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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 847  Sept 8th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+
Circulation: 2700+

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

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. Must know.
Machine-readable passports required to enter the U.S. for visa waiver
countries. (August 9, 2004)
As of Oct. 26, 2004, any passenger from a visa waiver country who does not
have a machine-readable passport will have to obtain a visa to enter the
United States. This also applies to employees and their family or partners
who do not have a Canadian passport and come from a visa waiver country.

The 27 visa waiver countries are: Andorra, Iceland, Norway, Australia,
Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Italy, San Marino, Belgium, Japan, Singapore,
Brunei, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Denmark, Luxemburg, Spain, Finland,
France, Monaco, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand
and the United Kingdom. Please note, the countries highlighted in bold have
been required to have a machine-readable passport to enter the United
States under the visa waiver program since Oct. 1, 2003. Exception: Belgian
citizens have required machine-readable passports since May 15, 2003.

The machine-readable passport requirement doesn't apply to Canadian
citizens as they are not part of the visa waiver program.

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. Nice to know.
Carl Kruyff wrote:
Subject: Re: C1/J10 Passes
Ran in to a dilemma, wanted to use my C1/J10 passes
however the flight we want e.g. AC 892 is showing in the computer
as 00/177 ( no business>class) yet I am told there are "J" seats
installed ????? do they become a part of the total of 177 Y seats ??
if we use our C1 do we get to sit in J class space available with a
Y meal ???.

Just in case you were wondering about this A/C configuration, the hidden
created class ??

Employee Travel Services responded -
Flight AC892 is a flight that does not have an Executive cabin; however,
there are 13 seats that are assigned "super comfort" seats. That is the
reason why you could not register yourself in "J" class on that flight.
If there are seats available after all revenue passengers have been seated,
boarding of standby passengers will be done in accordance with the
priority, i.e, C1/J10 will obtain a seat in that class of service.
For any future queries, please do not hesitate to contact Employee Travel
at 1 866 473 4732.
Best Regards,
Employee Travel Coordinator

Air Canada achieves record load factors. Air Canada has reported a system
load factor of 83.2 per cent in August 2004, the highest on record for any
month ever. According to preliminary traffic figures, the mainline carrier
flew 9.8 per cent more revenue passenger miles in August 2004 than in
August 2003. Overall, capacity increased by 6.5 per cent, resulting in a
load factor of 83.2 per cent, compared to 80.6 per cent in August 2003. In
the domestic market, capacity decreased by 5.9 per cent while traffic
increased 0.2 per cent resulting in a domestic load factor of 81.9 per cent.

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. News from the districts.

Tuesday Sept. 16th at Manhattan Point Restaurant in Prospera Place.

11:00am. meet & greet. At 12:00pm., a buffet lunch. Door prizes & a visit
to the Casino if you feel so inclined. The cost for this event will be $
15.00 per person in advance.

There is usually a charge for Parking in the arena parking lot, however it
is cheaper to park in the Library parking lot, and then a short walk back
to the restaurant.

Please make your cheque payable to: “Air Canada Pionairs” and mail to:
Gretchen Aird #317-1056 Bernard Ave. Kelowna, V1Y 8L7

Deadline for receipt of your cheques is: September 13th. 2004
(If you commit to this event, due to the Catering charges, you will be
responsible to pay if you do not show up. Cancellations are accepted up
until Sept. 13th. 2004)

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Aviation buffs take note: The Nova Scotia International Air Show is soon
here. The Nova Scotia International Air Show is set for Sept. 11 and 12 at
a new venue, the Halifax International Airport. This is a great opportunity
to catch the US Navy Blue Angels in their only Canadian appearance this
year, as they help commemorate the 9/11 tragedy and acknowledge the
contributions made by the Halifax International Airport and surrounding
community. The CF Snowbirds – who are celebrating their 34th season – will
also be there, as well as the CF Skyhawks Parachute Team. A special
Twilight Teaser show on Halifax Harbour will start things off on Friday,
Sept. 10. For more information, visit

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. Wilson Quigley passes this sad news to us -
Just a note that Norman D Galloway passed away in Bellingham Washington,
August 22 2004. He was 87. Norm was a long-time TCA/AC Telecommunications
person and did extensive technical work throughout Canada. If you were a
radio operator you probably knew Norman. He was very involved with the
hardware installation and turn up of Reservec II and returned after
retirement, on contract, to implement the hardware required to bring VIA
Rail on line with Res II. He was intelligent,  meticulous, very hard
working, and utterly reliable. I worked with him off and on from the late
forties and was always glad when we ended up on the same job. A very
interesting gent.. I'm going to miss him.
Wilson Quigley

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. Star Alliance News -
Singapore Airlines recently signed a letter of intent to purchase up to
31 GE90-115B-powered 777-300ERs, opting for the Boeing offering rather than
the A340-600.

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. Found on the internet.
Ryanair, Europe's No. 1 low fares airline, recently flew its 9millionth
passenger in Scotland and celebrated by launching a sensational offer with
fares from 9p.

In a couple of years, you could be happily chatting on your cell phone at
30,000 feet -- or ready to throttle the guy in the next seat who natters
away on the thing for the whole flight. Technology is coming to the rescue
of one of the great telecommunications conundrums of the wireless age but
airlines are wondering if the additional blood-pressure factor in the
already tension-prone confines of the aluminum tube is worth the trouble.
And it looks like American Airlines, which conducted a live test of the
system with passengers in July, is ready to lead the charge. "A circle of
mobility defines how people want to work and live today," Monte Ford, a
senior VP with the airline, told The New York Times. "But it's critically
important that this technology be utilized in the proper way."

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Aeroplan and Future Shop have just announced a Canada-wide, multi-year
exclusive relationship. Starting today, Aeroplan members may use their
Aeroplan Miles to redeem merchandise from a unique catalogue of more than
35 state-of-the-art consumer electronic product packages, available
exclusively online at Then, later this fall, Aeroplan
members will be able to show their Aeroplan card in-store at any of the 109
Future Shop locations across Canada, or provide their membership number
on-line at to accumulate Aeroplan Miles on eligible purchases

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. May Day.
From: Carol Kowk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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. Terry's travel tips.
10 Night September Excursion from Vancouver to the Fabulous North - Whitehorse

$598.00 CAD

The Gorgeous scenery, the history of the Klondike make the capital of the
Yukon a must see. 10 days in the fabulous Yukon for only $598 can be yours.
Book early as this is a very popular Interline excursion.

Package includes:

Including: 3,500 km
convenience kits
preparation fee
One way fee
VIP coverage
US Travel
Additional driver
Please visit Hot Motorhome Deals on

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. Smilies.
Vesta had these sent to her -
Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death ..
I Shall Fear No Evil.
For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing!
(Sign over the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan).
You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3. (Paul F. Crickmore
-test pilot)
The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
Blue water Navy truism:
There are more planes in the ocean
than submarines in the sky.
(From an old carrier sailor)
If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage,
it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe
When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always
have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.
Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another
expensive flying club.

But here's the prize for bad luck - a Palmer, Alaska pilot who landed his
J3 on an old airstrip struck trees during the takeoff. The pilot said that
after the crash, he exited the airplane and began removing survival
equipment and his global positioning system (GPS) receiver. As he walked
near the front end of the airplane, he said that a gust of wind lifted the
tail of the airplane and blew it over, on top of him.
Capt. John Gallagher

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