For Air Canada Retirees
(Part of the ACFamily Network)
February 18, 2012 - Issue 1195
First Issue published in October 1995!
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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!
Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team
|ACRA Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust|
|Retirees Welcome! |
The following events are available for retirees through ACRA, the Air Canada Recreation Association.
The Air Canada (ACRA) System Golf Committee cordially invites ALL: Active, Retirees, Past Winners, their Families & Friends to attend the 2012 Special 50th Anniversary Golf Event in beautiful San Diego, California. The event will be held at the Sycuan Golf & Tennis Resort, (see: www.sycuanresort.com) only 30 min from Downtown San Diego, featuring Two Championship Golf Courses: Oak Glen & Willow Glen, host of many PGA, LPGA & Senior PGA Tournaments.
See: www.acra.ca/events/system/golf.html for complete information.
|PIONAIR Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust|
|Retirees Welcome! |
The following events are available for retirees through the Air Canada Pionairs. If you're not a member, you can join by visiting
The 35th AGM and Reunion will be held at the DELTA Toronto Airport West Hotel, located at 5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, ON. It is located @ AEROWOOD DR SOUTH off the 401, one block North of STAGEWEST.
A special rate of $109.00 has been provided by the Hotel, so come out early or extend your weekend and enjoy the city. To book a room, call 1-800-737-3211, and mention you are with the "Air Canada Pionairs Group". The cut off date for this special rate is: April 9th, 2012. So please book early.
Visit: www.pionairs.ca for complete information. There's lots to do before and after the convention as well. Enjoy a day at the Woodbine Races before the AGM and join other retirees there as well!
|Our first 75 years - Compiled by Terry Baker|
|We are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of TCA/Air Canada. Some memorabilia has been submitted below.|
| 1937 - April - With the formation of Trans-Canada Air Lines, a company logo was required, this was the logo selected, note the maple leaf with a speed bird facing left superimposed, as the hat badge at the top of the photo depicts. |
| The first issue of the "Between Ourselves" magazine in 1941 has the logo on its front page, but the speed bird faces to the right. |
| The photo of the employees loading an L10A aircraft has the left facing speed bird on the nose of the aircraft, and on the backs of the employees.|
| Due to the fact that the speed bird emblem had been selected by Imperial Airways in the UK, a forerunner of BOAC, the speed bird was removed during March 1943 as depicted by the front page of the "Between Ourselves" magazine issued during that month.|
To confuse the issue further, C-FZUH the A319 painted with original Trans-Canada Air Lines retro has the emblem with the speed bird facing to the right.
- The company's first "Maple Leaf Lounge" was opened at London (Heathrow) airport.
- Aug 28th - Sales & ticket office opened in Dublin.
- Oct 28th - First jet Freighter service for Canada inaugurated coast to coast.
1964 - Mar 3rd - Final approval by the House of Commons for a name change from Trans-Canada Air Lines to Air Canada
- July 1st - Although daily Toronto-Texas service began with B727 equipment, the official south bound inaugural was July 10th and the north bound inaugural was July 15th
- April 28th - Service between Charlottetown and Ottawa - Toronto commenced.
1981 - January - Award of Excellence program was launched.
1992 August/September - Air Canada made attempts for a merger with PWA Corp which were rejected.
|Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker|
Reader Submitted Photos - The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.
We welcome photos of interest from our readers. Please check your cupboards and shoe boxes, we bet you have some excellant photos lying around! If you do, send them to us and we will consider them for publication in a future NetLetter. We prefer good quality airline related photos, with descriptive text and names (whenever possible) included with the submission.
Hello, My name is Tony Iudica (retired) I was with AC from 1973 to 2009. I started as psgr svc at Boston and then weight and balance Boston, then cargo Boston. I then transferred to Tampa Res and worked at HDQ on a bunch of projects during the glory days when we had loads of money. I retired as the Rates and Tariff Co-ord for U.S Region.
