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Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Co-pilot     - Terry Baker         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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number 283   date Jun 30th, 1998  1st Published in October 1995

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. Need to know information -

Blackout for the Family Affaire program from flights between North America
and the UK has been lifted for the months of July and August.

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. Where are they now?

Karl Eliason can be reached at a new email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.  What's on and Where for July 7 to 23rd,1998.
Tuesday  July 7, 1998
Kelowna/Vernon Pionairs monthly 10am Coffee&Chat at Muffin Break.
Penticton monthly 10:am Coffee&Chat at Tim Hortons
Cherry Lane Shopping Mall

Wednesday  July 8, 1998
Alexandria Air Canada Retirees Lunch Grp monthly,
for info Clive 613-525-4819 or Cam 224-6469

Friday  July 10, 1998
Ottawa,  Pionair KoffeeKlatsches AT 10 AM Weekly,
Family Restaurant, Carlingwood Shopping

Sunday  July 12, 1998
Ottawa, Pionairs Brunch monthly at PlaceNextDoor
320 Rideau St. info        841-7091

Wednesday  July 15, 1998
ACRA GOLF TOURNAMENT Ken-Wo course in Kentville 1pm
Shotgun Start

Friday  July 17, 1998
Ottawa,  Pionair KoffeeKlatsches AT 10 AM Weekly,
Family Restaurant, Carlingwood Shopping

Sunday  July 19, 1998
Air Show '98 Victoria BC Airport
Why not visit the Air Museum as well.

Tuesday  July 21, 1998
Burlingame California  Pionairs monthly meeting
at 11am Air Canada office  all welcome

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. Welcome to Ed Leckett who retired in 1991, living in Montreal, and
worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gordon Froede retired and living in Los Angeles.
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. News from the Districts -
from Atlantic newsletter received Jun 3.

This year's local ACRA Golf Tournament takes place at Ken-Wo Golf Course
in Kentville, Nova Scotia, on July 15th, with a 1 pm Shotgun Start.
Fees are $45.00 for ACRA members and $52.00 for guests.
To register, call Jack Gray at 902 462-4952 or Chuck Allison at 902 826-2955.
The Old Orchard Inn is offering rates of $66.00 per room and
$88.00 per cabin (sleeps four) for participants.

Vancouver Island Pionairs -

Aug 20th Naniamo Up Island lunch at the Rutherford Golf Centre
at 4900 Rutherford Road, just of highway 19 in the north half of
Naniamo at 11:30am.
Price $15.00 each.
Guest speaker is Sandie Dexter, AC   Corporate Relations

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. Ed Leckett sends us his bio -
I am a member of the Air Canada family, retired since 1991. I have recently
been introduced to computers and your Newsletter through a friend who has a
binder full. It is quite pleasurable to read these accounts of years of
experiences.
In February, 1952 I became employed with Trans Canada Airlines in Winnipeg
as a mailroom clerk and almost 40 years later took my retirement.  I moved
from mail clerk to work in the sheetmetal shop with Div.5. which was an Air
Force contract  the company had for around five years. When the Vickers
Viscount, fin#602, the then "Queen of the skies" belly flopped on the runway
while doing "circuits and bumps", the company needed some sheetmetal guys PDQ
and I was fortunate to be chosen to work on this machine as a permanent
employee and so began my long association with the airline.

In 1961, the Airline was having a bad time of it and an austerity program
was implement which meant some lost jobs. I was laid off from the Metal shop
but was re-hired immediately as temporary staff in Category One (mtce.)with
the chance of permanency down the road. Six months later it became so.
Needless to say I was happy about that.

In time I wrote for a "Certs" license (certified mechanic) and as D.O.T. now
M.O.T changed the nomenclature to read C.A.T. (certified aircraft
technician)then to A.M.E (aircraft maintenance engineer)I became all those
things. A rose by any other name........!

I like many others came to Montreal where I now reside, as part of the base
phase-out in Winnipeg. My move to this city took place in 1970, right before
the October Crisis. Here, as an A.M.E. is where I ended my active duty.
In a nutshell, there you have it.
Regards, E. M. Leckett.

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. Brian Dunn sends us this update -

Contrary to earlier reports, the London International Air Show went
ahead under different leadership and sponsorship.
Air Ontario among others are helping to promote and sponsor the event.
Check out their web site at; www.airshowlondon.org/
The National Capital Airshow was held in Ottawa and was a huge
success from all accounts....despite some rainy weather now and again.

David Collenette, the Minister of Transport announced new international
route opportunites for Air Canada and Canadi>n Airlines Intl on June 2nd.
Air Canada has been given the green light to launch a daily Toronto to
Hong Kong service, subject to new bilateral talks with the Government of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  Canadi>n Airlines Intl. has been
granted daily Vancouver-Osaka service, subject to bilateral talks with
Japan. 
Air Canada has put their 32nd A319 into service (FIN281) last week and is
expected to have the 33rd in service by today (FIN282).  That leaves only two
more to be delivered during June to complete the order for thirty-five!
Seems like only yesterday when the first one was delivered.

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. Air New Zealand and Ansett are to join the Star Alliance in 1999. The
announcement was made as the six member partnership celebrated its
first birthday.

