The NetLetter #880
The NetLetter
"Since Oct/95 - Now serving 2,234 AC retirees" April 10, 2005


Number 880

About us!

Nice to Know...

Found on the Internet

Air Canada News

Other News

Reader feedback!


Remember When...

Terry's Travel Tips



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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.

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  • Nice to Know...
  • Vesta

    Important Information for our Snowbirds et al to whom it may concern.

    U.S. WILL DEMAND PASSPORTS FROM CANADIANS In response to a new rule requiring most Canadians to carry passports for entry into the U.S., Public Security Minister Anne McLellan said Americans may also have to carry the document to enter Canada.
    For Full Story click here

  • Found on the Internet
  • Winnipeg Flying Club closed after 78 years...

  • Air Canada News
  • Non-stop service to Rome begins. As announced last fall, we're reintroducing our non-stop flights between Toronto and Rome. With our cost restructuring, we're now able to offer a competitive year-round product. In addition, beginning April 12th in cooperation with Air One, a Lufthansa partner airline, we will offer codeshare flights via Rome to Lamezia Terme, Catania, Palermo, Turin and Venice. With this codeshare agreement, we're extending our network to more destinations throughout Italy and will be able to offer our customers a more seamless travel experience.

    Air Canada and WestJet Airlines both reported higher traffic figures for March, the same month that discount competitor Jetsgo abruptly ceased operations.
    For FULL STORY Click here

  • Other News
  • Japan unveils 20-year plan to visit the moon Last Updated Wed, 06 Apr 2005 18:55:34 EDT CBC News

    TOKYO - Japan's space agency said it plans to develop a manned spacecraft and send it to the moon within the next 20 years.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said it will have a rocket capable of carrying humans into space within 10 years. This artist rendering released by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency shows a manned space craft. (AP photo)

    * FROM FEB. 28, 2005: Japan aims for moon base by 2025
    The project will be based on the H-2A rocket the country successfully launched into space in February to transport a communications satellite.

    JAXA will then begin work on a reuseable Japanese space shuttle based on a robot spaceship now under development to ferry cargo to and from the international space station.

    Plans call for a Japanese astronaut to be sent to the moon within 20 years. JAXA is also planning to use robots to conduct probes, and build a staffed research base on the moon, an agency official said Wednesday. Long-range satellites that travel 1.5 million kilometres and search for evidence of the universe's origins and life beyond the Earth are also planned, the spokesperson said.

    Another part of the aerospace program is a passenger airliner that will travel at Mach 2 or twice the speed of sound, to fly people between Tokyo and Los Angeles in five hours. An unmanned hydrogen- fuelled plane that can travel at Mach 5, is also in the works, he added.

    Last year, Japan shifted its space plans from a probe- based program to a potential astronaut program.

    China, which put its first astronaut into orbit in October 2003, has also announced plans for a mission to the moon.

  • Reader feedback!
  • Help wanted! (from Walter Jacyk)

    I'm planning to take a trip to Honolulu Hawaii, early in June. and then continue on to Cairns Australia (via Sydney). Could anyone recommend good accommodations in Honolulu and Cairns?
    Thank You,
    Walter Jacyk
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    Please Welcome the following to the NetLetter

    Joyce Goodall, (1959-2001 service dates) New Westminster, British Columbia sent us this biography.

    I began my airline career with Pacific Western Airlines in Edmonton as a secretary in Flight Operations in 1959. Transferred to PWA Reservations in Vancouver in May 1973, to Crew Scheduling (Vancouver) in June 1974, and to YVRAP as a Customer Service Agent in May 1976. My date of retirement was January 31, 2001.

    Joyce Goodall
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    Help appreciated:<br> Capt. Gallagher wrote:
    I'm in my final edit with my novel and need an expert to help. I wish to contact an AC engine shop [repairs] mechanic. I wish information on fan seizure due reverse exhaust that occur during landings.

    thank you,
    John D. Gallagher,
    Retired AC Captain
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  • Books
  • Our Flying Heritage
    If you have made a contribution to Canadian aviation or have a vital interest in it, this illustrated book of 151 pages on our flying heritage should interest you, your children and relatives. It is my third book on this subject which first interested me as a youth in the depression laden 1930s when I won an airline flight Buffalo-New York-Florida before any air passenger service existed across Canada.

