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Our crew is: Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson
Co-pilot - Terry Baker
number 195 date Sept 5th 1997
. Welcome to Loretta Blencowe who joins use from the Toronto District
. Vesta, our Chief Pilot, thought that maybe some of our readers
might enjoy reading this book.
"Flight Over Waitohi" is a new book by renowned aviation
historian G Rodliffe. It is about Richard Pearse (1877-1953) the
New Zealander who most likely achieved powered flight BEFORE the
ISBN 0-473-05048-X # Publisher Avon Press Ltd, Auckland,
The book has an illuminating Foreword by Darrol Stinton MBE PhD
CEng FRAeS FRINA MIMechE RAF (Ret.). He says:
"The evidence presented, which points to Pearse having flown an
aeroplane (a power driven flying machine with supporting surfaces
fit for flight) shortly before the Wright Brothers in 1903, will
arouse hornets' nest of denial and counter claim."
"Myths are hard to dispel. In this world perceptions count more
than facts, and perceptions spawn myths. The fact is that we cannot
prove beyond reasonable doubt and probably never will, that Pearse
flew before the Wright Brothers. The evidence, gleaned in a quiet
landscape from farming population startled by the noise of an engine
with a flying machine attached, is from a background very different
from the expected and involved witnesses surrounding the Wrights.
All one can say is that it looks as though Pearse did so.
Not only that, he did it all on his own: building the engine,
experimenting with fuels and carburation, building and covering
Although the burden of proof has neither gravity nor weight of that
surrounding the Wrights, the evidence presented in this book is no
less valuable - because Pearse's witnesses were startled, not
expecting to see what they did. The Wright's were expectant."
. Fraser Muir - Past National Director of Pionairs sends us this -
THE ARTIFACTS AND MEMORIABILIA DISPLAY PROJECT AS OF AUGUST 30 1997
THIS IS A MOBILE EXHIBIT. CURRENT PLANS CALLS FOR IT TO BE SHOWN AT
THE FAMILY DAYS BEING HELD TO COMMEMORATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF
OUR COMPANY. IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT THAT OUTDOOR EVENTS WOULD NOT
BE PRACTICAL FOR THIS DISPLAY.
THE DISPLAY IS COMPRISED OF;
-----FIVE DISPLAY UNITS BUILT BY CONVEX INC., OF TORONTO
----SIXTY PHOTOS SHOWN IN SIX SETS OF TEN DEPLICTING OUR SIX
----FOUR PIECES OF RAMP EQUIPMENT; A TRACTOR, A BAGGAGE BELT
LOADER, A "HAY RACK" BAGGAGE CART, AND A TUB BAGGAGE CART.
ALL OF TCA VINTAGE.
CURRENT PLANS ARE THAT IT WILL BE SHOWN AT THE FAMILY DAYS AT OTTAWA
SEPTEMBER 6; VANCOUVER SEPTEMBER 13; TORONTO SEPTEMBER 20;
WINNIPEG OCTOBER 4; AND TAMPA(T.B.A.).
WE HAVE AN INVENTORY OF ITEMS FROM SOUP BOWLS TO STAPLES AND FROM
MODEL AIRPLANES TO PENCILS. THE PROBLEM IS WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S OUT
THERE AND THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN; HAVE YOU AN ITEM(S) THAT IS PART
OF OUR COMPANY'S HISTORY? WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DONATE IT, OR LOAN
IT FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES TO THIS PROJECT? IF SO CONTACT ME, I CAN'T
MAKE THIS A SUCCESS BY MYSELF, I NEED THE CO-OPERATION OF EVERYONE;
TODAY'S EMPLOYEES, FORMER EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES.
AIR CANADA HAS ALREADY CONFIRMED IT'S SUPPORT FOR THIS PROJECT BY
PROVIDING FIRST CLASS DISPLAY CABINETS, ALLOCATING 400 SQUARE FEET
OF SECURED STORAGE SPACE AT THE AIR CANADA BASE IN MONTREAL, AND
WILL TRANSPORT THE DISPLAY AS SCHEDULED THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM.
