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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 794  Oct 30th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. From Bernie McCormack re the RAPCAN (retired pilots) group in Vancouver

The format of our Vancouver meetings has been the second Tuesday of October,
December, February and April. Although it is our intent to leave those dates in
tact there has been suggestions that we try to have something in the in between
months. As a first step in that direction I have arranged for us to have the
exclusive use of the Abercorn Pub on Tuesday, 11th November, Remembrance Day
until 1500 hrs (3:00 PM) (open to all after that). It will be available from
noon (after the "eleventh hour" services) and we will attempt to replicate a
wartime pub atmosphere with music and pictures (bring your military or other
hats to place on the rack). We will provide sandwiches, snacks and coffee, and
the bar will be open.The cost will be about $10-15 each. Please advise
associates who are not online.
The catering manager advises that the pub can accommodate 40-50 people. Some of
our members have expressed an interest in bringing their wife.Yes! Space could
be a problem so would you contact myself or one of the other phone callers if
you plan to attend. I will look into overnight room rates if there is interest
in that direction. Bernie.
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. Remember when?  
Haiti celebrates 25 years in operation. On Oct. 28, 1978, Haiti became a
new sun
destination for Canadians when Air Canada launched its new service, using its
long body DC-8s with 216 seats on each flight. Congratulations to the team on
25 years of great service.

From the Pionair Email News Letter -
The following was supplied by a Pionair Member -- Jim Henderson.
I was reading through some old Historical dates material the other day and came
across this one. Nov. 3rd, 1953 Toronto-London, England nonstop service
introduced. A day or two later at a Pioneers Luncheon I ran into Miron
Zegarchuck who was a radio operator at that time on the Atlantic. He confirmed
that the aircraft was in fact the North Star. As the 50th anniversary of that
date is just a few days away, I thought it might be of interest to know if any
of our group of pioneers might be around or have been involved with this first
direct operation. Regards. Jim Henderson

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. News from the districts -
The Vancouiver Island and Gulf Island district held their fall luncheon at
Longwood in Nanaimo on October 29th, emceed by Wallace Lamond for 56 people who
enjoyed a buffet luncheon. Guest speaker Ray Lindsay was unable to attend due
to committments involving the pension, but Saville Hambleton gave a speech
outlining as much information as was available on the subject, during which he
revealed that November 1st would seem to be a pivitol date.
Bill Wood presented the golf trophy to Sheila Snow who was the winner at the
August Pionairs golf tourney held at Arrowsmith. Next years event is planned
for August 11th at noon.
The 50/50 draw was won by Bob Hill the balance is being donated to Dreams
take flight.
Lisa Hartmann, representing  Interlining Plus gave away a prize of a $50.00
voucher.
Eric van der Holt announced the Courtenay and Comox district Christmas dinner
is being held at the Old House in Courtenay on December 11th at 7:00 pm cost is
$20.00 plus tax and gratuities. Call Eric at 897-0322 for more details.


From the monthly newsletter issued by London, England pionairs -
The U.K. District membership stood at 309 (and growing) on 30th September and
the National membership stood at 11,016 with a total of 4,047 being on e-mail.

Pionairs’ Washington  Trip  -  2003:     (courtesy of Ralph and Dinah King)
After spending a week watching weather programmes about hurricane Louise in the
east of the U.S. and wondering if we would actually ever get to Washington, we
were finally at Heathrow checking in for our flight.   There were 8 Pionairs
waiting for this flight and we were all boarded and had a pleasant trip to
Toronto.   The security between Toronto and Washington was extremely tight,
opening bags and cases and even scanning shoes.   One couple disappeared for
some time and we were getting quite concerned about them.   After half an hour
they finally appeared, having been taken to an interview room where their
conversation had been recorded and videotaped.   Ruth said she wasn’t too
worried until their “interrogators” put on their rubber gloves!   Their
immigration forms from a previous trip had gone astray and they were being
interviewed in case they had been in the U.S. illegally.
On arrival at the Comfort Inn, the “illegal immigrants” credit card would not
be accepted by the machine and they were beginning to wonder what sort of
holiday they were going to have!
We were very surprised at how good the weather was, bright sunshine all the
time, and the only evidence of the hurricane was uprooted trees and a very
stirred up Potomac River, making it a horrible dark brown colour.
By Wednesday night the rest of the group were arriving from different
directions, ready to start early on Thursday morning.
We did “the sights”, visiting the White House, Capitol Hill and many impressive
memorials.   The one which impressed us most was the Korean Memorial;  each
soldier had a very different face and each expression told its own story.
A visit to Grand Union Station really opened our eyes.  If only Euston and
Kings Cross were anything like this…… shops, restaurants and even facilities
for private functions.   More like an airport terminal than a railway station.
After lunch we visited Georgetown where our little group left the hustle and
bustle of modern-day America for a few minutes and walked around “The Old Stone
House”, still furnished as it had been in the 18th century when it was built. 
It was very pleasant to sit for a while in its shady English-style garden.
Back on the coach and off to Wal-Mart for a short shopping break.  It was
amazing to see the coach laden with so many bags after such a short stop. 
Then we went on to the Old Country Buffet for a fantastic dinner.
The next day we were off to Arlington Cemetery.   As well as the graves and
memorials to soldiers, we also saw JFK’s grave with its eternal flame, and the
graves of some of the U.S. astronauts.   Then off to Fredricksburgh, with a
short stop at Cracker Barrel  more bags  a lovely old town full of antique and
bric-a-brac shops.   A visit to the Rising Sun Tavern where a girl in period
dress conducted a very interesting and amusing tour.
Our last visit was to Kenmore Plantation and Gardens which is being restored to
its former glory to illustrate the life and times of George Washington and his
ancestors.  Although most of the grounds have now been sold off for
development, it still remains an impressive sight.
Back to the hotel where some of us stayed another night, some went on to
pastures new and others returned to the U.K. that night.   All in all, we had a
very informative, amusing and enjoyable stay in Washington, made so
much better by the guidance and help given to us by Patti, one of the hotel’s
senior staff.   She acted as our guide throughout our stay and without her we
would surely not have known as much about what we saw.   In appreciation of her
help, and the driver’s, we presented them with English chocolates as they are
not allowed to accept monitory gifts.
It was great to catch up with old colleagues and meet new ones.   WELL DONE,
JACK AND AUREEN, and roll on next year’s trip.

