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

number 247     date Mar 12th 1998

Published since October  1995.
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. WHAT'S ON AND WHERE OF PIONAIR EVENTS.
Wednesday  March 18, 1998
Burlington & Oakville Grp, Coffee at Pig & Whistle,Burlock Dr &
Lakeshore Rd 11am, lunch may be preordered a week in advance
847-1421
Calgary Trinity Lodge
Friday  March 20, 1998
Ottawa, KoffeeKlatsches, Family Restaurant,Carlingwood Shopping
Tuesday  March 24, 1998
Montreal Pionairs Bowling League Valois Lanes Pte C info 626-3263
Thursday  March 26, 1998
VanIs ComoxValley Lunch Old House, Courtenay
Friday  March 27, 1998
Ottawa, KoffeeKlatsches,Family Restaurant, Carlingwood Shopping
Sunday  March 29, 1998
London UK Visit to Petticoat Lane & BBC HQS
Vancouver spring lunch Best Western Richmond Inn
Tuesday  March 31, 1998
Montreal Pionairs Bowling League Valois Lanes Pte C info 626-3263
Wednesday  April 1, 1998
Halifax Lunch Armdale Yacht Club
Toronto Stage West call Ron  Pickford 416-255-5139
Thursday  April 2, 1998
Montreal, Lunch at Chenoy's Pte Claire
Friday  April 3, 1998
Montreal Italian Lunch @  Lachine Curling Club info 631-7165
Ottawa, KoffeeKlatsches, Family Restaurant,  Carlingwood Shopping

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. News from the Districts.
From the Montreal 'Sentinel' newsletter -

Trip planned to Quebec City. Jun 8th, overnight at the
Chateau Bonne Entente, Sainte Foy.
Cost CA$185 pp includes dinner & show at the
Petite Champlain Theatre and boat trip to Grosse Isle.

Trip planned to Paris, France for October. 85 Pionairs have already
signed up for this trip, more details later.

Ron Miles sends us this update on  the U.S. Retiree's Activity
On Wednesday Mar 4 a number of Air Canada types gathered at the Lawrence
Welk Village for lunch and the theatre to see the musical "No No Nanette".
This outing has become an annual event thanks to the planning of
Dave Young.
Those in attendance were: Sue and Dave Young, Irene and Bruce Hembroff,
Kate and Marv Lohnnes, Shirley and Ted Duffield, Alex Douglas with
relative Kay Laing from Ottawa, Mrs. Don Richardson, Mrs. Ken McDonald &
friend, Betty and Ron Miles, and Ann and Brian Main (still working for
AC in Vancouver, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
El Nino cooperated with beautiful weather and all had an enjoyable
afternoon.     Ron Miles email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Calender of ACRA System events 1998 -

Ski          Whistler BC    Feb 22-27th.
Hockey       Montreal       Mar 10-12th.
Curling      Thunder Bay    Mar 31-Apr 3rd.
Squash       Boca Raton     Apr 23-26th.
Photography  Winnipeg       May 30th.
Bowling      Tampa          May 29-31st.
Art          Halifax        TBA
Softball     Toronto        Jun 16-18th.
Fly-in       No fly-in for the 3rd year!
Soccer       Montreal       Sep 12-13th.
Golf         Winnipeg       Sep 13-16th.
Tennis       Florida        Sep 24-29th.
Badminton    Quebec City    Oct/Nov TBA.
Darts        Edmonton       Oct 16-18th.
Contact your local ACRA for details.

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. Ron Munson tells us of some happenings in the UK -
A luxury hotel, The St. Giles Heathrow, is to open near LHR in September.
This is located opposite Feltham's rail station where there will be a new
bus and train interchange with transfer links to the Airport and London.
This 3 star hotel will have 300 rooms, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms,
gym and car parking.

Delta has been censured by the Advertising Standards Authority about a
newspaper ad. publicising UKP85 one-way tickets to the US. as the cheapest
from the UK.  The figure did not include airport taxes, a compulsory admin
charge, or travel insurance.

British Midlands surprised the industry this week by annoucing plans to
re-start services from Heathrow to the US. and has applied for authority
to serve  New York, L.A., Miami. Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Denver,
Washington and Seattle.

BA is suspending services to Colombo and Seoul from the end of next month
due to a drop in demand. A planned sixth weekly frequency to Osaka is also
axed.

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. Found on the Internet -

PAN AM DOWN FOR THE COUNT?
One Pan Am passenger who was left scrambling in Miami after the airline
declared bankruptcy last week thought she was the victim of some big joke.
Unfortunately for Pan Am and its pax, it's not funny.
The airline's two main units -- Pan American World Airways Inc. and Pan
American Airways Corp. -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and
flights started shutting down.

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. Interline stuff.

NCL 'Norway'
14 days Trans Atlantic Miami - Marseilles departs Apr 18th
Price US$799 pp dbl.
NCL 'Norwegian Crown'
7 days Canada & New England - Montreal to New York Apr 25th
Price US$449 pp dbl.
NCL 'Norwegian Magesty'
3 days Bahamas & Key West departs Mar 20th and 27th
Price US$199 pp dbl.
NCL 'Norwegian Sea'
7 days Southern Caribbean departs Mar 22nd and 29th
Price US$599 pp dbl.
Celebrity 'Horizon'
7 days Bermuda departs Apr 10th
Price US$749 pp dbl.
Holland America
16 days Around the Cape Horn departs Feb 21st
Price US$1109 pp dbl.
Royal Caribbean
15 days Canal transit departs Apr 10th
Price US$1139 pp dbl.

Call 1-800-345-7576 for more details.

NCL 'Norwegian Star'
7 days Houston return departs Mar 29th
Price US$349 pp dbl.
4 days/3 nights Acapulco US$199 pp dbl.

Call 1-800-446-0116 for more details.

Celebrity 15 Night Trans - Canal Cruise
SHIP: Zenith DATES: April 10, 1998 (15 nights)
ITINERARY: Acapulco, Huatulco, Puerto Calders, Panama Canal, Cartagena,
Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, New York
COST: Inside cabin from US$749, ppd  Outside cabin from US$899 ppd
MORE INFO: Port charges Included, gov't fees additional

7 Days Honolulu to Ensenada
CRUISE LINE: Holland America Line SHIP: ms Statendam
DATES: April 6 or 22/98
ITINERARY: Honolulu, Nawiliwili, Scenic cruising the Na Pali Coast,
Hilo, cruise by Kilauea Volcano, Ensenada, Mexico
COST: Inside cabin from US$449, ppd  Outside cabin US$549, ppd
MORE INFO: Includes port charges.

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

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. Smilie.
Your co-pilot spotted this -
A lone agent was rebooking a long line of travellers on a cancelled
flight. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the front and
asked loudly "Young lady, do you have any idea who I am?". The agent
smiled, picked up her public address microphone and announced "Attention,
We have a passenger who does not know who he is. If anyone can help
please come to the gate".

For months after California's Northridge earthquake of 1994,
aftershocks rocked the San Fernando Valley and Van Nuys Airport.
One morning about three weeks after the initial quake there was a
particularly sharp aftershock.
Moments later on Van Nuys' ground control frequency:
"Uh, four three kilo would like to file a pilot report for moderate
turbulence on the east taxiway..."

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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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