|March 27, 2010 |
Since October 1995
- Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson, Victoria, B.C.
- Co-pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
- Flight Engineer - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
- Ground Technician - Bill Rowsell, Londesboro, Ontario
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|Vesta's Jump Seat |
By Vesta Stevenson
Vesta Stevenson We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to re-live your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC etal. and share your experiences with us!
In the "Canadi>n Flyer" magazine issue July 1997, I noticed an article headlined "Capt. Bjornson marks milestone".
Pictured here is Rosella Bjornson, with the husband, First Officer Bill Pratt, celebrating her induction into the Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.
Hired by Transair in 1973 Rosella became the first female First Officer in North America. Also the first female to be hired by a commercial carrier in Canada.
|Our first 70 years|
Air Canada and Trans-Canada Air Lines
Sept - The last four of the Lockheed Lodestar fleet became part of the airlines history.
Dec 1st - Inaugural service between Montreal and Barbados.
Jan 1st - Major revision to the pension plan introduced.
Sept 15th - Family Affa(i)re reintroduced.
Nov 1st - New Delhi service with B747-400 equipment.
|Air Canada Related News |
Expanded service to Jamaica - Beginning this May Air Canada will significantly increase their service from Toronto to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston by doubling the number of weekly flights to the Jamaican capital and deploying larger aircraft on certain days of the week.
AC will also offer special introductory fares starting as low as $149 each way.
|Alan's Space |
By Alan Rust
I was sent this interesting video of a "snap back" of a broken arresting cable. It happened aboard the USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean on September 11, 2003.
What I found interesting is the reaction time in which the pilot ejected and also the one ground crew member that managed to jump the line not once but two times. Amazing!
September 11, 2003
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Compiled by Terry Baker
Musings from the "Between Ourselves" magazine
Issue dated November 1949 -
|Winners of the inter-departmental soft-ball championship were the Montreal Sheet Metal Shop "Bombers".
Standing left to right:
A. Lockman, B. Kutchiran, I. McGilp, B. Price, R. Proulx, T. Humberstone, J. McIntosh.
Front left to right: K. Domaratzki, D. Todd,
A. LeBlanc, G. Peck, L.
Cool, T. Murray.
Here is a group of advertising
posters used -
Anytime is flying time theme to
flatten seasonal traffic curves.
One of a series of ads aimed at the UK businessmen.
This is the first advertisement featuring personnel designed to
inspire confidence in the organization.
|Capt. George Lothian
|Space ad featuring the case
history of an average passenger.
|This is a special format for
"local services" ads in US newspapers.
|At Sydney, staff moved to new accommodations in the remodeled Hangar #1.
Members of the Montreal Stores Department.
left to right:
A. H. Magnusson, H. Sproul,
J. McRae, C. Charbonneau, G. Clapp, J. Stracina, T. Fisher, H. McCarthy,
A. Wilson, L. Sutton, I. Hawkins, A. Lippe, D. Wilcox, S. Marlin, J.
Lefleur, W.C. LeBlanc. Missing: P. Tessier.
|Dorval Maintenance Superintendent's Office staff
left to right:
Hector Levac, Mel Wood, Audrey King, Eleanor
Anderson, John Reid, Harold Walker, Reg Donnelly, Claude Castonguoy,
Lois Burrows, Ken Green, D. Bamforth, Dave Downie, Sam Reid, Emily
Tuppen and Joan Bryant.
Pictured here are the smiling faces of the Dorval
Planning Office Staff.
Left to right: Bruce
Henry, Norm Pitt, Bob Gauthier, Bob Kerr, Ed Hartley, Dorothy
Champion, Art Smith (behind), Mary Lawson, Alice Watson, Jeannine
Grenon, Gloria Manti, Dick Leigh, Arline Morrison and George MacMillan.
The Montreal Draughting Department produce
more than 1000 drawings annually.
