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2001 Netletter #574 Mar 31st, 2001

#574 Mar 31st, 2001
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 574 Mar 31st, 2001,  We first Published in October 1995


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


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. Need to know.
Alastair Alves sends this information in -
Subject: pass charges
Just a quick note to ask you to warn all your readers to check their latest
pension statement carefully for incorrect pass usage charges.
I was charged for a pass from YQB to YWG obviously done by a resident of Quebec
as the taxes were GST and QST. I have not been off Vancouver Island for over a year
so it stood right out to me but may not be evident to others that have charges
for passes that they have used.
The helpful lady I talked with in YWG indicated that there had been several other
cases of errors in pass charges.
Cheers,   Alastair Alves


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. We welcome -
Karen Carson                   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                   Calgary AB
Donald Beatty                  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                    Bedford NS
Graham Edwards              This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it         Priddis AB
R.Bruce Hughson             This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it               Midhurst ON
Fred Keist                        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                  Mississauga ON
Ronald Law                      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it              Glen Williams ON
Robert(Bob) MacKinnon    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                       Kirkland QC
Gary Mcgregor                 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it             Kitchener ON
David(Ted) Page               This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it          Pointe Claire QC
Allan Rebenchuk              This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                 Winnipeg MB
Joseph Schwarz               This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it            Bramalea ON
Ron Stewart                     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE  ON
Eric Tyldesley-Gore          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                Vernon BC
Harry van Zeben                This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                  Hamilton ON
Diether Wesener              This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it            Ile Perrot  QC
Ken  Williams                  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                    Surrey BC
Jose Dacosta                  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     Strathroy ON
Donna Salter                   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                  Victoria bc
Joseph & Dorothy Winter This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it             South Pasadena  FL
Reginald Bailey              This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                    Fredericton NB
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Roland  Weiskopf          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Chateauguay QB

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. News from the Pionairs Districts.
From the Winnipeg District newsletter -
Spring luncheon will be at Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage in the
Merrie Monarch Room.
Cost: $11.00 pp includes tax and gratuities.
Date: April 19th (NOT Apr 26th as originally planned)
Time: Cash bar 11:45 followed by hot smorgasborg at 13:00
Deadline for cheques: April 13th to:
591, Campbell St. Winnipeg, MB R3N 1C2
Speaker: Bill Rowe, Pension/Retirees representative.

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. News from the CAIRE Chapters -
Subject: C.A.I.R.E. Annual Luncheon April 11, 2001
We now need to advise that  Canadian Airlines International Retired
Employees Annual luncheon scheduled for April 11, 2001
at Westin Bayshore Hotel Vancouver, B.C. is now "SOLD OUT'.
We are accepting waitlist only.
Susan Welscheid, Vice President, People - Air Canada will be our Guest Speaker.
We look forward to a great get together.
Thanks
Clare Ash - 2001 Luncheon Committee

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. Found on the internet.
Virgin Atlantic to offer Internet
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. said Monday it will be the first airline to offer
passengers access to the Internet and e-mail from every seat on its aircraft.
Virgin, in partnership with Tenzing Communications, Inc., will enable passengers
to tap into selected sites on the worldwide Web and to send or receive e-mail
from their own laptop computers.
The service, to begin later this year, ..................
(BUT my copy of Horizons dated Mar 2001 states that Air canada started trials
last December on 5 B767 fin nr 601, 606, 607, 608 and one other (secret!) fin nr
for just such a service    - eds)

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. Diane Carignan sends this info -

Are you frazzled by tax time and financial planning? Available
until May 15, all Canada-based active and retired Air Canada and
Air Canada Regional Inc. employees and one guest can purchase
tax/financial management software at 25-35% off suggested retail
prices. Intuit Canada Limited is offering their QuickTax and
Quicken software products at discount prices. You can order the
software through their secure website at
www.quickenstore.ca/special/, or call toll free in Canada (888)
829-8684 for Quicken, or (888) 829-8608 for QuickTax. In either
case, quote promotional code 6003-149.

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. Vesta, our chief pilot, sends this information from our flight deck -

Subject:  8 top anti-virus websites
If you like to keep up with the various viruses and their hoaxes,
recommened are these 8 top anti-virus web sites.
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McAfee - McAfee has started selling its anti-virus and security software
on line. Download a map that shows where the world's viruses are.
www.mcafee.com
Symantec Anti-Virus Center - Excellent database of all known viruses and
their countless mutations.  www.symantec.com/avcenter
eSafe - Highly regarded security and anti-virus software that uses a
"sandbox" feature to quarantine downloads before they're in your
system.
www.virusafe.com
Sophos - Offers free evaluation versions of its software.
www.sophos.com
Hoax Kill - Catalogue of virus hoaxes plus details of chain letters and
urban legends.
www.hoaxkill.com
Virus Bulletin - A technical journal on developments in the field of
computer viruses and anti-virus products.  www.virusbtn.com
Hoax Busters - The next time you receive a virus warning, don't panic.
Check this site to find out whether the virus is real or
not.  hoaxbusters.ciac.org
Vmyths - Contains similar information to Hoax Busters but in a more
accessible style and format.
www.vmyths.com

