2009 NetLetter #1081 - August 8th, 2009

#1081 - August 8th, 2009
Vesta's Jump Seat
Vesta StevensonWhy not allow the NetLetter be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC etal. and share your experiences with us!

Mutt Muffs Protect Dogs From Cockpit Noise.
When it's time to go flying, Michelle McGuire has a reluctant husband but a willing and happy black Lab. Cockpit noise is even worse for dogs' ears than for ours, and McGuire felt she had to do something to protect her pooch's hearing. After searching in vain for a solution and failing to come up with a homemade design, she enlisted some professional engineering help to create hearing protection her dog actually wears.

Mutt MuffsNow she sells Mutt Muffs in a range of sizes to fit everything from a chihuahua to a bull mastiff. "My dog never complained, but I could see he was unhappy," said McGuire. "The dogs figure out pretty quickly that things are a whole lot better if they don't take the muffs off," she explained. The Muffs are $52 with a money-back guarantee if your dog won't keep them on. Find out more at www.MuttMuffs.com.
Air Canada - our first 70 years
TCA - Air Canada

1967 - Aug 15th Inaugural DC-9 service between Montreal and Chicago. Regular service between these two cities, via Toronto, started in 1946.
In "Alan's Space", NetLetter nr 1072, Alan told us about a web site with Old Airline advertisements.

ad14.1Here are a couple more of Trans-Canada Air Lines

TCA/AC People Gallery
TCAOver the past months we have been publishing various photographs from earlier "Horizons", should any photos prompt a memory in seeing one of them, feel free to send us your comments and thoughts.

Musings from "Between Ourselves" magazine issue dated August 1967.

The second class of summer stewardesses to graduate in the Company received their diplomas late in May 1967. Shown in the photo are some of the girls from the class who have relatives already working for the Company.

bonanzaFrom the left are, standing:
Johanne Square, Mary Broad, Heather Main, Maria Pascale, Elizabeth Johnston, Danielle Desparois, Donna Miller, Diane Perodeau, Lorraine Noble, Joan Pisni, Maureen Shane, Karen Ernst and Elizabeth Pettit. Seated from the left; Susan FFabro, Patricia Donnelly, Joan Antoniuk, Joan Chipman, Sandra Williamson, Vicki Bore, Barbesin, Lynn Rickard, Linda Speed, Susan Taylor and Arden Mossop.

FLIGHT AND CABIN CREW of the Queen Mother's flight are shown prior to departure from London Airport.

queenflightStanding, from the left, are: Purser Lorne Pitt; Navigating Officer George Chipman, Captain Bill Bell, Captain Bill Benson, and Captain Art Tonkin, On the stairs, from the top: Supervisor Food Development Rudi Roth, Purser Chuck Smith, Stewardess Monique Pellet; Flight Service Supervisor Kay MacIntyre; and Stewardesses Ingrid Boecker and Brenda Parker.

FLIGHT DISPATCH employees in London, England gathered on the occasion of the departure of B. W. Thompson to Montreal and his replacement by F. D. Milne from Vancouver.

dispatchPart of the group is shown above, from left to right: Ass't Regional Maintenance Sup't D.J. Wiley; Flight Dispatch Manager F. D. Milne; Ass't Flight Dispatchers A. G. Murray and A. C. Hatch; Station Operations Manager H. R. (Ralph) Weller; Ass't Flight Dispatcher J. E. Baker; and Flight Dispatch Manager B. W. Thompson.

COMPANY FREIGHT Out of Frankfurt took a great leap forward in June when a record 200,000 lbs were boarded.

Shown after loading the 200,000th pound are, from the left: Karl Dreis, Cargo Service Supervisor, Hans Kantor, District Manager, Germany; Friedrich Drechsel, Cargo Sales Manager, Germany; Rainer Durchgraf, Station Operations Supervisor; and Horst Fleischmann, Ramp Supervisor.
Last chance to register for ACRA Golf!
ACRA GolfDates: Sunday, September 13 to Thursday, September 17, 2009

Venue: Little River Golf  Resort
500 Little River Farm Rd.
Carthage, North Carolina

See: www.acra.ca/system-events/system-golf.html for complete info and registration.
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
A380 Hard Landing at Oshkosh
(July 28, 2009)
The Airbus A380, the world's largest airliner, made quite a dramatic arrival at Oshkosh on Tuesday. Dan Gryder, a Boeing 777 pilot, analyzes what went wrong. See video below to see what you think (sorry about the ad at the beginning).

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (formerly The EAA Annual Convention and Fly-In) is an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States.

