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number 342 date Jan 24th, 1999 1st Published in October 1995
. We welcome -
James Hayes retired Aircraft Mechanic living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Andrew Kennedy retired Captain lives in Oakville, ON
should find him!
Patrick Ryan retired Cargo Manager New Brunswick & P.E.I.
Ross Barth retired Inspector lives in Vankleek Hill, ON
Albert E. Graham retired CSSA living in Etobicoke, ON
Wilfrid McKenna retired S.O.Supervisor living in Chateauguay Qc
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. Need to know.
When ordering your ID50, ID75 ID90 or 'Z' fare tickets, allow the call
centre 24 hours to fully process the tickets before collecting them from
the nearest ticket or airport office.
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. Where are they now?
Lost contact with Pat McGilligan-Maggs and Bob & Maria Corsiglia who don't
respond to the email addresses we have. Anyone in contact?
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. We recently had Herbert Bell join our readership - here is a bio -
Joined 1953 and, until /56 Stn.Att. at YYZ. 1956/58 Lead Stn.Att.
1958/61 Ramp Agent in YYZ and during the summer of 1960 spent 5 months
in the Lakehead as a Stn. Agent for vacation relief duties, (now known as
Back in YYZ in Oct. of 1960 as Ramp Agent and in April of 1961 promoted
to Ramp Spvr. in YYZ for the next 9 yrs. During this stint was very
fortunate to spend a winter in TPA FLA. from Nov. til May (1966/67) as
they required additional staff for their winter sked. which also required
additional sales staff and they came from YVR,YEG.YYC.YUL.
Wally Moorhead was also with me from YYZ in the same capacity as we both
were selected from our rank in YYZ. I might add that we were both very
happy in TPA as we were well looked after in every way possible.
Mr.Jim Ghielson who was the manager in TPA was the nicest person that I
have ever had the pleasure of working for.
Upon returning to YYZ in May of 1967 I became a manpower and gate planner
on the ramp. 1970 I moved up into the Support Services group in the main
office as Manpower and Scheduling Spvr. 1974/84, the last 10 yrs. was spent
in the STOC. centre in YYZ Terminal Two as Gate Planner until taking early
retirement in Dec. 1984.
I might add that I married a stewardess in 1956 and at that time they had
to be registered nurses and her maiden name was Pat O'Brien. Unfortunately
Pat passed away in 1989 due to cancer. I have since remarried and we
have a 12 acre hobby farm in Hastings Ontario. My wife, Nancy raises meat
birds (chickens) and turkeys and also has aprox. 100 laying hens which
produce brown eggs which she sells to our neighbours and friends in this
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. News from the Districts.
From the London, England monthly newsletter -
Christmas lunch was held at the Heathrow Part Hotel with approximately
100 attending. From out of town came Don & Fern Wiley, Toronto,
Jessie Bates from Ontario, James and Jenny MacPhail from Scotland.
The following is an edited report by Ros Persson and Adrian Arnold-Smith.
The Boston Bonanza.
Once again, the Air Canada Pionairs from the UK, and a few from Canada,
gathered together to partake in our Boston Bonanza. On Wed Nov 4th, 46 of
us duly boarded a yellow school bus, our normal mode of transport during
these annual trips, for a scenic ride to Plymouth, stopping off at a small
fishing village called Scituate. After a short visit we went off to
Plymouth and dropped into the Cranberry World Visitors centre, where we
were let into the secrets of farming cranberries - plus some samples!
The town was picturesque and many of us went around the Mayflower replica,
Wax museum. Plymouth Rock and plantation. Back in Boston, our day was
climaxed with a typical American meal at the 'Hilltop Steakhouse'.
Next day, we were all off to tour downtown Boston, stopping at all the
usual places, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Quincy Market. Then we exchanged
our usual mode of transport for a more unusual transport - a DUKW the
WWII amphibious troop landing vehicle. We toured around Boston in our
DUKW's until suddenly we were plunged into the Charles river and
experienced the breathtaking urban scenery of Boston on one shore, and
Cambridge on the other.
All in all we had a terrific couple of days, which is the intention of
our 2 day annual trips - just to whet your appetite - you can always go
back for more. So we say Thank you Jack and Aureen for all your hard
work and here's to Viva Vancouver.
Upcoming events -
Feb 2nd - Theatre trip 'Oklahoma', price GBP21.00, includes coach
Mid March - Day trip to Bruges by coach & Eurotunnel.
May - Lunch on a canal cruise from West Drayton.
Future events are planned for
- a visit to R.A.F. Uxbridge, a tour of the
wartime control room etc.
