2009 NetLetter #1094 - November 7th, 2009

#1094 - November 7th, 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!

CMWA 30 Year Reunion
30 Year Reunion in 2010
April 23 - 25, 2010

Place: Vancouver
Date: weekend of April 23 - 25, 2010
Location: Marriott Pinnacle in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

See: http://cmwa.acfamily.net for more info.

A Pittance of Time
A Pittance of Time On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Do you have two minutes? If so click on the link below. To find out more about the song, Terry Kelly and the video, please visit this link.

A Pittance of Time
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Our first 70 years.

1973 - March 15th - Inaugural L1011 service Toronto to Vancouver.
TCA/AC People Gallery
Over 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.

Steve Polak in Toronto has several photos of co-workers from the
ramp at Toronto and placed on his Facebook site. Steve has allowed us to share them.

rampageHere is a photo from the "Rampage" magazine issued February 1st 1989 Sam Massara, Malcolm Brown, Dino Vessio and Steve Gomachlick.

hahnHere is a photo from the "Rampage" magazine issued March 1st 1989
This is Hahn Han a marksman extraordinaire.

shoesHere is a photo from the "Rampage" magazine issued November 1st 1989
Bert, Joe, Barry, Jim and Chris admire the new shoes of Janier's.

Musings from "Between Ourselves" magazine
Issue dated January 1944
Here we have the St. John's ticket office staff.

stjohnsLeft to right - Front row - Walter Bennett, Dorothy Bishop, Margaret Pike, Reginald Beck. Second row -Leonard Earle, Lucy Noonan, Phyllis Rowsell, Patricia MacKenzie, Clarence Houlton. Missing is Angus Crane.

Issue dated February 1944

cfcmsBy Harry Cooper a former traffic representative of our Toronto Royal York office. The writer's impressions of a Trans-Atlantic flight, which were written enroute. The eastbound crossing was made in an R.A.F. Transport Command Liberator, modified for passenger service. The return west bound flight was made on December 3 in the Lancaster TCA-100 of the Canadian Government Trans-Atlantic Air Service. The TCA pilots were Captain M. B. "Jock" Barclay and 2nd Captain "Kelly" Edmison.

"Our primary 'met' forecast recommends a daylight departure from the United Kingdom and a route to Dorval via Labrador. It's 'chocks away' at 12:00 noon, British Standard Time and a few minutes after takeoff we're over the sea and the shoreline is falling away in the distance behind us. A few small islands just north of Ireland are soon below us and then a large convoy is sighted, steaming for a British port. Now we are out of sight of all land and settling down to a 10-hour flight over the sea.

"Our weather map indicates that in the first two zones we can remain at 8,000 feet, then we will have to climb high over a frontal condition, perhaps to an altitude of over 20,000 feet. Spread below us is a magic carpet of fluffy clouds. The sea is completely blotted out from our sight by this solid cumulus cloud bank which rolls far out to the horizon. The tops of the clouds are rising up to meet us and now we are starting our climb 'over the top'." As we go up and up, the oxygen supply comes on and the passengers are busy adjusting their oxygen masks.
At 15,000, Jack Frost artistically decorates the outside of the windows of the cabin with crystal-like designs and the temperature in the cabin drops considerably. We can see our breath now and the warm flying suit is appreciated. Still the clouds rise like white mountains ahead of us and we are now at 20,000 feet. But still that cloud bank rises. Our pilots gradually climb our great ship higher-now it is 22,000-now 24,000 and finally we have conquered the cloud formations at 26,500 feet. The Lancaster's four mighty power plants still drive us forward 4 miles a minute and at this great speed we have soon crossed over the weather and are descending on the other side. Gradually we drop down to 8,000 feet.

"All day we have been racing the sun but now we are falling behind for it is sinking beneath the horizon and the sky a mass of brilliant colour. Soon it is ark and with the frost gone from the cabin windows, the stars and moon and out in the cold, clear night. Presently there are lights ahead; then we are over a huge airport. We are circling a field, making our letdown and then captain Barclay 'three-points' the big craft perfectly and we roll up to the hangar. We are at Labrador. "The westbound Trans-Atlantic flight is completed. We are 4 hours from Dorval and home. The final leg of the flight is uneventful and service No. CMW-8 has been completed.
Several hundred pounds of freight, 3,800 pounds of mail and 8 passengers have been delivered without incident across the North Atlantic. And so it goes on-day after day-modern aircraft providing swift air transportation, conquering space, spanning oceans and linking continents-yes, making history and a better world tomorrow

Musings from "Horizons" magazine
March 15 wasn't just another work day for this flight crew who worked the inaugural L-1O11 flight from Toronto to Vancouver,
There were smiles all around in anticipation of doing their part to enter the day in the Company history book.

yyz-yvrFront row, from the left: Ayn Slatford, Wayne Howlett. Jane Prouse, and Deanne McGowan.

Back row: Karen Nodwell, Marion Ewart, Manny Eiberger. Denise Wills, Chris Toyne. Barb Scott and Charles Tanne.
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
The basic configuration of the Be-200 amphibious aircraft is intended for fighting forest fires using fire extinguishing fluids. While doing this, the aircraft can fulfill the following tasks:

- stop and restrain the spread of the big forest fires by developing the protecting strip due to multiple drops on the fire edge;
- extinguishing the small fire and fire which is only starting to develop;
- delivery of fire brigades and fire extinguishing equipment to the fire region by landing on preselected water area of aifield, and return to the base.

A particular feature of the Be-200 aircraft, when compared with the other amphibians, is that it has fully pressurized fuselage, which allows to fulfill a lot of missions.

The aircraft is fitted with flight/navigation and communication equipment allowing the navigation and flight control at all flight phases in adverse weather conditions at any season, day and night.

Be-200 will be equipped with the new avionics complex ARIA-200 which meets the requirements of ICAO category III of joint Russian-American production by ARIA JV (Allied Signal Aerospace, USA and NIIAO, Russia).

The interior for the Be-200 amphibious aircraft firefighting configuration is developed by AIM Aviation Fliteform. Passenger and combi configurations are on the list as well.

While designing the Be-200 amphibious aircraft, the designers took into account the design experience and test results of the biggest jet amphibian A-40 "Albatross" which set 148 records.

Apart from the basic - Firefighting version, the following aircraft versions will be manufactured:

· Transport;
· Passenger (Be-210);
· Search & Rescue
· Ambulance
The aircraft can also be developed in executive version.

Be-200 amphibious aircraft designing is based on FAR-25 requirements that will allow to facilitate the certification in compliance with FAA and JAA requirements.

On December 27, 2000 the Be-200 amphibious aircraft obtained the tpye noise certificate  number СШ 118-Бе-200.

On August 10, 2001 the Be-200 obtained the type certificate for restricted category aircraft. number СТОК 201-Бе-200.

BE-200 Russian Waterbomber Jet

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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.

We have just about gleaned all we can from our source of the
various Canadian magazines donated.

Readers Feedback

Allan Gray has located some photos taken by his father-in-law Don Hunter Unfortunately, there are no identifications for the employees, nor the exact location, either YWG or YUL.

northstardc3Here is a North Star and DC-3 in the hanger probably YWG

dc3atywgA DC-3 at YWG.

dc3atterminalDC-3 at the terminal in YWG.

maintenance1930Maintenance in the 1930's

northstarHeavy maintenance for the North Star.

dc-3atwinnipegPreparing DC-3 for departure at Winnipeg.

flightsimulatorFlight Simulator.

enginecheckdc-3ywgDC-3 engine check at YWG.
Terry's Trivia & Travel Tips
Terry BakerTerry will be back next week!