The event is presented by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a national/international organization based in Oshkosh. The airshow is seven days long and typically begins on the last Monday in July. The airport's control tower is the busiest control tower in the world during the gathering.
More info at:

A380 at Oshkosh
Click on image for video

Canadi>n/CPAir/PWA, Wardair, etc. Events & People
Canadian AirwaysOver the past months we have been publishing various photographs from earlier in-house magazines, should any photos prompt a memory in seeing one of them, feel free to send us your comments and thoughts.

Looking thu' "CPAir News" magazine supplied by Jim Rogers in HNL.

Issue dated May 1971
The inaugural of the flight to Israel arrived at Lod airport on April 2nd.

isrealHere we have this photo of President Gilmore deplaning. The aircraft was Spacemaster C-FCPP fin 802 c/n 45927. Crew members on the historic first flight to Israel were Captain R.F.Thorne; Check Captain A. W.Weatherbe; First Officer A. W. Clark; Second Officer R. 0. Wilson; Purser; M. Ruggiero; Steward; F. Saudelli; Stewardesses; B. A. Ebster, B. A.Langpap and T M. Anderson.

Mel Knox climaxed his 42 year flying career being command of the first flight of a Canadian carrier licensed to operate with the Carousel IV inertia navigation system. A number of fellow pilots were on hand recently to greet Capt. Mel Knox when he touched down at Vancouver Airport recently to end 42 years of flying.

knoxShown left to right with Capt. Knox are: Bill Roxborough, Director of Flight Operations; Ken Groll; Craig Stevenson; Dennis Harland; Tom McCloy; Ted Randall; Gordon Scott; Tom Gale; Lloyd Moffatt; Don MacLean; Jack Reed and Rick Wiley.

Overseas Customer Service/Operations Managers got together in Vancouver and here they are.

overseasFRONT ROW, left to right: G. W. Heinmiller, Asst. CS Mgr Vancouver; L. E. Waddell, Madrid; R. T. Nelson, CS/Ops Supv., Sydney J. Rogers, Honolulu; R. P. Stevens, Tel Aviv; W. E. Wood, Nandi; J.C.Henderson, Athens; F. J. Metzger, Tokyo;  BACK ROW: L. M. Donnelly, Buenos Aires G. E. Manning, Vice-President Customer Service; R. K. Webb, Santiago, G. P. Morrison, Ops Mgr., Europe, Amsterdam; W. S. Ross, Hong Kong, W.J.Cameron, Rome; E. T. Dews, Lima; H. Voth, Asst. Director C.S. A/Ps-J. Antunes, Lisbon; H. T. Bancroft, Director CS. - A/P's; D. Connolly Mexico E. A. Lievens, CS/Ops Supv., Amsterdam

The North American Customer Service/Operations Managers also met in Vancouver.

northamericanHere they are - FRONT ROW: V. V.Cheropita, Watson Lake, D. A. Burton, Fort Nelson; D. W. Merrell, Vancouer J.G. Millar, Ottawa; F. N. Atkinson, Terrace; H, F. Campbell, Prince George,C. H. Baker, Grande Prairie; BACK ROW: G. E. Manning, V.P. Customer Service, Vancouver; D. T. Vikse, Whitehorse; A.C.Spandier Edmonton; A. B. Wilkinson, San Francisco; M. Bilodeau, Montreal; G.V.Barlow, Vancouver; J. E. Rusinko, Prince Rupert; J.D. Egen, Winnipeg; L.E.Langpap, Toronto; W. J. Simmonds, Calgary; H. Voth, Vancouver.
This n That

Louis BleriotIt was 100 years ago, in 1909, that Louis Bleriot piloted the first airplane to cross the English Channel, and early in the morning of July 25, 2009, two French pilots marked the anniversary by completing the same flight in two Bleriot XI monoplanes, one of them a replica and one a restored original.

Later in the day, however, several other pilots, from Sweden, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, who hoped to make the same flight in their own Bleriot aircraft, were grounded by French authorities, who said the wind was too strong.

The grounding caused some to complain that the French had favored their own pilots, but others agreed that the winds were dangerous for the fragile aircraft. At least one of the grounded pilots, Mikael Carlson, of Sweden, was able to make the flight successfully the following morning. About 300 French, British and Belgian pilots also made the flight throughout the day in a variety of small aircraft, sometimes despite dark clouds and rain.

Bleriot's flight from Les Barraques, France, to Dover, England, took just 37 minutes.He won a prize of a thousand pounds, offered by the Daily Mail, and became an instant celebrity. The event startled British military leaders, who had to cope with the fact that they now were vulnerable to attack from the air, as well as by sea. Bleriot went into business building airplanes, and many copies of the XI were built, several of which are still flying or in museums.

