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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 825 May 11/04 - The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 825  May 11th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker


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. Must know.
Employees to use new London kiosks. If you're travelling from London,
England, you should be aware that employees are to use the new common-use
check-in kiosks recently installed by the airport authority. The kiosks are
similar to the ones in Canada that can be accessed by using your company ID
or a credit card. Active and retired employees who use the kiosks, but are
not assigned a seat, should go to the "Triangle" counter at D46 for seat
assignment. D46 is adjacent to the kiosks, which are located at the front
of cul-de-sac D.

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. News from the districts.
The next Victoria area Coffee Klatch get together will be held next Wed.
May12th, 09.30 at the Breakwater Cafe 9851 Seaport Place, which is at the
bottom of Beacon Ave in Sidney B.C. see you there Bob Walker

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. From the RAPCAN eMailNews issued by Duane Frerichs -
Airports to Tackle 'Weighty' Baggage Problems

Bags at Britain's busiest airport are to be limited to 32kg (70lbs) in
weight ? to reduce strains and injuries among luggage handling staff, it
was
announced today.

The restriction is being introduced at Heathrow airport by airport operator
BAA from June 1.

But the maximum weight limit relates only to single items of luggage and
does not affect passengers' overall baggage allowance or excess baggage
charges, which are set down by each individual airline.

BAA Heathrow managing director Mick Temple said: "We are committed to
implementing safe working practices airport wide which is why we want to
make sure that all our airlines adhere to the same guidelines to help
lessen
manual handling injuries among airport staff."

An average bag is around 20kg (44lbs), but some handlers have had to deal
with items of luggage weighing as much as 70kg.

Passengers who exceed the weight limit after June 1 will be asked to repack
their luggage into smaller units before they can check-in.

BAA will be placing scales inside each terminal so that passengers can
verify the weight of their luggage before they get to check-in. Bags will
also be available for passengers who need to re-pack at excess baggage
outlets in each terminal.

Christine Barringer, of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is
backing the new initiative, said: "Manual handling injuries account for
around 40% of total airport injuries reported to HSE."

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Obit: Retired Air Canada Captain Lindy Rood - Vice President of Flight
Operations

J. Lindsay (Lindy) Rood

J. Lindsay ("Lindy") Rood passed away peacefully in Calgary, following a
brief illness on Thursday April 29, 2004, at the age of 93.

Lindy was born on March 17th, 1911 in Berwick, NS, and was educated there
and at Dalhousie University. He enrolled in an extension course with the
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and began his long and eventful career in
aviation. After earning his wings and a commission as a Pilot Officer in
the RCAF Reserves, he entered commercial aviation as a flying instructor
and barnstormer throughout Nova Scotia, and obtained an Engineer's License
as well. In 1933, Lindy became a flight instructor with the Cape Breton
Flying Club at Sydney, NS and two years later went to England to join
British Airways as a pilot. From 1935 to 1937, he flew routes, which
included London, Copenhagen and Stockholm. At this time, he earned his
British Navigator's Licence. In 1937 Lindy returned to Canada as one of the
first pilots to be hired by the newly formed Trans Canada Air Lines,
pioneering the Rocky Mountain route between Lethbridge and Vancouver. He
became one of the founding members of the Canadian Air Line Pilots
Association when a group of TCA pilots met in Winnipeg in December 1937 to
form an association. At the outbreak of World War II, Lindy was declared
essential to public service and prohibited from joining the military. The
Hon. C.D. Howe, who was head of the Canadian Department of Munitions and
Supply, seconded him in 1942 to the Return Ferry Service, flying the North
Atlantic Ocean between Montreal and Prestwick. Pilots engaged in this
war-time effort flew Liberator aircraft, converted to carry people rather
than bombs, and brought ferry crews back to Canada after they had made
their delivery of aircraft to the UK. In 1943 he was assigned to 10 Bomber
Reconnaissance Squadron at Gander and instructed on Liberator B-24 bombers.
Lindy was asked to help in the formation of the Canadian Government
Trans-Atlantic Air service, designed to deliver high ranking Allied
officers, government officials, special cargo and mail between Canada and
the UK with the greatest possible speed. He was named Chief Pilot of this
service and remained in that post until war's end when the service was
taken over by TCA. During the years of expansion of TCA, Lindy was highly
regarded for his abilities in every area of flight operations. He was put
in charge of all flying personnel selection and training. He was named a
senior member of many world aviation councils, representing TCA. In 1944,
Lindy went on to become Chief Pilot of TCA's Atlantic Operation and in 1947
he was named Superintendent of Flight Operations for TCA's trans-Atlantic
service. One of his major contributions was his leadership in aircraft
cockpit design and layout, which, with advanced electronics, resulted in
two pilots being capable of flying even the largest aircraft safely and
efficiently. From 1950 to 1968, Lindy was Director of Flight Operations for
TCA, which was renamed Air Canada in 1965. Throughout his years as head of
Flight Operations, he was an advocate for the development and use of motion
systems to make aircraft simulators fly more realistically. He introduced
the first of such systems in an early Air Canada simulator, a concept that
has since been accepted throughout the aviation industry. Lindy served as
Vice President of Flight Operations for Air Canada until his retirement in
1971, with nearly 20, 000 hours as pilot in command. Lindy was inducted as
a Member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 1974 with the following
citation:

"His leadership, dedication to safety of flight operations and wide-ranging
contributions to Canadian and international aviation have left an indelible
mark on the airline industry and have been of significant benefit to Canada."

Lindy is survived by three daughters, Suzanne (Sue) Cooke of Calgary;
Marnie (Ralph) Giguere of Austin, TX and Linda (Tom) Stanley, Bedford, NS;
a son Tom (Marjorie) of Campbell River, BC, twelve grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Velma (Don) Hills of St. John, NB and
Lillian (Jim) McGibbon of Beaverton, ON. He was predeceased by his wife Tod
and daughter Mary Allard.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Crowfoot Chapel (82
Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 at 2:30 P.M. To forward
condolences go to www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart &
Stroke Foundation of Canada, 222 Queen Street, Suite 1402, Ottawa, ON K1P
5V9 Telephone: 1(888) HSF-INFO. www.heartandstroke.ca, or directly to the
Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 - 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5.
Telephone: (403) 269-1319. www.theseed.ca.

In living memory of Lindy Rood a tree will be planted at Nose Creek Valley
by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle
N.W., CALGARY, TELEPHONE: (403) 241-0044.

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. Found on the internet.
May 4th 2004, marks the centenary of the historic first meeting between
the Honourable Charles Rolls and Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in
Manchester, UK, which led to the formation of the world famous Rolls-Royce
business, one of the greatest and best known brand names

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. Terry's travel tips.
Qantas is now offering its lowest ever web-only deals for a dream vacation
Down Under. From May 2 to May 31, 2004, travelers can fly from Los Angeles
to Auckland for only $249 each way, and Los Angeles to Sydney for as little
as $299 each way, based on roundtrip purchase.

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. Smilie.
Vesta spotted this -
It must be something in the air, but this week brought in a slew of reports
about pilots giving in to temptation -- doing things that are enticing, but
forbidden. In Australia on Saturday, a sightseeing pilot flew her two-seat
Skyfox Gazelle underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a no-no, and now faces
up to two years in jail. In Saginaw, Mich., a school principal was mortified
on Friday when two helicopters landed in his schoolyard without warning --
apparently carrying real-estate developers checking out some nearby
property. And in Gilbert, Ariz., a homeowner is indignant that a neighbor is
flying his helicopter regularly from his backyard -- but nobody else seems
to care.
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