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

number 252     date Mar 24th 1998

Published since October  1995.
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Please E-mail  all correspondence to both of us, as Vesta lives in
Victoria BC, and Terry lives in Ladysmith, BC.

. Don Demeza sends us this update on the Travel Booklet -

The executive, directors and various volunteers within the Pionair
organization are actively trying to improve communications and the sharing
of information between retirees.  Various needs have been expressed from
time to time.
The common objective is simply to help retirees:
Understand and use their travel and other benefit programs
Share industry and travel information with each other
Maintain a contact with friends from our working years
A number of programs have evolved to meet the above objectives.
They are being manned entirely by volunteer Pionairs who have spontaneously
seen a need they are trying to meet.
The manual is coming along great - The airline is helping us with the
printing and I have now sent three chapters to them, namely:
Chapter 1 - The Personal Trip Pass Ticket
Chapter 2 - Family Affair Travel
Chapter 3 - Travel Partner Vacation Program
We have received input from Al Croome, Stephanie Mandzie and Ron Vigars
and am trying to get as much as possible written and checked before
I take off for Oregon for a couple of weeks next week.
Olie Moore and I spent all day Thursday, March 12th with Irene in
Industry Travel and the support is great - the block now is my time -
when did I ever find time to work.
Thanks to Olie our document now has a name,
"Air Canada Pionairs Travel Guide"  and whatever we have done in
time will receive its initial distribution at the AGM in May so not much
This, the first edition of a Travel Document, has been produced by
volunteer Pionairs and checked for content by Air Canada's  Department of
Industry Affairs.  Additional chapters will be added as an on going project.
It will go out of date therefore should be amended by each manual holder
from the information published regularly for our benefit in Horizons.
Initial distribution of this Travel Document will be to those attending
the 1998 Annual General Meeting in Toronto.  Decisions will be made at that
meeting concerning distribution to all Pionair members and possibly to all

" ' "

. Found on the internet.
Last Thursday, an airport kid's dreams and aspirations reached a new
pinnacle:  USAF Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, 41, was named the first woman
to command a space shuttle mission.  In 1995 Collins became the first
woman to pilot the shuttle.  She will command a mission scheduled for
December to deploy an X-ray astronomy telescope.  Collins has 4,700
hours total time in 30 different types of aircraft, plus more than 400
hours in space, having traveled more than 6.5 million miles and orbited
the earth 274 times.  Congrats, Colonel, you've earned it.
(Imagine all those Aeroplan points - eds)

Better get a bigger briefcase.  Starting April 15, Delta will count a laptop
computer as one of the two carry-on bags it allows onboard.  Not counted
will be purses, coats and assistive devices, like crutches.  In an
eloquent comment on the state of airline food service, the carrier will
also not count food carried aboard for in-flight consumption.

" ' "

. Vesta sends us this note -
International and 3Com Corp., once bitter rivals over the next generation of
computer modems, surprised everyone by unexpectedly announcing that they've
finished joint testing of their once-incompatible 56Kbps equipment and
pronounced the products compliant with the electronic protocol approved
several weeks ago by the International Telecommunication Union.
"We feel that this has been a major move forward for the modem market after a
difficult 1997," says the president of Rockwell's Semiconductor Systems unit.

" ' "

. Terrys Travel Tips.
A recent spate of turbulence encounters has served as a sometimes grim
reminder that human mailing tubes flying six miles high are not immune
to changes in the atmosphere.  Recently, as Alaska Airlines flight 684,
a 737, was nearing Reno, Nevada.  Eleven of the more than 100 passengers and
crew aboard were injured.  Then a Delta Air Lines flight 808, a 757,
suffered a similar fate over Louisiana, with six injuries to the 188 aboard.

Canadian Interline Travel Hot Cruise Deals!
Pacific Coastal Cruise - May 7/98 - Princess Cruises - Crown Princess
- 4 Nights - Los Angeles, At sea, At sea, Seattle, Vancouver
- Inside from US$199, ppd, Outside from US$299, ppd
- Balcony cabins from US$399, ppd (Excluding cats AA-A)
- Includes port charges. Gov't fees additional from US$15.71-US$26.71, pp
Pacific Mexican Cruise - May 13/98 - Princess Cruises - Dawn Princess
- 6 Day Cruise - Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan,
Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles
- Inside from US$499, ppd, Outside balcony from US$699, ppd
(category BA, BB, BC excluding AA-AC & BD-HH)
- Includes port charges. Gov't fees additional from US$7.45-US$18.45, pp
Baltic Republics Cruise - June 9, 1998. Princess Cruises - Pacific Princess
- 14 Days - Dover, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki,
St   Petersburg, Tallinn - Estonia, Riga - Latvia, Gdansk -
Poland,   Transit Kiel Canal, Dover
- Inside from US$999, ppd
- Includes port charges. Gov't fees additional from US$23.76-$34.76  pp
Mediterranean - Atlantic Cruise - May 16/98 - Pacific Princess
- 12 Day - Rome, Florence, Pisa, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Gibraltar,
Casablanca, Seville, Lisbon, Paris/Normandy, Dover
- Inside from US$899, ppd - Includes port charges.
Gov't fees additional from US$19.47-US$30.47, pp
Call 1-800-665-3100 for details and mention Pionairs.

Dargal Interline Cruises.
Royal Caribbean International
Europe - April 18th - Splendour of the Seas
- 13 night - Miami, St. John/St. Thomas, 5 days at sea, Funchal,
Madeira, Tangier, Morocco, Barcelona
- From US$1145 pp dbl.
- Reverse itinerary to above dparts Oct 28th cost from US$1259 pp dbl.
Mediterranean - May 1st, Sep 22 and Oct 4th departures - 12 nights
- Splendour of the Seas.
- Itinerary: Barcelona, Marseilles, Livorna, Naples, Venice ( 2 days),
Messina, Civitavecchia, Villa franche, Barcelona. 
- From US$2229 pp dbl.

Dargal Interline is the 'exclusive' interline agency for the
'Rocky Mountaineer Railtours' - worldwide'
Two of the Vancouver Island Pionairs Sly & Kay Napolitano recently
experienced this trip and say ' It was a very interesting trip where we
met travellers from all over the world.
The seats are very comfortable, large windows to view the scenery and
meal service throughout was excellent.
Truly it was the most spectacular train trip in the world".
Call 1-800-690-3223 for details and mention Pionairs.

" ' "

. Smilie.
During the "rush hour" at Houston's Hobby Airport, a flight was delayed
due to a mechanical problem.  Since they needed the gate for another
flight, the aircraft was backed away from the gate while the maintenance
crew worked on it.
The passengers were then told the new gate number, which was some
distance away.  Everyone moved to the new gate, only to find that a
third gate had been designated.  After some further shuffling, everyone
got on board and as they were settling in the flight attendant made the
usual announcement:
"We apologize for the inconvenience of this last-minute gate change.
This flight is going to Washington, D.C.  If your destination is not
Washington, D.C., then you should de-plane at this time."
A very confused-looking and red-faced pilot emerged from the cockpit,
carrying his bags.  "Sorry," he said, "wrong plane."

" ' "

.  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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