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March 7, 2012 - Issue 1197

First Issue published in October 1995!
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In This Issue
Employee Travel Site Problems
ACRA Upcoming Events
Our first 75 years
Air Canada News
Reader Submitted...Photos
Women in Aviation
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
Odds and Ends
Terry's Trivia
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Welcome to the NetLetter!

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
Employee Travel Site Problems - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceFor the last few weeks retirees have been reporting that they cannot get a reliable connection to the ETS (Employee Travel Site). This has been especially frustrating for those of us that are travelling or planning to travel soon. 

It took a while to figure out exactly what the problem was and calls to Air Canada support (after reported long wait times on the phone) had no solid answers forthcoming.

Luckily for us, the Air Canada Pionairs took on the task to dig further for answers and sent out a series of announcements through their email system last week. The results of what the problem was are covered in the PDF file below. We slightly modified the original notice in order to add some additional information. If you are a Pionair, then you already know all about this. If you're not, you can join the Pionairs at Money well spent!

If you are one of the unlucky ones that are still having access problems, we have provided some alternate methods to get this fixed including one on one live support.

ETS HelpSpecial thanks to Ed Leckett and John Rodger both long time Pionairs, for their tenacity and perserverance in sorting this all out.
ACRA Upcoming Events- Compiled by Alan Rust
ACRA  LogoRetirees Welcome!

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

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ACRA System Golf turns 50!

Just as Air Canada celebrates its 75 year anniversary this year, the employees who started the Air Canada Recreation Association over 50 years ago are also celebrating with their 50th Anniversary System Golf Tournament!


This is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone event that we hope you can attend.


Date: September 9 - 12, 2012 
San Diego, California

Venue: Sycuan Resort & Casino 


Prizes: To help celebrate this event, Air Canada Vacations has donated a prize of a 7 Nights all inclusive package for two to Mexico with Air and Hotel at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba in a Double Occupancy Junior Suite.


For further information and registration visit: 

Our first 75 years - Compiled by Terry Baker

AC 75 Years Anniversary1944 - Mid Summer - Flight 103 was a TCA Lancastrian flying from YUL-YWG and flight 104 YWG-YUL.

1947 - Aug 2nd - Trans-Ocean Airlines subcontracted by TCA. to fly a total of 7,000 British immigrants to Ontario.

1963 - Dec 3rd - Flight 804 was the first TCA flight to arrive at the new Edmonton's International terminal, and flight was also the first TCA flight to depart from this terminal.

1968 - Sept - The company suffered its first hijack.


  • July 1st - New Sea/Air service created named Sea-Wing.
  • Fall - Replacement of UNIVAC 1108 with UNIVAC1110 and addition of COLLINS 8542  as network controller in  Toronto.

Image Blank 200pxThis is the first TCA timetable issued.




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Air Canada News

Air CanadaGOGO In-flight WiFi services now available on select flights. 
Air Canada has announced that it is to reintroduce its non-stop service between Dublin and Toronto this summer, operating up to seven flights per week from 8 June 2012.


The Dublin to Toronto service will be operated by Boeing 767-300 aircraft, offering customers Economy Class and Comfort Plus seats. 


From 18 June 2012, the B767-300 will be equipped with both Executive First and Economy Class seats on outbound Dublin to Toronto flights on Mondays and Wednesdays, and on inbound Toronto to Dublin flights on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader 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 excellent 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 Air Canada, TCA or Canadian, CP, etc. airline related photos, with descriptive text and names (whenever possible) included with the submission.

Image Blank 200px Tony Iudica sent us a Teamsters Union Local 25 newsletter centerfold with pics of the 1983 Boston staff when they visited his office.


Here we have, from the left, Dotti Scandone, William Lynden, John Finegan, Maurice Simoneau, and Tony Iudica himself.

Image Blank 200px Jan Wegman has sent us these photos from his collection, but unable to identify many people -

perhaps someone out there can help -
A retirement picture/last flight of Captain?

Image Blank 200px Names: Jan Wegman on the very far left. On the right of the lady on the Captains knee Sandy Nee Horsfall. Cannot remember her married name. The year must have been 1996 or 1997.

A service pin presentation to Monica Hilson 30 years if I am not mistaken. Jan the presenter as Base manager IFS YVR The year is 1995. On the far right is Eleanor Kokotailo. Between my self and Monica is Louise Tucker.

Image Blank 200px Martina Shaw has sent us this memorabilia -

I have attached a notice given to me by the pilot on my first flight as a child. My father Ralph Hetherington, was a millwright in YYZ and this was the start of many great adventures with Air Canada.

