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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.
http://www.acra.ca/between

number 349   date Mar 17th, 1999  1st Published in October 1995

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. We now welcome Jean-Guy Leger retired captain lives in Calghary AB
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Edward R. Hill retired B747-captain lives in
Catfield, Norfolk, UK email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. News from the districts.
From the Montreal Pionairs newsletter 'Sentinel'
Christmas Dinner, December 03, 1998
By: Yvonne Mofford
Our evening commenced at 17:30 at the Casa Grecque Olympia Hall where we
were served punch and hors-d’oeuvres while we mingled amongst our former
co-workers.  This is always a highlight of the evening where guests renew
old friendships.  A traditional Christmas Dinner was served on schedule at
18:30 and everyone seemed satisfied with everything.  After the meal, a fresh
fruit basket was placed on each table.
At that point, Russ Reynard who acted as M.C. for the evening introduced
Herb Guilfoyle, our present Director, who spoke and introduced each member on
the committee outlining their functions.  At the moment, there are 17 members
on the committee.
After two years, a by-law requires that an election be held for new members
on the committee. Réal Henri, who was the immediate Past Director, covered
this aspect of the meeting where it was announced that, if all members
concurred (and they did), Pam Rosholt would take over as Director of the Air
Canada Montreal Pionairs.  Herb Guilfoyle will continue on the committee as
Immediate Past Director.
Another highlight of the evening is always “Who Will Win The Beautiful Oil
Painting?” generously donated by Sam Gatelaro for which we are very grateful.
Guests graciously purchased tickets in the amount of $500.00. the total of
which was given to the West Island Volunteer Bureau to arrange food baskets
along with the 90 individual gifts which were brought in by Pionairs.
Sheila Reynard was the lucky winner of the oil painting!
Winners of the door prizes were:-
Briefcase  - donated by Great West Life      -   Willie Ruben
Champagne -  donated by Dargal Travel    -   Ian McGilp
Travel bag                                    -   Jenny Smyth
Teddy Bear ­ donated by Ina Zuurdeeg            -   Lynda Gatelaro
Caplette donated by Ina’s sister            -   Yvonne Mofford
Hockey tickets ­ donated by Morris Mackenzie    -   Germaine Nash

. From the Vancouver Island Newsletter -
Spring Luncheon will be at the Princess Mary restaurant on Wed Apr 7th.
Happy hour at 11:30 with buffet at 12:30. Price $17.00 pp.
DEADLINE Mar 29th for cheques mailed
'Air Canada Pionairs in trust' to
Bill Fisher, 21/2120 Malaview Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 3E4.
New District Director  - Bill Fisher has come to the end of his two year
tenure and hands the reins over to John Jeffrey. John
and his wife Ann reside in Sidney. John started with TCA
in 1953 as a passenger agent in Calgary and working in
Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, ending up as General Manager
at Edmonton airport.
On March 31st, the Air Canada Sales Office in Victoria will close
permenantly and will be sadly missed by the retirees in that end of the
island! However, trip tickets, passes and stopovers may be picked up
at the AirBC ticket counter at Victoria airport. Remember to allow 48 hours
after making reservations with the Winnipeg Call Centre before going to the
airport for any documents. Questions regarding trip planning or any
fares should be directed at the Winnipeg Call Centre.


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. Remember when?
From the 1968 'Between Ourselves' loaned courtesy of Kitch Olson.
Jan.
Representing Air Canada at the roll-out for the supersonic Concorde at
Sud Aviation December 1967 was Stewardess Francice Grignon, Capt John
Poulain and J.L.(Lindy) Rood at the ceremony attended by customer airlines.

In July 1967, Ann Pellegrine of Michigan flew the vintage Lockheed L10
she owned to recreate the round the world flight planned by Amelia Earhart
30 years earlier. The L10 Electra was originally owned by Trans-Canada
Air Lines with the registration CF-TCA.

The first Soviet citizen employed by the company in Moscow was
Lucy Vorobova who actually joined the company in Oct 29th

Jun.
Shows a photo of the first DC-8-61 introduced into London Heathrow on
regular service Apr 29th 1968. On hand to greet the crew of Capt W.N.Spratt,
First Officer E.J.Siwik were Gib Sale A.P.O. Manager and Ralph Weller
Station Operations Manager. 

Jun 16th saw the start of non-stop flights between Calgary and Montreal, the
first flight captained by Jim Grant.

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. Found on the internet.

CONGRESS MAY BAN CONCORDE FLIGHTS TO AMERICA: You may have to take a
poky subsonic flight to Europe this summer if pending legislation in
Congress is passed.  Legislation to ban  the Concorde SST in retaliation for
a European measure aimed at reducing  aircraft noise is moving through
Congress at Mach 1.0.  Congress' angry  reaction has been prompted by a new
EU rule banning aircraft fitted with  hush kits, which are used mainly on
older U.S. aircraft.  Can't we all  just get along?

COSTLY CONTROLLER CAFFEINE CRAVING: Two airliners were forced to circle
an airport in southern England after the only controller on duty went to
make himself a cup of coffee and fell down a flight of stairs, breaking
his right ankle.  The planes circled the Bournemouth airport until Greg
Fanos managed to drag himself upstairs and alert the fire department.
AVweb suspects a coffeemaker may soon find its way into the tower cab.

