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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |\^/| _| TCA |_ B E T W E E N O U R S E L V E S _|\| AIR |/|_ N E T L E T T E R > CANADA < >_./|\._< for Air Canada retirees | Our crew is: Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson Chief Navigator - Terry Baker number 149 date April 23rd 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . Welcome to Boyd Algee, living in New Brunswick using email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. John Neroutsos who sends us this short bio - I joined AC as a pilot in 1957. Worked many years with Ron Baker in Flight Ops Engineering at Dorval. Left AC in 1962 to take an MBA at U of T. Rejoined AC in 1966 but lost 300 places in the seniority game. Lost my medical Feb 88 because of having a pacemaker implanted. Was out of flying for four years before going back on the B767 as Canada's first airline captain permitted to be licensed to fly with a pacemaker. While out of flying I worked for the Sr Director Training and later for Charlie Simpson, Ex Vice President. Retired in 1992 and moved west. While working with AC had a parallel career in the Air Force that extended over forty years. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We welcome Ray Taylor who sends us this short bio - In 1946 until confederation with Newfoundland work for CGTAS - Montreal Goose Bay and Moncton. Next 18 years work as navigator with CPA. The last 14 years of aviation I worked as an Air Carrier Inspector for the Federal Govt. During those 14 years a lot of my work was with Air Canada including actually doing work for them regarding Omega installations. I still participate in the AC/TCA radio net on Tuesday mornings. Thanks Ray Taylor VE7FLC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ~-=o0o=-~ . Vesta sends this information - Regarding the web site http://www.performx.nb.ca/horizons/ Vesta sent the following message to the Web site contact - I followed all the steps, using freenet not the Internet, and got as far as entering the password, bluesky, and then couldn't get past there because "my browser doesn't accept authorization" or something like that. Freenet doesn't use Netscape, as far as I know. Only users on the Internet can access this web site, but not freenet users. FYI we have quite a number of retirees that do not have full access to the Internet, for reasons of their own. Just thought that I would inform you of same. ~-=o0o=-~ From the CIC*INFO Daily News March 14th - Internet surfers numbering close to 20,000 and growing are enjoying the exclusive weekly e-mails advising them of last minute sell-off fares through Air Camada's Websaver. 'We're hearing good things about it and customers are pleased that we're the first major airline in Canada to offer this product' says Mike Bell, Customer Service Manager. Air Canada welcomes the fourth and newest A319, fin 255 into its fleet. The aircraft's journey began in Hamburg, Germany and, due to cold temperatures, the 112 seater stopped in Frobisher prior to landing in Winnipeg on March 13th for it's pre-service modifications. Official ground breaking took place recently in Toronto for the Air Canada Centre which will be home to the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club and also host cocerts, family shows, hockey and other skating events. In addition a nine-storey office tower will house the Toronto reservations and sales offices, as well as Galileo Canada. The Centre is due to open February 1999. ~-=o0o=-~ . Found on the Internet - OSAKA, April 22 _ A Northwest Airlines DC-10 with an all-female flight staff arrived at Kansai International Airport on Tuesday for the airline's first transpacific crossing by a female cockpit crew. Air France pilots due to strike for 48 hours Apr 25th. TAP Portugal pilots due to strike for 48 hours Apr 24th. French airlines TAT and Air Liberte have settled their strikes. Paris Air Show is being held at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France on Jun 15th - 22nd. General public viewing will be the 15th, 21st and 22nd only. Cost 55 FF. Express Metro from Gare de Nord, B5 line to Le Bourget, then the schuttle bus to the airport. AIRBUS TO LAUNCH A340-600 AND COMPETE WITH BOEING'S B747-400 Airbus Industrie hopes to officially launch its two new versions of its long range A340 plane by the Paris Le Bourget Air Show (June 15-22). The A340-600, a stretched derivative of the -300 version, is aimed at competing with Boeing's successful B747-400 aircraft with seating accommodating up to 382 passengers. The -500 ultra long range version to be launched at the same time will seat fewer passengers on a distance of 15360 Km (9600 miles). Design work is already completed for both airlines and the launch now hinges on the European manufacturer finding an engine and a sufficient customer base. SMART CARD TO ALLOW PAPERLESS TRAVEL, ELIMINATING EVEN BOARDING PASSES The study drew on the results of 3 airlines who already have introduced at their own level and with their own limitations such a system. Delta Airlines has issued its frequent travellers on its Shuttle flights between New York and Boston or Washington with an electronic chip card which is being used as a ticket, boarding pass, credit card and frequent flyer card. Lufthansa's ChipCard is to be used on domestic flights and flights from London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaule. Air France has issued its own version of the smart card to a few select frequent flyers on its largest domestic routes. New smart cards will also be compatible with the Europay/MasterCard/Visa Smart Card standard, allowing them to be co-branded with credit card companies. In addtion, space on the card has been set aside for immigration data should a country be willing to use the card to speed up border controls. LAPTOPS ON BOARD AIRCRAFT - AN UPDATE Canadi>n Airlines is the first airline in the world to have such a plug equipped on an entire fleet type since November 1996. Canadi>n's 12 B767-300s are equipped with a cigarette style outlet in which passengers can fit a MicroBolt DC Aircraft Power Adapter available from flight attendants, according to Canadi>n Airlines Product Coordinator Stephen Knowles. He adds that, starting this summer, Empress Class (Canadi>n's business class) passengers will also be able to use a power outlet for the Sony Video Walkman instead of relying on a battery pack, as it is the case currently. ~-=o0o=-~ . Interline stuff Alistair Blackwood managed to locate some accommodations in London and sends this information - I managed to locate one..The Thistle Park Hotel at LHR with pick up at 74 pounds. The good thing about this chain is they have a special number for Airline discounts 1-800-423-6691. The Excelsior is only 64 pounds but difficult to get in. Family Affaire sell off Toronto to Dallas-Fort Worth, until Jun 13th is US$75 or CA$99 - check with 1-800-413-1113. Planning to travel on Alberta Citylink route? Active and retired Air Canada employees are permitted to imprint SPAV personal tickets for travel on Alberta Citylink on an unlimited basis. A separate ticket must be imprinted and a zone 1 service charge will be deducted through payrolls. In addition, active, retirees and eligible dependents are eligible to 50% reduced rate positive space. ~-=o0o=-~ . Smiles - Lawson Tremellen sends us this one - A helicopter was flying around above Seattle yesterday when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the helicopters electronic navigation and communications equipment. Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter's position and course to steer to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign, and held it in the helicopter's window. The pilot's sign said "WHERE AM I?" in large letters. People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign, and held it in a building window. Their sign said "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER." The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map, determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport, and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the copilot asked the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign helped determine their position. The pilot responded, "I knew that had to be the MICROSOFT building because, similar to their help-lines, they gave me a technically correct but completely useless answer.". ~-=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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