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Number 391 Date July 30th, 1999 BYN 1st Published in October 1995
. Need to know.
The latest Air Canada schedule on their web site is July 22nd effective
until April 1st 2000 sized at 383k if down loading to your pc.
News on 1999 travel allotment.
The Industry Travel team reminds us that 1999 travel allotments for ID80,
parent, and travel partners is extended to January 31, 2000.
Tickets requested in January 2000 will be decreased from the 1999
allotment. All travel must be completed by January 31, 2000.
Winnipeg Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) increase.
The Winnipeg Airport Authority has increased its AIF from $5.00 to $10.00.
The increase is applicable for travel commencing October 1.
and subject to GST.
New airport user surcharge in Cranbrook.
As of June 22, a $15 airport user surcharge.
The following are exempt from the fee:
frequent flyer redemption tickets, flight crew on duty,
airline personnel travelling for business or personal reasons,
revenue guest travel, and authorised award passes.
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. We welcome
and lives in Baie d'Urfe, QC
retired as Aircraft Introduction Manager.
Mary Elaine Murdoch retired Incharge Flight Attendant, living in
is good enough for W. David Clarke
retired Senior Director Flight Operations living in London, ON
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. Where are they now?
new e-mail address for Ray Lackner
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. Vesta Stevenson sends this -
Subject: Walk for Peace.
'For those who like to walk for a cause, there is a Peace Walk Aug 6th
at 7:30pm Royal City Park. in Guelph, Ontario on Hiroshima Day.'
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. Remember when?
From the 'Between Ourselves' 1969 edition loaned courtesy of Kitch Olson -
When a pilot of a small private aircraft making his first solo flight
became lost and overdue, his call for help were heard by Air Canada's
Capt. Owen Moore, whose Viscount was on the ramp at Timmins awaiting
take-off. When airborne, Capt. Moore spotted the small aircraft and
told the pilot to look for the smoke of Sudbury, then the Viscount circled
while the student pilot make a safe landing. Capt. Moore was just 28
minutes late with his arrival at Toronto.
A report of a helping hand by another Air Canada flight, this time a
Vanguard capt Al Shaw and F/O John Farquharson located and escorted a
lost Cherokee private aircraft to safety at Caribou, Maine.
In the 'Did you know that' feature was stated 'Air Canada was the
first airline to test and install flashing warning lights on top and
bottom of civil aircraft'
Under the heading 'A big one' is a photo of St. John's Sales Rep.
Bas Vokey with a 539 pound blue fin tuna.
Following the flight of the Apollo moon shot, Toronto mechanic
G. Greenborough was the first employee to request a contingent pass when
Air Canada starts scheduled service to the moon. The request was denied
by Gerry Philbrook as the Pass Bureau had its own secret list of employees
destined to fill any open seats.
Photographed during the handing over ceremonies of Viscount CF-THI
to the National Museum of Science and Technology was Herb Seagrim.
CF-THI was first test flown in 1948 prior to handing over to TCA and its
last flight Nov 19th saw it accumulate a total of more than 27,000 hours.
The first Air Jamaica DC9 was painted in the Dorval paint shops with final
touches applied by mechanics Claude de Lafontaine and Tony Beaudoin.
March 3rd saw the introduction of the long body DC8-63 into service.
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. STOL flight.
In response to the article by your co-pilot of the STOL,
Chris Doutre has this comment -
What I remember most about the AirTransit flight from Montreal to Ottawa
was flying slowly at 4500 feet and actually being able to enjoy the scenery.
I love BYN. Thanks for helping to keep the family together.
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. From a recent issue of RAPCAN issued by Duane Frerichs
July 10, 1999 - Turbulence From Out Of Thin Air
BERGEN, New Jersey (USA) - It's one of the great mysteries of the skies, and
when it strikes as it did recently on a flight from Newark to Puerto Rico and
again on a plane from New York, it can toss a 175,000-pound jet like a
Because clear-air turbulence is the leading cause of in-flight injuries and
is invisible to pilots and weather forecasters, scientists around the
country are searching for ways to provide better warning systems. An average
of 55 injuries a year are blamed on turbulence -- usually head and neck
pains to passengers slammed into walls and overhead luggage compartments
when their plane takes a sudden, frightening dip.
That's what happened to Continental Airlines Flight 743 on Thursday afternoon
after it left Newark for San Juan. The plane made an emergency landing in
Bermuda to treat the injured passengers.
(Not a rude comment - but when flying - BELT UP! - eds)
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. Self-service Express Check-in kiosks in Toronto for Air Canada
ACTIVE EMPLOYEE's use.
Active employees, travelling with or without baggage on Rapidairr
flights through Lester B. Pearson International Airport should use our
Self-service Express Check-in kiosks whenever possible. By inserting
their personal identification and travel card into the appropriate
slot, employees can obtain a boarding card, standby for an earlier
flight, or register checked baggage. Additional features include
on-site printing of boarding cards for connecting flights only for
positive space travel and immediate alignment of travel partner
priority when an employee and travel partner check-in together. Two
units are presently located near the Rapidair counters at the far end
of the Group Check-in desk.
