2000 Netletter #455 March 2000

#455 March 2000



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Number 455  Mar 2nd, 2000,  We first Published in October 1995


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


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. We welcome to following -
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     Hans Brouwer   Nanaimo
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it               Margaret Eleanor Smith-Slingerland
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it      Bill Rowe     
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it          Captain Stan Hegstrom  Nanoose Bay    BC
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it               Marilyn Hebert living in Surrey    BC
marilyn is the widow of J.M. Hebert (Mike) Storeman YVR
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it        L.P.Breault retired Gereral Foreman living
in Summerland, BC
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                 Stan Molstad
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it             John Ohlsson
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it          JP Thomas        Captain
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it             Brian  Lager   Retired C.A.T. living in
Fall River     NS


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. Need to know.
Longer than average wait times at the Employee Call Centre (ECC).
Due to ongoing integration activities, such as advising customers of
schedule changes or reissuing or exchanging electronic tickets, some
ECC agents have been assigned to other duties to assist revenue
customers. In the interim, active employees and retirees wishing to
list for flights or purchase Family Affair tickets may have to wait
a little longer to speak with an agent.
Your patience and understanding is appreciated.


We recently had this question posed -
Buddy passes.
I was wondering if anyone out there could help me.  We are going on a
cruise in April, Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles.  Travelling with us are
two people on buddy passes.
They will be coming from Vancouver - >Toronto - Fort Lauderdale.
We will be sailing and landing in Los >Angeles.
Can anyone tell me if they can use a buddy pass from Los Angeles
to Vancouver and if not how they would be able to return to
Vancouver?  Thanks   < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Linda Kwoon of Industry Travel has responded -
As per the Retiree Travel Guide, the same pass ticket (and partner
ticket) will be accepted from another US point, provided the
tickets are properly completed or issued with all applicable taxes
collected.
(Refer to Chap. 1 page 11 for an example in 'Your Travel Guide' eds)


Update from Air Canada -
Click your mouse to stay in touch. Within the next five-seven days, we
expect to resolve the distribution problem that's prevented us from
sending employees with a home computer and email address the latest
news from Employee Communications. If you'd like to receive electronic
publications such as Industry 2000 Update or the Rumour Mill, send us
an email with your name, employee number, title, department, location,
and email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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. The rumour mill -
February 29, 2000 No 11
Because employees work on different shifts and cycles, today we
highlight some of the most popular rumours we've received. Please
continue to read the Rumour Mill for your rumour! Remember_ until you
hear it from Employee Communications, it's only speculation!
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Rumour: All Air Canada (AC) Management and A&TS employees received
$1,000 as a Christmas bonus as thanks for the work done during the
Onex takeover attempt and subsequent acquisition of CDN through the
Alberta company.
Truth: This is not true.

Rumour: The AC travel partner and Family Affair programs will be
discontinued.
Truth: There are no immediate plans to cancel the travel partner or
Family Affair program. AC and Canadian Airlines' (CDN) travel partner
programs are very different. A full review of both programs will take
place over the next few months.

Rumour: AC plans to have employees from both AC and CDN to work each
other's aircraft.
Truth: AC and the unions will be meeting to discuss how the handling
of the integrated flight schedule will take place. In many locations,
this will involve AC's desire to intermingle employees to make the
most effective use of the resources available. This has no application
to Flight Operations personnel.

Rumour: AC is merely satisfying the Canadian government by trying to
restructure CDN, but will ultimately put them into receivership.
Truth: It's completely false to say we are merely satisfying the
Canadian government by trying to restructure CDN. As Robert has stated
many times, Air Canada is committed to restructuring Canadian
Airlines' debt and other long-term obligations.

Rumour: AC is increasing its debt to assist CDN's financial problems.
Truth: This is false. Here is an excerpt of Robert's message to
employees on February 2, 2000: "I know many_employees are concerned
about the amount of funding being channeled to Canadian. I want to
reassure you that Air Canada is getting good value for its money. The
bottom line is, Air Canada's finances are not being compromised in any
way."

Send any rumours you've heard to Employee Communications
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , fax (514) 422-5104.


