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|NetLetter #1327 | September 27, 2015|
For Air Canada Retirees
|Lancastrian in Montreal - 1943|
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.
Reader Submitted Photos
We received this enquiry and photo from David Postle looking for Gordon Rubenok -
I am hoping you might be able to help with some information about one of your flying colleagues by the name of Gordon Rubenok. I believe he is sadly no longer with us, but I would be grateful if you were able to tell me anything about him. My reason for asking is that Gordon Rubenok came over to Britain during the Second World War and flew from Ballykelly in Ireland for 59 Squadron. My father was his navigator from December 1944 to the end of the war, and he spoke very highly of Mr Rubenok as a fellow crew member. My father often asked whether we could find out what he did after the war after the Squadron was broken up.
I do know that he went back to Canada and flew for Trans-Canada Air Lines, and I believe later Air Canada.
I do not know when he retired, but it was probably in the 1970s/80s. I do have a photograph of him with his crew in Ballykelly, and the operation records of his flights, and I would just appreciate finding out a little more about him, and even contacting his family if there are any people who would be willing to make contact.
I am attaching a photograph of Gordon Rubenok and his crew at Ballykelly in 1945. My father, John Postle, is seated on the left. Next to him is Gordon Rubenok, and the third on the right seated is Flight Lieutenant Robert Irving who was another navigator and sometimes Captain of the plane. Both Gordon Rubenok and my father were Flying Officers at that time. I do not know the names of any of the others. There were other Canadians flying at the same time. They flew Consolidated Liberators on Atlantic patrols.
Many thanks for your help.
Best Wishes, David Postle
TCA/AC People Gallery
Star Alliance News
This special Star Wars-themed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will first fly at a fan appreciation event in Japan on the 17th before taking off overseas to Vancouver for its first international flight on October 18, 2015. The extremely popular film franchise will be releasing the latest film in the series just a couple of months later so we are sure that plane spotters and Star Wars fans alike will want to catch a glimpse or take a ride on this rare bird.
After visiting YVR the plane will continue on to other international destinations such as San Jose, Seattle, Sydney, Munich and Paris leading up to the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
I have not been able to research airline material for this edition because I have been indulging myself in my passion for Cribbage, travelling to Omaha, Nebraska and Yankton, South Dakota to participate in tournaments.
Scroll down to the Readers' Feedback section for a few fascinating comments submitted by readers in response to my previous articles.
CPAir, Canadi>n People Gallery
Odds and Ends
Conclusion of the story from NetLetter #1325 and 1326 sent by Betty Draper, more information of the early days in aviation in Canada.
No Cachets Used.
As the machine neared the city, Dispatcher Williamson was in telephone communication with Moose Jaw arranging for delivery of gas and oil at that point, and obtaining data on condition of the Moose Jaw field, which has no runways and was covered in spots by a foot of snow, in case the crew continued to Moose Jaw.
Mile above Prairies
"The fog is spotty. We can see Moose Jaw. Will hang around up here for 10 or 15 minutes," came the reply.
At 11:20 a.m., another report came from overhead. "Fog 12 foot thick. We are going west." The roar of the big Lockheed Electra died away as orders came from Winnipeg for the machine to land at Moose Jaw if Regina's fog did not clear, but a few minutes later, the pilots reported they were going to "Try for a landing." the machine roared back and crossed over the field at 500 feet.
Lost again in the fog, it could be heard to circle the city, then the roar died away and the machine nosed out of a thick ground fog and taxied to the hangar. Smiling, the youthful pilots, in business suits, stepped out to report, unloaded their mail, obtained weather reports, and roared westward again after a 15 minute stop. Conditions cleared over Regina before the machine left and weather at Maple Creek and Lethbridge was reported good
New York Air Service Speeded.
Betty Draper found this article in the Leader-Post dated March 1st, 1963 -
Office facilities for ticket sales would be offered. Spare parts would be put at the disposal of TransAir and TCA will do the maintenance on the Viscount. When Pacific Western Airlines operated the northern part of the regional service up until the fall of 1962 before the North Battleford link was eliminated the government paid a $25,000 monthly subsidy. This was cut off when TCA took over. The crown air company (TCA) financed the operating loss out of its own funds. Under the new agreement, TCA will continue to help finance the operation through the loan of facilities but no direct cash payment to TransAir is to be made.
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips
Beginning March 15, 2016, foreign national visitors without visas will need an Electronic Travel Authorization, or eTA, to enter Canada. This new entry requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.
Applying for an eTA online is straightforward and inexpensive. Eligible travellers need their passport, a credit card, an email address and a few minutes to complete the form. In most cases, travellers receive their authorization just minutes after application.
The eTA costs $7CDN per traveller, is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport and valid for five years (or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.) It’s best to apply and receive your eTA before booking a flight.
Aureen and Jack Morath from LHR recently took this cruise which may be of interest to those intrepid travelers contemplating such a cruise -
THE HAPPY WANDERERS. - FAR EAST EXPLORERS
We had booked the cruise through Dargal and obtained a very good deal cruising with Holland America on their ship the Volendam. The ship's master was an Englishman from Cornwall being Captain James Russell-Dunford.
After one day at sea we arrived at the Thai island of Koh Samui at 7.00am and departing at 3.00pm - enough time to explore the town of Nathan. The next morning and still in Thailand we stopped at the port of Laem Chabang for two days giving time for those who wanted to take a tour to Bangkok 90 miles away. The next morning we arrived at 8.00am in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. A very interesting stop and a full day to explore the city until we departed at 11.00pm. Next day at sea before arriving in Phu My, Vietnam, and another quite different country arriving at 6.00am and departing at 5.00pm. At all of the stops on the cruise the ladies loved wandering round the markets. (not sure about the men though!)
The next day in Vietnam we arrived at 10.00am in Nha Trang. We set sail at 11.00pm for another day at sea arriving in Da Nang, also in Vietnam for a full day. We were at sea the following day before arriving at 7.00 am in Halong Bay, the most interesting of all our stops. We departed at 11.00pm for another day at sea before arriving in Hong Kong at 7.00 am on 2nd March.
The sea was calm throughout the voyage and the weather was sometimes hot and sometimes cool and with just a couple of showers. The total distance covered on the cruise was 2750 nautical miles. In Hong Kong we split up to go our different ways; Steve and Gina to their bungalow in Thailand, Eugene and Wendy back to England on Air Canada via Vancouver, and Aureen and I took the train for two hours to Guangzhou to visit our son and family in China. Overall a most enjoyable cruise exploring the Far East of Asia.
(Report by Jack Morath extracted from the June Pionairs LHR newsletter)
Overheard at the airport.
The passenger had just deplaned from an Air Canada rouge flight.
Carol Vickers sends this –
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