2001 Netletter #566 Mar 8th, 2001

#566 Mar 8th, 2001
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 566 Mar 8th, 2001,  We first Published in October 1995

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

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. Need to know.
Over the next month, our focus must be on re-introducing the carry-on
baggage policy with employees and customers. Many of us can identify with
the following scenario:
you're travelling on a standby basis and you're one of the last people called
to board. You're looking for a spot in an overhead bin to securely stow your carry-on
baggage and have to go to at least five overhead bins before you can squeeze your
bag among the others. It's not a pretty sight, but it's a common one.
By making sure customers and employees board the aircraft with the allowable
number and size of carry-on baggage pieces remember to use the sizing template you
can help make this scenario a thing of the past.
If the carry-on bag is too big or one too many, it must travel as checked baggage,
and may require collection of excess baggage fees.

As Spring Break makes its way across BC, Ontario, Quebec, and the
Maritimes over the coming weeks, we're anticipating heavy flight loads,
especially on weekends. Before jetting off to destinations in Canada, Europe,
or in the sun, be sure to bring back up tickets on other carriers before you leave home.
In addition, remind travel partners that they can only travel on flights operated by
Air Canada or the Regional Carriers, and aren't eligible for compensation in a denied
boarding situation.

Effective March 4, AC3007, Boeing 747 service from Toronto to Hong Kong,
with stop in Vancouver, will depart from Toronto's Terminal 2. The flight leg
between Toronto and Vancouver will carry Domestic traffic.
Effective March 5, the return flight, AC3008, will arrive at Terminal 2.
Travellers returning from Hong Kong must clear Customs in Vancouver.

Mar 5th marked the start of Air Canada's daily A319 non-stop service between
Ottawa and San Jose, CA.

FEDEX - federal express (fx)

FEDEX offers reduced rate shipping of personal goods to
employees of any airline with whom it has an agreement

Active employee of ac/cp/tier 2 with 6 months service
Spouse - legal (valid personal picture & employee id rqrd)
Retired employee

* shipment may be tendered to a FEDEX employee at any FEDEX
operated location during regular business hours
* reference section of the domestic/international waybill
requires the following entries:
- 3 digit airline code
- employee number and date of joining
* employee signature is required in the release portion of
the US airbill

Inquiry and tracing
FEDEX customer service - 1-800-gofedex
Monday - Friday  1800 to 0800
Saturday         after 1300
Sunday           anytime
Monday - Friday - Christmas hours
December 01 to January 5
0700 am to 1630 pm
Christmas season cut-off - for shipping December 18

Service charge
Type of service eligible for airline discount:
* USA domestic  - priority overnight
- standard overnight
- 2 day service
* International - international priority

Discounted service is subject to the following guidelines:
- discount applicable to shipment up to 150 lbs only and/or
cannot exceed 10 individual pieces within a 24 hour period
- minimum rate $6.00usd

- cash, cheque or credit card accepted
- charge to any FEDEX account not permitted
- C.O.D. not permitted

- shipment limited to personal goods only - shipment at the
discount rate to conduct any private business is prohibited
* request for shipment is subject to refusal
- within 90 minutes of closing
- less than 2 hours prior to the FEDEX station,s cut off
time for the peak season November 1 to December 25

- Declared value charges/additional service or handling fees
are exempt from any discount

any misuse/abuse is subject to suspension of this privilege

If the shipment cannot be released on the first attempt,
a delivery notice will be left and the shipment held at
the local station for pickup

- claim may be submitted for any shipment lost or damaged
(declared value may be purchased - no discount)
- FEDEX money back guarantee is not applicable to any airline
discount shipment

" ' "
. Donna Salter sends us her bio -
I became a casual Air Canada employee in Vancouver in 1967 in Cargo and
was hired permanently in 1969.  I left the company in 1975 to move to the interior
of British Columbia with my husband and three children when we purchased
a fishing resort.
We sold the resort in 1984 and moved to Victoria where I was again hired as
a casual employee and provided vacation relief for Ella Burnett for two years.
When Ella retired, I was hired again as a permanent employee in 1986.  I opted to
stay with the company when the Victoria Airport and Sales Offices closed and
ultimately accepted a position in Administration in the General Manager's office
in Vancouver.  I finally became Customer Relations Coordinator and remained there
until June of last year.
Donna     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

