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number 282 date June 27th, 1998 1st Published in October 1995
. Where are they now.
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. And yet another one of those absorbing stories from Charles Mackie
Subject: 100 yard dash
Well here is another little story which I hope will encourage others to
tell of similar experiences in the past.
This happened at Lac du Bonnet, when I was working for Canadian Airways
Ltd, in 1939 as a Radio Operator. It was late fall and freeze up had started
and most of our aircraft where on skiis.
On this particular day Bud Jones Captain of Stinson Reliant CF-AZV
asked me if I would like to go along for the ride to pick up a trapper and
we were soon over the lake and could see that it was frozen over and stumps
were sticking out of the ice all over the place and the only place to land
was a small spot on the middle of the lake.
We could see the trapper waving his hands at us and he started towards
the center of the lake as we landed.
Almost immediately the ice began to crack and water started spurting up
through the cracks and it wasnt long before the skis where in water, so
we indicated to the trapper to hurry up which he did and climbed into
So Bud poured 'on the coals', but the aircraft would not move it being
stuck to the ice. So Bud says to me to go on the ice and grab the end of the
wing and shake it as hard as I could to break the aircraft loose. He also
told me that if and when the aircraft come loose he would not be able to stop
the aircraft to pick me up for fear of getting stuck again and that I would
have to run for it.
Well I shook that aircraft for almost two minutes with the engine going
full bore and finally it broke loose and climbed out of the dish that had
formed on the ice, so that is when I did my 100 yard dash and I think I must
have broken records to get to that airplane but obviously I made it okay.
Anyway it was an experience I will never forget, and will relate others
as time goes by.
So Keep Happy and Smiling,
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. Alan Rust sends us some information on the venue for AGM '99 -
Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Colombia, V6Z 2R9 Canada
The Sheraton Wall Centre is a new dimension in luxury, comfort and service.
Imagine a hotel in complete harmony with all your needs. It is a sanctuary
in the very heart of one of the world's most desirable cities. The Sheraton
Wall Centre is Vancouver's new luxury hotel. Set amid lush gardens and
carefully tended grounds, it is an architectural work of art that redefines
the city's skyline.
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. Alex Douglas sends this -
Subject: Virgin Airlines
Last week I returned from the AGM meeting in Toronto. Upon landing at LAX
I observed a Virgin 747 on the ramp, on the fuselage near the tail I read
the following " NO WAY- BA/AA" .
(Your co-pilot saw several B747's of Virgin at LHR recently all sporting the
same message - eds)
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. News from the districts -
From Errol Mitchell
Subject: Halifax Meetings
Just to get you back on track. The last meeting for the season was
Meetings will start again on the first Wednesday in Oct. at Armdale.
From Jack Morath
Subject LHR Meetings
Due to lack of interest, the monthly meetings of the UK Pionairs
at the Harvester Pub in Ashford have been cancelled.
From Bob Robbins
Subject: Ottawa District Pionairs Executive changes.
Just to let you know of a couple of changes in our Ottawa District
Patricia Hare of Iroquois ON has taken over as District Director from
Bruce Wanamaker of Gloucester ON has taken over as District Treasurer
from Al Martel. Al has done that job for considerable years.
From Al Groome
The local Pionairs and Air Canada/T.C.A. London Ontario Staff Reunion
held May 24, 1998 was a great success. Held at Greenhills Golf and Country
Club in London, 58 guests from as far away as Ottawa, North Bay, Toronto,
Sarnia, Ridgetown and Orangeville attended.
Some brought memorabilia and everyone brought enthusiasm. It was good
talking to colleagues and friends you had not seen in years.
After a delicious brunch our guest speaker Mr Mark Winders, General
Manager Passenger Sales - Ontario, gave a short informative talk on the
Companies performance and outlook for the future.
There was a generous array of door prizes which included an overnight
stay at the Oakwood Inn in Grand Bend. All indications were that it was
a most enjoyable event.
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. Bob Robbins sends this comment re Hong Kong -
Thoroughly enjoyed NetLetter #280.
Several times I got a kick out of flying into the Hong Kong Airport.
Anne's reaction to Brian Dunn's information: "If I'd known all that you'd
never have persuaded me to go there!"
My only experience like that was on a flight into Berlin's Tempelhof
Aerodrome (did I spell it right?) in a DC3, just weeks before the Berlin
Wall was erected. That was a handkerchief-sized airport that seemed
squashed within a park.
Thanks for continuing to publish our Koffee Klatsch information for each
week. The time is always 1000 hours. Frequently there are
Lloyd Wedge, Wils Foote, Art Scott, Ken McCord, Cam Evans.
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. Terry's travel tips.
"Celebrate the Klondike Gold Rush 1898 - 1998"
Regal Princess - July 5/98 - Vancouver Return
Inside from $427us
Dawn princess - Aug 15/98 - Vancouver to Seward
Inside from $727us
Sun Princess - June 27/98 - Vancouver to Seward
Inside from $627us
Crown princess - June 22/98 - Vancouver to Seward
Inside from $627us - Outside from $727us
Sky Princess - June 29/98 - Vancouver to Seward
Inside from $327us - Outside from $427us
For Reservations Call 1-800-665-3100 Today and mention Pionairs!!
Norwegian Cruise Line has just informed Canadian Interline, that the
Panama Canal cruise on the Norwegian Star is closed and sold out to
We will endeavor to find alternate canal cruises for those that wish to
cruise the canal.
Regards, Mike Robichaud, President Canadian Interline Travel
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A few more travel agent tales from Doug Davidson -
A woman called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical
description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to who?"
I said, "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in
with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said FAT and
I'm overweight. Is there any connection?" After putting her on
hold for a minute, while I "looked into it" (I was actually
laughing), I came back and explained that the city code for Fresno
is FAT and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on
I just got off the phone with a man who asked, "How do I know which
plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he
replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these
planes have numbers on them."
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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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