The NetLetter
 For Air Canada Retirees

July 3, 2010 - Issue 1127
5426 Subscribers
First published in 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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In This Issue
Audio Archives
Our first 70 years
Air Canada Related News.
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds & Ends
Terry's Trivia
About us
Terry, Vesta & Alan Pionair's AGM 2007

Terry, Vesta & Alan
The NetLetter Web Site
The NetLetter Web Site

ACFamily Network
ACFamily Links
Air Canada Pionairs

Project North Star

ACFamily Obituaries
Vesta Stevenson
Vesta Stevenson

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Vesta & your NetLetter Team
Audio Archives added to web site
We have created a new section on the NetLetter Web site called the "Audio Archives" which has been made possible by the work of Phil Pawsey. Phil started taping pilots and fellows from other departments several years ago using a  Ham radio. 

Phil asked three basic questions hoping that it would prompt them to relate other experiences and they did not let him down.

The questions were;
  1. When, where and type of aircraft did they have their first aircraft ride.
  2. When, where and type of aircraft did they complete their first solo flight.
  3. Where, when did they make their first two way radio contact.
We have setup an MP3 player on the web site similar to the image below where you can listen to their fascinating stories.

To start with, we have sound bites from Archie Vanhee, Charlie Robinson, Don Patry, Harry Kent and Rube Hadfield. More to come...

(Click on image to visit the player)

MP3 Player
Our first 70 years - Compiled by Terry Baker
Trans-Canada Air Lines/Air Canada1954 - May - Construction of an engine test building at Winnipeg commenced.
Air Canada Related News - Compiled by Terry Baker
Air Canada News June 24th saw the inauguration of non-stop service between Toronto and Copenhagen. It is the fourth new European city to be served from our Toronto hub this year as we expand our international flying to offer customers a wider choice of routes and destinations.

The only non-stop service to Scandinavia from Canada will be operated with a 211-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring 24 lie flat bed suites in Executive First. Flights.
Toronto City Centre Airport has allocated 30 slots to Air Canada and 15 to Continental.
Air Canada welcomes Canada's new status as approved destination for Chinese travelers; doubles Toronto-China flights.  The agreement comes as we double our capacity between Toronto and China beginning this fall with the introduction of daily flights year-round to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, in addition to our year-round flights between Vancouver and all three cities.
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada LogoMusings from the "Between Ourselves" magazine an Air Canada publication from years gone by.
Issue dated - May 1954
Musings from the "Between Ourselves" magazine
YYC Busy - 1954
Busy airport. TCA flights 10-1, 5-1, 11-2 and 4-2 all ended up at Calgary at the same time in March and the ramp took on the air of a busy metropolitan airport. The four North Stars attracted lots of attention.

Issue dated - June 1954
Eight Captains
It's not often that eight TCA Captains are seen on a ramp looking over an aircraft. But it happened in Winnipeg.
left to right are: J.D.Sorie,  Art Rankin, E.D.Sherman, A.I.Watts, G.K.Edward, W.J.I.Montgomery, R.M.Giguere, J.G.Haslett.
The aircraft was the touring Super Constellation.
Joan & Mary in NY
Stewardesses Joan King and Mary Bearisto are shown outside the Franklin Savings Bank in New York where a TCA  travel display was featured.

Issue dated - February 1999
Gleanings from the "Horizons" magazine.
1930's Stewardesses
Under the heading "Looking back" was the title "The rise and fall of the Air Canada hemlines"

1930's "We're off" This photo of TCA's first two Flight Attendants, Lucile Garner and Pat Eccleston in their beige uniform bought off the rack from a Vancouver department store.

The two were the only ones to wear a beige outfit, with a navy blue one being the replacement. Stewardesses had to be single, aged 21 to 25, no taller than 5'5'' and a registered nurse. (No mention of weight - eds)
1940's Stewardesses
1940's, "Flying by the rules". Flight Attendants celebrate the return of nylons after World War II. This is the third TCA uniform and worn from 1941 thru 1949. 

