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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 663,  Feb 17th,  2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2200+

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

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. This may interest you!
The co-pilot of the NetLetter crew is updating his computer equipment - so
we may be a tad tardy in upcoming issues - a learning curve you know!

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. For those of you who taped the recent TV program, you may want this synopsis
sent on by Myron OLSON

On Wings and Dreams: The Men Who Built Canada's Airlines

For almost twenty years, two men fought each other for control of the skies
over Canada. Grant
McConachie and Gordon McGregor- both brilliant and distinguished pilots - built
the two airlines that would compete head to head for Canada's share of the
aviation industry. They created Canadian Pacific Airlines and Trans-Canada Air
Lines - which became Air Canada.
They were two separate air empires in a country that only had room for one.

In 1935, Grant McConachie, 26 years old, talked a millionaire gold prospector
into selling him a $55,000 Ford Trimotor airplane for $2500. It was the deal
that made his fledgling "United Air Transport" into a viable business - the
McConachie Deal. His combination of charm, salesmanship, and vision would take
him to the presidency of Canadian Pacific Airlines.

Gordon McGregor damaged or destroyed twenty enemy aircraft flying Hurricane
fighters over Europe in World War II. McGregor learned to fly as a hobby, and
had won the Webster Trophy
as Canada's best amateur pilot three times. Rising quickly to Wing Commander
during the war, McGregor led the air invasion that followed D-Day, moving
planes, men and equipment from one captured airfield to another as the allies
reclaimed Europe. It was this combination of flying and organizational skills
that would take McGregor to the top job at Trans-Canada Air Lines - and into
battle with Grant McConachie.

It was a battle of business skills, bluster, and bravado - and of opposite
ideologies: McConachie's
Canadian Pacific Airways was a private enterprise based in the west; McGregor's
Air Canada was a
public institution based in the east. The two airlines would help build the
nation, and their rivalry would last until the end of the century.
Melanie Wood

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.  Jannet Tricarico, retired AC empl. sends this information -
We got got back from a vacation to Tucson,AZ
and when we got back to Vancouver (going through Customs)..we were advised that
Cigarettes (yes, we still are some of those with the bad habit) are no longer
exempt...we asked when did that new rule take place and was told it started
last year, yet when we came home from another trip in Nov....nothing was
mentioned then and as far as we could see nothing was advised on the custom
forms either...
we were not charged this time, but the official said we would be next time
it would be $11.00 for the first carton and $30.00 for the second carton..
Jannet Tricarico, retired AC empl.

This is the appropiate section of the regulation -
Tobacco products
If you meet the age requirements set by the province or territory where you
Canada, you can include up to:
- 200 cigarettes;
- 50 cigars or cigarillos;
- 200 tobacco sticks; and
- 200 grams of manufactured tobacco.
However, as of October 1, 2001, if you include cigarettes, tobacco sticks, or
tobacco in your personal exemption allowance, only a partial exemption will
apply. You
will have to pay a minimum duty on these products unless they are marked
"CANADA-DUTY PAID · DROIT ACQUITTÉ". You will find Canadian-made products
sold at a duty-free shop marked this way. You can speed up your clearance by
your tobacco products available for inspection when you arrive..

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. From our chief pilot - Vesta -
Canada Customs will be using iris scanners this summer in some of the
busiest airports in the country.

STUDENT PILOT TAKES CONTROL: Things seemed a little off track for student
pilot Melanie Oswalt, 24, during a Cape Air flight from Martha's Vineyard
to Hyannis, Mass., last Friday night. Oswalt, one of four pax on board,
noticed the Cessna 402 was veering off course and the pilot
appeared disoriented. She climbed into the right seat and took over.
Oswalt, who is a security trainer for Cape Air, landed the plane safely,
albeit without landing gear extended, at Provincetown Airport.

