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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 654,  Jan 18th,  2002. We first published in October 1995.

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

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.  Must know!
Air Canada News:
Air Canada Arrivals Lounge ­ By Invitation Only.
Employees/retirees travelling to London or Vancouver are asked not to
visit the Air Canada Arrivals lounge. Invitations are only
extended to our Executive class passengers. If you are upgraded
to Executive class and offered an invitation, we ask that you decline.

The following statement in the 'Need to know' NetLetter 653 has been
clarified by Employee Travel & Recognition -

The travel partner for this month (Jan) only if accompanied will be upgraded
to C2/Y10.
Beyond February 1st all travel partners must be accompanied and would
have the standard priority of C2/Y10.
Travel Partners and Parents are not entitled to the C1/J10 priority.

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. Need to know.

Now's A Great Time To Travel With Family Affair- Check Out
The Savings.
Forget the worries of standby travel. If you have a touch of
the wanderlust between now and Feb. 28, active and retired Air
Canada and Air Canada Regional employees can enjoy confirmed
Family Affair reservations and save an additional 20 per cent
on select transborder flights. Our selloff fares include:
New York (JFK) - Vancouver (YVR) $255. Cdn.; Los Angeles
(LAX) - Vancouver (YVR) $151; Boston (BOS) - Toronto (YYZ)$143;
New-York (LGA) - Toronto (YYZ) $143 and Dallas (DFW) - Toronto
(YYZ) $151

Air Canada News:
New U.S. Security Measures Begin Tomorrow.
Effective January 18, the United States Aviation & Transportation Security Act
and U.S. Customs require that, in advance of the aircraft landing in the United
States, all carriers provide U.S. Customs with basic personal information about
passengers and crew members. These new regulations require that the Advanced
Passenger Information System (APIS) be sent via electronic transmission and
consists of five basic pieces of data; full legal name, gender, date of birth,
nationality and travel document number. A valid passport is the preferred
document. This rule applies to all persons on board the aircraft.

Air Canada To Launch Daily Non-Stop Service To Ireland.
On June 1, we will begin daily service between Toronto and Dublin.
It will be the only daily non-stop service between Canada and the Emerald Isle
during the high-demand summer travel season ­ June through October, using
Boeing 767 aircraft.

****************** 2 0 0 2 B L A C K O U T S  ID80/ID50 *********** 
(For information only - for latest info contact Employee Travel Service)
Revised Nov 01/01
NOTE: C Class bookings only permitted within 72 hours of departure 
All blackouts are waived within 72 hours of departure 

NOTE: RAPIDAIR blackouts do not apply to passengers with 
confirmed connections between Air Canada/Tango flights 

YYZ TO YUL MON-FRI 0700, 0800, 1500, 1600
1700, 1800, 1900
YUL TO YYZ MON-FRI 0600, 0630, 0700, 0800
1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
YYZ TO YOW MON-FRI 0800, 1600, 1700, 1800 
YOW TO YYZ MON-FRI 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800

