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

number 216     date Nov 30th 1997


Monday  December 1, 1997
Hosting a Kart Race & buffet
??? TBA Halifax CHRISTMAS Party at Armdale Yacht Club
Halifax Bowling 1pm Bayers Road Bowlorama 
London, UK, coffee at 11am Harvester Pub Ashford Middlesex
Okanagan CHRISTMAS Lunch, Ramada Lodge, Kelowna nl 188.....
UK ACRA CHRISTMAS Dinner & Dance nl 167           

Tuesdy  December 2, 1997
Kelwna/Vernon 10am Coffee&Chat at Muffin Break.                 
Penicton 10:am Coffee&Chat at Tim Hortons Cherry Lane Shopping
Prestwick, Lunch at St  Nicholas Hotel

Wenesday  December 3, 1997
Halifax Lunch Armdale Yacht Club                    
Montreal Pionairs CHRISTMAS dinner, Olympia Reception Hall, Casa
Grecque, Dollard des Ormeaux nl204
Ottawa CHRISTMAS Luncheon The Mill Restaurant,555 Ottawa
Parkway,1130 am $15pp, info 820-0042

Thursday  December 4, 1997
Montreal, Lunch at Chenoy's Pte Claire

Friday  December 5, 1997
Ottawa, KoffeeKlatsches, Family Restaurant, Carlingwood Shopping

Sunday  December 7, 1997
***London, England, UK Pionairs CHRISTMAS lunch,Four Pillars

Wednesday  December 10, 1997
Victoria CHRISTMAS Lunch at Dunsmuir Lodge,1515 McTavish Rd, Sidney
Alexandria AC Retirees Lunch Grp,for info Clive 613-525-4819
or Cam 224-6469

Thursday  December 11, 1997
Vancouver Air Canada & ACRA Xmas Dance Sheraton Wall Center Garden
Hotel,Vancouver 6:30pm nl210 

Friday  December 12, 1997
Ottawa, KoffeeKlatsches, Family Restaurant,Carlingwood Shopping  

Sunday  December 14, 1997
Ottawa, Brunches, PlaceNextDoor 320 Rideau St. info 841-7091
Toronto CHRISTMAS lunch Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel, nl 213
Vancouver Breakfast with Santa Richmond Inn Richmond 10:30am nl210 

Monday  December 15, 1997
Dinner at Brig-A-Doon Hotel, Ayr

Wednesday  December 17, 1997
Burlington & Oakville Grp, Coffee at Pig & Whistle, Burlock Dr &
Lakeshore Rd 11am, lunch may be preordered a week in advance

Friday  December 19, 1997
Ottawa, KoffeeKlatsches, Family Restaurant, Carlingwood Shopping

Thursday  December 25, 1997
M E R R Y      C H R I S T M A S      E V E R Y O N E   


. Since our welcome to Robert Cleroux from Zephyr Hills, Florida
in NetLetter nr 210, we have been unable to make contact on
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Anyone know where he is?

. Real Henri, Past Director of the Montreal District of Pionairs
had the following in the Fall edition of the
'Sentinel', the Montreal Newsletter -( although
winter approaches - spring is sure to follow, so we
reprint it - eds)

300 km of beaches - by Real Henri

If you love the sea, breathtaking landscape, sea food, and if, on
top of that, you are of Acadian origin, you must visit les
Iles-de-la-Madeleine. But, before leaving, I strongly recommend
that you obtain the 'Guide touristique des Iles-de-la-Madeleine',
published by the 'Ministere du Tourisme'. This guide will acquaint
you with this archipelago and its rustic islands surrounded with
cliffs and beaches as well as help you better prepare for this
beautiful trip.
The high season is from June to mid-August, and the best period is
probably between mid-July to mid-August. If you are an animal lover     you
might consider going in March to watch the birth of the
beautiful white seal pups on the ice.
In planning for this trip, you would be well advised to reserve
your hotel and lease your car ahead of departure. I would like to
recommend 'L'Auberge de Village', owned by Mr and Mrs Cormier and
located in Cap-aux-Meules (Tel: (418)986-3312, Fax (418)986-3928.
As soon as you arrive at destination, it would also be preferable
to reserve your place for the most popular events like theatre, sea
excursions and the best restaurants.
Following the construction of Confederation Bridge to P.E.I., we
can expect an increasing number of campers, trailers and other
kinds of recreational vehicles on the ferry boat between Souris,
P.E.I. and Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine. These new travellers will no
doubt tend to invade the 300 km of natural beaches and we can
predict that the fragile environment of the dunes will rapidly
suffer from this unusual traffic.
Local authorities will have to iron out this prblem ASAP.
So, if you don't know what Madeleine Island's hospitality is all
about, you must go to Iles-de-la-Madeleine next summer.
Don't forget, in  the Islands, your Looney is always worth one


. Found on the Internet.

These babies were due.  Airbus recently launched the A340-500 and
-600 with orders from three airlines, all for -600 versions:
EVA ordered six; Air Canada ordered five; and Virgin Atlantic
signed for 16.

Aussie organizers are planning an old-fashioned, $500,000-purse
air race in concert with a year-long celebration of Australia's
If you have to ask the cost of entry, you can't afford it.

Russia, together with Ukraine, Germany and France, plans to build
a new "world's largest" airplane to succeed the An-224.

British Airways goes smokeless worldwide starting March 29.



The Air Canada schedule effective Nov 12th effective until
Oct 24th 1998 can be downloaded from the Air Canada web site.

Visiting London, England?
London Heathrow Airport is 15 miles west of the city.
Buses A1 and A2 depart from Central Site every 30 mins for the
60 minute trip to Central London. Cost GBP6.00
Underground train on the Piccadilly line takes 30/40 mins
Cost: GBP3.20
London Gatwick Airport is located 28 miles south of the city.
Gatwick Express train departs every 15 mins and takes 30 mins
to Victoria Station. Cost: GBP8.90
Flightline 777 buses depart frequently to Victoria Station taking
70 minutes and costing GBP7.50.

A Visitor Travelcard can be purchased for 3, 4 or 7 day periods
cost US$25-35 and allows unlimited travel on most buses and
underground (tube) travel within London. This Travelcard MUST
be purchased prior to arrival in the UK from your local Travel
Agent or BritRail.

In London daily family passes with a photo ID for unlimited
travel costing GBP15.70 for a week or GBP60.30 for a month can be
purchased at most underground stations.

British Airways goes smokeless worldwide starting March 29.

Forget the cost of airfares.  Instead, make sure you have a few
bucks left, if you're trying to get out of Brazil.  The country
recently changed its international passenger departure tax rate:
travelers now must ante up US$90 to leave the country instead of
the previous US$18 levy.


. Smilie.

A 70 year old very experienced flight instructor had to go to a
"New" FAA medical examiner since he had outlived the previous AME.
Try as he would the "rookie" AME could find no medical faults with
the wise old silver haired flight instructor..except for a
slightly red eye.
Inquiring into  this problem the AME asked how long the eye had
been red, and did it hurt, etc.
"It has been red for 2 weeks, but much better now, and it never
hurts    when I fly."
"I understand, but have you ever had a purulent (pus) discharge"?
"Not me Doc, I'm flat footed and was always 4-F."


.  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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