It was a great ride and the 70s-80s were the best of times. The photo is of a porcelain plate I purchased from the internet for our 50 year anniversary.
I thought you might like to see it and check out this brass paperweight, every passenger on the inaugural flight got one.
By the way, your NetLetter is FANTASTIC I really enjoy it and the pics from Horizons/Between ourselves are great. It's great to learn about CP too. Anyhow here is a pic, thanks for all your hard work to produce this site.
My name is John Mihichuk, retired passenger agent, date of joining Oct 16 1967.
I was having a beer with this young man of 91 this summer at the golf course. We talked for a while, then he told me he had once tried to join Air Canada. He showed me this letter, attached. i thought it very interesting. Enjoy R.J. Mihichuk.
John has sent us this letter from A. Lee-White which he received from T.C.A. dated November 1947 rejecting his application for a pilots position due to being considered too old at 28 years.
|TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker|
Below we have musings from the "Between Ourselves"
magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.
The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.
|Bev Cotton in YUL has generously donated over 250 TCA/Air Canada timetables she inherited from Ed Masson. We thought we would share the earliest of these dated April 1st 1960.the month that the TCA DC-8 Jetliner service was introduced across Canada. All Viscount services were prefixed by the letter "V" and only offered first class service. North Star service was only Tourist class, and the Super Constellation service offered both first and tourist classes and were named "Western Mercury", "Eastern Mercury", "Edmonton Mercury", "Calgary Mercury". "Atlantic Mercury" and "Pacific Mercury". On the left side of the timetable was the caption "For the First Time HI-FI in the Sky Fly TCA DC-8". |
Issue dated - September 1963
Gathered from the "Between Ourselves" magazine -
A fishy story - 250 POUNDS OF FISH was the catch made by six of the men attending the Eastern Region Operations meeting held at Yarmouth. Rod Grant (second from the left) was the best fisherman with a 19-pound Pollock. Other fish in the catch included cod and haddock.
Shown from the left are: Captain Thomas of the fishing boot "TNT"; Rod Grant, Flight Dispatch Manager, Halifax; Gordie Kay, Regional Supervisor, Commissary and Food Services, Halifax; Erv Cormier, Public Relations Officer, Halifax; Gus Vanasse, Station Manager, Bagotville; Sammy Somoisette, Station Manager, Seven Islands; Bill Hegan, Station Manager, Saint John, N.B.
(Definitely something fishy if these guys were supposed to be at a meeting - maybe they were collecting food for Gordie Kay, but then it was held at Yar (n) mouth - eds)
Issue dated - October 1963
|Jet freighter service across Canada was inaugurated October 28th utilizing DC-8F jet freighters capable of carrying 45,000 pounds of cargo. The company was the world's first airline to introduce jet freighters.|
CUTTING THE RIBBON - Officially opening the Company's new Sales and Ticket Offices at 4 Westmoreland Street, Dublin, a ribbon was cut by Ireland's Minister of Transport and Power, Mr. Arsine Childers. Also attending the opening, from the left, are: Westmeath born Company Stewardess Anna Gavial, who flew hame to be on duty at the opening; Dublin-born Jack Horan, Company District Manager, Ireland; and Joan Irwin, Passenger Agent Dublin.
| Assisting Jack Horan, District Manager (far right) at Dublin's new Sales and Ticket offices are from the left Joan Irwin, Passenger Agent; Felix Cronin, Traffic: Services Supervisor;and Nora McCarthy, Secretary to the District Manager.|
| The annual Western Operations managers was held in Jasper National Park, Alberta during 1963. No identifications unfortunately.|
| Not to be outdone, Stan Hewitt had a group of the Regional Operations Managers meet at the Turnberry Hotel, Turnberry, Scotland during 1963 and no identifications here either.|
Issue dated - August 1975
Found in the "Horizons" magazine -
Quebec City forms ACRA in June 1975 -The newly-elected Board of Quebec City ACRA Directors are shown hard at work:.
