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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 838 July 19th.,  2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker


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Reminder for Vancouver employees about A340-500 event. Don’t forget, the
‘Sneak-a- peek’ A340-500 event for our Vancouver-based employees will be held
on Saturday, July 24 from 2 – 6 p.m.

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. Cheap fares!
Advertising cheap fares that are not is a consequence of government taxes
added, which is misleading to the travelling public.
The story is of a passenger who purchased a fare from Ottawa - Toronto on
Jetsgo and then cancelled out. The non-refundable fare was advertised at
$38.00, but all the fees brought the cost to $167.02. Then the passenger
requested a refund, not expecting the original $38.00 back as it was advertised
as non-refundable, but insisted on having the other costs refunded.
Jetsgo refused as the fare was $167.02, but the passenger wanted to know how
they could advertise the fare at $38.00.
The passenger took his complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency who did
not agree with the Jetsgo position and ruled that the airline violated the
meaning of the word 'fare', and to refund the monies over and above the $38.00.
The ruling should make the airlines more honest about what it costs to fly.

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Dreams Take Flight swings in to action with a golf tournament. On Aug. 13, the
Vancouver chapter of Dreams Take Flight will hold ITS first annual golf
tournament at the Surrey Golf Course. The $125 entry fee includes 18 holes of
golf, a buffet dinner, a silent auction and the chance to win some great
prizes. For more information about this event, log on to
www.dreamstakeflight.ca
or call (604) 270-5437.

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. Found on the internet.
Fitness workouts now flying high. Starting later this month, Song, Delta Air
Lines’ low-fare subsidiary, will provide its latest on-board service: an
in-flight fitness program developed exclusively for the carrier by fitness guru
David Barton. For $8 US, passengers are provided with a resistance band and a
ball and “easy-to-follow instructions for completing a tension-relieving,
calorie-burning workout.” The program, which debuted on select Song flights in
June, is a 15-minute workout “designed to decrease stress and fatigue and
improve strength and flexibility.” In addition, JetBlue recently introduced a
Pilates program on its flights to “ease the tension of contemporary American
travel.”

Our chief pilot, Vesta, found these items -
An upstart Canadian effort:
SpaceShipOne will be going for the gold on its next forays to the edge
of space. Scaled Composites President Burt Rutan told Wired News last week
the history-making private spacecraft, whose somewhat troubled first flight
on June 21 was the first privately funded, civilian-crewed space flight,
will attempt three flights within a two-week span to try to claim the $10
million Ansari X PRIZE. He said they've fixed the actuator problem that
caused an uncommanded 90-degree roll and sent the space plane 20 miles off
course on its maiden flight. The X PRIZE requires only two flights, with a
payload equal to that of two large adults and the pilot, within two weeks,
but Rutan said the third flight is scheduled in case one of the others has
to be scrubbed. Rutan didn't tell Wired when the attempt would be made but
pilot Mike Melvill told MSNBC it would likely be near the end of September.
And that tightens the time frame for an upstart Canadian effort that's
trying to beat Rutan to the $10 million. Although most of the X PRIZE
attention has been on the well-heeled effort in Mojave, a self-taught
engineer from Toronto hopes to rocket away with the cash. "We're definitely
in contention against Rutan," Brian Feeney, head of the da Vinci Project,
told Wired. The team is developing Wild Fire, a rocket that will be first
hoisted to about 70,000 feet by a helium balloon before blasting to the edge
of space. Feeney plans to fly Wild Fire himself from the launch site in
Kindersley, Saskatchewan, about 250 miles east of Calgary, Alberta,s and has
hinted he will be ready about the same time as Rutan, in late September. The
rocket portion of Wild Fire is a two-stage affair. After accelerating to
about 2,500 mph, the booster will separate from a bullet-shaped capsule,
which will then ride the momentum of the shot to about 110 kilometers before
parachuting back to earth. The whole ride will take about 25 minutes. We'll
leave the question of who would pay for this type of experience to the da
Vinci Project's marketing people.

"Canada's Meigs" Under Siege
Canadian pilots are being rallied to help save what has often been
referred to as Canada's Meigs Field. Indeed, the physical and political
similarities between Toronto City Centre Airport and the gone but not
forgotten Chicago waterfront airport are striking. Although Toronto's island
airport has been under siege for several years, a new federal proposal to
outlaw a bridge from the mainland to the island will seal its fate,
according to the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). The island
airport is currently served by a very short ferry ride and work had actually
begun on a bridge before it was cancelled in a political fight over the
airport's future. During the recent federal election, COPA claims Prime
Minister Paul Martin promised to outlaw the proposed bridge forever and
legislation has actually been drafted to that effect. COPA is organizing a
letter-writing campaign to stop the law.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Low cost airline Jet2.com, has increased the amount of hand baggage travellers
can take onto flights from 7kg to 10kg - changes will be implemented across all
11 destinations with immediate effect.


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Package includes round trip space available air, 3 nights hotel accommodations,
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Land Only prices based on three night minimum stays
London Paris Combo with interline air from from $743*
Breakfast in London, catch the noon Eurostar to Paris and sip wine on the Left
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