The NetLetter #942
Since Oct/95 Sept 30, 2006


Number 942

About us!

Need to know...

Avro Arrow Celebration

Star Alliance News

Reader Feedback

Found on the Internet

Terry's Travel Tips



NetLetter Archives

About us!

Since October 1995, Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker have been issuing an email newsletter for those ex Air Canada types who have provided us with their email addresses. The Newsletter was created by Vesta, who gave the name 'NetLetter' and added 'Between Ourselves' - a TCA periodical with which you are probably familiar with from the 50's and 60's. It was then changed to "Between Yourselves" to avoid confusion when "Horizons" resurrected the name. Then finally simplified to just "The NetLetter".

We believe that our NetLetter, which originates from Vancouver Island, was the FIRST to use this medium to disperse information for retirees of Air Canada.

The NetLetter contains airline related information such as anecdotes or stories supplied by some of the recipients, Internet tips, travel news, cheap... excuse me, "inexpensive" accommodations, tours, interline travel, and, in some small way, we help keep our Air Canada family together and in touch.

Our 'NetLetter' is NOT sponsored by any Pionair group, nor are we seeking any financial support, only the Internet email addresses of those who would like to receive our 'NetLetter'. Please forward this to other retirees who can then subscribe right from the forwarded link at the bottom of this email.


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Dear NetLetter,

Welcome to the 942nd issue of "NetLetter". We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2731 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.

The "NetLetter" is written by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker from Vancouver Island (see sidebar) and published courtesy of the ACFamily Network at

  • Need to know...
  • Vesta

    Departing passengers at Toronto's Pearson International Airport will be charged ca$20.00 instead of ca$15.00 effective January 1st., 2007. The fee for passengers with connecting flights will, however, remain at ca$8.00

    Should it be necessary to contact the Employee Travel Staff there are a couple of methods to do this;
    - You can phone them at : 1-866-473-4732
    Or Send an E-Mail to:
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    If you should find your Employee Travel Profile closed, you will have to contact the staff to resolve the issue which has caused this closure to happen.

  • Avro Arrow Celebration
  • Gala Celebration for the Avro Arrow - A new commemorative full-scale model of Canada's famous Avro Arrow aircraft, constructed by the Toronto Aerospace Museum, will be previewed at a special fundraising Gala Celebration on Thursday, October 5, 2006 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Museum located at Downsview Park.

    The public viewing of the Avro Arrow will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum. The Museum is celebrating with an "Open House" on Sunday and Monday (Thanksgiving Day) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a 'Pay What You Can' (PWYC) donation requested.

    The Toronto Aerospace Museum is located in Downsview Park, at 65 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3K 2E1. Call 416 638-6078, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the museum website:

    More info on the Avro Arrow...
  • Star Alliance News
  • Star Alliance

    South African Airways played host to the airline's first in-flight wedding over the long weekend. Suzy Davis and Terry Pawelko from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, exchanged vows and were 'married' by SAA Captain, Richard Holdengarde on SA343 from Johannesburg to Cape Town on Friday, 22 September.

    Recently, a local Global TV station aired the news regarding the birth of a premature baby on a British Airways flight from London UK to Boston, which had to divert to Halifax. At no time was the British Airways aircraft shown but they did show an in-flight image of an Air Canada aircraft - now that's smart free advertisiing.

  • Reader Feedback
  • Paul Cormier sends us this message -
    I love your Netletter, and this morning would like especially to acknowledge George Brien's comments (in NetLetter nr 941) and bring back common events with him and his brother (?name). I am Paul Cormier, started in YQM, to YHX as Telecom operator, then YZV, when George came as relief operator, then YBG when I became manager. These are the years 1954 to 1970. Sept-Iles was very busy in those years, being a trans-at alternate, handling DC8s, Super Connies, Vanguards, Bristol Frieghters, DC3s, Viscount, North Stars,and Lockheeds Its nice to hear from people still around from those great years of TCA and AC.
    Paul Cormier"

    (We welcome any and every comment regarding articles in our NetLetter - eds)

    The following was received from Manon Touchette and refers to the article in NetLetter nr 940 -
    As a matter of interest for you and Gord Girvan (we used to work side by side in the Execair building, me as EXPAIR) CF-MCF which crash landed in Issoudun QC on august 11, 1957, was an ex-UNITED Airlines DC-4, imported in to Canada by Québecair in late 1953 as CF-HVL, flown on regular passenger services between Mont-Joli QC and Frobisher Bay N.W.T. (Iqualuit) from then on and until spring of 1957 (I flew it then) when it was sold to M.C.A. for 650,000$. (Quite some bucks for the time) I thought I wud pass this little note along......

    Jean-Louis Trepanier Ex-QUEBECAIR (Rimouski-Mont Joli- Montreal) (Ex-EXPAIR International (Montreal) Best regards to you all....

  • Found on the Internet
  • A Montreal man whose SUV was damaged by a Piper Cherokee making a forced landing last week says he can't believe the spin his insurance company is putting on the mishap. Allstate says Bill Mack must pay the $1,000 deductible on the $4,000 in damages his Dodge Durango sustained when the Cherokee dropped in on him. There were no serious injuries in the crash. Quebec has a no-fault type of system in which insurance companies cover their clients' losses with no deductible. But that only applies to car crashes and Allstate spokesman Derek Tupling told the Montreal Gazette the company has to investigate cases like this to determine who's at fault, something Mack found hard to take. Perhaps adding insult is that the Canadian Transportation Safety Board's initial report faults the pilot for moving the plane's fuel tank selector to the wrong position and starving the engine of fuel.

    Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline today (26th Sept) announced an exclusive five year deal with InviseoMedia to install seatback advertising across the entire current and future fleet of 239 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

    The 'Inviseo Table' is a custom-made, personal backrest tray-table, set with an integrated advertising panel for printed advertisements. During the next two years, Ryanair's entire fleet will be fitted with the Inviseo Table, offering advertisers unparalleled access to 42M passengers this year growing to 70M+ passengers p.a. in 2012.

  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • From the Rabbit - Search for hotel and accommodations at prices less than you can obtain direct. Many have FREE extras, such as free parking, use of facilities and some meals. Arrangements can be made at the last minute to help with interline standby arrangements as well up to 365 days in advance on pre contracted discount deals.
    Look no further - here you'll find prices better than interline rates!
    Here is the suggested site -

    This is just a sample of what awaits you! When you have time, hop online and check out all of the wonderful Interline offerings that await you! The rabbit is hopping with many more great deals! Log on:

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  • The hosting, and mailing of the NetLetter as well as the conversion to HTML format is provided compliments of the ACFamily Network and Nerds On Site. Content is researched and submitted by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker. Thank you for letting us into your homes!

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  • Important reminder, for all new articles, submissions and or comments for the "The Netletter" please send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Please add to your Address Books).

    This e-mail address has been set up so that both of us Terry & Vesta (exclusively) will get an automatic copy and so we can keep up with the continuity of news for the NetLetter.

    To make changes to your e-mail address or to unsubscribe, please see the links at the bottom of the page for "Update Profile/Email address" and SafeUnsubscribe. This is now automated so that you can remove yourself from the list or change your email address (or name) without our assistance. We will still do this manually if you have any difficulties.

    Many of our members are having difficulty finding these links. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page, the link is similar to the following image. (The image below doesn't work but your links at the bottom will).

    Vesta, Terry and Alan thank you for your co- operation.

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