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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 819 Mar 22/04 - The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 819  March 22nd., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+

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

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. Nice to know.
ZIP launches service to Regina.  ZIP announce the addition of service to Regina
with daily non-stop service to Vancouver beginning July 5.

Electronic “luggage locators” are a no-go for travel. Transport Canada has
advised all airlines that the use of electronic “luggage locators” are not
recommended on the exterior of any bag. Until further notice, customers will be
required to remove the electronic devices from all bags prior to check-in.
Customer can place the device on the inside of their checked or carry-on
baggage or on their person. Transport Canada requested that airlines advise
customers that the devices have not yet been approved by Transport Canada and
must not be activated. Transport Canada is evaluating the “luggage locator” and
will provide an update shortly.
Employee Travel and Recognition has the answer to your travel questions. As a
friendly reminder, if you have any travel questions about your profile,
payments, charges or about Employee Travel policies themselves, you’re asked to
call the Employee Travel and Recognition office at 1 (866) 473-4732.
Furthermore, all travel bookings are to be made using the Employee Travel Site
at or through Speech Recognition at (888) 834-6660. If
you need to contact the Call Centre, the number to call is 1 (800) 413-1113,
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please remember that your calls will only be
handled once our customers have been served.

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. Need to know.
From the Pionairs email issued by Gord Dalziel -
Recently Pionairs have heard of an Incident were the Paper was not Signed by
the Pass Holder and Travel was Refused. Also, we understand some off line
Stations still expect the Paper Coupon to be Imprinted. Remember changes take a
long time for all to become familiar with them......... Go Prepared..... It's
The Two Paper Coupons required are:
Personal Travel Trip Pass and Baggage Check - T421
Parent - Partner Trip Pass and Baggage Check --T423
Many Members have asked, Where can I obtain the Paper Coupons. Answer: Most
Major Airport Ticket counters have Personal Pass Coupons. Some Coffee Klatches
and or District Meetings and Luncheons have a Limited supply at their Events...
We do expect to have some available at the upcoming A G M. being Held in
Edmonton, on May 21, 22 and 23 rd, 2004.

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. News from the districts.
Reminder from the Vanciuver Island and Gulf Island district -
A reminder that Victoria’s Spring Lunch will be held On Thursday April 1st:

The Luncheon will be held in the West Ball Room at the Harbour Towers Hotel,
345 Quebec Street, Victoria.  Entrance to the Ball Room is off Quebec Street
just west of the main hotel entrance.  Social hour 11:30 ­ 12:30 followed by a
cold lunch…soup, croissant sandwiches and wraps, salad, fruit bowl, bars and
squares tea or coffee.  Send cheque as soon as possible to Treasurer: Marjorie
Thorpe, 1769 Astra Rd., Comox, V9M 4B6.  Cost is $16.00 pp.   Includes taxes
and gratuities.

Guest speaker will be Ray Lindsay from Pension and Benefit Committee, re:
Pension update; and John Rodger, President of the National Committee will also
be attending. Come and meet our new District Director Harold Thomas.

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. Departure taxes, for ionformation only  -
The following departure taxes will be collected upon departure from these
Argentina: $18
Belize: $20
Bolivia: $16 airport toll plus $25 traveler tax
Brazil: None
Chile: $100 (payable upon arrival)
Costa Rica: $26
Ecuador: $27
Guatamala: $30 plus domestic airport tax of $1
Panama: $20
Peru: $28 plus domestic airport tax of $5
Uruguay: $22
Amounts are valid as of Aug 1, 2003 and are subject to change without notice.
Thailand: $14
Vietnam: $12
Cambodia: $25 plus domestic airport tax of $6
Singapore Departure Tax: $9
China Domestic Flights: $6
China International Flights: $11
Japan: $18
Hong Kong: $17 plus $5 security charge
Indonesia: $9 for International flights & $2 for Domestic departures
Amounts are approximate, payable locally in equivalent local currency, are
valid as of January 17, 2003 and are subject to change without notice.

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. Happenings in BC -
18th Annual Golf Tournament - Thursday May 20th 2004
Date: May 20 2004
Location:Country Meadows Executive Golf Course,8400 Number 6 Road, Richmond
Time: Tee-off at 10:00Am. Scoring based on the Calloway system.
Entry Fee: $53.00 per person,includes green fees,food,beverage and prizes.
All retirees welcome.
Registration: Please send payment along with Name,address,telephone number,E
Mail address to C Burtch, 478 55A St., Delta B.C. V4M 3M1 no later than May
If you wish to golf with someone in particular or make up your own
foursome, please advise George Agnew 604 274 9193 E mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Charlie Burtch 604 943 3429 e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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. Found on the internet.
Manama - Gulf Air has made history with the appointment of two women pilots
- the first airline in the region to do so.