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. John Rodger sends us this update -
Subject: System Hockey YOW
Hi ; Report from the old-timers Division at the AC System Tournament
YOW. Twenty four active and pionairs 50yrs and above played two games
with YUL against YOW included were a couple from YYZ.
The game on Tuesday ended with a 3-3 draw and the Wednesday game was
won by YOW 5-4.
It turned out to be a great success with every one enjoying each others
company after with food and drink and renewing old friendships from years
gone by.
All agreed to meet again at next years tournament with the hope of
many more joining in.
Foot note. Some of the active players will be joining the ranks of the
Pionairs by this time next year.
I would also like to pass along a special thanks to the Ottawa
Committee lead by Mike Brisebois for their hospitably and excellent run
tournament and for letting the old-timers join in.
Thanks for your help Vesta & Terry.
Regards John Rodger.  < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


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. Charles J. L. Mackie has recently organised a chapter of the
Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) for Vancouver Island, and
sends this message -
The CAHS has been in existance for over 35 years but I was not aware
of it until last Fall when Ross Smythe asked me to undertake forming a
Chapter here on Vancouver Island.
They do have a Web page and it is  www.cahs.com.and that will explain
the goal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.
I have had two organizational meeting so far both at the
Victoria Flying Club Lounge with aproximately 20 people showing up, many
of them already memebers of the CAHS, and were happy to see that
someone has started a Vancouver Island Chapter.
I now have a full slate of officers and we are presently
investigating other sites to hold our meetings and I prefer the BC
Aviation Museum at the airport but we also have a couple of other venues
to look over.
The next meeting will be April 11th.
Cost to join the CAHS is 35.00 per year, plus a an additonal Fee
$10.00 for the local chapter.
If you should join the CAHS you will receive a beautiful Magazine on
Aviation History 4 times a year and it really is a good magazine with the
quality up there with Beautiful BC Magazine.
CAHS are holding  the annual Convention In Calgary this year
May 27 for three days.
If there is enough interest Up Island maybe an Up-Island
chapter can be formed as I realize how awkward it is to come to Victoria
for the Meetings. If anyone is so interested in forming such a chapter, I
would gladly guide them. This is a national organization incorporated
as a non profit under a federal charter. Any resident is eligible to
join, you don't have to be a Pionair or even a retiree, just anyone
interested at all in preserving Aviation history. 
Please do not hesitate to contact me of your interest.
Charles J. L. Mackie  Pres. of Vancouver Island Chapter of the CAHS
8612 Moxon Terrace, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1K6
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. Tony Etheridge of LHR sends this information from the Skyport LHR
newsletter -
Andes mystery of missing Lancastrian -
A Lancastrian aircraft found crashed in the Andes recently had taken off
from Heathrow 53 years ago.
Flight GA-GWH, which disappeared in a fierce snowstorm over the mountain
range, was operated by British Airways predecessor British South American
Airways (BSAA).
The Lancastrian - named Stardust - left Heathrow on August 2nd 1947 with
a crew of 5 and 6 passengers aboard.
Piloted by was hero Captain Reginald Cooki (29), it was one of the first
long-haul flights to leave the airport, which opened two months before.
Relative George Checklin spent his fortune searching for the body of his
brother Donald who was second officer aboard the aircraft.
British Airways stated that they were sympathetic towards the immediate
relatives of the victims and would consider requests for free tickets to
retrieve the bodies.


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. Found on the internet.
US cariers JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Legend Airlines
have fitted aircraft with us$150,000 antennae to pick up terrestrial
TV broadcasts. Large screens are to be installed at airport terminals
so passengers can carry on watching on arrival at their destinations.



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. Terry's travel tips.
When in the U.K. check Ryanair for cheap fares to Europe.
During February they were advertising return fares at GBP5.00 to Dublin or
Frankfurt, GBP15.00 to Genoa or Turin or GBP25.00 to Oslo, Stockholm or
Venice. All plus taxes and from Stanstead Airport.
http:www.ryanair.com is their web site.


The British Hotel Reservation Centre is located in all terminals at
London Heathrow. Open from 06:00 to midnight.
No booking fee for hotel reservations, B&B and Economy accommodations.
Phone 0800-783-4020 or book online http://www.bhrc.co.uk
This is NOT an airline interline service but a public service.


The ending from July 1999 of tax and duty free allowances within
- and only within - the 15 European Union countries did create confusion
amongst some passengers. It is time that confusion ended once and for all.
The changed law has not killed off the bargains.
For passengers flying from the UK to the other 14 European Union
countries the duty and VAT has been absorbed by the retailers with the
exception of tobacco and spirits. The bonus is that  there is virtually
no limit on the amount of money that can be spent on goods, including
wines, spirits and tobacco goods when flying within the European Union.
For passengers flying to outside European Union destinations, a full
range of goods, including tobacco, wines and spirits are still available
duty and tax free.



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. Smilie.
Found by the Co-pilot!
The story is of a BEA Viking flying most of its trip through thick clouds.
a nervous passenger rang for the cabin attendant to ask how the pilot
could find his way in such poor visability. So the inventive flight
attendant pointed to the red navigation light glowing at the left wing tip
and then to its green counterpart on the right wing. Then he explained
'as long as the pilot keeps between those two lights well arrive safely'.



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