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number 284 date July 4th, 1998 1st Published in October 1995
Howard Miles retired Flight Crew Scheduling Manager living in
Andrew Wallace retired Baggage Co-ordinator LHR living in
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. Bio from Joe Lemieux
I began my career in Winnipeg on Jan.27, 1941 working in the Instrument shop.
I was there until April 1954 working on the line and in the shop when I moved
to the Telecommunications Lab. I stayed there until Feb. 1960 when I
transfered back to Maintenance as the assistant foreman in the instrument shop
in Dorval Base.
I remained there as foreman and general foreman until Sept.1981.
I finished my career as a superintendent of unit maintenance and retired on
April 29, 1983.
After retirement I moved to St.Catharines, ON, bought a house and intend to
stay here until I can't walk up and down the stairs.
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. News from the Districts.
From the Summer Newsletter of the Toronto District.
Social Events -
Aug 27th. Woodbine Race Track. Price $27.00 pp includes buffet lunch.
Time 12:00 entry. Post time 12.55.
Payment by Aug 14th - NO extention.
Sept 30th. Bus tour of St.Jacobs & area. Price $23.00 pp incl lunch.
Pickup times: 09:00 Islington Subway Station
09:15 Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre.
09:35 Oakville Place Shopping Centre.
Deadline Sept 15th.
Only 44 seat available - be there!
Call Ron Pickford (514)255-5139 for details & reservations.
The last Pionairs social event was luncheon at the Stage West Theatre
April 1st which was a great success with 104 Pionairs and friends
turning out for the event.
A change in the Toronto Executive Committee.
Fraser O'Shaughnessy has accepted 2nd V.P. position on the National
Executive, this leave Fraser's position of Assistant Director open.
Approximately 102 Toronto area Pionairs were on hand at the recent AGM.
Olie Moore has appointed a nominating committee to select the next slate
of officers for the National Executive to be elected at the 1999 AGM
being held in Vancouver Apr 25th to 27th.
Chairman Fraser Muir, Immediate past President, Wilse Jessee and
John Innes, both past Presidents.
Should Pionairs have any problems with health care coverage, claims with
the insurer, or other matters with pensions and retiree benefits, help
is available through the office of Doug Lovat.
Contact Maurice Oullette at Air Canada Montreal (514)422-5622 collect.
BurlOak Coffee meetings - all are welcome to attend the coffee meetings
for the Oakville/Burlington and vicinity Pionairs held at 11.00 am
at the Pig and Whistle restaurant. Held on the 3rd Wednesday of each
month. So come and meet your fellow Pionairs and make new friends -
(who knows maybe your ex-boss will sub you! - eds)
Call Stan Molstad at 469-9857 or Irv Christjanson at 637-6656.
If you need to change your address or other matters pertaining to your
pension benefits, contact Mrs Bernice Paul, Pension Administrator Mgr,
Air Canada P.O.Box 768, Winnipeg, R3C 2N2
Phone: (204) 941-2553 or 2550
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. Found on the internet.
AIRLINES SAFE FROM YEAR 2000 BUG
Aviation officials have announced airlines will be operating normally on
January 1, 2000 despite the so-called millennium bug threat. During the
International Air Travel Association (IATA) annual meeting in Montreal,
Quebec (Canada), some officials said they were so confident of the
reliability of airlines, aircraft and all air travel related systems come
2000 that they will be flying as others will be celebrating the new year.
"We're going to board a plane shortly after midnight and fly west through
all four continental time zones to demonstrate our confidence that the
nation's airspace system is perfectly safe, " Federal Aviation Administration
head Jane Garvey told the meeting.
Korean Air has announced an order for 22 Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft
worth about USD 2 billions. The airline will purchase from the US
manufacturer 11 737-800s and 11 737-900s. The carrier also took options on a
further five Next Generation 737s.
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. Terry's travel tips.