" ' "
. Vern Swerdfeger sends us this update -
We had 91 show up for the meal. From Kamloops, Chase, Oliver and
throughout the Valley. Very happy with the turnout. The only problem was
no PA system and some had a problem hearing.  We broke it into 2 groups
and President Abby Sones spoke to each in turn and I took the other group
with Treasurers report and Pionair progress.
CAIRE has 157 members, including spouses, signed for 2001. Many, many
of them have applied to Pionairs.
Edna Jack had some photos of the 1940 era with TCA, 3 of which will be scanned
for the web site acfamily.org.
I'm also a ham operator (VE7VKS).  My wife and eldest son are also hams.
At the Pionairs lunch I attended a week or so ago, a retired AC chap came
up to me and asked if I remembered him. Of course I was stumped.  Then he
said he'd gone to Radio School with me in 1950! I stayed in the one school and
he went to another for the second year. Then he joined AC and worked as a
radio operator for 5 years, then  one day he started flying lessons and became
a AC pilot for 35 years. His name is Trevor Bolitho and I think he lives in the
lower mainland somewhere. We were interrupted in our discussion when lunch was
served.   Its a small world.

" ' "
. Brian Dunn who issued an email YYZNEWS sent this along -
By Susan Carey
Shane Johnson strides into the cockpit of a DC-10, armed with an
electric screwdriver and a to-do list. The 25-year-old aircraft
mechanic doesn't know how to install aircraft parts, but he's a whiz
at removing them.

Engines, radar equipment, lavatory-flush motors, flaps,
stabilizers--you name it, Johnson can take it off. And all those
things will be removed from this 24-year-old jumbo jet.

Johnson and the two dozen others who work at this aviation chop
shop pull planes apart wing to wing. Of the thousands of parts they
extract, many will fly again, recycled onto other planes.

The nation's air travelers may assume that any replacement parts
installed in the commercial jets on are new. But domestic airlines,
with the blessing of the Federal Aviation Administration and the
aerospace industry, increasingly rely on jet junkyards. And the one
here at Greenwood-Leflore Airport in central Mississippi is one of the
busiest in the world.

For airlines and aircraft-maintenance companies, the used stuff is
just as good as new, if properly inspected and repaired under strict
federal regulations. And it costs as much as 60 percent less. So chop
shops from here to Mojave, Calif., have sprung up to feed the growing
used-parts market. The idea is to buy an old aircraft for, say, $2
million and to resell it piecemeal for $3 million to $4 million.

AAR Corp., a Chicago-area aviation-parts supplier, began a teardown
operation in Roswell, N.M., a few years ago to handle disassembly of
13 British Airways 747s it bought for used parts.

Memphis Group, which is based in its namesake city, has stripped about
140 planes in the last decade, including the Northwest Airlines 727
skyjacked by D.B. Cooper in 1971. The criminal parachuted out the rear
door with $200,000 in ransom and was never found, but the plane
continued to carry passengers for many more years.

Today, there are 27 aircraft on the tarmac of this former World War II
Army Air Corps base. Many lack doors, tails and nose cones, and some
sit on piles of railroad ties, their landing gear long gone. While
most have their logos painted over, it is easy to spot the colors of
Continental Airlines, Air China, Trans World Airlines, Garuda
Indonesia and United Airlines.

Soon after a plane completes its final landing at Greenwood, Johnson
and other removal experts swarm over it with "pick lists" of the items
in the hottest demand. First off: the engines, which can account for
25 to 50 percent of the plane's salvage value. Then come the auxiliary
power units, the air-conditioning systems and the cockpit gear. All
are matched against manufacturers' manuals to ensure that the resold
parts are what they are advertised to be.

When Greenwood workers send an "as removed," or unrepaired, part to
headquarters, it carries one or more tags with the following
information: the industry part number, the specific part's serial
number, the airline that operated the plane, the airplane tail number,
the aircraft serial number, the mechanic's license number and the
Memphis Group's inspection stamp. This lets the buyer trace its
history, a particularly important step for parts that the FAA requires
be discarded after a certain number of hours flown or takeoffs and

Next on his list: the thick glass windshields, steering yokes and the
pedestal between the pilots' seats where the throttles are. The used
windshields probably will command $8,000 each, compared with $32,000
new, says Richard Cordle, the 22-year veteran of airplane salvage who
manages Greenwood. Used yokes go for $2,500 each. The cockpit seats,
also a hot item, will sell for as much as $30,000 each if they have
electronic controls, he says.

