~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |\^/| _| 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 155 date May 9th 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . National Capital Air Show at Ottawa May 10/11th. ~-=o0o=-~ . David Baker makes the following observation - BTW on Netletter 153 04MAY97 you mentioned our new A340 fin 604 is currently in use.... 604 is a B747 which has been in our livery for quite a while, our new A340 is 904. (Thanks Dave for pointing that out; Pay attention you people out there that was a test - eds;-) ) ~-=o0o=-~ . CIC Daily makes mention of the arrangement in place for an Air Canada employee, who wish to donate to the Winnipeg Flood fund, to send their cheque to the Salvation Army/Air Canada or Red Cross/Air Canada. Air Canada will match each employees contribution. There does not appear to be any such reciprocal arrangement in place for the contributions from retirees. . The system Art Show, due to take place in Winnipeg has been delayed until the 9th thru 21st of June - guess why! . Air Canada at Vancouver and London Heathrow achieved 100% performance on May 6th. . The Dreams Takes Flight at Toronto operated on Tuesday May 6th taking 405 passengers in a B747 off to see Mickey & Co in Florida. Congrats to all involved for the Award of Excellence received for their effrots. ~-=o0o=-~ . Gord Hykle sends us this information - from a magazine dated 1946 - ' That great military secret, LORAN, is a long-range radio navigational system based on radar-pulse technique, and is being used for the first time by any commercial airline in the world by Trans-Canada Air Lines on the North Atlantic service which the company operates for the Dominion Government using Lancaster aircraft (CGTAS). Experience in its own use was obtained by the airline from the R.C.A.F. LORAN is the only devise of all long-range navigational aids to aviation which can always be depended upon to give true indications. With it accurate fixes are generally obtainable well over 800 miles from the transmitting stations in day-time and over 1,400 miles at night. Without the use of compass, chronometer, radio or radar, fixes can be obtained in less than a minute, and no calculation is necessary. By this system the time travel of radio waves from two ground stations to the aircraft is measured, and from this the distance can be obtained.' ~-=o0o=-~ . Remember those Vickers Vanguards? When the Hunting Cargo Airlines' Merchantman G-APEP landed at Weybridge, Surrey, UK on Oct 17 last year, it had completed the last flight by the type - almost 38 years after the Vanguard prototype's maiden flight from the same airfield on Jan 20th 1959. Unfortunately the introduction of this new turboprop type came at a time when turbojets were entering service, ending any chance the manufacturer had of world-wide sales. Only 45 were produced, the first two c/n 701 & 702 were used as static test airframes at Weybridge. 20 were purchased by British European Airways, and 23 by our own airline, then Trans-Canada Air Lines. Phasing out by TCA was started in 1969, aircraft being taken in part payment for Lockheed TriStars by Air Holdings of UK. They were ferried to Stanstead, Southend, UK or Cambridge, where they became part of the scenery in open storage awaiting new homes. The following went in 1969 - CF-TKB, TKD, TKG, TKJ, TKN and TKV. CF-TKA (901) was broken up at Dorval during Aug 1973. CF-TKB (902) had a varied career, Air Holdings reg was G-AYFN, then as TF-JES with Thor Air Cargo in 1971, then SE-FTK with Air Trader in 1972, as G-AYFN with Invicta International Airlines in 1973, finally on to Europe Aero Service as F-BXAJ where it was withdrawn from service at Perpignan on July 17, 1979 and later broken up. CF-TKC (903) went to Europe Aero Service in 1972, reg as F-BTOX and withdrawn from service at Perpignan May 6, 1975 and broken up. CF-TKD (904) reg as G-AXOY, then TF-AVA for Air Viking in 1970, as TF-JEJ with Thor Air Cargo in 1971, to Invicta International Airlines later in 1971, then as F-BXOH with Europe Aero Service in Perpignan on Nov 5, 1975 for spares use and later broken up. Tell you some more next tine ..... ~-=o0o=-~ . Found on the internet. Boeing are working on the B767-400, an extended range derivative. United and America will prohibit smoking on all flights from July 1st 1997. The worlds 47th airworthy Supermarine Spitfire took to the air last Oct 15th after restoration by the Historic Flying Ltd, UK. A question for "real" aviators -- In the movie Turbulence, there is a scene where, in a Level 6 thunderstorm, a 747-200 rolls completely over into inverted flight and stays there for a couple of minutes while on autopilot. Is any of this possible -- can't see those giants coming close to inverted flight without nosing over and "loosing it". Any responses? ~-=o0o=-~ . Interline stuff. Visiting CUBA are we? The chief airport is Jose Marti International (HAV), 18 kms or 11 miles from Havana. Climate ranges from lows 18 in Jan and 24 in Jun to highs of 26 in Jan and 32 in Sept. Summer months have lots of rain average 124 mm. Currency: Cuban Peso (CUP) Documents: Passport or Tourist card required. Visa required fee US$26. Vaccination: Not required. Electric: 110 volts. Import allowances: 1 carton cigarettes. 2 bottles liquor. Languages: Spanish, English and French. Public holidays: Jul 25-27th - Triumph of Revolution. Oct 10th - Start of Wars of Independence. Transport: Rail twice daily service length of country from Havana to Santiago. Branch lines serve most main towns. Buses are cheap and link most towns. Taxes: No departure tax. South America land - Buenos Aires, Argentina 7 days/4 nights from US$669 pp dbl at Claridge Hotel includes breakfast daily. Lima, Peru 5 days/4 nights from US$569 pp dbl at Lim Sheraton. Cuzo/Machu Picchu extension to above: 3 days/2 nights from US$549 pp dbl at Royal Inka includes American breakfast daily, round trip confirmed air between Lima and Cuzco, 1/2 day city and ruins tour and full Machu Picchu tour, includes lunch. Quito, Ecuador 5 days/3 nights from US$509 pp dbl at Quito Hilton. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7 days/4 nights from US$649 pp dbl at Hotel Olinda, includes transfer to/from hotel, buffet breakfast daily, City & sugar Loaf sight seeing tour and Farewell cocktail. Santiago, Chile 7 days/4 nights from US$619 pp dbl at Sonesta Santiago Hotel or Crowne Plaza Hotel. These are effective until Jun. Call 1-800-422-3727 for details. ~-=o0o=-~ . Smilies - Then there was the XXX Captain, who was on the flight into the old Kansas City Downtown airport. If you have never been in there, there was a levee right at the end of the runway. This poor fellow was just a tad low on his approach and wiped the landing gear off on the top of the levee. Needless to say, the landing then was quite short and they had considerable difficulty taxiing to the gate! The reporters were interviewing the Flight Attendant, after the crash. Asked what she thought of the landing, she replied, after a moments thought, "Actually, it was one of his BETTER landings!" Said by an old pilot: "It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here!" ~-=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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