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. Bill Norberg sends a memory about the Viscount -
Viscount aircraft No. 624 was moved out of the hangar at Winnipeg Maintenence
Base after a # 7 M.O.C. check for a routine run up. It was not positioned in
the normal run up location adjacent to the blast fence as there were other
aircraft occupying those positions at the time.
The engines were started and after the other aircraft had been moved ,aircraft
624 was taxied to the blast fence position to complete the ground run. The
condition of the ramp was clear and the ground crew did not seem to feel the
use of chocks was necessary.
During the run up with the engines around 10,200 RPM the person doing the run
up became aware that the aircraft was in motion.He immediately closed the
throttles and high pressure cocks. The aircraft was moving rapidly towards
Number 2 Hangar at this time and efforts were made to steer the aircraft away
from the hangar. He was able to avoid hitting the hangar but the aircraft had
built up a fair amount of speed at this point and it hit the wing shop
building.The "Master Switch" was cut at this point.
The aircraft hit the corner of the building about 10 feet outboard of # 4
engine,tearing the outer right wing panel completely off just outboard of the
inner/outer wing panel joint. The number 4 propeller continued to further
damage the building and coming to rest with the blades inside the building.
There was a large amount of jet fuel spilled as a result of the wing panel
being torn off but fortunately there was no fire.There were no injuries to
personnel other than professional pride.
We had spare wing panels on hand for the Viscount aircraft and we were able to
repair the aircraft in rather short order. The direct costs were under $60,000.
There was a clear policy to use chocks especially at times of the year when ice
or snow conditions were likely. It is the old story,"We often think we don't
have enough time to do it right, but we always have enough time to do it
This was a tough introduction to my term as Director of the Winnipeg
Maintenance Base. I arrived in June 1967 to take over from Fred Pink who had
died very suddenly.
Best regards Bill Norberg
(Fin 624 was CF-THF c/n 223 sold Beaver Enterprises YWG Apr 1974 and broken up
- eds)

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. And another reminder -  ONLY 6 days to go!!!!
"Name the Tail Contest" presented by the ACFamily Network
This is a fun contest to test your knowledge of 50 airline aircraft tail
You can Win one of these four great Canadian Aviation Books...
- "Ace McCool -- Collector Edition"
- ALTIMETER RISING: My 50 Years in the Cockpit
- AVIATION MEMOIRS: A Love Affair With Flight
- NATIONAL TREASURE: The History of Trans-Canada Air Lines
(Contest  closes 2359 GMT February 23, 2002)
Visit to see more information and contest rules.

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. Those North Stars!
Jack Crerar sends this memory -
I followed and understood the talk on whether A.C. did or did not name any
aircraft. As the North Star was a Canadair product without a name, T.C.A.
took it upon themselves to come up with a name for this new aircraft. Our
family had many a trip on North Stars and I can remember my father pulling
the cotton out of his ears after a flight. Also my brother and I used to
have great fun driving a glass of milk around our food trays which we had to
hold on our laps on top of a pillow. I used to love watching the flames come
out of the exhaust pipes when we landed after dark. As the pilot throttled
back after touch down flames of orange, blue,yellow and red would come out
of the exhaust pipes. Many fond memories of the North Stars and Lockheed
Loadstars.      Best regards

and from Ray Mexico.
Ref,North Star note from our dear old Buddy Bert Barbour!!
Bert if my memory serves me correctly it hasn't been doing that a lot
lately. The cross over did impose a weight penalty, 79,575 for the 3 bladers
and 79,475 for the 4 bladers!! or close to those figures. So 600
lbs aint a large bunch when you fly for 12 hours or so. A cunning pilot
could probably gain that performance penalty all back by mid flight! The old
girl seemed to perform about the same to me as well.Cheers "BICK"

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. Terry';s travel tips.
In the netletter nr659 Feb. 3/02 under Terry's travel
tips. "Hotels in Montreal with deals" seems the
$76/night at the Bonaventure 514-878-2332 is not for
retired employees, only for Air Canada employees on
business.  Thank you,  Luc Parent

Subject: Re: Honolulu and Employee
We have this
three bedroom house in Kauai and had a few cancellations. I would like to
pass the info on to AC employees and retirees.
The house is vacant from Feb. 19 thru to Feb 26 and again from March 5th thru
to March 25th. With so many AC employees/retirees going to Hawaii from YVR - I
sure some one would appreciate our low rates.
The house is fully furnished; including Satellite TV, VCR and telephone and
is located on a quiet dead end street. Enjoy the extra large covered Lanai
with Barbecue.
$55.00 (U.S.) per day* April 16th to
Dec. 15th.
$65.00 (U.S.) per day* Dec. 16th to
April 15th.
* Rates apply to two persons; for each additional person,: add
$5.00 per day to a maximum of four people.
For stays of less than 7 days - add an additional $50.00 cleaning charge.
For further information and availability contact:
Syd Jacobs
7 5 4 4 1, 1 3 2 4 @ (E-Mail address preferred)
or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: (905) 794-0519 
Thanking you  Syd Jacobs (AC retiree).

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. Our Web Administrator
The ACFamily Network sends this -=
Knives and Razors and Scissors (oh my!)
(From MSN Travel) A US Airways pilot was led away in
handcuffs after allegedly asking security screeners, "Why
are you worried about tweezers when I could crash the
plane?" The pilot was charged with disorderly conduct and
making terroristic threats.
Macy Moruss   [GM] I'm not sure who acted more irrationally -- the pilot
or the security people. Tweezers hardly seem a likely weapon
unless the captain has unusually bushy eyebrows and a low
pain threshold.

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