From Martina Shaw, wife of Paul Shaw who worked in Baggage at YYZ for 35 years retiring in 1999.

(The flight on August 14th 1958 Capt. J.F.Leeper, F/O G.R.Sprachlin, Stewardesses A.Chauvin (RN) and R.Kibsey (RN). Note the RN designator as stewardesses were required to be Registered Nurses - eds)

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Women in Aviation - Compiled by Terry Baker

Elizabeth Coleman - Born on Jan. 26, 1892, she spent her childhood living the stereotype of poor African-American children in the racially-divided South: walking four miles to a one room school and lacking even the basic materials most students take for granted today. Despite those hardships, she excelled in math and completed all eight grades.

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman would go on to be the first female pilot of African-American descent.

After countless rejections from flight schools throughout the U.S., because she was both a woman and African-American, Coleman decided to take her dream abroad.

With support from Chicago Defender publisher Robert Abbott and a local banker, Coleman took a crash course in French from the Berlitz language school and headed to Paris in late 1920. She learned to fly the Nieuport Type 82 biplane, with, in her words, "a steering system that consisted of a vertical stick the thickness of a baseball bat in front of the pilot and a rudder bar under the pilot's feet."

On June 15, 1921, Coleman became the first African-American woman in the world to earn an aviation pilot's license, graduating from the famed Federation Aeronautique Internationale. After a couple of months of additional training from a French ace pilot near Paris, Coleman was ready to head home.

On April 30, 1926, Coleman was in Jacksonville, Fla., preparing to fly in an airshow there using a newly purchased Curtiss biplane, despite safety concerns from family and friends. With her mechanic and publicity agent, William Wills, flying the plane, Coleman was in the other seat scouting the terrain for a parachute jump the next day - with her seat belt unfastened.

About 10 minutes into the flight, the plane began to spin rather than pull out of an intended dive. Coleman was thrown from the plane from a height of about 500 feet and died instantly upon impact. Unable to gain control, Wills also plummeted to the ground and died on impact. It was later discovered in the wreckage that a wrench had slid into the gearbox, causing it to jam.  


More information can be found by following this link.

TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" 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.

An undignified landing of a Viscount aircraft was made at Winnipeg by Capt. Laurie Paxton in January 1963.The aircraft was having problems with the nose wheel, and had returned to Winnipeg.
(The press had a photo of this incident - anyone have any details to share - eds)
Issue dated - June 2nd 1975
Gathered from the "Horizons" magazine -

Image Blank 200px The first scheduled direct service between St. John's, Newfoundland and Toronto began April 27, and already it has a nickname. Dubbed the " Newfle Bullet".


The new service will provide popular non-stop service between the two cities. Shown prior to departure are, from the top Captain G. H. Down, Flight Attendant A. Farago, F/O A. J. Blake, Flight Attendant P. Kitchen and T. Taylor, Purser C. Hunter, and Gene Burden, District Manager, Newfoundland.

Issue dated - June 16th 1975

Image Blank 200px The Inauguration of the new Northern Tier service linking Sudbury to Montreal and Winnipeg blew up a storm of activity In the Ontario city.


Shown on the steps during first flight ceremonies are, from the top: Brock Stewart, Public Affairs, Toronto; Sherrie Boucher, Northern Life News, Sudbury; Joe Lee, Station Agent, Sudbury; Wally Ritchie,Sales Rep., Thunder Bay and Ray Bonin, Passenger Agent, Sudbury.

Image Blank 200px Travel agents to utilize ReserVec system. In the photo is Roger Rouse, Systems Evaluator, at the keys of a CRT set, discusses the program to provide travel agents with computer capability with John Clowes, Manager, Passenger System Development and John Maclean, Sales Manager, Agency & InterlIne - Systems, standing.
Issue dated - Mid Summer 1944
Items from the "Between Ourselves" magazine -
Image Blank 200px Capts "Jock" Barclay" and "Garth" Edwards commanded a TCA Lancastrian from YUL-YWG flight 103 and YWG-YUL flight 104 in 4 hours and 40 minutes each segment.
Issue dated - January 1964

ReserVec marks the first anniversary.  Although the company was the first in the Industry to develop an experimental electro-mechanical automatic reservations system as early as 1942 in Winnipeg, TCA was nevertheless one of the late starters in the electronic computer systems.


Even though the company was late getting underway it wasn't long before it gained momentum and ended up in first place. Trans-Canada Air Lines is the first in the Industry to have the fastest system-wide electronic reservations inventory control in operation; combined with an elaborate audit trail for reservations matching and flight firming purposes.


