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Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-pilot     - Terry Baker         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

number 258   date Apr 7th, 1998  1st Published in October 1995


. We have a bio for John Clark -

I found out about your publication through Joe Timp, a close neighbour.
As to my bio. I joined TCA in Nov.55 and after flight training flew the DC3
as an F/O, since then it has been one aircraft after another until my last
flight on the 747 June 92. Other than training courses I have been based
in Toronto throughout. I enjoyed every minute of my career with TCA/AC
and in no small measure to the people I have met in all the stations.
John Clark <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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. Bob Carson sends us his bio -
Interesting story: How I joined TCA.
When I was 16 the Air Force had a program in which you could join the
Reserves and go to courses twice a week and get paid. In addition you would
work at an airbase in the summer and also get paid which was a big deal.
After three years and completing High School they had trained me to be a
Fighter Controller Operator (Air Traffic Controller). I applied to the
airport and went through the aptitude test, Exams and many interviews as
was the case for government jobs then.
I was accepted as an Air Traffic Controller Trainee and went to the airport
to discuss my posting. They explained to me that my first posting would be
in Cartier Mines. Most people would not know where Cartier Mines is and
neither did I. It's at the bottom of Forbisher Bay in northern Quebec.
Being 19 they assured me that there was a girl behind ever tree up there
except there are no trees. They thought this was funny but I didn't.
I said to them you got it all wrong, "I live at home with my parents, have a
girlfriend and want to work in Montreal even though the city bus did not go
all the way along Cote de Liesse". They then explained the career path. You
would work your way up through Bagotville, Three Rivers, Quebec City then
ventually Montreal.
At that point I said thanks but NO THANKS. They were rather annoyed at me
since I had taken all the governments time on test and interviews all to
eventually say no. I left their office and across the hall was the TCA
employment office. I walked and ask to fill out an application. The girl
took it and went inside and I was interviewed by another guy. I was asked
if I could go over to the Base for another interview and was given a bus
ticket to take the Provincial bus from the airport to the base. As a bonus
I was also given a ticket to get home which was great since the city bus
only went as far as Rolls Royce (I think). This was Friday and I spent that
afternoon at the base and started work the following Monday and stayed for
35 years and 1 day since 1996 was a leap year.
That was November and was only put on permanent on Feb 28, 1961. That
Christmas Bill Sadler came to the base and talked to us about the companies
results. Restraint was necessary for the next year so I went home told my
Mother I better start looking for another job this one will not last but it
I think I got carried away but here it is.
R. H. (Bob) Carson" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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From the Okanagan News Letter -
The Winery Tour and Luncheon held last September at the Sumac Ridge Estate
attracted 43 Pionairs and guests.

A luncheon held in November at the Kelowna Curling Club to meet and hear
an interesting speaker and author - Mr Jim Brown. The subject of the
talk was 'Eddie Hubbard - The forgotten Aviator. The attendance was
26 Pionairs and guests.

The Annual Christmas Party at the Ramada Lodge Hotel in Kelowna attracted
71 Pionairs and guests for the traditional turkey fare and entertainment
by the 'Peachtones'.

February 14th marked the beginning of Okanagan District's sixth year of
existence, and at the Annual Valentine Luncheon, 56 Pionairs and guests
had an enjoyable 'Country Buffet' at the Ramada Lodge Hotel in Kelowna.
Leo Goulet, Pension & Retirement Benefits Representative gave an
interesting talk on the pension, health plan and travel.

Upcoming events planned for the Okanagan District are  -
June Luncheon 'Be a kid, bring a kid'
Date: Sunday Jun 14th,  Time: 11:30 to 14:30
Place: Scandia Golf & Games, 2898 Highway 97N, Kelowna.
Cost: CA$9.50 pp includes round of miniature golf, CA$5.00 worth of
tokens for arcade, lunch, tax and tips.

Third Annual Pionairs Golf Tourney
Date: June 23rd and 24th at Penticton.
Entry forms were included in the Pionairs AGM package.

Fourth Annual Pionairs Golf Tourney will be hosted by the Pionairs in
the Cape Breton region of Nova Scotia in 1999. Details to follow.

Fall Wine Tour and Luncheon
Date: Monday Sept 14th, Time: 11:30 tour ... 12:30 lunch.
Place: Summerhill Estate Winery, 1-4870 Chute Lake Road, Kelowna.
Cost: CA$12.50 pp includes tax, tip, 2 wine & champagne tastings.

For further details on the above events - contact Bob Horsman 492-6976
or email Ed/Anita McConnell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or       Linda Downard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visiting Pionairs most welcome.

Muffin Breaks - the Okanagan Pionairs meet the first Tuesday of the month
at 'The Muffin Break' in Kelowna at 10.00
- the Penticton Pionairs meet at 'Tim Hortons' across
from the Cherry Hill Shopping Mall.
- the Veron Pionairs are looking for a new location.

Tony & Pat Bestick living in Kelowna, Jim & Ruth Billwiller living in
Oak Falls and Bernie & Pearl Danis of Westbank have joined the Okanagan
Pionair group.

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. Smilie.
Your co-pilot heard this one -
The settlement in the recent seizure of an Aeroflot Airbus at Montreal
due to unpaid bills was 3.2 million frequent flyer points!

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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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