2001 Netletter #556 Jan 29th, 2001

#556 Jan 29th, 2001
T H E                    _| TCA |_
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 556  Jan 29th, 2001,  We first Published in October 1995

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

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. Need to know.
We recently made mention of skiing trips to Whistler and referred to the Industry
Travek Office in YVR -

They have a satellite office in YVR terminal now where the main
office used to be. It's on the fourth floor in the Domestic Terminal.
Their phone number is 604 231-6560     Talk to Tevi!

As mentioned in the Employee Travel document sent to your home in
September, some delays in processing service charge deductions were
anticipated to ensure the new automated revenue accounting system's integrity.
As a result, from the February pay period onward, you'll begin to see travel service
charges deducted from your pay or pension. Don't worry service charges will be
deducted on a staggered basis travel that was completed in November,
in all likelihood, shouldn't be charged with travel completed in early January.

From Industry Travel -
You will be receiving shortly an insert with your pension station
concerning the use of stopover coupons. Where previously, stopover
coupons used to be requested where connections or stopovers were
required between your Flight Coupon No. 2 and last coupon, the new
procedure is that one must have used completely all the 6 flight
VICTORIA, a stopover coupon will be given by the airport Customer
Sales & Service agent at each enplaning station for the return
flights from Victoria to Gander.

In other words, for one-way outbound travel, the maximum number of
6 flights coupons will apply.

In example, YYJ-YVR-YYC-YWG-YYZ-YYC-YVR-YYJ, once all the
first 6 coupons have been used, a stopover coupon will be given for
the last leg YVR-YYJ.

The payroll insert and the February issue of Horizons will give further options.

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. News from the C.A.I.R.E. Chapters.
The Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands Chapter 2 held their regular meeting
on January 25th at the Cowichan Golf club attended by 89 retirees and spouses
and emceed by Jo Kennedy.
Although a general invitation had been made, only one Air Canada retiree
was present.
The guest speaker was Brian Jeffries and Noreen Sampson who spoke of the
various frauds directed principally at seniors. Together with leaflets, the
information was very well received.
There followed a discussion of the future of the chapter, and the next meeting will
be planned as a farewell meeting and at the same locale, and price,  on March 29th.
Bill Wood advised that this years golf meet will be at Arrowsmith during the summer
and he will contact Saville Hambleton with an invite for Pionairs to participate.

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. From our flight deck - chief pilot Vesta reporting -
Subject: new service for netletter
Introducing a NEW Service of "The NetLetter"
Recently one of our readers asked us to do a favour and
advertise 'a  retirement party invitation'
in the NetLetter.
I think this  is a great idea!
And, of course, at the same time, if the retiree has a e-mail address
we can sign him/her to the mailing list for future copies of the NetLetter as well.
So if you hear of someone about to retire give us a shout with the details.
And we will send out the invitations to everyone and you can supply
the 'toasts' to the retiree via e-mail via the organizer.
(ps we need at least 10 days notice or more)

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.  Archives Updated
Alan Rust advises -
I've updated the NL archives at:
to issue #555 and added a new year.
Alan Rust Web Administrator ACFamily Network
http://www.acfamily.net email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. Found on the internet.
Hard as it is to believe, there are still aviation records left to attempt.
Polly  Vacher has become the latest, hoping to circumnavigate the earth
solo in a Piper Dakota.  What makes this trip record-setting is that the
Dakota will be the smallest aircraft flown solo by a woman along this
particular Pacific route.

