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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 97 date November 11th 1996 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . Reminders - DATE DISTRICT EVENT WHERE Nov 28 96 ST. JOHNS Monthly LUNCH Dec 2 96 London UK ACRA XMAS DINNERDANCE see nr 91 Dec 4 96 Montreal District XMAS DINNER #93 * Dec 5 96 CSS DORVAL MONTHLY LUNCH 1ST THURS Dec 5 96 Van.Is XMAS LUNCH Latch Country Inn nr 92 Dec 10 96 London Dist. XMAS LUNCHEON Osterley Htl nr 91 Dec 12 96 Saint John CHRISTMAS PARTY nr 91 Dec 15 96 Toronto Dist XMAS LUNCH BristolPlace nr 91 *NEW Dec 26 96 SAINT JOHN NB MONTHLY LUNCH 4TH THU *NEW Jan 20 97 LONDON UK THEATRE TRIP 'SCROOGE' *NEW Feb 10 97 LONDON UK THEATRE TRIP 'MISS SAIGON Mar 1 97 EARHARDTS WORLD FLIGHT Apr 2 97 Van. Is SPRING LUNCHEON Princess Royal #92 May 23 97 23-26 PIONAIRS A.G.M. PHEASANT RUN RESORT, ST CHAR Aug 28 97 VAN IS. District Summer LUNCHEON Courtenay 92 * Gord Hykle advises us that the monthly C & SS retirees now meet on the first Thursday of each month - noon lunch at Chenoy's (smoked meat) restaurant. St. Johns Rd, Pointe-Claire QC. Out of towners paricularly welcome. ~-=o0o=-~ . Reminiscing A recent London, England Pionairs' Newsletter had an article by Alf Lake called 'Cargo Memories'. The following is from that article - 'During the early development years of our Cargo Service, all customs and freight documentation was handled by Canadian National Express on behalf of TCA. We had a small warehouse facility in a converted ex BOAC canteen formerly known as "The Green Dragon". It still remained to resemble a canteen for many years after we occupied the premises because the majority of our eastbound freight consisted of gift food parcels consigned to the lucky people who had friends or relatives living in Canada. This of course was shortly after WW II when many items were still on ration in the UK. It was sheer torture to see all the lovely big sides of bacon, huge hams, boxes of eggs etc which we could only dream about' In response to this part of the article, Robbie Robbins, Director of the Ottawa Pionairs wrote the following which appears in the November edition of the London England Newsletter - 'Alf spoke of the flood of food parcels arriving at Heathrow shortly after WW II. The feelings of our air freight and ramp staff at the Dorval Trans-Atlantic terminal were strong, as we received the mountains of parcels - most marked 'Perishable', documented them tried to find places to store and cool them, and tried to get them out to the UK - but our feelings were more like headaches. No problem in the depths of winter(except eggs!), as we loaded them on Gurney carts and tied tarps over them. Of course we usually had a weeks thaw in January and a great scramble to find cold places - like the walk-in fridge down the road at Aero Caterer's, until we wore out that welcome. You see, we had three gung-ho Sales Reps - Mike Scullion, Bob Manuge and Tod Laflamme daily and nightly encouraging more and more people to send parcels. I think this went on for a year or so - and we did get a walk-in refrigerator on the ramp. Then it quickly petered off' London Heathrow Pionairs have put together a list of 'Old Stagers' who joined TCA in the 'forties' at Heathrow - Dick Bradbear Jun 9/47 Bill Williamson Sep 29/47 Bill Cameron Apr 5/48 Phil Smythe May 17/48 Frank Wooley May 31/48 George Wallis Jun 1/48 Ken Page Oct 11/48 Jimmy Boyle Feb 1/49 Norman Ings Jun 27/49 Reg Stoakes Oct 1/49 Les Barrett Oct 1/49 Ben Benfold Oct 1/49 Alf Lake Oct 1/49 and Dave Mathias, still living in the UK - was one of the first from Canada to open TCA service. Maybe some of you remember the cartoons by Dave in the original 'Between Ourselves'. The London Heathrow Pionairs will be active in the early part of 1997. Jan 20th a theatre trip to see 'Scrooge' which stars Anthony Newly. Feb 10th another theatre trip to see 'Miss Saigon'. ~-=o0o=-~ . Found on the Internet - Airbus Industries on a roll - USAir reported to have ordered 120 jets from Airbus. A mix of A319 and A320 with options on a further 280 aircraft. Delivery due to start 1998 at a rate of 30-40 per year. Boeing lost out due to the B737 production line is already pushed, and a satisfactory delivery date could not be promised. Emirates have ordere (16) A330-200 with an option of a further 7. Asiana has ordered (18) A321 and negotiating for a further (20) A330 types. Air India has taken delivery of its first Boeing B747-400 with a second due later this month. London England is served by 5 airports - London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton and London City. Those paint schemes - All Nippon Airlines has a B747 looking like a great whale. Western Pacific has a B737 is Thrift Car Rental emblems with another decked out woth Fred Flintstone. Crossair has an MD88 sporting McDonalds livery. ~-o0o-~ . Interline stuff A new interline agreement for travel on Lufhansa flights started on Aug 1st. The following are eligible for unlimited ZED fares: Active employees with 12 months service. Spouses of active employees. Retired employees and their spouses. Common-law spouses and same sex spouses. Dependant children of the above, under 24 years of age. Parents of retired employees. Travelling around North America in the Fall, some hotel groups offer special deals - Holiday Inns 20% off room rates and 10% off meals for the over 50's. Howard Johnson 15% to 50% to the over 50's. Ramada 25% for the over 60's. ~-=o0o=-~ . More smilies from Vesta - IF OPERATING SYSTEMS WERE AIRLINES: MAC AIRWAYS The cashiers, flight attendants, and pilots all look the same, feels the same and act the same. When asked questions about the flight they reply that you don't want to know, don't need to know and would you please return to your seat and watch the movie. OS/2 SKYWAYS The terminal is almost empty, with only a few prospective passengers milling about. Airline personnel walk around, apologizing profusely to customers in hushed voices, pointing from time to time to the sleek, powerful jets outside the terminal on the field. They tell each passenger how good the real flight will be on these new jets and how much safer it will be than Windows Airlines, but that they will have to wait a little longer for the technicians to finish the flight systems. FLY WINDOWS NT All the passengers carry their seats out onto the tarmac, placing the chairs in the outline of a plane. They all sit down, flap their arms and make jet swooshing sounds as if they are flying. ~-=o0o=-~ . 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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