Image Blank 200pxAfter the 1963 Grey Cup final held, that year in Vancouver, dense fog descended and trapped many passengers as the aircraft were grounded for two days. To move the passengers, several extra sections had been arranged for departure from Abbotsford, which remained fog free,  and the aircraft were dispatched successfully.


Here we have this photo of the ground crew from the left: Barry Armstrong, Sam McRae, Margaret Bishop, Wally Buchanan, Dennis Fulcher, Gerry Hobbs and Murray Brown


(Also on staff but not shown, were John Berewick and Don Pryce - probably lost in the fog - eds) .

Image Blank 200px On December 2nd, the North Bay Terminal became operational with the arrival of a TCA Viscount piloted by Captain Ken Warner.
Image Blank 200px Here we have the employees on hand for the official opening, from the left: Denis Barclay, Kay Kazra, Ken Esselmont, Janice Childs, Frank Young.
Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceVille Vu

Below is an image link to a slideshow showing an excellent series of photos taken from aircraft windows of planes flying over various cities around the world.

The corresponding cities are shown at the bottom right of all the slides. I'm sure that many of the world travellers that receive the NetLetter are very familiar with these views.

Click on the full screen link in the bottom right corner to see them full size on your screen.

Ville Vu
Ville Vu
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.

1984 - April - CP Air purchased Eastern Provincial Airways Ltd and its affiliate. Air Maritime Ltd from Newfoundland Capital Corp. Atlantic.

1985 - Feb 1st - Commuter partner Air Atlantic begins services.
1987 - May 2nd inauguration of service between Toronto and Brazil. A special commemorative coin was minted for presentation to passengers on the first four flights, north and south bound. (Anyone get one of these - eds)
Issue dated - March 1995
Taken from the "Info Canadi>n" magazine -

Image Blank 200px On the ground in Montreal -


from the top; Marlene Butzphal, Rosa Pizzi, Anna Castelli, Sandra Hooton, and Sylvia Baltes.

Image Blank 200px From the top; Ron Lauzon, Darren Fitzgerald, Lilian Tirabassi, Karl Corbiel, Louis Cefarelli. Larry Ellis, Felix Saturnino, Peter Pardi.

Image Blank 200px Finally from left to right; John Blair, Frank Leduc, Tom Wright, George Belekos.

Image Blank 200px And on the counter at London (Heathrow) Airport we have these three ladies.
Image Blank 200px These three guys have been sent back to the Learning Labs for more training.
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. 

Jim Griffith, referring to the item by Tony Walsh in NetLetter nr 1195, Odds and Ends -
Kudos to Bob Granley for doing such a good job of getting his Glassair down in more or less one piece and presumably walking away from it...and thanks to Tony Walsh and pals he will be able to fly it
again...thus qualifying it as... a really good landing! Jim Griffith

Fraser Muir sends us this information referring to NetLetter nr 1195 - Just read the latest Newsletter, and the article on our service to Charlottetown, it was I that did the Route Study that recommended this service.....thought you might like to know how it came about.  Fraser

Karen Skinner has sent us this memory to share -
I worked at Air Canada starting in 1968, retiring in 1993 from In-Flight Service. Many stories over the years & many travel destinations. After retiring I returned to the Winnipeg Airport in a retirement capacity working as an Instructor for the Commissionaires & I am now a Goldwing Ambassador in the new terminal in Winnipeg. I would love to share some funny stories with netletter readers in the future, and here is one of them...

During my career at Air Canada there were many unusual & some hilarious stories but in 1968 I was a new hire in In-Flight Service Winnipeg Base at the airport. My plan was to gain as much experience as I could so I started as a Clerk-Stenographer under the then Base Manager, Doug Miller. Being only recently turned 19 I was still in the party mode of my teen years & was out until quite late most evenings.

On one bright morning I was feeling the dregs of the festivities of the night before & by noon I was ready to call it a day. Mr. Miller, who had just returned from lunch outside the building was raring to go & suddenly called me into his office for dictation. He usually had his back to me & dictated while looking out the window. In those days, there was a strict protocol of behavior & dress, so deportment was absolutely without question.

As his voice droned on & on it had the effect of making me drowsy & unbeknownst to me, my; shorthand created a number of lovely wavy lines across my steno pad. This was apparent because of my boss's commotion... Mr. Miller was doing erratic jerking motions with his arms, accompanied by loud yelling which culminated in his removal of shirt, tie, & jacket after several minutes. Finally, in a standing position by the side of his desk, he removed a grasshopper from his underarm region. Needless to say, while this episode was taking place, I was somewhat unnerved as were the office staff outside his closed door.