1940's Passenger Service Uniform
The dress code was specific. The cap was worn on the right, one inch above the eyebrows, earring or necklaces were not allowed, and hairdos had to be at least one inch above the collar.

Neutral hose was de rigueur, although leg paint was permitted during the summer.

This is the Passenger Services uniform.
1950's Stewardesses
1950's "Looking smart in TCA Blue". This photo, taken in May 1953 shows the new uniform.  In winter the uniform was TCA blue, in the summer it was sky-blue. All-year round gabardine was the fabric of choice for the snappy cardigan -style jacket, pencil slim skirt and head-hugging hat.

1960's Flight Attendant
1960's "The beat goes on". This is the seventh uniform style introduced in April 1966.

1970's Flight Attendant
1970's "What to wear today?". In 1973 the freedom of choice was translated into a mix-and-match multi-component ensemble giving some 300 different combinations.

1980's Flight Attendants
1980's "Happy 50th Birthday". To celebrate 50 years service, Air Canada switched to a comfortable yet classic look.

1990's Flight Attendant
1990's. "Take a look at us, today". Following privatization in 1989, a new look was called for to reflect the independence and project a new corporate image. This outfit was introduced in 1996.

(We do not have any identifications for any of these stewardesses or flight attendants - eds).

Edith Etheridge
First European e-ticket sale was made seven minutes after the UK Call centre opened for business, and the first E-Ticket for international travel was made by Edith Etheridge.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Jean Vouillon - Virtual Cockpits
I found a site created by a person with a true passion for both photography, aviation and graphic arts. He describes himself as a "Pixel Manipulator" and CGI 3D artist. I'm quite impressed by his work.

Jean Vouillon is a member of the CAHS (Canadian Historical Aviation Society) and has contributed photos to them and has also created a selection of Virtual Cockpits from the Western Canada Aviation Museum.

Below is an image from his "Virtual Tour" of the cockpit of CF-TCC in Winnipeg. Once you get to his page, you can select one of 13 aircraft that are displayed at the museum. Just click on the image below to visit the "Virtual Cockpit" site.

PS - if you get a message to download the "PangeaVR" viewer, most of you can just select "continue browsing" to visit the page. Also, this site may only work with Internet Explorer.

L10A Virtual Cockpit
L10A Virtual Cockpit

Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and it's "ancestry" of contributing airlines.
Issue dated - Novenber 1998
Extracts from the "Canadi>n Flyer" magazine
3 - B767's join fleet
Three B767 will be joining the fleet. Fin nr 645 was received September 17th from Asiana Airlines of Seoul Korea.
Three months of work in the galley and toilets is required before fin 645 goes on line. B767, fin 646, also from Asiana Airlines will be received December, go into immediate service over the holiday season before having the same reconfiguration as fin 645. Here is nr 645 in Asiana colours.

An A320, fin nr 406, operated by Canadian in 1992 is being returned after service with Monarch and Canada 3000.

YEG Crew Luncheon
Here is a group of Edmonton (YEG) crew got together on September 24th to stage a Holt Renfrew fundraising luncheon.

(Unfortunately there is no identifications. Perhaps someone could supply them for prosperity - eds)
YYC Slo-Pitch team
The Calgary slo-pitch team captured second place in the B Division league championships.
Here they are front row l to r:
Bob Wilson, Cindy  ChrunyK  John Wright, Wes Takeuchi, Karen Marcoux, Morque Armstrong:

Centre: Barb Robson, Marg McPherson:
Top: Dave Steinhauer, Craig Ingbrigtson, Greg MacMillan,  Peter Casement, Rae Ross, Ron Ewashkiw, Karen Relja, Ron Dipasquale.

Missing from the lineup for the final weekend: Brian Saunders and Walter Reija.