Her friends at work may be concerned about the possible
US Airways/United merger, but US Airways flight attendant
Cynthia Malinoski doesn't have a care in the world.
Malinoski was on a layover in Las Vegas, Nev., on Friday, January 12,
and decided to while away the time by doing a little gambling.
A few quarters later, Malinoski was $9 million richer, thanks to a big
payoff at a Megabucks slot machine.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Smuggling
When Elena Voronina told customs agents she intended to serve $20,000
worth of caviar at a children's birthday party they thought it sounded fishy.
A 34-year-old of Russian origin and living in Los Angeles, was arrested in July
at Los Angeles International Airport after customs officials found 57 pounds of
caviar in her bags. The delicacy sells for $350 a pound.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Princess does it again with a fabulous 29-night cruise from just us$1299 per person
(including port fees!). An extraordinary value on the intimate Pacific Princess,
departing Istanbul for New York on April 7, 2001.
29-night, Istanbul to New York  Inside us$1299, Outside us$1499 Port fees included
Istanbul, Turkey; At Sea 2 Days; Ashdod, Israel
(Jerusalem/Bethlehem); Port Said, Egypt (Cairo/Giza); At
Sea 2 Days; Capri/Naples, Italy; Civitavecchia, Italy
(Rome); Monte Carlo, Monaco (Cannes, France); Barcelona,
Spain; At Sea; Casablanca, Morocco (Marrakech); At Sea 3
Days; Dakar, Senegal; At Sea 4 Days; Devil's Island; At
Sea; Barbados; At Sea 2 Days; St. George, Bermuda; At Sea,
New York
Eligibility: Active airline employees, spouse, dependent
children, parents, parents-in-law (select cruise lines),
retired airline employees and friends sharing accommodations.
For more travel bargains, call us!

Singapore from us$494
Our package includes round trip space available air,
4 nights hotel accommodations at the Copthorne Orchard Hotel,
hotel taxes and service charges.
Additional nights available for only $48 per person per night.
Tours and meal plans available.

Cancun All inclusive from us$399
This price includes round trip space available air from Miami,
3 nights all inclusive lodging at the Sunset Lagoon located
on Blvd. Kukulcan, hotel taxes and service charges. Add airline tax.

Hawaii from us$259
Honolulu, Oahu   Maui   The Big Island   Kauai
Take a break from the cold winter weather at these bargain interline prices!
Our packages include round trip space available interline air, three nights hotel
accommodations, hotel taxes and service charges for one low price.
Add additional nights at a small supplement or add another island at
our great discount price. Departs from LAX, SEA, SFO and MSP

Call 1-800-422-3727 from more information.

. From Vesta's in tray!
Logan Airport soon will provide lodgings of a
sort for passengers stranded overnight because of bad weather.
The Massachusetts Port Authority, operator of Logan, has
purchased 500 cots. When 10 or more people are stranded at the
airport for four hours or more, they can use the cots to get some
sleep. It will be up to the airlines to provide pillows and blankets.
Logan also will have food packets and diapers and formula on
hand, and will ask concessions stands to stay open later.

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#456 March 2000

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Number 456  March 4th, 2000,  We first Published in October 1995

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

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. Need to know.
This question was recently received -
Subject: Re: Supplementary Health Plan Premiums
I note a discrepancy in my Supplementary Health Plan payroll deduction
and the rate table in your letter of February 10, 2000.
I am over 65, married and residing in Quebec.
According to your table I should have been charged $ 35.80 effective
March 1, 2000.  I was actually charged $ 39.80.
Can you explain this discrepancy.
Doug Lovat sends this response -
Good question!! We should have mentioned in the last mailing that the
taxes have always been added to the premiums but I guess with the new
rates, everyone is looking at their charges with a fresh view. We
intend to provide a "by the way" notation at the bottom of an upcoming
Pension Pay Statement just to insure everyone understands.
Thanks for writing. Doug Lovat

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. Michel Beriau retired since 1985 work as Passenger Agent from 1956
to 1985 and is an executive of the Quebec Pionairs.
Michel can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it also This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. Get snappin' -
The "Write with light 2000" ACRA System Photography Contest is coming
up! Get snappin' and shootin'_the Regional and System Contests are
underway. Have you taken some great pictures in the last year or two?
We'd love to see them! Held April 15 in Vancouver, the System show
displays first and second place Regional system winners'

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. News from the districts.
Air Canada Pionairs           
Toronto Area District
February                                         Winter 2000
Forthcoming events -
Date:     May 19/2000

Location: Woodbine Raceway off Highway 27
you must provide your own transportation
Time:     Gate opens at 11:30hrs - dining room (4th floor) 
opens at 12:00hrs.   
Post time at 12:55hrs
Price:    $31.80 per person; includes parking, admission, 
buffet, coffee & tea, taxes and  gratuity.
Liquor & soft drinks extra.
Slot machines are now available on the 1st floor
Payment:  Deadline is May 4/00, this is firm to allow for       
seating arrangements in dining room.
Forward cheques prior to deadline to:
"Pionairs in Trust", c/o Ena Burke, 104-159 Stephens Drive,
Toronto, ON   M8Y 3N5