    The book covers early air heroes who tried to simulate the flight of birds right through to the wonders of the jet age. It ranges from early bush flying to Canadian efforts to master instrument flying and conquer the oceans of the world. It deals with the fast wooden wonder of the second world war and other great aircraft.

    The chapters vary from aviation humour and air mysteries to dreams come true. It relates the story of early airline stewardesses through to lady pilots. And on to the golden age of the 1960s.

    It ends with a projection of the role of aviation in our future world.

    You may receive a copy of this book by sending a cheque or money order for $19.95 to its author, Ross Smyth, 8965 Tolhurst St., Montreal QC H2N 1W9.

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  • Remember When...
  • For the Popes first visit to Vancouver, on September 18th., 1984, the entourage arrive aboard a CPAir (or was it PWA?) B737 fin 583, later the Air Canada fin assigned was 783. This aircraft C-GSPW c/n 22618. was originally leased from Arkia of Israel, then leased to Air Norterra Nov 27/01 and returned to Arkia Oct 25/03 but finally sold to Air Norterra.

  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • CHINAPAC INTERNATIONAL - FAM TRIPS As one of North America's most distinguished package tour operators to the Orient we welcome you to our great offerings in the Orient! ChinaPac International is proud to bring you the very best in tours of both China and Thailand coupled great hotel Interline prices in China! Rest assured that the programs and packages we have available here for you are the most competitively priced in the Interline marketplace.

    Here are some of our great programs:
    Interline FAMS to China.
    Interline FAMS to Thailand.
    Interline rates at Hotels in Beijing, Shangahi and Hong Kong.

    When you locate the tour would would like to reserve, simply complete our Book/Inquire Form or call us at the numbers listed. Be sure to "Quote the Tour Code" so we can respond to your inquiry expeditiously!

    Egypt Has it All
    1 Week Safari ~ $499
    2 Days Cairo, 1 Day Alexandria,
    4 Days Siwa Oasis
    5 Star Accommodation
    1 nights BB at Cairo Sheraton or similar in Cairo (first stay)
    1 nights BB at Almontaza Sheraton
    2 nights BB at a local Siwan Hotel
    1 night BB at a desert camp
    1 Full day Cairo including Egyptian Museum and Pyramids & Sphinx
    1 Full day Alexandria including Greco-Roman Museum, Catacombs and Pompey's Pillar
    1 Full day Desert Safari
    1 Full day tour in Siwa
    Transfer airport/Aljazeera Hotel in Cairo (day 1)
    Transfer hotel/Alexandria Sheraton (day 2)
    Transfer Alexandria / Siwa Hotel (day 3)
    Transfer Hotel in Siwa /airport Cairo (day 07)
    1 Week ~ $699

    4 Days Cairo, 2 Days Alexandria,
    1 Day Fayoum

    ALL INCLUSIVE: 5 Star Accommodation

    4 nights BB at Cairo Sheraton or similar in Cairo (first stay)
    1 night BB at Almontaza Sheraton in Alexandria
    1 night BB at Cairo Sheraton or similar in Cairo (second stay)

    2 Full day Cairo including Egyptian Museum and Pyramids & Sphinx
    1 Full day Alexandria including Greco-Roman Museum, Catacombs and Pompey's Pillar

    Transfer airport/Cairo Sheraton H
    otel in Cairo (day 1) Drive Cairo/Alexandria (day 05)
    Drive Alexandria/Cairo (day 06)
    Drive Cairo/Fayoum (day 07)
    Transfer Fayoum /Cairo International airport

    All employees of Airlines, Travel agents, Tour Operators etc. (All Interline community) are eligible to a 10% discount on all our main programs. Please note that specials cannot be reduced.

    Hop on to to view a great selection of tours by Egypt Has it All

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    A man telephoned an airline office in New York and asked, "How long does it take to fly to Boston?"
    The clerk said, "Just a minute..."
    "Thank you," the man said and hung up.

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