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number 276 date May 22nd, 1998 1st Published in October 1995
. NEED TO KNOW - INFORMATION -
Please address ALL correspondence to both of us as Vesta lives in
Victoria, B.C. and Terry lives in Ladysmith,B.C. (near Nanaimo, B.C.)
This saves us extra posts between ourselves. <G>
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. Bob Anderson gets our news back on track -
TAMPA ACRA BOWLING
Betty and I are registered to go to the Tampa ACRA Bowling and the actual
dates are "registration Friday, May 29th, Bowling Saturday May 30th, and
get away on Sunday May 31." There have been several dates listed in your
newsletters, none of which were right. We expect to have a really good
time, we have been going for about l8 years now and it is a really good
party and a little bowling.
(Sorry about the confusion, but our info is only as good as that sent
to us - eds)
" ' "
. News from the Districts.
Ron Munson in LHR sends this in -
Air Canada staff at Heathrow are preparing to combat an army assault
course to raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Four workers at our
offices at Radius Park, LHR, have collected more than GBP200 from
colleagues and friends and they hope to complete the gruelling course
within an hour. The course features scramble nets, monkey bars, a water
ditch and a 10ft wall.
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. Dave Baker sends this info -
12th Annual St.Lazare Airport Fly-In Breakfast
Sunday June 14 08:00 - 11:30 for Breakfast
Stay for great fun during the remainder of the day.
Airplanes from all areas from all over
Antique car exhibition
Fantastic breakfast in the hangar
Meet up with lots of Aviators from the past, present and future (and
some ground support people)
265 deg W of YUL
(1700 St.Angelique, St.Lazare for those using ground transportation)
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. Ron Munson sends this information -
Virgin is moving into the European package holiday businees and two B737s,
flying under the name Virgin Sun, will begin services next year to Spain,
Portugal, Greece, Turkey and the Canary Islands. Virgin Holidays, which at
present specialises in long haul breaks, will offer around 150,000
short-haul holidays with prices from GBP199 per person.
A new directory covering more than 1,000 airlines has been published by a
British firm. The Aerospace International Directory of World Airlines is
sponsored by Boeing and edited with the help of IATA. The new A5 size
book is in colour and comes with free CD Rom which enables users to
download any information without the need for re-typing. The guide
details address, fax, email, web site, senior personnel, fleet, financial
performance, shareholding, route, network and history. Airlines are
indexed alphabetically, by country, by two letter IATA code and three
letter ICAO code.
The GBP36 guide is available from Aviation Directories, PO Box 1315, Potters
Bar, Herts, EN6 1PU. Tele: 01707 665151. Fax: 01707 660330.
E mail address is sales@aviation directories.co.uk
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. Tom Grant sends us this -
I was wondering how many of your readers take the National Geographics
and after reading them are reluctant to get rid of them unless it is to a
"good home." Now, since most of these readers have cargo passes, I would
like to suggest a possible destination for the valuable, but not easily
I would direct everyone to the January 1998 NGeo and the "Helping Build
a Bridge" article in the BEHIND THE SCENES department. Also they should
have a look at http://www.bridge.org/ which is the Bridge-to-Asia site.
The question is how can we get our NGeo mags to SFO and to the docks using
Air Canada and volunteer power?
I ask your readers to suggest some ideas after looking at the article and
(Sounds like something the Pionairs USA could think about - eds)
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. Following on our recent article re the Vanguard, Mike Leduc sends this -
I remember the V/G quite well, as a matter of fact it was the first
aircraft in which I flew first class and it was in the rear! From a
passenger perspective, I quite liked the aircraft. It was fun (?) to
watch passengers when the craft reached an altitude where the prop pitch
changed and the engine RPMs changed.
Also, I remember a former mechanic who transferred to our department, one
Harold Macdonald, who didn't like the V/G. I believe he said "One Vanguard
should be cut lenght-wise and put on display to show how not to build an
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. Found on the Internet.
El Al announce that only cartoons and nature movies will be shown in the
rear section of its B747 for passengers who find in-flight movies
A New airline British South Atlantic Airways based in the Falkland
Islands will be operating a B737-200.
(Some of us will recall that B.S.A.A were the initials for British South
American Airways, a forerunner to B.O.A.C and now British Airways - eds)
German leasing company Bavaria is ordering five Boeing 717-200s.
This is the first order for the 100 seat 717-200 since Boeing decided to
rename the MD-95 which it acquired as part of the Boeing McDonnell merger.