Shown from left to right, they are; George Anderson,
Richard Rogers, Enrico de
los Santas, Norm Stevenson, William Kinash, Leo Styrczula, Albert
Penneton, Claud MacDonald, John Savidant (chief draughtsman), John
Perreault, Harry Vann and Bruno Vermander. Missing: James Shand.
Leo Styrczula is TCA's youngest
five year man)
With the inauguration of service between Montreal and Barbados.
Barbados is served by the Seawell Airport. Present runway facilities
and loading considerations prohibit the landing on northbound flights.
Consequently it will be necessary for northbound passengers to
proceed first to Trinidad with TCA, until the new 6,000 ft runway is
completed during 1950.
from the "Horizons" magazine
Issue dated August 1993 -
With the reintroduction of service to Delhi, employees at YYZ will
not see a B747-400 parked on the ramp all winter. The service was first
introduced in 1985 utilizing L1011
equipment with cargo payload restrictions, which the B747-400 doesn't
have the same limitations.
Two B747-400 have been sold to G.E.C.C. and leased back.
Canada is the first airline to project "Daily News" broadcasts on short
haul and commuter flights.
|In NetLetter nr 1024 we had two photos taken in Vancouver celebrating
1,000 years of service marking 25, 30 and 35th service anniversaries for
employees between Jan to Jun 1993.
Here we have three more groups.
left to right: Bill
Devlin, Roger Paquette, Mike Meakin.
left to right: Larry
Swanson, Bill Powell, Dick Sumislawski.
From left to right: John
Brocklehurst, Ron Whitehurst, Carol Yap Chung, Gloria Hokazono, Lynda
Carson, Art Wilson.
|Working in the Hotel Esplanade in Zagreb
we have this photo
Bojana Golac and Gordana
Pionairs held their 16th Annual
General Meeting in Los Angeles, 430 attendees were introduced to
the new executive.
Wilse Jesse, Sheila Snow, Marvin Lohnes, Bill
Nicholson, Vera Hoare.
Star Alliance News
Continental Airlines is following the footsteps of other US legacy carriers by eliminating free economy
class in-flight meal service on North American flights under 6 hr.
and some shorter Latin American flights beginning in the fall.
Wardair, etc. People & Events
Compiled by Terry Baker
Juanita Ollivier (nee Scott)
who worked in YVR 1949 -51 has loaned us a set of coasters issued by CP Air to promote the "Orient
Express" service to the Far East.
Extracts for the "P.W.A. Flightlines"
Issue dated May 1984 -
On March 22nd, flight 501 operated
with a B-737 fin #754 suffered a fire during take-off roll due to a
failure of a fan blade and the flight was aborted. All 119 were evacuated successfully
Under the command of Capt. Stan Fleming, F/O Andy Bodenbender
We have this photo of
Purser Patti Dickie,
Flight Attendants Greg Wittig, Grant Sherritt.
This crew entertained royalty in the
form of King Juan Carlos
and Queen Sofia of Spain when they operated a VIP charter for the Royal couple.
Left to right: Capt. Mike Lynch, Capt. Vic Sideroff, Purser George Peggi, Flight Attendants Yvonne Stinka,
Maria Brathwaite, Lee Webber, Karen Reid.
Perusing the "Info Canadian"
Issue January 1995 -
This issue is the first edition of the
"new and improved" magazine.
The Marketing and Communications department
ran a domestic promotion of Thailand.
Here we have some of the employees of that department.
Back row left to right:
Paul Lacey, Sam Orthlieb,
Audrey Arnold, Wendy Page, Kari Grist, Philip Coppard (Agency),
Lemieux, Janet Gilmore.
From our subscribers
sends us this comment. Hello NetLetter
Team....the new format is clear and an easy read!
Nice to see my article
on the Western Canada Av. Museum, 360 video tour. Appreciate
your efforts in helping all of us at www.vickersviscount.net
compile the history and
keep alive the memory of this vintage turbo-prop.
