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number 304 date Aug 28th, 1998 1st Published in October 1995
. In response to a recent appeal for information on Galvaston, we received
this information -
Subject: Visit to Galveston
Saw your call for help in the Netletter for info on Galveston. We live
in Kingwood Tx. which is about 55 miles from there and although I am
familiar with Galveston I certainly am not an expert. However maybe the
following info will be of help. There are many hotels but the best ones
"The Galvez" which is right on the beach and the rates in Nov. run
$119.00 mid week and $139.00 weekends.
"The San Luis" also on the beach but I don't have rates. Probably
similar to the Galvez.
"The Tremont House" two or three blocks away from the beach but on the
main street The Strand. Good place to eat but i don't know the rates.
"The Galvestonian" on the beach but not right in the town. Heard good
reports of this hotel. Believe you can get a one bedroom with living
room and kitchen for $85.00 midweek and $105.00 weekends.
Don't know how long you plan to stay but probably you could negotiate a
rate with one of the hotels. There are many Motels but I am not too
familiar with them.
Hope this will be of help and if I can be of further assistance please
let me know.
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. Now here is a story from Charles Mackie -
This has to with the CGTAS and in the summer months we usually
flew the shorter route from Prestwick to Goose Bay or Gander, and
occasionally when the head winds where light make in non-stop to
On this particular flight we left Prestwick and just
passed the west coast of Ireland, and I happened to look out the
window to see oil pouring out of number two engine. The oil was
dripping onto the hot exhaust stacks and as it did there where
flashes of flame and puffs of smoke. I got on the intercom and
told the pilots , George Lothian and Lindy Rood, that we had a
problems with number two engine. The pilots took a look and
immediately feathered the engine and we returned to Prestwick.
We stayed there overnight and the prop seal was changed, and so we
took off again in the morning and the flight was quite normal
until we got out 30 West which is approximately half out way
across the pond. I looked out the window and again the oil was
pouring out of the number two engine with the accompanying fire
and smoke, so again the engine was shut down, but by this time we
were closer to Goose Bay than Prestwick. The pilots wanted to get
weather reports and advise ground stations of our situation, but
it so happens in the summertime around Mid day there no
propagation nor was there any contact with any of the ground
stations, so unable to get the required information. We started
to run into pre frontal cloud and I was getting very heavy static
on the radio and couldn't hear a thing. I informed the pilots that
there was no communication so the pilots decided to head to
Greenland as it was the closest land mass.
There was a low frequency beacon on Cape Farewell on the southern tip
of Greenland, but we could not hear it at that time. The navigator
then gave a dead reckoning heading and we headed that way, in the
meantime I was still attempting to contact someone on the radio
without success. It took about an hour and half to get to Cape
Farewell, at first we finally picked up the beacon through the
noise and the direction finding compass got a good fix on it.
We broke out of the cloud as we got close to Greenland and to see
the vertical walls of rock and vast snow fields was a relief but
not a place to land an airplane. We then flew Northwestwards up
the coast as we knew that there was an emergency field at
Narsarssuak called Blue the West One.
The airfield was at end of a fjord and none of us had been there before.
More next time!
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. In NetLetter nr 302 we enquired after Capt. Eli Parks - Art Adamson
There are stories of the very early days, going back as far as the original
startup on the VR to Seattle run . Geo. Lothian who lives here in White
Rock, BC was one of the pilots on those first flights. Unfortunately he's in
poor health physically, but his mental faculties are as sharp as ever.
Also Lindy Rood is at Tsawwassen, BC, and is in good health.
We have a once a month luncheon where the hangar doors fly wide open,
mostly about the 'old days' on all those early airplanes that most
of us flew.
Events like the Trans At. mail service on Lancasters, the introduction of
various types etc. could make some interesting reading. We'll see can be
and from Joe Lee who made the priginal request -
Last week I asked if you could put in your newsletter
" Where are they now " section.. The next letter sent out had my request
for information on where Ellie Park was living.
Before the day was out I had received 5 letters from friends of Ellie
not only giving me his home address but also his e mail address. Today
I received another with elli's e mail address. I sent Ellie a e mail
and lo and behold it was the right Ellie Park, I received a great newsy
letter from Ellie and have since answered him filling him in on the
past 20 odd years.. My thanks to you all for taking the time to write me
and help me find Ellie. We may never meet again in person but I know
where he and his family are and he knows I'm still in YSB and really
(That's what we are here for Joe - to help keep the 'family' together eds)
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. Terry's travel tips.
The FAA has also issued a NOTAM that prohibits either U.S. air carriers
or U.S. certificated pilots from flying over Sudan or Afghanistan until
further notice, so there go your summer vacation plans.
Schedule on Air Canada web site updated Aug 21st valid to Apr 3/99.
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. Jack Cooke spotted this -
The Toronto Saturday Star
August 22, 1998
"Here and There" column by Bill Taylor
Air Canada surpassed themselves on a recent Manchester-Glasgow-Toronto
flight by actually stopping the movie so passengers could take full
advantage of a wonderful view of Greenland without missing any of the
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Airline pilots, like any of us, can have a tough time finding their way
around an unfamiliar airport. One day at SJC (San Jose, Calif.), a UAL
DC-10 was headed into unfamiliar territory. Controllers observed the
aircraft come to a full stop just short of an intersecting taxiway and
remain motionless. After a moment, Ground Control called and said, "UAL
XXX turn right at that taxiway." There was no response. Again the
controller said, "UAL XXX turn right at that taxiway." No response.
After a few seconds, the controller tried a different approach: "UAL
XXX, turn toward the copilot", at which point the aircraft made an
immediate 90-degree turn to the right...
(Think about it...it'll come to you.)
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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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