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

number 249     date Mar 19th 1998

Published since October  1995.
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. Where are they now?

Ron Miles sends this message -
Please advise if you perchance have e-mail contact with a
Roy Pennoyer retired Air Canada pilot now residing in
Grand Forks B.C.
Thanks     Ron M  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Bill Norberg has sent us yet another story for the Trans-Canada Air Lines
history -

This has to do with an incident in 1944 involving a Lockheed 18 Lodestar
type aircraft # 43 CF-TCU and an inadvertant double feathering. When we
first operated the Lockheeds we had a policy that there had to be a test
flight after every engine change. The aircraft in question as I remember it
had two engines changed so there was no doubt it needed a test flight
before being placed into operation.
The test flight was scheduled around midnight as the aircraft was need for
a flight the next morning. A mechanic and a crew chief went along to
observe the necessary checks.
They had reached their test altitude and the Captain feathered the left
engine but was unable to un-feather it. He was now operating on one engine
and immediately elected to head back to the airport. On the way back he
decided to try and unfeather the engine once again but inadvertantly
feathered the right engine.He was now in the situation of having both
engines feathered on a twin engined Lockheed aircraft at night without
electrical power. Under those conditions the Lockheed aircraft had the
gliding angle similar to a brick.
He was now gliding down towards the very dark terrain and unable to really
see where he was going. He had no choice but to try and land the aircraft
hopefully on a friendly piece of land. As he approached the ground in the
darkness he perceived what seemed like a high tension tower ahead of him
and took action to avoid hitting it. It turned out not to be a tower but in
avoiding it his left wing hit the only big tree in the bush he was landing
in and it sheared off the outboard portion of the left wing.
The aircraft slid along the gound for several hundred feet before coming to
rest. There was no fire and the crew and the mechanics on board merely
opened the cabin door and stepped out onto the ground without any injuries.
It was a miracle that no one was hurt.
The next day mechanics arrived at the site of the incident, removed the
right wing and what was left of the left wing, jacked up the aircraft and
lowered the landing gear so it could be towed back to the hangar. As a
matter of recent interest the fuselage was covered with a tarpaulin to
cover up the Trans-Canada Air Lines name.
When the aircraft was placed on wing jacks and power applied a test was
carried out of the feathering systems. Needless to say they both operated
normally much to the embarrasment of the flight crew. In true Lockheed
aircraft fashion a new wing panel was installed along with a new belly and
the aircraft was returned to service.
"Bill Norberg" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
(Note - CF-TCU was sold to Pacific Petroleum Co in Sept 1949 after flying
16,525 total hours - eds)

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. Terry's travel tips

Dargal Interline Cruises & Tours Ltd is pleased to announce that Pionairs
will receive a Royalty paid to the National Executive of Pionairs every
time you book with Dargal.

Trans-Atlantic cruise hosted by Gerry Philbrook
departs Miami Apr 18th 14 nights 'Norway'.
Itinerary: Cruise Caribbean, St.Maarten, cruise Southern Atlantic,
Funchal & Madeira Portugal, transit Strait of Gibraltar,
Malaga Spain, cruise Mediterranean, Marseille France.
Cost: from US$599 pp dbl. Space going fast.
Call Dargal at 1-800-690-3223 and mention Pionairs.

South America Packages include tours, taxes, service charges, services of a
local guide at your hotel, round trip airport transfers and breakfast daily.
Discounted airfare available for family and friends if they can't fly
on your passes too!
MEALS INCLUDED: CB=Continental Breakfast Daily, BP=Full Breakfast Buffet or
American Breakfast Daily, MAP=CB or BP Daily and or Lunch or Dinner Daily
* Bariloche, ARGENTINA
Llao Llao Hotel, BP, Room Category 3 NIGHT LAND ONLY TOUR
All rates are per person dbl, per night 3 night minimum. Includes city
tour, taxes, guide services and breakfast and more.
3/1/98 to    7/19/98 to    8/24/98 to
7/18/98       8/23/98      12/24/98
US$205.59      US$243.55      US$205.59
Edelweiss Hotel, BP
7/6/98    8/3/98 to
8/2/98   12/9/98
US$147.05        US$108.22
* Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
All rates are per person dbl, per night 4 night minimum.Land tour only.
Includes city tour, taxes, guide services and breakfast and more.
Kempinsky Hotel Libertador, BP   US$172.79
Marriot Plaza, BP
3/1/98 to 9/30/98  US$147.29  10/1/98 to 12/9/98  US$189.79
Lafayette, BP  3/1/98 to 12/9/98  US$95.00
Alvear Palace, BP
3/1/98 to 9/30/98  US$202.42  10/1/98 to 12/9/98  US$212.19
* Mar Del Plata, ARGENTINA
Costa Galana,CB,  3 NIGHT LAND ONLY TOUR
Rates are per person dbl, per night 3 night minimum.
Includes city tour, taxes, guide services and breakfast and more.
3/15/98 to 12/15/98  US$154.93  12/16/98 to 12/31/98  US$183.83
* Peninsula Valdes, ARGENTINA
All rates are per person dbl, per night 4 night minimum.
Includes city tour, taxes, guide services and breakfast and more.
Peninsula Hotel, BP,  LAND ONLY TOUR
UNTIL 4/15/98   4/16/98 to 9/30/98   10/1/98 to 12/9/98
US$139.55            US$139.55             US$146.92
Tolosa Hotel, BP, LAND ONLY TOUR
UNTIL 4/15/98   4/16/98 to 9/30/98  10/1/98 to 12/9/98
US$136.55            US$130.89              US$143.40

Call (404) 876-1695 for more details.

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. Smilie.
Gord Dalziel sends us another one  -

"Aircraft Landings"
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An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered
his ship into the runway really hard.
The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the
door while the passengers exited, give a  smile, and a "Thanks for flying
XYZ airline."
He said that in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the
passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment.
Finally everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady walking
with a cane. She said, "Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?"
"Why no Ma'am, what is it?"
"Did we land or  were  we shot down?"

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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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