Vesta's Jump Seat
Why not allow the NetLetter be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC etal. and share your experiences with us!
Air Canada - our first 70 years
- July - An order for two additional DC-8 jetliners placed and will bring to 18 the total in the company's fleet of DC-8.
- Announced inauguration of three new services to Guadeloupe, Freeport and Bermuda planned for this fall.
- Sept - Final two of the original eight DC-9-32 on order have been changed to -14 series.
- Increase in baggage allowance on North American flights.
1985 - Dec - Two additional DC-8-63's being converted to freighters being performed by Aeronavali Venice Italy. The previous (6) were converted by McDonnell Douglas at Tulsa in 1980.
Star Alliance news.
Air New Zealand biofuel test flight report shows significant fuel saving. Scientific testing has found that up to 1.4 tonnes of fuel can be saved on a twelve-hour long haul flight powered by a 50/50 blend of second generation jatropha sustainable biofuel and traditional Jet A1.
Jatropha is a genus of approximately 175 succulent plants, shrubs and trees (some are deciduous, like Jatropha curcas L.), from the family Euphorbiaceae. ...(So instead of a fuel tax, we will have a veggie tax, and second generation we won't go there! - eds)
The Star Alliance Chief Executive Board accepted Aegean Airlines' membership application, Star CEO Jaan Albrecht announced at a news conference in Athens. It is confident it will finalize its integration by May 2010. Star currently has 21 full members, with an additional four preparing to join. Star Alliance was not bothered by the fact that his group will be the only one of the three global alliances to lack a Russian member. Star talked to S7, the defunct AiRUnion Alliance and Transaero Airlines in the past as part of its strategy to recruit members in Russia, Brazil, India and China.
It has secured commitments from major carriers in the latter three nations.
(Both Tom Grant and Terry Baker sent me this)
WebTrak is an innovative system providing the community with information on where and how high aircraft fly, as well as noise levels of these operations.
It allows members of the public access to detailed information on aircraft operations around major airports.
WebTrak is part of the largest integrated Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System in the world.
How does it work?
WebTrak uses information from air traffic control secondary surveillance radars to monitor aircraft:
* within 55 km of the airport
* up to a height of 3000m above ground level
Aircraft noise data is downloaded daily from noise monitors strategically located about the communities close to the airport.
The information is then displayed on a detailed map (road or aerial) which enables the user to zoom down to their street level.
In Current Flights mode you can view current operations (delayed by 40 minutes for aviation security reasons) around the airport.
In Replay Mode you can access flight information and noise data for the previous two weeks.
Below is a map captured from YVR showing the aircraft in flight and the noise levels. Just change "yvr" in the link to your airport in order to check it out. Pretty interesting!
Click on map or visit:
Canadi>n/CPAir/PWA, Wardair, etc. Events & People
Over the past months we have been publishing various photographs from earlier in-house magazines, should any photos prompt a memory in seeing one of them, feel free to send us your comments and thoughts.
From the "INFO:CARGO" magazine
Issue dated March 1990
The cargo facility at St. Johns International Airport (YYT) was opened.
Here we have a photo of the ribbon cutting event. (l to r)
Mike Ryan, Jim Wendall, Doreen Manon, Pat McGrory, Derrick Monk, Susan Parsons, Jim Mesh, Byran McFarlane, Marcel Harnet, Don Hussy, J. Ian Booth and Stewart Marden
The worlds first ever Cargo conference was held on Jan 29/30th at Calgary.The conference was titled "Focused on the 90s" and was attended by 140 managers, Supervisors and Sales personnel.
A three month campaign of Cargo's GAD competition ended with the winners were awarded their spoils at ceremonies held in Flin Flon, who happened to be the overall winners.
Here they are with their silverware.
Issue dated August 1990
Canadi>n AirCargo operates at both Edmonton Municipal Airport (YXD) and Edmonton International Airport (YEG).
Here we have this photo of the gang at YXD.
Here we have a photo of the four Cargo Telephone Sales supervisors.
(l to r) Murray Olson (YYC), Hope-Ann Weidman (YVR), Gloria Safolio (YUL) and Debbie Falconi (YYZ).
This n That
When habitat management isn't enough to deter birds, YVR uses a number of tools to scare away birds from the airport and reduce safety risks. A variety of high and low tech harrassment techniques are used to move approximately 1.5 million birds away from YVR's runways each year.
These include the use of pyrotechniques, sirens, lights, lasers, propane cannons and specially trained border collies who work alongside the two wildlife management officers who patrol YVR's 1,300 hectare grounds 24/7.
YVR was the first International airport in Canada and only the second in North America to incorporate dogs into their wildlife program.
Ginette Bertrand sends us this appeal.
Class of December 1965/graduation January 1966.
I have lost my Graduation Photo of my Flight Attendant class which was the first class to graduate in January 1966 (group classes started in Dec. 1965)...any way we could post a request for anyone who has a copy to forward to me or to post on the NetLetter?
1966 to 1971: yul based
1971 to 1978: ywg based
1978 to 1982: yvr based
Frank Pedder has sent us some photos of CF-TGE Super Constellation which has now been restored and painted in Trans-Canada Air Lines colours..
