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Our crew is: Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson
Chief Navigator - Terry Baker
number 162 date May 27th 1997
. With the threat of hot sunny weather coming, Bob Dechaux
sends us this advice -
Subject: Sun Sense
By now, you've heard all the warnings about getting too much sun
and the damage that UV rays can do to your skin.
You know enough to wear industrial-strength sunblock whenever
you're outdoors. But beyond that bit of advice, how sun savvy are
you? A few reminders:
1) It's important to be scrupulous in re-applying your sunscreen
throughout the day. However, this doesn't mean you can extend
the amount of time you spend in the sun.
2) There's a difference between "waterproof" and "water resistant"
sun protection formulas. "Waterproof" types will protect you
for about 80 minutes of water time, such as in a pool.
" Water resistant" formulas, however, only work for about half
that time before you need to reapply.
3) A big hat and sunglasses is not enough UV protection for your
face. Up to 50 percent of the UV radiation that reaches earth
reflects up from the ground, even bouncing up off cement.
4) If you do get a sunburn, a couple of aspirin (which are
anti-inflammatory) may relieve some of the pain. Opt for
soothing baths versus stinging showers and pat your skin dry.
I joined TCA as a reservation Agent on Nov.12,1948 in Montreal
after working for three years with Colonial Airlines. TCA at that
time was located in the CN Central Station in Montreal.
It was there that I met my future wife, Kay Smith.
Kay had joined TCA in August 1942. After attending Al Gooodbold's
reservation school in WG she worked as a Res.Agent and later as a
Res.Supervisor until 1950. In May 1950 I transferred to YZ to work
at CC (Central Control). While there I also worked as a CCX
operator.I transferred to Ottawa in July 1952 as a reservation and
sales supervisor. I remained in Ottawa working in a variety of
supervisory positions (Airport Sales, City Ticket Office,Central
Travel Services, Aircraft Services and finally as Personnel
Supervisor at the airport. I retired on April 30,1983.
Kay and I still live in Ottawa and spend six months every year in
We enjoy the Netletters very much and still think of Horizons as
Regards Tom & Kay.
(We are sure Tom & Kay would welcome any emails from their
friends and aquaintances - eds)
. Vesta found this question on her local BBS -
Subject: Electronic signs at airlines' gates
Most every airline has those electronic signs that display
which flight #, city, and time is departing/arriving at that
gate, that are positioned behind the two or three gate agents,
near the gate entrance.
Are those signs updated by the airline's dispatching headquarters
at that airport, or possibly their home offices, or are they just
changed by the individual gate agents?
. Vesta sends the latest update on the World Flight -
to Honolulu, Hawaii
22,754 nautical miles completed
3,250 to go
World Flight pilot Linda Finch is expected to reach Honolulu
about 3:30 GMT on May 22. This translates to 5:30 PM on
Wednesday in Honolulu, however, because she crosses the
International Dateline. Her next and final flight before
completing World Flight 1997 and returning to Oakland begins on
DATELINE KIRITIMATI (CHRISTMAS) ISLAND - New messages from Finch
are sent from the Electra and appear a website as they are
received. Pilot Finch sent a message en route from Kanton before
touching down in Christmas Island Monday, where residents
celebrated Mother's Day with the World Flight Crew. Follow along
Finch's firsthand account of her journey in the Pilot's Log...
. Found on the Internet.
BIRD DROPPINGS: WRONG AIRPORT, LIGHTENED PLANE, WHAT TAXIWAY?
Interesting little airline problems highlighted a week during which
airline safety already was an issue, thanks to various takes on the
first anniversary of ValuJet 592. But all three well-publicized
events fall into the "incidents" column of safety record-keeping.
The envelopes please...
SHORT LANDING: CAL JET GOES STOL AT WRONG CORPUS CHRISTI AIRPORT...
Lordy, what a long taxi to the gate that would've been Sunday after
a Continental crew put their 737 down on the runway of Cabaniss
airport almost five miles short of destination, Corpus Christi
...AN FAA LEARJET PILOT TAKES A TURN FOR THE WORSE...
The FAA has a lot of questions after Monday's NMAC at DCA. Would
it have been a mid-air or a ground collision for the US Airways
commuter departing Runway 21 and the FAA Learjet taxiing off Runway
18? Was the pilot flying the Lear the one undergoing a proficiency
check or the check airman? Will the one who failed to make a turn
to a taxiiway, as instructed by the DCA tower, continue to fly any
of the agency's 46 planes? Inquiring minds want to know.
...AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, TWA L-1011 DROPS GEAR DOOR ON CITY HALL
Imagine your surprise if you were headed through downtown St. Louis
en route to City Hall Thursday just in time for a landing gear door
from a TWA L-1011 to crash to Earth in front of you.
Well, that's exactly what happened, although how and why remain
subjects of an investigation.
BA 747 CREW SECURES OPENING DOOR, DESPITE URGINGS TO WATCH:
Lets see, we're at FL210, the door latch is creeping open and the
engineers on the ground advise to watch and see how far the latch
goes. "Not a chance," said the BA crew flying a 747 out of Gatwick
last November. The 747 crew secured the handle with seat belts
and returned to base.
[One] enemy decoy, built in occupied Holland, led to a tale that
has been told and retold ever since by veteran Allied pilots.
The German "airfield," constructed with meticulous care, was made
almost entirely of wood.
There were wooden hangars, oil tanks, gun emplacements, trucks,
and aircraft. The Germans took so long in building their wooden
decoy that Allied photo experts had more than enough time to
observe and report it.
The day finally came when the decoy was finished, down to the last
wooden plank. And early the following morning, a lone RAF plane
crossed the Channel, came in low, circled the field once, and
dropped a large wooden bomb.
. 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.
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