Here's a short video of the recreation of this flight.

Channel Recreated

And amazingly enough, here's a video of the original flight.

Original Channel Crossing

Fred has sent us this request.
There were in the past employees with apartments to rent in the U.K. and France. Does anyone know if they still do these rentals ?  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Readers Feedback

Bob Gartshore sends along this memory.
Your Netletter #1080 of August 4th contained an article about a 1963 engine change in HNL. As an interesting side note to these engine changes, when Wardair leased CPAL's DC6 passenger-freighter in 1962, it agreed to make the aircraft available to fly its spare engine to any CPAL AOG (aircraft-on-ground). After freighting about north of Resolute Bay for two months, a call came to ferry an engine to HNL. After two trips to Isachsen on Ellef Ringes Island, CF-CZZ departed Resolute Bay April 9th, overnighted in Yellowknife, then to Fort Smith, Edmonton and Vancouver where the engine was loaded, then to HNL where its crew "hit the beach" for the day. The resulting shock to the crew's pallored bodies was quite foreseeable!   
Bob Gartshore (ex-CPAL/Wardair/Canadian)

Peter R Mueller sends us this information. This is further to the exchange of info between Fred Coyle and Betty Morgan in which
both make reference to Ed Sword whom I also knew during my years with AC at ZRH and I wonder if anybody remembers Ken Moraesh who also flew with Ed Sword in Eastern Canada and retired as a Capt. with SR.. (Peter would like to be in contact with Ken and his wife Rosalie  - eds)

Hi Folks:
A friend of mine is re-writing an earlier book about Sheldon Luck. I would like the email addresses of Neil Burton and Dan Driscoll if they are available, so that I can get in touch with them. I would also like Bill Norberg's address. I did have Bill's address but a recent self induced unintentional formatting of my computer erased most of
my addresses.
Happy Trails
Jim Griffith This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vic Rivers sends us this information referring to the HNL photos from Jim Rogers in NetLetter 1080.
Seems to me United liked using fork lifts for engine changes including one in ORD on a DC-10 which ended in a catastrophe after the engine peeled away on take-off. Think they have since stopped the practice!!  We were lucky I guess.
Vic Rivers
Terry's Trivia & Travel Tips
Terry Baker
Terry's Trivia & Travel Tips

Europe continues to be very busy for Employee stand-by travel!
During the current peak summer travel period, employees should be aware of the very high flight loads departing all our European stations. As our colleagues in Europe are very busy with our customers, they may be unable to assist employees in obtaining back-up ZED tickets on other airlines - these tickets must be purchased prior to your departure from home. Please also remember that some stations including Madrid and Zurich do not have Employee Ticketing facilities. We expect Europe flights to be busy for the next few weeks. Don't be caught waiting for days, be prepared! When travelling, all employees are expected to check-in on the web or at the kiosks. (Source The Daily).

Accommodations around London Heathrow UK
The Travelodge Hotel is within 0.2 miles of the airport. Prices from gbp19.00, but can be had for a little as gbp9.00 . Local phone number 0871 984 6353costs 10p per call from the airport. On a busget? Visit Marks & Spensers food court in Terminal 5 and get a take-out meal.
There is a Hoppa bus service available between this hotel and Heathrow Terminal 5 (Hoppa number H57), priced £4 pp each way Visit http://www.travelodge.co.uk/our_rates_explained/
there are restrictions.

offendWatch your language - airports that may offend!

1.     Old Crow Airport (YOC), Canada
2.     Fukui Airport (FKJ), Japan
3.     Dang Airport (DNP), Nepal
4.     Pratt Airport (PTT), USA
5.     Ponce Airport (PSE), Puerto Rico
6.     Fort Dix Airport (WRI), USA
7.     Tsili Tsili Airport (TSI), Papau New Guinea
8.     Gaylord Airport (GLR), USA
9.     Shafter Airport (MIT), USA
10.    Phi Phi Island Airport (PHZ), Thailand
11.    Fak Fak Airport (FKQ), Indonesia

A 17-year-old from Yorkshire, England, met with various aviation industry executives and government officials in the U.K. recently and convinced them that he was a tycoon about to launch his own airline, when in fact he had no such plans or funding. The boy used the pseudonym Adam Tait, and used other false names in emails and
phone messages to convince contacts that he was working with a team of employees. He proposed to launch a cut-price airline serving most of Europe, based in the Channel Islands. His scheme unraveled when he was stopped by police at an airport while trying to get access to a 93-seat jet he had said he wanted to lease.