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Your crew is: Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson
Chief Navigator - Terry Baker tm
number 100 date November 20th 1996
Since Oct 95, Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker, both
Vancouver Island Pionairs have been issuing a newsletter on the
Internet for those Pionairs and/or ex Air Canada types who have
supplied us with their Internet email addresses.
We now have a total of 60 subscribers to date.
The Newsletter was the brainchild of Vesta, who gave the name
'NETLETTER' and added 'Between Ourselves' - a periodical with
which you are probably familiar with from the 50's and 60's.
We believe that our NETLETTER, which originates from
Vancouver Island, is the FIRST to use this medium to disperse
information for Pionairs of Air Canada.
The Netletter contains airline related information
such as anecdotes or stories supplied by some of the recipients,
Internet, BBS's, travel news, cheap, excuse me, inexpensive,
accommodations, tours, interline travel, and, in some small way,
keep our Air Canada family together and in touch.
How many times are we referred to CIC *80 in the 'Horizons' or
while listening to the CIC Daily Info 1-800 number - and how are
we able to do that? Or even nip into the Industry Travel Office
to pick up the latest Interline offerings?
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'.
. Regarding the articles on RESIII being available to Pionairs, see
Netletters nr 92 and 98
Bill Sim emailed us -
'This message from Jack is very informative. I will forward a
hard copy to Ken Riding The guy that started the whole thing.'
Dennis Brown responds with the following -
'Oh God. I though that I would never again have to respond to a
main frame computer person.
Access to RES III, don't tell us why not, tell us what is easy
We don't want to be res agents or travel agents. We want to
check data that the non res employees have access to ie CIS
messages and non sensitive flight data.
I realise that Air Canada's partnership with the DisAdvantis,
oops sorry Advantis is not an easy one and there are technical
issues. Air Canada employees do have telephone access to the
Air Canada network with password protection and access
limitations depending on their responsibilities such access
could and should be granted to retirees.
After my retirement I was contracted to do project work on ARTOS
and was granted remote network access. That access included RES
and CICS from home by modem, typically only 9600 baud was
available due to the lowest common denominator rule. It worked,
local printing was available and auto disconnect was in place.
Technical issues raised have been addressed and solved.
The bureaucratic issues will be much harder to solve.'
. With reference to Netletter 98 re PC Timetable updates, Gissle
Fyfe-Burke, who is responsible for updating the PC Timetable sends
us the following information
'just read your e-mail newsletter 98 - Re PC Timetable updates
FYI - let me elaborate on this subject -
They are called Airport Update Stations
YUL - Gate 1 after security
YOW - Gate 18 after security
YYZ - Rapidair check-in counters before security next to the
these stations are updated on a weekly basis
you need an MS-DOS disk high density (at this time of the year)
to download the latest version - insert in drive takes 1 minute
to download and eject when told on the screen. An instruction
guide is there for pick up. Do not use a MAC formatted disk
it is an MS-DOS version not windows either.
On the Internet http://www.aircanada.ca you will find 2 versions
1 that you can read directly but I suggest you use the download
version - dates, cities etc.. are much easier to manipulate.
and if you need assistance you may call in CDA 1-800-463-3726
or MTL 514-422-4800.'
. Bob Robbins District Director Ottawa Pionairs send us the
following email -
'A few minutes ago I tried to reach Cam Evans here in Ottawa --
line busy. So while waiting, I checked Email and found Jack
Dahlgren's Aviation Record in your Netletter No. 99.
Cam was also deeply involved in spare parts and equipment pooling.
He was AC's representative for Ground Handling Equipment Pooling,
and similarly travelled the world for their meetings.
He continues to maintain close contact with many of the Pool
2. Most retirees have at least some interest in investing,
preserving and spending their savings for retirement days savings.
A friend recently put me onto an interesting and helpful WEB site.
He said he "visited the site and there are truly reams of
information, pointers to government pamphlets, etc." I've briefly
browsed the site and my friend is right!
3. I was so sad to hear of Rube Hadfield's death. I first met him
when I was a Radio Operator for TCA in North Bay in '41.
On the air and at the Station he was always a helpful,
Most of us were put on the air with little or no formal training,
so we did a lot of learning by making mistakes. The radio
reception varied a great deal, and neophytes like myself were
constantly asking our pilots to repeat. Rube's transmissions were
outstanding for their clarity and easy pacing. And no matter how
trying his situation was (and in those days the pilots' job was
very difficult), he was patient. He made us feel that if we had
to ask him to repeat twenty times, he'd be happy to do so. In
recent years he was active on the AC/TCA ham network.
He'll be missed.
Again, thanks Vesta and Terry for keeping us in touch.'
. Found on the Internet
With the recent mid air collision over India which, presumably
could have been avoided if anti-collision devices had been fitted,
these devices are only mandatory in the U.S. and should be
mandatory in Europe by the year 2000.
Air France is considering an order with both Boeing and Airbus
A British Airways jet and an Air UK jet came to within 250 yards
of each other over Scotland recently.
A 37 years old American was jailed for 2 years for being drunk
and disorderley on a recent trans-atlantic flight.
. Interline stuff
When visiting Ecuador remember to take your own supply of
liquor and cigarettes. Ecuadoreans pay close to US$400 for a bottle
of imported liquor thanks to their President helping to save them
from self-distruction. The President decided to defend his
citizens by slapping a 1,000 per cent tax on both commodities.
. John Dahlgren sends this small pictorial -
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Float plane landing on a lake
. A smilie from Terry
Applying computer technology is simply finding the right wrench
to pound in the correct screw.
. 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.
. GREETINGS FROM .
. Vancouver Island .
. BEAUTIFUL B.C. CANADA .