~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |\^/| _| 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 138 date March 28th 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . Your crew wish you all a Happy Easter. . Welcome to Carol Lawrence who is in Toronto and can be emailed at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ~-=o0o=-~ . Dates to remember - April 1, 1997 PWK Lunch St Nicholas Hotel April 2, 1997 VAN.IS.Lunch Princess Mary YHZ Lunch Armdale Yacht Club April 3, 1997 YUL Lunch Chenoy's Pte Claire April 4, 1997 YOW KoffeeKlatsches Family Carlingwood Shopping YUL Italian Lunch Lachine Curling Club 11.30 CA$6 pp April 7, 1997 LHR coffee at 11am Harvester Pub Ashford Middlesex nl123 ~-=o0o=-~ . Here are the titles of some reading material to fill in your time between our Netletters! Sent in by Vesta - Here some recent best sellers about airplanes you might want to read someday. Sole Survivor by D.Koontz A crime reporter searches for a women who claims to know a secret about the plane crash that killed his wife and daughters. Airframe by M.Crichton A young women investigates a near disaster that befell a plane on its way from Hong Kong to Denver. Pandora's Clock by J.J.Nance A trans-Atlantic plane bears a passenger carrying a deadly virus. ~-=o0o=-~ . News from the Districts - From the Montreal District 'Sentinel' Winter edition - The Christmas dinner held last December 4th at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club was attended by over 200 people. Executive Officers for 1997/9 are - Director - Herb Guilfoyle, Asst. Dir. - Michel Beriau, Treasurer - Benoit Vezina, Secretary - Yvonne Mofford, Editors - Mary Guillaume and Jacques Gaucher. Planned events - Two day coach trip to Quebec City May 11 & 12,1997 (Sunday and Monday), bus fare and all meals, all tours and overnight stay at Le Gite Hotel. CA$115 p.p. Bus departs at 9:00 am May 11 from Fairview Shopping Center (between Eatons, and Reno Depot) and arrives in Quebec City in time for lunch at the restaurant Au Beeftheque. Unfortunately, the deadline was Mar 15th for reservations. Of Interest to all Pionairs. Parts of Editorial from Sentinel. by Real Henri. On November 21, the Executive Board of the Pionairs held its semi-annual meeting at the Pheasant Run Resort in St Charles Illinois. One of the objectives of this Fall meeting is to give our National Executive and our 14 District Directors a chance to evaluate the place selected for the next AGM. As each of us landed in Chicago coming from different provinces as well as the UK and the USA, many had difficulties commuting to the resort and checking-in upon arrival. The next day during our meeting we reviewed the hotel and tour arrangements for our AGM. During part of the morning, Margot L'Esperance and Benoit Vezina met with the management of the resort in order to iron out the problems we had experienced on arrival. Both Margot and Ben were satisfied with the reaction of the hotel administration. On the 3rd day, we departed in small groups at different times to board our flights in Chicago. Again more problems caused dissatisfaction among us, and during the following days, the National Executive had to accept that the Pheasant Run Resort was simply not capable of providing the fine service we are all looking for and therefore had no choice but to find another place more suitable for our needs and requirements. . The London England District Pionairs have finalized their trip to Alberta. This takes place on May 20/21st. Several other out of town Pionairs will be joining them - Don and Fern Wiley, Loretta Blencoe, Betty Oakley, June and Gord Dalziel all from Toronto. The group will be staying at the Highlander Hotel. 1-800-661-9564. ~-=o0o=-~ . Final part from Gord Hykle on the radar at Winnipeg - They were not flying very fast and didn't appear to have a definite direction. The tower had no information about VFR aircraft in that area so I called up a training flight and asked it to take a look. I guided the flight to one of the blips and when it was just about to merge with it on the screen, the pilot said he identified it as one flock of geese among many others in the area. Mystery solved and my concern about an air raid was put to rest. I took pictures of the screen and recorded the geese and other features we observed. Someone asked me for a copy of the geese formations which was published in 1946 in the Canadian Geographic magazine. Unfortunately someone was not satisfied with little blips representing each flock so they took the liberty of adding their own blips to the negative with a grease pencil, laying out the dots in about 3 letter V patterns. The person who did this had no idea of the scale so that the V shaped flocks of 20 or so geese are 30 to 40 miles long. The picture was printed with the negative reversed to make matters worse. I was so ashamed of the negative doctoring that I never claimed credit for the picture. To the best of my knowledge, a correction was never issued. A couple of years ago, while visiting a local library, I looked up the magazine article and made a copy for myself after some fifty years. The radar experiment is only one of many such stories. Perhaps readers will recall the test project for an automated seat reservation system long before Reservec I; or perhaps the advent of the first radio teletype on our aircraft We also experimented with automated flight planning using Reservec as well as estabishing automatic delivery of NOTAMs taking advantage of a little-known feature of the first teletype switching computer in the company. I hope these items will encourage those who participated in the projects to send in the stories. (Thank you for the series Gord, we hope we get some response - eds) Vesta tells us that she remembers working with Gord on some of these early projects when she worked in Radio-Teletype at Montreal International. ~-=o0o=-~ . Those of you with fond memories of our DC-9's may wish to know that fin 716 was recently repainted in the colours of Seeboo Pacific Air of the Phillipines who have bought this DC9 together with fin 717 and 718 which will be delivered by the end of April. . AIR CANADA UNVEILS TRILINGUAL MAGAZINE FOR ASIAN TRAVELLERS Air Canada unveiled today its new in-flight magazine, enRoute Asia, written and designed specifically with the Asian traveller in mind. ~-=o0o=-~ . Interline stuff. If you are transit through LHR Heathrow, your baggage must be cleared Customs and reticketed to your final destination. Sell-off Cruise - Galaxy - 18 nights departing Ft. Lauderdale Apr 20th via Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Acapulco, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Fransisco arrives Victoria May 9th. Inside at US$1498 pp dbl. Call 1-800-690-3223 for more details. ~-=o0o=-~ . Smilies Vesta sent in this chuckle - A man sits in the psychiatrist's office trying to get over his fear of flying. The Dr. explains to him the statistics, that more people die from car accidents than plane flights, but it is of no use. The man is still afraid. Finally, out of frustration, the Dr. says, "Ultimately, you have to accept the fact that when it's your time to go, it's your time to go." The man thought about this for a moment, looked up, and said, "Yeah, but what if it's the pilot's time to go?" ~-=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. _____(~)_____ ! ! ! <<<>>> Air Canada Pionairs ~Between Ourselves-Netletter~ http://www.mortimer.com/acra mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mailto: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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