~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |\^/| _| 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 129 date March 2nd 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Welcome to Marina Young long time Secretary at AC's YHZ Airport General Offices. Marina is retired and lives in Dartmouth,NS. Try email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to contact. Bob Walker, retired from Winnipeg after 35 years, nd living in Victoria on Vancouver Island email Bob at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ~-=o0o=-~ . Dates to remember - Saturday March 1, 1997 TBA Earhardts World Flight recreated by YUL Lunch dte/TBA at Curling Club Monday March 3, 1997 LHR coffee at 11am Harvester Pub Ashford Tuesday March 4, 1997 PWK Lunch St Nicholas Hotel Wednesday March 5, 1997 KELOWNA PIONAIR Bonspiel NL120 YHZ Lunch Armdale Yacht Club Thursday March 6, 1997 KELOWNA Bonspiel Contd YUL Lunch Chenoy's Pte Claire ~-=o0o=-~ . Fraser Muir send us an update on the AGM - The AGM '97 package is being prepared for mailing as we speak, it should be in the mail by the next day or two. I think people have already forgotten that we had a change in location from Pheasant Run to Montreal. We had devoted close to six months of planning for Pheasant Run; then had to repeat the same for Montreal, but this had to be accomplished in a matter of six weeks, and that was during the Christmas/New year holidays. Please don't think I'm making excuses, but we did have to work at it, let me tell you. Anyway, I was very fortunate to have a terrific committee, and it was another example of what our association is all about, support, cooperation and fraternity. Yours truly Fraser ~-=o0o=-~ . News from the Districts - The Comox Valley Group on Vancouver Island held their monthly lunch at the Old House in Courtenay on Feb 27th attended by 23 people, including several from out of town and one from the UK. In the absence of Murray Phipps - coordinator, the meeting was chaired by Eric van der Holt. Roger Miners, who was recently returned after doing acceptance flying checks on the A319 in Hamburg, came armed with some liturature and photographs of the range of Airbus jetliners, which he passed around, and answered many questions. Terry Baker spoke briefly about the Netletter and left several copies for the attendees to read. The group tentatively discussed a forthcoming 4 hour cruise during May. The Comox Valley group meet for lunch on the last Thursday of the month. Contact Murray Phipps on (250)334-0807 for details. ~-=o0o=-~ . Dennis Brown sends us these 'Names & Faces' - Here are some of the folks I've run into lately. Fred Spriggs, Aircraft Interiors Engineering, Fred is now fully retired after a second career as a designer and a volunteer AutoCad instructor. He has taken up woodturning with a lathe inherited from his father and has joined the West Island Woodturners in Montreal. John Burridge, retired Sr. V.P. Marketing, Hamilton Standard. You may wonder at the Air Canada connection. John was the Hamilton Standard propeller resident technical rep. at Winnipeg in 1939 for the Lockheed 10A. John currently represents a landing gear service facility from his home in Hartford and calls on Air Canada, Montreal. He supported the CF-TCA project and if pressed will admit to being slightly beyond his seventy-fifth birthday. If I think of more I'll pass then along. Dennis Brown - (Thank you Dennis - eds) And Don Demeza sends us this - It's a small world - Last January 4th June and I were browsing the several shops in Georgetown, a tiny community at the southern end of the Exumas. An interesting spot, about 150 residents but up to 400 yachts per day anchored in the harbour. June met a tall, stately saleslady in the gift shop of the "Two Turtles" hotel. When Belleville was mentioned, she said, "Oh I know where Belleville is - I'm a Canadian - in fact I worked for Trans-Canada Airlines". June replied, "You'd better meet my husband". She turned out to be Betty Hunter, a tall blond agent who worked both at the airport and downtown in Toronto during the 50's. She was so excited to talk to us concerning the old-timers, names such as Ron Reed, Bill Burd, Reg Campbell etc. We spent a delightful afternoon and evening in her company. Betty had opened the Nassau Ticket Office and married a Bahamian from the Exumas. They were establishing a travel agency when he died. Betty is now Elizabeth Young and I know she'd love to hear from her TCA friends of the 50's. Her address is: PO Box EX 29168, Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas Phone: 242-336-2709. Betty is a healthy 76 and says that she'll never leave the friends and support she has in Georgetown - it's now her home. Thank you Don.(eds) . Fred Miller sends us a short bio - Here's the brief history. Born & schooled in Winnipeg, then a brief career in the RCAF, joined TCA as a North Star pilot in YUL. Flew for two years, then furloughed for five, spent two years with Aer Lingus in Dublin, two more at university, one in Flight Dispatch YUL, then back to flying with AC on the usual sequence of aircraft. Transferred to YYZ & moved to Barrie, ON in 1978, then to to YVR & Victoria in 1989. Currently am on GDIIP & have 11 months to go to reach 60; don't know if I'll get back flying! Cheers! Catch Fred on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The latest update to the Air Canada Timetable effective Feb 25th valid until Oct 26th is on web site http://www.aircanada.ca ~-=o0o=-~ . Found on the internet - Registration CF-TCA is assigned to a Boeing B767-365 s/n 24307 operated by - guess who? - CANADI>N! Finland's national airline is expanding its presence on the Internet with the addition of a site designed for the American traveler. Finnair has added its latest site to offer seat auctions for a limited number of round-trip seats to major Northern European markets. On a recent WestJet flight from Vancouver to Calgary, as the plane taxied to the Calgary terminal the following announcement was made - 'Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Calgary. We'd like to tell you about our Star Search portion of this flight. The first person who stands up before the plane comes to a complete stop in front of the terminal building is required to come to the front of the cabin and perform a song for the rest of the passengers. This mornings selection is YMCA, complete with all the actions'. Everyone laughed, but no one moved a muscle! - (Shades of Southwest Airlines? - eds) ~-=o0o=-~ . Smilies found on the internet - SHORT FINAL... By popular demand, here are some more selections from the "Squawk List": Problem: Dead bugs on windshield. Solution: Live bugs on order. Problem: Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent. Solution: Cannot reproduce problem on ground. Problem: IFF inoperative. Solution: IFF inoperative in OFF mode. Problem: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. Solution: That's what they're there for. ~-=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. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ................................................... . GREETINGS FROM . . Vancouver Island . . BEAUTIFUL B.C. CANADA . ...................................................

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