2003 Netletter #793 Oct 27/03 - The NetLetter

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T H E                    _| TCA |_
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N E T L E T T E R   >  CANADA   <
( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 793  Oct 27th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+

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

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. Must know.
Some people make the mistake of not organising travel insurance when
planning their own trip. This can be a costly oversight, so make sure you don't
get caught out!

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. Help please!
Subject: Cancun Mexico 2 wks Jan to Feb 8/04
5 of us (4 being seniors over 60) are thinking of going about 14 days to
Cancun Mexico at the end of January 2004.
3 from Calgary; 2 from Winnipeg
Any hints on flights to take. 4 are non airline....I'm widow of employee
deceased while in active service and will use a pass.
We have never been to Mexico before and wonder if some Pionair members
could give us some good tips on where to stay on beach (safe food & water)
, do we need vaccinations/shots to be taken or any customs notes we should
be aware of while there.
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Lyla Mobberley, Winnipeg, MB. (204) 837-3675.
Thanks for your assistance.

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. George Brien sends us this historical memory -
Subject: Blissville Airport N.B.
More TCA history from the forties.
Blissville, The Airport - not the state of mind.
At a family reunion this summer near Fredericton, my brother and I
along with cousin Vic Wallace were talking about the "early days"
of TCA. Although we had a combined service time over 100 years, we
realized that little was known about Blissville Airport.
The airport was built in the late 30's as part of the Trans Canada Airways
system. A system of Airports and Navigation systems built approximately
100 miles apart covering Canada coast to coast, in order to facilitate
air mail and eventually passenger traffic across Canada.
It was located about 30 miles SW of Fredericton on a dusty gravel road
and didnt see its first Scheduled TCA airplane until May 10, 1941. An
stop on the YUL/YHZ/YUL route, but evidently it wasnt too successful as
the trial ended 6 weeks later on Jun 15.
A small airfield was created at Barkers Pt. in 1941, just across
the river from YFC and altho MCA provided scheduled passenger service
using Lockheed 10 aircraft beginning in 1947, it was unsuitable for TCA
July 1, 1944, Blissville was again added to the TCA route,
becoming a regional airport for SW N.B.
and this time it was promoted with direct cab service
both to Fredericton and Saint John. The distance to Saint John was
about 35-40 miles SE, halfway being on dirt roads, but the larger
population of Saint John would likely add to the passenger loads.
Maritime Central Airways route map cicra 1945 also show flight(s)
from YYG/YQM/YYS with a notation "conx to TCA westbound"
Don White recalls being stationed there in 1944/1945 as a
Radio Operator and the dirt roads served a purpose as he used to
radio the Capt on the inbound flight from YHZ and have him take a look
down to see if he could spot the dusty trail of the late arriving
inbound cab from YSJ.
Don relates also, among his many jobs, volunteer airport fireman was
included. One incident occured when Capt Bill Pike was on t/o with
his Lockheed 1408 and a jammed flap caused an abort, with the aircraft
sliding off the runway. Don had to grab the nearest fire extinguisher
and jump into a car to race to the scene. He said luckily no fire occured
as his extinguisher wasnt very large.
YFC continued to be serviced by Blissville until the new Airport
located at Lower Lincoln , 9 miles south of the city, was completed
by Transport Canada and taken over by the city in 1951.
The Terminal/Operations building from Blissville continued to
serve TCA until 1963. How? It was cut up and moved in sections
to serve the same purpose at the new Airport until a new terminal was
built in 1963. I was lucky enough to work in this old Blissville
terminal as a Operations Agent in YFC from 1955 to 1957
It would be interesting if anyone else can recall flying into/working at
or other information about this long forgotten TCA station.
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Canadian Aviation Historical Society Vancouver Island Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, November 4, 2003, 13:00 hours
In the Norseman Room at the British Columbia Aviation Museum,
1910 Norseman Road, Sidney
Business Meeting followed by a Guest Speaker
The speaker to be Stan “Chick” Henderson, past president of BCAM
The presentation will be: “Operation Taxable”, “The invasion fleet that never
A story about one of many of “Chick” Henderson’s WW II adventures
Everyone welcome, feel free to bring guests.
Don’t miss this speaker and his little known story.
Come and meet your fellow aviation history enthusiasts.
Lunch at Mary’s at 11:30 am for all who want to get together a little earlier.
Confirm lunch with Stoney Jackson, 250-478-7567, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
An entry fee will be collected at the Museum door for anyone not a member of
the BC Aviation Museum.

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. Found on the internet.
The phenomenal success of U.K. low fare airline Ryanair's low fares has
revolutionised air travel. And this week there are more astounding offers
starting at just GBP1.99 excluding tax from Europe's largest low fares airline.

The world's airlines escalated the urgent issue of rising charges at Toronto's
Pearson airport, now one of the top ten most expensive in the world.

