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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)



Number 853  Oct 9th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
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Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker



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.Maureen Ryan Swiednicki Stephens sends this sad news -
My husband Gerald R. Stephens passed away in June of this year. He had
many friends at Air Canada, Montreal as his company FCA , Montreal did
contract work with AC years ago. This notice of his passing. is so that
friends may note his life.
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. Nice to know.
One of our retirees sends this information -

Just recently travelled from YUL to YYZ on Rapidair connecting to back to
LA utilizing kiosk & express baggage check-in.  We were not informed by the
baggage check-in agent that non-revs without seats, should be checking in
at one particular gate for Rapidair . Therefore, at the departure gate,
after all passengers were boarded & 10mins prior to flight take off, the
gate agent asked if we were on the flight. Advised my partner & I were
non-rev. He then advised we were supposed to check-in at another Gate. The
other gate agent said ..."don't worry the flight is full anyway". Thought
we'd give it a try & ran back 3 gates, were issued boarding passes & made
the flight seconds before closure. Readers might like to know that it is
important that they question which gate standbys should be reporting to if
they don't hold a confirmed seat. (think it is Gate 2).  Thnx

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A reunion is planned for anyone who worked under what was known as C&SS
(WINNIPEG STAFF ONLY)
The event is planned for: FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2005      (This is next year folks!)
VISCOUNT GORT, PORTAGE AVE. WINNIPEG
DOORS OPEN: 4:30 TILL MIDNIGHT
COST: 20.00 PER PERSON, INCLUDES TAXES AND TIPS
BUFFET: WILL BE SERVED AROUND 6PM
CASH BAR
NO GUESTS AT THIS TIME AS SPACE IS LIMITED AND IS ON A FIRST COME FIRST
SERVED BASIS.
MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO: THERESA DUDAR AND MAIL TO:
228 KINGSTON ROW, WINNIPEG, MB, R2M 0T4
If you have an e-mail address or phone number, please include this with
your cheque as you will receive confirmation you are on the list.
If you have any old pictures please include them with your cheque, write
your name on the back of the picture and these will be returned to you on
day of event.
If you wish to book a hotel room you must contact the hotel directly at
1-800-665-1122. You are responsible for your own room bookings.
If you need more information please send e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Air Canada News:
Six months in a row of record load factors. Air Canada reported a system
load factor of 79.2 per cent in September, the highest ever for September.
According to preliminary traffic figures, the mainline carrier flew 9.5 per
cent more revenue passenger miles in September 2004 then in September 2003.
Overall capacity increased by 1.5 per cent, resulting in a load factor of
79.2 per cent, compared to 73.4 per cent last September (an increase of 5.8
percentage points). In the domestic market, capacity decreased by 10.3 per
cent while traffic increased 0.5 per cent resulting in a domestic load
factor of 79.3 per cent – an 8.6 percentage point increase year over year.
“In September, ongoing disciplined capacity management and the growing
popularity of Air Canada’s Web fares resulted in a sixth consecutive month
of record load factors,” said Rob Peterson, Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer.

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. Star Alliance news.
ADRIA AIRWAYS AND CROATIA AIRLINES RECEIVE APPROVAL TO JOIN STAR ALLIANCE
AS REGIONAL MEMBERS

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. Museum of Flight Tour. The tour details mentioned in the previous
NetLetter is not restricted to Pionairs. Guests are allowed as well and
it's $5 more. $45 rather than $40.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Deals offered by Interlining Plus -
Carnival Victory - Nov 28 - 7 Nights
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Departs Miami return - includes San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas.
Oceanview: $599 USD, Balcony: $749 USD
Carnival Glory - Dec 4 - 7 Nights
Itinerary: Exotic Western Caribbean
Departs Port Canaveral return - includes Key West, Belize, Cozumel, Progreso.
Inside :$579 USD, Oceanview: $679 USD
Balcony: $779 USD
Carnival Triumph - Dec 4 - 7 Nights
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Departs Miami return - includes San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten.
Oceanview: $649 USD, Balcony: $749 USD
Carnival Conquest - Dec 5 - 7 Nights
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Departs New Orleans return - includes Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
Inside :$499 USD, Oceanview: $599 USD
Balcony: $729 USD
Carnival Valor - Dec 15 - 2 Nights
Itinerary: Bahamas Cruise
Departs Miami return with a stop in Nassau, Bahamas.
Inside :$219 USD, Oceanview: $239 USD

