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number 369 May 23rd, 1999, BYN 1st Published in October 1995
Welcome Aboard and other changes:
Raymond (Ray) Stevens of Cooper City, Florida,
David Williams2, Berkshire England, also a Mngr Arpt Opns
stills lives in Clifford ON
NEWS FLASH For an extra service to our recent newbies and a
trip down memory lane for our oldies <G>, Alan has recently
archived Between Yourselves - NetLetters from nr 1. Oct
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LANDING STRIP: British Airways has decided not to take
punitive action against a flight attendant after her actions
upon landing in Genoa, Italy. Andrea O'Neill, 31, "lost a
bet" about whether the plane would land on time, and paid
off her wager by stripping down to her panties, shoes, a
"loose-hanging safety waistcoat" and a pilot's hat, and
running a lap around the plane. BA officials were at first
aghast, but then enjoyed the good publicity over the flight
crew's dedication to arriving on time. "I guess we ought to
take our hats off to her -- but nothing else -- for such
wonderful exposure of our brilliant time- keeping," a
British Airways spokesman said. (Reuters) ...For that, and
her patriotic Union Jack-print panties.
Found on the internet.
American Airlines (AA) has placed a further order for three
Boeing Next Generation 737-800s to be delivered in 2000. The
three aircraft will replace planes currently leased from
Reno Air, according to the carrier. American's new order
comes on top of an existing order for 100 Boeing Next
Generation 737 aircraft.
Taiwan's EVA Airways (BR) has ordered three Boeing 747-400
freighter aircraft for delivery starting in 2000.
US regional carrier Skywest Airlines (YT) has converted
existing options for 10 Canadair CL-64 Regional Jets,
bringing its total order for the type to 45. The ten 50-seat
aircraft will be operated by the airline on commuter
services on behalf of Delta Air Lines.
ANOTHER AIR RAGE INCIDENT SCARES PASSENGERS
Briton Bryan J. Neal was the latest jerk to go berserk on a
commercial flight, becoming nasty onboard a 767 charter from
Florida to England recently. Neal allegedly broke an
interior window and threatened to break the exterior pane.
The pilot wisely diverted to Bangor, Maine, where Neal
pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FLIGHT PLANS
As a show of confidence in the FAA's efforts to fix the
agency's Y2K issues, Administrator Jane Garvey and Y2K
coordinator Ray Long have booked AA Flight 1799 -- from
Washington to Dallas -- on New Year's Eve. They'll probably
have the cabin all to themselves.
Al Blackwood sends this information -
Subject: UK Travel Inn
Just a few comments on UK travel. We just returned from the
UK and stayed at the Putney Bridge Travel Inn.(the chain
being mentioned in a previous newsletter). The hotel was
clean and staff were courteous and helpful however there
were a couple of surprises.
The first is that the GBP39.95 price does not apply to the
main London area hotels and then only on the weekends at the
out of town hotels. The price is GBP59.95 which is still
good value for London. The second surprise is a GBP10.00
charge for overnight parking.
Next we tried to use the room telephone but couldn't even
talk to the desk. It is an automated system and you have to
purchase a special phone card to use the phone.
For all of us getting older, the age limit for car rental in
the UK is 75. The only exception is AVIS which only requires
a valid license. However the discount number given on the
Air Canada will pay a three day courtesy call to
Victoria,with CF-TCC Aug13-15 in conjunction with the 60th
Anniversary Celebrations of the Victoria Airport. All
details are not quite finalized with respect to the times
the aircraft will be on static display at the BC Aviation
Museum, but information will be posted as soon as possible.
This will be a great opportunity for all retirees to see
this historic aircraft which actually did some"circuits and
bumps"at the airport here in 1939. A media press release has
just been issued so it will be public soon, but I wanted
your Vancouver Island readers to hear it here first.
YVR District Pionairs and everyone is invited.
