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number 305 date Aug 31st, 1998 1st Published in October 1995
In NetLetter nr 303 in the 'Whats on where' we included the Okanagan Fall
Wine Tour and luncheon noting the date as Sept 4th - whilst we hope this
is a popular event, there is no need to start queueing that early - the
event is planned for the 14th!
(Thanks to the eagle eyes of Tom Grant who runs the Pionair web site - eds)
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. We recently welcomed Jean-Guy Roberge who tells us that
he retired in August 1992 as a General Manager, Postal Affairs.
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. Margaret Bartlett is asking for some help -
If anyone in the Fort Lauderdale area could reccommend a Hotel with
reasonable rates near the Port Everglades. We would appreciate a reply.
And if they have an 800 number we would be very grateful.
Thank-you. Maynard and Margaret Bartlett
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. A continuation of the story by Charles Mackie in NetLetter nr 304 -
We then came to an island which was at the entrance to the fjord,
which had a radio range beacon and supposedly an operator on duty.
We couldn't raise anyone at the radio station at all, I really don't think
they where expecting any aircraft because of the weather conditions at the
time. We did a let down toward the ocean to the south and broke
through the cloud about 700 feet. It was quite a sight looking
down at the cold black water with very vivid icebergs bobbing
around below us. We headed back inbound to the island and over
the cone of silence and still could not raise anyone on the
We proceeded up the fjord for about 15 minutes and all of
a sudden in front of us the fjord forked. There was one to the
right and one to the left, so there was a mad flap in the cockpit
while everyone dug out route charts to the airfield. The left one
was correct. It was quite an eerie experience to fly up the fjord
at 700 feet just below the cloud with walls of rock on either
side and the black water below. and still not knowing for sure if
we had picked the right fjord to go up. Still no radio
communication with anyone. All of a sudden there it was down to
the right at the two o'clock position, everything happened at
once, we got a hold of the control operator and was informed we
had only one opportunity to land on the one and only runway. At
the far end was a glacier and we had to do it the first time and
we were pretty high. The Captain pulled back the power, dropped
the flaps and the wheels and virtually nose dived down to get to
the runway. Sure enough when we landed safely there was the
glaciers at the end of the runway. We were stuck in Narsarssuak
for two or three days and were the guests of the Americans and
had rather enjoyable time. They happened to have some USO shows
there and that had some good theatre, not to say how cheap the
tobacco was at the PX there. The day we left the weather was
beautiful and it was CAVU and the mountains were in their
There were even icebergs right up in the end of the
fjord off the end of the end of the runway flashing their vivid
blue-green colours. We took off and got up to 9000 feet again and
were enjoying the view and lo and behold number two engine
started doing the same thing all over again. So again the engine
was feathered and we proceeded on to Goose Bay on three engines.
The remainder of that leg of the flight was uneventful and we
arrived in Goose in about 4 1/2 hours. By now the Captains where
getting very annoyed with the problem we were having with the
prop seals, so shortly after landing they took the cowlings off
number two engine and did a close inspection with the engine
going full bore. An oil line had a big crack in it at the front
of the engine, and the crack expanded with heat and let all the oil
out all over the engine. This was the problem not the prop seals.
At Goose Bay there where several abandoned Lancasters, so they
just robbed a piece of oil line and put it on ours and away we went
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. Capt. Al Hauff sends us this -
Subject: Retirement Project
I am faced with retirement on Dec. 1, 1999 and as is with so many of us,
I'm not really ready to throw in the towel. I have been flying since I was
17 and I hope to be flying for many more years to come. I have been
performing in air shows since 1977 as solo, dual(Highlights Aerobatic Team),
4-plane(Ray Ban gold) and continue to fly in air shows with the 3 man
aerobatic team (Sierra Aces) out of Ramona, California 4-7 week-ends per
year. I intend on continuing flying air shows after retirement.
In addition, I have aquired a flying business that was owned by a close
friend who, as a result of an unfortunate accident lost his life on
September 13th, 1997. The friend was Larry Weeks, a very likeable guy, who
many others in the Toronto area called their own best friend. Larry made his
living as the Principal Trumpet with the Toronto symphony over some 20
years or so, but besides music he had a love of flying.
