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Your crew is: Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson
Co-pilot     - Terry Baker

number 229     date Jan 11th 1998
Published since October  1995.

. We welcome George Koristka living in Kitchener Ontario and his
email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Duane Frerichs who retired 6 years ago and an email
sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should find him.


. If anyone is looking for Charles Mackie, try his new email at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ham address still VE7WW


Then we would like to hear from you. We are looking for people with
a story - those who worked for the airline when we were known as
Trans-Canada Air Lines.
So if you have a story to tell and would like to share it with us,
then we would like to hear from you.
(Write in the first person please - eds).


Shirley Jay of the Edmonton Pionairs sends this update -
Subject: Edmonton Pionair Luncheon
Our next Pionair luncheon will be held on Sunday, January 25th at
the Nisku Inn (shuttle bus from the Airport) at 11:30 a.m.
Cost is CA$11.50.  Our guest speaker is Lois Hole from Hole's
Greenhouses and a well known guest speaker in this area.
For more info contact me, Shirley Jay, at (403) 436-0866.
Out of towners would be very welcome.
All for now. Thanks.  Shirley Jay email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From the London England monthly newsletter -
Christmas lunch '97 - This great event held on the 7th December.
'About a hundred Pionairs and guests attended and there was a great
deal of talking and laughter, it was so nice for all of us to catch
up on our old colleagues lives and life-style changes, have
you noticed that they all look younger and have relaxed faces?
Our Canadian colleagues who attended included Fern and Don Wiley,
Jessie Bates and Loretta Blencowe. A very interesting display
of TCA/AC memorabilia was presented and Ros and Gerry dressed in
the old TCA uniforms.'

The annual 'trek' has been arranged for two days in Boston,
November 3/4th, called 'The Boston Bonanza' - this should be
another of the very popular nd successful jaunts to a different
foreign venue each year undertaken by the LHR Pionairs.


. Charles Mackie sends us this update on the weather in Quebec, and
how the radio 'hams' are helping out -

Last Tuesday (our net day) there was no response from any of our
usual contacts in that part of Canada and can only assume that the
failures because of the ice on their antenna systems and power
outage since the storm began and apparently is still continuing
compounding problems.
I was on the air today (Jan 9th) but the closest I could get was a
chap in upper New York and he said that there where requests for
help coming Quebec for all sorts of forms like requesting anyone
with 4 wheel vehicles to come up to Canada to assist in whatever
way they could.
He fortunately was just on the southern edge of the storm and was
not affected by it. Quebec is apparently far worse off than Ontario.
As far as communications are concerned I have not heard from Hams
in area on the air although I am pretty certain that those close in
communicate using VHF facilities are going full bore.
However I will keep you posted if I do get any further info.
Charles Mackie   VE7WW


. Vesta, our Chief Pilot sends us this query -
My friend sent me the following and it was the first I heard of a
Canadian surtax on money being exported to other countries?
Could this be imposed because of the laundering of drug money?
Perhaps our readers may know more?
"Just heard that air companies are going to add another sur tax
up to an extra $40.00 on how much money Canadians take into a
country. The news announcement mentioned Air Transit, SunQuest,
and others known for their cheap flights."



Italian state owned Alitalia will join the alliance between Dutch
airline KLM and US flag carrier Northwest Airlines. The three
airlines will operate flights over the Atlantic together and
code-share on each other's flights in Europe and the USA.

Air Macau (NX) has placed its first direct order ever, purchasing a
single A321-200 from Airbus  to add to its fleet of leased A320s
and A321s. Delivery of the 178 seat A321 is scheduled for November

Israeli airline El Al (LY) has decided to order five Next Generation
737 Boeing aircraft to renew its medium haul fleet.
The order will be a mix of 737-700s and 737-800s.

Lufthansa (LH) has ordered five 747-400s from Boeing.  Lufthansa is
one of Boeing's largest 747 customers, having bought 60 747s since
the first four engine aircraft came on the market.

Swissair (SR) has announced new orders for 16 Airbus Industrie
aircraft : six A330-200s, one A321-200 and nine A340-600s.

Turkish Airlines (TK) has agreed to buy 26 Boeing 737-800 aircraft
from the US manufacturer and took options on a further 23.
The Turkish carrier was expected to order Boeing aircraft for its
mid range fleet following the recommendation of the airline's
technical committee, but the speed at which the agreement was signed
was very unusual. The explanation lies in the European Union's
decision not to include Turkey in the group of countries with which
it will begin negotiations before enlargement.

Forget exploding fuel tanks, errant missiles and rudder malfunctions:
the latest threat to aviation safety is pudding.
It seems that traditional English Christmas pudding looks exactly
like the explosive Semtex when examined by an airport X-ray machine.
"...Christmas puddings have an unusual density which alerts the
system," an anonymous airport spokesman told the Associated Press.



'Hop over to Sydney Australia' hosted by the Sydney Interline Club.
Mar 15 to Mar 22nd. Package 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts,
4 lunches, 4 dinners, 1 farewell gala dinner, welcome cocktail.
Cost US$675.00 pp dbl. Deadline Jan 25th.
Contact your nearest Interline club for details.

'Caribbean Fiesta' hosted by the Interline Club of Puerto Rica.
Hamaca Beach Hotel & Casino, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.
Apr 23 to Apr 26th.
Package 3 nights accommodation, transfers to/from airport
all meals, unlimited beverages.
Cost US$265.00 pp dbl.  Deadline Jan 29th.    
Contact your nearest Interline club for details.

Remember Gerry Philbrook?
He is hosting a 14 day Spring Trans Atlantic cruise.
Departs Apr 18th from Miami, 2 days at sea, St. Maarten,
5 days at sea, Madeira, Portugal, transit strait of
Gibraltar, Malaga, Marseilles.
Cost from US$749.00 pp dbl. Limited space.
more details from 1-800-690-3223 and mention Pionairs.


. An F.Y.I. from Don Demeza re Travel Pass solutions:
"In the age of home computers many retirees
can't understand why some of their apparently simple
and obvious solutions cannot be immediately implemented.
Other retirees with a systems background,
know of course that the whole effort is tied into some
older programs with defined field lengths and the entire
payroll systems with it's multi sources for data." Eds

As most countries require that your passport be valid for 6 months
beyond your date of travel, always ensure your passport is kept
up to date.

Traders Ocean Resort, 1600 S Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, Florida
(954)941-8400 give generous discounts to airline staff.

Hotel Caravaggio, Via Palermo 73, Roma 00184, Italy
4885915  Discount for retired airline staff, includes
a buffet breakfast.

Hotel Guiliana, Via Palermo 36, Roma 00184, Italy
4880795  Discount for retired airline staff & friends.

Hotel Kennedy, Lido Di Jesolo, Venice
from IL55,000 (CA$66.00) daily, half board and
transfers to/from airport.   


.  That's it for this time, please we need your input, send
comments and email addresses of any others who may be
interested to Vesta with a copy to Terry.

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