The NetLetter #926
The NetLetter
Since Oct/95 May 21, 2006


Number 926

About us!

Nice to know...

Reader Feedback

Found on the Internet

Pionairs Coffee Klatch News

Terrys Travel Tips


AC Heritage Poster



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,

We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2719 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.

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

  • Nice to know...
  • Vesta

    Air Canada announced that it will introduce new non-stop services in the second and third quarters between the following cities: Toronto-Salt Lake City, Toronto-Shanghai, Montreal-Denver, Montreal-Mexico City, Edmonton-Yellowknife, Edmonton-Victoria, Edmonton-Kelowna, Calgary- Yellowknife, Calgary-Comox and Winnipeg- London (Ontario).

    "All-economy" flights scheduled to operate this summer. Some of our supplementary flights operated during peak summer months on year-round international routes will be flown using North America- configured B767-200s and B767-300s. Supplementary flights offering all-Economy service on the following routes will complement our year-round flights featuring a choice of Executive First and Economy service: Toronto-London Heathrow; Toronto-Paris, Montreal-Paris; Vancouver-Osaka; and Vancouver- Seoul. Separately, we will provide our new Premium Economy service, offering customers an enhanced economy product in the front cabin, on three summer-only seasonal routes effective mid-June: Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Manchester and Toronto-Dublin/Shannon. Our year-round Toronto- Rome service will offer Executive First during the peak summer months and Premium Economy the rest of the year.

  • Reader Feedback
  • Terry Champion sends us this -

    Edmonton - YXD Special event on July 9, 2006 - Be here to witness the recreation of the first 'airmail flight' between Calgary and Edmonton. We will also feature the roll-out the "Stinson Special" on this date.

    Hi everybody - The rollout of the Curtiss Special replica will be at 1400 hrs Sunday, July 9th, 2006 at the City Centre Airport in downtown Edmonton - the airport is YXD. This is where the Alberta Aviation Museum is located. The street address is:
    11410 - Kingsway Avenue
    Edmonton, AB T5G 0X4

    Just prior to the rollout a Cessna 172 will arrive from Calgary with airmail, replicating Katherine Stinson's flight of July 9th, 1918. The pilot, Audrey Kahovec, dressed in helmet, goggles, and long leather coat, will then park the Cessna and get into the Curtiss Special for the rollout.
    There is no charge for this event and the Alberta Aviation Museum will open its doors to free admission (donations would be appreciated). There is free parking in front of and nearby the Aviation Museum. No arrangements have been made for fly-ins but YXD has ample facilities for visiting aircraft.

    The PWA B-737 that Air Canada graciously donated to the Museum will be on display and open to the public as will a retired RCAF DC-3 that took part in D-Day and is still in its 1950's RCAF configuration inside and out.

    We would be pleased to provide any further info that would be useful/helpful.

    Thank you, Terry Champion <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
    The museum's URL is: and they mention the event under "Events" on that site.

  • Found on the Internet
  • Sabena Technics hangar at Brussels Airport was destroyed May 5th., by a heavy fire that damaged three A320s plus a C-130 belonging to the Belgian Air Force that were in the shop for heavy maintenance. One A320 belonged to Armenian airline Armavia, which lost another A320 two days earlier when it crashed into the Black Sea Additional A320s reportedly were owned by an Armenian entrepreneur and Hellas Jet, which was operating them with Volare titles.

  • Pionairs Coffee Klatch News
  • The Nanaimo Pionairs coffee klatch on May 10th was attended by Terry Baker, Pat and Art McCarville, Hans and Eppie Broucher, Carol and Bryan Humphrey and Terry Charles. The Next meeting will be in October, when we hope to hear of some exciting vacations taken during the summer.

  • Terrys Travel Tips
  • Subject: Startrips is back online website went back online on May 13, 2006 at 1711 MST.
    Have a look at our new site friends, it has been a real busy nine months, we hope you can take advantage of the many great hotels we have for you available through real time online bookings. Many more to come, so keep us in your favorites.


    Economy Room - From $108.00 per night
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    Club Room - From $183.00 per night (Including Breakfast)

    BONUS - Mention TIDD upon booking and on arrival we will have a bottle of bubbly in your room.
    Built in 1913 as the Commercial Travellers Club, Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is a heritage listed landmark and has been restored to it's original splendour, reflecting past glory and present grace.

    With a range of accommodation options and ideally located in the CBD, opposite Flinders Street Railway Station. Rendezvous Melbourne provides easy access to all of Melbourne's shopping, dining, entertainment and sporting venues including the MCG and Telstra Dome.

    To view this hot deal with pictures please click on the following link: listingid=656

    Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
    328 Flinders Street
    VIC 3000
    Phone: +61 3 9250 1888
    Fax: +61 3 9250 1877
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Web Site:

    Rate is valid from 08 May to 31 August 2006, is per room per night and includes GST. Industry rates are subject to availability. Industry identification must be presented on check-in.

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  • Smiley

    An ex-Marine Aviator, wanted to show off his new twin-engine plane. I was riding along as he put it through its paces. Suddenly, we were caught in a violent thunderstorm, with lightning crashing all around us. Next, we lost the radio and most of the instruments.
    As we were being tossed around in the sky, George said, "Uh-oh!"
    Fearing the worst, I asked, "What's wrong now?"
    George replied, "I got the hiccups. Do something to scare me."

    A Bonanza landed at my home airport some years ago with the leading edge of the left wing bashed in from hitting a goose in flight.
    A remark from a Cessna driver was overheard: "If he'd been flying a high-wing airplane, he'd have missed it."

    While trying to work touch-and-goes with a student in the traffic pattern at Daggett Airport, we were acutely aware of a pair of regional airline Fokker jets practicing the VOR approach to an intersecting runway. Each time they executed a missed approach, but we would hold short just in case they landed. Finally, I keyed the mic and asked them if they were ever going to land.

    Their curt response: "Negative, the company said they don't mind buying the gas, but we have to buy our own tires."

  • AC Heritage Poster
  • Enjoy this visual display of Air Canada’s historic fleet from its beginning in 1937 to the present including aircraft from:
    - Trans-Canada Airlines
    - Canadian Airlines
    - Pacific Western
    - Eastern Provincial
    - Nordair
    - Transair
    and Wardair

    This 68 x 96 cm (27 x 38 inch) poster is printed in full colour on high quality paper and depicts over 300 aircraft and liveries flown by Air Canada throughout its history.

    The cost of the poster is $24.99 plus tax and shipping where applicable. This is a great gift for reunions, retirements and birthday gifts, etc.

    A donation is made to Dreams Take Flight for each poster that is sold.

    More info here
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