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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 709 Aug 1st, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Need to know.
In our last, delayed, NetLetter nr 708, we reported on the Air Canada's 65th
Anniversary Celebrations - How Would You Like To See Your name Displayed On One
Of Our Aircraft? To celebrate our rich heritage and the 65th anniversary of our
operations, we will paint one of our aircraft with a unique design, known as
the 'Symphony of Voices.'.................
We did ask why retirees were not given the same opportunity as active
employees, and this was the response we received.
> I have checked this out for you and have been informed by our Director of
> Employee Communications that the reason retirees cannot be included in the
> "Symphony of Voices" project is strictly due to a "time" issue related to the
> privacy act. Because the majority of our retirees do not get The Daily, AC
> would have had to send each individual a letter at home telling them about
> this project. We would be required to ask them to advise us in writing if
> they did not want to have their name included (just like we did in The Daily
> and have posted on Aeronet for active employees). Privacy act mandates that
> employees need to have the choice of opting out. Time constraints did not
> allow us enough time to contact everyone who is not active and cannot be
> reached via The Daily or Aeronet.
> I hope this will clarify the situation for you.
" ' "
. Bill Willows sends us this article -
LONG FLIGHT HOME
INDY the dog is finally going home more than a week late.
The 5-year-old German Shepherd-Labrador cross made International
headlines last week after Air Canada lost the dog during a stopover in
Montreal on a trip from Fredericton to Victoria.
The owners were rightly outraged. To lose luggage is bad enough, to
a dag is unforgiveable.
In a heartwarming move that still proves Canadians are willing to help
strangers in need, residents living near Dorval Airport spent days searching
for the shy dog. The owners had driven to B.C. by car and were sending their
two dogs by air.
A man found Indy on Sunday hiding in long grass near the airport,
and exhausted. The dog had been missing since July 22nd when the door of her
kennel swung open on the tarmac as she awaited the connecting flight to British
Columbia. Indy was flying Cargo Class - about $500.
Air Canada ships about 28,000 animals each year. It claims to have a
good record in getting dogs, cats - even Koala bears to their destinations
safely and on time.
Now, if it could only do that with baggage.
From today's (July 31st) Toronto Star, Editorial page
" ' "
. Joan H. Smith lives in South Surrey, BC.,recently joined our readership and
sends this short bio -
Record Controller - Canadian Airlines
Started with C. P. Air in 1973 as A/C Cleaner. Reclassified as Maintenance
Clerk after 6 months and worked in Tech Records for 11 years. Worked in
Sheet Metal then reclassified to Records Controller and finished my career
in Material Control. Retired in 1994.
" ' "
. Our chief pilot - Vesta - found this info -
*** Glowing glasses could cure jetlag
Glowing spectacles could hold the key to avoiding jetlag after long-haul
Scientists in Australia have developed hi-tech glasses which they say prevents
the mental and
physical fatigue associated with flying across different time zones. They
believe that wearing
the glasses for a couple of hours before and during flights could help the
human body clock
to adjust to travel more easily. According to a report in the Daily Mail
spectacles use lights to help stimulate the brain and wind the body clock
backwards or forwards.
" ' "
. Where are they now!
ex-Air Canada (ex Canadian) B737-275C C-GFPW c/n 21294 fin 552 now operated
by First Air is fitted with the optional gravel runway kit. The attachment to
the front gear assembly will prevent the front wheeels from launching loose
gravel towards the engine intakes. The nozzles at the bottom of each engine are
vortex generators. This allows First Air to operate in the northern parts of
Canada where runway facilities are not always ashpalt or concrete runways.
" ' "
. Remember when!
From the January 1947 issue of Between Ourselves, which had been saved all
these years by Reg Watkins, and sent to us by Jim Pearce.
OUR FIRST NORTH STAR -
On November 19th, 1946 TCA took delivery of its first North Star. On that
date, when R. J. Baker, TCA's Engineering and Research Test Pilot, taxied the
big aircraft, with its bright red maple leaf insignia, on to the ramp at our
Dorval base after its acceptance flight, it officially became our own. It was
the first of a line of great ships that soon will bear TCA's name with new
honor and prestige on international airways.
This aircraft was the first DC-4M production model to roll off the assembly
line at Canadair's Cartierville plant. At time of writing, it was expected that
two sister ships would be close behind and would be flying with TCA before the
end of 1946. More DC-4M's will follow, at an increasing rate of speed, as soon
as current difficulties, caused by an acute shortage of parts, are overcome.
TCA's first few North Stars (the DC-4M1 's) will have unpressurized
cabins. Later models
(the DC-4M2's) will be pressurized versions. This type should be ready by
spring and they
will eventually constitute all of TCA's four-engined fleet.
At present our initial North Star is being used to train the Trans-Atlantic
crews on four-engined flying procedures. But as soon as crews have received
adequate instruction and sufficient equipment becomes available, the new
aircraft will be put into service on theTrans-Atlantic routes.
From their Lancaster predecessors, the North Stars will inherit a rich legacy
of high service and reliability in air transportation. To this inheritance,
these fine aircraft will add an abundant
measure of speed, passenger comfort and luxurious accommodation.
" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
cnr Federal & Kingston St, Auckland, NZ
nz$95 + GST standard or nz$105 + GST Deluxe
phone +64 9 375 5900 Fax +64 9 375 5901 Toll free 0-800-755-900
Pacific International Hotel
The Esplanades, Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia
au$110 standard, au$130 Exec au$160 Deluxe
Stay 3 nights and receive free continental breakfast daily
phone +61 7 4051 7888 Fax +61 7 4031 1445 Toll free 1-800-079-001
cnr Gold Coast Hwy & Laycock St, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217 Australia
au$75 valid until August 31/02
phone +61 7 5588 7888 fax +61 7 5588 7887 Toll free 1-800-683-866
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Gord Dalziel sent us these -
REDNECK PILOT JOKES...
You've ever taxied around the airport just drinking beer.
You wouldn't be caught dead in a Grumman Yankee.
You use an old sweet mix sack as a windsock.
You constantly confuse "Beechcraft" with "Beechnut."
You've never flown a nose-wheel airplane.
You refer to formation flying as "We got us a convoy."
Your matched set of lightweight flying luggage is 3
grocery bags from Piggly Wiggly.
You have a gun rack in the rear window.
You have more than one roll of duct tape holding your cowling on.
You figure mud and manure in your weight and balance calculations.
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