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. Subject: Website address for YXY CP Reuniion
Next reunion to come in 2005. Watch for more details and if you want to be
included in the email list please send it on to
Marlie & Phil Kelsey at
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. Star Alliance news -
If you're traveling to or from Europe, you now have more choices. LOT Polish
Airlines is the newest Star Alliance member, joining the network on October
Air Canada is within weeks of awarding a firm order for 100 new aircraft,
making it the first carrier of a group of four Star Alliance members that plan
to buy planes of 70-110 seats that will have standardized equipment and
configurations. Star CEO Jaan Albrecht told a DAILY editorial meeting in
Washington that the airline has not settled all the details on the order, but a
decision is "about to come." The three other Star partners --Lufthansa,
Austrian and SAS -- will realistically not place their orders until early 2004,
Albrecht said. The expected orders come after the airlines, in cooperation with
Star executives, worked for months to agree on a "Star standard" for the
aircraft for everything from engines to avionics to coffee machines. Air Canada
CEO Robert Milton last month in Montreal predicted the order, one of its
largest in recent history, might be signed by the end of October (DAILY, Sept.
12). The airline is choosing among the Airbus A318, Boeing 717, Bombardier CRJ
and Embraer 170. Air Canada is considering splitting the order, which Albrecht
acknowledged is an option that has been discussed by the other three Star
airlines. While signaling which orders it might place in the near future, Air
Canada might not sign the final deal until it emerges from CCAA protection.
Albrecht said all the Star airlines will place their orders individually, and
winning financing for the orders will be up to each carrier. Separately,
Albrecht told the International Aviation Club that Star's leadership position
"will not change" despite Swiss joining oneworld and the Air France/KLM merger.
He believes competition between alliances will grow stronger, "a situation that
I would call an interesting challenge, rather than a threat." Next year, Star
will have 27% of the world's traffic, followed by SkyTeam with 23% and oneworld
with 19%, including their recent additions. 

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. Terry's travel tips.
Dargal has the following deals -
Moroccan Adventure
10 day tour – Roundtrip Casablanca
Meals Included
Welcome drink, 9 buffet breakfasts, 7 three-course dinners, 2 lunches.
Tours depart: Brochure Price Interline Price
Nov 9  $999.00                        $664.36
"Costa Del Sol"
16 day tour – Lisbon to Madrid
Meals Included
Welcome drink, 15 buffet breakfasts, 6 three-course dinners.
Tours depart: Brochure Price Interline Price
Nov 22 $1,399.00                       $930.34
Grand Tour of Italy and Sicily
15 day tour – Roundtrip Rome
Meals Included
Buffet breakfast daily, 8 three-course dinners, including a special dinner with
wine in Rome.
Tours depart: Brochure Price Interline Price
Nov 16 $1,769.00                 $1,176.39

Rates are quoted in $ US, per person based on double occupancy and are subject
to eligibility and availability. rates may be withdrawn or changed without
Dargal Interline Worldwide
Phone: 1-800-690-3223 Ext. 212
(Int'l Access Code)-800-2832-7425

Star Alliance Employee web site has these deals -
Quepos Hot Springs Lodge - Costa Rica
SINGLE - USD $63.00, DOUBLE - USD $79.00
SINGLE -USD $53.00, DOUBLE - USD $68.00
http://www.startrips.tv - Click on Accommodations

4th Annual
March 07 - 12, 2004
·       First Class Via Rail Train transportation from Vancouver, BC. Canada
through the stunning Rocky Mountains to Jasper, Alberta Canada. Total time: 18
hours! While on board the Snow Train you will be welcomed with a Champagne and
hors-d'œuvres reception, a four course dinner AND a full course breakfast
before disembarking in Jasper. That's right, you will overnight in luxurious
First Class Rail accommodations.
·       4 nights Hotel Accommodation at the Lobstick Lodge.
·       2-Day Lift Pass to ski n' board the awesome wonders at Marmot Basin Ski
Resort, Jasper.
·       Sunday Night Welcome Reception at the Lodge.
·       2 meal vouchers for on-hill eateries.
·       "Marmot Mayhem" Fun Race. And it is for fun!
·       Apres Ski Party with chicken wings, nachos, and beverages.
·       Buffet Banquet at the Lobstick Lodge with race awards and door prizes.
·       Farewell Jasper Buffet Brunch.
·       Commemorative Pin and Bandanna.
·       All Taxes and Gratuities.
·       An afternoon of touring the Columbia Icefield Parkway with Deluxe Motor
Coach provided by Brewster.
·       Brewster Deluxe Motor Coach transportation to The Calgary International
·       National parks pass.
You don't have to be a skier or boarder to enjoy this program.
There is a Non Downhill program available too!
http://www.startrips.tv - Click on Star Alliance Employee Events.

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