Excluding RAPIDAIR

ALL ROUTES-Domestic/Transborder
14DEC02 - 08JAN03  


YWG TO YYZ DAILY 1130 - 1300
YYZ TO YWG DAILY 1630 - 1730  
YYZ/YHZ TO YYT 05APR02 - 08APR02  

15FEB02 - 06APR02 
14DEC02 - 08JAN03


14DEC02 - 08JAN03  


15FEB02 - 06APR02
22JUN02 - 13AUG02
14DEC02 - 08JAN03  

15FEB02 - 06APR02 
14DEC02 - 08JAN03  


15FEB02 - 12MAR02  
07JUN02 - 13AUG02  
05DEC01 - 13JAN03 


15FEB02 - 06APR02  
14JUN02 - 13AUG02  
14DEC02 - 25JAN03  


14JUN02 - 29SEP02  
14DEC02 - 08JAN03  


22MAR02 - 21APR02 
14JUN02 - 29SEP02  
13DEC02 - 08JAN03  


14JUN02 - 30SEP02  

31JAN02 - 24FEB02
14DEC02 - 08JAN03  

31JAN02 - 24FEB02 
14DEC02 - 08JAN03  

26APR02 - 06MAY02
21DEC02 - 06JAN03  

21DEC02 - 06JAN03

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Visit to see more information and contest rules.
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Subject: Re: trip pass printer
We received the following query -
Re the info from Employee Travel & Recognition on availability of a trip
pass printer at Montreal HQ 24/7.
I tried this two weeks ago Sunday. Security at HQ knew nothing about it.
I then went to the main security office, and again they knew nothing. As
retirees we must get a visitor pass from security to access the
building. I think the description of the location is a bit vague. Could
we perhaps have a notice posted at the entrance with clear directions.
Thank you for an excellent newsletter.
James Coupethwaite
To which Employee Travel & Recognition responds -
When you enter, you must submit your Retiree ID card to enter, after
entering Headquarter building, it is on your left behind the steel
doors, towards the In-Flight service simulators.
The agents should know, we have given them a memo, but we will sent a

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. We recently had retiree Ken Bjorge join our readership, here is a short bio
Spouse Norma also a retiree and an Air Canada Pionair.
Private Pilots License 1948 and Commercial in 1953.
Did not fly commercially only privately.
Joined Pacific Western Airlines in 1953 in an administrative role.
Last title Assistant Vice President.
Ken & Norma live in Delta, BC

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. Remember when!
Herb Noble sends us this trivia question -

Did TCA or AC ever name their aircraft as CPA did
with their famous "Empress of.." if they did, when and what was the name,
this doesn't apply to Air BC or the name "Flying Merchant" carried on the
four North Stars freighters.
Take care,

January 14, 1949
The first non-stop Trans-Canada flight made by F/O J.Jolicoeur and crew who
flew RCAF DC-4M North Star from Vancouver to Halifax in 8 hrs 32 mins, at
an average speed of 329 mph for 2785 miles.

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Farewell to DC9 - 32

Just read in today's Daily News the last flight of AC DC9 - 32. This was my
favourite aircraft while I worked at Air Canada. I started in Engineering in
1968 assigned to look after the Wheels and Brakes and also the Landing Gear.
>From there I progressed to DC9 Airframe and Flight Controls, then Project
Manager for APUs and Accessories and then Maintenance Superintendent DC9 Fleet,
responsible for entire 42 A/C plus New York Air and other contracts. I was Supt
DC9 for 5 years during the early 80s when DC9 fleet was backbone of AC domestic
service. We all the remember the Cincinnati DC9 accident and the ensuing Public
Hearing which was rather traumatic for those of us closely involved. At that
time our DC9 fleet had flown the equivalent of 14 million passengers to the
Moon and back with only two fatalities up to the Cinncinnati disaster. After
that the entire AC fleet had an interior and exterior change requirement so I
went back to Engineering to head up the Engineering team to redo the A/C
interiors and exterior paint scheme. I took early retirement from AC at end of
1990 and went up to First Air in Ottawa to be Senior Director Maintenance. All
in all a very interesting and rewarding career with Air Canada and the
association with the DC9 fleet.
Cheers, Jim Riddoch

. Keith Rhodes sends us this memory -
Subject: DC-9 Retirement
Your article about the impending retirement of the DC-9 Fleet brings back a few

memories. I would be interested to know the fin numbers of the last few.
I flew on the first one , fin 702, and I remember commenting that passengers
should be paid to sit in the last two rows because of the noise.
Concerning other leases, I seem to remember another lease, during Expo 67, of a

114 seat version - whose was that?
The DC-9-32F freighter was a scary plane for loading - particularly when pallet

weights in Kilos in the front position were entered as Pounds in the load plan,

so that the aircraft could not rotate for take-off.
Keith Rhodes, ex Chief, Load Control

Fred Spriggs sends this -
I definitely remember a DC-9 all economy configuration which was leased during
Expo 67. The aircraft I have in mind, if I'm not mistaken , belonged to Trans
Caribbean Airlines or Airways. Does this ring a bell Keith Rhodes? Regards
Fred. Spriggs.