He was so apologetic for his behavior, he said "forget that letter, we'll do it tomorrow."

I was a grasshopper!  Regards, Karen Skinner

Ken Pickford spotted this error in NetLetter nr 1194 -
"Domestic fare hike, one way effective May 19th  - YUL-YYZ was $37 now $42, YYZ-YHZ was $69 now $75, YYC-YVR was $16 now $24, YUL-YVR was $155 now $170"

Ken suggested those YYC-YVR numbers are much too low. Should at least be in the $40s if not slightly higher based on the on the distance. I'm guessing that YYC may be a typo and should perhaps read YYJ, as the numbers look about right for Victoria-Vancouver at that time. (We checked the issue, and Ken is correct - eds)
Ken spotted even more errors in NetLetter nr 1195 -
My eagle eye caught a couple of minor errors/typos in your list of Airport Improvement Fees. Probably not worth correcting.
- Calgary - hope the first 5 should be a $ sign. A $525 AIF would certainly pay for their new runway and terminal expansion quickly, but they wouldn't have many passengers left!
- Mont-Joh should read Mont-Joli (YYY).  (I've always liked that code)
- Ottawa code of course YOW not VOW.
And in the paragraph further up mentioning an increase to the YVR AIF effective May 1st.. You say the increase to $20 is "except for passengers traveling to destinations outside BC or the Yukon". The word "except" should be deleted (or alternatively, "outside" should read "within"). It's the charge for destinations outside BC/Yukon that's increasing. It's correct in the list of charges so again probably not worth correcting.

Two more I'm sure nobody else will notice!

AIFs - same $ sign issue for Edmonton ($20 not 520) as for Calgary
And in the 1963 ribbon-cutting photo for the new TCA Dublin office, the last name of the stewardess in the photo itself reads "Gavigan", but in the caption paragraph it reads "Gavial"
Regards, Ken
(Must be time to shoot the messenger - eds)

Jerry Milek, referring to the item in NetLetter nr 1195 sent in by John Mihichuck and the letter received by Lee-White -

Quote: 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.
I would have to take a look to find it, but I got the similar letter around 1972-74, just prior the law about the discrimination of age. I was 33 years old at that time, fully trained by the Air Forces. As I remember it was signed by Baldwin. The result of interview with Capt. Denis (YYZ), responsible for hiring pilots (I use to work for AC on the ramp at that time), was the same. Prior to that, I was told by the same office that my education and experience is much higher than of some pilots with the company, that I just need Canadian papers endorsed for Multi and IFR. Interview was about three month later, when I had my papers done. (Of course to get all check rides, pay simulator time etc., it cost $ 5000.- Not a small amount at that time for the new Canadian).

Jerry Milek (YYZ ramp rat).
Odds and Ends.

Fraser Muir sends us this information referring to NetLetter nr 1194 - Just viewed the video on the Lancaster, and enjoyed it very much. Brought back many memories, as I did a Tour of 35 Operations in the MidUpper turret on 50 Squadron, 5 Group... After a while our aircraft almost came alive, and I for one talked to it as if it actually was alive; since the war I have a CD that has a poem on it ...that has the Lank reciting it. 


Anyway, are you aware that Bomber Command was never recognized by the government or by Churchill?? Nor was there ever a Memorial constructed to acknowledge the 55,573 boys killed. And now thanks to Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) who had a childhood dream of building one, he convinced the London Telegraph for help, together with the Bomber Command Assn., they raised sufficient funds to have one constructed; which is scheduled to be unveiled on June 28, 2012 in Green Park, Central London, England.


Note: Some of this information was previously published in our last NetLetter but was actually scheduled for this one. We are still looking for a web site where those wanting to attend can book this. If you know of such a site, please advise and we will post it in a future NetLetter.

Image Blank 200px This photo is of sculpture Phillip Jackson working on a scale model of the bronze which will form the center piece of the memorial.

Information is on  search for Bomber Command Memorial. 


B767-300ER fin 689 C-GHPF c/n 26206 ex-Air Canada returned to GECAS now leased to Mega Maldives Airlines.
Final episode of the story by Tony Walsh started in NetLetter nr 1195


- A bit of good airmanship + smidgen of luck:
My car was in the ferry crew parking lot (thanks to a borrowed Captain's parking badge from Bob) when we got to the Tsawwassen terminal and I blocked the slow lane on the highway with 4-way flashers going and the trailer and plane in the fast lane, taking up 2.25 lanes on Highway 17, then on 56th St. through mid-town Tsawwassen, then US customs at Point Roberts let us go into USA on the wrong on-coming traffic side of the border crossing because plane could not fit between the explosive sniff sensor posts at the truck booth. 

