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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 803  Dec 23rd., 2003 We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+
Circulation: 2700+


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


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Vesta and I wish to thank those readers who sent us submissions for our
NetLetter during this past year. Please keep 'em coming!
We wish to acknowledge the support from RAPCAN, Pionairs and the acfamily
support network for allowing us to use articles published in their
newsletters and, in particluar, to the acfamily network for the support and
assistance in arranging the issuance of our NetLetter through their mail
service.
Finally, we wish you all a very happy, safe holiday season and the very
best for year 2004.
Thank you.

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. Need to know.
Employee Travel news – parents now have unlimited travel privileges. In our
effort to make positive improvements within the Employee Travel program, in
2004 we will change the Parent Pass program so that parents may enjoy
unlimited travel on the Air Canada network. As a result, in January you
will no longer need to book their travel as an AC ZED fare and your parents
trips will no longer be part of the annual partner allotment of 10. Stay
tuned for more 2004 Employee Travel changes which will be communicated shortly.

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. Nice to know.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT FEES COLLECTED
EITHER ON THE TICKET (TICKETABLE) OR AT THE AIRPORT AT TIME
OF DEPARTURE.

ALL AMOUNTS ARE IN CA$ AND ALL TICKETABLE AMOUNTS ARE
COLLECTED WITH THE TAX CODE SQ. ALL TICKETABLE AMOUNTS ARE
SUBJECT TO THE TAX OF THE PROVINICE THE SQ IS USED.

CITY                                         TICKETABLE   AMOUNT
YAM  SAULT STE MARIE (ON)      YES           $10.00
YCG  CASTLEGAR (BC)                YES           $ 7.00
YEG    EDMONTON-Intnl (AB)        YES          $15.00
YFC    FREDERICTON (NB)           YES          $13.00 
YGP    GASPE (QC)                      NO           $10.00   
YHM    HAMILTON (ON)                YES          $10.00
YHZ     HALIFAX  (NS)                  YES          $10.00
YJT      STEPHENVILLE (NL)         NO           $10.00       
YLW    KELOWNA (BC)                YES         $ 8.00
YMX    MIRABELLE (QC)               YES         $15.00 
YOW   OTTOWA (ON)                  YES         $15.00
YQB   QUEBEC (QC)                    YES        $10.00
YQK   KENORA (ON)                    NO          $ 5.00
YQG   WINDSOR (ON)                  YES       $10.00
YQI   YARMOUTH (NS)                  NO         $10.00
YQL   LETHBRIDGE (AB)               YES        $ 5.00
YQM   MONCTON (NB)                   NO         $10.00
YQR   REGINA (SA)                       YES       $10.00
YQQ   COMOX (BC)                        YES      $ 5.00
YQU   GRANDE PRAIRIE (AB)       YES      $8.00
YQY   SYDNEY/GLACE BAY (NS)   NO        $10.00
YQX    GANDER (NL)                      YES      $12.00
YSJ    SAINT JOHN (NB)                  NO       $15.00
YTS    TIMMINS (ON)                      YES      $10.00
YTH   THOMPSON (MB)                  YES     $10.00
YUL    DORVAL (QC)                       YES    $15.00
YVR   VANCOUVER BC                  NO      $ 5.00 TRVL WITHIN BC/YUKON
$10.00
TRVL WITHIN N.A.
$15.00
INTL TRAVEL
YWG  WINNIPEG MB                     YES     $10.00
YXE    SASKATOON (SA)               YES     $ 5.00
YXJ     FORT ST.JOHN (BC)            YES     $10.00
YXU    LONDON (ON)                     YES     $10.00
YXX                                                         $ 5.00
YYC   CALGARY (AB)                  YES     $12.00
YYD    SMITHERS (BC)                             $15.00
YYG    CHARLOTTETOWN (PE)      NO      $10.00
YYJ     VICTORIA (BC)                   YES     $ 8.00
YYT  St. JOHN'S NF                      YES     $10.00
YYZ TORONTO ON                       YES     $10.00 FOR ORIGINATING PAX
$ 8.00
FOR CONNECTING PAX
ZBF BATHURST (NB)                    YES     $12.00


EXEMPTIONS
1. INFANTS UNDER 2 YEARS OF AGE FOR WHOM NO TICKET WAS
PURCHASED (EVEN THOUGH A NO COST TICKET MAY HAVE BEEN
ISSUED IN THE NAME OF THE INFANT)
2. TRANSIT/TRANSFER PASSENGERS (NEXT POSSIBLE CONNECTION:
24HRS - INTERNATIONAL/4 HRS DOMESTIC/TRANSBORDER)
EXEMPTION NOT APPLICABLE TO YYZ.

