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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 798  Nov 22nd.,  2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Nice to know.
Some flights for the winter schedule -
Oct. 26
Montreal/Nassau, Bahamas (Saturday and Sunday flights)
Montreal/Tampa, Florida (Saturday and Sunday flights)
Montreal/Las Vegas (Thursday and Sunday flights)
Toronto/Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Sundays, increasing to
Thursdays and Saturdays in Dec.)
Toronto/Cayo Coco, Cuba (Sundays to Dec. 14, then Saturday and
Sunday to April 3)
Nov. 1
Toronto/Cozumel, Mexico (Saturdays)
Toronto/Aruba (Saturdays, with additional Sunday flights starting Dec. 14)
Toronto/Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (Saturdays, increasing to
Wednesday departures Dec. 24)
Toronto/Veradero, Cuba (Saturdays to Dec. 13, then Friday, Sat. and
Sunday to April 3)
Montreal/Barbados (Saturday and Sundays)
Montreal/Punta Cana (Saturdays to Dec. 13, then Fridays and Sundays
to April 3)
Montreal/Cayo Coco (Sundays to Dec. 14, then Saturday and Sunday
to April 3)
Nov. 2
Montreal/San Francisco

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. Need to know.
Joe Gulyes passes on this experience -
Just reporting, that having just completed travel from YUL-HNL returning from
Maui, it is correctly shown on the Registration Site as requiring a ticket out
of Maui. Twice attempted to obtain ticket stock from the counters at YUL prior
to departure,(at great Parking Lot expense) and was advised they were
unavailable by at least two of the agents, and that all AC travel is now
ticketless, stock no longer being stocked.
Sorry to advise that we were unable to board out of Maui and had to purchase
Aloha fares to HNL, where we succeeded in continuing homeward bound travel.
If they are available, perhaps at the employee travel office, (hours of
operation unknown to those of us now living out of town), I strongly suggest
not to heed any ticket counter advice, but to try and obtain blank tickets
wherever you can find them supplied.
Joe Gulyes, Flt Ops retiree.

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. Remember when.
Blainville remembers TCA flight 831. In memory of the 112 passengers and six
crew members of Trans-Canada Air Lines flight 831, which crashed on Nov. 29,
1963 in Blainville, Quebec, the city of Blainville has organized a
commemorative exhibition from Nov. 20 - 30 featuring photographs and art
with an aviation theme. In addition, on Nov. 24, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., at
the local art gallery, the city will unveil a special plaque. If you're
interested in attending the commemoration event, please call (450) 434-5275.

Nov 18th 1996 inauguration of Toronto to Raleigh-Durham (RDU) with
DC9 equipment fin nr 748. Last revenue flight for this aircraft was
AC428 YYZ-YUL on
December 31st 2001. Total flying time  70372 hours.
Presently in long term stroage at Mohave on Feb 22nd 2002

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.  Shirlee Schacter sends us this information -
The 2003 Friends of Front Street group (affectionately known as "FOFS"), will
be holding their Happy Holiday Reunion Luncheon on Sat. Nov. 29th at
The Royal Canadian Legion Hall,
3326 Bloor Street W. Toronto
FOFS members are former AC Computer & System Services employees from
151 Front St. in Toronto as well as other C & SS offices across Canada. There
are approximately 350 eligible names on the list and if you are one of them and

have not yet received your invitation, please contact Shirlee Schacter at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel 416 785-1271.
Shirlee

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. News from the districts.
Gary Cramm Vancouver District Pionairs sends us this -
Vancouver District Pionairs
Christmas Luncheon – Thursday, December 11, 2003
Your Functions Committee has been hard at work putting together this event in a
manner truly reflective of the festive season.  What better way to get into the
Christmas spirit than with good food and good fellowship.
Date: December 11, 2003.
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Meet and Greet, 12:00 PM – Seating, 12:15 PM –
Luncheon commences.
Location: The Ramada Plaza Vancouver Airport Conference Resort, 10251 St.
Edwards Drive, Richmond
Cost: $21.00 per person.  The price at the door will be $23.00, subject to
availability.
Drinks: $4.75, or a bottle of wine at the table, $18.00.
Parking: FREE.  The Hotel will have a desk in the Main Lobby at which you MUST
register your vehicle license plate number.  There is no requirement to put a
ticket in the vehicle.
Food Bank Donations: Please remember to bring a non-perishable item for the
Food Bank.
Entertainment: Delta Youth Orchestra Quartet.
We anticipate that this event will sell out again and encourage you to submit
your Registration Form and payment as early as possible.  If you wish to
reserve a table for 10 it is essential that you send one cheque only, together
with all of the names in your group.
Please mail your payment to Al Yallouz, 57 West 42nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y
2S8, Phone: 604-321-1891.
****DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF PAYMENT IS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2003****