After the parts in highest demand are shipped to company headquarters,
they are resold or sent to repair shops for refurbishment. The
company, which derives about a third of its inventory from the
Greenwood boneyard, says its clients include most of the major
domestic and international passenger and cargo airlines.

Once the resalable parts have been picked off, the scrap-metal dealers
arrive. They usually truck in a couple of cranes equipped with shears
that can chop the hull into huge pieces that are later crushed.
Sometimes the planes are cut to pieces manually by workers with
blowtorches and saws. Greenwood gets paid by the pound for the metal,
mostly aluminum, which the dealers haul away to be melted down. The
recycled aluminum is then sold to manufacturers, who will use it in
everything from auto bodies to aluminum foil to aircraft fuselages.

It takes about 1,100 hours to pick over a small 737. It
takes a big crane and shear a day to chop the hull. A 747 takes
Memphis Group mechanics about 6,000 hours to strip and 2 1/2 days for
a metal dealer to chop apart.

Greenwood has donated hulls and cockpit shells to fire-fighting
academies, universities and law-enforcement agencies for training,
Local churches sometimes cart insulation away for their
building additions. "Airplane insulation is way better than what you
have in your house,"  He only wishes there were more demand
for passenger seats, which often end up in the local landfill. "People
who want them for their dens are welcome," he adds.

Jo Ann Ussery Pogue, a 56-year-old hairdresser who lives in Benoit,
Miss., bought a 727 hull, stripped of wings and parts, for $2,000 and
had it trucked to her lakeside property after a 1994 ice storm
destroyed her three-bedroom home. She equipped it with a custom
kitchen in what used to be the galley and a Jacuzzi in the former
cockpit, and says she lived there quite happily for five years. Her
unconventional dwelling was badly damaged in May when it fell off a
truck she had hired to move it to a new location where she planned to
open it to the public. She subsequently bought a house.

When a restaurateur in South Korea wanted to buy a hull to use as a
theme restaurant, A jumbo jet, neatly dissected, was loaded into
containers and shipped across the Pacific. Other planes have ended up
as duck blinds and deer camps, essentially shelters where hunters can
stay out of the rain.

Finally, the Discovery Channel used Greenwood as the location for a
re-enactment of the 1999 crash of American Airlines Flight 1420, a jet
that slid off the runway in Little Rock, Ark., and hit a light
stanchion while landing in a violent thunderstorm. The film crew put
extras in a fuselage and had the fire department spray water to
simulate a rainstorm.

" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
From: "Michel Beriau" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Accomodation in Paris
First hotel in Paris: Regina 89 Bd de Strasbourgh at Gare de l Est
tel 01 40 37 72 30 fax 01 40 36 34 14 ask Monique say your are referred
by me price 350 FF around 80.00 cad the advantage upon arrival at
CDG ATO terminal 2A you go to gate 2 and take the bus 350 You have to
make a sign for him to stop it is 3 bus tkts to the Gare de l Est
around 6.00 and you get off at the terminal at Gare de l Est the hotel in right
across the place du 8 de Mai.
Also appartment at Clichy (you have to take a taxi if interested)
call Mrs Glenys Jones Deshommes at tel and fax 01 42 70 15 88
around 550.00 cad a week very well situated near metro bus and
Michel Beriau YQB

" ' "
. Smilies.
Chicago ATC conversations.

"Hey, O'Hare, you see the 7600 code flashing five northwest of Gary?"
"Yeah, I do...you guys talkin' to him?"

"Approach, what's the tower?"
"That's a big tall building with glass all around it,
but that's not important right now."

During November of 1996 American Eagle added jetbridges to its
G concourse. The long bridges were carried into the airport by cranes,
leading  to this strange exchange:
"Eagle 123, give way to the jetbridge, we're not talking to him."

"How far behind traffic are we?"
"Three miles."
"That doesn't look like three miles to us!"
"You're a mile and a half from him, he's a mile and a half from you...
that's three miles."

"Expect lower at the end of this transmission."

"Citation 123, if you quit calling me Center, I'll quit calling you twin Cessna."

"About three miles ahead, you've got traffic 12 o'clock, five miles."

"If you hear me, traffic no longer a factor."

"You got him on TCAS? Great. When you're seven in trail, resume normal
speed and call Chicago Center on 120.12."

"I am way too busy for anybody to cancel on me."

"You got any more smart remarks, we can be doing this over South Bend...
go ahead."

"You're gonna have to key the mic. I can't see you when you nod your head."

" ' "

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