. British Midland of the UK have denied it is their intention to join
Star Alliance.

. Travellers will be soothed!
Stressed travellers at Britian's major airports will soon be pacified
by the sounds of singing birds, humming bees and gurgling streams.
British Airways is testing the natural sounds at Heathrow, Gatwick and
Manchester airports.

. Drunken passenger brought down to earth -
A computer systems engineer who got drunk on an Air Canada flight from
India was jailed for two months in the U.K. recently. On the 4 hour
flight from Delhi to London, England the passenger, who had been drinking
got very abusive. The captain radioed ahead for police assistance and the
passenger was arrested on landing.

.  Boeing 737 orders are now past 4,000, the worlds most successful airliner,
operated by 280 airlines in more than 100 countries. It is estimated that
more than 825 of the aircraft are in the air at any one time, with one
taking off every 6 seconds.

.  The British Airways Concorde is now 22 years old and flies 3 hours per day
on average. The Boeing B747 flies an average of 13/14 hours per day,
therefore, BA looks upon the Concorde as being equivalent to a 3 year old
B747.

. Air Canada defended its title as top team in the transportation division
of this year's Vancouver Sun Run held in April. Times of Air Canada's
top 10 runners was also good enough for a top eight finish among 900
corporate teams in the event. Air Canada had 59 employees on its team.

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. Terry's travel tips.

ALASKA
Dargal Interline Cruises & Tours offer -
Holland America - Statendam - 7 nights departs Alaska southbound to
Vancouver Jul 19th.
Cost inside us$560 ppd, outside us$700 ppd.
Port/Gov't fees us$200
NCL - Norwegian Wind - 7 nights - from Vancouver returning Vancouver
departs Fridays during Aug
Cost Inside us$699 ppd, Outside us$899 ppd, deluxe us$998 ppd.
Port/Gov't fees us$139
EUROPEAN/MEDITERRANEAN
Princess - Pacific Princess - 16 nights - July 7th Departs London visits
Norway, Greenland and Iceland.
Cost Inside us$965 ppd, Outside us$1065
NCL - Norway - 15 nights - Jul 8th departs Marseilles visits Spain,
Portugal, Ireland, London, Channel Islands, France
Cost Inside us$649 ppd, Outside us$849 ppd, Deluxe us$1099 ppd,
Balcony us$1199 ppd. Port/Gov't fees us$290
BERMUDA
Royal Carribean - Song of America - 7 nights - Oct 25th departs New York,
visiting St. Georges and Hamilton, returning New York.
Cost Inside us$599 ppd, Outside us$699 ppd.
Port/Gov't fees us$118
EXOTICS
Princess - Regal Princess -  19 nights - Sept 21st - departs Vancouver
visiting Juneau, Glacier Bay, College Fjord, Anchorage,
Dutch Harbour, Sapporo, Vladivostock, Pusan
and Beijing.
Cost Inside us$1424 ppd, outside us$1524 ppd.

EASTERN CARIBBEAN
Carnival - Sensation - 7 nights - Nov 14th - Miami, San Juan, St. Thomas,
St. Maarten, Miami.
Cost from us$460.
Friends welcome in separate cabin.

Call 1-800-690-3223 for details and mention Pionairs.

Royal Caribbean - ALASKA
Great Rates on Royal Caribbean to Alaska!
Legend of the Seas & Rhapsody of the Seas
*Select dates in July, August, & September
Inside cabin - $514.00 pp plus port taxes
Outside cabin - $764.00 pp plus port taxes

These rates are cruise-only, double occupancy, and based on availability.
Rates apply only to airline employees, spouse of employee, parent of
employee, airline retirees, and guests sharing the same cabin with eligible
interline persons.
Call now because these rates will not last long!!!
Call  1-800-345-7576.

Stuck at LHR?
B & B near Hounslow West Tube station single GBP27.00 double GBP39.00
telephone 0181-572-7213 or 0385-292831

July 1st 1999 marks the end of the duty free shops at airports in the
European Community countries. The fear of lost jobs and the expectation of
an increase in landing fees to cover the lost revenue is upper most within
the various airport authorities.

Normal commission fee of GBP3.00 to exchange travellers cheques or money
at London Heathrow can be reduced to GBP1.00 at Thomas Cook or the
International Currency Exchange PLC in Terminal 1 only, on production of
your Airline ID.

Commission fee for exchanging travellers cheques at Vancouver Airport
can be avoided if using the same bank as your Visa or Master Charge card.

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. Smilie.
From George Nelson & Florence Nelson-Smith

A helicopter was flying around above Seattle yesterday when
an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft's electronic
navigation and communication equipment. Due to the clouds and haze
the pilot could not determine his position or course to steer to
the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled,
drew a handwritten sign and held it in the helicopter's window.
The sign said "WHERE AM I ?" in large letters.

People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft,
drew a large sign and held it in a building window. Their sign said,
"YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER.' The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his
map and determine the course to steer to SEATAC
(Seattle/Tacoma) airport and landed safely.

After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how
the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign helped determine their
position. The pilot responded, "I knew that had to be the
MICROSOFT building because they gave me a technically correct
but completely useless answer".

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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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