~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |\^/| _| 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 151 date April 28th 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . Welcome to Jack McGuire who is living in Hull, Quebec and can be emailed: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In Netletter nr 149 we welcomed Boyd Olgee - in actual fact, we got the following information from Boyd - I wish to advise you that I personally am not a member of your Pionairs Group. My message was sent at the request of my wife's uncle: Ralph Trites, who was an employee of the Company and is now retired and is a Pionair member. He does not have internet access and my message was to ask for your netletter as he was interested in receiving it. Ralph would appreciate your adding his name to your distribution list and sending any netletters to me and I will pass them on to him. We both live in Moncton, N.B. and Ralph is a member of the New Brunswick Pionair District which includes Fredericton and Saint John as well as Moncton. He joined TCA in Moncton in 1946 in the Maintenance Dept. and retired from Toronto Flt. Ops in April 1983. Anyone wishing to email Ralph, try This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ~-=o0o=-~ . Bob Robbins from Ottawa sends us this article - From "Between Ourselves" October 1968 HERE'S ONE ANSWER TO ALL HIJACKERS! Sympathy and suggested solutions were common fare offered the Company following the hijacking of a Toronto-bound Viscount. One tongue-in-cheek offer came from commercial pilot W. J. McFee: "To avoid aging the Captain and co-pilot prematurely the following suggestion "How to out Fox the 'plane Hijacker' is offered at no cost to Air Canada. "Requirements or props: A convenient airport located somewhere in the southern part of the USA. Potted Palms which could be moved in and around the airport to give the Cuban appearance. Bearded soldiers, all armed to meet the commandeered aircraft. Cuban spelling on Hangar and everything possible to give a Cuban appearance. Once the commandeered aircraft radiophones (in code) that he has on board a demented passenger with a large sized gun who demands that he be flown to Cuba, the action at the Cubanized airport begins. Once the aircraft is landed and the passenger walks out (Thinking he's now in the land of sugar cane and cheap rum) he is slugged with lead pipe. The slugging should be done by someone who has had experience in Chicago's recent riots. Of course all this must be kept in absolute secrecy to be effective for once out and any publicity given, Hijackers would be wary. "As stated earlier there is no cost to Air Canada for this suggestion. Although a round trip to Europe would be appreciated." (Thanks Bob for the chuckle - although they were serious time then - eds) ~-=o0o=-~ . Found on the Internet - . Upcoming Air Shows in Canada - - Toronto Aviation and Aircraft Show (May 2-4) - National Capital Air Show (May 10 - 11) - Muskoka Air Fair (May 31 - June 1) - London International Air Show (June 7 - 8) - Airshow Canada (Abbotsford BC August 6 - 10) - Lethbridge Chrysler International Airshow (August 16 - 17) - North Bay's Heritage Festival Air Show (Details TBA) - Toronto's Canadian International Air Show (Aug 30 - Sept 1 - Nova Scotia International Air Show (Shearwater, September 6 - 7) The Vulcan Restoration Trust, based at Southend Airport, Essex, England, proudly announce that they are having high speed taxi runs on both Sunday 25th and on Monday 26th May at Southend Airport. These will be the first public high speed taxi runs of XL426, and should reach a speed in excess of 100 mph ! The taxi runs coincide with the Southend Airshow, and form a part of Southend Airport's Open Day. Canadi>n Airlines will start Toronto-Raleigh, North Carolina flights with Fokker F28 jets on June 22nd. FLIGHT OF THE FINCH: LINDA MAKES TUNISIA, GREECE, EGYPT It was a busy week for aviatrix Linda Finch in her effort to retrace the interrupted route of Amelia Earhart around the world 60 years ago. Flying a near-identical Lockheed 10-E Electra, Finch and her navigator Peter Cousins made landfall in Tunis on Monday, Athens on Wednesday and Luxor on Friday, good progress since starting her global journey March 17, the 60th anniversary of Earhart's departure on her ill-fated trip. ANSETT RETIRES AUSTRALIA'S LAST "WHISPER JETS": Last week was the last week in service for Boeing 727s in Australia after Ansett this weekend retired the last two flying