Honorable mention goes to Debbie Wood for keeping score. A special thanks to the remaining 14 players on the teams roster for their participation throughout the year
Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or  feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently. 
AC Hockey - 1966
Chuck Taylor has dug out this photo -
During the 1950's and 1960's the Air Canada districts of Toronto and Montreal assembled hockey teams to compete against each other in a home-and-home series.

The Toronto game was played in Maple Leaf Gardens and the Montreal game was played in the Montreal Forum. The attached photo is of the Toronto team of 1966. Some of the faces might be recognized by your readers.    Chuck Taylor

Toronto Sales 1958-1987
Manager - Russ Bentley
Front row L to R Gordie Marshall, Roy Colangello, Bobby Phillips, Mike Armstrong, Charlie Lennox,  Dave Thompson

Back row L to R John Brodeur, Valdy Preiditis, Dean Mckinnon, Bill Galllant, Waddy Copeland, Chuck Taylor, Dave Barnes, Kenny Ewens

Bud Liversidge has sent us this information -
The attached coverage of the Super Constellation flight in 1958 will be of great interest to many. That's 52 years ago. It brings back pleasant personal memories when I was asked to escort 15 travel agents from Calgary to London, Eng. with a side trip to Stratford-on-Avon to sight-see and witness a performance of a Shakespeare play while there.

The trip was sponsored by the British Travel Authority and it must have been in October because our group was missing the Thanksgiving holiday being celebrated back home. The BTA picked up the theme and treated us to a delicious roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings in a medieval castle setting restaurant!

Back in Calgary, I had performed the lead part of Tim in the first musical comedy to play in the new Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. It was called "Salad Days", a popular British musical and my role included performing with a British accent throughout.

At the time,  I was employed by T.C.A as a passenger agent and worked in the ticket office across the street from the Palliser Hotel.

For the return flight to Canada I obtained permission to familiarize our group with first-class trans-Atlantic travel on the Super Constellation. Needless to say it was super and hopefully the travel agents continued to present T.C.A. travel in a most-favourable light!

After a return to Air Canada following university there, I worked as a Reservations Sales Supervisor in Edmonton where I now reside. I retired in 1983 and am now 77.

I hope you are able to present this British Pathe vignette salute to the Super Connie.

1958 TCA Super Connie flight into YVR & nostalgic look at YVR

Bud Liversidge. 

Commemorative Envelope
Trev Trower shares this memory -
I was the purser on a Connie flight into Germany April 1955, the details are a bit vague, but i do remember the thoughtless joke the TCA PR manager did when he gave a Nazi salute to Doug Siple our Captain,  and the reply which was an expletive.

A passenger gave me the attached  envelope which commemorated the first Lufthansa flight. it is probably worth a shilling or two. Imagine having that souvenir around for 55 years.

Trev  Trower
Odds & Ends - Compiled by Terry Baker
Odds & Ends
Boeing is planning to fly a 787 to this month's Farnborough Airshow before returning it to the US to continue with the flight test program that recently passed the 1,000-hr. mark.

Farnborough International Air Show is being staged from July 19th through 25th. 2011 will be in France and 2012 back to the UK.
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Terry Baker
The UK government decided to postpone a decision to replace the country's current Air Passenger Duty with a "per plane duty." The UK Government has found a lucrative revenue stream to fund their budget deficits, what will happen when other Governments in Asia and Africa sees the same opportunity? The airlines will be hard-hit and you will be surprised how much the cash-hungry gov'ts in LDC will charge.

Continuing the story of our recent cruise started in NetLetter nr 1125 -
West Coast cruise May 8th to 15th 2010.LAX to YVR
Sunday May 9th,
At Santa Barbara we had to use the tender. The seas were quite rough with swells several feet. With the tender going up and down, one elderly lady missed her seat, when the tender was on the downward, and she fell into the aisle. She was rather large and awkward to hoist up, particularly as she had recently had knee surgery and could not get purchase under herself. She said she was OK, and that the Princess would hear from her - what they would hear we were not quite sure as it was not the fault of Princess. That she fell. Why physically challenged people attempt such trips makes one wonder. We are lucky not to be in such a situation, and doing all our travels while we are healthy.