Jack Stephens Calgary,
sends this memory prompted by the photo in NetLetter nr 1112 -
Oh what memories these pictures
bring back - I was with Aer Lingus at that time and was on
the ramp when the first T.C.A.flight arrived - the body looked
like a DC 4 with the noisiest engines anyone had ever heard.! Those
Canadians, Hal Baxter, Jim Allen, Gordie Ghent
, etc. were a great group
and it was a pleasure working with them as we in Aer Lingus were
their handling agents.
I left Shannon in Sept. 1950, bound
for Canada and a career in T.C.A./AIR CANADA which began in
Jan. 1951. Wonderful years and lasting
Regards - Mike Power.
spotted our error in the title for Canadian -
Wanted to comment of the use of the
symbol when talking about Canadian. The use of
was never permitted in the printed word. I think I still have a copy of
the logo manual around somewhere. It was only
intended to be used on the aircraft as a logo. IF
it was ever
used in print, the faced to the right and not as shown in the newsletter.
Perhaps someone else can comment.
(Our response was that we were
aware of our error and that the was also in printed form i.e.
letterheads for the "Flyer" magazine - eds)
The following is extracted from
Newsletter issuedby the U.K. Pionairs #215 dated March
Anniversary of the " Cabbage Patch Incident" - 6th November 1963Yvonne Peel
emailed in to say:
"I was interested to read about the DC8 that crashed in the Cabbage Patch Incident, and the
subsequent crash in l967,because no sooner had I started
flying in l969, the same week another DC8 crashed on landing in a Toronto stopover on
its way to Los Angeles, killing everyone on board. Apparently the two British pilots were arguing (never really did find out if that
was true), but anyway, it was not pleasant. The DC8 was such a beautiful
aircraft, and it was my favourite for quite a long time. You
really felt as if you were flying; not like today when you feel very
little. And it was ever so noisy!
Mind you, it was so exciting to be a
young stewardess then(sounded much more glamorous than
Those were the days!
Still I managed 3l years and saw plenty of changes on the way, I can tell
Thanks for that Yvonne.
Staying with the Cabbage Patch
theme, Roy Novell
now working for Virgin Atlantic Airlines,
contacted us regarding the plaque that Archie Furzer queried in a previous newsletter which was given to Air Canada by the Army
Regiment. Roy says it was in a drawer in the Aircraft maintenance
Department at LHR. Roy says this piece of track is mounted on a piece
of stained wood with a hanging chain.
Thanks for that Roy.
Can anyone out there confirm if it
is still in that drawer?
The Cabbage Patch
feature certainly brought back memories for Glyn Lovell
, who emailed us as follows:
I was phoned by my sister-in-law who had heard a newsflash advising that one of our
aircraft was down. I dashed to the airport as fast as I
could. As a mere sales type, I
had no airport experience to offer, but I
was seized upon by the
Airport commandant and charged with accounting for all the
passengers. He was anxious to re-open the airport, but would
not withdraw the emergency vehicles to be available for other
contingencies until it was certain that every one
of our passengers was away from the site.
Some were in Hillingdon
hospital, some seemingly non-plussed, thoroughly enjoying a
meal in the restaurant, and some milling around the
I will never forget a tweed-clad English lady,
covered in mud up to her knees asking
"Young man, when are you sending another aircraft for us?"
Next day, two little incidents stand out! The contents of bags torn open on the impact, were
laid out on blankets, and passengers shuffled wordlessly
around them looking for any belongings.The tension was broken
when an exceedingly attractive young lady pounced and waving the
skimpy garment cried "Look everybody -
my panties!" Then I recall being terribly embarrassed by a
middle-aged lady in Hillingdon Hospital asking me if I would contact
her friend and ask her to bring in her
girdle when she came to visit!
Oh dear, what one has to do in the line of duty!
Thanks very much
for that Glyn.
This and That.
Compiled by Terry Baker
Airline launched by 'baby Branson'
grounded one week after take-off.
A SECOND airline launched by the
so-called "baby Branson" has been forced to suspend flights after
only one week, because it
allegedly failed to pay aircraft
bills. Varsity Express
, which operated daily flights between Edinburgh
and Oxford, has been grounded,
leaving some 500 passengers
with bookings. The fledgling airline's troubles come four years after Martin Halstead, then aged 19, launched Alpha One
Airways, which flew between Edinburgh and the Isle of Man for
just six weeks.
