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
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.
We were presently surprised by how many of you
took advantage of our Deposit Data Box for
backup of your email, important documents and
favorites, etc. If you missed it last week, see
below how you can backup your data very easy.
It's inexpensive as well and there's 30 day free
For our new readers
We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by
over 2700 retirees when counting our email
distribution and those that print the NetLetter and
give them out to their friends.
To get in touch with either the Editor/Pilot or Co-
Pilot our email address is still
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
Many of our members are having difficulty finding
these links. You will need to scroll to the bottom of
the page, the link in similar to the following image.
(The image below doesn't work but your links
at the bottom will).
Alan Rust - ACFamily Administrator
Need to know...
Got feedback on the New Employee Services
and Employee Self-Service (ESS)?
If you are an active or retired employee based in
Canada or the U.S., you now have an opportunity to
provide us with your feedback on the new services
that were introduced on June 6th. Just click on the
Employee Services Feedback link on the
ACaeronet page. It's quick and will only take
a couple of minutes of your time. Your feedback will
be valuable to ongoing improvements
Travel Advisory for PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI,
Air Canada Security continues to evaluate the
situation in Haiti and considers it safe for our
operations. Air Canada crews do not have a layover
in Haiti and the aircraft operate turn flights with
short ground times.
However, the security situation away from the
airport in Haiti can be dangerous and unpredictable.
Kidnappings and carjacking are on the rise. These
acts are mostly taking place in the areas of Bel Air,
Martissant, and Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince.
Demonstrations, protests, marches, and strikes,
some violent, may occur at any time. They can
quickly turn into violent demonstrations with gunfire
and burning barricades. Local transportation services
can be disrupted. Roadblocks may occur on main
roads at any time and often cause traffic disruptions.
Curfews may also be in effect.
The rhetoric of some activists and popular
organizations has been anti-foreign; therefore,
travelers in Haiti are advised to take the following
* Avoid high-risk areas of Bel Air, Martissant, and
Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince.
* Avoid large crowds, particularly in downtown Port-
* Do not attempt to cross blockades, even if they
* Maintain a high level of vigilance, monitor local
developments and news broadcasts.
* Monitor the political situation and remain indoors
during political rallies and demonstrations.
Nice to Know
IMPORTANT NEW PASSPORT REGULATIONS FOR
TRAVEL TO/FROM THE USA MACHINE-READABLE
UPDATE June 15, 2005: Travelers from the 27
countries participating in the United States' Visa
Waiver Program (VWP) must have a machine-
readable passport to enter the United States. Please
visit the following for more info:
If you are in possession of a passport issued by any
of the 27 countries listed below, please contact the
passport issuing authority to ensure that you are in
possession of a machine-readable passport. Please
note that boarding will be denied to travelers from
VWP countries that do not have machine-readable
The 27 countries participating in the Visa Waiver
Program include: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,
Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Additional information regarding the Visa Waiver
Program is available on-line at: www.dhs.gov
WESTERN HEMISPHERE TRAVEL INITIATIVE
On Tuesday, April 5, 2005, the U.S. State
Department announced details of the
proposed "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative." If
the proposed rules are enacted, U.S. and Canadian
citizens will be required to carry a passport for travel
to or from certain countries/areas that were
previously exempt. The proposed implementation is
* December 31, 2005 - Passport required for all air
and sea travel to or from the Caribbean, Bermuda,
Central and South America.
* December 31, 2006 - Passport required for all air
and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada.
* December 31, 2007 - Passport required for all air,
sea and land border crossings.
Once the proposed rules are finalized - either in their
current form or a modified form - the cruise industry
will communicate that information to our travel agent
partners and guests. In the meantime, individuals
with future travel plans that would be affected by
the proposed new rules are strongly encouraged to
obtain a passport now.
More ACV Sun destinations open to book for winter
travel. Air Canada Vacations (ACV) is now accepting
confirmed, advance bookings to more destinations for
travel this winter. In addition to Barbados and Puerto
Plata, three additional destinationsAruba, Guadeloupe
and St. Martin/Maartenare now open to book for
travel on or after Nov. 1. Instead of using the
Employee Travel Site (ETS), employees and retirees
who wish to book their winter vacation to these
destinations will now, until further notice, need to do
so by contacting Staff Travel via e-mail at
This temporary change in staff booking procedure is
a result of ACV's current transition to new
reservation system. Once the transfer is completed,
we will return to booking through ETS. More
destinations will be open in early July, and we will
keep you informed as they become available. Please
note, if you plan to travel before Oct. 31, you may
still book your vacation on ETS.