Prior to the merger, the MD-95 attracted a single customer, the former
ValuJet, with an order for 50 aircraft.
The roll out of the first 717-200 is planned for June 10.
French regional carrier Brit Air (DB) has an order with Bombardier
Aerospace for eight CL-65 aircraft.
US flag carrier Continental Airlines (CO)'s regional subsidiary ordered
25 Embraer ERJ-135 jets with options for a further 50 aircraft.
The first ERJ-135 rolled out of Embraer's factory in Brazil on May 12.
A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-200 was the first widebody aircraft to land
at Hong Kong's new Chek Lap Kok airport as part of the Hong Kong airport
authority's first airdrome trial.
The new Chek Lap Kok airport is to begin commercial operations on July 6 to
replace Kai Tak airport.
A STORY OF THE WEIRD:
A Denver man is suing Continental Airlines because he was injured by a
tubby seatmate. Michael Townes claims he needed surgery to repair tendon
damage caused when his elbow was pinned to the armrest for two hours.
" ' "
. For the Constellation affectionados -
A total of 856 were built, of which only 7 remain as airworthy.
(1) Australia, (6) in the US - (1) Constellation Group,
(1) Constellation Historical Soc., (1) Global Research Foundation,
(1) 'Save a Connie' and of the two others in storage, (1) was used
by Gen. Eisenhower and the other by McArthur.
The MATS Constellation, 749 model, is touring this year at the following
31 May - Ft. Worth, TX, 4/5/6 Jun - Woodford UK, 7 Jun - Biggin Hill UK,
8-11 Jun - Bournemouth UK, 13/14 Jun - Middle Wallop UK,
15-18 Jun Duxford UK, 3-5 Jul - Cranfield UK, 20-21 Jul - Exeter UK,
23-26 Jul - Fairford UK, 11-13 Sep - Dallas TX, 25-26 Sep Baltimore MD,
3-4 Oct - Midland TX.
Flights are also offered.
Anyone at the AGM visit the Constellation Hotel and the Constellation
outside the Hotel? This was an original Trans-Canada Air Lines fin 405
C-FTGE. Delivered May 7th 1954, withdrawn and sold Oct 16th 1963. Ended up
as C-FRNR for World Wide Airways and impounded at Montreal after WWA
went bankrupt. The aircraft was undergoing a spar change at the time.
Dismantled in 1968 and moved near Quebec City as a coffee shop. In 1973
it was located nr Kingston, Ontario.
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. Terrys Travel Tips.
Resort Getaways -
Allegro Resorts priced from us$64.00 pp dbl per night.
Various destinations -
Venezuela, Costa Rica, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Huatulco,
Nuevo Vallarta, Cozumel and Dominican Republic.
Almond Beach Resorts - Barbados priced from us$99.00 pp per night.
All-inclusive includes: accommodation, all meals, all snacks,
all drinks, sport activities, taxes,
Call 1-800-690-3223 for details and mention Pionairs.
London UK Break-a-way. Land only departures any day until Oct 31st.
6 days/4 nights hotel with continental breakfast, taxes & service charges.
From us$459.00 pp dbl. Optional package us$100.00 pp
half day guided tour of London
and full day tour to Stonehenge & Bath or
full day tour to Shakespeare country.
Call 1-800-935-9444 for more details.
Greek Mosaic OCTOBER 17-28, 1998 - 11 Nights only us$899.00 Per Person .
¨ 2 Nights B Class Hotel in Athens (including breakfast)
¨ 3 Night Cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes,
Crete and Santorini (includes meals)
¨ 3 Nights B Class hotel in Santorini (including breakfast)
¨ 2 Nights B Class hotel in Paros (including breakfast)
¨ 1 Night B Class Airport hotel in Glyfada (including breakfast &
¨ Athens by Night Tour including folkoric entertainment, dinner and
1/2 bottle of wine per person
¨ All transfers in Anthens & the Islands
¨ The service of a local representative with a degree in Archaeology
and Greek Mythology
Limited Space - Call 1-800-665-3100 Today and mention Pionairs.
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Back in the days when direction finding equipment was being installed in
towers, a pilot enroute from Pensacola to Norfolk and not knowing
exactly what his position was, called:
"Atlanta Tower, this is N1234"
"N1234, go ahead"
"Could you give me one of those practice DF steers?"
"Sorry but we don't give *practice* DF steers."
"Well, how about one of them other kind, then?"
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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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