Air Canada pilots will soon be taking a strike vote - watch your travel
With the worsening economic troubles in Asia, check carefully your
intended travel plans in that area. Especially Indonesia where the airlines
are returning leased aircraft - Garuda - 24 aircraft, Bouraq - 2
aircraft and Merpati - 12 aircraft. Sempati has halted operations due
to low load
factors which reached 20%. Philipine Airlines is cutting back international
flights as all the pilots were recently sacked after a strike.
UK airline British Midland, who accepts zed fare travel, have a minimum
charge of GBP25.00 plus the departure tax GBP10.00 for internal travel
and GBP20.00 for international departures. There is no need to 'register'
your intention to travel.
I get the impression, from recent flights, that the carry-on rules have
been drastically relaxed, judging from some of the sizes of luggage
being carted onto aircraft.
Never carry your valuable portable computer equipment in a distinctive
identifying case, always carry it within any anonomous, unprepossessing
briefcase or bag.
The new service from Paddington Station in London UK to Heathrow Airport
is in operation. Takes just 15 minutes and runs every 15 minutes.
Cost is express GBP10.00 one way. First class GBP20.00 one way. Tickets
obtained from State-of-the-art machines. The service features brand new
trains with air-conditioning, express TV, giving up-to-date news, sports
business and weather information. The service is expected to reduce
congestion on roads around Heathrow by 3,000 vehicles each day.
Alternative service for Heathrow from down town London is the underground.
The underground is now zonal, with the centre as zone 1 and fare to the
airport is GBP3.30 one way. travel time from central London is 40 minutes.
Service from London's Victoria station to Gatwick is by Connex South Central
and Gatwick Express rail service. Time 35 munites.
Service from London's Liverpool Street station to Stansted is by the
Stansted Sky Train. Flightline coaches depart from Victoria hourly.
HOT INTERLINE SPECIAL!!
TRANS-CANAL - Only $49.94 a day!! Norwegian Star Nov 1-17/98 - 16 Nights
Inside Cabins from $799us Outside Cabins from $899-999us
Departs Nov 1/98 - Houston, Texas
Nov 17/98 - San Diego, California - Disembark
For Reservations Call 1-800-665-3100 Today!! and mention Pionairs.
Royal Caribbean lines - Legend of the Seas. 10 nights.
Sep 20 departs Honolulu for Vancouver.
Inside US$1299 ppdbl Outside US$1549 ppdbl.
Port/Govm't fees US$138
Dec 19 - 11 nights Hawaiian Islands, departs Ensenada, Mexico.
Inside US$1599 ppdbl outside US$1859 pp dbl
Port/Govm't fees US$138
Dec 30 - 10 nights departs Honolulu to Mexico
Inside US$1599 ppdbl outside US$1849 ppdbl
Port/Govm't fees US$138
For reservations and details call 1-800-690-3223 and mention Pionairs.
GREEK ISLAND HOPPERS
Athens & Mykonos from US$599 ppdbl.
Athens & Santorini from US$649 pp dbl.
Athens & Crete from US$689 pp dbl.
Athens & Rhodes from US$689 pp dbl.
Cost includes 7 days/5 nights, RT space available via British Airways,
Delta Air Lines, Iberia Airlines or Swissair. Pos is
available on Olympic. RT ferry transportation, RT transfers
on islands, hotel accommodations with private bath ( 2 in
Athens, 3 on Island), daily breakfast, hotel taxes and tips.
Departures any day until Oct 31/98.
Call1-800-935-9444 for details.
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More of those dreadful tales from travel agents as related by Doug Davidson
A woman called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola on one of
those computer planes." I asked if she meant to fly to Pensacola on
a commuter plane. She said, "Yeah, whatever."
A businessman called and had a question about the documents he
needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about
passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. "Oh no I don't, I've
been to China many times and never had to have one of those." I
double checked and, sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I
told him this, he said, "Look, I've been to China 4 times and every
time they have accepted my American Express."
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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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