From the left are: Michel Deschenes and Nicole Guimond, Directors; Gilles Savard, President; Jean-Marc Trottier, secretary-Treasurer; Jean Leroux and Tony Tremblay,Directors, Missing from the photo is Ghlslaln Tremblay, Vice-President.
With the opening of the new Mirabel airport set for October 26, the Eastern Region is anxious that employees become familiar with the new facility.
An extensive schedule of bus tours has been drawn up for the period May through to the end of July. In general, tours operate virtually every second day; in some cases daily. For example, some 17 trips are scheduled for the month of June while 20 are available in July. Upon arrival at Mirabel, refreshments are available and a film is shown.
The group then proceeds to the airport for a 30-minute visit of the site followed by a stop at the terminal building before returning to Montreal.
Toronto Reservations Agent Obie Bishop with pipe in one hand and $500 in the other shares a happy moment with his smiling fellow agents. They each won $500 In the last Olympic Games lottery. Prior to the draw, ten reservations employees each bought tickets at different locations and agreed to share the winnings If anyone came up lucky.
Supervisor Nancy Walchuk did. Her $5,000 win was shared by, from the left: Gary Lawson, Isobel McGuiney, Effie Cassllng, Sue Tomenson, Luce Lafortune, Ole Vllson and Obie. Absent winners are Michelle Hood, Nancy and Karen Miller.
Charlottetown service began with the inauguration of the first flight to Ottawa and Toronto on April 28th This new route now gives the company the distinction of serving all of Canada's provincial capitals.
Crew Members on the Inaugural flight out of P.E.I. line up for a photo prior to departure. From the left: Captain Charles Simpson, Purser Harry Lane; Flight Attendants Marlon Clark, L. Leroux, N. Forget, and Captain Allan Macleod.
|Alan's Space - by Alan Rust|
|Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943
These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America's rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.
A little bit different to what I usually post in this space but these are excellent photos that I think you'll find interesting. They're not all aviation, but there's a few there. Click on image below to see the photo gallery.
|Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events |
- Compiled by Terry Baker
News and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L.
and it's "ancestry" of contributing airlines.1985
- Dec 31st - Proposal made for the merger with Nordair Inc of Montreal.
1987 - Feb 1st - Pacific Western Airlines Corp of Calgary purchased Canadian Pacific Air Lines from Canadian Pacific Ltd of Montreal.
1989 - January 19th - Pacific Western Airlines Corp of Calgary, parent of Canadian Airlines International Ltd agreed to purchase a controlling interest in Wardair Inc.
1992 Aug 13th, PWA Corp turned down an offer from Air Canada to merge. In September, Air Canada made another attempt.
Interim pass policy introduced January 1st 1990 pending revised version effective February. All flights, both domestic and international six hours or less became non-smoking flights effective December 29th 1990.
In Jan 1990, Canadi>n's fleet averaged 9.28 years as opposed to Air Canada's at 14.08 years.
Under the command of Captain Bob Weatherly, flight 451 will inaugurate non stop service between Vancouver and Shanghai on April 29th 1986.
Issue dated - January 1990
Found in various "Info Canadi>n" magazine -
| Christmas cheer is spread by Canadi>n crews. Participating In Toronto were, from left, Sylvia Butolen, reservations, Sina Rocca, reservations, Judy Wingrove, In-flight, and, kneeling, Henry Rego, reservations.|
| In Halifax, from left, Judy Wiseman, reservations supervisor and Christmas Crew coordinator, Frosty was Lloyd Poirier, cargo agent, Lesley Poirier, Erin Donovan, Helen Donovan, reservations supervisor, Jamie Wiseman, and Margaret Muise, reservations agent.|
Four Japan-based Canadian employees recently retired after 138 years of combined service. At the party to commemorate their retirement were, from left, Tony Buckley, general manager Japan/Korea; Sam Akiyama, administration manager Tokyo, retiring after 37 years of service; Takeshl Iwamoto, reservations and CTO manager Tokyo, after 31 years service; Junya Fujiwara, revenue accounting Tokyo, 35 years service; Kazulku Ohno, senior cargo agent Tokyo, 35 years service; and, retirees formerly based in Japan, Fred Fisk and Bob Connor.