Week Day Golf Package
Golf Anyone!  The Entertainment and Events Committee is
currently checking into a 3 day, 2 night week day Golf Package,
in August or September, at the Forest Golf & Country Hotel in
Forest, Ontario.  For those who have internet access check out
their web site at www.xcelco.on.ca/~foregolf.  Further details
will appear in the next (Summer) Newsletter.  To indicate an
interest in this outing, call one of the following Telephone
Committee members:
Joyce or Al Histed       at (905) 842-3141
Carl or Ria Gyra         at (905) 459-5374
Lorette Blencowe         at (905) 877-5981
Andy Michelberger        at (905) 457-8573
Nellie Collins           at (905) 469-9824

Coming Events
- Thousand Island Luncheon Cruise
Plans are in the works for a boat cruise out of
Kingston, Ontario on July 25th.  The trip will include
bus transportation (only 44 seats available) and boat
cruise.  This is a 3 hour boat cruise and will include a
delicious lunch on board the ship.  Departure time is
12:30hrs. This means a rather early departure from
the Toronto area (trip is approx. 3-3 ½ hours).
There will be 4 bus pick-up points.
- Stratford Festival
This is a "must do" event.  It will take place on
October 4th at Stratford, Ontario.  The performance
will be "Fiddler on the Roof" and promises to be a first
rate production. Bus transportation will be available
(44 seats only) with 3 pick-up points at Islington,
Sherway Gardens and Oakville Place.  Arrival in
Stratford will be about noon, which will permit time for
lunch, at cost, in time for the curtain raiser at 1400hrs.
- Christmas luncheon.
December 10 Christmas Luncheon at The Old Mill.

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. From the YYZNEWS newsletter issued by Brian Dunn -
For those of you who are trying to keep track of which Canadian
Airlines planes have been re-painted in the "transitional" livery here
and C-GJCP.  B767-300s are C-FPCA and C-FXCA.
The website for the Canadian Aviation Historical Society annual
convention has been updated recently with this year's event in Calgary.
For more info have a look at;

Saturday, May 13, 2000    1000 to 1500hrs

Last show to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion
hall at 3263 Derry Rd. E. in Malton.   For more info
and to make table reservations send an e-mail to
Steve Emmins at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. Terry's travel tips.
We recently asked for information on accommodations in New Zealand on
behalf of  "James Riddoch" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >, Klaus Stahl sends this
information -
I read your little notice in the newsletter and hope the info provided
is of some help to you. My wife and I went to new Zealand and Australia
last year (had a great time). In Auckland we stayed at the
"City Central Hotel". It is small but very clean and centrally located.
It is located at the corner of Albert and Wellesley St. (about four
blocks from the habour). You can take the airport bus - which will drop
you off at one of the "Major" hotels next door. As far as I can remember
the cost was about $100 N.Z. per night which is about $80 -Cdn.
I only have their Fax # = 0064-9-307-0685.
Hope you have a pleasant trip.
Klaus & Hella Stahl   E-mail:< This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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. Smilie.
Lawson Tremellen (Trem) sends this -
If Airlines Were Based on Operating Systems:
UNIX Airways
Everyone brings one piece of the plane along when they
come to the airport.They all go out on the runway and
put the plane together piece by piece, arguing nonstop
about what kind of plane they are supposed to be
Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then
they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the
ground again. Then they push again, jump on again, and
so on.
Mac Airlines
All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and
ticket agents look and act exactly the same. Every
time you ask questions about details, you are gently
but firmly told that you don't need to know, don't
want to know, and everything will be done for you
without your ever having to know, so just shut up.
Windows Air
The terminal is pretty and colorful, with friendly
stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a
smooth takeoff. After about 10 minutes in the air, the
plane explodes with no warning whatsoever
Windows NT Air
Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much
bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft
within a 40-mile radius when it explodes.
Linux Air
Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines
decide to start their own airline. They build the
planes and ticket counters, and pave the runways
themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost
of printing the ticket, but you can also download and
print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane,
you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench, and a copy
of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully
adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves
and arrives on time without a single problem, the
in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers
of the other airlines about the great trip, but all
they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"

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