EARHART' STAR SWANK TO COMPLETE PILOT TRAINING
The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 is a familiar story, but outside of aviation circles, her other accomplishments are less well known. A new film that opened recently, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, explores Earhart's life as a pilot, leading up to that famous final flight. The Ninety-Nines, the women's pilot association that Earhart helped to launch, is holding events around the country to celebrate the opening of the film, in hopes that it will help spark interest in general aviation. Swank spent about 19 hours learning to fly after she agreed to take on the role and said that she hopes to complete her private pilot training. "It takes all of your senses; you're completely immersed," she said at a news conference in New Jersey, where she met with pilots from the Ninety-Nines and displayed one of the Lockheed Electras that flew in the film. "It was exciting to learn something new that really was challenging."
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New Coffee Club Meeting in the Fraser Valley -
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Quarter Century in Aviation Club
The Quarter Century of Aviation Club (Vancouver) is having it's second Meeting/Dinner of the year on Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 starting at 5:00PM. It's a real deal at $20 for roast beef, schnitzel, salad, dessert, coffee and tip included. Their web site has just been updated with all the meetings for this season (October to April) and they'd love to see you there.
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Hamilton Sundstrand has been awarded a 10 year Comprehensive Accessory Repair/Exchange for (18) B777 aircraft.
The Pionair's Newsletter sent out the following invitation for volunteers to work at YVR during the Olympics.
Air Canada is looking for volunteers from within Air Canada's retiree group to help them deliver the best possible experience for their customers. From February 9 to March 3 and March 12-21, 2010 bilingual volunteers are needed to provide French language support at Vancouver (YVR) Airport. If you are interested in volunteering please download the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Volunteer Application Form which is available on the
Fred Coyle sends this information - I was there and had my picture taken with the Torch. I am with my good friend Roger Skillings, the number 11 Torch Bearer for Canada.
Over the past months we have been publishing various photographs from earlier "Horizons", should any photos prompt a memory in seeing one of them, feel free to send us your comments and thoughts.
Musing through some older "Between Ourselves" magazines
Issued November 1946
Here we have a photo of as many of the Goose Bay staff as could be assembled.
Issue dated December 1946
The personnel of Staff Records in Winnipeg.
The 19th Passenger Agents class graduated from Winnipeg.
Here they are at a dinner in the Fort Garry hotel which accounts for
those satisfied expressions.
On November 1st, the inaugural flight between Victoria and Seattle took place with DC-3 equipment.
September 15th, the overseas service was extended from Prestwick. Prior to this date passengers continued on from Prestwick via Railway Air Services to Northolt airport.
From "Horizons" magazine issued May 1972
In this issue was the announcement that the "Horizons" will replace the "Between Ourselves" employee magazine which has been in existence since 1941.
The 747 First Class lounge is getting a new look by personnel at Dorval. The Finishing and Upholstery Shop is putting the finishing touches here.
Many new services were inaugurated with the North Star aircraft including Prestwick, Shannon, London, Paris, Dusseldorf, Florida and the Caribbean.
And a similar ceremony for Cargo Agents at Dorval, but only a five year pin here. A mass presentation of five year pins was made by Len Tardif, Cargo Service Manager, Dorval recently to a number of Cargo Agents who reached the anniversary.
Air Canada has sold three B747-233B to Hartford Aviation Group for part out. These aircraft have been in storage at Marana since October 2007.
C-GAGA fin 306 c/n 20977
C-GAGC fin 308 c/n 21354
C-GAGA fin 307 c/n 21627
Brussels Airlines is "set and ready" to enter the Star Alliance, with the formal accession scheduled for Dec. 9 in Brussels, October 27th Continental Airlines joined Star Alliance and becomes the 25th member.
Retirement from the Airlines & Pan American Slideshow
I have a double whammy for you this week (no extra charge) first a very funny joke posted on the ACFamily Network from "Kenway" and then a slide show compilation for PAN AM.
Retirement from the Airlines
We have a cockpit mock-up in our house:
When I mention to my wife that I miss flying, being retired, she puts me in the mock-up around bed time for 8 hours.
She has a chair in a closet, puts on the vacuum cleaner to simulate cockpit air noise, has a dim nite-lite to simulate cockpit lighting, serves luke-warm chicken with cold vegetables on a tray.
When I get sleepy and attempt to doze off, she knocks twice loudly on the door to simulate the F/As entering the cockpit.
Then after 6 hours she turns on a flood light directly in front of me to simulate the sun coming up when approaching 20 west.
I then get a cup of coffee that has been in the coffee maker all night.
Finally she lets me out and I have to get in the back seat of her car while she runs morning errands to simulate the bus ride to the hotel.
When we get home I tell her I am ready for bed and the bedroom door is locked for an hour to simulate the hotel rooms not being ready.
When I promise to never "complain" about being retired, I am allowed to enjoy my "layover" and go to bed.
Oh, and one more thing, she talks to her friends loudly outside the bedroom door to simulate the hotel maids chattering in the hall in their native language.
After two hours of sleep she calls the phone next to the bed from her cell and says this is crew scheduling.
PAN AM Slide Show
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Over the past months we have been publishing various photographs from earlier in-house magazines, should any photos prompt a memory in seeing one of them, feel free to send us your comments and thoughts.
On December 21, 1945 this aircraft type was registered to Canadian Pacific Airlines as CF-BHU. subsequently it was registered to Territories Air Service, Edmonton, Alberta on November 26, 1949.