Here is an interesting comment from the "CPAir NEWS" magazine issued November 1980 -
Flying high without booze
Commenting on fuel and weight saving efforts by airlines. lATA Director-General Knut HammarskJold had this intriguing suggestion for delegates to the association's annual meeting in Montreal on Oct. 27.
"At a time when airlines are taking paint off their aircraft and shaving pounds off their carpets and their seats, does it make sense to transport tons of duty-free liquor around the globe every day? Wouldn't it be more efficient for the passenger to buy a voucher at departure for goods to be delivered on arrival?
"Done reciprocally, this wouldn't take any business away from anybody but would save a lot of expensive fuel and several million dollars. This was looked into some years ago for safety reasons - now there
is the added fuel argument."
(We haven't noticed any airlines stripping paint off their aircraft, rather adding it on with some fancy advertising - eds)
|Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker|
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.
Regarding the third photo from Peter Hartman which appeared in NetLetter nr 1190 under Readers submitted photos, we received this email from Bill Evans.
The third photo of the groups being instructed by Lou Mourant, standing in front of the DC-8 engine.
- 7th from the left is Mike Dalgren, 12L is Mike Booth, 14L is Dave Smeall, Far right is George Fuelscher.
I know most of the faces but have no memory for names. George Fuelscher may remember them so I'll copy him - Bill Evans.
George Fuelscher responded with - Yes that was me instructing the DC-8, 5thL Louis Geroux, there were 6 foreign students on the course so you would not know them.
Georg Fuelscher and Greg Landry sends this message -
In the third photo it looks like George Fuelscher on the far right and John Longo in the nose cowl. The rest of them I do not recognize. I shall send this to George (He still works on contract with me once in a while). Best wishes to you and the NetLetter gang and Happy New Year.
Glad to see you are still active and doing a good job with the netletter. Greg Landry
Ken Pickford sends this information -
Minor glitch noted in #1192 in the item on TCA's early service to the U.S. The caption of the April 1950 photo (North Star) says it was the Toronto-Miami inaugural. That should read Tampa. As mentioned in the paragraph just below, service to Miami didn't start until 1966.
Forgot to mention (hadn't finished reading that item!), the last paragraph also refers to Miami instead of Tampa. And I believe (but I'm not certain) that the photo was taken at Tampa, not at Toronto. I think I've seen that photo before and vaguely recall it mentioning Tampa as the location. It also doesn't look much like any photos I've seen of YYZ during those years.
Kevin Carey also has the same information -
Actually the picture in your last copy of the Netletter of the first Toronto to Miami flight was a Toronto to Tampa flight. The picture was at the old terminal in Tampa. The picture was taken on April 2, 1950.
I was not there (lol) but I have a copy of the original picture. Keep up the great work you guys do a great job.
District Director USA, Caribbean and South America,
|Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker|
Air Canada reportedly were among operators that chose to alter routes Tuesday and Wednesday January 24 and 25th to avoid potential disruptions caused by the most powerful solar storm to hit earth since 2003.
Effective May 1st, the Airport Improvement Fee aka departure tax at YVR will be increased to ca$20.00 per passenger, except for passengers traveling to destinations outside BC or the Yukon.
Brian Walsh shares this experience -
I'd like to share an unfortunate experience so that others can avoid it.
I decided to leave my cell phone at home since I was taking a long trip overseas. As I transited YYZ, I got bumped and needed to contact my brother in Montreal before he headed for the AP. My only option was a payphone. I used my VISA to make the call - well actually 4 calls in all - and all only about a minute in length.
