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number 357 date April 14th, 1999 1st Published in October 1995
. Whats on where.
compiled by Vesta.
Thursday April 15, 1999
WPG Retirement Club Spring Luncheon at Viscount Gort
Friday April 16, 1999
Ottawa, Pionair KoffeeKlatsches at 10 am, Family
Restaurant, Carlingwood Shopping
Sunday April 18, 1999
Edmonton Pionairs will be having a luncheon at the Nisku Inn
cost of $12.50 pp contact Shirley Jay 780-436-0866
Tuesday April 20, 1999
Burlingame California Pionairs monthly meeting at 11am
Air Canada office all welcome
Montreal Pionairs Weekly Bowling league at Valois Bowling
62 Donegani, Pte C. Mary Timmons 514-626-3263
Wednesday April 21, 1999
New location of BurOak Pionairs Grp, 10:30am
at Mother Tuckers Market Place, QEW South Service Rd
between Walkers's and Guelph lines BURLINGTON ONTARIO.
St Catherine Pionairs & other AC Retirees meet at 10am
Sweets and Crepes Cafe, Ontario St & Lakeport.
Contact Colin Bailey 935-3970
Friday April 23, 1999
Ottawa, Pionair KoffeeKlatsches at 10 am,
Family Restaurant, Carlingwood Shopping
Sunday April 25, 1999 to Tuesday April 27,1999.
1999 PIONAIRS AGM 99 WILL BE HELD
AT THE SHERATON WALL CENTRE IN
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. We welcome -
Louise Webb retired Flight Attendant
living in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, US
Brian O'Hare retired Station Attendant lives in Chandler, Arizona
Neil Dunn retired pilot lives in Barrie, On
Ian McGown retired Mgr. Flt. Dx. & Tech. Svcs. lives in Kelowna, BC
I.H. (Whitey) Kelsey retired pilot lives in Sidney B.C.
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. Pionairs AGM - following message from the National Executive -
"Following-up the item in Netletter 355, regarding attendance at
less than the full schedule of AGM 99 events, it is requested that Pionairs,
particularly those in the BC area, who wish to participate in less than the
full schedule, and who have not registered and paid in advance, please
indicate their intentions by informing -
Don Hancock, Director for the Vancouver District.
His telephone number is 604-231-0359.
Alternatively, a message can be sent to Roy McCormack by phone at
Notify Roy McCormack only on or before Sunday, April 18th, after which his
excuse for an office will be closed for a couple of weeks.
The above request will enable the committee to assist the hotel in planning
to accommodate the additional Pionairs at the associated functions.
Those attending these individual events are still required to check-in at
Pionairs' "Action Central" in the Beluga Room of the hotel, no later, but
preferably earlier than 5 PM on the day of the event.
This is to register as attendees of the AGM, pay the required fee and receive
the tickets for the associated payment.
Once again, we'll see you at the AGM
Roy McCormack "Chancellor of the Exchequer and General Factotum."
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. Tom Grant sends this information -
Just a brief note to let you know that the TCA/AC Amateur Radio Group,
which is comprised of AC/TCA alumni from the 1940s to the present, is
an active group on the website.
The "Tuesday Mornings On Air" provided by Charles Mackie, is an insightful
look at the present and past through the eyes ("voices") of our airlines
radio operators both professional and hobbyist.
Stop by every Wednesday, solar weather permitting, and read the latest
Also we have some new great images up on the Photo Galleries and the
Bulletin Board. Cheers, Tom Grant, Editor A-CREW and AVIA
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. Remember when?
From the 'Between Ourselves' 1969 edition loaned courtesy of Kitch Olson -
When a pilot of a small private aircraft making his first solo flight
became lost and overdue, his call for help were heard by Air Canada's
Capt. Owen Moore, whose Viscount was on the ramp at Timmins awaiting
take-off. When airborne, Capt. Moore spotted the small aircraft and
told the pilot to look for the smoke of Sudbury, then the Viscount circled
while the student pilot make a safe landing. Capt. Moore was just 28
minutes late with his arrival at Toronto.
A report of a helping hand by another Air Canada flight, this time a
Vanguard Capt Al Shaw and F/O John Farquharson located and escorted a
lost Cherokee private aircraft to safety at Caribou, Maine.
In the 'Did you know that' feature was stated 'Air Canada was the
first airline to test and install flashing warning lights on top and
bottom of civil aircraft'
Under the heading 'A big one' is a photo of St. John's Sales Rep.
Bas Vokey with a 539 pound blue fin tuna.
Following the flight of the Apollo moon shot, Toronto mechanic
G. Greenborough was the first employee to request a contingent pass when
Air Canada starts scheduled service to the moon. The request was denied
by Gerry Philbrook as the Pass Bureau had its own secret list of employees
destined to fill any open seats.
Photographed during the handing over ceremonies of Viscount CF-THI
to tne National Museum of Science and Technology was Herb Seagrim.