Air Canada has announced new transborder
routes between Las Vegas and both Calgary and
Air Canada pilots over the weekend rejected
a new tentative agreement, and as a result the
carrier informed Boeing that it has canceled the
massive $6 billion 777/787 order it placed in April.
Air Canada parent ACE Aviation sold a 12.5 percent
stake in its Aeroplan loyalty points business on June
22nd., 2005 in the airline industry's first spinoff of a
frequent flyer program.
Found on the Internet
The NTSB has released new information
(including cockpit voice excerpts) related to the Oct.
14 2004 fatal crash of a Pinnacle Airlines regional
jet. The pilots were flying an empty Bombardier CL-
600-2B19 and hoping to "have a little fun" when they
decided to climb to the jet's maximum altitude at
FL410, according to transcripts from the Cockpit
Voice Recorder (CVR) that the NTSB released this
week. The two were ferrying the 50-seat jet from
Little Rock, Ark., to Minneapolis on Oct. 14. A
controller questioned the jet's model and altitude told
the pilots, "I've never seen you guys up at 41 there."
The crew responded, "Yeah, we're actually ... we
don't have any passengers on board, so we decided
to have a little fun and come up here.'' Minutes later,
the pilots told controllers first that one and later that
both engines had failed.
Female British Airways pilots won right to
hours to care for children.
As part of the aircraft certification, the
fourth A380 will simulate evacuation proceedures.
Fitted out with 835 seats and filled with volunteers
from local sports clubs. The aim of the test is to
evacuate all passengers plus 10 crew, in 90 seconds.
Under the terms of certification, only 8 of the 16
exits will be used. The results will determine the
number of passengers allowed on each flight.
Welcome to Angel Flight of British Columbia
Angel Flight is a charitable organization that provides
free, accessible air transporation for people who
must travel for medical purposes.
On Vancouver Island, people with medical issues
often cannot receive treatment in their own locales
and are forced to travel long distances to centralized
medical facilities in Vancouver and Victoria. These
trips by conventional means can range anywhere
from four to six hours and sometimes longer, often
required several times a week for a number of weeks.
Angel Flight of British Columbia was founded in 2001
with the purpose of easing the burden of these
individuals by utilizing a network of volunteer pilots,
aircraft owners, and ground support. Angel Flight
launched its service in April 2002 and transports
ambulatory patients whose medical conditions make
it difficult or impossible for them to travel by
Upon medical referral, people can be transported to
treatment centres quickly and comfortably so they
can focus their energies on getting well. With immune
systems that are often a critical consideration, Angel
Flight can assure a contagion-free environment on a
flight that is dedicated to only that individual and his
or her escort.
We fly whenever needed and as often as our
capacity allows. Our services are proudly supported
through corporate and private donations, as well as
For more information about obtaining an Angel Flight,
click here. If you'd like to join Angel Flight as a pilot,
become a volunteer, or make a donation, please
The first Canadian Angel Flight society is modelled to
some degree on Angel Flight, Inc. which exists in the
Angel Flight, Inc., is a non-profit organization of
pilots and other volunteers dedicated to serving the
community by arranging free private air
transportation for medical patients who cannot afford
to utilize normal, commercial transportation. Angel
Flight also provides services to blood, organ and
Angel Flight, Inc. is a member of Air Care Alliance, a
group of thirty-seven organizations providing similar
services throughout the country. However, these
groups do not fly patients or supplies when insurance
or other funds can provide commercial transport via
air ambulance, charter, or airline. The volunteers fly
only when financial need or other special
circumstance means a compelling human need would
Angel Flight, Inc. was created by a group of people
who believe in the benefit of volunteering and strive
to keep all aspects of the organization on a volunteer
basis. Pilots help people by offering their airplanes
and time to help through tough times. Volunteers
continually recruit pilots with airplanes as well as
other volunteers to help throughout the organization.
It is also necessary to make medical facilities, health
organizations, hospitals, and the general public aware
of our capabilities.
to the following for Postcards received recently for
Albert Sorignet card from Chateau du Haut-
Koenigsbourg at Altitude 757m in France.
Don and June Demenza card from Belleville Joan
Downie card from Sidney Monorail Australia
Andy K card from Addo Elephant Natl Park South
Dawn and Terry Baker at sea on MS Statendam, near
Jean le Pottier card of Ponte Umberto,Torino, Italy
We are looking for accommodation in Amsterdam in
mid Sept.Thank you for your assistance.
TRAVEL INDUSTRY EMPLOYEE SPECIAL
JFK to Tahiti non-stop.
US $948.00 including 6 nights hotels, daily breakfast
buffet and transfers.