With this appointment, the door is now open for Gulf women to train as
pilots and join the international airline, Gulf Air officials said yesterday.

The appointment of French national Caroline Le Cann and Belgian Florance
Delorme opens a new era for aspiring women pilots to take to the skies,
said Gulf Air vice-president operations Captain Hameed Ali.

Applicants will be selected following strict criteria and enrolled in a
vigorous training programme to bring them on par with international pilots.
'We hope that this appointment opens the door for Gulf nationals to join
Gulf Air as lady pilots and to be part of our multi-national world class
flight group,' said Capt Hameed.

'We also expect more women pilots to join the airline over the next few
months, subject to meeting Gulf Air's requirements with regards to strict
safety, training and hours' experience on the types of aircraft we
operate, he said.

Le Cann is flying the Boeing 767 aircraft for Gulf Traveller, the airline's
all-economy full service division based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Delorme is
flying the A330 for Gulf Air.

Le Cann brings a wealth of experience to her new position with Gulf
Traveller. She has been flying since the age of 15 and obtained her Private
Pilot's Licence (PPL) on her 17th birthday. After completing her schooling,
she went on to study mathematics and physics at university before taking up
an ab initio course at British Aerospace Flight Training in Prestwick in
the UK.

With 300 hours flying time, she graduated with a Commercial Pilot's Licence
and an Instrument Rating.

Her first position was with Britannia Airways, the biggest charter airline
in the UK, where she started service on the Boeing 757 before flying the
Boeing 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft on short and medium haul routes to
European holiday destinations. She has also flown charter flights carrying
Haj pilgrims to Jeddah.

Gulf Air president and chief executive James Hogan said he was delighted to
meet Caroline and welcome her to the team. 'As a new initiative, this is a
significant first for Gulf Air,' he said.

'However, more importantly, I hope this appointment will encourage young
women around the region to consider the airline industry as an interesting
and fulfilling career opportunity.

'We have outstanding training facilities and a range of programmes,
including a world-class ab initio pilot training programme based in

'Gulf Air is an equal opportunity employer committed to empowering the
people of the region to take up challenging positions that will contribute
to the development of companies in which they work and the economic
development of the region.' -TradeArabia News Service

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Robert Milton is writing a book to tell his side of Air Canada's wild ride,
from its battle for control with Onex Corp. in 1999 to its current
restructuring under protection from creditors.
In the book, to be released in September under the title Straight from the
Top: The Truth About Air Canada, the airline's controversial chief executive is
promising a behind-the-scenes look at the country's largest airline during a
volatile period in the industry.
"It's partly a memoir and it's partly a look at how to manage a company in an
industry that's going through extremely difficult times, both nationally and
internationally," said Susan McIntosh, spokesperson for publisher Greystone
Just 18 days after Milton's appointment as chief executive in August, 1999,
Onex, a conglomerate controlled by Gerry Schwartz, made a surprise offer to buy
and merge Air Canada and Canadian Airlines.
Air Canada faced a downturn in the aviation industry after the terrorist
attacks in the United States in 2001. The airline has been operating under
bankruptcy protection since last April.
McIntosh said the publisher approached Milton about writing a book and signed
the deal last year. She said writer John Reynolds has been working with Milton
and the book is largely completed. "He's an interesting guy and it's an
interesting story."
Milton's critics suggested he has a flair for fiction, if not fantasy.
"Four of the five years before he took over we made money and after that it
was one losing year after another, and it was always someone else's fault,"
said Richard Nolan, a vice-president of the Air Canada component of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees.
"Knowing the way he has run the airline, he can only be a good author," said
Gary Fane of the Canadian Auto Workers union.
Milton's profits from the book are to be donated to Dreams Take Flight, an
organization of Air Canada volunteers who organize trips for physically,
mentally or socially challenged children.

" ' "

. May Day.
From: "BARBARA BROWN" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Would any of you readers have info re accommodations in Amsterdam. We hope to
travel there next month to join a river cruise. Any information would be
Walter Brown
Bedford, NS

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. Terry's travel tips.

GBP7 to Nice in May. When they are gone they are gone!!
The price alone should be enough to make you pack your bags and head for the
May Sunshine in swanky Nice on Jet2 a UK low cost airline.!