THE FULL PAGE ARTICLE REGARDING THIS PROJECT IN THE AUGUST ISSUE OF
HORIZONS SHOULD CONVINCE EVEN THE MOST SKEPTICAL CRITICS IN OUR
RANKS, OF AIR CANADA'S INTENTIONS.
TO ME THIS IS NOT ONLY GOOD NEWS, IT'S A DREAM COME TRUE.
MY CONTACTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Residence: Fraser Muir, 348 Bertrand St., Rosemere, QB., J7A 1Y4.
Phone: (514)621-4404 Fax: (514)621-9327
Office: Fraser Muir, c/o Gail Ellis, Sixth Floor,
Air Canada Headquarters Complex
P.O. Box 14000,Postal Station,
St-Laurent, Montreal, H4Y 1H4.
Phone: (514)422-5672 Fax: (514)695-3479
. Found on the Internet.
BA PILOTS ALLOW GIRL TO VISIT COCKPIT, MEDIA HOWLS
Five-year-old Emily Pickersgill will not soon forget her recent
flight from Nice to London aboard a British Airways Boeing 757.
Neither will the crew. She got to visit the front office while
en route, sitting on the captain's knee under close supervision
and even pushing a button on the panel.
An enterprising photographer snapped a shot of the little lass in
the cockpit and the media had a field day with it.
Subsequently, the Captain, Phil Higton, and his unidentified
copilot were suspended by BA, but then quickly reinstated.
MISS ASHLEY, DEBUTANTE AT RENO:
Perhaps the ultimate collection of aircraft parts flying in close
formation, the hybrid MISS ASHELY II, has completed flight tests
and will race at Reno next week. The Unlimited Class racer
consists of a scratch-built P-51 Mustang fuselage, Learjet
wing panels and rear horizontal stabilizer, a Rolls Royce Griffon
engine and a landing gear from a mixture of Aerostar uppers,
Cheyenne lowers, Cessna 421 retractable struts, Caravan wheels
and brakes, and Gulfstream nose tires.
No word was available on who is actually forced to maintain
it or whether they have experience with all these aircraft types.
JAL PAX FIT TO BE TIED:
The normally staid Japanese -- in this case Japan Airlines -- have
adopted a policy many other carriers around the world may soon
copy: JAL has given its flight attendants permission to tie up
unruly passengers aboard their flights. The carrier's new policy
comes on the heels of some 15 cases of violence by passengers on
its planes thus far this year alone, with 40 in all of 1996 up
from 15 total in 1995.
. Interline stuff.
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- Margarita Islands
- Dominican Republic
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Call Toll Free at: 1-800-665-3100 for further info and mention
Fancy a short stay in an English Farm B & B?
A double room for 3 nights UKP80 or 4 nights for UKP100
includes breakfast. Enjoy peaceful, pastoral views
from luxurios kingsize ensuite bedroom within lovely
old Queen Anne former farmhouse in Worcestershire
close to the Cotswolds, Malverns and Stratford.
Call 01386-793159 in the UK.
Blue Marlin Hotel in Scottburgh, 30 mins south of Durban
over looking the sea. 94 en-suite rooms with TV,
in-house entertainment, swimming pool, airport
pickup. Includes breakfast and dinner for a minimum 7
days stay. SAR99.00 pp dbl per day (approx CA$33.00)
Call 00-27-323-83361 in South Africa.
THESE TWO PROBABLY SHOULDN'T FLY JAL:
It's stressful being an air traffic controller, even more so at
a major terminal like New York's La Guardia. That may be the
only defense for two controllers who engaged in a fistfight in
LGA's tower recently, apparently involving a racial slur.
We are unable to learn whether either participant tried to bite
the ear of the other.
. 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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