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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 694 June 4th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
To get in touch with either editor/pilot our email address is
. Need to know.
The policy information regarding pass travel published in Netletter Nr 690 was
and has indeed changed already.
The effective date of the proposed changes has not yet been
fixed. Much will depend on the development of the new
automation. The official target is fall of this year. It may
well be a bit later.
The intent is to make as much travel as possible ticketless.
Again, we need to wait for the systems development before
publishing any hard policy.
American Airlines Offers ZED Fares To Air Canada Employees. Effective
immediately, all active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz employees,
their spouses and dependent children under the age of 21 can travel on American
using a ZED fare.
Vancouver Ticket Counter Notice. On June 1, the Air Canada ticket counter
located at the Vancouver "Park-N-Fly" on Miller Road, stopped issuing tickets.
>From this point on, employees/retiree are to use the main terminal for their
ticketing needs. The Air Canada ticketing counters are located between the
domestic and international departure counters on level 1 in the main Vancouver
terminal. Please allow enough time for ticket processing.
With the recent announcement that Pacific Coastal will be operating Vancouver
we have this information -
Air Canada have a low zed (ZL) agreement with Pacific Coastal.
They will not be accepting our u-write trip pass tickets.
The ZED pricing grid for your reference.
CHART-ZED FARES IN USD
MILEAGE (ZL) (ZM) (ZH)'
ZONE 1 1-450 13 19 25
ZONE 2 451-750 16 25 36
ZONE 3 751-1600 21 30 44
ZONE 4 1601-3200 32 43 68
ZONE 5 3201-4080 37 50 89
ZONE 6 4081-5000 41 59 105
ZONE 7 5001-6100 49 63 113
ZONE 8 6101-9000 57 70 126
FARES ARE CONVERTED TO LOCAL CURRENCY
SUBJECT TO TAXES AS APPLICABLE'
From this you will notice
YVR-YQQ would be USD13 per segment, plus taxes.
Tickets arranged through the call centre at 1 800 413-1113.
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. Air Canada news.
From the YYZNEWS issued by Brian Dunn -
Calgary-Phoenix route has been reduced for the summer season to two weekly
flights from June 3rd to October 3rd.
All Tango flights at Toronto airport will be moving to Terminal 3 effective
June 15th. Passengers will be checked in and board their Tango flight at a T3
gate. This was due to Tango's growth and the lack of domestic gate space at
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Jetsgo Is A Go. On June 12, Jetsgo will begin service on a domestic route
network that includes Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax, with
seasonal service to Sydney, NS and Stephenville. Following the no-frills trend,
the discount carrier will not have business class service or a lounge, and
customers will have to pay for food and beverages. Jetsgo will use three Boeing
MD-83 to service its routes, with a fourth to be added in the fall. Air Canada
has always held the position that given the opportunity, competition in the air
travel industry in Canada would thrive, and that consumers benefit from a
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. We recently added the following to our readership, here is a short bio -
Tony Buckley (wife Barbara) retired CP Air, February 7, 1968 to July 1st,
I am now residing in the Okanagen and am a member of C.A.I.R.E.
YWG, YVR and YOW airports 1968-1974
Manager Yukon and Alaska (Whitehorse) 1974-1978
District Sales Manager YVR 1979 - 1984
General Manager, Japan and Korea (based in Tokyo) 1985-1995
Regional Director Asia, (based in Hong Kong and Tokyo) 1996-1998
Director Sales, Western Canada, 1998-2000
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. News from the districts.
From the Okanagan newsletter -
supplied by Gerry Damskov Deputy Director Okanagan District Pionairs
For: Ron Goran, Director
SUMMERLAND PICNIC AT SUN OKA
JUNE 11th. 2002
Cost is $12.00
1200 hrs -- Meet and Greet 1230 hrs. -Lunch 1330hrs. --Games
As per last year a sumptuous buffet which will consist of:
Hot Chicken Breast, Cooked Rice, Tossed Salad, Bean Salad,
Rolls, Assorted Desserts & Punch ( Fruit )
Bring Lawn Chairs, and lots of dimes for games. And remember to wear a hat.
