~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |\^/| _| 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 89 date Sept 29th 1996 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . Your navigator is trying to navigate himself and spouse through the contingency network during next 3 weeks. The Chief Pilot will be glad to hear from any of you. . Tom Martin read an interesting article in EnRoute while heading to YUL, and thought it may be of interest - An interview with Daniel Lortie, Foreman of the Paint Shop at Dorval Base revealed some interesting facts about painting airplanes. It takes 100 gallons and costs $190,000 to paint an Airbus A340. Paint lasts between 5 to 7 years. To affix the 13 piece maple leaf on the tail of a large aircraft takes 2 people 10 hours and costs $10,000. The special paint job for the Toronto Raptors airplane has no decals; the crew painted directly onto the aircraft with the aid of tracing paper. It took 950 manhours and cost $65,000. The paint on a 747 adds 350 kg to the weight of the aircraft. . Al Graham, CEO AirBC mentioned at a recent Vancouver Island luncheon that Air Canada was planning to paint an aircraft up in recognition of Donovan Bailey to worlds fastest human - nothing more yet. . Many years ago, a Air Canada pilot authored stories about a fictional airline called 'Down East Airlines' flying Vanguards - here is a story which COULD have come from those stories, but came from a book called 'Left Seat' by Robert Serling - The captain was flying a DC-2 trip once and he had a cocky copilot on board. The kid didn't know it, but the captain had met some Army pilots the night before and told them where he'd be flying the next day. He turns the ship over to the copilot just about the time he catches an Army pursuit job on the starboard wing. The Army guy, exactly as the captain had planned it, rolled just before he came alongside. So when he pulled up even, he was on his back. The captain tapped the copilot on the shoulder and pointed to the other plane. 'Don't look now.' he says, 'but I think we're flying upside down.' The copilot fainted. . Found on the internet - ValueJet starts flying tomorrow 30th, all fares at US$19 on non stop flights. AirBC pilots take a strike vote tomorrow 30th. Canadi>n flight attendants vote a strike mandate. Alaska Airlines order 12 Boeing B737-400 powered by CFM56-3 engines. Continental DC-10 with 178 passengers got stuck in the mud while taxiing to the ramp at Houston Intercontinental Airport. Dirty hydraulic fluid may have caused a rudder component to fail on a USAir flight which crashed at Pittsburgh in 1994. WILL THE SKIES PART FOR FAMILY CHANNEL'S AIR DISASTER FILM? Televangalist Pat Robertson's personal cable channel will air "Panic in the Skies!" Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Watch how lightning kills the crew and a hacker patches into the 747-300's EFIS to fly it safely home again. Pilots: be sure to mark your calendars, and have your barf bags handy. RUSSIAN YOUTH FOUND DEAD IN GEAR WELL: The young would-be hitchhiker apparently died in-flight of cold and hypoxia on a flight from Moscow to Rome. But he got a round-trip home when his body went unnoticed during the plane's Rome stop. Maintenance workers found the 18-year-old's body during a routine inspection Saturday after the plane returned to Moscow. ~-=o0o=-~ . Interline stuff - At all U.K. airports a 10% Airport Service Charge is applied to rentals of cars from suppliers located on the airport grounds, even if the rental is booked from Canada, the surcharge is payable in local funds. Exotic Orient Aboard the 'Sky Princess' escorted by two Vancouver Island Pionairs Syl and Kay Napolitano March 28th for 14 days. Itinerary - Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dalian, Beijing, Pusan, Nagasaki and Osaka. While at Beijing, disembark for all inclusive 2 day land package visiting the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and the Great Wall. Cat J inside US$2743, Cat I inside US$3010 Cat E outside US$2810 Cat D outside US$3110 Prices pp dble + port charges US$176.50. Cruise the Amazon - 13 days - Itinerary Iquitos 1 1/2 days, Amazon River cruise - 7 days, visit Pevas, Leticia, Tabatinga & Cuzco, Machu Picchu - 1 1/2 days Includes confirmed air from Miami US$2695 pp dble Canary Islands - 7 day cruise on ms Windstar round trip Madeira visiting Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Gomera and Santa Cruz De Tenerife. Departures Oct 6 and 13th. Price US$995 pp dble. Call 1-800-690-3223 for more details. Norwegian Cruise Lines' 'Seaward'. 7 days from US$399 - San Juan round trip via Aruba, Curacao, Tortola,St.Thomas Departs Oct 13, 27, Nov 10, 24, Dec 8 San Juan round trip Barbadoes, Martinique, St. Maarten.Antigua, St. Thomas. Departs Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 17, Dec 1, 15. Call 1-800-345-7576 for details. ~-=o0o=-~ . More smilies from the London England Pionair monthly newsletter - Getting older is when - You get winded playing chess. Your children begin to look middle-aged. You know all the answers but no-one asks the questions. You look forward to a dull evening. . 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. 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