- Evening London tour.
Contact Jack Morath 01276-500918 for details.
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. Found on the internet.
AIRPORTS PREPARE FOR 2000
British airport operator BAA has run trial tests to check whether
the equipment used at some of its airports will be able to handle
the change of year on December 31, 1999. One involved turning the
clock forward and putting a baggage-handling system to work. The
result was not what the company had hoped for as its luggage
system "failed to recognize the bags and sent all the bags down
the mis-sort chute," according to BAA Year 2000 programme
director Jim Brophy.
(Sounds familiar for todays operation! - eds)
In other experiments, smart cards used to control airport access did not
work with 2000 and beyond dates and a control board failed to recognize fire
alarm signals, Mr. Brophy declared at an airport operators conference.
UK TO INFORM PASSENGERS OF Y2K RISKS ?
A committee of British parliament members has told the UK
government it should draw up a list of airlines to be banned from
British airports because their computers won't be ready for the year
2000. It also suggested that the government should give Britons
planning to travel by air as the year 2000 arrives an assessment of
possible risks at least three months in advance.
Air Canada and Singapore Airlines have reached an agreement to develop a
wide-ranging alliance. The agreement is in line with predictions that
Singapore Airlines is to join the Star Alliance in 1999.
Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines are rumoured to be preparing to take an
equity in South African Airlines (SAA). The equity and the collaboration
between the airlines could also pave the way for SAA to join the
WELCOME TO LAGOS, GIVE US YOUR WALLET:
Usually folks are a little subtler about getting your travel dollars, but
some bandits in Nigeria have decided to dispense with the niceties.
The robbers laid stones and logs across the runway, bringing a Kenya Airways
Boeing 737 to a halt.
When the plane stopped, the thieves opened the cargo bays and swiped
passenger luggage. The Nigerian government claims it has cracked down
hard on security issues, so someone's back must have been turned as the
bandits dragged logs onto the runway.
Regional carrier Jersey European Airways is the first airline to officially
announce it will not fly on January 1, 2000, but a company spokesman says the
decision has nothing to do with the so-called millennium bug. "
We don't think many people will be interested [in flying] and we want to give
our staff the day off," he said. Other airlines, such as LM and British
Airways, are contemplating cancelling at least part of their flights to
certain areas of the world on January 1,2000, for fear that ATC systems will
not be ready to handle the millennium bug, but no official announcement has
been made yet.
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. Terry's travel tips.
Visiting the UK? Why not a quick hop across to Ireland with Aer Lingus with
their special interline fare from GBP59.00 from most airports, GBP69 from
Heathrow. Includes tax. Accommodations can be had at the Fitzpatrick Castle
in Dublin from GBP74.00 for 2 nights B&B. Valid until Mar 31st.
In the UK call 0181-941-7200 for more details
Having to overnight in Vancouver?
Airline rate at the Fraser Arms on SW Marine Drive is just C$49.00 plus
tax includes free parking and free shuttle. Based on single occupancy.
If you ever manage to get into Executive First while plussing on Air Canada,
you can sample the new range of wines being offered to our paying guests!
Air Canada now offers the best of Canada's wines from BC, Ontario and Quebec.
European Mini-Fams 4 day/3 night includes accommodations, daily
breakfast, city tour and all local tax/service. Prices in US$ per person
double until Mar 31st -
Budapest - from $97.00, from $148.00 single
Prague - from $139.00, from $211.00 single.
Vienna - from $99.00, from $135.00 single.
Geneva - from $218.00, from $326.00 single.
Munich - from $138.00, from $203.00 single.
Krakow - from $103.00, from $136.00 single.
Warsaw - from $160.00, from $200.00 single.
French Riviera Apartments/
Units are fully furnished/equipped and include twice weekly maid service.
10 different resorts offered in Nice, Cannes and west to Marseille
from ca$12.00 per person per night double or ca$24.00 single.
Call Interline Travel Discount Services (UK) phone in UK 01753-633747
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Cessna: "Miami, Cessna 24737 is at five thousand five hundred."
Center: "Cessna 24737, roger, Fort Pierce altimeter three zero one
Cessna: "This is 24737 -- was that setting for me?"
Without missing a beat, Center replied,
"No, actually that was for everyone."
During a recent outage of an airlines computer system, the following
announcement was made -
'Attention, all passengers on flight 101. We regret the failure of our
computer linked seat reservation system. Please write your name clearly on a
slip of paper and deposit in the box on the counter.
The draw will be made at 0900 hours."
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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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