2008 NetLetter #1006 - Jan 19, 2008

#1006 - Jan 19, 2008
Vesta's Corner
Vesta Stevenson

The year 2008 marks the 76th year since my favourite aviatrix Amelia Earhart began her historic solo flight from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. The full story is an article in the latest edition of the Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. If you are not a member of this organization, then visit www.cahs.ca

This weeks postcard - Lundar, Manitoba  GIANT CANADA GOOSE

Postcard 1006

This goose statue with a wingspan of 24 feet, rotates and acts as a wind vane. Postcard produced by Lundar Elks in celebration of the community centennial.

Jeanne and Kenneth Campbell.

for our new readers, I have been collecting postcards from our travelling NetLetter "family" for many years. If you are away and have a minute, I'd be delighted to get one from you as well. You can obtain my address by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (it's automated and will respond right away)
Air Canada - the first 70 years
Air Canada 70 years - 1937 - 2007

  • April -  Inauguration of Brussels service, discontinued in 1962, reinstated between 1969 and 1977.
  • May 16  - Inauguration of ZRH service.

  • April 1  - DC-8 introduced on the YUL-YYZ-YVR and return.
  • June 1  - First DC-8 service on trans-Atlantic route.

  • April 29 - Service resumed to Dusseldorf from YYZ and YUL via LHR and Paris with L1011 equipment  Dusseldorf was previously served from 1952-1966.
  • Feb 1   - Air Canada took over ownership of Air Express from CN.
From: "John Carleton" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
YVR 1939You may find this photo interesting - VANCOUVER AIRPORT-1939
Cheers John C

Note: a smaller version of this photo was also used in our collage last week, Issue 1005
Then & Now from Alan

Alan RustAs many of you already know, Terry and I have had the rare privilege of having access to many back issues of the "Between Ourselves" issues of the Air Canada employees magazine, donated to us by NetLetter subscribers. From time to time I'd like to "spotlight" some of the items that we find. Since I live in the Vancouver area, I was very interested in a recent photo scanned by Terry. Below is what I found out regarding this "Buck Rogers" styled sculpture.

From "Between Ourselves"  issue nr 10 October 1943 loaned by Bill Sansom This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vancouver Airport EmblemPictured is the Vancouver Airport emblem (the Rocket) in 1943 where it resided outside of the old Vancouver Airport Terminal.

The original Rocket was built by the Sheet Metal Workers, Local 280 to commemorate Vancouver's 1936 50th Jubilee celebrations and as a symbol of the future and of technological progress. It was the Grand prize winner in the 1936 P.N.E. Jubilee parade. Soon after the parade, the Rocket was rebuilt on a more permanent basis and was sited at the old Vancouver International Airport Terminal where it was a landmark for 37 years.

It was removed in 1973 to make way for other construction. With the advent of the new terminal, the Rocket was put into storage at B.C.I.T. and subsequently became very badly deteriorated and was scrapped because of rust.

In 1985 the Vancouver Transportation Club and the Sheet Metal Workers Union 280 decided to build a replica to celebrate Vancouver's 100th birthday. They located Lew Parry (the designer) who still had the original plans. This time the rocketship was built from more durable materials.

RocketThe 12 foot long project was completed and displayed on the Expo 86 site. After Expo it was donated to the City of Vancouver on October 19th, 1986 to celebrate the City's Centennial year of one hundred years of growth. Until recently it was on display on a plaza at the S.W. corner of the Cambie Street Bridge.

A Centennial Time Capsule is housed in the base of the rocket, scheduled to be opened 50 years from 1986. It includes items such as an Expo 86 passport with stamps of all the pavilions and recorded messages from local celebrities and many other things.

Rocket 2Due to the recent ongoing construction of the RAV line down the Cambie Street corridor, it was necessary to temporarily remove the Centennial Rocket from its resting place for the past 20 years. During this time it will allow for some refurbishment as 20 years of weather does take its toll.

The present plan is to return the rocket to its Cambie Street location once all construction is complete, however it may be moved to a temporary location if it is feasible.

After 50 years (in 2036) it will be interesting to see what was sealed in the time capsule encased in the Rocket.
TCA/AC Events & People Gallery

The company's first Maple Leaf Lounge is located in LHR. It opened in 1963 and was hosted by Jessie Bates who originally joined the company in 1959 as a receptionist in London's Pall Mall office, then Reservations before taking over the hostess job.

From: "Geraldine Holland" This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This was the last flight piloted by my late husband Captain HW (Harry) Holland of the Vanguard to Jamaica and the last flight out piloted by the late Captain Ernie Jones on November 6, 1968.