The tender pier is about mile from Stearn's Wharf and the same distance to the town centre. There was an electric shuttle trolley in operation for us$0.25, but the line up was too much to bother to wait, so we continued to walk about.

We walked along the shoreline, which was lined with artisans plying their paintings and crafts..

We returned to the ship for lunch, enduring the bouncy trip on the tender again. We spent the afternoon lounging around the pool.

Monday May 10th.
Today we visit San Francisco, and we had breakfast while going under the Golden Gate bridge and a view of the Alcatraz prison. We were booked for a city tour as the Alcatraz tour was sold out.

We had to assemble in the theatre in groups according to the tour, and let out in groups of 50 on a first come first served. Very orderly until those going down to deck 4 by the stairs met up with those arriving by elevator, when things got rather crowded. We managed to locate our coach and settled in. We drove across the Golden Gate bridge to a park on the north side for a photo op and the facilities. Then back into the city for a drive around viewing the different Victorian homes, the different architecture was quite amazing. We drove through a park and had a viewing of the Japanese gardens.

There was no time allotted to pay any visits, just a twenty minute stop. Our day started off overcast, and gradually deteriorated culminating in a cloud burst during a thunder storm. During this storm we were passing through a select and high priced shopping area, Macy's, Neuman's, Tiffany's for example, and the guide suggested a stop for an hour as there was good shopping and restaurants. But the guide had a rebellion on her hands, and everyone voted to return to the ship, by which time the rain had stopped.

After lunch the skies cleared and the sun came out, so we took the free shuttle to Fisherman's Wharf pier 35 and checked out the stores, before we walked back to the ship, just before the heavens opened again. We spent the rest of the day reading and lounging about and socializing.

(More next time - eds)
Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

This is the final set of  the exchanges between aircraft and controllers sent to us by Vern Swerdfeger

Pilot: 'Approach, Acme Flt 202, with you at 12,000' and 40 DME.'
Approach: 'Acme 202, cross 30 DME at and maintain 8000'.'
Pilot: 'Approach, 202's unable that descent rate.'
Approach: 'What's the matter 202?  Don't you have speed brakes?'
Pilot: 'Yup. But they're for my mistakes. Not yours.'
Tower: 'American...and for your information, you were slightly to the left of the centerline on that approach.'
American: 'That's correct; and, my First Officer was slightly to the right'
Controller: 'USA353 contact Cleveland Center 135.60. (pause)
Controller: 'USA353 contact Cleveland Center 135.60!' (pause)
Controller: 'USA353 you're just like my wife you never listen!'
Pilot: 'Center, this is USA553, maybe if you called her by the right name you'd get a better response!'
BB: 'Barnburner 123, Request 8300 feet.'
Bay Approach: 'Barnburner 123, say reason for requested altitude.'
BB: 'Because the last 2 times I've been at 8500, I've nearly been run over by some bozo at 8500 feet going the wrong way!' Bay Approach: 'That's a good reason. 8300 approved.'
Controller: 'FAR1234 confirm your type of aircraft. Are you an Airbus 330 or 340?'
Pilot: 'A340 of course!'
Controller: 'Then would you mind switching on the two other engines and give me 1000 feet per minute, please?'
Tower: 'Cessna 123, turn right now and report your heading.'
Pilot: 'Wilco. 341, 342, 343, 344, 345...'
Foreign Pilot Trainee: 'Tower, please speak slowly, I am a baby in English and lonely in the cockpit'
Controller: 'CRX600, are you on course to SUL?'
Pilot: 'More or less.'
Controller: 'So proceed a little bit more to SUL.'
Pilot: 'Good morning, Frankfurt ground, KLM 242 request start up and push back, please.'
Tower: 'KLM 242 expect start up in two hours.'
Pilot: 'Please confirm: two hours delay?'
Tower: 'Affirmative.'
Pilot: 'In that case, cancel the good morning!'
We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!

Your NetLetter Team