there. Ansett had two 727-200LRs in service, VH-ANA, and VH-ANB, the 4,000th jet Boeing made. ~-=o0o=-~ . As a few of our readers are on the TCA/AC Radio net, Vesta thought an article on the subject of Ham Radio may be of interest - Amateur radio operators who broadcast over short-wave frequencies are called ham radio operators. The origin of the term is unknown. Ham radio is noncommercial, two-way transmission in which messages are sent by Morse code or by voice. Interest in amateur broadcasting arose as soon as the radio was invented by Guglielmo Marconi. Because amateur broadcasts interfered with low-wave transmission of commercial and military communication, the United States government instituted controls in 1911. Ham radio enthusiasts were limited to the use of short-wave frequencies, which at the time was deemed to have limited potential. After World War I, however, amateurs became active in experimenting, and by 1923 some operators achieved successful transatlantic transmission over short waves. Over the years amateur radio operators have provided emergency communication during natural and other disasters. After the great Mexico City earthquake of September 1985, ham operators helped get information about survivors to relatives in the United States. Amateurs are now able to use communications satellites to assist in broadcasting. Amateur radio operators in the United States are subject to international and federal regulation. There are six classes of licenses. Competence in the use of International Morse Code and a knowledge of radio theory and regulation are required to obtain advanced-level licenses. There are restrictions on the power of transmitters, and some frequencies must be shared with regard for the needs of others. The unlicensed amateur starts with a receiver to listen in on transmissions. A headset allows better reception than does a radio speaker. An antenna can be a wire strung outside a window or an expensive piece of equipment on the roof. Ham radio equipment can be purchased at electronics stores. Listening in gives the beginner the chance to learn how transmitting is done and a chance to practice Morse Code. Before broadcasting, an amateur must obtain a license. In the United States application is made to the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. In Canada amateur radio broadcasters are regulated by the Department of Transportation and in Great Britain by the Department of Trade. There are a number of handbooks to guide beginners who are preparing to take a licensing examination. After obtaining a license the ham operator needs a transmitter. Kits for building them can be bought from electronics stores, or one can buy a ready-made model. Other necessary equipment includes maps of the world, an international time-zone clock or a time- conversion table, and a log book to record broadcast activity. The log book is a government requirement. An amateur should also have printed cards giving his name, address, and station call letters. There are local radio clubs to assist members, and ham operators may also join the American Radio Relay League to get technical information and its useful magazine. ~-=o0o=-~ . Interline stuff Alaska & Canada Destinations - Carnival Cruise Lines - 7 days from US$560 pp dbl. Holland America - 7 days from US$560 pp dbl. 14 days from US1240 pp dbl. Royal Caribbean - 7 days from US$899 pp dbl. Pacific Coastals 3 - 9 days from US$210 pp dbl. New England Cruise 7 - 10 days from US$800 pp dbl. Canadian Rockies 2 days Motorcoach summit tour from US$259 pp dbl. 4 days Motorcoach Thompson tour from US$396 pp dbl. 7 days Motorcoach Bill Peyto tour from US$809 pp dbl. 8 days Motor coach/Rail from US$639 pp dbl. 10 days Rocky Mountaineer Rail from US$1249 pp dbl. Call 1-800-665-3100 and mention Pionairs. ~-=o0o=-~ . Smilies - More entries from the "Squawk List": Problem: Turn & slip indicator ball stuck in center during turns. Solution: Congratulations. You just made your first coordinated turn! Problem: Whining sound heard on engine shutdown. Solution: Pilot removed from aircraft. Problem: Pilot's clock inoperative. Solution: Wound clock. Problem: Autopilot tends to drop a wing when fuel imbalance reaches 500 pounds. Solution: Flight manual limits maximum fuel imbalance to 300 pounds. Problem: #2 ADF needle runs wild. Solution: Caught and tamed #2 ADF needle. ~-=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. 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