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Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-pilot     - Terry Baker         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

number 256   date Apr 2nd, 1998  1st Published in October 1995

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Please E-mail  all correspondence to both of us, as
Vesta lives in Victoria BC, and Terry lives in Ladysmith, BC.
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. WE WELCOME -
Fran White who has an email of: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Capt D.J.Daley, retired and living in Barrie, Ont
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bob and Betty Anderson with an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ian MacMurray, President Pionairs USA living in Sunnyvale, California
can be reached via Arthur Bedford on email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arthur, who is not an ex Air Canada'ite, volunteers his
time as Secretary.

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. WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

If you are trying to locate Claude Fornier, try This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. WHATS ON WHERE -
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Saturday  April 4, 1998
ACRA Montreal, includes NewYork regional PhotoShow
ACRA Thunder Bay Curling
ACRA Toronto, includes YOW,USA & South,except
BOS & NYC Regional PhotoShow
ACRA Winnipeg, includes Sask PhotoShow

Sunday  April 5, 1998
ACRA Montreal, includes NewYork regional PhotoShow
ACRA Thunder Bay Curling
ACRA Toronto, includes YOW,USA & South,except
BOS & NYC Regional PhotoShow
ACRA Winnipeg, includes  Sask PhotoShow

Monday  April 6, 1998
ACRA Montreal, includes NewYork regional PhotoShow
ACRA Thunder Bay Curling
ACRA Winnipeg, includes Sask PhotoShow
PIONAIRS  Halifax Bowling 1pm Bayers Road Bowlorama
PIONAIRS  London, UK, coffee at 11am Harvester Pub Ashford

Tuesday  April 7, 1998
ACRA Thunder Bay Curling
PIONAIRS  Kelowna/Vernon 10am  Coffee & Chat at Muffin Break.
PIONAIRS  Montreal Bowling League Valois Lanes Pte C
info 626-3263 netltr 234
PIONAIRS  Penticton 10:am Coffee & Chat at Tim Hortons Cherry
Lane Shopping Mall
PIONAIRS  Prestwick, Lunch at St Nicholas Hotel

Wednesday  April 8, 1998
PIONAIRS  Alexandria AC Retirees Lunch Grp, for info Clive
613-525-4819 or Cam 224-6469
PIONAIRS  Vancouver Island Spring Lunch at Princess Mary
Restaurant Victoria. Speaker Wendy Patriquin of C.I.T

Thursday  April 9, 1998
ACRA Saint John NB(includes Maritimes/Boston regional Photo Show

Friday  April 10, 1998
ACRA Saint John NB(includes Maritimes/Boston regional Photo Show
PIONAIRS  Ottawa, KoffeeKlatsches, Family Restaurant, Carlingwood
Shopping

Sunday  April 12, 1998
PIONAIRS  Ottawa, Brunches, PlaceNextDoor 320 Rideau

Tuesday  April 14, 1998
PIONAIRS  Montreal Pionairs Bowling League Valois Lanes Pte
info 626-3263 netltr 234

Wednesday  April 15, 1998
PIONAIRS  Burlington & Oakville Grp, Coffee at Pig & Whistle, Burlock Dr
& Lakeshore Rd 11am, lunch may be preordered a week in
advance 847-1421

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. Terry spotted this in the book 'Ocean Bridge' -

In 1927, the Government of Canada initiated an experiment known as the
ship-to-shore airmail service to Europe. By using mail planes in
conjunction with ocean liners in the Gulf of St. Lawrence it was possible
to speed up delivery between North America and Europe by more than a day.
The RCAF flew the first flights, and then it was taken over by a private
company named Canadian Transcontinental Airlines, later absorbed by
Quebec Airways. Flying from Dorval the planes made contact with incoming
and outgoing liners at Pointe-au-Pere near Ramouski.
In 1932 the exchange of mail was made at Red Bay, a further 600 miles
east of Pointe-au-Pere thus saving 2 to 3 more days of the transit time
of mail to and from Europe.
(Knowing how long mail takes today, this method is still being used! - eds)

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. Those of you interested in the early days of TCA and the CGTAS time
frame may be interested in a book suggested by Charles J.L. Mackie
The book is called "the Water Jump" and is by the author
David Beaty.   The ISBN  0-06-010296-9, and Library of Congress catalogue
card number 76-5116. The publishers are Harper & Row and are American.
It is an excellent book and is all about the story of Tranatlantic
Flight, from the very first poeple to attempt the crossing  until up to
the present day.  Although it is an American publication TCA is mention
in several times in connection with TCA efforts in the early days of the
CGTAS , even had a photograph of the inside of the Lancaster loaded with
Mail and I well remember crawling the length of the aircraft  over these
bags of mail to get to the flight compartment.
The book was mailed to me from an old time pilot who was involved in
the early days by the name of Bill Fleig. Senior Capt of Reebok Aviation
in Bedford Mass.  He overheard me telling few tales of the early days
over the air and dropped in and said he would forward me the book and to
return when I am finished with it.
It is one of the better books that I have come across re the early
days on the Atlantic, and it sure brought back a lot of memories for me.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.             VE7WW

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. FOUND ON THE INTERNET.
A COLD SHOULDER WITH HOT AIR CONVERGING
A rumor of a possible Canadian air traffic controller's strike in the offing
that would, of course, affect not only Canadian pilots, but American pilots
flying to Alaska.  While it is true the Canadian ATC is working without a
contract, and not all is going well in negotiations, the consensus is to
keep negotiating.


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. Vesta spotted this gem -

WORRIED ABOUT Y2K?  NOW THERE'S D10K
Experts predict financial software may go haywire if the Dow
Jones Industrial Average tops 10,000. Many software programs are
designed to handle only four-digit Dows, says one software  designer, who
says that concern over the D10K problem soon "will spawn the usual parade
of opportunists" to fix the bug. (Wall Street Journal 26 Mar 98)

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. TERRY'S TRAVEL TIPS.

Canadian Interline Travel Hot Resort Deals!
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CLUB MED! INCLUDES POSITIVE SPACE AIR!
- Cancun: April  17, 24/98 (Air from JFK)
- Punta Cana (Dominican Republic): April 25/98 (Air from JFK)
- us$599.00 ppd

EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISES
Costa Cruises - Costa Victoria - Apr 12/98 - 7 Night Cruise
- Itinerary: Ft Lauderdale, San Juan, St Thomas, St John,
Serena cay/Casa de   Campo, Nassau, Ft Lauderdale
- Inside from us$499, ppd - Outside from us$549, ppd
- 3rd & 4th person @ us$199, pp
- Port charges are additional us$125, pp.

Call Toll Free at: 1-800-665-3100 and mention Pionairs.

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. Smilie.
Margaret Bartlett found this gem -
'They're multi-purpose.  Not only do they put clips on, but they take
them  off.'
- Pratt & Whitney spokesperson explaining why the company charged the
Air Force nearly $1,000 for an ordinary pair of pliers.

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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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