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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 806 Jan 14/04 - The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 806  Jan 14th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+

Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker

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. Need to know.
Jim Griffith sent us this question -
Hi Folks:
My daughter twice in the last year was told if she showed up at the airport
without registering for a flight there was a $100.00 "go show" charge
applied to her travel account, Can you give details of this?
Jim Griffith

Reine Khantchand's (Manager Employee Travel) response is -
There is no extra charge for go-show, however, go-show travel is not
permitted. In essence, the go-show transaction ends up on an error
report and Employees are charged as partners if/when the error occurs.
Basically, airport agents should not allow travel to
employees/partners/family not registered

An Employee Travel update. On Jan. 19 the Employee Travel program will be
refreshed to update this year’s pass allotment of travel privileges. This
is also a great time to make sure that your credit card information is
up-to-date in your travel profile. As we advised you in previous messages,
all employee travel services charges can now only be paid with a valid
credit card. Please note that if your credit card is rejected, the
non-payment of travel will result in the deactiviation of your travel profile.

Let the partner and non-dependent travel nomination begin! Get ready, set
and log on to the Employee Travel Site, as starting now, all active or
retired, married or single employees can register their non-dependent
children at anytime during the year. Single employees and retirees are also
now able to nominate a partner of their choice for unaccompanied travel.
This can be done at any time during the year, up to two people for the
year. For example, Mike is single. He nominates Cheryl in January 2004, and
then nominates Chris in March 2004. Chris will remain the unaccompanied
travel partner for the rest of the year.

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. Nice to know.
Good skiing for a good cause. The Air Canada Employees Charitable
Foundation offers you the chance to purchase ski tickets to
Whistler-Blackcomb at a fraction of the cost. This is not only a chance for
you to ski at one of the most exciting mountain resorts in the world, but a
portion of your ticket price will be donated to the foundation which
supports the community. To purchase tickets at an excellent price of $66
Cdn, all active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz employees can
visit the People Services Vancouver Operations Centre from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Monday to Friday, call 604-231-3220 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Subject: North Star Radio
Thanks to leads from ex F/R/O Charles Mackie and Navigator Ron Peel,
which led to Al Blackwood. Al's request to Michael Halle came up with
the answers.
Subject: Ra 1B receiver
Al Blackwood called me the other evening concerning a radio you were
interested in finding out if T C.A. used on the Lancaster aircraft that
they used after the war. I was hired in 1952 as a radio mechanic and I
recall that we used the RA 1B receiver on all the North Star aircraft that
were used in overseas service. The Bendix TA 12 was the companion
transmitter and we would have to tune the TA 12 for the frequencys used on
a specific destination . The other units we used at that time were the MN26
ADF units and the 50 channel ARC1 VHF transceiver that we modified from the
original 10 channel unit. We used the Bendix PB10 autopilot with altitude
hold . I hope this information may help you in your research and if I can
help in any other let me know.

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. Found on the internet.
A Canadian pilot will be spending a lot of time in the cockpit this coming
year if his plans (and dreams) come true. Hans Hofmaier, of Qualicum Beach,
on British Columbia's Vancouver Island, left Nov. 6 on his Spirit On A
Shoestring round-the-world flight in a 1946 Taylorcraft with a 65-horsepower
engine. He's not exactly taking the most direct route, either. After a few
months in South America, Hofmaier will head north through Canada to Alaska
and then work his way south through the Orient to Australia before heading
west through Asia, Europe and finally the North Atlantic hopscotch to Canada
again. He expects to finish about 18 months from now, but the journey was
almost over before it really started.

The federal government will spend up to $3 million this summer testing a
pilotless, high-tech plane, with a view to spending $200 million to buy
a fleet of the drones over the next decade.

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. Found on the internet.
World's busiest airport during 2003 in pax handled -
(1)        Atlanta (ATL)  77+ million
(2)      Chicago (CHI) 66+ million
(3)       Heathrow (LHR)  63+ million
(29)    Toronto (YYZ)  26+ million  (was 26th 2002)
(68)     Vancouver (YVR) 15+ million (was 60th in 2002)

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. Terry,s travel tips.
Al Jones sent us this message -
I would like to thank NetLetter for informing us of BMI's cheap 9 pound
flight from London to Manchester my wife booked on it before Christmas and
it turned out great. If it shows up again it would be greatly
appreciated.Thank you once again. Al Jones

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