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Our crew is: Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson
Co-pilot     - Terry Baker

number 197     date Sept 14th 1997

. Now we know why Central Mountain Air ran out and bought so many
Beechcraft B1900 aircraft - they are taking over the Vancouver
Campbell River and Vancouver - Comox routes from AirBC effective
October 26th. Zonal Employee Discount (ZED) fares will apply.


. News from the districts -

Bob Robbins sends us a write up on the 60th anniversary at Ottawa -

The 60th Birthday Party in Ottawa as a great success.
The weather soured during the night, with rain for a while about
0800, but cleared from then. However,  I think that rain, and
possibly Princess Di's funeral caused us to lose a number of people.
I estimate we were over 300 all told.  Lots of kids of all ages,
plus teen-agers, and adults from "young" to "senior".
About 35 Pionairs, including spouses, children and grand-children.
The National Aviation Museum proved to be a wonderful site,
with splendid cooperation from staff.  There was nonstop action in
a large picnicking area beside the Museum.  The day's objective, to
have a great family picnic, was achieved in spades.  Many races
(potato sack, three-legged, etc.), competitions and other hilarious
events involving all ages. Lots of small prizes.  And of course
hundreds of hamburgs, hot dogs, containers of popcorn and soft
drinks.  One very popular event with the kids was a sing-along
conducted and accompanied on the guitar by a girl from the airport
( but who had to cut it short to get back to work).
There also was a volley-ball game between the managers and other
I missed seeing the kids dancing with several clowns.
Three huge cakes with TCA emblem on one, AC on another, and
the third of the big cakes had the 60th Birthday logo on it.
Everywhere face-painted kids, clowns, and ladies in "historical"
stewardess uniforms.  Fraser Muir in a TCA pilot's uniform.  And a
dunking machine "processed" several laughing  Airport senior
Inside the museum Pionairs had many memorabilia -  all set up
around the Museum's Lockheed 10A CF-TCA.  Fraser Muir brought five
display cases of items from the Company archives.  Also Ottawa
Pionairs brought three tables of historic items, including the
first TCA timetable, and six years of bound copies of the
employees' original newspaper -"Between Ourselves".  Pat Hare
produced numerous artifacts, as well as a Company 40th birthday
videotape that the Museum played all day with another received just
the day before, made for the 60th Birthday.
Pionair teams of four persons took turns in manning the exhibits,
and had a fine time talking with party-goers of all ages.
The Ottawa District employees' Birthday Party team, spearheaded
by Diane Kyd were wonderful.  From the June beginning they involved
the Pionairs,eventually concentrating on artifacts.  The birthday
party, and the May involvement of Pionairs in the Rapidair draws
have produced steadily-growing bonds between AC employees and
Also one member of the District's employee team a "go-getter"
member who went to Halifax to see how they handled it was
Station Attendant Roger Guilbeault.  He also handled getting all
the food and cakes -- and the "duck tank" from a service club.
As a result one of their people came to Ottawa, brought a
table-full of artifacts, and pitched in to help the picnic team
feed and entertain everyone.
A super birthday party for everyone there!


. Alan Rust reports - I just visited the Air Canada WWW site and it
has been completely revamped. http://www.aircanada.ca
They have a special area for the 60th year anniversary as well.
They also have a schedule Online where you can check flights
between destinations.
Unfortunately they have taken off the schedule that you used to
be able to download (at least I couldn't find it).

. Interline stuff.

A total of 117 made up of Air Canada Retirees, Pionairs, employees
and friends are taking advantage of the excellent
deal for the Crown Princess cruise from Vancouver to
Ft. Lauderdale via the Panama Canal departing
Sept 22nd, with a further 7 days at a Florida resort.
You will be sorry to have missed out, but here are some more hot
deals -

Canadian Interline Travel Hot Deals!

Ship:   Star Princess
Date:   October 18/1997
Length: 9 Days
- Honolulu, Oahu
- Big Island
- Maui
- Kauai
- Ensenada, Mexico
Cost: from US$625  ppd (includes port charges)


Caribbean Cruises
Ship: Sun Princess (newer ship)
Dates: October 11, 18,& 25/1997
Itinerary: Caribbean sailings (call for details)
Cost: Inside from US$527  ppd, Outside US$727  ppd
(includes port charges)

Call: 1-800-665-3100 for details and mention Pionairs.


. Smilie.
Gordon Danziel sends us this -

During the heat of the space race in the 1960's, the U.S.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided it needed a ball
point pen to write in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules.
After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was
developed at a cost of about $241 million U.S. The pen worked and also
enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on Earth. The
Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used a pencil.


.  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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