He formed Weeks Aviation Inc. in 1996, operating out of the
Waterloo-Wellington Airport flying a 1946 Fleet 80 Canuck to do tail wheel
check-outs. The business was just getting going when he was killed. Larry
lived two doors from me at the Guelph Air Park, where I have lived and flown
out of since 1976, and his business seemed to fit into my upcoming
lifestyle, so I bought it from the estate.
I have kept the name, Weeks Aviation Inc. and I am just starting to do
commercial check-outs with the Fleet 80. The aircraft is of Canadian design
and manufacture and I, like may other Canadians, got my licence on the Fleet
80 in 40's through 60's. This aircraft was rebuilt recently to a very high
standard by retired Air Canada Captain Mike Vasel and was pictured on the
Leavens Aviation calendar in 1995.
Weeks Aviation also has a 150 hp Decathlon that will be available for
aerobatic training in 1999. Weeks Aviation owns Hanger 18, units 4 and 5 at
the Waterloo-Wellington Airport where all training is done. Anyone
interested in learning more about the art of tailwheel flying should send me
an email, write or phone as indicated here.
Al Hauff, 30 Skyway Drive, Guelph, Ontario N1H 6H8
Tel: 519 822 0508, Fax: 519 822 0882, Hanger(Cel phone)519 766 8234
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. Terry's travel tips.
Hot deals from Dargal Interline Cruises & Tours -
Holland America 7 days 'till Sept 13th.
'Noordam' departs Fridays, 'Ryndam' and 'Statendam' depart Sundays.
Northbound Vancouver to Seaward Alaska, Southbound Seaward - Vancouver.
Inside from us$560 pp dbl Outside from us$700 pp dbl.
Port/Govmt fees us$200 pp extra.
Princess 'Dawn Princess' 7 days Sept 5th departs Seward to Vancouver
Sept 12th departs Vancouver to Seaward
Inside us$427 pp dbl Outside us$827 pp dbl Port/Govmt fees us$87.80 pp
Celebrity 'Galaxy' 7 days departs Sept 25th
Itinerary: Vancouver, Inside passage, Glacier Bay, Juneau, Victoria, BC
Inside us$458.50 pp dbl outside us$588.50 pp dbl
Port/Govmt fees us$143.50 pp
Great resort deal - Hotel Villa Bejar & Grand Spa
Lake Tequestquitengo, Mexico
4 night accommodations, 3 meals daily, many spa amenities.
us$299 pp Companion us$420
Call 1-800-690-3223 for details and mention Pionairs.
Cruises by Canadian Interline Travel -
Hawaii ' Norwegian Dynasty' - Sept 18th - 10 days.
Vancouver, at sea, Lahaina, Kauai, Honolulu.
Inside from us$699 pp dbl, outside from us$799 pp dbl,
deluxe from us$899 pp dbl.
ASIA -Holland America Line
15 nights - Oct 20th and Nov 19th
Itinerary: Hong Kong, Da Nang, Vietnam,- Sriracha, Thialand, - Muara,
Brunei, - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Port Kelang, Malaysia, -
15 nights Nov 4th with reverse of above itinerary.
Inside from us$599 pp dbl, outside from us$799 pp dbl.
Contact 1-800-665-3100 and mention Pionairs.
When connecting for travelling on United Airlines at
Boston, Air Canada is located in Terminal 2 and UA in Terminal C, walking
time is 10 minutes.
Chicago, Air Canada is in Terminal 2 Concourse E, while UA is in Terminal 1,
Concourse B & C, walking time to B is 8 minutes, and 16 mins to C.
Los Angeles, AC is located in Termianl 2 and UA in Terminal 7,
shuttle takes 8 minutes.
San Francisco, AC in Concourse A, UA domestic flights in Concourse F, about
13 minutes walking and International flights for UA leave
from Concourse D, only 8 minutes away.
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The flight attendants of Southwest Airlines are famous for making their
passengers laugh. One announcement goes like this -
'Ladies and gentlemen, we have a request that you stay in the aircraft at
all times ...... The flight crew will be offering you beverages and a
snack later in the flight. If you need anything else, we'll be up front,
gossiping and filing our nails.'
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. 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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