What Are Your Kids Doing This
The International Youth Exchange
(IYE) Program is accepting
applications for the summer of 2010! IYE is a world-wide youth exchange program that matches airline youth for two-week exchanges in many
countries. Participants, aged 14-19, spend about two weeks
visiting each other's homes and countries, socializing and
meeting each other's friends.
Exchanges are typically arranged
during the months of June, July and August. IYE is coordinated by a retired airline staff member,
Since 1995, over 2000 youths have
participated in IYE.
Exchanges are available to:
Germany, France, Italy, Canada,
Spain, Australia, New Zealand,
Portugal and the USA.
For further information, please go to: www.intlyouth.org
Terry's Trivia & Travel
By Terry Baker
Terry Baker Increase in the Canadian
Air Travelers Security Charge:
The Canadian Air Travelers Security
charge will increase for all departures on/after 01APR10. Any fare
prior to 01APR10 will not reflect the change but will be
billed at the higher rate for any travel on/after 01APR10. The increased
amounts will be:
Domestic travel within
CAD $7.12 plus GST/HST as applicable
to a maximum of $14.25 per trip (currently CAD $4.67 plus
GST/HST/QST as applicable to a maximum of $9.33 per trip)
CAD $12.10 plus GST/HST as
applicable to a maximum of $24.21 per trip (currently CAD $7.94 plus
GST/HST/QST as applicable to a maximum of $15.89 per trip)
Transborder travel (US
CAD $12.71 to a maximum of $25.42
per trip (currently CAD $8.50 to a maximum of
$16.68 per trip)
CAD $25.91 per trip
(currently $17.00 per trip)
Travel to the US via Canada from
Effective, March 15, 2010,
customers, and employees, friends and family who are nationals from
countries participating in the
Visa Waiver Program (VWP) wishing to travel on Air
Canada to the United States must obtain prior approval through the
Electronic system for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
After March 15, 2010 passengers
without a valid ESTA will be denied boarding for trans-border flights. For a complete list of participating VWP countries and full information about the program, please refer to http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/esta/
To apply for an ESTA,
please refer to http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/before/traveldoc.html and click on the details pertaining
to Travel to the US via Canada from
The lighter side.
Vern Swerdfeger sends us this story -
A guy walks into a pet store and was looking at the animals on
display. While he was there, an engineer from the local airport walked in and said to the
shopkeeper, "I'd like a Line Service monkey,
please." The clerk
nodded, went to a cage at the side of the store
and took out a monkey.
He put a collar and leash on the animal
and handed it to the engineer, saying, "That'll be $1,000."
The engineer paid and left
with the monkey.
Surprised, the first customer went to the shopkeeper and said,
"That was a very
expensive monkey. Most of them are only a few hundred dollars. Why did
that one cost so much?"
The shopkeeper answered, "Ah-----that was a line service
monkey. He can park,
fuel, and service all types of aircraft,
conduct all required ground ops testing, rig aircraft flight controls,
and all with no mistakes. He's well worth the money."
With his interest peaked, the customer then looked around and
spotted a monkey in
another cage with a $10,000 price tag.
"That one's even
more expensive! What can it do?" he asked.
"Oh, that one is a
Maintenance Supervisor" monkey. She can
instruct at all levels of
aircraft maintenance, supervise all corrective and preventive
maintenance programs, supervise a crew of maintainers, and even do
most of the paperwork.
A very useful monkey
indeed," replied the shopkeeper.
The customer continued to look around the shop a little longer
and found a third monkey
in a cage. The price tag read $50,000.
Reading that, the
customer said, "$50,000!!!! Holy smoke, what
does this one do?"
"Well", the shopkeeper said, "I've never actually seen
anything but drink beer
and chase women, but his papers say
he's a pilot!"
We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!
Your NetLetter Team