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. George Brien sends us this -
How's good is your memory. Were you with
TCA in the 40's as a pilot/Flt Radio/Navigator??
If you qualify take a look at this URL
http://users.froggy.com.au/vk2zio/museum/ra1b.htm
The RA1-B Acft Rcvr that I have (still in working condition)
came from TCA surplus in the mid 50's. The last
modification was dated 1949/ YUL Radio Shop.
What aircraft was it used in? My guess was the TCA Lancaster
as the companion Transmitter Bendix TA-12 was spotted at
the Greenwood Military Museum as part of the RCAF Lank
equipment, but they used a RCA receiver with it.
The prototype of the RA1-B was installed in Amelia Earhart's
Lockheed 10 Aircraft shortly before her attempt to fly around
the world. Perhaps TCA also installed it on their Lockheeds?
Five years of searching has turned up lots of info but
no data on its history with TCA. This is likely the last
chance to validate the history of these radios, as memories
and time passes.
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. Found on the internet.
Ryanair, Europe's No.1 low fares airline, on 16th Dec 03 announced
100,000 Seats at 1903 prices of just 10 shillings (50p) (inc taxes) to
celebrate 100 years of powered flight on 17th December 03.
(We hope this event will 'get off the ground'! - eds)

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. Air Canada news.
Air Canada confirms 90 aircraft order. As part of our previously announced
North American fleet strategy, we have reached agreements in principle to
purchase 45 Bombardier and 45 Embraer aircraft. A decision on an additional
15 aircraft will be made following further negotiation. 

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Air Canada no longer maintains archives. An unfortunate result of the
Company’s financial situation has been the closure of its archive
department. The expense of overseeing and maintaining the collection was
simply too costly to continue. To ensure the artifacts that represent our
collective history found a good home, we have donated the Air Canada
archives to the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa. Anyone who wishes to make
a donation, or has an inquiry about the archives, should contact Fiona
Smith-Hale at the Canada Aviation Museum by phone at 613-993-2303 or by
e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . However, all our archival photographs and
publications remain in the care of the Multi-Media department. For
information about archival photographs contact Brian Losito at 514-422-6778
or Johanne Legault at 514-422-5907 about AC publications.
John Rodger sends this update to the memorabilia article in NetLetter
802 -
The meeting (referred to) is planned for the week of the 19th of Jan.
Thanks John

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. Star Alliance news.
US Airways President and CEO David Siegel told staff the airline
anticipates earning up to $75 million per year in incremental revenue once
it is "fully participating" in the Star Alliance

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Notice: Vancouver Island Chapter Canadian Aviation Historical Society
members and friends,
Please Note, The January chapter meeting has been changed to, Tuesday,
January, 27, 2004. The meeting will be the 4th Tuesday of the month, rather
than earlier.
This meeting will inlude the chapter Annual General Meeting. Anyone
interested in being nominated to the executive, please contact Stoney
Jackson, 250-478-7567
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The executive will also be making arrangements for a speaker. Anyone
interested in telling their story at one of our chapter meetings should
contact Stoney at the above
number to get on the list for 2004.
All other particulars are the same as before, the meeting to be held at the
BC Aviation Museum, 1910 Norseman Road, at 13:00 hours in the Norseman
room, with lunch
for those interested, at Mary's Bleue Moon, 11:30 hours, prior to the
meeting. Contact Stoney if planning to come for lunch.
Jackie Frampton,

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. Dargal tells us about these deals -
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elegant, state-of-the-art vessels: Princess Jeannie, Princess Elaine and
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only European-built passenger vessels plying China's rivers and the only
ships designed to western standards of safety and refinement.

Dargal's great rates INCLUDE all land excursions! Land excursions are
incorporated into each cruise, offering a land-side view of China.
Passengers will experience China's great modern cities as well as its tiny
villages, which have remained unchanged for thousands of years.

