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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 334   date Dec 3rd, 1998  1st Published in October 1995

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. We welcome D.A.Ross retired and living in Lancaster, Ont.
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Mike Crosby retired pilot living in Oakville, Ont.
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Tom Thususka retired captain formerly DFS Flt. Ops. HQ
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Victor Bastow retired Flight Manager - L1011 lives in
South Surrey, BC.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Malcolm Mackinnon retired B747 captain living in
Tinahask Upper, Arklow, Ireland  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Where are they now?
Those of you looking for Jean Reilly should try This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Philip Pawsey sends us a story -
My friend Alan MacLeod put CF-TCC to bed in WG a few weeks ago after a
visit to Kelowna. Alan bought a Cessna 170C (made in 1956) a few months
ago and I went with him to the Guelph area to pick it up last week, it had
been hangared at the Guelph Aero Park which I must say is a very impressive
facility.
The highlight of the trip was a long evening with Don (Smoke) Patrydwhom
you may know was a bush pilot back in the thirties and flew for Grant
McConachie.
Smoke is 85 now and truly is an inspiration to us old guys because he
remains so active and enjoys life along with his wife Irene so much.
Al and I got the last two seats on AC415-4 Nov YUL-YYZ and then took the
bus from Pearson to Guelph. Phoned Smoke Patry upon arrival and within ten
minutes he picked us up at the motel. We planned to stay for one drink
but did not leave until 2300 after a very pleasant visit and dinner.
That Smoke is truly amazing in the detail that he can remember bush
flying and later flying experiences. As you probably know, he had many near
ones in the bush and he can even remember passenger names.
I liked the one where he was forced down on a lake because the end of a
intake valve had broken off and he was able to file it and valve guide down
and get operational again.
He also remembers something that he rather forget and that was on his
retirement trip in the DC8 with family and friends on board. He made the
worst landing at YYZ that he remembers making during his entire career.
It didn't drop the O2 masks but darn near to that.
His wife Irene is just as delightful and being that she comes from near to
where I was brought up on the prairies made it even more interesting for me.

Anyway from Guelph the C170 got us to Ken Patry's airstrip about 15 mins
east in fact it is located within yards of the Kleinburg VOR site and
what a spread he has. There are about four homes which own and operated
the strip. Ken has his C185 plus three aircraft that he is re building in
his hangar.  Ken is now flying the B747-400.

After a coffee there we proceeded to Kingston, the Capt insisted I keep
an air plot and howgozit chart but he would not let me bring my sextant
and sight reduction tables account weight limitations. A sandwich at
Kingston and then on to the Cornwall airport where Al will hangar the
a/c for the winter. Donalda, Al's wife, picked us up at the airport and
then back to Hudson where I had the pickup to take me home - all in all
and very enjoyable trip.
Al is a most relaxed fellow to fly with but he made the mistake of asking
me to do the takeoff at Kingston and I made the mistake of accepting.
Instead of getting it lined up for takeoff, I did an ultralight power turn
on to the runway and then was so busy trying to establish a center line
takeoff that I forgot to get the tail up - anyway with a couple of inputs
from the left seat we got into the air and on our way.
Hope I have not bored you but isnt the Delete button a wonderful thing on
some of these messages.
Phil Pawsey. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ve2dtm@ve2ffq.#mtl.pq.ca.noam

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. D.A.Ross who recently joined our readership sends his bio -

My thanks to you and Jack Mc Dougall for inviting me to join your net
work. I joined T.C.A.in 1944 out of the Air Force. Spent most of my time in
flight ops., Much of that time in flight training. Barb and I operate a
small farm in Lancaster, Ont. Our group (or retirees) meets on the second
Wednesday of each month in Alexandria at noon. We draw from YUL, YOW and
locally.    D.A.Ross.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Tom Grant sends this -
Review of one the Christmas gift books I noted a couple of issues ago.
I just got it from the library and would recommend its purchase to anyone
who is a WW2 aircraft buff.
COCKPIT: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors.
Donald Nijboer and Dan Paterson.
Boston Mills Press, Erin Ontario, 1998.
There is only one word that describes this book and its photographs -
superb! The format is by country (UK, US, Japan, USSR, Germany) with the
following sections: Initial thumbnail photos of the aircaft covered (37).
The coverage consists of a history of the aircraft with photos (b&w and
colour), a pilot's perspective with an instrument layout photo, and a
full-page colour photo of the cockpit interior. It is difficult to describe
in words an illustrated work, so if the readers would like to get a taste,
I direct them to the "Bulletin Board" page of the A-Crew website where I
have put up some sample images. Please be aware that the scanned images do
not do the photos justice.
Cheers, Tom  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Tom runs the retiree web site http://www.acra.ca/acrew - eds)

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. Found on the internet.

PAL ­ CATHAY TALKS IN TROUBLE, NORTHWEST BACK
A top Philippine official said in a radio interview merger talks
between Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL)
had broken down and PAL had resumed negotiations with
Northwest Airlines.

NORTHWEST, CONTINENTAL GO AHEAD
Northwest Airlines has completed its acquisition of a controlling
stake in Continental Airlines despite an antitrust lawsuit filed by the
US Department of Justice (DOJ) in October 1998.
The deal gives Northwest a 14% stake in Continental
but also 51% of the voting rights on the Continental board. The two
airlines are also proceeding ahead with code share agreement
involving 450 flights operated by Continental and 400 flights flown
by Northwest aircraft and crews.

AMERICAN, BA TO TAKE STAKE IN IBERIA
British Airways and American Airlines will buy a combined 10%
stake in Spain's Iberia for ESP 58 billions (USD 411 millions).

RYANAIR, DUBLIN AIRPORT LOCKED IN CONFLICT
Irish low fare airline Ryanair has cancelled plans for five new routes
from Dublin airport to destinations in Europe as the latest step in
an escalating row between the carrier and airport authorities at its
Dublin home base.

SITA SAYS MILLENNIUM RISK NEAR ZERO
SITA has announced it is almost ready for the arrival of the year
2000, with less than 1% of its network at risk with some parts of
the world attaining almost 0%. The organisation is spending more
than USD 30 million on its millennium compliance program,
upgrading and rooting out chips that could turn critical information
systems to scrap January 1, 2000.
Geneva (Switzerland) based SITA operates a voice and data
services network which supports 650 airlines and related
operations including airport authorities and aerospace
manufacturers in 185 countries around the world.

AIRCRAFT ORDERS
Argentine's Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) has signed a Memorandum
Of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 12 A340 aircraft.
Rolls Royce's Trent 500 engines will power the A340-600s and CFM
International's CFM 56 will power the other A340 aircraft.

Trinidad's BWIA (BW) has placed an order with Bombardier
Aerospace for two 50-passenger Dash 8 Q300 aircraft and took the
same number of options.

US based Continental Airlines (CO) has ordered ten 767-200ER
aircraft from Boeing for use on its international services to Europe
and Latin America.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Family & Friends Welcome!!!
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Don't forget to mention Pionairs.

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Call 1-800-690-3223 for these super deals and mention Pionairs.   

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. Smilies.
From Ron Miles -
1.   Log on         Make the wood stove hotter
2.   Log off        Don't add no more wood
3.   Monitor        Keep an eye on that wood stove
4.   Download       Getting the firewood off the truck
5.   Floppy disk    What you get from trying to carry
too much firewood
6.   Ram            The thing that splits the firewood
7.   Hard Drive     Getting home in the winter
8.   Prompt         What the mail ain't in the winter
9.   Window         What to shut when it's cold outside
10.  Screen         What to shut in black fly season

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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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