2003 Netletter #796 Nov 12/03 - The NetLetter

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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 796 Nov 12th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Must know.
Remember to update the expiry date on the credit card information you have
supplied to Air Canada to cover your trip pass expenses.

When travelling please make sure you check in on time. When travelling on
standby, you should be checked-in well before the 30 minute cut-off time (prior
to departure). This will both enhance our on-time-performance and ensure you
are not left behind when check-in closes for your intended flight. Your
co-operation is appreciated.


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. Nice to know.
FAMILY AFFAIR SELLOFF
Dreaming of palm trees? We have another great Family Affair sell-off ­
Canada to
Honolulu. Forget the worries of standby travel. If you’d like to spend some
vacation time in the land of coral reefs and spectacular beaches, we have an
offer for you. This month, active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz
employees can enjoy a confirmed Family Affair reservation between Canada and
Honolulu by taking advantage of a terrific 25 per cent off special. The last
sell date is Nov. 30.

INTERNATIONAL SELLOFF** EFFECTIVE 01NOV03
MARKETS: BETWEEN CANADA TO FRA/MUC/LON
TRAVEL PERIOD: AS PER CURRENT FAMILY AFFAIR RULES
ALL TRAVEL COMPLETED BY 11DEC03
SELL PERIOD: 01NOV03 THROUGH 29NOV03
FARE LEVELS:
MARKETS: EAST CANADA: (ON/QC/MARITIMES)
CAD 350.00/EUR 227.00/GBP 160.00
WEST CANADA: (BC/AB/SK/MB)
CAD 470.00/EUR 305.00/GBP 214.00
YXY: CAD 495.00/EUR 322.00/GBP 225.00

*** ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS PER LFAMILY FARE ***

CANADA TO CARIBBEAN** EFFECTIVE 01NOV03
MARKETS: BETWEEN YTO/YOW/YMQ
AND BGI/PAP/KIN/POS/CUN/PVR/AUA
TRAVEL PERIOD: AS PER CURRENT FAMILY AFFAIR RULES
SELL PERIOD: 01NOV03 - 30NOV03
FARE LEVELS: $299.00 CAD
*** ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS PER LFAMILY FARE ***

TRANSBORDER SELLOFF** EFFECTIVE 01NOV03
MARKETS: BETWEEN CDA & HNL
TRAVEL PERIOD: AS PER CURRENT FAMILY AFFAIR RULES
SELL PERIOD: 01NOV03 - 30NOV03
FARE LEVELS: 25% OFF CURRENT FAMILY AFFAIR

*** ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS PER LFAMILY FARE ***

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. Star Alliance news.
Since months, United Airlines is working on its concept for a low cost
operation under
the project name "Starfish". This week, the airline
announced that Denver
will be the launch hub for the new subsidiary which aims
to take of in
February 2004.

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. Air Canada news.
Air Canada says that it can save c$70,000 by eliminating lemons and limes
from its meal service. This will eliminate the fruit fly problem, but what
about scurvy?

Dreams Take Flight effort saved through ingenuity, teamwork. As reported in
the Air Canada Technical Services weekly Hot Sheet, early last month, after a
lot of juggling and ingenuity, Dorval’s Line Maintenance and Cabin Maintenance
teams managed to save a ‘Dreams Take Flight’ trip originating in Montreal.
Overnight Line Maintenance crews working to fix a sudden snag on the
Disney-bound aircraft had to switch gears early in its shift when Fin # 633
enroute to Rome was diverted to YUL because of a left engine malfunction. The
team then had to work fast on a replacement aircraft so that AC passengers
could continue on their trip to Rome. While the Cabin Maintenance team took
charge of the B767 bound for Disney World, Line Maintenance tackled the
challenges associated with the replacement aircraft, along with trying to solve
the problem with #633. As a result of the combined effort, AC passengers were
able to continue on their way to Rome with a 3:30 a.m. departure, while
children onboard the Disney flight left as scheduled later that morning. Bravo
to the team members who contributed to this extraordinary effort.

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. News from the districts.
Wake up you Halifax Pionairs and retirees!
There's gold in them runways. Head for the Halifax International YHZ.
According to local lore, the former owner of a local gravel pit says that most
of the gravel used for the runways came from an abandoned gold mine. Older
mining techniques were able to remove only 70% of the gold from the ore.
Statistics show that 72,000 oz of gold was removed from 63,000 tons of ore
eventually poured into YHZ's runways, which leaves a possble 31,000 oz out
there. Now aren't you glad to be retired and have time to search the site -
good luck!
(Remember you heard it here first - eds)

Eastern Ont. Christmas Luncheon
Dec 3,2003
Location: Nepean Sportspex
Capone's Restaurant
1701 Woodruffe Ave.
Time : 11;30 AM
Cost : $ 20.00 per person
Forward your payment to Bruce
Wanamaker,313 River Road,
Ottawa,Ont. K1V 1H2.
Make cheque payable to :
Pionairs- Eastern Ontario, or to
Bruce Wanamaker.

