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April 1, 2011 - Special Issue
First Issue published in October 1995!
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In This Issue
RyanAir No Children
Airbuse's newest STOL
Port and Starboard
Eight is enough.
Alan's Spaced
Terry Baker

This is a SPECIAL Edition of the NetLetter. We don't do this very often, so we hope you enjoy it.
The NetLetter is an email newsletter published every weekend and contains a mixture of nostalgia, current news and travel tips. We encourage our readers to submit their stories, photos and/or comments from either days gone by or from present day experiences and trips. If we think that the rest of our readers will enjoy it, we will publish it here

We also welcome your feedback in regard to anything we post here. Many readers have commented with additional information, names and personal memories from the photos and articles presented here.

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Terry & your NetLetter Team
RyanAir No Children -
Compiled by Alfred E. Newman


Ryanair, the world's favourite airlines, today announced that it will introduce 'Child Free' flights from October (winter schedule) after a Europe-wide survey of 1,000 passengers showed that half would pay higher fares to avoid other people's children.  The survey showed that a third of passengers (36%) have had flights 'ruined' by other people's noisy kids with one in five passengers (18%) urging Ryanair to restrict the number of children on flights.


While the survey found that passengers would prefer to avoid other people's children, it placed 'blame' firmly with parents with top gripes being:


  1.  50% Parents who expect 'special treatment' because they have children.
  2. 25% Parents who allow children to annoy those in seats behind.
  3. 15% Parents who board late and expect others to accommodate them.
  4. 10% Parents who allow children to run in the aisles or kick seats.

 Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said:

"When it comes to children we all love our own but would clearly prefer to avoid other people's little monsters when travelling.  While half our passengers would like us to divide our cabins up into 'adult' and 'family' areas it is not operationally possible due to our free seating policy, with optional priority boarding.  However, with clear demand for 'child free' flights Ryanair will introduce child free flights on high frequency routes from the start of our winter schedule in October."

Airbuse's newest STOL aircraft - Compiled by Alfred E. Newman
A3 Short
Short on Final

Airbus releases the new the new A-3 "Short".

With the trend in new aircraft going towards bigger, faster, wider, etc. Airbus has reversed this trend and has just released the new A-3 "Short". They were also careful to announce that the "short" nickname was in no way being used as an affront against vertically challenged individuals. (We suggested they just nickname it "Larry" instead).


The A-3 is obviosly a STOL - (Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft. The A3's range exceeds that of all the A3 models, except for the A3 1/2, which has a jet assist option (operated by a 50 pound RAT). The large rudder was developed to hold the fuel as the wings were too small and they also needed more space to place the A3 logo so that it could be seen from a distance. 

The A3, with 10 passengers in a three-class cabin layout (first, second and no class) has a range of 60 nautical miles (111 km) and in a 14 seat configuration has a range of up to 8,000 nautical miles (148 km). A further shortened version of the A3, the A2, is powered by 2 used Honda lawnmower engines.

Port and Starboard Captains, one engine - Compiled by Alfred E. Newman
Big Owe
Big Owe
With the latest rash of very serious aircraft related incidents. (Sully in the  Hudson River, Qantas A380, etc.) the various airlines have finally realized how valuable their pilots really are.
One airline (showed at left) has decided that it's best to have as many pilots as possible and just one BIG engine. We'll see how it flies...
Eight is enough - Compiled by Alfred E. Newman
8 Holer
Eight Holer

On the other hand, some airlines figured that the more engines the better and have designed this "eight holer".


Started it up, taxied out to the runway and ran out of fuel.. 

Alan's Spaced- by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
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Smileys - Compiled by Alfred E. Newman
Talking about aircraft engines... (old joke, but it fits today)
Paddy and Seamus were flying from Boston to Dublin on a 747. Half way across the Atlantic, there was a loud noise outside the plane - one of the engines fell off the wing.
A short while later the captain announced 'Ladies and gentlemen, we're very sorry to advise that we have lost one of our engines. However, there is no need to worry - the plane can fly perfectly safely on three engines. However, because we now have one less engine, we're unable to fly quite so fast, and we estimate that we'll now be approximately 45 minutes late arriving into Dublin.'
Seamus nodded to Paddy, and they each calmly ordered another Bushmills.
The flight continued, then all of a sudden, the plane lurched sharply to the left, then straightened up again. Paddy looked out the window, and saw flames streaming out of one of the two engines on that wing. After a minute or two, the flames died out.
The captain made another announcement. 'Ah, sorry about that, but we've just had a fire break out in one of our three remaining engines. Fortunately, the fire extinguishing system worked perfectly, but of course we've had to shut that engine down. Don't worry - we still have two perfectly good engines, and the plane is continuing safely. So as not to overstress the two remaining engines, we're cutting back our cruise speed, and estimate that we'll now be about two hours late arriving into Dublin'.
Seamus and Paddy looked anxiously at their watches, then relaxed and ordered another Bushmills.
Well, bad things happen in threes. Half an hour later, Paddy said to Seamus 'Did you hear that - the engines sound different?'. They discussed what that might mean for several minutes, and then the Captain's voice came over the announcement system again.
'Ah, ladies and gentleman, I don't quite know how to tell you this, but we've had a problem with another engine. We've had to shut it down, but, if my math is correct, that still leaves us with one perfectly good engine, and I promise you we're going to look after that one very carefully, all the rest of the way to Dublin. We'll probably now be about three or four hours late.'
Seamus looked at his watch, calculated when they would now be arriving into Dublin, and said to Paddy 'We're running very late already. I sure hope we don't lose the last engine or else we'll be up here all day'.

We hope you have enjoyed this SPECIAL April 1st, 2011 ISSUE of the NetLetter, see you in a few days!



Your NetLetter Team


First published in October, 1995
  • Chief Pilot - Terry Baker, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
  • Flight Engineer - Bill Rowsell, Londesboro, Ontario
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