When we were driving along two lane road in Point Roberts WA, with me now ahead in my car forcing oncoming cars to get to the shoulder, a police car came up lights flashing, stopped us (this was first police car I've ever seen in quiet land-locked Point Roberts). I thought "Oh Boy" because police can be a bit edgier south of border. I stopped the car and could see Bob's truck and trailer in mirror and hear the conversation. The officer came up to the truck's window with Bob driving and said "What the hell do you guys think you are doing?  Do you know how dangerous this is in the dark ? Do you have over-wide permits?". Then he laughed and said "Bobby you are always up to something" and then proceeded to take the rear safety car slot with lights flashing. This proved helpful because one block from Bob's new home on narrow unlit 2-lane road a pick-up truck swerved past my car blocking most of his lane and almost hit plane engine sticking a bit out to the trailer's left, with the trailer offset over the middle line to clear aircraft tail on the other side, but the police car flashing lights made him brake in time and he had to leave the road meekly without complaint. 

We also passed a police car on Tsawwassen's main street, but he drove by in opposite direction just staring at the traffic patiently lined up behind us. This upholds our basic "Ranger" philosophy, that if you apply for all the permits you'd never get the task done, and besides any outsider looking at our procession, with day-glow marker tapes on aircraft extremities, and a safety car blocking the overhang lane, they got to think it is all legitimately permitted and sanctioned. You just have to look like you are official, not actually be official.

Mission ended at about 2030 hours. Plane will be repaired in Bob's big garage and it will then be positioned at the private grass strip in Point Roberts.  Then we all went back to Canada for dinner at Mike Meakin's house, which was great for me because Janet is in England and my culinary talents were being stretched severely.

Tony Walsh

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerChange in SAS ZED ticket policy.  We have been notified by Scandinavian Airlines that with an effective date of April 1st they will no longer be able to accept ZED (Zonal Employee Discount) paper tickets.  Therefore the ZED agreement will be temporarily suspended until both carriers are able to accept NET (non-eticket).  While this temporary change may be disappointing, we must emphasize that this is not a permanent suspension and we look forward to reinstating our agreement between Air Canada and Scandinavian Airlines in the future. (source Daily)
Traveling to Britain? Beware of the 20 pound bill.
On July 1st 2010, the British government issued a new gbp20.00 bill. The older note, which this one replaces, is no longer legal tender and could be refused at retail outlets in the U.K. All banks, - except the Bank of England - are not obliged to exchange the old notes for the new issues.

When picking up sterling currency from Canadian banks before you travel, ensure the new notes are supplied. They have a portrait of Scottish economist Adam Smith instead of Sir Edward Elgar..
(Strange they should have a Scottish person in view of the fact Scotland wants to separate - eds)
Time to renew your British passport?
Be aware that the British High Commissioner in Ottawa no longer issues this document, it has been outsourced to the American Regional Passport Processing Centre (RPPC), in Washington, USA.

With effect from 29 September 2011, the Regional Passport Processing Centre in Washington DC will process your passport. The passport will be printed in the United Kingdom. You will receive two packages, one containing the supporting documents you submitted, and the second package directly from the UK with your new passport.

These changes will ensure that you receive the new style passports which were introduced in the UK in October 2010.  The new passports have more sophisticated security features, required to meet international quality and security standards. It is not affordable to print these new passports overseas.  New designs and processes reduce the likelihood of identity theft and passport fraud, protecting British nationals and our borders.

How much. Passport fees in the United States are:  
Adult passport
* 32-page passport - US$211
* 48 page passport - US$255
Child Passport
* Child passport (32 pages) - US$134
Courier Fee - Each customer will be required to pay a courier fee to cover the cost of the return of supporting documents from Washington DC and for the return of the passport from the UK.
Courier fee - US $33

How to pay.
You need to pay the correct fee in US Dollars when applying for your passport.

Effective March 5th 2012, "in person" British Passport services will no longer be available at the British Embassy in Washington D.C.
For all the gory details Go online and follow the links. Allow plenty of time

If the prime minister of Canada can go there - so can you - 

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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.

Image Blank 200px Barbara Wood has sent us some of the material which her husband Douglas produced for the Flight Operations magazine - Here is one of Cap'n Dudley.

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

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!

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!
Your NetLetter Team

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E&OE - (errors and omissions excepted) - The historical information as well as any other information provided here is subject to correction and may have changed over time. We do publish corrections when they are brought to our attention.
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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