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|NetLetter #1319 | May 17, 2015|
For Air Canada Retirees
|Welcome to the NetLetter, an Aviation based newsletter for Air Canada, TCA, CPAir, Canadian Airlines and all other Canadian based airlines that once graced the Canadian skies.
The NetLetter was created in 1995 by Vesta Stevenson (RIP) and Terry Baker and is normally published every two weeks (we're late sometimes). If you are interested in Canadian Aviation History, and vintage aviation photos, especially as it relates to Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada then we're sure you'll enjoy this free newsletter.
Calgary ACRA hosts the 22nd Annual Lobster Party on June 6, 2015. This year’s event will be held at Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association.
Tickets are $50 for ACRA members and $60 for non-members. You can purchase tickets from Al Barbaro, Dan Dubuc, Norm Kneeshaw, Geoff Nicholas or Lorie Hyrnkiw. For more information check the Facebook events page: www.facebook.com or contact us at: email@example.com
ACRA Softball Tournament in Las Vegas May 26 – 28. Full details can be found on the ACRA webpage at www.acra.ca
Registration Cut off date has been extended to Friday, June 5, 2015!
Women in Aviation
Reader Submitted Photos
Robert Arnold has sent us this information -
This is a 1/24 scale Viscount Cutaway model of CF-TGI. It was made by the Westway Company located in the UK which made professionally built models for the airline industry. The wingspan is 47 inches long and the fuselage is 40 inches long. The base alone is about 17 by 10 by 12 inches high and weighs about 30 pounds.
What makes this model so unique is that it is a "White Top" version. Most Viscount models of this size that were made for TCA, emulated the earlier 40 passenger, 1954 bare metal version of CF-TGI. The seating configuration of this model has also been changed to reflect the new 44 seat layout with a more modern selection of fabric colours. Based on the history of the "White Top" and the "44 seat configuration", I would put this model as being made sometime in early 1957.
Air Canada News
JAZZ AIR (Air Canada) plans to begin four-times-weekly Toronto-Atlantic City, NJ flights (using Q400 equipment) on May 22, 2015
TCA/AC People Gallery
Located in the "Between Ourselves" magazine - Issued October 1959
Star Alliance News
Star Alliance member SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways are set to begin codeshare operations between Scandinavia and the United Arab Emirates.
United Airlines will begin distribution of iPhone 6 Plus to its more than 23,000 mainline flight attendants during the second quarter of 2015. Plans include replacing the flight attendants’ printed safety manual with an electronic version on their iPhones and providing real-time reporting and improved follow up on aircraft cabin issues and repairs. Additionally, The deployment of iPhone 6 Plus for United flight attendants follows the airline’s deployment of iPads to pilots beginning in 2011 in a move toward creating paperless aircraft and flight decks. United has renewed the iPad pilot program with iPad Air 2. (Source: United Airlines)
The opening of London Heathrow Terminal 2 in June 2014 marked a new phase in choreographed, mutually beneficial relationships between airports and their airline customers. Called the Queen’s Terminal, it is a dedicated Star Alliance facility. This forward-thinking project was highly ambitious, involving a five-year $3.8 billion upgrade. The new terminal is now home to 23 Star Alliance airlines and three codeshare partners—which represent over 20 percent of the airport’s.
TAP Portugal pilots announced a 10-day strike beginning May 1
First Vickers Vanguard Delivered To Trans-Canada Air Lines (1960)
Location: Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England, Great Britain
Story about the delivery of the first of twenty-three Vanguard aeroplanes to Trans-Canada Air Lines
CPAir, Canadi>n People Gallery
Gleaned from the "PWA-Flightlines" magazine - Issue dated March 1986.
Meet some of the PWA SOC staff in 1986. SOC was initially set up in Vancouver by Ken Gray and Ed Pazzot in 1974 and moved to CAB in August 14th, 1984. Here are some of the staff.
