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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 664 Feb 19/02 - The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 664, Feb 19th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. This may interest you!
Just nice to know.
Believe it or not but 8.02 p.m. on February 20 this year will be an
historic moment in time. It will not be marked by the chiming of any clocks
or the ringing of bells, but at that precise time, on that specific date,
something will happen which has not occurred for 1,001 years and will never
As the clock ticks over from 8.01pm on Wednesday, February 20, time
will, for sixty seconds only, read in perfect symmetry 2002, 2002, 2002, or
to be more precise - 20:02, 20/02, 2002. This historic event will never
have the same poignancy as the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
which marks Armistice Day, but it is an event which has only ever happened
once before, and is something which will never be repeated.
The last occasion that time read in such a symmetrical pattern was long
before the days of the digital watch and the 24-hour clock - at 10.01am on
January 10, 1001. And because the clock only goes up to 23.59, it is
something that will never happen again.
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Need to know.
Family Affair Is Back And The Value Is Good.
Starting March 1 to Dec. 31, 2002, all active and retired
employees and their families can take advantage of Family Affair,
the valuable travel program that offers positive space travel at discounted
fares. Fares quoted will no longer be based on zones. Instead, prices will be
40 to 70 per cent off the lowest retail fares for all Air Canada and Air Canada
Regional flights. For
more information on the program keep your eyes open for the March issue of
Horizons and www.achorizons.ca.
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. Mutterings from the districts.
The Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Pionairs plan the spring lunch for
March 27th at the Nanaimo Golf Club in Nanaimo. Cost will be $16.00 and
includes Taxes & gratuities.
Cheques, payable to AC Pionairs will be welcomed at the home of the
treasurer Marjorie Thorpe, 1769 Astra, Comox, BC V9M 4B6 on or before March
22nd. The guest speaker is a member of the National Executive Committee of
Thank you - Wally Lamond District Director.
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Patty Schachter sends this message
And I am a full fledged retiree from YYC. I was the president of the Canadian
retirees in Calgary until we merged with AC.
I started out at PWA and of course went on to Canadian and now AC. But we
are going to have a PWA reunion this August. The first and perhaps only.
I will send you all the details when I get them and hope that you can put
(Stay tuned for more info later this year! - eds)
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Hi there: A little note from a recent retiree (January 2001).
I have been involved in Fund Raising for the "Starlight Children's Foundation"
ever since I joined Flight Operations Crew Scheduling in 1993. I am since
retired, but have enjoyed being included in this worthwhile cause.
January 14th we presented a unit to the Montreal Childrens Hospital. This unit
is fully mobile; consists of a TV. VCR and Nintendo which can be transported
into the children's room. This is the 5th unit we have presented to Hospitals
For those of you who don't know about the "Starlight Children's Foundation" let
me tell you about us: They are a non-profit organization that enhances the
lives of critically, chronically, and terminally ill children 4 through 17
years. Starlight's services include wish-granting and related programs. At the
heart of "Starlight's" foundation is a network of over 2,400 volunteers world
wide - without whom the foundation could never survive.
The Flight Operations Pilots Crew Scheduling Department of Air Canada have
raised over $70,000 to date through their fundraising, predominantly with the
use of CF-TCC Air Canada's Lockheed L-10A Promotional Aircraft. Captain Alan
Macleod and Captain Harvey Reid have donated their time to this worthwhile
The "Starlight saying is: "One is never so tall as when one reaches down to
help a child. Together we can make wonderful things happen for some very
For people reading this Netletter who may be interested in our "Flights for
Starlight: or contibuting to the "Starlight Children's Foundation" please
. The dates at this time for the flights are unknown
at this time, but please, if you would like to donate or have further questions
re our flights, let me know if your are interested. The departure is from
Montreal - the Air Canada Centre Base - 747 Hangar
" ' "
. For those readers who like telling tales -
"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 www.acfamily.net/contest to see more information and contest rules.
" ' "
Billie Houseman-Wakarchuk, former TCA/AC Chief Stewardess would like to
share some memories. This is further to the recent email regarding the "not
so recent" finding of TCA Flt 3 which was lost in the area north and east of
Two photos of the memorial cairns are available which we hope to place on
The following are the inscriptions on these two cairns.
