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Your crew is: Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson
Co-pilot - Terry Baker
number 243 date Mar 3rd 1998
Published since October 1995.
. Welcome to Natasha Vekris retired from Reservations/Sales and
living in Toronto.
Edward Chorniak retired Captain living in Unionville,
. Where are they?
Anyone in contact?
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. Further to Bill Norberg's story of the Bristol Freighters in nr 242,
your co-pilot contributes this -
One of the airline's Bristol Freighters bearing the registration
CF-TFX flew to the barren polar region in 1967, before landing at
the true North Pole. Today the same aircraft, in Wardair colours
is reportedly mounted on a pedestal at Yellowknife.
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. Phil Pawsey found this on the internet -
SO, YOU THINK YOU HAD A LOUSY FLIGHT?
Dr. Nick Fiddes of Edinburgh, Scotland, is a wee bit perturbed by
service he received recently on Air Canada. After being ignored,
he's created a website game "Is Air Canada the World's Worst Airline
Service?" Fiddes claims it was the worst service of his life,
leaving him filthy and hungry while he was trying to get to his
girlfriend's graduation celebration, which he missed.
Air Canada is probably lucky not to be getting some homemade haggis,
instead. These sort of sites seem to be proliferating on the Web.
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. Historical milestones in March for TCA/Air Canada -
Mar 18th 1948 - Transcon all-cargo inaugurated Victoria-Toronto
with Lockheed 18-08A aircraft.
Mar 2nd 1952 - New York operations transferred from La Guardia
to Idlewild Airport, now JFK.
Mar 1st 1957 - Viscount introduced to London, Ontario. (YXU)
Mar 1st 1959 - European identity of the company became Air Canada.
Mar 1st 1960 - Air Canada and B.O.A.C. inaugurate pool service.
Mar 2nd 1963 - DC8 introduced on transatlantic service to U.K.
in cargo/passenger configuration.
Mar 15th 1973 - L1011 introduced on Toronto - Vancouver route.
Mar 14th 1974 - Inauguration of flights to Charles De Gaulle Paris.
Mar 25th 1977 - Vienna service discontinued.
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. Found on the internet.
Y2K: TIME ISN'T ON FAA'S SIDE...OR OURS
If all goes well with the U.S. ATC system in the early morning hours
of January 1, 2000, no one will be more surprised than the FAA.
If it doesn't, rest assured there will be plenty of finger pointing.
A joint congressional hearing found that the FAA was way behind in
testing and implementing fixes. FAA brass have been telling anyone
who would listen that the most "critical" of the computer systems
will be upgraded by November of 1999. However, independent auditors
say they better get moving. For example, only 125 of the agency's
430 mission-critical systems have been determined to be Y2K
compliant...and those are the easy ones.
WILL DCA BECOME GIP?
Happy birthday, Mr. President. As an 87th birthday present,
Republicans in Congress voted to rename Washington National Airport
as "Ronald Reagan National Airport."
Those affected are asking who's going to pay for the not
insignificant costs associated with the name change. DCA will
remain the airport's identifier and it is said that outraged NATCA
officials have sworn controllers will never refer to DCA by its new
WESTPAC GOES FLAT:
After declaring bankruptcy late last year, Western Pacific Airlines
has finally parked its planes for good. WestPac prospered initially,
offering low fare service from its low cost hub in Colorado Springs,
Colorado where it had little competition. However, last year,
perhaps in a bit of testosterone-induced mano-a-mano, WestPac
moved to Denver, where it was forced to compete with several
discount airlines and Denver behemoth, United.
BIN HOGS PUT ON FORCED DIET:
Southwest becomes the latest to crack down on those they have aptly
named, "bin hogs." The airline is zeroing in on passengers who cram
their life's possessions into the overhead bins.
SWA is limiting pax to two carry-ons which must fit in the standard
sizing box -- about the size of a kitchen sink, no plumbing attached.
On heavily booked flights, SWA may limit carry-ons to one per pax.
Sales of extra large computer cases and roll-ons cum computer cases
are reported on the rise as unhappy business travelers try to cope
with airlines' one-bag-only rules on some flights.
(Cons beware! - eds)
FLY HIGH, BUT NOT FAST (FOR A PRETTY PENNY):
Back by popular demand.
British Airway's Concorde is returning to EAA Oshkosh '98.
The Anglo-French supersonic transport will arrive Friday, July 31.
(Will it have to rock its wings over Ripon?) You'll also have the
opportunity to purchase a short subsonic trip on the Concorde,
guaranteed to give you cocktail party bragging rights.
But, better bring the green.
That little jaunt will set you back a hefty US$715.
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. Interline stuff.
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* Guided City Tours (per itinerary selected)
* Gold Dredge at the Authentic Mining Site
Positive Space Interline Cruise Tour Fares
- 12 day CruiseTours from US$1126 ppd
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Call 1-800-665-3100 for details and mention Pionairs.
Travelling to Europe to pick up a cruise or land tour?
This is not the only way to get there, but it is one way -
Use your pass to Frankfurt, and a 'ZED' fare onwards -
Destination Miles ID95 ID75
Hamburg 257 15 34
Helsinki 956 25 54
Innsbruck 230 15 34
Instanbul 1158 25 54
Faro 1218 25 54
Cairo 1815 40 84
Lisbon 1165 25 54
Madrid 884 25 54
Malaga 1130 25 54
Malta 1024 25 54
Nairobi 3924 45 110
Oslo 687 20 44
Mallorca 779 25 54
Oporto 1028 25 54
Rome 598 20 44
Stockholm 752 25 54
Tunis 915 25 54
Athens 1225 25 54
Ankara 1365 25 54
Barcelona 679 20 44
Remember 'ZED' fares are one way, space available US$ plus tax.
call 1-800-413-1113 if North America or local Res office.
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Senior airline captain complaining to chief pilot:
"I'm really getting tired of this...Every time I wake up the other
two guys are reading."
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. 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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