CF-THI was first test flown in 1948 prior to handing over to TCA and its
last flight Nov 19th saw it accumulate a total of more than 27,000 hours.
The first Air Jamaica DC9 was painted in the Dorval paint shops with final
touches applied by mechanics Claude de Lafontaine and Tony Beaudoin.
March 3rd saw the introduction of the long body DC8-63 into service.
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. Need to know!
Diane Carignan, Employee Communications, 'Horizon' YUL sends an update -
Bring alternate tickets if you are London-bound. Our London Call Centre and
City Ticket Office team advises they are inundated with requests for back-up
tickets from stranded contingent travellers. Travel partners are particularly
vulnerable to denied boardings when loads are heavy, therefore they should
understand the contingent travel rules. Employees are reminded
to purchase reduced-rate tickets on other carriers before leaving home base.
New family Customs Declaration Card for Canada. As of April 1, clearing
Customs at Canada's airports became easier thanks to the new Customs
Declaration Card for Canada (E311).
Up to five family members can make declarations on one card provided they
all live at the same address. The new card, which is easier to understand and
complete, is expected to improve service for all travellers entering Canada.
Ticketing requests on other carriers. Active employees and retirees must
allow at least 48 hours for Agents at the Employee Call Centre (ECC) to
prepare quotes for ticketing reduced rate fares on other airlines. ECC Agents
have noticed an increase in requests, often for same-day travel.
Avoid standby travel to New Delhi:
Any employees interested in travelling to/from New Delhi via Air Canada
should put their plans on hold until October when we recommence service to
India. High passenger loads from now until the end of May have created a
strong possibility of denied boardings especially on west-bound flights.
The ability to issue reduced-rate tickets on other carriers is NOT available
Service to Delhi stops at the end of May and starts up again in October.
Does your child (or grandchild) dream of travelling the world to learn about
The International Youth Exchange Program (IYE) is looking for children of
airline employees to participate in an exchange program for Summer 1999.
Participating youths—ages 12-18 will spend two weeks with an exchange family
that has a student of the same age. Later in the summer, the other student
returns the favour and is the host. Sound interesting?
, voicemail: 1 (651) 405-9773,
or write: IYE, P.O. Box 11625, St. Paul, MN 55111, US.
Welcome aboard Air New Zealand and Ansett Australia!
On March 28, Air New Zealand and Ansett Australia joined “the airline network
for earth” Star Alliance™.
Bring alternate tickets if you are Jamaica-bound. Osmond Harry, Manager,
Customer Service, Western Caribbean, reminds Jamaica-bound employees and
their travel partners to make alternate travel arrangements before leaving
their home base. High passenger loads on flights to/from Jamaica create a
strong possibility of denied boardings in Kingston or Montego Bay. Travel
partners are particularly vulnerable to denied boardings when loads are
heavy. Note: the 750 JMD departure tax is ONLY payable in CASH.
Former Air Canada chief will head up World Airways.
On May 1, Hollis Harris, former President and CEO of Air Canada, will take
over the reigns of charter carrier World Airways Inc.
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. Terry's travel tips.
From Canadian Interline Travel -
Alaska - Hawaii (from us$25.00 a day)
Holland America Line - Glacier Route - Vancouver to Anchorage & Return
Noordam - May 14, 21, 28. Ryndam - May 16, 23, 30. Statendam - May 23, 30
Inside Passage Route - Vancouver Return
Nieuw Amsterdam - June 3
Inside Cabin - us$560.00 pp dbl Ocean View - us$700.00 pp dbl.
Port Charges us$160.00 to us$210.00 per person
Carnival Cruise Line - Jubilee
Honolulu to Vancouver April 30 12 Nights - from us$25.00 a day
Best Available Cabin from
us$298.00 pp Quad (us$25.00 a day), us$348.00 pp triple, us$447.00 pp dbl
Port Charges us$152.00 per person
Honolulu (overnight), Kahului (overnight), Kona, Hilo, Nawiliwili,
At Sea (5 Days), Vancouver disembark
Call 1-800-665-3100 to take advantage of this special rate.
From Dargal Interline -
You only have one week left to book your cabin, for an extraordinary
vacation on the 5 star Celebrity Century, and experience the charm, history
and beauty of Russia, Northern Europe and Scandinavia.
July 3 ~ 14 Nights ~ Celebrity Century
Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Muuga (Tallinn), Stockholm
Gydnia (Gdansk), Rostock (Berlin), Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam
Best available cabin at time of booking. Inside $1079, Outside $1279
Air add-ons and pre or post cruise hotel packages are available.
All rates are US$ pp/dbl, subject to availability and eligibility.
New bookings only.
Port charges/Govt fees are additional.
For more information call 1-800-690-3223
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From 'The sky's the limit' published Feb 1969 'Between Ourselves'
An airline hostess who saw an elderly couple board the flight, missed
them during her count. She advised the captain she was short two people
and the captain went to help her recheck. They found the elderly couple,
in their pj's, sleeping in the overhead rack. They were used to travelling
by train and thought the overhead rack was a berth.
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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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