Last Vanguard out of JamaicaDistrict Manager at Kingston, Jamaica Mr Ralph J Webber, extreme left, is shaking hands with Capt. Ernie Jones. Unfortunately I don't know the names of the rest of the Flight Crew. Perhaps someone can identify or recognize them from the picture.

Geraldine Holland

Musings from "Horizons"

Issue 629 Sept 1983 -
Two time winnerCapt Bob Forrest and F/O Jim Norwick in their B747 "office" enroute to YYZ from LHR with Alison de Feyter, winner of the U.K. National Dairy competition .

Issue 630 Oct 1983
Brussles StaffBrussels celebrates 25 years since inauguration of service.
Three employees pictured, Herman Peeters, Georgette Mosselmans, and Archie Segers.

Co-ordinatorsCoordinators learn the suggestion program.
Pictured four of the participants, Maurice Antonio, Hal Walker, Shelagh Smith, Sonya Commerford

Issue 10 October 1943 loaned to us by Bill Sansom This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

YVR 1943Pictured are some of the Vancouver employees in 1943. (click on photo for names)

Canadi>n/CPAir/PWA, Wardair, etc. Events & People

Remember when?
The following events were researched by Andrew Geider archivist YVR  (and gleaned from various "Contact" magazines loaned by Bill Wood)

1946 - Aug 27th Maritime Central Airways, a predecessor of Eastern Provincial Airways starts service with its first DC-3 registered CF-BZH

1953 - Oct 24 - CPAL made its first flight to South America with a DC-6B YVR-Mexico City - Lima

1968 - Sept 9 - CPAir's first DC-8-63 registered CF-CPO, inaugurated service YYZ to Athens via Rome. (Service ceased in 1981 due low loads - eds)

1971 - Oct 21 - Nordair received its first DC-8 from Trans International Airlines.

  • Aug - Nordair designated to serve Val d'Or and Fort George.
  • Oct 11 - Transair became the first North American airline to operate the Fokker F28,
1978 -
  • Aug Wardair used a Dash-7 to fly Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip & Prince Andrew around Saskatchewan and Alberta to open the 11th Commonwealth games.
  • Sept 14 -  Eastern Provincial Airways Headquarters and maintenance base opened at Gander Nfld.
1986 - Aug 3rd Wardair who acquired their first Airbus A300 from South African Airways registered as C-GJZL made its first flight YYZ-YVR on Aug 21st.

Readers Feedback

John Roger came across this information from his pile of memorabilia

Subject: Emailing: Silver Broom Late 70's - Hi Gang, This photo according to Jim Ursel Pionair member from Kelowna (Canadian champion and runner up to the Silver Broom 1977) was taken later in 1978 or 79. I have most of the names either from Mr Taylor or Jim. Most were AC Employees.

Silver BroomLeft to right

Hal Cameron YVR, Ray Godber Manager Silver Broom for AC, YUL. He was my neighbour in Dollard Des Ormeaux. His widow Else called to give me some of his memorabilia (pins, badges, etc)from his time with the Silver Broom Committee. Doug Maxville Head of the Canadian Curling. He passed away about 3 months ago, Claude I Taylor, The Silver Broom, John Duville YUL, Pierre Jerome YUL, Terry Denny YUL, Next two unknown, In front, Jim Ursel YUL on the right and on the left Jim or Mr Taylor didn't know who he is but said he worked down town in publicity.

A few years ago Jamie Hay Cargo YWG (retired) found the Silver Broom in the Cargo Warehouse in YWG. They made it available to show at different curling events. We had it at our Pionairs National Bonspiel in Hudson 2005 and also in Calgary 2006. There was such great interest in it amongst all curlers when they saw it. It is a very impressive trophy.


John Rodger This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

(We have more next time - eds)

Another memory from Bill Norberg -

I often think of this interesting flight in 1947 as winter approaches.

Wood stoves and aircraft cabin heaters

Most people can relate to the idea of a wood stove that provides such friendly and warm heat to summer cottages or ski lodges. In some respects it was a similar type of heating system that was used in our DC-3 and North Star aircraft to keep us warm as we traveled during our Canadian winters.

The DC-3 heating system designed by our Engineering department was identified as the TCA 100 heating system. It was a modular system that could be exchanged as a unit and used aircraft fuel burned in a combustion chamber as the source of heat. Cabin air was warmed as it was circulated around the combustion chamber with a fan system. It was located at the rear of the passenger cabin and worked quite well.

The North Star aircraft had a more advanced type of system that was built as part of the ducting used to distribute conditioned air throughout the cabin. It was located in one of the accessory compartments below the passenger floor level.

It was a Janitrol system, and as in the case of the DC-3TCA 100
system, also used aircraft fuel as the energy source to produce the required heat. A spark plug was used to start the combustion process when heat was required. It is sort of fascinating when you stop to think about it, a fire on board aircraft to keep us warm!