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. Henry Anderson sends us this -
Subject: Capt Steve Albulet
I was in Ireland last week and I found a write up in which the above was
involved
Fifty-six years ago in Oct the last flying-boat to leave Foynes took off with
69 people aboard enroute to Gander lake but it ran out of fuel, the capt sent a
SOS message which Capt Albulet picked up ( he was flying to Prestwick) and
relayed the message. Other people also picked up the SOS. The end result was
that the flying-boat put down in the ocean . All were saved by the USS George M
Bibb
The Flying boat was called the Bermuda Sky Queen
I have the paper cutting. It was in the Irish Times dated Oct 28 2003
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. Ted Tierney sends this snippit -
As read in the BBC-3 ITV Teletext November 4.
Budget Irish airline Ryanair has reported better than average profits for the
first half of the year. The Dublin based "no frills" outfit posted a 16% rise
in underlying net profit to £120m
Passenger volume has also risen by 45% to 11.3 million. This company aims to
expand passenger numbers to 24 million this year from 15 million last year. Ted
Tierney.

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.  Blissville follow up>>>
Thanks to Jack Newart for the following info
Hi George........Your piece on Blissville caught my eye and brought back
some memories of my own.
Blissville was my first assignment out of radio school in Winnipeg and
my new bride and I railed to Frederiction Junction in the summer of
1946. We were taken to Minnie Nason's boarding house in the junction and
met the rest of the station staff - Station Manager Pete Majdanik, radio
operator Wally Mewdell, Bill Keys who I was there to replace, and
mechanic Shorty Neil. I spent the following winter there till spring
when the station was disbanded and operations moved to Pennfield Ridge.
I was transferred to Yarmouth to participate in setting up the new
station being opened up there.
My most vivid recollections were when relief mechanic Joe Sagal had just
come in to the office from 'felting' the fuel sample prior to refuelling
a flight and apparently had spilled some fuel on his parka and when he
got too close to the pot-bellied stove to warm up, his parka caught
fire. All I remember was him yellling from the back room "Get that fire
bottle and let me have it!" I did as I was told and let him have it
till it was emptied out - he naturally suffered some burns to his hands
and arms but nothing really serious.
The other incident involved our precious Woody Wagon which TCA was able
to acquire in the days of wartime shortages and priorities. We had
experienced one of those heavy wet snowfalls and the altho the highway
was plowed out, the side road in and out of the airport terminal building
was plugged and the lines were down. I had been stranded at the airport
all night because of the road conditions but the railway track which ran
alongside the airport was plowed out and it intersected the highway
further down the road. Pete had an idea that he could reach the airport
by exiting the highway where it intersected the railway track and drive
along the railway till he reached the airport road. He almost made it.
As you might guess a train approached before he got there and he was
unable to get the wagon out of the tracks and had to abandon it.
Although it would be considered totalled nowadays, because it was
virtually irreplaceable at that time, it was rebuilt and put back into
service.
We handled MCA at that time and they used both 10A.s and De Havilland
Rapides.
Best regards....Jack Newart unquote
Jack confirms that TCA pulled out of Blissville when the
Airport at Pennfield Ridge
http://www.geocities.com/blacksharbour/pennfield.html
was opened up to serve YSJ on Apr 1/1947.
( I am still collecting info on Pennfield for a later article).
Jack Morgan was a young employee in sales at YQM in the spring
of 1947 but remembers flying over to Blissville in a DC3 flown
by Capt Eric Jokineen, and helping to close down the station.
In the meantime, the city of YFC had gotten authorization
to construct an airport at Lower Lincoln, but until this was completed
in 1950, MCA provided the only air service using the small strip
at Barkers point and Lockheed 10 aircraft.
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Some years ago I bought from the estate of W.B.Leard
C/O Waldron H Leard
Kingsboro, South Lake
Souris,PE
C0A 2B0
Some fine photos of a TCA Lockheed that pranged at Blissville. The photos,
black and white, were of exceptional quality and might have been taken by
Leard on disembarking from the crippled aircraft.
I forwarded all of the photos to Capt Chas. Simpson, VP, for inclusion in
the TCA memorabilia files.
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Hopefully, I can track down a copy of this picture.
It is likely the aircraft that Don White refers to.
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. Terry's travel tips.
David Williams sends this advice -
Before tossing those key-cards, you may want to be sure there isn't a
charge  for them. Read on my friends.
To those who return hotel key-cards, this is good info.
WHO KNEW all that information was imbedded!!
DESTROY those little suckers when you're done.
IMPORTANT HOTEL ROOM CARD KEY INFORMATION
Southern California law enforcement professionals assigned to detect new
threats to personal security issues, recently discovered what type of
information is embedded in the credit card type hotel room keys used
throughout the industry.
Although room keys differ from hotel to hotel, a key obtained from the
"Double Tree" chain that was being used for a regional Identity Theft
Presentation was found to contain the following the information:
a. Customers (your) name
b. Customers (your) partial home address
c. Hotel room number
d. Check in date and check out date
e. Customers (your) credit card number and expiration date!
When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is
there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the
hotel scanner.
An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning
device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at
your expense.
Simply put, hotels do not erase these cards until an employee issues the
card to the next hotel guest. It is usually kept in a drawer at the
front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!!!!
The bottom line is, keep the cards or destroy them! NEVER leave them
behind and NEVER turn them in to the front desk when you check out of a
room. They will not charge you for the card. (Information courtesy of:
Sergeant K. Jorge, Detective Sergeant, Pasadena Police Department)

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. Smilie.
Brian Dunn sends us these -
Air Traffic Control story -
"TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees." "Center, we are at
35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up
here?" "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a
727?"

There's a story about the military pilot calling for a priority landing,
because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a
bit peaked." Air Traffic Control told the fighter jock that he was number
two, behind a B-52 that had one engine shut
down. "Ah," the fighter pilot remarked, "The dreaded Seven-Engine
Approach."

A student became lost, during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting
to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known
position?" Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."

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