviceair, one of the UK's biggest airline handling agents. At LCY, they are the sales agents for nine of the airport's 11 scheduled passenger airlines, namely Business Air (II), World Airlines (W2), Denim Air (2D), SABENA (SN), Air Engiadina (RQ), Air France (AF), Crossair (LX), Air JET (BC) and Augsburg Airways (IQ). The other airlines are VLM (VG) and Virgin Atlantic CityJet (VS). An interesting feature of Air JET (BC) systems, ie the use of a smartcard which is swiped though a machine to give the passengers access to the VIP lounge - no traditional paper tickets or boarding passes are issued. If too many passengers turn up for a flight, then Air JET has on standby another aircraft to take passengers to Paris (CDG). As for the future, three more carriers will soon be coming to LCY. Firstly, Air UK (UK), will operate a return service to Amsterdam using BAe 146s. Secondly, Swedish carrier Malmo Aviation (6E) operating a BAe 146 to Malmo Sturup which enables easy connections to Stockholm. And thirdly, ALITALIA (AZ) will launch a service to Milan in September. ~-=o0o=-~ . Here is another story from Charles Mackie about his CGTAS days in Lancastrians - Snow in Bermuda. Just before Christmas 1945, our crew under Captain Bob Bowker were getting ready for a trip from Prestwick to Montreal. Due to weather, this would be via the Azores and Bermuda. The plan was to stay overnight in the Azores, and then Bermuda. We did eight and half hours to the Azores and decided to keep going after refuelling ourselves and the aircraft. We encountered a severe thunderstorm midway between the Azores and Bermuda. The tops of the cloud looked 30,000 feet up. Rather than go around, the captain decided to go underneath. We were down to 150 foot and could see the white caps of the waves below. The all of a sudden we were out of it and continued to Bermuda without further incident. As the crew was anxious to get home for Christmas we decided to continue. Also it had snowed in Bermuda and the Quonset hut with small stove did not look inviting. So we refuelled and headed North for the four and a half hour flight to Montreal. The weather was clear and the flight was going without problems, so I decided to get my head down for a bit of a snooze. I woke up over Maine, dead on course for Montreal. I looked around and the navigator, pilot and first officer were also having a snooze, the whole aircraft was flying on automatic pilot. The long hours without sleep had gotten the better of us. I got on the intercom and woke up the crew, they all woke up with a start. Shortly after we began our decent into Montreal. Home for Christmas. _|_ -o-o-O-o-o- " ' " . That's it for this time, please we need your input, send comments and email addresses of any others who may be interested to Vesta with a copy to Terry. -!- Landing on an Island in the Pacific. _____(~)_____ ! ! ! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <<<>>> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ................................................... . GREETINGS FROM . . Vancouver Island . . BEAUTIFUL B.C. CANADA . ...................................................

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