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. From the RAPCAN eMailNews issued by Duane Frerichs -
Flt. 587 unusual maneuvers.
F.E.W. Smith and I were aboard a DC3 test flight at Moncton base, in 1948.
The check pilot conducting the test terrified both of us by what he
called unusual maneuvers.
We were to sit strapped in our seats while he pulled the aircraft up to about
50 degrees and put on full right rudder. Then with the WHEEL FULL RIGHT
he said "recover!."
Both Frank and I recovered properly, but viewed this exercise with some
apprehension and told this worthy gentleman that we thought it was dangerous
in the extreme.
We took our complaints to Eric Jokinen and the exercise was stricken from the
"do list" instantly!
So it is not a brand new thing but I would agree that such practices in
modern aircraft would be suspect. After all the object is
to keep the aircraft right side up at all times. Violent side loads and
reverse vertical loads are to be avoided: i.e. concentrate on staying out of
harms way!!
Captain E.L.Buchanan AC Rtd.,1980

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. From the flight deck by Vesta
*** One-Person Air Scooter Gets Off Ground
AP -- When you've spent millions of dollars and nearly six
years trying to make a personal flying machine, progress is
measured in small increments. So it's perhaps understandable
that the inventor of the SoloTrek is touting his most recent
breakthrough - getting the 325-pound machine a few feet off
the ground for 19 seconds - as a test flight. Reminiscent
of a chunky Buck Rogers jetpack, the 8-foot-tall SoloTrek
Exo-Skeletor Flying Vehicle has a gasoline engine that
drives two large fans. The pilot flies it in a standing
position and controls its movement with two joysticks. The
machine is designed to go 80 mph and fly 150 miles on one
tank of gas. Moshier plans to add a global positioning
system for navigation and a parachute-equipped ejector seat.

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. Star Alliance news -
*********** DOES TICKET INCLUDE A FREE BOTTLE? *************
bmi british midland announced this week that it is naming its new no frills
airline, bmibaby.
Yes, bmibaby.
Starting March 23, bmibaby will fly a dedicated fleet of 737-300s from East
Midlands Airport to key leisure destinations including Barcelona, Nice,
Palma, Malaga, Faro and Alicante. Internet fares on bmibaby will start at
just 25 pounds each way.
What do you call a bmibaby pilot? A babysitter.

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. Terry's travel tips.
. Jack the Ripper Tours in London, England.
An unusual and fascinating escorted evening tour takes you to some of Jack the
Ripper's actual murder sites as well as one of the pubs that Jack may have used
to select his victims, where a typical "Fish and Chips" dinner is served.
Tour includes Jack the Ripper haunts, the East End, Local Pubs, Nineteenth
Century London Floodlit London and a Fish & Chips dinner
You will also hear of life in the squalid East End at the time and learn
much more about
London's murkier past, but more vivid will be the evocative images of the fear
and distress of the occupants in the late 19th century
The Ten Bells Pub: A typical East End pub made infamous since jack used to
select and follow his victims from here.
Floodlit London: During the evening the tour passes through some of the
famous sights of London that look so different at night.
The Albert Pub: Last stop for the evening. The pub is chosen for its
friendliness and a superb choice of food.
Escorted tour ca$42.00 book through a travel Agent or visit web site for
britrail before leaving Canada..

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. Smilie.
Ace McCool sends us this one -

The joke -- true story? -- about the seeing-eye dog in SAC reminded me of this
Two retired airline pilots are walking their dogs in the park of a cold winter
day. One says to the other, "Charlie, it's cold. Let's go have a coffee."
The other pilot says, "They won't let us in with our dogs, Bob."
Bob says, "We'll tell 'em they're our seeing-eye dogs."
Charlie is skeptical but goes along, saying, "OK, you go first."
Bob enters the restaurant with his dog and immediately the maitre d' is at the
front and says, "I'm sorry, sir, but you can't come in here with a dog."
"I'm visually challenged," Bob says, his eyes hidden behind his aviation
sunglasses. "This is my seeing-eye dog.
"Oh, I'm sorry," answers the maitre d'. "Can I help you to a table? And that is
a beautiful German shepherd."
"Thank you," says Bob. "No, I'll pick my own way. I'm used to this."
Charlie, seeing this from outisde, enters the restaurant. He is immediately
blocked by the maitre d'. "I'm sorry, sir, you can't come into this restaurant
with a dog."
"I'm a blind person," says Charlie. "This is my seeing-eye dog."
"That chihuahua is your seeing-eye dog?" asks the maitre d', astounded.
Answers Charlie, "They gave me a chihuahua?"
Cheers,  Ace

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