Payment in advance please to Tony Bestick (Treasurer)
OSOYOOS DESERT CENTER
SEPT.10th 2002 at 1030 hrs. Registration
Cost is $15.00
1100 hrs. -- Interpretive walking tour.
1230 hrs. -- Drive to Oliver lunch at Tinhorn Creek winery
for a buffet sandwich, a variety of chicken, ham, tuna and egg,
roast beef, egg salad, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, pickles, olives, rolls
Assorted deserts, punch and coffee.
One complimentary serving of wine.
Bring chairs and small patio or portable table.
Payment in advance please to Tony Bestick (Treasurer)
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High-Flying Attire On Display At B.C. Aviation Museum. The B.C. Aviation Museum
on Vancouver Island has added to its permanent collection eight Air Canada and
Trans Canada Air Lines uniforms worn by our flight attendants over the past
four decades. The display begins with the light blue summer uniform worn by TCA
staff from 1953-1963. The museum also has 19 planes on exhibit. It’s located at
1910 Norseman Rd., Sidney and is open from 104 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $4
for seniors. For information, call (250) 655-3300. Also, check their website at
, you’ll find lots of great details about the aircraft and links to
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. Star Alliance news -
Star Alliance News:
Star Alliance Welcomes Three New Members To Its Roster Of World Class Airlines.
On June 1, the Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance, approved the addition of
three new partners to the global airline group. Work will begin immediately on
the integration of Asiana Airlines of South Korea, LOT Polish Airlines and
Spanair of Spain into Star Alliance. It is anticipated that these carriers will
join the alliance within the next six to 12 months. This would bring the total
number of Star members to 17 airlines.
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Following is an update on what's happened with the Lockheed TCC so far this
On the 16th and 17th of May, Capt. Patry, Capt. Norberg, Capt Dodds, Capt. Reid
and I completed recurrent training on the Lockheed at St. Andrews Manitoba.
On the 18th and 19th Cap. Patry, Capt. Reid and I then ferried the aircraft to
Toronto via Thunder Bay, remained overnight, then on to Leamington next morning
to participate in the community sponsored airfest.
Morning of the 21st we (Capt. Patry, Capt. Reid and I) departed Leamington for
Brampton . There Capt. Patry disembarked and Capt. Reid and I continued on to
position the aircraft in Montreal.
Weekend of May 25th and 26th saw TCC at Lachute on static display for a " fly
in" of Montreal aviation enthusiasts. It was very well attended and the DREAMS
TAKE FLIGHT staff were on hand to support their program. I think the aircraft
was a highlight of the weekend.
Friday the 31st of May and Sat. June 1st, the aircraft was scheduled to fly in
support of the Starlight Foundation out of Dorval. Friday was a bummer day
filled with thunderstorms, heavy rain with associated winds and even hail in
the evening. Discretion being the bettor part of valor flying was cancelled !
Sat. saw a bright sunny morning and we flew flights which were full of keen
aviation enthusiasts. Although it was quite windy, the wind favored us by being
directly down the runway and so were able to operate until about 13:00 local.
THEN the wind got off the runway and decided to accelerate and gust, with
gusts to 52kts. Even the birds quit flying in that so we followed their
example and stopped as well.
All in all it was a successful operation. However
there were some disappointed but understanding folks,I might add, who had come
from as far as Ottawa to fly.
TCC is running like the proverbial " Swiss watch" and has been polished
brighter than ever. Retired VP Maintenance Bernie Gillies was there for a
flight but was one of the disappointed.
Starlight Foundation had eight flights scheduled over the two days and
accomplished five of them. They raised $5400.00 for the program and the Pilots
Crew Scheduling office, who coordinates the Starlight flights were pleased to
raise that amount.
Sunday and Monday, June 2nd and 3rd, the Lockheed will fly for DREAMS TAKE
FLIGHT here. Hopefully somebody will turn the wind down a few notches and the
operation will be "sked- routine".