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. From the London England monthly newsletter -
Bob Flanagan relates his recent travels -
When I started working as a Passenger Agent for TCA in Montreal in 1956,
TCA was then a fraction of the size Air Canada is today and the working
environment really was a family one. Everyone seemed to know everyone else
in those days.
I decided to attand the AGM '99 in the hope that I might meet some of my
old collegues again. I was not disappointed as I met quite a number of them.
Bert Young, Mac Smith, Hugh John MacKay, Lloyd Wedge and his wife Helen,
Molly White, Ollie Moore and many others. I am sure some of these names are
familiar to some of the Pionairs in the UK. Needless to say there was a lot
of reminiscing going on and the name of Margaret Kerr (GLA) came up more
than once. I also met Robbie Robinson (ex GLA) who does not look much
older than when he left the UK some 30 years ago.
Betty and I planned the trip around two other events -
a) A 10 day holiday in Maui before the AGM and b) after the AGM a 5 day
trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in West Virginia to attend a friends ruby
We had a wonderful time in Maui, which is truly a paradise in so many
ways, I even played golf on the famous Ka'anapali course where the
Seniors PGA final will be played in October. The whole atmosphere is
one of friendliness and genuine feeling, this of course is attributable
to the people of the island. If I win the lottery I am moving there!
That is the only way I could afford it, it is an expensive vacation spot.
As it was our first visit to Vancouver we did the sightseeing bit and
were duly impressed with that lovely part of Canada. Most, if not all
Pionairs will have been to YVR and probably know it much better than I
do, however, The Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel really looked after us and
I would certainly recommend it.
I would certainly encourage all UK Pionairs to attend at least one AGM
at some time in the future, the discussions were interesting and
I believe the total attendance exceeded 500 of which only 3 or 4 were from
What can I say about West Virginia and the mountain people? Does anyone
know Li'l Abner, Cousin Zeke, Daisy Mae or Lulu Belle - we met them all.
Harper's Ferry and Charlestown, both connected with the famous John Brown
and the attack on the US arsenal, are just two places of interest.
Washington DC exceeded our expectations in its beautiful buildings.
Generally, a very happy experience that I hope will be repeated.
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. Terry's travel tips.
Take off for Taipei.
Eligible Family Affair members can experience Taipei at introductory
sell off prices until August 10, for travel ending August 15.
Reservations must be made through the Employee Call Centre.
The Interline Club of Iceland is hosting the 'Iceland Adventure 1999'
September 16th - 20th in Reykjavik.
Package includes: 2 nights Hotel Baron in Reykjavik
2 nights at hotel in Akureyri with 2 dinners.
Viking fest dinner, incl. 1 beer and one Snapps.
Flight ticket REK-AEY
Icelandair will offer ID002N2 tickets (us$40.00) from its destinations -
Package Price: us$490.00 pp double, us$100.00 single supplement.
DEADLINE: August 1st ( a maximum 30 participants only)
Buenos Aires Interline club hosts 'Falls and Tango'
September 12th - 18th.
Arrival at Ezeiza International Airport overnight Gran Hotel de la Paix
in Buenos Aires.
Day 2 transfer to selected option.
Option 0: 'Iguanu Falls and stay at Cataratas Hotel.
Package includes: 7 days/6 nights accommodation in hotels.
6 breakfast and 2 dinners and 1 lunch in Iguazu Falls
Excursions and a tour of Buenos Aires.
1 dinner Tango show
Positive space BUE/IGR/BUE.
Package cost: us$737.00 pp dbl.
Option 1: 'Puerto Madryn' accommodation Tolosa Hotel
Positive space BUE-REL-BUE.
2 full day excursions.
Package cost: us$766.00 pp dbl.
Option 2: 'Lago Argentino' accommodation in Michelangelo Hotel
Positive space BUE/RGL/BUE.
Full day excursion Glacier Perito Moreno.
Package cost: us$921.00 pp dbl.
Option 3: 'Ushuaia' accommodation Las Lengas Hotel.
Positive space BUE/USH/BUE
Excursions and city tour.
Package cost: us$960.00 pp dbl
DEADLINE: August 16th.
Club Interlineal Leon is hosting the 32nd Annual General Assembly
of the World Airlines Club Association (WACA)
September 20th - 25th at Guanajuato, entry though Mexico Intl Airport.
Cost: us$625.00 pp dbl.
Contact your nearest Interline Club for more details and registration.
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From 'Regulations for Operation of Aircraft' cica 1920
Pilots will not wear spurs while flying.
Pilots should carry handkies in a handy position to wipe off goggles.
Riding on the wing, tail or steps of a machine is prohibited.
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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
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