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June 25, 2011 - Issue 1170
First Issue published in October 1995!
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In This Issue
ACRA Upcoming Events
Women in Aviation
Our first 70 years
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds & Ends
Terry's Trivia
Smileys
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Terry Baker

We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC, Wardair. etal. and share your experiences with us!

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.

The NetLetter, which is free, is open to anyone that wishes to subscribe but is targeted to retired employees from Air Canada, Canadian Airlines and all the other companies that were part of what Air Canada is today. Thanks for joining us!

Terry & your NetLetter Team
ACRA Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust
ACRA  LogoRetirees Welcome!

The following events are available for retirees through ACRA, the Air Canada Recreation Association.

ACRA Badminton 2011 - Montreal 

Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
When: Thursday, September 29 to Saturday, October 1, 2011 

For more inforation visit: www.acrabadminton.org.uk 

 

Retirees Welcome!

ACRA System Golf

AGM 2011 VancouverAre you aware of an ACRA Event that is open to retirees? Please use the online form by following this link to submit your ACRA Event. (ACRA Events only please)

Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker

emeritusFrom the "PWA Keeping Posted" magazine Issue dated March 1970 .

COFFEE, TEA OR ME?
Six ex-stewardesses of major airlines asked this in fun during the first fund-raising affair of the Stewardess Emeritus Association in Vancouver.

 

The group is comprised of former stewardesses and was formed for the dual purpose of raising money for worthy charities and to hold various social functions of interest to former flight service personnel.

 

Left to right: Miss Harriet Fraser (formerly with Scandinavian Airlines System Inc.); Mrs. Barry Scott, (Trans-Australia Airlines); Mrs. William Dougans (Air Canada); Mrs. Joe Hawryluk (Pacific Western Airlines Ltd.); Mrs. Martin Knazan (Braniff international); and Mrs. Roy Nosella (United Air Lines). The above was forwarded to PWA magazine by Air Canada Public Relations in Vancouver.


(Does anyone know if this association still exists - eds)

Our first 70 years - Compiled by Terry Baker

Trans-Canada  Air Lines/Air Canada

 

1948 - Dec 3rd - Inaugural service between Montreal and Toronto to Trinidad, Port of Spain, Kingston and Nassau  with North Star equipment.


1955 - Dec 24th - (3) Bristol Freighters sold to Central Northern Airways in YWG.

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos - The photos and information below was sent to us by our faithful readers. If you would like to send us some old photos you have lying around. we will consider them for publication in a future NetLetter. We prefer good quality airline related photos, with descriptive text included with the submission.


Frank Pedder has sent some photos from the coffee break for his group of retirees of Purchasing and Supply Stores in YUL which meets at Bar 12 in Lachine, Quebec the first Tuesday of the month.

 

We talk about what we have done in the past month and about colleges that we've seen in the past month or the last time they were with us. We all enjoy a great roast beef or steak dinner and rehash over old times. Some are only retired for a year or so and others are over 20 years. I have been taking photos of the group which changes from month to month as we average about 9 members and we are trying to get more involved with the Pionairs.

joenagyJoe Nagy
petersimpsonPeter Simpson
frankpedderFrank Pedder and Arthur Richard
hashimotoJohn Hashimoto
julianirelandJulian Ireland and Ron Cooney

Vickers Viscount at the BC Aviation Museum
During a recent visit to the BC Aviation Museum to view the Vickers Viscount restoration project, your chief pilot, Terry, took these photos of some of the volunteers
petersDave Peters, Al Catterall, Bob Hallworth.
peters-1Dave Peters, AlCatterall, Bob Hallworth, Ed Burnell and Russ Hudson.
haskerWallace Hasker
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
 
TCA/Air Canada  LogoMusings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, an Air Canada publication from years gone by, and various in-house magazines.
Issue dated - October 1955
Gleaned from the "Between Ourselves" magazine -
counteragentsNEW COUNTER AGENTS look relieved after completing passenger agent course in Montreal.