Imagine my surprise when my VISA statement arrived with each call billed at $10.14 - yes EACH. I contacted the company responsible and they explained their tariff and that there should have been a voice message giving the option to access their tariff. I argued and finally received a partial refund.
I hope this info will help.
Brian Walsh, Victoria BC
Advert from the June 15th 1960 issue of the T.C.A. timetable.
What are the additional charges in my Fare?
Note: This information is intended as a guideline only. Actual fees and surcharges are subject to change and some exceptions apply. (source Air Canada web site)
Your fare may include - NAV CANADA surcharges, fuel surcharges and insurance surcharges where applicable. Ticketable Airport Improvement Fee; and the Air Travellers Security Charge ATSC are included in taxes component of your fare.
Canadian and US Destinations
Fuel Surcharge; For travel within Canada and between Canada and the United States, fuel surcharges are now included in the ticket price. For International travel., fuel surcharges vary according to destination.
NAV Canada Surcharge: NAV surcharges within Canada are either 9 / 15 / or 20 CAD based on distance. For transborder itineraries 7.50 CAD / 7.50 USD each way. This surcharge is collected to cover the fees that Air Canada pays to NAV Canada to operate Canada's Air Navigation systems.
Insurance Surcharge: In order to account for the rising costs of aviation insurance, Air Canada along with other North American carriers have implemented an insurance surcharge. This insurance surcharge is 3 CAD, each way for travel wholly within Canada. (Some exceptions apply)
ATSC: The Can Parliament has enacted the Air Travellers Security Charge Act to fund security personnel and security equipment in response to the events of September 11. For domestic itineraries, the ATSC is 7.12 CAD one-way to a maximum charge of 14.25 CAD. For transborder itineraries, the ATSC is 8 CAD . 7 USD one-way to a maximum charge of 16 CAD / 14 USD.
Airport Improvement Fees: Many airports in Canada and around the world have implemented Airport Improvement Fees (AIF's). Some airports collect these fees at the airport at time of departure, others are collected at the time of ticketing and are reflected in the additional charges portion in your fare. Canadian airports that include the AIF on your ticket are as follows: All amounts in CAD)
Bagotville, Que. (YBG $20
Baie-Comeau, Que. (YBC) $10
Bathurst, N.B (ZBF) $40
Calgary, Alta (YYC) 525
Castlegar, B.C. (YCG) $7
Charlottetown, P.E.I. (YYG) $15
Comox, B.C. (YQQ) $5
Cranbrook, B.C.(YXC) $10
Deer Lake, N. (YDF) $20
Edmonton, Alta (YEG 520
Fort McMurray, Alta (YMM)$30
Fort St John BC (YXJ)$12
Fredericton, NB. (YFC) $20
Gander, N.L. (YQX) $20
Goose Bay, N.L. (YYR $20
Grande Prairie, Alta (YQU) $16
Halifax, N.S. (YHZ) $20
Hamilton, Ont. (YHM) $20
Kamloops, B.C.(YKA) $10
Kelowna, B.C. (YLW) $12
Lethbridge. Alta (YQL) $15
London, Ont, (YXU) $15
Moncton, NB. (YQM) $20
Montreal, Que. (YUL) $25
Mont-Joh, Que. (YYY) $5
Mont Tremblant, Que.(YTM) $25
Moosonee, Ont. (YMO) $7
Nanaimo, B.C. (YCD) $10
Ottawa, Ont. (VOW) $20
Pnnce Albert, Sk (YPA $10
Pnnce George, B.C (YXS) $18
Quebec Oty, Que. (YQB) S25
Regina, Sask. (YQR) $15
Rouyn-Noranda, Que. (YUY) $10
Saint John, NB.(YSJ) $20
Sarnia, Ont. (YZR) $20
Saskatoon, Sask (YXE) $5 Travel within
(YXE) $15 Travel outside
Sault Ste Marie, Ont. (YAM) $15
Smithers, B.C. (YYD) $15
Stephenville, N.L, (YJT) $20
St. John's, N,L. (YYT) $20
Sydney, N.S. (YQY) $25
Thompson, Man. (YTH) $15
Timmins, Ont. (YTS) $10
Toronto. Ont. (YYZ) $25 Originating pax
(YYZ) $4 Connecting pax
(YTZ) $20 Onginating pax
Val dOr, Que (YVO) $10
Vancouver, B.C. (YVR) $5 Travel within B.C/Yukon
(YVR) $15 Travel outside B.C/Yukon
$20 travel outside B.C/Yukon (effective May 1st 2012)
Victoria, B.C. (YYJ) $10
Waterloo, Ont. (YKF) $15
Windsor, Ont. (YQG) $15
Winnipeg, Man, (YWG) $20
Odds and Ends.