August 2, 1951 registration was to Associated Airways Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta. 1955 found it registered to Pacific Western Airlines. December 12, 1958 registration was passed on to Ontario Central Airlines, Kenora, Ontario. This is the version shown below.
For the Vickers Viscount aficionados -
Jack Stephens sent us this information and photos which he received from a contact -
Subject: Information Regarding Fate of PP-SRN
Hopefully this email will help complete the story of Vickers Viscount PP-SRN. We're residents of Pedreira-SP, the last location of this formidable aircraft. On May 16th, 1993 a group of some young men decided to "burn" the plane to have some fun. Before that, on a unknown date of 1979, the plane was put on display on a hill, known as "Christ's Hill", available for tours and open to population.
As you may see, on the first picture , it was a beautiful location.
Clovis Cassiani / Tiago Magalhaes
Herman Kuipers has sent us this information -
Someone has done a great job of compiling vintage airline and aircraft pictures and showing them to a perfect soundtrack by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.
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Harvey Bergen shares this memory.
Your article (NetLetter nr 1092) on the Piper Cub being held together with duct tape reminded me of a flight from Montreal to Vancouver in a 727. There was an air leak around the Captain's window (which was a plug type window - the window was larger than the hole so the window would seat against the rim) so the mechanic taped the window edges of the hole with duct tape. When finished, I noticed a piece of tape projecting forward onto the forward window with the leading edge of the tape facing toward the front of the aircraft. I watched that piece of tape all the way to Vancouver as a very small piece ripped back, but the rest of that duct tape stayed fastened against the 400 knot wind generated by the motion of the aircraft.
Red Green may be onto something when he recommends duct tape - it is some tough tape.
Harvey Bergen Capt (ret'd)
Barney O'Connor sends us this correction to a name in the photograph YEG Jun 1961 printed in NetLetter nr 1091 -
Under TCA/AC People Gallery YEG 1961.The name spelt as DELORES DePowa is spelt wrong. It should be spelt as "Dolores dePaiva" who now lives in Richmond B.C. Regards Barney O'Connor; her brother in law. Also A retired AIR CANADA employee.
(Sorry Dolores, the names had been hand written, and eyesight not what is was - eds)
Montreal readers might be interested in the activities of the
Montreal Chapter of CAHS; thus the following news release:
Everyone is invited to attend the regular meetings of the Montreal
Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, which meets on the third Thursday of each month (except December and summer months), at 365 St. Louis Ave., in Pointe Claire. Meetings begin at 11:00 AM and a light lunch is available, for the voluntary landing fee of $5.00. This month the meeting is on Thursday November 19 and the speaker will be Frank Henley, who will explain the logistics of moving staff and materials to the James Bay Hydro-Electric Project.
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DRUNK PILOTS ESCAPE DISCIPLINE
An Indian newspaper, the Mail Today, is quoting an unnamed retired airline pilot as saying that senior airline pilots commonly turn up for work drunk and almost never get disciplined because they are too "precious."
The newspaper points out that there is no law against flying drunk in India, although pilots suspected of drinking are prevented from getting into the cockpit. An Air India flight from Mumbai to New York was delayed Monday when one of the four pilots checked in tipsy. A replacement was found, and the flight took off 45 minutes late. The unnamed source told the newspaper the pilot will probably be back in the left seat as soon as he sobers up
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ZED Fares Pricing Changes
Effective October 2, ZED Fares have changed, representing a decrease in the pricing of most zones, as shown in the Table below. For full details, please go to the Employee Travel Service website at
The following is reprinted from the National Pionairs Newsletter
U.S. TSA Secure Flight Program. As of October 31, 2009, all airlines flying to, from or within the USA including Air Canada are required under U.S. Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight Program, to collect certain mandatory Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) 72 hours prior to departure, for new reservations for all flights to, from or via the United States. For all bookings made within 72 hours of departure, the information must be collected at time of reservation.
These mandatory SFPD items are: full passenger name as it appears in the official travel document, date of birth and gender. A redress number (unique number that may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for passengers that share the same of similar name as someone on the US watch list), must also be added to each PNR if provided by the customer. The purpose of the Secure Flight Program is to facilitate watch list matching and enhance the ! security of domestic and international commercial air travel.
The Secure Flight requirement also applies to non-revenue bookings - please ensure that if your travel plans include flights to/from the United States, the Advance Passenger Information form located on aircanada.com and on the Employee Travel Site is completed with the required information at least 72 hours prior to your departure. (Note: Passport information must be included with the current online APIS application until November 5).
Effective November 6, the application will accept partial information and redress number. This means that after November 6, you will not be required to enter passport information 72 hours prior to departure. If SFPD is not collected on time, the airline is subject to significant fines.
Vern Swerdfeger has sent us a string of smiles which we will have in subsequent NetLetters.
From the Midsummer edition of "Between Ourselves" magazine issued 1945.
The Trials of a Stewardess
In civilian air circles a "short" is a non-priority passenger who must be removed from a flight if a priority passenger comes along. If possible, what is known as "protection" is given him. Arrangements are made to continue the journey by a later flight, by train, pony cart or whatever is available. Recently a young Stewardess, unfamiliar with flight vernacular, went to work for TCA. An hour out of Winnipeg she received by radio the following instructions: "Prepare to remove shorts at Toronto. No protection."
For awhile she was quite unhappy about it all.