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2001 Netletter #572 Mar 23rd, 2001

#572 Mar 23rd, 2001
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 572  Mar 23rd, 2001,  We first Published in October 1995


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


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. Need to know.
Effective April 1, Canadians wishing to travel to the Czech Republic will need
a valid passport and visa, with an approximate $75 cost.
The Czech Embassy in Ottawa has advised that Applications not submitted in
person will face an additional application charge of $3.
Residents of Ontario should apply for visas through the Czech Embassy at
251 Cooper St., Ottawa, ON K2P 0G2, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Those not living in Ontario should apply to the Czech Consulate in Montreal at
1305 Avenue des Pins Ouest, Montreal, QC H3G 1B2, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


A ticketable AIF will be incorporated into the price of airline tickets sold
on/after June 1.
A ca$10 AIF will be applied on tickets departing Toronto,
a ca$7 fee will be levied to individuals with flights connecting through
the Queen City.

Rather than shovelling snow or enduring tons o' rain, your eligible family members
could be soaking up rays in Bermuda, Kingston, or Montego Bay
at Family Affair sell-off prices! These special fares are in effect until March 31.

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. Correction!
Message from Art Adamson re birthday for Lindy Rood -

Here is the correct address with my apologies.      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. News from the Pionairs Districts -
Murray Phipps advises us that the next monthly luncheon for the
group at Courtenay/Comox will be at the Kingfisher, 11:45 start on
Thursday March 29th.
All are welcome. Murray advises that 2 Canadian retirees attended last
months luncheon, and look forward to more this months meeting.

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. News from the CAIRE Chapters.
Reminder -
C.A.I.R.E.  CHAPTER II  (YVR ISLAND/GULF ISLANDS)  FINAL  MEETING.
DATE:            Thursday, March 29, 2001
VENUE:          Cottonwood Golf & Country Club
1975  Haslam  Road (adjacent to the Nanaimo Airport, Cassidy)
TIME:              Social 1130 hours,  Lunch  12 Nooon,  Meeting to follow lunch.
COST:            $12.00 per person for lunch
All retirees, their spouses, and/or friends are welcome.
As this is our final meeting, for bookkeeping purposes re the catering,
we require a firm commitment from those wishing to attend.
If not contacted by a phone committee person in your area, we would ask
CAIRE  members to contact Phone Committee Chairperson,
Mrs. Linda Hodson in Nanoose Bay at (250) 468 - 5234
by noon, Monday, March 26/01 if you wish to attend.
NOTE: The change of venue is Cottonwood.
For Pionair members wishing to attend, we would ask that you mail a cheque
for the lunch cost to CAIRE Chapter II Treasurer,
Mr. John Hodson.
Please ensure John is in receipt of your cheque at least ten days prior to the meeting.
Make cheques payable to :  CAIRE, CHAPTER II and mail to:
Mr. Mr. Mr. John Hodson
Tre Treasurer, CAIRE, Chapter II
325 3255 Huntington Place
Nan Nanoose Bay, B. C.
V9P 9H6
John can also be contacted at (250) 468 - 5234
or E-Mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. In NetLetter 569 we mentioned about the DC10 Diner,
Wilson Quigley  has this comment -
Subject: DC10 Diner
I think we (Air Canada) had one "three pilot" airplane before the DC10.
If I remember correctly the Vanguard had the rails in place for a "supervisor"
pilot in the centre behind the pilots..I don't think even the Brits ever actually
flew three pilots ..but I'm not sure..anyone know????
Wilson Quigley            This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. Bruce Hembroff wishes to set the record straight -
In my many New York days I was a Ramp Spvsr for several years.
On week day  midnite shifts we had 2 Bristol Freighters each night,
1 from YYZ the other  from YUL
They operated into Idlewild {now JFK] but never into LGA as a writer
previously stated .
Regards, Bruce Hembroff

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. Gordon Dalziel found this information to share -
Subject: AIR  STORY
The following  Found on the Internet at  MSNBC  Travel Page, and I
thought it maybe of Interest to some folks.
" And  You thought you were Delayed on the Highway, recently ".
" Lufthansa reports that its aircraft spent more than 5,200 hours in holding
patterns over Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf last year ".

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. Remember when?
Saskatoon Airport goes back to 1911, however, T.C.A. started schedules
passenger  service in July 1947 with DC-3 equipment. The Northstar was
introduced in 1950 followed by Viscount service in 1955 then DC-9 in 1967.


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. From Vesta on the flight deck, some stories she found  -
Men And Lone Children Don't Mix on Planes
British Airways has apologized to a businessman who was asked to
change seats in line with the airline's long-standing policy of not seating
men next to unaccompanied children on its flights. "It is our policy that
we don't seat unaccompanied minors next to adult male passengers
because it's something our clients have requested for young people
traveling on their own,'' a British Airways spokesman said recently.
A BA stewardess asked a business executive to move because he was
sitting next to two unaccompanied minors although there had been no
complaints from other passengers or the children themselves.
"We are trying to balance the needs of the child with the needs of the adult,"
a British Airways spokesman said.
"This policy has been in place for over 10 years now." He admitted it was a
delicate situation.

Thousands of air travelers faced a third day of delays recently, as British Airways
struggled to restore its computer check-in system. The system went down earlier
in the week, forcing British Airways staff at airports around the world to check all passengers in manually.
Flights from London's Heathrow Airport were delayed by an average of 45
minutes, the airline said, and long lines built up at check in counters.
One flight to St. Petersburg was canceled.

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. From the RAPCAN eMailNews issued by Duane Frerichs -
Sandwich costs Air Canada pilot $400
A senior Air Canada pilot has been fined $400 for having half a chicken
sandwich in his bag after being nabbed in foot-and-mouth disease checks at
Pearson airport.
The sandwich was found by an Agriculture Canada sniffer dog who was
checking arriving passengers for banned meat.
Airline officials said the pilot had just arrived from Frankfurt and planned
to finish the sandwich on his drive home.
The pilot was fined $400 after being charged by Customs officers for
importing a banned meat product into Canada.
Many foreign meats have been banned from Canada because of the threat
of foot-and-mouth disease.
( We would remind retiree passengers of the ban on importing foreign meats
upon returning to home base - eds)

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. Terry's travel tips.
World Airlines Clubs Association (WACA) -
May 19-24th  Hosted by Nairobi Interline Club the Kenya Safari
cost us$500 ppdbl DEADLINE Apr 15th
Contact your interline club for details.
May 30-Jun 5th hosted by Mexico City Interline Club the Sun Route.
cost us$515 ppdbl DEADLINE Apr 15th
includes 6 nights accommodations, 6 breakfasts,
welcome cocktail, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, bus trips
WACA fee. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Travelling in the US? Here are some more official government web sites -
Michigan            64.29.198/index_noflash.asp
Minnesota          exploreminnesota.com
Mississippi state.ms.us/its/msportal.nsf/Webform/Tourism?OpenDocument
Missouri            missouritourism.org/
Montana            travel.state.mt.us/
Nebraska           visitnebraska.org
Nevada              travelnevada.com/home.htm
New Hampshire  visitnh.gov/


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. Smilies.

Is a hovercraft a ship, vehicle or a plane flying low?

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