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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 848 Sept 14th.,  2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Nice to know.
Air Canada Cargo Discount

All Discounts apply to shipments made ONLY  on Air Canada services.
Discounts apply to the Basic Rate and does NOT include Terminal, Customs,
Delivery, Insurance, Etc charges.
Contact Number:   1 - 800 - 361 - 2159 ( select option 2 ).   The Air
Canada Web Site can be accessed at  www.aircanada.ca than select Air Canada
Family  than Air Canada Cargo and finally  Products and Services to obtain
shipping options and general information.

General Air Freight  --  A Discount of  80 per cent applies to the first
100 Kgs, on all Domestic and Transborder Shipments.    A Discount of  50
per cent applies to Worldwide shipments.

Express Shipments --  A Discount of 50 per cent applies to Express
Shipments.  Some size restrictions may apply, but generally less than 32
Kgs per shipment applies.

Discounts are available by presenting the shipment and Air Canada
Identification, when attending the Cargo Terminal.

Now you can check yourself in and print your own boarding pass from your
computer!

We know that every minute counts, especially when you're running to catch a
plane. That's why we're now offering web check-in here on the Employee
Travel site or directly at aircanada.com for Rapidair® flights between
Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, for passengers who are travelling WITHOUT
baggage.

It's easy. To issue your own boarding pass, just click on the link below or
log on to aircanada.com as early as 12 hours, and as late as 1 hour before
departure. (Parents and partners travelling without the employee must use
the aircanada.com website, and are able to check-in as early as 6 hours,
and as late as 1 hour before departure).

With your printed boarding pass in hand:
•  Avoid line-ups at the check-in counter or at the kiosk
•  Go straight to security
•  Then straight to your departure gate

And you can use web check-in just like our Express check-in kiosks to:
•  Go standby on an earlier flight
•  Check flight loads
•  Select a seat when space permits or travelling confirmed

So get there fast, and have a more enjoyable trip, with our new web check-in!

Please note: Web Check-in uses advanced web features and is not compatible
with older browsers such as Netscape V4.7. Please use Internet Explorer
V5.0 or higher in order to access the application.

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. PROJECT  NORTH  STAR   -  CANADA AVIATION MUSEUM

Project North Star being restored at Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa.
Currently we are working on ground equipment donated or loaned to us to fit
round aircraft before we can commence any serious work on the aircraft
apart from polishing the unpainted exterior. I have been asked to assist in
obtaining interesting stories about the North Star while in service with
TCA (from those persons actually involved) so perhaps you could help me in
contacting some of these former TCA employees as the North Star predates my
time with Air Canada.

Jim Riddoch, Ret'd  Engineer AC  can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or
in the Ottawa area at (613) 596-5076 (leave a message on answering machine,
if I am not there).

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. News from the districts,
MAN  /  SASK  DISTRICT  IS PLANNING A  CRUISE
You can meet your fellow Pionairs Members  / Retirees aboard the Cruise and
enjoy fun and fellowship.  This is an opportunity to support your Pionairs
Committee.   All are volunteers and need your support in such activities,
so your District can continue such events.  
When:  September  23 rd, 2004
Where:  The  Alexander  Docks
Cost:   Only  $ 12.50  Pre Person
Time:   12: 00  Noon  to about  3 P. M. 
Contact :  Norma  Dawson      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Phone contact :  204 - 489 - 0023
Mail Cheques to :     Air Canada Pionairs,  c/o Norma Dawson,  495 Lindsay
Street, Winnipeg,   Mb.   R3N 1H4.     The tickets will be held at the door
for pick up.              

Fall  Luncheon at the Viscount Gort , Winnipeg  ($ 14.00 per person) . 
Bar opens at 12:00 and lunch at 1 PM


All cheques should be sent as follows:   Air Canada Pionairs,  c/o Norma
Dawson,  495 Lindsay Street, Winnipeg, MB.   R3N  1H4.    The tickets will
be held at the door for pick up.

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The International Youth Exchange Program for Families of Airline Employees
(IYE) is currently accepting applications for world-wide, two week
exchanges for airline employee family members.

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. Found on the internet.
We've grown used to a presidential visit closing aviation facilities but
the effect is usually temporary. Las Cruces (New Mexico) International
Airport closed one of its three runways indefinitely after George W. Bush's
entourage left an indelible mark. A C-17 accompanying Air Force One created
ruts more than 2,500 feet long when it backed up to get in position for
takeoff there last Thursday. Damage is estimated at $1 million. (Oops.)
Airport Manager Theresa Cook stated that the president's travel team was
warned that the asphalt runway (in the middle of a Southwest summer day)
might not handle the weight of the planes in the entourage.