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. Star Alliance news -
bmi  announced amazing one-way fares starting at only GBP9.00 excluding
taxes and charges from London Heathrow to a wide range of destinations across
Europe


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. Found on the internet.
On October 24th Boeing delivered to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines the first of 10
new Boeing 777- 200ER jetliners. The Netherlands-based carrier will use the
high-technology 777s to replace its retiring Boeing 747-300 fleet. The
remaining 777s will be delivered over the next two years.

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. Terry's travel tips.
INTERLINING PLUS HAS THESE DEALS ON OFFER -

The main deal is -
Let the agent know that you are a member of the Pionairs, and the us$20.00
administration fee will be WAIVED!

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE. FREE STYLE CRUISING!
NORWEGIAN SKY
7 days Southern Caribbean. San Juan return.
November 16  Cruise fare: $0 / Port Charges & taxes: $149 USD TOTAL
SPACE IS VERY LIMITED
November 23 & 30: Inside cabins $199 USD / Outside $259 USD

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES.
CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY & 2004 RATES
CARNIVAL CONQUEST
7 nights Western Caribbean New Orleans return
December 21: Inside $599 USD / Outside $749 USD
November 16; December 7, 14: Inside $429 USD / Outside $529
January 18: Inside $499 USD
CARNIVAL TRIUMPH
7 nights Eastern Caribbean Miami return
November 8: Inside $349 USD / Outside $449 USD
December 20: Inside $549 USD / Outside $699 USD
7 nights Western Caribbean Miami return.
January 10, 24: Inside $349 USD / Outside $449
CARNIVAL VICTORY
7 nights Western Caribbean Miami return
December 7: Inside $249 USD / Outside $399 USD
January 4: Inside $349 USD / Outside $499 USD
7 nights Eastern Caribbean Miami return
November 30: Inside $299 USD / Outside $399 USD
December 21: Inside $599 USD / Outside $749 USD
January 11: Inside $349 USD / Outside $499 USD

HOLLAND AMERICA EUROPE 2004 DEALS
NOORDAM
14 nights Transatlantic Tampa to Lisbon
April 15: Outside $1,099 USD
10 nights Mediterranean Lisbon to Rome
April 29: Outside $1,099 USD
10 nights Rome to London
May 9: Outside $1,149 USD
PRINSENDAM
13 nights Transatlantic Ft Lauderdale to Lisbon
May 4: Outside $1,599 USD
WESTERDAM
***BRAND NEW SHIP***
12 nights Europe Venice return
April 25, May 7: Outside $1,799 USD / Deluxe $2,099 USD
HOLLAND AMERICA $299 CARIBBEAN DEALS
VEENDAM
7 nights Western Caribbean Ft Lauderdale return
November 15: Inside $299 USD / Outside $349 USD
ZAANDAM
7 nights Western Caribbean Port Canaveral return
November 15: Inside $299 USD / Outside $349 USD
MAASDAM
7 nights Eastern Caribbean Ft Lauderdale return
November 2, 16: Inside $299 USD / Outside $349 USD
November 9, 23: Western Caribbean
ROYAL CARIBBEAN & CELEBRITY CRUISE LINES
INFINITY
14 nights Panama Canal San Diego to Ft Lauderdale
January 4: Outside $850 USD
MERCURY
11 nights Mexico San Diego return
November 5: Outside $650 USD
December 9: Inside $650 USD / Outside $700 USD
GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS
7 nights Western Caribbean New Orleans return
December 20: Inside $449 USD / Outside $549 USD / Balcony $749 USD
November 29; December 6, 13: Inside $399 USD / Outside $499 USD
RADIANCE OF THE SEAS
7 nights Western Caribbean Ft Lauderdale return
November 30; December 14: Inside $399 USD /Outside $499 USD
7 nights Eastern Caribbean Ft Lauderdale return
November 9, 23: Outside cabins $549 USD
SPLENDOUR OF THE SEAS
10/11 nights Panama Canal, Galveston return
January 3, 15: Inside $549 USD
Call Interlining Plus -
1 800 665 3100      (604) 606 1700     Fax: (604) 606 1720

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. Smilies.
Ten laws for contingent travellers -
No flight ever leaves on time, unless you are running late and need the delay
to make the flight.
If you are running late for a flight, it will depart from the furthest gate
within the terminal.
If you arrive very early for a flight, it will inevitably be delayed or
cancelled.
Flights never leave from Gate nr 1 at any terminal in the world.
If you must read on your flight, you will experience turbulence as soon as you
open your book, or start to drink your coffee.
Only passengers seated in the window seats ever have to get up and go to the
bathroom.
The crying baby on board is always seated next to you.
The best looking man/woman on your flight is never seated next to you.
The less carry-on luggage space available on an aircraft, the more carry-on
luggage passengers will bring aboard.
The new Airbus A319 has gone tech. and you have the joy of a 1968 DC-9-30!

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