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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 161 date May 23rd 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . Your Navigator has returned! The group from the London England Pionairs who visited Calgary on their 'Alberta Adventure' numbered 37, complemented by 5 from Toronto and 2 from Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, Tuesday was spent visiting Banff in a blinding snowstorm which dumped a foot of snow on the ground, but the group had a good time in the school bus hired for transport. The evening was spent at an indoor BBQ, which got riotous and rowdy with great sing alongs and a spell at line dancing. Wednesday was planned at the outdoor Heritage Park, but the visit was cancelled due the weather, but the group was quite happy to traipse around the shopping malls. The main group headed home that evening. Kudos to Jack and Aureen Morath (LHR) and Lorrette Blencoe (YYZ) for all the arrangements, and we look forward to next years 'Adventure', now in its 5th year with visits to YOW, YQB, YEG, Niagara Falls, and Nice France. ~-=o0o=-~ . Welcome to June and Gord Dalziel who are in Simcoe, Ontario and have This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as an email address. Ed & Anita McConnell, retired Manager Warranty & Contracts, now living in the Okanagan Valley area, reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ~-=o0o=-~ . If anyone who attended the Company AGM recently in Vancouver have any non controversial comments to pass on, we would be glad to hear of them. ~-=o0o=-~ . Found on the Internet. IATA WANTS USA TO WAIT BEFORE CHARGING FOR OVERFLIGHTS The International Air Transport Organization has asked the US government to delay the imposition of an overflight fee due to begin on May 19 charged to all airlines flying through US airspace. The IATA said it made the request on behalf of 75 airlines affected by the new charges. In a letter to US Transport Secretary Rodney Slater, IATA Director-General Pierre Jeanniot asked the USA to "adhere to standard international practice." BRITISH CAA BLOW UP OLD B747 The UK's Civil Aviation Authority blew up a former Air France Boeing 747 on Saturday May 14 as part of a study to improve aircraft safety. BAA LIKES DELAYS, SAYS BELGIAN MAGAZINE According to Belgian news magazine Knack, the British Airport Authorities, managing 7 UK airports including London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, is in no hurry at all to reduce delays and waiting times at its airports as its main goal is to get passengers to spend money in airport shops. The magazine charges its suits BAA fine when passengers are told to come up to 3 hours in advance, as it is the case at London Heathrow, because air terminals are "the perfect retail environment", according to some experts. CUFFED! Finnish airline Finnair has decided to include steel handcuffs in the standard equipment on all its aircraft to face a tripling of unruly passengers in one year's time. Disruptive passengers will be warned orally, then by a written messages and handcuffed if the warnings have no effect. ~-=o0o=-~ . Vesta sends us another update - in Nauru, Oceania COUNTDOWN 20,387 nautical miles completed 5,473 to go Linda Finch arrived at tiny Nauru Island at 8:46 GMT on May 16. Her next flight is scheduled for Sunday, May 18 when she'll depart from Nauru and fly to Tarawa. ~-=o0o=-~ . News from the Prestwick Close Golf Tournament held on Vancouver Island. The Prestwick Close Golf Tournament was held April 27 through 30. In attendance were Barbara and Al Ross, Reggie and Gord Jones, Bev and Al Edwards, Ione and Murray Phipps, Esme and Hugh Rombough, Claudia and Ken Stefanik, Betty and Jack Logan, Lynn and Read Hannan, Marie and Roger Miners, Vivian and Howie Miles, Martha and Alex Bull, Anita and Earl Doyle, Judy and David Taylor, Yvette and Steve Clark and Heather and Ralph Tisdall. It was a great turn out and everyone enjoyed the Schooner Cove Marina Resort and Fairwinds Golf and Country Club. The Prestwick Close Plaque was won by Roger Miners. The Schooner Cove Frog Trophy was won by Al Edwards. Winning the Runner - up Pewter Letter Opener was Ken Stefanik. The Happy Hour Putting Contest was won by Marie Miners. The Ladies Prizes were won by Anita Doyle, Esme Rombough, Reggie Jones and Betty Logan. The ladies who did not play golf had a tour to Butterfly World and Coombs with lunch at the Country Club and the second day the ladies hired a bus and toured to Chemainus " The Little Town That Did " to see the murals, shop and have a lovely lunch. Everyone got together for Happy Hour each afternoon and later kept catching up on old times over Dinner. Hopefully next year will find us all together again , adding all the couples who were unfortunate in not being able to join us in 1997. Anyone interested in FUN annual reunion please contact me, Ralph Tisdall, at my E-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or my home address 388 Nim Nim Ave, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 3W3. Telephone 250-338-5788. Hope you enjoy a great summer. Ralph Tisdall ~-=o0o=-~ . Interline stuff Panama Canal Interline Sale *************************** 25 Nights - from $49.96 per day ******************************* Princess Cruise Lines ===================== Crown Princess - 18 Night Panama Canal PLUS 7 Night Resort Stay in Ft. Lauderdale - September 22 - October 17/97 - Vancouver to Ft. Lauderdale (via Panama Canal) - From US$1,249 pp dbl. Call 1-800-665-3100 and mention Pionairs. Spies tell us that, with the new Star Alliance, we will be getting ID95's on the members viz Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airline System, Thai Airways and United, with Brazilian Varig Airlines to join in Oct 1997. The latest version of the Air Canada schedule is dated May 22nd and good 'til Apr 4, 1998. Check http://www.aircanada.com ~-=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. ' b 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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