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Star Alliance News:
United reveals its low-fare carrier – just call me Ted.  United Airlines
finally
revealed the name of its new low-fare division. As reported by the Wall Street
Journal, “Ted” is named after the last syllable in the parent’s name, Uni –
ted, and its planes will sport a radically different look – a white fuselage
with “Ted” in large blue letters, and a white tail sporting a big, orange
iteration of United’s double-U logo. The initial fleet will comprise 19 Airbus
A320 jetliners that will begin flying in February. The unveiling celebration
will take place on Nov. 18 in Denver, where the carrier will be based.

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. Myron Olson sends this info -
The Quarter Century in Aviation Club is unique in its structure and
requirements. The founding members of this Club
decided that an organization was required that would welcome people in
Aviation to come together as friends to share their
experiences without interference from the restraints of competition -
which was very common in this fledgling 1952 industry.
The inspiration for this Club was Mr. Bill Windrum who was part of the
management for Canadian Pacific Airlines.
He was a pilot flying for Canadian Airways out of Thunder Bay (Port
Arthur), Prince Albert, and Edmonton.
Windrum became the first President of the Club in 1952. The basic
requirement to join this Club was that an individual had to
have at least 25 years in aviation. It must be remembered that the
Wright Bros. first manned power-driven heavier than air
machine flight, took place on Dec. 17, 1903 and that was only 49 years
earlier, so anyone with 25 years in the industry was also
quite unique.
The Club's archives do not reveal how the founding members settled on "A
Quarter Century" as threshold for membership. The
close proximity to the "maiden flight" date made this Club a very
exclusive organization. The first meeting was held at the
Alcazar Hotel.
We now have reached another milestone in aviation by celebrating 100
years of flight. During this time we have seen many
changes. In some cases the competition has disappeared. In others it has
intensified. But there is still a need for those who have
a deep interest in Aviation to have a place where they can come to
exchange experiences, renew acquaintances, and meet
other individuals who share the same passion. Name Tags are worn by
members and guests.
The Quarter Century in Aviation Club meets at the Austria Vancouver Club
building at 5851 Westminster Hwy. in Richmond BC.
Starting at 17:00 hrs. for an one hour pre-dinner fellowship, followed
by a very good buffet served at 18:00 hours. There is
always a basic serving of Austrian food, which is augmented by a variety
of other entrees. Dinner is followed by a short
business meeting.
We break for 15 minutes for a stretch and refills. Entertainment is
provided after the break, ranging from informative quest
speakers to special presentations. At our February meeting you have the
opportunity to bring your date/spouse for musical
entertainment and dancing.
The meetings are held on the Third Tuesday of October, November,
January, February, March, and April.
Membership is open to any individual who has Twenty Five Years in
Aviation, regardless of what they may have been doing
during those Twenty Five years.
Every field of endeavour in Aviation is represented by members and that
is what makes this Club unique.
If you are a professional or amateur in Aviation and have the prime
requisite of Twenty Five years experience, this is the Club
for you.
The dinner meal is very reasonably priced and the annual membership fee
is at an affordable level.
We the Executive of the Quarter Century Club wish you all a very warm
welcome
George Stoneystreet President tel. 604 435-0966 Dave Redmile
Membership Tel. 604 271-0714
George Stoneystreet < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > Dave Redmile
< This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Harvey Jones < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, Sec. Jack Cooke
< This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > Treasurer
Directors:
Dennis Baxendale < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, Percy Hicks
< This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
Bruce Bell < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, Myron Olson
< This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Dave Stafford 604 435-8597 Dennis
Elton 604 435-8597
Quarter Century in Aviation Clubs are located in both Edmonton and
Calgary.
Kindly pass this on to your Aviation Friends.
Next Meeting Tuesday Nov. 18th 2003 17:00 hours.