Instructor Steve Clark, left, has put the finishing touches on another group. Others from left are: H. Halls YZ, Miss M. M. Kelly, UL, C. Grisham, NY, and J. R. Carroll, YZ.

guesthonourGUEST OF HONOR AT 10 year celebration was Howard C. Paillefer, DTSM, Windsor, centre, who received a mounted desk pen from his traffic staff.  

D'Arcy McLeod, Sales Rep, made the presentation and also weighed him down with a giant replica of our 10 year pin.

 

Others from left are: P. Webber, Station Manager, M. Ferris, W. D. Hind, J. McAlinden, B. Powell, D. S. McLeod, 0. Debevc (correct), R. Lofthouse, W. A. Kicksee and D. Gale.

newofficeNEW OFFICE FACILITIES brings a smile of satisfaction from everyone in the Regional Operations Department office in Halifax.

 

Standing from left they are: L. T. Hamilton, Joan Chisholm, R. 0. Trites, G. W. Lawson, Frances Coyle, G. E. Sansom, W. E. Weldon, D. G. Lancaster, G. S. Wolfe, A. J. LeBlanc, Jean Nickerson, J. C. Ohlsson, R. 0. Dixon, Terese Sharpe.

 

Seated from left: Julia Neales, Neldo Cautreau andAnne MacLeod.


Issue dated - December 1955

stnsvcsANOTHER GROUP OF Station Services personnel recently completed the Instructional Techniques Course.

 

They are From the left, back row: R. Beaudry YZ, G. Clarke XU, L. C. Evans, Training Assistant, R. White VR, A. F. Steeves QM.

 

Seated: D. O'Connell UL, G. Whitman OW, W. Burden QG, G. McLead UL.


Issue dated - December 1973
From "Horizons" magazine -

victoriaThe Victoria District personnel got together recently to congratulate and toast Zenith Arnold, Secretary to the District Manager, on her 25 years service.

 

From the left, back row are: William Francis, Barbara Heim, George Davidson, Lynne Cockrill, and Pamella Harvey.

 

In the front row, from the left are: Joey Tessaro, Zenith, and Wendy Hopkins. In the foreground is W. Cartwright. District Manager Stan Mooney presented a gift on the occasion.

traineesTrainee instructors in the Central and Southern region learned the latest techniques from Ron Vigars, Murray Shaw and Richard Dubuc during a 10 day course at Toronto. 

 

Shown in the photo are, seated from the left: Lucien Guillaume, Training Coordinator, Montreal; Ron Vigars, Cindy Cameron, Toronto; and Murray Shaw.

 

From the left standing are: Art Wilson, Jack Angus, and Chuck Taylor from Toronto; Lester Newton, Nassau; Gary Baker and Ed Bownes of Toronto; Bill Raby, Ottawa Jim Ormiston, Winnipeg; Ken Eibbitt, Toronto; Tony Walsh, Montreal. Richard Duhuc is missing from the photo.

Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's Space
Alan Rust
Flying Colors! Creative Airline paint jobs!
The sky is blue, so why should your plane be simply white? Paint it in all the colors of a sunset... and pretty up the skies!

Some airline companies are clearly out-painting competition with their groovy air fleet. Often called "aircraft livery", such special paint schemes can be exciting and even inspirational. Japan Airlines with their Disney jumbo jets comes to mind, in particular, plus Australian Qantas Airways has been commissioning famous artists to come up with exotic art for their "birds".

Below we feature some particularly wild and even outrageous airliner paint schemes, from all over the world. Click on the images to take you to a website with lot's more to choose from...
Airline Paint Jobs

Click on image for more!

 

Airline Paint Jobs #2

 
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 - March 1970
From the "PWA Keeping Posted" magazine -
cranbrookHere is a photo of Cranbrook Airport Terminal in 1970.

reservationsClass of Reservations personnel recently completed training and are:

 

Front row Left to Right - Lynda MacDonald, Barbara Rogers, Janice Clark, Ma˝lyn Hallinan

 

Back Row Left to Right  Dhorea Allisen, Diane Corrie, Pat Furlong, Roger Wilkes. Francia Haar, Bebe Helgason.