Aero-Marine has the following deals -
Paris in the springtime doesn't get much better than this! What better way to
see Paris than with a highly personal licensed tour guide who is there to show
you all of the sights that the "City of Light" has to offer. This package
includes 6 days/5 nights of accommodations, continental breakfast daily,
licensed tour guide, bus/metro pass, museum pass, boat ride on the River Seine,
visit to the Eiffel Tower and taxes. Departure dates from the US are May 8, 22,
June 12 and 26. Space is limited to a maximum of just 20 people, so hurry!
Priced at just $679pp dbl and $239 for a third person in the room, you can't
afford to miss this one!
Come join your fellow interliners on a 7-night barge and bike tour of Riverland
Holland. This is a great way to see this beautiful country and have some fun
too! Don't worry if you're not Lance Armstrong, the land is flat and can be
done by even the recreational biker. Starting in Amsterdam, this tour will take
you to Nieuwegein, Culemborg, Gorichem, Castel Loevestein, Heusden,
Geertruidenberg, Dordrecht and Gouda. Bikes, meals and tour guide included.
Space is limited and cabins will go fast at the special rate of just $749pp
dbl. A not to be missed experience.
Aero-Marine has found a new and unique way to see the breathtaking panoramic
views of St. Moritz with altitudes of more than 10,000ft. Included are 8 days/7
nights of accommodations, round-trip 1st class Swiss transfers to/from the
airport downtown, 5 guided hiking trips, breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners
daily, welcome drink and taxes. Arrivals on Saturdays from June 12-October 9
priced from $889pp dbl. Come to this hiking paradise and enjoy all St. Moritz
has to offer.
Now is the time to round up the family and head to the Royal Solaris in Los
Cabos. With 2 paying adults, children 12 and under are FREE at this 5-star
all-inclusive resort through June 30th! The Royal Solaris is a beachfront
resort located on miles of white sandy beaches with activities for kids and
teenagers so you can kick your feet up and relax and soak up the sun. With
prices starting at just $76pp dbl per night, now is a great time to plan for
that family vacation!
The Sunset Lagoon and the Sunset Royal are offering us "Every 4th Night Free"
through April 30th. Both properties offer all-inclusive packages located in
downtown Cancun with loads of activities to keep you busy or great beaches for
those who want to kick back. Prices start from $75pp dbl per night
all-inclusive at the Sunset Lagoon (4*) and $90pp dbl per night all-inclusive
at the Sunset Royal (5*). Visit our website or call us for full pricing
As usual, the cruise lines are offering us special interline rates on select
ships and sail dates;

Call us for more details or to book reservations at 1-800-255-2376.

" ' "
. Smilies.
More transmissions from the Chicago A.T.C. -

"Leave five on the glide, have a nice ride, tower inside, twenty-six
nine .... see ya!"

"Japan Air Ten Heavy, how 'bout a radio check?"
(Response -"Rogah, switching!")

"Approach, how far from the airport are we in minutes?"
"N923, the faster you go, the quicker you'll get here."

"American Two-Twenty, Eneey, meeny, miney, moe, how
do you  hear my radio?"

"Air Wisconsin Three-Thirty-Five, caution wake
turbulence, there is an Air Wisconsin Three-Forty-Five
on the

"I don't mind altitude separation as long as they're
not on top of  each other."

"We were told Rwy 9...we'll take out the 14R approach
"Captain you got sixty miles to take it out...have a

"The traffic at nine o'clock's gonna do a little Linda
Ronstadt on
"Linda Ronstadt? What's that?"
"Well, sir, they're gonna 'Blue Bayou'."

"I can see the country club down below...look's like a
lot of
controllers out there!"
"Yes, sir, there is...and they're caddying for DC-10
drivers like

"N07K you look like you're established on the localizer
and I don't
know the names of any of the fixes, you're cleared for
the ILS
approach. Call the tower."

"MidEx 726, sorry about that, Center thought you were a
arrival. Just sit back, relax and pass out some more
cookies...we'll  get you to Milwaukee."

"Approach, what's our sequence?"
"Calling for the sequence I missed your callsign, but
if I find out what it is, you're last."

"Sure you can have eight miles behind the
heavy...there'll be a
United tri-jet between you and him."

"Approach, SWA436, you want us to turn right to 090?"
"No, I want your brother to turn. Just do it and don't

"Approach UAL525 what's this aircraft doing at my
"UAL525, what makes you think it's YOUR altitude,

"DAL1176, say speed."
"DAL1176, we slowed it down to two-twenty."
"DAL1176 pick it back up to two-fifty...this ain't
Atlanta, and them
ain't grits on the ground."

"Request Runway 27 Right."
"Approach, do you know the wind at six thousand is 270
at fifty?"
"Yeah, I do, and if we could jack the airport up to
fifty-five hundred
you could have that runway. Expect 14 Right."

"Air Force Four-Five, it appears your engine has...oh,
disregard...I  see you've already ejected."

"The first officer says he's got you in sight."
"Roger, the first officer's cleared for a visual
approach runway 27 continue on that 180 heading and descend to

"Hey, O'Hare, you see the 7600 code flashing five
northwest of
"Yeah, I guys talkin' to him?"

"Approach, what's the tower?"
"That's a big tall building with glass all around it,
but that's not
important right now."

"How far behind traffic are we?"
"Three miles."
"That doesn't look like three miles to us!"
"You're a mile and a half from him, he's a mile and a
half from
you...that's three miles."

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