ALL DRESSED UP, AND NOWHERE TO FLY: Nearly a year after opening, the
$330 million, taxpayer-funded MidAmerica Airport at Scott AFB, Ill., is
still awaiting commercial airlines and the 1.1 million pax predicted by
local supporters.  The airlines cited as likely prospects -- American,
Delta and Southwest -- say they have no plans to fly there, yet local
politicians have already approved another $2.5 million in upgrades.
(Sounds familiar! - eds)

CONCORDE TURNS 30
Still a technological wonder even though it was built at the same
time as the now-obsolete Boeing 707, the supersonic Concorde
has been flying for thirty years. The first Concorde rolled out the
production chain in December 1967, but it took its maiden flight on
March 2, 1969, following exhaustive tests of its powerful Olympus
engines.
In 1973, the year deliveries were to begin, 16 airlines had
expressed interest for at least 74 aircraft, well short of the 300
necessary just to break even but a very encouraging number for an
unproven aircraft. However, 1973 was also the year of the great oil
crisis and, one by one, the Concorde’s customers realised the
kerosene guzzling aircraft no longer made economical sense.
After trying several routes, including London ­ Washington and
Paris ­ Caracas, Concorde now fly on scheduled services between New York and
Paris and London only, with the exception of a few wintertime flights linking
London and Barbados, by British Airways & Air France.
Both airlines also offer charter flights in Concorde, said to be more
profitable than regular flights. Both airlines’ Concorde fleet is already
fully booked for December 31, 1999.
Like British Airways, Air France also received seven Concorde from
the manufacturers, but it has decided to remove one from service
and use it as a source of spare parts for the remaining six. Of the
other six aircraft that were built, they were either donated to
aviation museums or destroyed. (Shades of the Arrow! - eds)
The exiting Concorde fleet may fly another 15 years without much
more than regular maintenance visits, but Air France hopes to be
able to keep its six aircraft in service until 2030 after a very heavy
program of upgrading and updating.

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. From Brian Dunn in Toronto -
Canadi>n Airlines has scored a coup over Air Canada by signing up
Trans Canada Pipeline for service between Calgary and Houston.
Effective June 1st, Canadi>n will commence twice-daily 737 flights
non-stop between Calgary and Houston.  Air Canada had previously had
this lucrative corporate client but was under bid by CAIL sales
department.
Air Canada dispatched another DC-9-32 to the Arizona desert this week
with the departure on March 9th of C-FTMD FLN729 from Montreal to Kansas
City, then on to Marana for long-term storage.

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. Terry's travel tips.

The recent budget brought down in the UK nowe has a litre of gas
at CA$1.65.

Alan Rust found this information -
AVIS OFFERS EMPLOYEES WORLDWIDE CAR RENTAL DISCOUNTS
AEROPLAN Partner, AVIS Continues to offer active and retired
AIR CANADA employees car rental discounts at participating locations
worldwide.
The AVIS Worldwide discount number (AWD) C121300 MUST be quoted when
reserving a car for business or pleasure.
Identification card must be presented at time of pick-up.
CALL (800) 879-2847 FOR RESERVATIONS.

SUMMER ‘99 INTERLINE ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS
JAMAICA
(MONTEGO BAY) = SUNSET BEACH RESORT & SPA @ $57.50 U.S. pp per day
DOUBLE,  $96.00 U.S. SINGLE, THIRD ADULT IN ROOM @ $40.00 U.S.
CHILDREN 2-12 @ $28.00 U.S. PER CHILD.
EFF. APRIL 6 THRU DEC. 23/99.
(MONTEGO BAY) = HOLIDAY INN SUNSPREE @ $80.00 U.S. pp per day double,
$110.00 U.S. SINGLE, 78.00 U.S. TRIPLE, $77.00 U.S. QUAD.
CHILDREN 0-12 FREE.
EFFECTIVE JAN. 01 THRU DECEMBER 20/99.
(FALMOUTH) = TRELAWNY BEACH @ $55.00 U.S. PER PERSON DOUBLE,
$75.00 U.S. SINGLE, $50.00 U.S. TRIPLE.
CHILDREN 2-13, 1ST CHILD $15.00 U.S., 2ND CHILD FREE.
EFF. APRIL 4 THRU DECEMBER 18/99.
(OCHO RIOS) = THE JAMAICA GRANDE RESORT @ $82.50.00 U.S. pp DOUBLE,
PER  NIGHT, $115.00 U.S. SINGLE, THIRD IN ROOM @ $50.00 U.S.
WITH 2 KIDS 0-12 FREE.
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$90.00 U.S. SINGLE.  *NOTE:  ADULTS ONLY.
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(NEGRIL) = SWEPT AWAY @ $125.00 U.S. Pp per day double,
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. Smilie.
Lawson Tremellen sends us these -
Subject: For all those avaition buffs and frequent travellers!
Aviation 101
Takeoff's are optional.  Landings are mandatory.
If God meant man to fly, He'd have given him more money.
If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you
pull the stick back they get smaller.  (Unless you keep pulling
the stick back -then they get bigger again)
Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.
It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up
there wishing you were down here.
The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep
the pilot cool.  Want proof?  Make it stop; then watch the pilot
break out into a sweat.
Speed is life, altitude is life insurance.No one has ever collided
with the sky.
It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.
The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man.... Landing is
the first!
Every one already knows the definition of a 'good' landing is one from
which you can walk away.  But very few know the definition of a 'great
landing.' It's one after which you can use the airplane another time.
The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.
Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands.
Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to
five minutes earlier.
You know you've landed with the wheels up when it takes full power
to taxi.

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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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