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Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-pilot     - Terry Baker         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

number 267   date Apr 27th, 1998  1st Published in October 1995

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. AGM Information -
Alan Rust sends us this information -

During the Pionairs AGM on May 17th there is a Toronto Blue Jays/Seattle
Mariners game that was quoted in a Pionairs newsletter to be at 13:05hrs,
but the tickets to the game is at 20:05 hrs (which conflicts with an AGM
get together). I thought you may want to pass this on in case someone
is planning to see the game while at the AGM.
Alan Rust, Mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. We welcome Kathleen Forest who has email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pauline David who retired in Feb '91,
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jack Somerset who can be reached via his son David's email
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Gerry Brault can be emailed This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arthur MacDonald who retired as Commissary & Catering Manager,
Halifax in 1993. Email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
David D. Edward try email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Captain Arthur Hollinsworth, who will be 90 years young soon, and
has been retired for 30 years. Try his email
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. Where are they now?
Jack Dahlgren has a new email of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Garnet Adamson has moved over to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. From your co-pilot -
After reading stories about the early days of Atlantic travel, and CGTAS,
I recall a story I read in a book called 'Survival In The Sky' -
It was called 'Luckiest Man Alive', about a 20 year old co-pilot and
test observer, called Harry Griffiths, who was a brother of Maurice, a
Trans-Canada Air Lines pilot in Toronto.
Harry's job was to test flight the Boston A20 aircraft prior to being
flown across the Atlantic to the RAF. On the 21st December 1942, Harry
was checking such an aircraft with pilot Sid Gerow. The plane took off
from Dorval and flew across the Lake St. Louis. The engines were throttled
back, in turn, and feathered each propeller in turn and then restarted the
engines, this to ensure reliability incase one engine failed during the
Atlantic trip. Harry was in the nose and had removed his parachute due to
space retrictions, and then checked the instruments in the cockpit, finally,
while crawling back into the nose to check the bomb sight, the lower hatch
gave way and Harry found himself hanging underneath the aircraft. The pilot
guessed what had happened but could not leave the controls as automatic
pilot was not available, and he knew Harry could not hang on too long, nor
could he land the aircraft, so he flew low over the ice covered
Lake St Louis, and Harry fell out. A farmer witnessed this event and saw
this 'package' roll across the frozen lake for about half a mile before it
spun to a stop - thinking it was a practice bomb, but the 'package' moved
and the farmer realized that someone had fallen from an aircraft. His limbs
and body were badly bruised, but not a bone broken.  

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. News from Ron Munson in LHR.
A plateful of fish and chips to recapture our national identity was the
winning design in a recent B.A. tailfin design competition.  However the
airline chiefs thought it to different from existing colourful tailfins so
rejected it which upset the five strong judging panel who had thought their
decision was final. It also upset Britain's booming £700 million a year
fish and chip industry who put B.A.'s decision "down to a lack of taste".

Passport checks on departing UK passengers are to be scrapped it has been
announced by the home Office.  Their Minister said the controls were
ineffective and a waste of time and money.   It costs £3 million a year to
provide hundreds of staff to check documents.   The money saved will be
used to catch illegal immigrants and bogus asylum-seekers. Passports will
continue to be checked by airlines, which are obliged, by law, to ensure
passengers have the correct travel documents.

Air Canada won the cargo airline of the year accolade in freight industry
awards given by trade newspaper IFW.

Lufthansa, United and Air Canada are to set up a joint venture company,
based in Chicago, to buy and sell aircraft parts.  It will cut out brokers
who handle most of the business at present.  The move will also improve
safety because the trio will have records showing who made the parts and
how they have been maintained.  The industry spends more than $10 billion a
year on parts and materials.

JAPAN airlines is to write off $1.2 billion worth of losses and the crisis
is costing the airline's President and its Chairman their jobs.    Some
1,500 ground staff are also to go whilst the company's hotel and resort
operations may be axed.  The huge write-off will cost JAL 80% of its
financial reserves and its entire route network is to be overhauled.
From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Found on the Internet.
The Battle of Britian Memorial Flight's Lancaser B1 - PA474, will represent
the Avro type Lancaster bomber, civil Lancastrian and York transport for
the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift at RAF Fairford, Glos, UK on
26/27th July.

New European Airlines -
Norwegian carrier Color Air operating B737-300 aircraft.
Swedish startup Novair operating A320 Airbus.
Air South Africa with a B747 aircraft.
Egyptian new charter Lotus Air also with A320 Airbus.
Lufthansa plans a low cost, short haul subsiduary - Lufthansa Light.
French newcomer Fairwinds operating MD81 aircraft.

USAirways new low cost subsiduary will be called MetroJet operating B737.

Some failures -
German charter Ratioflug has ceased to operate.
Colorado US based Western Pacific, famed for carrying glamorous
advertising in its aircraft has ceased operations.


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. Terrys Travel Tips.
Escorted full package 15 days to Historic China.
Itinerary - Shanghai, Suzhou, Qufu, Jinan, Mt. Tai, Beijing.
Departs Vancouver Mondays Jun 8,15,22, July 6, Aug 3, Sep 7,14,21,28,
Oct 5,12,19,26 and Nov 2nd.
Cost: ca$2199 pp dbl does not include Canadian Tax $30 and China Visa $50
departure tax, tipping or travel insurance.
BUT does include: Round trip airfare via China Airlines from
Vancouver, 1st class accommodations and surcharge.
Ground transportation and daily meals, guided
comprehensive sightseeing, admissions, cultural
shows and baggage handling.

Familiarization Tour of Israel.
8 days/7 nights Land only. Weekly arrivals on Sunday through to Feb 25/99.
Itinerary: 2 nights in Tel Aviv, 2 nights in Galilee, 3 nights Jerusalem,
6 days sightseeing with enterance fees, tranfers airport/hotel
7 full Israeli-style buffet breakfast, touring in deluxe coach,
cable car ascent Masada & swim in the Dead Sea. Porterage at
airport and hotels.
Cost: us$699 pp dbl plus hotel taxes us$90.
travel companions'/spouses' are welcome at same rate.

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


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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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