2007 NetLetter #980 - June 28, 2007

#980 - June 28, 2007
Vesta's Corner
Vesta Stevenson
As many of you know, I collect postcards received from our readers sent during their travels.

Here is one -
Postcard 01Here's what was is written on the back of a card from one of our traveling NetLetter readers;
May 6,2007 - Hi Vesta, This is such a lovely country, especially in the north province of Friesland. Also went to visit Delft, very quaint town.

Regards, Sheila (Muscoe)
(click on card for larger image)

Fiji by Jannet Tricarico
Jannet Tricarico, a NetLetter reader, AC retiree and the District Director for Pionairs in Vancouver had her travel article published in the July issue of Horizons. Her trip was in January and you can read all about it Online by visiting the Aeronet at: https://acaeronet.aircanada.ca logging in, and selecting "My News/Horizons/Issue 972 July" Her article is on page 11.
Air Canada News

Air Canada Our first (200 series) and fourth Boeing B777 fin 701 c/n 35239 was delivered June 25th., 2007 and first revenue flight is planned AC848 YYZ-LHR Jun 30th.

ACE Aviation Holdings, parent of Air Canada, agreed to sell a 70% interest in its wholly owned maintenance, repair and overhaul subsidiary ACTS to an investment consortium that includes Sageview Capital and KKR Private Equity Investors in a transaction valuing ACTS at approximately C$975 million ($912.2 million).

The departure of Air Canada flight AC8404 on June 15th., 2007 marks the launch of the only daily, non-stop service between Vancouver and Sacramento. Air Canada Jazz now operates double daily flights to California's capital city with 50-seat, made-in-Canada Bombardier aircraft.

Air Canada's newest transborder flights depart Vancouver at 13:55 and 19:50, arriving in Sacramento at 15:52 and 21:47. Flights from Sacramento depart at 07:40 and 16:30, arriving in Vancouver at 09:40 and 18:30. Flights have been timed for convenient connections to and from Air Canada's extensive network of domestic and trans-Pacific Asia flights at Vancouver.
Jazz operates a fleet of 135 aircraft, including 58 CRJ-100/200s.

B787 DreamlinerBoeing's first 787 hasn't had a formal rollout yet, but an aviation enthusiast acting on a tip from a blogger caught sight of the airplane as it was moved to a paint hangar just after midnight on Tuesday morning June 26th., 2007
Star Alliance
Star AllianceLUFTHANSA successfully integrated SWISS into its network, and says synergies from merger totaled 200m pounds in 2006. It plans to acquire remaining shares in SWISS on July 1 and will then own 100% of equity through AIRTRUST.
Our 70 Years

70 year Anniversary
From "Between Ourselves" February 1947 -

TeletypeA trans-Atlantic radio-teletype circuit between Moncton and Prestwick, in Scotland, is being installed for the communication use of all international airlines that may require it. Operation of the Canadian terminal will be in the hands of T.C.A.
1949 - Oct 1st., headquarters relocated from Winnipeg to Montreal.
Dec 2nd - Barbados added to the network.
1950 - Avro C102 JetLiner. President Gordon McGregor was on a flight from Malton to Idlewild(JFK) on the 18th., April. Flight took 59 minutes, greatly impressing the U.S.authorities. The JetLiner was developed with T.C.A. Engineering Planning for R.R. AJ65 engines for civil use. T.C.A. decided the aircraft would not be economical for their use. (source CAHS Journal Summer 2007)
1951 - Apr 1st - Paris France added to the network via LHR.
Readers Feedback