Issue dated - November 1981
Extracted from the "PWA Flightlines" magazine -
oldcrowThis photo is of a PWA Hercules landing at Old Crow Yukon during the annual airlift of supplies and materials, the Yukon's only community which is not accessible by road.

salesteamThe Eastern Region Sales Team - Some new faces have been added to the E.R. Sales Department and after nearly a year of staff movements, new positions and adjusting responsibilities, Regional Director of Sales, Don Mitchell finally has everyone in place.

 

From left to right, back row - Barb Campbell, Secretary; Dennis Erickson, formerly YVR Coast Sales now Rural Manitoba Rep; Geoff Robey, formerly YYC Rep now YYZ Rep; Dave Sclanders, formerly YWG Rep, now Sales Manager, Saskatoon; Mike Horbow, formerly Reservations Department now Air Cargo Sales Manager; Grant Oddleifson, formerly CSM Dawson Creek, now Commercial Rep; Don Mitchell; Wolfgang Walter, formerly Rural Manitoba Rep, now District Sales Manager, E.R.; Ron Whitehead, Sales Manager, YQR; Ute Lauterbach, Secretary; Lavinia Kemkaran, formerly Sales Admin., now Agency Rep; Don McPhail, YYZ Rep, and Leslie Harrow, formerly Flight Attendant, now Sales Administrator.
 
P.W.A. inaugurated service to Vancouver from Lethbridge December 1st 1981.

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.

Barry Crawford has sent us this information -
It has been a while since I last emailed.

I wanted to bring to your attention a DVD that I recently purchased. It is a re-release of the 2003 Canadian North DVD focusing on the 737-200 and F28 - 1000 (there is more on the B-737). The flight destinations covered in the 186 minutes of running time are Diavik Mine, Edmonton, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Norman Wells, Calgary, Yellowknife, Ottawa.
  
I am sure many of your readers of the Netletter must have flown into some of these destinations as pilots, crew, or passengers. I have provided you with a link to Just Planes Videos Inc. should you wish to get more information on this particular DVD. Just Planes is an American company and the price plus shipping for me was $37.00 but with our Canadian dollar above par it doesn't cost us any more. See: www.worldairroutes.com/Welcome.html

I have really enjoyed watching the DVD. I particularly enjoyed the landing and take off from Iqaluit as I was there myself back in 1976. Also the landing on the gravel airstrip at Diavik Mine reminded me of my Northern mine experiences as a young man landing at a remote mining camp to work. Anyway I just wanted to pass this along for your information.
  
Hope all is well. Keep up the good work with the newsletter. Barry 
 

Jim Griffith sends us this comment regarding NetLetter nr 1167 -
What a great issue. The F/A's poem was terrific; what a writer! I think that she and it almost has to have been a she, reveals a lot about the job, its challenges, and her personal feeling at the end of the day of satisfaction of a job well done, as it was then and even some of way it is now.
  
It really is interesting that, back then the airline realized that if it and indeed air travel was to grow, it depended exclusively on a good relationship between the customer and the  personalized contact of the front line employees such as flight attendants and airport customer service personnel. A lesson that West Jet market specialists have certainly capitalized on?
 
Kudos' to Alan. What a great idea. I've always been interested in reading old copies of Between Ourselves and I have a special interest in TCA's contribution to the war effort of WW II which I think has been neglected by historians.

Jim Griffith

atlanticregion-1R.J.Bailey sends us this information regarding NetLetter nr 1168 -

 
Foto submitted by Betty Morgan. I recognize several faces but for the life of me I am unable to put names to  them, only two far left with clip board I think is Henry Holland Stn Mgr Stephenville. 