Tony Walsh has sent us this true story which you may enjoy -
A bit of good airman ship + smidgen of luck:
As you are no doubt aware, when flying light single-engine aircraft you always automatically keep aware of possible emergency landing sites as you progress along, wind direction and keep enough altitude to glide to landing site if engine quits (I have to add, except when you are running the Fraser River near Chilliwack at 100', in which case you keep the speed up so you can pull up and climb, trading speed for height and divert to adjacent farm fields or road or river sand bar).
This is a real case of how this glide to landing works when engine fails:
On Thursday November 24th, local flying friend, Bob Granley, (he is son of Bud Granley the well-known Seattle-based Canadian-born airshow Fuga jet and Harvard, warbird aerobatic pilot) was with a visitor flying back to the mainland from Vancouver Island in his recently completed Glassair fast plane, out over the waters of Active Pass and just starting out across Georgia Straight, when his engine died totally.
Fortunately he had altitude, and glided the plane back to Mayne Island, the closest of the Gulf Islands with just barely enough range left. There is no runway on Mayne, and it is heavily wooded and hilly, but he spotted the one and only flat open area, a narrow field along a dirt lane and got her down, after pulling up at last minute to hop over a pond that was not visible until the end. The photo shows what the landing area looks like toward the end and how rough it actually was.
There is no airport or even a straight open out-from-under-trees wide road on Mayne.
The tall grass however grabbed his tail-wheel and ripped it off the fuselage and snagged one MLG causing the plane to swerve. One main gear may have structural damage.
The plane is otherwise relatively undamaged and no injuries.
The recovery is kind of a fun AC retiree / private flying fraternity adventure that used some of the skills learned in our airline jobs, especially teamwork.
The players: Rob Hemmett is retired Air Canada AME - YVR Base / Mike Meakin retired AC - Mgr - Corporate Ground Safety - YVR based / and myself (Tony Walsh) ex - Mgr - Airport Operations Services - Western North America & Pacific Rim.
My hangar mates and others have assembled trailer, shelter, tools, support cribs, padding, tie-down & lifting straps and other equipment to take BC ferry to Mayne Island this Monday and rescue the plane. It is in a wet bog and heavy lifting equipment can't drive to it, so manpower and a local tundra-tired buggy, plus plywood tracks will be used to pull it out wings on. It is only 900 lbs or so. There have been a lot of various suggestions among we Rangers about finding a way to avoid removing the wings out in the wilds of Mayne Island and instead put it on trailer without pulling wing (one piece) off, and getting it on the Gulf Island ferry to Tsawwassen. (IE: sideways on trailer with tail high on support stand and nose to ground off one side near rear of trailer and wings along the length of trailer, with one sticking fully out behind trailer. It will be over-wide but less than if fuselage longways on trailer, even if plane canted at angle. See photos below.
|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 Dave Mathias cartoon appeared in the "Between Ourselves" magazine issued Sept. 1963.|
The NetLetter is an email newsletter published (usually) once a week 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
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We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!
Your NetLetter Team
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|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