Bob MacCallum refers to NetLetter nr 1315 -
In regard to the comments from Tony Walsh in regard to Type II fluids. This product was phased out many years ago and is now Dow UCAR Type IV fluid used as Anti ice fluid after De-icing with Type I fluids. - Bob MacCallum
Karin Fulcher has sent us this family bio -
(We would welcome any other "flying families" out there who would like to share their stories - eds)
George Brien, refers to the Christmas issue of the NetLetter with this comment -
Many thanks for this great issue. I was excited to download the January, 1946 Between Ourselves. This was only 7 years before I had joined TCA so many of the names and even faces were familiar.
Cheers, George Brien
Odds and Ends
Bill Grenier recently released his book "From Miles to Millions" and sent us this information -
Well in the first year of publication we have won a Bronze medal for that publication. Just a reminder that all proceeds go to aviation scholarships.
Betty Draper sends another article from The Leader-Post issued January 18th., 1939
- Noise to tell flyers location.
"Squawking" area over Radio Range stations planned. Possible revision of part of the radio range system that guides Trans-Canada Air Lines planes across the continent was indicated by Commander C.P.Edwards, chief of Airways services of the department of transport at Ottawa, who was in Regina recently.
Instead of the "cone of silence" directly above the present range stations, which indicates to the pilot that he is over the range, "squawker" apparatus may be installed to give a definite sound signal or light a rad bulb on the plane's instrument board, commander Edwards said. "That cone of silence idea is very poor engineering" he said. "The pilot doesn't want something to stop happening... like the range signals... he wants something to start happening, like a squawk in the signals or a light on the instrument panel."
One such marker beacon... as the "squawkers" are called officially... has been built about 50 miles east of Vancouver, to indicate to the pilot that he has safely cleared the Rocky Mountains and can start coming down for the Vancouver landing." Those marker beacons are the real thing" Commander Edwards asserted. "They throw a definite sound signal, light a bulb, and do almost everything but play the national anthem. The pilot knows without a shadow of doubt that he is where he is, and can put his mind to other matters."
The squawkers throw an upward radio beam, spreading out and creating a beam 15 miles wide and three miles across at 10,000 feet. The type which may be installed on the regular radio range towers would be a little different... they would throw a cone-like upward beam, with the apex on the ground and at 10,000 feet provide a "squawk circle" about a mile in diameter right over the range station.
Present experimental plans call for possible construction of marker beacons only in the regions where obstructions occur, like the mountains east of Vancouver. After that, they may be extended to include all range stations. It took two years to adequately test any such new development, Commander Edwards said. All the new apparatus had to operate through every season twice to prove its dependability and to give pilots an opportunity to form a definite opinion as to their value.
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips
Air Canada teens can travel abroad-apply today for Summer 2015.
If you are travelling standby on a flight and don’t get on, gate agents will confirm with employees before transferring their names to the next flight. Ensure you are available at the gate to confirm your preference as the system does not automatically transfer the standby list.
More about my secondment work in Antigua started in NetLetter nr 1318 -
I did manage to get my family down there for a week while I was there - all paid for!
I would return to Montreal at each months end on a Friday returning Monday, and, naturally, only travelled with a briefcase - such fun when the customs officer would ask me how long I had been in Antigua, 'One month' I would reply, 'then sir your suitcase will be on the carrousel'. I would argue black was blue sometimes before convincing them that I had all my possessions in my briefcase.
Finally - I do recall on my last trip through Toronto, I was taking some give-aways for the staff and my ticket was not available at the BWIA desk. I made a phone call back to my office in YUL and got it sorted out just as I heard the final call for the flight, I grabbed my briefcase which, unfortunately, was unlocked and spilled everything onto the floor, some of the give-aways were AC mail openers and these went skittering across the concourse - such an embarrassment gathering this stuff up and people knowing I was going on an aircraft with such lethal looking items!
When I finally got to the check-in desk I was handed a first class boarding pass and the agent had a smirk on his face.
The conclusion is in NetLetter nr 1320 – eds)
Did I read that sign right?
In a laundromat:
In a London department store:
In an office:
In an office:
Outside a second hand shop:
Notice in health food shop window:
On a repair shop door:
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