The Quarter Century in Aviation Club is unique in its structure and
requirements. The founding members of this Club
decided that an organization was required that would welcome people in Aviation
to come together as friends to share their
experiences without interference from the restraints of competition - which was
very common in this fledgling 1952 industry.
The inspiration for this Club was Mr. Bill Windrum who was part of the
management for Canadian Pacific Airlines.
He was a pilot flying for Canadian Airways out of Thunder Bay (Port Arthur),
Prince Albert, and Edmonton.
Windrum became the first President of the Club in 1952. The basic requirement
to join this Club was that an individual had to
have at least 25 years in aviation. It must be remembered that the Wright Bros.
first manned power-driven heavier than air
machine flight, took place on Dec. 17, 1903 and that was only 49 years earlier,
so anyone with 25 years in the industry was also
quite unique.
The Club's archives do not reveal how the founding members settled on "A
Quarter Century" as threshold for membership. The
close proximity to the "maiden flight" date made this Club a very exclusive
organization. The first meeting was held at the
Alcazar Hotel.
We now have reached another milestone in aviation by celebrating 100 years of
flight. During this time we have seen many
changes. In some cases the competition has disappeared. In others it has
intensified. But there is still a need for those who have
a deep interest in Aviation to have a place where they can come to exchange
experiences, renew acquaintances, and meet
other individuals who share the same passion. Name Tags are worn by members and
guests.
The Quarter Century in Aviation Club meets at the Austria Vancouver Club
building at 5851 Westminster Hwy. in Richmond BC.
Starting at 17:00 hrs. for an one hour pre-dinner fellowship, followed by a
very good buffet served at 18:00 hours. There is
always a basic serving of Austrian food, which is augmented by a variety of
other entrees. Dinner is followed by a short
business meeting.
We break for 15 minutes for a stretch and refills. Entertainment is provided
after the break, ranging from informative quest
speakers to special presentations. At our February meeting you have the
opportunity to bring your date/spouse for musical
entertainment and dancing.
The meetings are held on the Third Tuesday of October, November, January,
February, March, and April.
Membership is open to any individual who has Twenty Five Years in Aviation,
regardless of what they may have been doing
during those Twenty Five years.
Every field of endeavour in Aviation is represented by members and that is what
make this Club unique.
If you are a professional or amateur in Aviation and have the prime requisite
of Twenty Five years experience, this is the Club
for you.
The dinner meal is very reasonably priced and the annual membership fee is at
an affordable level.
We the Executive of the Quarter Century Club wish you all a very warm welcome
George Stoneystreet President tel. 604 435-0966 Dave Redmile Membership Tel.
604 271-0714
George Stoneystreet < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it > Dave Redmile < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Harvey Jones < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, Sec. Jack Cooke < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Treasurer
Directors:
Dennis Baxendale < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, Percy Hicks < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >,
Bruce Bell < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, Myron Olson < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Dave Stafford 604 435-8597 Dennis Elton 604 435-8597
Quarter Century in Aviation Clubs are located in both Edmonton and Calgary.
Kindly pass this on to your Aviation Friends.

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. Found on the internet.
TORONTO AIRPORT RAIL LINK REMAINS ON TRACK: COLLENETTE
A proposed rail link between downtown Toronto and Pearson International
Airport will go ahead no matter what the new prime minister thinks,
according to Transport Minister David Collenette.

RYANAIR - UK nr 1 low cost airline,has redesigned the interior of its
B737-800 fleet presently being delivered. The complete upgrade includes
blue-leather covered non-reclining seats with bright yellow headrests, which
incorporate the safety instructions (cards and seat pockets have been deleted).

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. Terry's travel tips.
From InterliningPlus -
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Grand Opening Promotion: $42 USD per person
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December 25 - January 2: $100 USD *4 night minimum stay
January 3 - February 14: $62 USD
February 15 - April 17: $69 USD
BLUE BAY CLUB CANCUN
$47 USD until December 23
December 24 - January 3: $119 USD *4 night minimum
January 4 - 31: $79 USD
February 1 - April 11: $89 USD   
BLUE BAY GETAWAY CANCUN
ADULTS ONLY
$53 USD until December 23
December 24 - January 3: $136 USD *4 night minimum
January 4 - January 31: $89 USD
February 1 - April 11: $104 USD
CANTO DEL SOL PUERTO VALLARTA
$50 USD per person until December 23
December 24 - January 3: $106 USD
January 4 - 31: $70 USD
February 1 - April 11: $77 USD
OCEAN ARC DECAMERON BEACH RESORT & CASINO
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
$35 USD until December 23
December 24 - January 1: $82 USD
January 2 - April 15: $50 USD
CRUISE DEALS
CARNIVAL CRUISE DEALS
CARNIVAL GLORY
7 nights Port Canaveral return Western Caribbean
November 22: Inside$299 USD / Outside $399 USD
December 6: $399 USD
December 13: Eastern $399 USD
CARNIVAL PARADISE
7 nights - Miami return Eastern Caribbean
Inside$349 USD / Outside $449 USD
January 18; February 1
CARNIVAL TRIUMPH
7 nights Miami return Western Caribbean
January 24: Inside$349 USD / Outside $449 USD
February 7: $399 USD
ROYAL CARIBBEAN & CELEBRITY DEALS
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14 nights Panama Canal Ft Lauderdale to San Diego
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