A wealthy aircraft collector (is there any other kind?) is going to great
lengths, and depths, to add to his inventory. Don Brooks, of Douglas, Ga.,
is mounting an ambitious operation to recover the wreck of a B-17 on the
bottom of a lake in Labrador in northern Canada. "There's very few B-17s
remaining," Brooks told the Tacoma News Tribune. "I think it's a worthwhile
project to preserve the heritage of our country's aviation history." The
plane in question was on a Christmas Eve delivery mission in 1947 when the
crew made a forced landing on frozen Dyke Lake. None of the seven aboard
were hurt and they were rescued two days later. The plane was abandoned (we
just report it) and fell through the melting ice the following spring.

and Vesta found these -
Meigs Reopens As Park
They've opened a "run way" at Meigs Field -- but not for airplanes. An
asphalt running path has been installed around a 90-acre artificial
meadow that, until about 16 months ago, was a bustling GA airport on
Chicago's waterfront. Now called Northerly Island park, the green space
opened to the public without fanfare last week and got high marks from
the handful of people who stumbled across the suddenly open gate. "I'd
take this over an airport, anytime," Nick Straub, a university manager,
told the Chicago Sun-Times. For now, the airport site is a bare-bones
layout of prairie grasses, wildflowers and the running track. After an
official reopening this fall, Chicago parks officials will hold a series
of public meetings on how the land should be developed. Rotary
International has already pledged $275,000 for an entrance with paving
stones and 100 trees and the Chicago Maritime Society is hoping to build
a museum there. And let's not forget the Friends of Meigs, who envision
park space and a small airport coexisting side by side. As for Straub,
who was fishing when the Sun-Times came across him, his vision would be
much less costly... and potentially less controversial. "Leave it just
like this," he said. "I don't want to see it developed."
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Cellphones Allowed On Airliners In Two Years?
In a couple of years, you could be happily chatting on your cell phone
at 30,000 feet -- or ready to throttle the guy in the next seat who
natters away on the thing for the whole flight. Technology is coming to
the rescue of one of the great telecommunications conundrums of the
wireless age but airlines are wondering if the additional blood-pressure
factor in the already tension-prone confines of the aluminum tube is
worth the trouble. And it looks like American Airlines, which conducted
a live test of the system with passengers in July, is ready to lead the
charge. "A circle of mobility defines how people want to work and live
today," Monte Ford, a senior VP with the airline, told The New York
Times. "But it's critically important that this technology be utilized
in the proper way." The technology involves two innovative approaches to
solving both the potential interference problems cell signals pose for
airliner navigation systems and the fears that cellphone signals raining
down from above will overwhelm the land-based transmitter system. Each
aircraft would have its own cell site, turning the cabin into a hot
spot. Aircell's proposed system would transmit the signals to
ground-based towers for distribution. Qualcomm proposes using satellites
for collection and distribution of the signals. As daunting as the
technical challenges might be, keeping the peace between the talkative
and their seatmates might not be so easy and could result in segregated
areas or time limits on calls. The American Airlines test revealed some
of what might lie ahead. "The moment we gave out the cellphones, they
all started yelling," Ford told the Times.

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. Star Alliance news .
Slovenian national airline Adria Airways and Croatian flag carrier
Croatia Airlines yesterday became the second and third airlines to receive
approval to join the Star Alliance as regional members.

For the second time in two years, US Airways Sunday filed for bankruptcy
protection.


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. Terry's travel tips.
Visiting Victoria BC? Try this for a B&B -
Carol Clarke
ac 73026
Hillside House Bed & Breakfast
1216 Montrose Ave., Victoria, B.C.
Ph: (250)384-2811 Fax (250)384-7686
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http://tourismmall.victoria.bc.ca/hillsideB&B/


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. Smilie
Shortly after takeoff on a warm, pre-dawn departure from La Cross, WI we
contacted MSP center. Twenty seconds after the usual, "radar contact," we
heard, "Attention all aircraft, this controller position will no longer be
manned." In our cockpit there was a sudden sober silence. Still stunned, it
was several seconds later when a woman's voice announced, "That was not
funny."

Some more from Vesta -

If an airplane is still in one piece, don't cheat on it;
ride the bastard down.
(Ernest K. Gann, author & aviator)
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Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.
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There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in
peacetime.
(Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ,
1970).
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If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.
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Basic Flying Rules: Try to stay in the middle of the air.
Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be
recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and
interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.
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You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it
takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

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