 

In the middle with both hands on brief case is Wendell Cook DSM YFC. Hope this helps some.

 

RJ Bailey YFC

 

and Don Hancock sends us this information...
Altho I left Halifax in 1966 for Edmonton and a minus 39 deg temp I easily recognize some of those Maritimers in the Atlantic Region.


Photo as follows: from left to right 5th Paul Emmerson 6th Bill Holmes 7th Art Russell 9th Bob Lennox 19th John Connolly 11th Jack Morgan 13th Peter McCarthy ie Atlantic Region Meeting 1973.. Has anyone identified the balance?


Cheers, Don Hancock

And Dave Ohlsson sent this information on behalf of his father John Ohlsson

Hi there - my dad John Ohlsson recognizes a lot of faces - but it's hard to put names to them - he's 86 now. Here's what he came up with -
2nd from Right - Charlie McLellan
4th from Right - John? Connolly
2nd from Left - Hank Holland - St John manager
4th from Left - Barry McLure - Yarmouth manager 

Dad had been Halifax station manager before being transferred to Montreal HQ in 1970
Hope this helps - Dave for John Ohlsson


Dee Dee Lannon just about completes the names with this information -
Hi, The third man from the left is Gene Burden who used to be district manager..
thanks for the good work. Deedee Lannon 

(We think this is the result so far - eds)

Odds & Ends - Compiled by Terry Baker
 
Odds & EndsSometimes we receive articles and information that just doesn't fit in our other areas. This is where it goes!

A320 c/n 302 C-FMEQ Air Canada returned to Pegasus and is now leased by Soloman Airlines via Pegasus Aviation.
 


  
Well we gave the "girls" their say in the "Women in aviation" recently, only fair to give the front end crew a say -

Gleaned from the "PWA Keeping Posted" issued May 1970

I'M THE CO-PILOT, I SIT ON THE RIGHT,
IT'S UP TO ME TO BE QUICK AND BRIGHT.
I NEVER TALK BACK LEST HAVE REGRETS,
I HAVE TO REMEMBER WHAT THE CAPTAIN FORGETS.
I MAKE UP THE FLIGHTPLAN AND STUDY THE WEATHER,
I PULL UP THE GEAR AND STAND BY TO FEATHER.
MAKE OUT THE MAIL FORMS AND DO THE REPORTING
AND FLY THE OLD CRATE WHEN THE CAPTAIN IS COURTING
I TAKE THE READINGS AND ADJUST THE POWER,
PUT ON THE HEATERS WHEN WE 'RE IN A SHOWER
I GIVE HIM HIS BEARINGS ON THE DARKEST OF NIGHTS
AND DO ALL THE BOOK WORK WITHOUT ANY LIGHTS.
I CALL FOR MY CAPTAIN AND BUY HIM A COKE
AND I ALWAYS LAUGH AT HIS CORNIEST JOKES
AND ONCE IN A WHILE WHEN HIS LANDINGS ARE RUSTY,
I ALWAYS COME THROUGH WITH "BY GAWD, BUT ITS GUSTY."
SO ALL IN ALL, I'M A GENERAL STOOGE
AS I SIT ON THE RIGHT OF THE MAN I CALL SCROOGE.
I SUPPOSE YOU THINK THAT IS PAST UNDERSTANDING
BUT MAYBE SOMEDAY HE WILL GIVE ME A LANDING.
THE CO-PILOT
Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker
Terry Baker
Terry Baker
June 24 in Singapore , opened a new wonder of the world. " Sky Park " Marina Bay Sands is located on the 200-meter height on the three skyscrapers, as if on three pillars. Here is the most expensive in the world of casinos, bars, restaurants, the largest outdoor swimming pool, 150 meters long and even the Museum of Modern Art.

 

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Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
Smileys
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.
 
cartoonThis cartoon by Dave Mathias is from "Between Ourselves" issued December 1973.

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Sincerely,

Your NetLetter Team
 
First published in October, 1995
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  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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