Upstream Itinerary ~ 5 Nights: Wuhan, China; Sailing; Three Gorges, China;
Wushan, China; Wanxian, China; Chongqing, China
Double Occupancy Cabin from $427, Suite from $1051
Sailing dates available from March through November 2004.

Downstream Itinerary ~ 3 Nights: Chongqing, China; Fengdu, China; Badong,
China; Sandouping, China; Wuhan, China
Double Occupancy Cabin from $427, Suite from $1051
Sailing dates available from March through November 2004.
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January 6 ~ 10 Nights ~ Holland America ~ Statendam
ITINERARY: San Diego, California; Cruise Pacific Ocean; Manzanillo, Mexico;
Acapulco, Mexico; Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico;
Mazatlan, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; At Sea; San Diego, California
Inside $599, Outside $699
Book up to 2 additional staterooms for your Family & Friends at these
special Dargal rates!
Friends & Family Inside $769

January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23 ~ 4 Nights ~ Royal Caribbean ~
Monarch of the Seas
ITINERARY: Los Angeles, California; San Diego, California; Catalina Island,
California; Ensenada, Mexico; Los Angeles, California
Jan 19 & 26: Interior $179, Oceanview $209
Feb 2, 9, 16 & 23: Interior $199, Oceanview $229

February 9 ~ 11 Nights ~ Celebrity ~ Mercury
ITINERARY: San Diego, California; At Sea; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Mazatlan,
Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; At Sea; Acapulco, Mexico;
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico; Manzanillo, Mexico; At Sea; San Diego, California
Inside $650, Outside $700

February 29 ~ 7 Nights ~ Carnival ~ Carnival Pride
ITINERARY: Los Angeles (Long Beach), CA; At Sea; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico;
Mazatlan, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; At Sea; Los Angeles (Long Beach), CA
Interior $609, Oceanview $689, Balcony $849
Friends & Family can book up to three additional staterooms!
Friends & Family Interior $649, Friends & Family Oceanview $729, Friends &
Family Balcony $889

*** PANAMA CANAL ***

January 18 ~ 14 Nights ~ Royal Caribbean ~ Legend of the Seas
ITINERARY: San Diego, California; At Sea; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; At Sea;
Acapulco, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; At Sea; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; At
Sea; Cruise Panama Canal; Cristobal Pier, Panama; At Sea; Oranjestad,
Aruba; At Sea; Miami, Florida
Oceanview $899

January 18 ~ 14 Nights ~ Celebrity ~ Infinity
ITINERARY: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; Oranjestad, Aruba; At Sea;
Cruise Panama Canal; At Sea; Manta, Equador; At Sea; Lima (Callao), Peru;
At Sea; Arica, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile
Inside $100, Oceanview $1200, Suite $3500

January 23 ~ 10 Nights ~ Holland America ~ Rotterdam
ITINERARY: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; At Sea;
Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; At Sea; Cruise Panama Canal; Gatun
Lake, Panama; Cruise Manzanillo Bay; Colon, Panama; Puerto Moin, Costa
Rica; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Inside $599, Outside $699
Book up to 2 additional staterooms for your Family & Friends at these
special Dargal rates!
Friends & Family Outside $999

Cruises: Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars per person (based on double
occupancy). PORT CHARGES ARE INCLUDED.
Taxes, fees and Dargal’s $20 Service Charge per room are additional. All
rates are subject to change, availability and eligibility. All offers apply
to new bookings only, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without
notice.
For more information on these and other Dargal Interline specials:
Call Toll Free: 1-800-690-3223
International Toll Free: (International Access Code)-800-2832-7425
Fax: (250) 861-3283

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. Smilie.
From Vesta -
Two fantastic pilots were trying to land an airliner at a new field. On
the first approach, they touched down on the edge of the runway, but soon
ran out of asphalt and had to go around. On the second attempt, the
co-pilot stood on the brakes, but again, the plane ran out of runway, and
the pilot had to go around again. On the third attempt, the co-pilot again
stood on the brakes, while the pilot applied full- reverse thrust. Amid a
cloud of tire smoke and screaming engines, the plane slid to a halt just
before running off the runway. The pilot turned to the co-pilot and said,
"Man, that's the shortest runway I've ever landed on." The co-pilot
replied, "Yeah, but did you notice how damn wide they made it... s'gotta be
2 friggin' miles!"

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