RIVER CRUISES
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A EUROPEAN ADVENTURE
Oct 30 - 12 Nights - Vienna to Amsterdam
$949 USD per person - best available category.
Explore the heart of Europe as you embark on a 12 night adventure that
traverses the legendary Rhine and beautiful Main and Danube Rivers.
Includes outside cabin accommodations, all onboard meals, Welcome Dinner,
Captain's Dinner, folkloric entertainment, lectures and theme dinners.
Daily shore excursions are included :Vienna; Durnstein; Melk/Benedictine
abbey; Passau/organ concert; Regensburg; Kelheim/Weltenburg Abbey/Danube
Gorge by boat, Nuremberg; Bamburg; Rothenburg; Wurzburg; Wertheim;
Mainz/Gutenburg Museum, Rudesheim/Music Museum, Cologne/brewery visit;
Amsterdam canal cruise/Rijksmuseum.
EASTERN EUROPEAN ODYSSEY
Oct 31 - 14 Nights - Danube River to the Black Sea
$1099 USD per person - best available category
Admire the grand cities of the Hapsburg Dynasty and the ancient remains of
Roman Empire outposts as you make this 14 night odyssey to Eastern Europe.
Includes outside cabin accommodations, all onboard meals, Welcome Dinner,
Captain's Dinner, 10 tours with private English Speaking guides, 14
breakfasts, 10 lunches, 14 dinners, plus 3 lunches in local Romanian or
Bulgarian restaurants. Also included :Budapest, Kalocsa, Turnu Severin,
Bucharest, Constanta, Russe, Belgrade, Bratislava and Vienna. Also enjoy
scenic cruising through Serbia/Montenegro's Iron Gate, Croatia and Hungary.
Interlining Plus
Local phone: 604-606-1700 Toll Free: 1-800-665-3100
Fax: 604-606-1720
All rates are per person based on double occupancy - Port charges are
included taxes are additional, except when specified. All rates are in USD
unless otherwise specified.
All Interline fares are at the discretion of the particular supplier and
Interlining Plus reserves the right to secure andor obtain alternatives to
the above fares offered where conditions warrant.

Check STARTRIPS.COM The employee website for STAR ALLIANCE Employees &
Retirees for some great deals world wide.
Here is one for Vancouver -
Comfort Inn Vancouver International Airport
Our AAA 3-Diamond hotel welcomes all Airline Employees and Retirees. We are
located in the heart of Richmond just ten minutes from shopping,
entertainment & Casino. And we're located just 20 minutes from the Ferry
Terminals and downtown Vancouver.
The hotel offers business suites, Internet ready rooms, licensed
restaurant, and sports lounge. A 24-hour free airport shuttle service is
provided to or from the Vancouver International Airport.
We offer outstanding accommodations and service to make your trip as
enjoyable as possible. A variety of shops and services are nearby including
a casino with slots.
Interline rate as low as $65.00/night

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. Smiles.
O. Kupchanko (Pionair) found these for us -
At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan: 'Though I
Fly Through the Valley of Death ... I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at
80,000 Feet and Climbing.
You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3. (Paul F. Crickmore
-test pilot)
The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire. Blue water
Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky.
(From an old carrier sailor)
If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a
helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe.
When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough
power left to get you to the scene of the crash.
Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club.
What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a
pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, .... the pilot dies.
Never trade luck for skill.
The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are:
"Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh S...t"
Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.
Progress in airline flying; now a flight attendant can get a pilot
pregnant. Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to
successfully complete the flight. A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a
row is all luck; three in a row is prevarication.
I remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous.
Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!
Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the
purpose of storing dead batteries.
Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person
on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.
When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.
Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held
on a sunny day.
Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII: When a prang (crash) seems
inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity
as slow and gently as possible.
The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; . it can just barely
kill you. (Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot)
A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its
maximum. (Jon McBride, astronaut)
If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash
as possible. {Bob Hoover - renowned aerobatic and test pilot)
Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.
There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime. (Sign over
squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970).
If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.
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. You know that your landing gear is up and locked
when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.
As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off
the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives. The
rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks, "What happened?" The pilot's reply,
"I don't know, I just got here myself!" [Attributed to Ray Crandell
Lockheed Test Pilot]

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