Per person plus tax
Positive Space - Classe Moana (Economy Class)
Special Fare is valid only on flights specified
Flight Application: Departure JFK/PPT: Flight TN 3 4
Return PPT/JFK: Flight TN 4 10 Jul
Departure JFK/PPT: Flight TN 3 9 Jul
Return PPT/JFK: Flight TN 4 15 Jul
Not combinable with any other flights or fares. Valid
on these flights only, sorry no exceptions.
* Passengers must pay the applicable taxes and fees
Eligibility: Airline employee, retiree, one
companion, parents, and brothers and sisters.
Dependent need not travel with Employee.
Booking Class: "V " - Economy Availability: Seats will be on a First Come
First Served basis Ticketing: Tickets may be issued by you and
must be ticketed when reservations is made. If you
do not have ticketing capabilities, please
contact our reservation office at: 1877-824-4846
Ticket numbers must show in PNR to avoid
cancellation of booking. Hotel: For hotel booking, please call our
reservation office at: 1877-824-4846
Tour code/Fare Basis: US05MN05 Changes: No changes permitted Refunds: Non-refundable Combinations: Not permitted with other
fares/flightsChild Discounts: There are no child/infant or
any other discounts offered on this fare. Endorsement Box: NONREF/NONEND/NO
CHANGES/VALID TN ONLY
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to
let us know.
Air Tahiti Nui
1990 E. Grand Ave., Ste. 300
El Segundo, CA 90245
Tel: 310-662-1860 X-231
When travelling outside your country of residence,
ensure that your passport has at least 6 months
after your return date before the date of expiry. You
could be refused admittance otherwise.
INTERLINE WORLD VACATIONS has these
and many more deals - ALASKA - "The Glacier Route"
Carnival Spirit for 7 Nights from Anchorage to
Vancouver Starting in Anchorage with stops in Cruise
Prince William Sound, Cruise College Fjord, Sitka,
Juneau, Skagway, Cruise Lynn Canal, Ketchikan,
Cruise Inside Passage, Vancouver.
Date $ Inside $ Outside $ Balcony
7/20/2005 599 699
8/3/2005 699 899 1,099
Carnival Spirit for 7 Nights from Vancouver
Starting in Vancouver with stops in Cruise Inside
Passage, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Cruise Lynn
Canal, Sitka, Cruise Prince William Sound, Cruise
College Fjord, Anchorage
Date $ Inside $ Outside $ Balcony
6/29/2005 499 599 699
7/27/2005 549 649 699
Carnival Triumph for 4 Nights from New
Starting in New York with stops in Halifax.
Date $ Inside $ Outside $ Balcony
6/23/2005 399 479 549
7/7/2005 399 499 599
7/21/2005 449 549 619
Carnival Triumph for 5 Nights from New
Starting in New York with stops in Saint John,
Date $ Inside $ Outside $ Balcony
7/2/2005 499 599 699
7/11/2005 529 669 749
7/16/2005 549 649 749
7/25/2005 499 599 699
7/30/2005 579 679 779
All cruise prices quoted per person based upon
double-occupancy in USD. Port Changes Included.
*PORT CHARGES INCLUDED. Government taxes extra.
Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to
change without notice. All prices are in US dollars,
based on double occupancy for new bookings only
and apply only to eligible Airline Personnel and their
certain family members. Proof of employment and/or
relationship to employee required. Certain terms and
conditions may apply For information, reservations
and details of more deals, please call; INTERLINE WORLD VACATIONS AT 1-866-
279-8480 toll free or (604) 279-8482
Overheard this Fathers' Day...
A friend and local pilot thought his father (a years-
ago pilot) would enjoy a chance again at the
controls. So he arranged on Fathers' Day for his Dad
to go up with an instructor. The "old man" brought it
in for a squeaker. Here's what I heard on tower
frequency: Tower: Understand that was 'Senior' at the
controls? Instructor: Affirmative. Tower: Well we certainly don't see them
that nice very often. Thank you, sir, for showing us
all how it's done. Senior: Well, I may not be as good as I once
was. But I'm as good once as I ever was.
The mailing and formating of the NetLetter for HTML
format is provided by 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!
I have found in talking to many retirees recently that
some feel that they are "too old" to worry about data
backup, or that this tool is used only for businesses.
As retirees (and baby boomers) you now belong to
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computer users. You've heard about the two
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taxes". Well you can also add "Hard Drive Failure".
I work with a company, (Nerds On Site), that
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There is no longer an excuse for losing all this data.
Please take a minute and check out the "Nerds
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Most Internet users are familiar with Adobe
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wish to share files with their readers it is not
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