Weekend of June 8th and 9th will see TCC in Ottawa at the Rockliffe airport
flying from the National Aviation Museum supporting DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT. If
anyone is interested in flying there(in Ottawa) you should contact Roger
Guilbault at 613-565-1527.
Monday June 10th Capt. Patry and I will be flying with the M.O.T. inspectors
and then ferry the aircraft to Toronto. TCC will be in attendance at the
Canadian Aviation Trade show in Oshawa June 14th, 15th and 16th.
Today we received this news from Alan -
A.O.G.( Aircraft On Ground)
Everyone knows what that stands for if they have been around the "operations"
end of the airline for any length of time. Well for the first time in years,
Tango Charlie Charlie went "AOG" on Sunday.
On June 2nd, the Lockheed was planned to fly for DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT from
Dorval. The aircraft departed at 09:00 for the first of four flights. As it
turned out it was the first flight for the day and the last for the day.
In my first update on Tango Charlie Charlie, I made a statement "the aircraft
was running like a Swiss watch". Well the aircraft perhaps didn't like being
compared to a watch, I guess, as on Sunday the watch stopped ticking.
The left engine fuel pressure began fluctuating and associated low pressure
light on. The pressure dropped to about half its normal value. We returned to
Dorval and investigated the problem. The problem was a sticking reverse flow
fuel check valve plumbed in parallel with the engine driven pump and an
electric back up pump. Mike Clarkson, the maintenance engineer supporting the
days flying, removed, inspected, cleaned and replaced the valve. Fuel pressure
now normal. Engine run and operated normally until shutting it down. It was
impossible to shut off the engine using the normal procedure. It just continued
to run. To get it to stop it was necessary to select the fuel shut off valve to
the closed position and let it run out of fuel. In addition there was a now a
fuel leak from within the carburetor. After Mike discussed the problem with
the Winnipeg maintenance staff, a decision was taken to replace the carburetor.
Tango Charlie Charlie was U/S for two days and is now just been returned to
service( Monday evening).
Maintenance engineer George Huntington, from Winnipeg, brought a replacement
carburetor and both mechanics installed it this evening.
Tomorrow if the DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT staff can round up their passengers they
will get to fly in the evening.
The aircraft is now running like a real Lockheed !
In my ten year association with the aircraft that is the first time I can
recall it has been unserviceable for more than a few hours.
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. Terry's travel tips.
Interlining Plus has these deals -
Canadian Rockies -
Crowfoot Tour, 6 days Calgary return includes:
5 nights accommodation, Banff tour & golfola, Jasper tour, Columbia
Maligne Lake tour, Yoho sightseeing tour & motor coach
Oct 5th thru 17th from ca$935 pp
Canadian Rockies Highlights
6 days Calgary to Vancouver or Vancouver to Calgary. Includes:
5 nights accommodations, Banff tour & Goldola, Mountain Lakes and
Rocky Mountaineer Train (2 days with meals) and motor coach
Oct 5th to 12th from ca$1,149 pp
May 29 to Oct 3 from ca$1,455 pp
Call 1-800-665-3100 form more information on these and other deals.
Travel tip from Interlining Plus -
Place a dryer (fabric softener) sheet in your suitcase. This will
keep your clothes
fresh while you travel.
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Although we have seen these several times, it bears repeating for our newer
sent in by Ted Zubek -
Aircraft Maintenance Problems and Solutions:
Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of
humor. Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems,
known as "squawks," submitted by QANTAS pilots and the solution recorded
by maintenance engineers.
P [in list below means] - The problem logged by the pilot.
S [in the list below means] - The solution and action taken by the
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Test flight OK, except autoland very rough.
S: Autoland not installed on this aircraft.
P: No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid.
S: No. 2 propeller seepage normal. Nos. 1, 3 and 4 propellers lack
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on backorder.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-fpm descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
S: That's what they're there for!
P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
P: Suspected crack in windscreen.
S: Suspect you're right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with words.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.
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