The golden retriever was one of 50 dogs and
their handlers who were at Newark International Airport recently
to become familiar with the sights, smells and feel of the place.
The dogs eventually will be trained to guide a blind person through
the airport. United Airlines supervisor Eileen Ammiano advised the
handlers and fielded questions such as how long can dogs spend on
an airplane without having to go to the bathroom - some have gone
14 hours on transoceanic flights - and does the airline provide
dog food? At nearly 6 months old, Vail had already learned to
respond to commands to sit and heel. But he was also one of the
more rambunctious dogs at the airport outing, fidgeting and
barking when he had to sit still too long. Luckily for his
trainer, Vail was not one of the two dogs that left behind little
souvenirs on the concourse carpeting on their way to the plane.

Vesta

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. Terry's travel tips.
George Ellerbeck
Subject: Travel to USA
There is a website for travellers to the US that may be useful.
Try http://www.globalcomputing.com/states.html
Best regards G. Ellerbeck  < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Subject: Rocky Mountaineer Railtours!
DARGAL is proud to introduce to you a small sample of our outstanding rail
packages at incredible Interline rates!
* 8 DAY WESTERN EXPLORER TOUR *
Package Includes:
* 2 day Rocky Mountaineer RedLeaf Service * 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
* 7 nights accommodation * Jasper Tour * Icefields Parkway Tour & Snocoach ride
* Yoho Park tour and transfer to Banff
* Banff Tour and Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride * Transfer to Calgary
* Rail Station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
Itinerary Includes (Eastbound):
Vancouver, British Columbia; Kamloops, British Columbia; Jasper, Alberta;
Lake Louise, Alberta; Banff, Alberta; Calgary, Alberta
(Westbound itinerary operates in reverse order)
Departs Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from April through September 2001.
Seasonal Rates starting from approx. $970 USD one way, pp dbl.
* 2 DAY RED LEAF TOUR *
Package Includes:
* Two days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer RedLeaf Coach with assigned seating
* A selection of breakfasts and lunches served onboard each day
* Onboard complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages served at your seat
* One night moderate accommodation in Kamloops
* Transfers between the train station and accommodation in Kamloops,
optional evening at Two River Junction Dinner and  Musical Revue
(at an additional charge)
* Rocky Mountaineer information package complete with detailed maps
* Service and commentary by our knowledgeable and friendly RedLeaf Onboard
Attendants
* On Day 2, passengers traveling eastbound to Calgary will also be served
a light dinner
Itinerary Includes: (Eastbound):
Vancouver, British Columbia; Kamloops, British Columbia; Jasper, Alberta
OR
Vancouver, British Columbia; Kamloops, British Columbia; Banff, Alberta
OR
Vancouver, British Columbia; Kamloops, British Columbia; Banff, Alberta;
Calgary, Alberta
(Westbound itinerary operates in reverse order)
Departs Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from April through September 2001.
Seasonal Rates starting from approx. $290 USD one way, pp dbl
For more information on these and other specials, contact us at:
DARGAL Interline 1-800-690-3223 (North America)
International 01-250-861-3223

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. Smilies.
Gordon Dalziel sends us this bunch -

Tower : "Mission 123, do you have problems ?"
Pilot : "I think, I lost my compass."
Tower : "Judging the way you are flying, you lost the whole instrument panel."

Tower : "Have you got enough fuel or not ?"     Pilot : "Yes"
Tower :  "Yes what?"                                     Pilot : "Yes, SIR !"

First Pilot Voice : "Roger, I am holding at 3000 over NF beacon."
Second voice : "NO !  You can't be doing that  !  I AM holding at 3000
over that beacon !!!"
(brief pause, then first voice again)  " You idiot,  you're my co-pilot..."

Pilot : "Approach,  how far from the airport are we ?"
Tower: "N823, the faster you go the quicker you'll get here."
Pilot : "The first officer says he's got the field in sight."
Tower : "Roger, the first officer is cleared for a visual approach runway 27;
you captain,  continue on that 180° heading, and descend to 3000 feet."

Tower: "Cessna 123, do you have 'Hotel' Information ?"
Cessna : "No, thanks, Tower, we're staying with friends."

Pilot : "Good morning, Frankfurt ground, KLM 242 request start and push
please."
Tower : "KLM 242, due to slot-time, expect start-up in 2 hours."
Pilot : "confirm TWO HOURS delay ???"
Tower : "affirmative"
Pilot : "In that case, cancel the 'Good  Morning' !"

Tower : "you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles."
Pilot : "give us another hint please, we have digital watches !"

Tower : "Delta Fox Alpha, hold position, marshall will park you."
Pilot : "Roger, looking out for John Wayne."

Pilot : "... Tower, call me a fuel truck."      Tower : "Roger, You are a fuel truck."

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