Here is one of them, and more are on web site www.rbogash.com
George Brien is a frequent conttributor to our NetLetter, and here is his latest.
Subject: Pan American Airways
Here is some early Aviation History of N.S. Hard to believe that PAA flew in here over 75 years ago??
This picture from the NS Archives of a Pan American Airways building at the old Halifax Chebucto Road airport - dated 1931 - tweaked my interest in the "rest of the story." From a newspaper article that I had saved from 2005, an Article by Owen McCarron marking the 75th anniversary of the original Halifax Airport gave the follow information..The Halifax newspapers reported as follows.
"Jul 26th /31 - PAA announced they would build station facilities at the airport. By Aug 31, a terminal building had been erected for use as an office and waiting room. It was 20' by 10' with a veranda, 6' wide on one side, 8' on the other, plus a wood rail fence between the office and the loading apron. The building was painted with Pan Am's colors on the outside. It would be completed by Aug 31. They also constructed a 10,00 sq. ft concrete pad for loading and mooring planes at night". What was PAA, at that time the largest airline in North America, doing in Halifax? Juan Trippe, the high profile president of PAA, by 1931 had built a large network based out of Miami. Serving the Caribbean with a fleet of Sikorsky s41's flying boats, he continued to buy up/takeover Various South American airlines to expand his lucrative US Postal Mail contracts.
Here's a look at his base at MIA in 1930. He had visions of someday flying the Atlantic and when a PAA connector airline (Boston & Maine -(later to become North East Airlines) obtained a US postal contract between Boston and Halifax, PAA sent up two Sikorsky S- 41's and crews to operate the route. The air service was inaugurated on Aug 1st. There would be two aircraft on tri-weekly trips flying at 2-3 miles a minute. The plane was powered with twin Pratt and Whitney "Hornet" engines, each developing 576 horsepower with a cruising speed of 106 mph. It had 12 passenger seating, fuel capacity of 575 gallons of gasoline in two centered wing tanks with auxiliary tanks in its pontoon.
From the Halifax newspapers of the day the following was reported.
"Pan American Airways, the largest air transportation system in the world, was to have a daily air service from Boston to Halifax beginning Aug 1. The city was ecstatic!
On July 29th, a strange looking plane a big twin engined Sikorsky Amphibian S-41, arrived at Halifax Airport and continued on a southern course until it reached Point Pleasant Park and then over Halifax harbour and Bedford Basin before executing a perfect landing at the airport. This trip was made solely to acquaint the ship's Captain with conditions prevailing over the route to be flown. He would make a series of test landings during his four hour tour.
After completing the tests, the aircraft headed for Saint John then on to Boston. " The first scheduled flight was described as follows
"The plane, which was to arrive here at 1830, was delayed due to head winds. It arrived instead at 1930, piloted by Leo Terletsky. He carried greetings from the people of Boston. Mostly dignitaries were on board, and they were greeted by thousands of onlookers who had
never seen a large plane like this. The plane took off the next morning on a return flight to Boston carrying one passenger from Halifax. The cost , one way, was $35.00".
This link to the 1931 timetable of Boston&Maine shows the schedule and PAA's unique involvement in this route.
The route was meant to be only summer seasonal and unfortunately one of the two aircraft , NC41V, crashed into Massachusetts Bay while on a test flight on 27 Aug 1931.
PAA ran about 60 flights before ending the experiment and there is no record of them returning in 1932. This was not the end of PAA and the Maritimes.
By 1937, the Sikorsky S-42 "Clipper 111" was testing out the Trans Atlantic route via LGA/Shediac NB/Botwood NL/Foynes Ireland.
And by Jun 28,1939, using the larger Boeing B314 "Yankee Clipper', regular passenger service was began on this route. Unfortunately, the outbreak of WWII quickly ended this service.
(Your copilot was recently in Ireland, and picked up this brochure for Foynes museum - eds)
Terry's Travel Tips
On June 1, American Airlines will go cashless onboard flights within the continental United States, as well as flights to and from Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada.
(Unfortunately that doesn't mean everything is free - eds)
Who Do I Contact
Effective February 26, 2008
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Luton Airport (UK) is offering a special traffic lane with additional space for dropping off passengers. But the convenience will cost £1 to use the dedicated area, which offers better lighting and more space to offload luggage. The zone can be used for up to 10 min. A free drop-off facility with transportation to the terminal also is available in the airport's mid-term car park.
From the London England Pionairs May newsletter -
French Bed & Breakfast:
One of our Pionairs who is living in France, Liz Hanna and her husband, Andrew, operate a Bed and Breakfast in South Vendee.
They would love to receive any colleagues and friends to their charming place in peaceful and rural surroundings which is just 45 minutes from La Rochelle. It's ideal for relaxing, walking, cycling and bird-watching. Liz says that they are a friendly and outgoing couple. She used to work for Air Canada in London. Andrew makes a variety of wines and aperitifs with his French friends, and you will be most welcome to taste them all.
You can get more information from their web site which is www.petitpont.eu
Here is a complaint received from a travel agency - was one blaming the conception of a child on the hotel an engaged couple stayed in: "My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room". We now hold you responsible for the fact that 1 find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."
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