First photo of Billie beside the cairn:
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT N 49' 24.34 W 122' 56.84
ON APRIL 28, 1947, TRANSCANADA AIRLINES FLIGHT 3,
ENROUTE FROM LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA WENT MISSING ON
ITS APPROACH TO VANCOUVER, BRITISH COULUMBIA. ITS LAST
REPORTED POSITION WAS OVER VANCOUVER AIRPORT
AT 2313 HOURS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DISCOVERED
AND IDENTIFIED IN SEPTEMBER, 1994 IN A REMOTE
AREA JUST WEST OF MOUNT ELSAY, ON A SLOPE
BEHIND A RIDGE INDICATED BY THE ARROW.
Second photo with the flowers:
THIS HONOURS THE MEMORY OF THE
PASSENGERS AND CREW OF TCA FLIGHT 3
WHO PERISHED ON APRIL 28, 1947.
"THEY WHO HAVE GONE,
SO WE BUT CHERISH THEIR MEMORY
ABIDE WITH US . . . "
ANTOINE de SAINT- EXUPERY
CAPTAIN W.G. PIKE - FIRST OFFICER A.A. STEWART
M.R. HAMBLIN - A. LESUIK - L. MILLOR - C.P. NUGENT
M. BROWN NUGENT - C.P. REPEAR - W. ROBSON
H.M. SAISBURY - M. TRERISE - V. ARMAND - VAHOUNY
D.A. VANCE - V.J. WARREN - J.H. WOOLF
I am very sorry that the
stewardess name on the cairn was not included with the pilots. She was
identified with the passengers.
The unveiling of the stone cairns and the memorial service after the
unveiling took place on April 25, 1995. We were unable to attend the
unveiling as there were transportation problems, only invited guests were
transported to the site at Rice Lake.
The memorial was conducted in a church at Deep Cove which is near Mt.
Seymour. TCA/AC was well represented. I cannot recall all who were there,
but Jackie (captain) and Mrs. Jones, Bob(captain) Penrose, Dave (captain)
Moir, and my husband, Al Wakarchuk, and I attended.
My apologies to anyone who attended the memorial service whom I did not
The memorial service was conducted by the Vancouver Airport Chaplain, The
Reverend Frank McLeod at the invitation of Air Canada.
We hope this will be of interest to you and possibly others.
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. From Murray Wallace setting the record straight -
I hate to argue with my old friend John Bell, but Captain Clark Henning was
not on the St. Therese DC-8. He died in the unfortunate training accident at
YOW with Bill Robinson and Don Orr.
BTW, Dal Woodard was aboard the DC-8 disaster at YYZ, again not at St.
Therese, along with my old friend Bun Moore who at that time was our
contract rep at Douglas/Long Beach.
and Ron Stewert sends this -
Just a small correction of John Bell's story on Clarke Henning........he was
one of the trainee pilots on the fatal flight training accident in Ottawa
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. That DC-9 saga continues -
Air Canada To Donate DC-9 To Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa.
On Friday, Air Canada announced it will donate a vintage 1960s
DC-9 aircraft to the Canada Aviation Museum’s collection. The aircraft, which
was the first twin-jet commercial aircraft
operated in Canada, is scheduled for delivery to the museum this spring. “Air
Canada is proud to help preserve this important piece
of Canadian aviation history by donating a Douglas DC-9 aircraft to the Canada
Aviation Museum in our nation’s capital,” said Captain
Rob Giguere, Executive Vice President, Operations. “With the retirement of the
DC-9 we say farewell to the workhorse of the
Air Canada fleet. The DC-9 changed the nature of air transportation in Canada
and represented for most Canadians their first experience of jet travel.”
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From the RAPCAN eMailNews issued by Duane Frerichs
We had flown our L-1011 all night from Vancouver to Prestwick, then down to
Birmingham and were on our way up to Manchester for our rest and layover.
Departure control gave us a fairly complex set of instructions ( turn to a
heading of 320, climb to 9000 ft., change to centre 124.85 and report to
them thru 5000ft.) Normally the F/O would have probably have handled all of
that but we were getting pretty tired and he missed a digit or two. They
repeated the clearance and the F/O corrected his earlier reply but
misplaced another digit or two. The exasperated controller then said " turn
to a heading of 320 and change to 124.85. We got it correct this time and
just before we changed to the new frequency a very British voice came on
the air, affecting a Southern drawl and said Y'all take care now y'hear?"
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