BBQ ---Thursday August 12/99 YVR Pionairs BBQ at Deas Island
Regional Park Delta, BC 1400 - 1800. $10.00 p/p. Directions -
Highway 99 South. After passing through tunnel take highway
17 turnoff, (for BC Ferries Tsawassen terminal).
Approximately halfway through the turnoff make the left hand
turn and proceed over the overpass heading east toward River
Road, proceed past Town and Country Hotel/Restaurant
entrance and watch for park entry sign on your left.
Reservations, (and more detail if required) by cheque to Don
Hancock in trust by August 1st please. # 11 - 5531 Cornwall
drive, Richmond BC V7C 5N7 604-231-0359. Bring your own
liquid refreshments and lawn chairs please.
HAWIIAN CRUISE PACKAGE BOARDING VANCOUVER SEPTEMBER 19/99
YVR Pionairs Hawiian Cruise Package - Departs Vancouver
September 19/99. 12 nights/13 days on board Royal Caribbean
"Sovereign of the Seas". Five stops at Hilo Hawaii, Kailua
Kona, Lahaina Maui, Nawiliwili Kauai, and an overnighter at
Honolulu and hosted by Don and Jean Hancock. Prices from US
$844.00 p/pd plus port charges and & taxes. Special 14 night
Hawaii Package also available. Additional details/bookings
and flyer call Canadian Interline 1-800-665-3100 or YVR
local telephone 606-1700 and identify yourself as AC
YVR PIONAIRS FALL LUNCHEON OCTOBER 23RD
YVR PIONAIRS XMAS LUNCHEON DECEMBER 8TH .
Ross Smyth writes:
On May 15 I attended an annual banquet at the Western
Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, at which three new
inductees entered Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. They were
Laurent Bombardier, chairman of Bombardier aerospace that
ranks behind only Boeing-McDonnell Douglas in the US and
Airbus of Europe; the late Fred Buller of de Havilland who
designed the Beaver and other great STOL aircraft; and Les
Kerr who founded Conair, world famous for special aerial
delivery systems for fire- fighting, etc.
The BC Aviation Council also received the Belt of Orion
Award for Excellence for 1999. New chairman of the Hall of
Fame is General (Ret.) Paul Manson. Among our retirees at
the reception and dinner were Charlie Simpson, Don Fisher,
George Laing, Bill Marr and Gord Nowicky. I had the pleasure
of meeting aviation author, Shirley Render, who has written
about Canada's female pilots and is soon coming out with a
book about James Richardson and Canadian Airways, TCA's
predecessor in the late 1920s and 1930s. I recall Don
MacLaren, TCA's first employee, telling me about his early
airmail flights over the prairies with Canadian Airways.
I am trying to get Erroll Boyd, Canada's first
transatlantic pilot, inducted into the Hall of Fame for next
year. Those of you who have read my book and feel he should
be inducted please drop a note of support, preferably to the
Hall of Fame at Wetaskawin, AB. Many TCA/Air Canada pioneers
are already in the Hall of Fame.
The web site address for the Canadian Aviation Historical
Gord Hykle sends us this chuckle:
The other day I heard of a fellow who retired this year with
about the same service time as I had when I retired- 35
years and a few months. The thing that hit me though was
this "old timer" wasn't born when I joined the company. Made
me think about how old both the company and I are getting to
be. I imagine this sort of thing will be quite common from
Terry's travel tips.
From the RAPCAN newsletter issued by Duane Frerichs CANADA
3000 now charges for passenger ordered special meals. They
charge you for headsets and alcohol. As of May 1/99 they
want $10 for speciality meals for either religious, cultural
or medical dietary requirements. Unless of course, you bring
your own. You pay when the meal is delivered to your seat.
Air Canada and Canadian Airlines don't charge extra for
special meals and don't plan to. Neither does charter rival,
Terry is doing some travelling himself for the next couple
of weeks, so any errors in this issue are all mine. <G>
Cessna 123: Tower, I have a load of Young Eagles
on board. Do you have any idea how long I should keep them
Tower: Cessna 123, ahhh, until the second one
throws up ... that should just about do it.
. 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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