Not long after we began receiving our first North Star M-2 aircraft an airworthiness directive was issued that prevented us from using the Janitrol heater system in flight. There were some modifications that had to be carried out which would prevent aircraft fuel that might leak from the wing tanks, from finding its way down the wing structure and into the lower compartments where it could be a potential cause of an on board fire.

Apparently DC-6 aircraft had experienced such a problem. As our aircraft basically used the DC-6 fuselage design, our aircraft heating systems were decommissioned until these modifications were fitted.

We were flying a great deal of airmail across the country at this time and with the inability to fly the North Star until the modifications were completed, we fell behind in deliveries. Late in December 1947 it was decided to fly a North Star from Montreal to Winnipeg in the unheated state to deliver a load of mail and relieve the backlog. I had been planning a quick trip to Winnipegto see my parents and deliver some Christmas presents so this was a unique opportunity. They were going to allow some contingent passengers on board, and I was one of the lucky ones.

There were no flight attendants on the flight but cold sandwiches were boarded. Captain Ron Baker was operating the flight and we flew at altitudes between 6000 and 9000 feet. I presume this was done to find the warmest outside air temperatures, as the cabin was very cold. We all wore full winter garb and kept warm mitts on for the whole flight. The flight was planned for a return late the next day and again I was able to travel as a contingent passenger along with several others whose names I forget at this point. The only thing I clearly remember is that one of them was from "Sales"...a mysterious part of the organization for us Maintenance types at the time.He was a most pleasant individual and came on board with a 26 ounce bottle of Seagrams Crown Royal Rye Whiskey in its Royal Purple bag with the gold cord. The four of us spent the flight between Winnipeg and Toronto huddled together in the circular restroom area in the rear of the North Star. Many may remember that spacious and rather attractive area. We kept the door closed to conserve heat to the maximum degree possible. I suspect the Crown Royal did a better job of creating body warmth. The flight terminated in Toronto and I had to spend a night in the ever famous Roseheath Lodge that was home to so many plusses over the years as they struggled to get through Toronto. These flights were a very cold experience but gave me warm memories.

The Superconnies used a similar type of cabin heating system but they had much larger and technically superior heating units. There were two units per aircraft so there was always a back up in event of a unit failure. Once aircraft began using turbojet engines, cabin heated air was obtained by bleeding off high pressure compressor air.

John W. Norberg

Terry's Travel Tips

Terry BakerZED e-ticket refunds.  Employees who have purchased OAL (other airline) e-tickets can now have them refunded via the Employee Travel website. Simply input your PNR or reference number on the "My Bookings - Review Trip" screen: the status of your e-tickets will be displayed. If you paid by credit card and the e-tickets are unused, you will be provided with a "Refund Tickets" option. If your ZED e-tickets are partially unused, you will see an "E-mail Request" refund option. It's as simple as that!

Please remember that all foreign nationals travelling to South Africa must have at least one blank page in their passport when accepted for travel. This is a legal requirement. Any foreign national who does not have a blank page in their passport will be refused entry to South Africa.

Also effective immediately, all foreign nationals travelling to Thailand must have a minimum of 6 months' validity on their passports from day of arrival.

By year-end, severely disabled passengers flying on Canadian airlines will no longer have to pay for extra seats needed to accommodate them. Canadian carriers must offer a single fare under a "one-person, one-fare" policy that apparently can include a second person provided that second person is a medical attendant.

There are some caveats;
Specifically, individuals who are obese and require two seats for comfortable air travel, but are not disabled, are not covered by the new rule. Also, disabled people traveling with a companion for non-medical reasons will not be granted any free seats. For now, the CTA's ruling does not apply to charter carriers.

No doubt, over your years of service and, for some, retirement, you have experienced being bumped whilst trying to use your passes for standby travel. Well, in reading the "Horizons" nr 627 issued August 1983 there is an article by retiring (at that time) Frank Coughlin who provided a story from the in-house magazine called "Transcannews", issued in March, April 1941, a predecessor to the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazines.

The story documents the trials and tribulations of Bob Williamson travelling from St. Hubert to Vancouver on a T.C.A. Lockheed L10. Bob was almost bumped at each station stop, but was "saved" by no-shows.

So, nothing changes!

This issue of the "Horizons" will soon be available on the NetLetter web site.
SmileyHeard a few years ago whilst flying a 747 from LAX to LHR:

Salt Lake Center: "Airline 123, you bound for Vegas?"
Airline 123: "Yup."
Salt Lake Center: "You a [DC-]10?"
Airline 123: "Yup."
Salt Lake Center: "Well, I guess your passengers need a 10 to take home their winnings?"
Airline 123: "Nope! Our passengers can take home their winnings in a Cessna 152."