Jim Griffiths sends us this response -
CF-TCKRe: NetLetter # 975 and the introduction of Lockheed L 14 H a/c. I came across these photos in my father's photo collection of L14-H2, CF-TCK in an unflattering repose at Kenora Ontario in the summer of 1942. The notes say," the a/c crashed after suffering an engine failure and overran the runway". I don't know if the a/c was enroute when it lost the engine or whether it had landed in Kenora for fuel and overran the landing or a subsequent take off. I don't think Kenora was a scheduled stop but perhaps one of our readers might remember the incident and enlighten us.
Crash Scene CF-TCKThe notes go on to say that TCK was a Lockheed L14H-2 with P&W Hornet R-1630-SIE2-G engines. It was re-engined with more powerful engines in November of 1942 to modify it to a L14-08 model and re-registered as CF-TCD. In December of 1946 it went to Photographic Survey Ltd. Toronto, then in August of 1949 to Kenting Aviation Toronto and finally in March of 1950 it swung on take off at Palisades Airport in Jamaica ! and presumably into oblivion. There seems to be a discrepancy in the dates of the last two entries.
Our co-pilot replied with this -
Hello Jim,
Regarding the CF-TCK fin 33 c/n 14125 , I have a record of it being delivered Sept 2/38 modified to L14-08 on Nov 12/42 and sold to Photographic Survey on Nov 26/46.
I have no record of it being re-registered as CF-TCD.  BUT I do have a record of CF-TCD model L14H2 fin 26 c/n 14010 manufactured May 10/38 modified Oct 29/42 to L14-08 sold to Montreal Air Services May 31/47
The final movements are interesting, but which aircraft I wonder?
regards
Terry
and Jim sent his version -
Yes I guess I was up too early Here is what I have:
7/9/38 delivered to TCA
11/42 re-engined as CF-TCD
16/12/46 Photographic Survey Ltd. Toronto
25/8/49 Kenting Aviation Toronto
This is where I'm confused 22/3/49 Swung on Take off at Palisades Jamaica.
So I don't know if it was written off or not. Anyway that is where my trail ends.
Incidentally the photos were taken by C. Hollingsworth who was a pilot for Western Canadian Airlines I believe and was the brother of a TCA pilot and he might be an old pilot who I had the pleasure of sharing the odd beer with at the Norman Hotel in Keewatin Ontario in the summers of 1977-85. He certainly had some very interesting bush pilot stories to tell and unfortunately I didn't think to make notes or tape recordings.
Jim G.

Re: NetLetter # 978 and YAW. I flew into YAW as an F/O on North Stars and worked at Kelly Lake in 1961 for a while as an assistant flight dispatcher during the pilot layoff. I recall one night the DOT weather observer asked me to go down to weather office which was just down the hall from DX, every hour, on the hour to transmit the hourly weather observation for CYHZ. As a former teletype specialist Vesta, you'll enjoy this. The weather, that warm summer evening was perfect with virtually no ongoing changes. The weather observer, who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent, had prepared the teletype slip with it's brail like dots, for me to insert into the machine at the assigned time for the transmission of the report. For three hours that evening I sent out the same unchanged hourly report over and over; no one was ever the wiser while the weather observer was keeping an important appointment with the nearby airport boot legger.
Jim Griffith
Our chief pilot - Vesta - replied -
Hi Jim;
thanks for your dispatch, how well I remember those tape loops that we used to set up for testing.  One of the last ones I did was to test transmissions from ground to aircraft in flight. Do you remember the pictures that were exchanged between relay centres using teletype tape, we used to preserve them from year to year.  I think they were designed
by operators on the DEW line. That was before computers and digital cameras.
Found on the Internet

Canada's Porter Airlines, whose launch from Toronto City Centre Airport last October caused some consternation at Air Canada Jazz, this week won official clearance from the US Dept. of Transportation to expand its regional service south of the border

Flights to and from Milan's Linate Airport were suspended for three hours on Sunday June 17th while staff and volunteers tried to capture hares and rabbits, which have been overrunning the runways.
(Local airlines will probably be serving rabbit pie - economy passengers naturally! eds)

If Boeing has been rocked by this week's stack of new plane deals announced by rival Airbus, it certainly isn't showing it. Airbus unveiled deals involving over 700 planes including more than 300 firm orders, edging ahead of the US company which entered this week's Paris air show well ahead.

For our ex CPAirer's

John Waddington sends these pictures -

CPAir 1972The first pic was taken August 1 1972 in Beijing China and features a CP Air DC-8 (CF-CPF), with the cabin crew - left to right: Steward Gary Grant, Colleen Campbell, Linda Lee, Suzanne Dore, Colleen Woodman and purser Wilhelm Gerig. This landing was significant because it was the first Canadian passenger aircraft to have visited Beijing after a 23 year absence.  The flight carried officials from for a federal government trade mission

CP Air Course Graduation - Nov 14, 1979The second photo features  From top to bottom:
Sandra LLoyd, Aden Fellows
Doug Moore, Dean Anderson
Dan Gourley, Joel Paton
Don Haleschuk, Bill Robinson
Dwight Bratz
Rob Williams, Pat Reid

It was taken after their CP Air course graduation. Not sure about the others but Doug Moore is still a pilot for Air Canada and close to retirement, he is the one that emailed me the photo.

AC People Gallery
Calgary 1954 Remember who?
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Where are they now!
- A319-112 fin 288 c/n 1630 returned to lessor and now with Mexicana Mar 14/07
- A319-112 fin 290 c/n 1673 returned to lessor and now with Mexicana Mar 22/07
A320-211 fin 227 c/n 0333 returned to Latcharter now with Israir  YL-LCA Jan 17/07
- A320-211 fin 233 c/n 0384 returned to Latcharter now with Israir  YL-LCB Jan 10/07
- A320-211 fin 234 c/n 0426 returned to Greenwich Kahala with Air Comet  EC-KBM
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Subject: RE: The NetLetter #978
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